• Marvel recently announced the cast for the Fantastic Four, bringing back an actor from a previous MCU project.
  • Ebon Moss-Bachrach, who appeared in The Punisher, will play a key role in the Fantastic Four as well.
  • Other actors such as Mahershala Ali and Alfre Woodard have also plaid multiple roles in the MCU.



Marvel recently announced the cast for the MCU’s Fantastic Four, and the studio brought back an actor who starred in another MCU project seven years ago. The Fantastic Four’s MCU entry has been highly anticipated for many years, and while the film was announced several years ago, Marvel remained silent on who would be its stars. However, that changed recently as Marvel announced on Valentine’s Day that the Fantastic Four cast would be Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards, Vanessa Kirby as Sue Storm, Joseph Quinn as Johnny Storm, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ben Grimm.

While Pascal, Kirby, and Quinn are all MCU newcomers, Moss-Bachrach has prior Marvel experience. The Bear actor appeared in a series from Netflix’s Marvel Universe, which included characters such as Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and The Punisher. Moss-Bachrach played a key role in one of these shows, but he isn’t the only actor with two separate roles in the MCU.


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Ebon Moss-Bachrach Already Joined Marvel In The Punisher

Ebon Moss-Bachrach is most recognized for his role in The Bear, but Marvel viewers may know him from his role in The Punisher Season 1. Moss-Bachrach starred as David Lieberman, a.k.a. Micro, an expert hacker and member of the Rising Tide. Micro faked his death to hide from the authorities looking to kill him. He recruits Frank Castle after discovering they have mutual enemies, as the same people chasing David also betrayed Frank and killed his family. The pair eventually kill all of them, with Frank getting his vengeance and Micro returning to his family.

Moss-Bachrach only appeared in season 1 of The Punisher, but his character was mentioned in an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and an episode of Daredevil. While this is his second outing in the MCU, he may not be recognizable for very long as he will eventually turn into The Thing in The Fantastic Four. Still, he isn’t the only person from Netflix’s Defenders universe who joined or will join the main MCU.

Other Defenders Saga Actors Who Have Played Another Role In The MCU

Mahershala Ali and Alfre Woodard in Luke Cage Season 1 Netflix

In addition to Moss-Bachrach, Mahershala Ali and Alfre Woodard are two actors who played pivotal roles in Netflix’s Marvel Universe and later joined the main MCU. Both actors played antagonists in Luke Cage. Ali starred as Cornell Stokes, a.k.a. Cottonmouth, the leader of the Stokes crime family in Harlem. His empire came crumbling down at the hands of Cage, but it was Woodard’s Mariah Dillard, who murdered him and took over his empire. Dillard was a central antagonist for season 1 and season 2 of Luke Cage.


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While Ali’s time in Luke Cage was cut short, he will have a main role in the MCU’s future. He is playing Blade and is set to star as the vampire hunter in the 2025 movie. While he hasn’t debuted as the character on screen yet, he did have a small vocal cameo in a post-credits scene in Eternals. Woodard had a smaller but still important role in the MCU. She portrayed the mother who confronts Tony Stark next to an elevator in Captain America: Civil War. Her role is small, but her words have a lasting effect on Tony that leads to his conflict with Captain America.

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