7 Marvel Characters Who Stunned Us With Their Drastic Transformations


For more than 10 years, we’ve been following Marvel superheroes’ destinies, and sometimes the characters’ journeys were more breathtaking than the series as a whole. Many actors who have taken part in these films have become big stars and now have millions of fans all over the world.

Witty Tag has watched more than 20 Marvel movies and compared the brightest characters’ looks then and now. The changes are really drastic — they’ve grown in just the blink of an eye. Warning: there are many Avengers: Endgame spoilers ahead!

7. Robert Downey Jr. — Tony Stark/Iron Man

Tony Stark/Iron Man
© Captain America: The Winter Soldier / Marvel Studios

Almost all Marvel movies are connected, and the actors easily travel through time and appear in different looks. Sometimes only makeup artists are responsible for these transformations, but very often, the help of visual effect experts is needed. For example, the same people who worked on Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button worked on making Robert Downey Jr.’s character look younger in Captain America: Civil War.

6. Chris Evans — Steve Rogers (Captain America)

Steve Rogers

Chris Evans’ transformation started in Captain America: The First Avenger where he was turned into a short, slender guy from a 220-lb man. For this reason, another person was used whose body was “attached” to the character’s face. In the new film, Steve Rogers appears as a nice old man made possible by makeup artists.

5. Chris Hemsworth — Thor


Chris Hemsworth’s character has changed drastically over the last 8 years. In the first movie, it seems that too much perhydrol was used. But fortunately, in the Avengers films, his eyebrows and beard became darker and his hair got even longer. But the transformation in Endgame shocked even the most loyal Marvel fans. No one was prepared for the beer belly and flabby body on the God of Thunder.

4. Mark Ruffalo — Bruce Banner (Hulk)

Bruce Banner (Hulk)

In the new Avengers: Endgame, many characters change their looks, but the green monster’s changes are more mental. Mark Ruffalo’s character finally achieved harmony with his inner beast and turned into a cute, charming giant with stubble, fashionable glasses, and a size 16 XL wool cardigan.

3. Michael Douglas — Hank Pym (Ant-Man)

Hank Pym (Ant-Man)

In Ant-Man, 70-year-old Michael Douglas appears 25 years younger, and this transformation is considered to be one of the best experiments in computer visual effects in cinema.

2. Sebastian Stan — James “Bucky” Barnes (Winter Soldier)

James “Bucky” Barnes (Winter Soldier)

After an accident, Bucky, Captain America’s best friend, gets captured and turned into Winter Soldier with a bionic arm. Steve helps him remember who he is and the doctors from the secret country of Wakanda cure Barnes, and he then joins the Avengers’ side. In several scenes, Sebastian’s real arm was removed with the help of computer technology.

1. Samuel L. Jackson — Nick Fury

Nick Fury

Captain Marvel takes place in the ’90s, so Marvel studio had to rejuvenate Samuel L. Jackson and make him 25 years younger. In the previous films, this expensive and difficult trick was used only in a few scenes, and in Captain Marvel, colonel of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury, remains young throughout the whole movie. It’s hard to imagine how much time the visual effect artists had to spend on the actor to get the desired look.


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