Why Were All of These Marvel Actors At Toronto International Film Festival 2019?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is made up of many acclaimed actors. However, some of them are known primarily for their roles in the interconnected comic book universe — after all, movies like Avengers: Endgame are the highest-grossing in the world. But these are also actors with a lot of range, as seen by their myriad other projects.

In fact, some of the biggest even dive into the indie scene, like the kinds of flicks seen at the Toronto International Film Festival. This is where the most notable of independent films are screened, including many that will end up being Oscar contenders. Which is why a few MCU stars were at TIFF this year. Read on to learn who was there.

Chris Evans

Chris Evans poses with fans at the Knives Out TIFF 2019 premiere
Chris Evans poses with fans at the Knives Out TIFF 2019 premiere | GP Images/Getty Images

Yup, that’s right: Captain America himself was there in all his glory. Evans, who began portraying Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), has been a staple of the MCU for many years now. However, since exiting, he’s taken on a few new projects.

Evans was at TIFF for the premiere of his new film, Knives Out. In the film, he plays the “vile” and “despicable (his words) Ransom, one of many heirs to the fortune of their recently-deceased patriarch. He’s also a suspect in said person’s murder.

Scarlett Johansson 

Actress Scarlett Johansson isn’t quite finished playing Black Widow — after first establishing the character of Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man 2 (2010), she’ll return ten years later to finish her the assassin’s saga in the upcoming Black Widow, which takes place years before her death in Avengers: Endgame.

Johansson has spent the last several years engrossed in the MCU, but now, she has two films that are contenders for the upcoming award’s season: Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit, both of which were shown at TIFF. The latter brought out a couple of other big Marvel names, like Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), and Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2). 

Brie Larson 

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Captain Marvel was also in attendance. Brie Larson is a newer addition to MCU, having starred as Carol Danvers in the first female-led standalone flick, Captain Marvel, as well as appearing in Avengers: Endgame, both released this year. 

Both Larson was at TIFF promoting her new film, Just Mercy. The movie was written and directed by Daniel Destin Cretton, with whom Larson has worked previously on Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle with, and who is at the helm of the upcoming MCU entry Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Michael B. Jordan 

Actor Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger was a one-and-done bad guy in 2018’s Black Panther. Though we likely won’t be seeing him again in the MCU, he’s still worth noting as an important part of the franchise.

Jordan was also at TIFF for Just Mercy, alongside Larson. He’s a co-producer for the legal drama, in which he portrays real-life attorney Bryan Stevenson, who represents Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx) in appealing his murder conviction. 

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