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9 Times MCU Actors Supported Each Other In Public, And 7 Times They Put Their Costars On Blast

The rest of the MCU needs to take notes from Don Cheadle!

A lot of MCU actors have friendships as famous as their starring roles. They know that good friends stand up for each other — but they also call each other out when necessary.

casts members on the red carpet being interviewed

Though the Marvel cast isn't always there for each other — *cough, cough* everyone who ignored the intense trolling Brie Larson faced — a lot of them are willing to take a stand.

Here are nine times Marvel actors stood up for each other:

1. Following an announcement regarding Captain America 4, the Hollywood Reporter tweeted, "It is unclear if Chris Evans would reprise his role as the first #CaptainAmerica (though if the question of who is entitled to carry the shield continues, all bets are off)."

close up of chris evans

Reminding them that Anthony Mackie took up the Captain America mantle in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Chris Evans replied, "Sam Wilson is Captain America."

anthony mackie as captain america

The outlet corrected themselves, tweeting, "Anthony Mackie will star as #CaptainAmerica in Julius Onah's #CaptainAmerica4."

close up of anthony in the film

2. During a joint AsiaOne interview with Benedict Wong, Xóchitl Gómez said that she was "just so happy that Marvel has stuck to" keeping a scene regarding America Chavez's two moms as well as the character's own sexuality in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but "[her] name may be circled within hate and stuff but it's okay."

close up of Xóchitl in the film

However, Benedict quickly responded, "It's not okay. It's not okay. We have to all collectively understand that...she auditioned aged 13 and she joined us aged 14, one of the youngest actors to join the MCU of a film of that magnitude...So there's a real level of shame for all those trolls that are cowards not to actually put their face on, and they should feel a deep shame of what they're doing."

Benedict in the film

He continued, "It's sad that fans in that country [that wanted to censor these scenes] won't get to see this as yet. But all we are doing is radiating representation, voicing the voiceless. And that's all that we can do — represent people so that they can be seen."

Benedict and Xochitl

3. Body language expert Mandy O’Brien posted a video about Brie Larson, criticizing her body language in interviews. The criticism accused her of "trying to dominate" her male costars and giving Chris Hemsworth "bedroom eyes" so he would "validate her."

close up of brie

Don Cheadle was the only MCU actor to come to Brie's defense.

close up of don cheadle

On Twitter, he called out O'Brien's horrible take and sarcastically described the video as "some of the funniest stuff I've ever heard."

don looking at brie during an interview

He posted, "Brie was trying to keep her ponytail behind her because her hair stylist kept flying in and fixing it. She’s actually being OVER accommodating...amazing."

4. At first, Marvel told Iron Man director Jon Favreau that they wouldn't cast Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark under any circumstances or "for any price."

Jon and Robert being interviewed

However, Robert told Jon that he was "going to hold out hope," so he advocated for him behind-the-scenes.

close up of Jon in the film

The director's efforts eventually landed Robert a screen test, which, in turn, landed him the role that shaped the future of the MCU.

Robert as Tony Stark

Marvel Studios president, Feige, told CinemaBlend, "Everybody knew he was an amazing actor. But he hadn't been an action star. He wasn't a marquee star, necessarily. And we quickly realized the risk, I've said this before, was not casting him. And Jon Favreau really had that vision for that movie and for Robert in that role."

5. A Twitter user said that Benedict Cumberbatch was wasting his acting talents and Hollywood success by "flailing his arms in front of a green screen" as Doctor Strange.

benedict as doctor strange

Benedict doesn't have social media, but Vincent D'Onofrio — who plays Wilson Fisk/Kingpin — politely came to his defense. He replied, "With all due respect, I know you mean well. There are other ways to look at things in life. You seem like an intelligent person so know this: We must understand another person's experience in life before we can judge them."

close up of Vincent D'Onofrio

He continued, "Keep an open mind my friend. My best to you always."

Vincent D'Onofrio

6. When Scarlett Johansson sued Disney for violating a contract in regards to the release of Black Widow, she faced criticism from fans as well as Benedict Cumberbatch, who called the lawsuit "a bit of a mess."

ScarJo as the Black Widow and Benedict as Doctor Strange

However, Elizabeth Olsen told Vanity Fair, "I think [Scarlett]’s so tough. Literally, when I read that, I was like, 'Good for you, Scarlett."

close up of Olsen as the Dark Witch

"When it comes to actors and their earnings, I mean, that’s just, that’s just all contracts. So it’s either in the contract, or it’s not," she said.

close up of olsen in the film

7. On an earnings call, Disney CEO Bob Chapek called Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings an "interesting experiment" because the company planned to release the film exclusively in theaters, foregoing the simultaneous Disney+ release Black Widow received.

Bob Chapek

In defense of the movie and its cast, Simu Liu tweeted, "We are not an experiment. We are the underdog; the underestimated. We are the ceiling-breakers. We are the celebration of culture and joy that will persevere after an embattled year. We are the surprise."

close up of Simu in the film

"I’m fired the f**k up to make history on September 3rd; JOIN US," he continued.

close up of Simu in a fighting scene

8. After Zendaya was cast as MJ Watson in Spider-Man: Homecoming, she was inundated with a lot of racist comments online.

close up of zendaya as MJ reading

When Global Grind asked Tom Holland about the backlash to her casting, he said, "I feel like our generation of people, are moving on past this whole idea you can’t cast someone who is not of the right race of a character and stuff and I really think we’re breaking through and changing all of that."

tom holland

He continued, "Z is perfect for it, she’s so powerful and so strong willed and it’s not going to shake her at all."

tom and zendaya in the film

9. And finally — whether or not it was something worth defending him against — the online discussion following a viral tweet that asked people to eliminate one of four actors named Chris branded Chris Pratt the "Worst Chris" in Hollywood.

chris pratt

People voted him the "Worst Chris" for many reasons, including an insensitive joke he made about voting, his involvement with a reportedly anti-LGBTQ+ church, and the "Don't Tread On Me" shirt he was once photographed wearing.

