Can You Spot These Marvel Villains Out Of Their Costume?

When we talk about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, MCU for short, we talk about heroes and villains alike. And some of these villains are probably more charismatic and good looking than some of the heroes of the franchise, for example Tom Hiddleston as Loki or Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger. The real faces of some of the villains of the MCU are under a heavy layer of makeup, but if you remove it, you’ll be amazed at what you would find! You’ll be surprised by #

#19. Benedict Cumberbatch as Dormammu

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Although he didn’t wear a lot of make-up for his two roles in the film Doctor Stranger: both as Strange and as the antagonist Dormammu. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch claimed that it was his idea to voice the villain in the movie. Even though he did not have to wear any make-up for the role of Dormammu, he did some facial capture for inter-dimensional enemy. It looks like that Doctor Strange is facing off against a distorted image of himself!

#18. Christopher Eccleston as Malekith

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British actor Christopher Eccleston had to go through one of the longest and hardest sessions of make-up in the whole MCU for his role as Malekith the Accursed in Thor: The Dark World. He told The Express that “the first couple of days, the make-up took about seven to eight hours, but that they took it down to six hours and a half”. He also stated that Marvel never told him that that much make-up would be involved in the process. He admitted that the make-up time ruined the role for him.

#17. Evan Jonigkeit as Toad

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In the film X-Men: First Class we see another actor playing the role of Toad. Instead of his green appearance, the actor Evan Jonigkeit wore binocular-like glasses, a sharp Mohawk and a turned down smile with scales covering his whole face. The make-up would take up to three and a half hours as informed by the actor. He also told Philly Magazine that the first thing he had to wear was a mold for his head where then the make-up department attached all the other prosthetic pieces.

#16. Ray Park as Toad

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Although not really an actor but most a martial arts expert, Ray Park had to change his appearance in order to play the role of Toad in the 2000 film X-Men. He had to dye his hair green and his face had a lime skin make-up. This is not the first time that the actor and martial arts expert had to wear make-up to star in a film. He also  played the role of Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I and Solo: A Star Wars Story. So far, Toad was one of his least disguised characters!

#15. Jamie Foxx as Electro

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In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, actor Jamie Foxx plays two roles. He first appears as Max Dillon, a bald, buck-toothed and spectacled electrical engineer. But after Max falls in a tank full of electric eels, he turns into the villain Electro. To play Electro he had to wear veiny prostethics, blue make up that was later enhanced with digital effects and blue contact lenses. In a behind-the-scenes feature he told that even his voice had to change to play the part, as the character had his vocal chords burnt.

 #14. Ryan Reynolds as Juggernaut

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If you look closely enough, you may see that in Deadpool 2, actor Ryan Reynolds play two characters: first and foremost our favorite mercenary Deadpool, for which Reynolds needs a complete make-up for his burnt face, and secondly, he plays the part of the mutant Juggernaut. Although Juggernaut was rendered with CGI, Reynolds did use some “mocap gear” to act on some of Juggernauts facial expressions, apart from voicing the giant!

#13. Karen Gillan as Nebula

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Nebula, one of Thanos’ daughters in the MCU, is portrayed by actress Karen Gillan. In order to prepare for the role of the villain-now-hero, the actress had to undergo a make-up process of about four hours and a half. She had to wear a blue metallic makeup, shave her red hair and black her already dark brown eyes. She also wore some android body parts to complete the look. She stated that the process was thorough but that, after seeing all the scenes, it is very worth it!

#12. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Ebony Maw

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Probably most of us will not be able to discover who the actor behind another one of Thanos’ lieutenants in Avengers: Infinity War was. Actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor known for his roles in TV series like Peaky Blinders and Love/Hate, had to shoot all his scenes in a CGI suit so that the effects team could change all his facial features. Tom revealed that his son “thinks it is funny because he looks so ugly

#11. Jason Flemyng as Azazel

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Another incredible transformation is the one British actor Jason Flemyng had to undergo. He had to get up at 2 in the morning so that the make-up team could prepare him for his role in X-Men: First Class. Flemyng had to have his face painted red, his hair dyed black, and scars done all around his face. Even though at first he was angry that he was not recasted for the second film of the franchise, he then was relieved that he wouldn’t have to get up at 2 in the morning anymore.

#10. Michael James Shaw as Corvus Glaive

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Another one of Thanos’ lieutenants appearing in Avengers: Infinity War is portrayed by actor Michael James Shaw. In order to be able to appear in the big screen, his face had to be coated in grey paint and digitally rendered with motion capture technology. Michael James Shaw can be seen in television shows likeConstantine, Limitless and Roots.

#9. Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha

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To become Ayesha the Golden High Priestess of the Sovereign in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, actress Elizabeth Debicki had to submit to a very unusual makeup process.

“They built a sort of car was where I sat. There was a lot of paint and a lot of sitting around and drying,” she revealed.

Although new to the film industry, many fans had already seen her in the films The Great GatsbyThe Man from U.N.C.L.E and Cloverfield Paradox.

#8. Alexis Denisof as The Other

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It seems that to be part of Thanos’ army you should be covered in makeup. Actor Alexis Denisof, who portrayed The Other in The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, had to wear several blue and purple layers of makeup, a wiry face mask and a hooded cloak. It was impossible to see or discern his real face!

#7. Carrie Coon as Proxima Midnight

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Before entering the service of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, Carrie Coon had been acting in the HBO series, The Leftovers, and the third season of Fargo. Her role as Proxima Midnight in the MCU film was shot using voice over and motion capture technology, so that the animators could add the character’s grey skin, navy eye effect, blue hair and horns!

#6. Djimon Hounsou as Korath

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Djimon Hounsou is best known for his roles in the films AmistadGladiator and Blood Diamond, and was even nominated for Best Supporting Actor. To appear as Korath in Guardians of the Galaxy he had to wear blue contact lenses, a prostethic headpiece and an armor that made him less likable.

#5. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Algrim/Kurse

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Known for his role in Lost, Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje was unrecognizable under both costumes he had to don in the MCU film Thor: The Dark World. His first costume involved a bleached wig, white eyebrows and bright blue contact lenses. When he transformed in the monster Kurse, he wore a spiky bodice and bony headpiece, impossible to know who he was!

#4. Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius

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Known for his role as Hannibal Lecter in the TV series of the same name, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen had a great year 2016. He starred in two films of two very famous franchises: Star Wars: Rogue One and Doctor Strange. In order to play his part in the MCU, he had to wear some serious makeup creating a purple and grey effect around his eyes, and a silver ponytail wig.

#3. Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser

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Lee Pace has a history with make up in several films in which he appeared. As Ronan the Accuser, Thanos’ deputy in Guardians of the Galaxy, apart from several layers of makeup, he had to wear a cloaking head piece and a bulky bodice. That is why nobody could have recognized him!

#2. Cate Blanchett as Hela

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As the Goddess of Death in Thor: Ragnarok, Cate Blanchett sported a traditionally black goth look as opposed to her real blonde self.

She explained how she approaches to beauty: “I always find people attractive when they are comfortable with their own skin and not trying to be someone else, but their best selves”.

#1. Josh Brolin as Thanos

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In order to become the Mad Titan for Avengers: Infinity War, Josh Brolin had to shoot all of his scenes with a motion capture suit, and most effects of his character were added in post-production. In real life, Brolin has handsome features and has even starred as the leading man in some romantic films as Labor Day together with Kate Winslet. Brolin also appeared as Cable in the film Deadpool 2.

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