8 Marvel Actors Who Starred In ‘Black Mirror’ Episodes
At one point, there was a significant stigma in Hollywood — once you become a movie star, you don’t return to TV. That indicated a step back in your career. But today, very few actors feel that way. Still, those who star in Marvel films are very busy, meaning that if they do TV, they might limit it to an anthology series, like Black Mirror. Here are eight of the MCU stars who have appeared on the acclaimed program.
Before his breakout role in Get Out, British actor Daniel Kaluuya appeared on several British TV series. He got his start in Skins, for which he was also a writer. And, in 2011, he starred in one of the first three Black Mirror episodes, titled “Fifteen Million Merits.” The episode sees his character, Bing, risk all of his “currency” in order to help out a talented young woman.
Since Get Out, Kaluuya has continued to soar in his career. He portrayed W’Kabi, a Wakandan soldier, in Black Panther. There’s no word as to whether he will reprise his role in the upcoming sequel.
The first season of Black Mirror was highly regarded, and a second came in early 2013. The season kicked off with “Be Right Back,” about a woman who, rather than grieving her deceased boyfriend, utilizes AI software to “recreate him.” Hayley Atwell plays the women, Martha.
Atwell had various recurring roles on TV in the UK before landing the role of Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger. She has continued to appear briefly in the MCU, as well as on the short-lived series Agent Carter. Additionally, Atwell has voiced the character for animated programs and videos games.
Actress Hannah John-Kamen was relatively unknown when she appeared in 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp as Ghost. That was actually her breakout year on the big screen, as she also had roles in two other big budget films released around the same time: Tomb Raider and Ready Player One. Before that, she was best known for her role on the series Killjoys.
John-Kamen has had small roles in not one, but two Black Mirror episodes. She played Selma, a reality show contestant, in “Fifteen Million Merits.” John-Kamen then had a slightly larger role as tech reporter Sonja in “Playtest,” which also starred Wyatt Russell as a nomad who takes a gig testing a video game.
The sixth and final episode of Black Mirror Season 3 (the first to appear exclusively on Netflix) is “Hated in the Nation,” which addresses the very real issue of the declining bee population worldwide. Benedict Wong portrays NCA officer Shaun Li, who works with detectives to find out the truth behind artificial bees that are linked to recent deaths.
Wong has acted in many well-known projects over the past 25 years but has become even more famous since playing Wong in Doctor Strange and subsequent Marvel films. If they ever get around to making Doctor Strange 2, expect to see him play the role at least once more.
She may be Shuri in the MCU, but just before the acclaimed Marvel film hit theaters, Letitia Wright starred in the final episode of Black Mirror Season 3, titled “Black Museum.” She portrays Nish, a young woman who receives a guided tour of a museum with displays you’ll have to see to believe.
Wright earned an Emmy nomination for her part in Black Mirror, and though she didn’t win, it’s definitely not going to be her last major nod. The last few years have brought an arc on Humans, another big-budget film appearance with Ready Player One, and the upcoming Murder on the Orient Express sequel, Death on the Nile.
Anthony Mackie has portrayed Sam Wilson / Falcon in the MCU for the past five years. Now, he’s got more Marvel on the horizon, after Cap gifted him his shield in Avengers: Endgame. Mackie is set to star in the upcoming Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Additionally, Mackie has several other projects on the way. He stars in the first episode of the new season of Black Mirror, titled “Striking Vipers.” This is also the name of the video game in the episode, which Mackie’s character, Danny, begins to play.
Speaking of Striking Vipers, Pom Klementieff stars alongside her MCU cast member Mackie in this episode. She plays the video game character Roxette, a badass fighter.
Klementieff is best known for portraying Mantis in the MCU. Her character is first introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but she goes on to appear in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. She will, undoubtedly, go on to reprise the role in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
This is one Marvel cameo fans aren’t all familiar with. Cyrus voiced Mainframe in one of the five end credit scenes from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Cyrus’ acting career hasn’t been her primary focus over the years, but she’s now combined her two worlds with her role in the new Black Mirror episode “Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too,” in which she plays a pop star.