Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universal closed out with the release of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” on Nov. 11. The sequel to 2018’s “Black Panther,” from director Ryan Coogler and starring Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett, is the 30th feature film in the MCU.
But if that isn’t impressive enough, the MCU has been just as busy on the small screen. Since January 2020, Marvel has released seven live-action TV shows on Disney+ as part of Phase Four. In 2022 alone, there were the limited series “Moon Knight” starring Oscar Isaac; the coming-of-age series “Ms. Marvel,” which stars Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan, the MCU’s first Muslim superhero; and “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,” starring Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany.
With each new addition to the MCU’s slate, the pedigree of the mega-franchise grows. There are now a whopping 122 performers in the MCU who have Emmy nominations to their names. And after the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards in September, some can call themselves winners as well.
That includes Michael Keaton, the Batman who became Vulture in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017), who took him his first Emmy for his performance on the Hulu limited series “Dopesick.” He defeated three of his MCU co-stars in the category: Isaac (“Scenes from a Marriage”), Andrew Garfield (“Under the Banner of Heaven”) and Sebastian Stan (“Pam & Tommy”). The late Chadwick Boseman became the first performer to win an Emmy for an MCU series when he won Best Character Voiceover Performance for “What If…?” And his aforementioned “Black Panther” co-stars are all Emmy nominees in their own right. Brett Goldstein was an Emmy winner already for “Ted Lasso” before he entered the MCU as Hercules in the mid-credits scene of “Thor: Love and Thunder,” but he added a second Emmy for playing Roy Kent this year. He joins recent MCU additions John Krasinski, who, in a dream fan-cast, portrayed Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”; Sir Patrick Stewart, who reprised his role as Charles Xavier from the popular X-Men film franchise in “Doctor Strange”; and Charlize Theron, who had a brief cameo as the comic book character Clea in a short mid-credits scene of the same film.
They all join a deep well of talent. Emmy queen Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who debuted as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” and reprised the role in the post-credits scene of 2021’s “Black Widow,” made a surprise appearance in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” in which it’s revealed that Val and Everett Ross, played by fellow Emmy champ Martin Freeman, used to be married. JLD, who will lead the charge in 2024’s “Thunderbolts,” is the most decorated Marvel star with 11 wins and 26 nominations to her name and is tied with the late Cloris Leachman (sadly never a Marvel star) for the most Emmys for a performer at eight.
With the current Emmy eligibility period half over, we can already note some potential additions to this quickly expanding group — whether they are nominated for an MCU show or not. Aubrey Plaza is certainly an early Emmy favorite for Season 2 of “The White Lotus” and will make her MCU debut in the upcoming “WandaVision” spin-off “Agatha: Coven of Chaos,” which has recently added three-time Tony champ and Emmy nominee Patti LuPone. Plaza’s “White Lotus” co-star F. Murray Abraham is also a past Emmy nominee, including this year for voicing Khonshu in “Moon Knight.”
We’ve pulled together the list of actors who’ve appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also have at least one Emmy nomination to their name in any category. It stands as a testament to the immense talent on display in the MCU. So, without further adieu, click here or the gallery above to see all the MCU stars who’ve been nominated for — and in some cases won — an Emmy in their careers.
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