Several of his Marvel costars jumped to his defense. Mark Ruffalo tweeted, "You all, [Chris Pratt] is as solid a man there is. I know him personally, and instead of casting aspersions, look at how he lives his life."

close up of Mark

He continued, "He is just not overtly political as a rule. This is a distraction. Let’s keep our eyes on the prize, friends. We are so close now."

Zoe Saldaña tweeted this quote from Tupac: "No matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out, keep your head up and handle it."

close up of Zoe

In her own words, she added, "You got this [Chris]. Your family, friends, colleagues & everyone who’s ever crossed paths with you knows your heart and your worth!"

On Instagram, Robert Downey Jr. wrote, "What a world...The 'sinless' are casting stones at my [brother], Chris Pratt...A real [Christian] who lives by [principle], has never demonstrated anything but [positivity] and [gratitude]...AND he just married into a family that makes space for civil discourse and (just plain fact) INSISTS on service as the highest value."

chris and robert in a scene together

He continued, "If you take issue with Chris[...]I’ve got a novel idea. Delete your social media accounts, sit with your OWN defects of [character], work on THEM, then celebrate your humanness..."

However, a lot of Marvel fans called them out for defending Chris when they'd remained silent in the face of the harsh criticism and trolling many women and actors of color in the MCU faced.

Where was this energy when Brie Larson was massively harassed for months just for advocating for diversity in the industry? And they all knew about it. Suddenly Chris Pratt gets some criticism and they all come to his defense? The bar is hell.

Twitter: @itsjustanx

And now, here are seven times Marvel actors called their costars out:

10. Letitia Wright received major backlash when she tweeted a link to an anti-vaccination video during the COVID-19 pandemic.

close up of Letitia

She deleted the tweet, but she also posted to defend herself, writing, "If you don’t conform to popular opinions, but ask questions and think for get cancelled...My intention was not to hurt anyone, my ONLY intention of posting the video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies."

Alluding to her post, Don Cheadle tweeted, "Just scrolled through. Hot garbage. Every time I stopped and listened, [the speaker] and everything he said sounded crazy and fkkkd up."

close up of Don Cheadle

However, rather than dismiss Letitia completely, he continued, "I would never defend anybody posting this. but I still won't throw her away over it. The rest I'll take off Twitter. Had no idea."

close up of Don

11. Similarly, Evangeline Lilly faced a lot of criticism for attending an anti-vaccination rally in Washington, DC, which she posted about on Instagram.


Seemingly in response, her Ant-Man costar, David Dastmalchian, tweeted, "It's so unfortunate when people with a large platform use that platform to share irresponsible things."

david in character

He continued, "Such a sad time when science, education and the well-being of others is held in less regard than personal privilege. Support our educators, medical community and scientists!"

Simu Liu also seemed to call her out through sharing his own experiences with COVID-19 on Twitter. He wrote, "I lost my grandparents to COVID last year. They were still waiting for their vaccines. I'm fortunate to have been double-vaccinated and boosted when I got COVID two weeks ago. Felt like a cold."

close up of Simu

He continued, "The media needs to stop spotlighting opinions that are not rooted in facts or science."

close up of Simu

Of course, while calling each other out on big things like spreading misinformation is good, not every Marvel costar call-out is over such an important issue. Some of the actors have called each other out in a lighter, more jokey manner.

12. In a joint Good Morning America interview, Mark Ruffalo revealed a huge spoiler for Avengers: Infinity War — "Everybody dies!"

close up of Mark

Immediately, Don Cheadle yelled, "Dude!" and shook his head in disapproval.

Don giving a disappointed stare while Mark realizes what he said

13. On Late Night with Seth Meyers, Scarlett Johansson revealed that all of the original six Avengers have matching tattoos — except for Mark Ruffalo.

the avengers

Calling him out, she said, "We tried to get him to do it. We said 'What if we do it with like white ink? What if we did it in water and we could have the experience of all doing it together?' He just shut it down, it was not a thing. He’s such a party pooper."

Scarlett and Mark in an interview

14. During Paris Fashion Week 2019, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sebastian Stan were both part of a group picture, but she evidently didn't remember who he was.

Sharing the picture on Instagram, he wrote, "Glad I got to reintroduce myself to [Gwyneth Paltrow] for the third time. We are in the same film."

gwyneth and sebastian

15. Gwyneth had a similar conversation with Tom Holland, who told PopSugar, "I’ve only worked with Gwyneth one time ― on Spider-Man: Homecoming, which she doesn’t remember...Still to this day breaks my heart."

tom and gwyneth

He added, "One time when we were shooting Avengers: Endgame...she was in her blue suit and I was in my Spider-Man suit, and she came up and she asked me for a photo with me and Robert [Downey Jr.] And then I think she posted it and she said, 'Robert Downey Jr., myself and this guy.' I was just 'the guy.' It was cute. It was cute."

16. And finally, while Iman Vellani was filming Ms. Marvel, she got a surprise visit from Tom Holland, who was filming Spider-Man: No Way Home. He showed her spoilery pictures from set.

tom and Iman

She told Elite Daily, "He was like, 'What's your show even about?' I was like, 'What's Spider-Man about?' He fully shows me a photo of him with Tobey Maguire!"

tom and tobey in the spider-man film

"I get we're both in Marvel, but I didn't need to know that before it happened," she said.

close up of iman