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Captain America cast and characters - where are they now?

The Captain America cast list has grown to an enormous size, but these are the MCU characters you need to remember from the action-packed Marvel movies.

Captain America cast

Who is in the Captain America cast? Dubbed “the first Avenger” when he was introduced to the MCU in 2011, Captain America swiftly became one of the most important heroes of the Infinity Saga. As with many of the biggest Avengers team members, he has an ensemble of great characters around him.

The red, white, and blue hero has been the moral center of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since he first appeared, bringing some of the best MCU characters into line with his strong principles. However, the MCU movies have seen fit to question that righteousness across the franchise, pushing Cap to reconsider his loyalties and political stance.

If you’re a bit confused about just who the key players in the Captain America cast are, we’ve broken down all the main figures for you. They include some of the best Marvel villains, too. (Be sure to peruse our guide to the Marvel movies in order ahead of the Captain America 4 release date as well.)

The main Captain America cast and characters:

  • Chris Evans as Steve Rogers
  • Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson
  • Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes
  • Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter
  • Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter
  • William Hurt/Harrison Ford as Thunderbolt Ross
  • Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff
  • Daniel Bruhl as Zemo
  • Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow, aka Crossbones
  • Hugo Weaving as Red Skull
  • Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury

Captain America cast

Captain America cast: Chris Evans as Steve Rogers in Avengers Endgame

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers

For three solo movies and numerous team-ups, Steve Rogers was the man behind the Captain America mantle. Handy with a vibranium shield — and a magic hammer, apparently — Steve was the de facto leader of the Avengers. In Endgame, though, he opted for retirement and passed on the shield.

Chris Evans had superhero experience before joining the MCU, having played the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four 2000s movies. Since leaving the MCU, he’s found movie villain roles in the likes of Knives Out and The Gray Man, as well as fronting drama movies like Gifted and the ill-fated comedy movie Ghosted.

Next, you can catch him in Pain Hustlers, the upcoming crime movie that also stars Emily Blunt, due to release in September 2023. Check out our list of the best Chris Evans movies for more from the main man, or look ahead to The Gray Man 2 release date for what else he might do next.

Anthony Mackie starred in acclaimed pictures throughout the 2000s and 2010s, including the war movie The Hurt Locker and sports movie Million Dollar Baby, before he was scooped up to join the MCU for Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014. He has balanced his superhero work with roles in the likes of Detroit, The Hate U Give, and the time travel movie Synchronic.

Captain America cast: Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes

Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes

Bucky has always been part of Cap’s story, from childhood friendship to brain-washed assassin to comrade in the fight against Thanos. Like Steve, Bucky is a man out of his own time struggling to find his way in the dangerous new world, while also grappling with the atrocities he committed while under Hydra control as The Winter Soldier.

After roles in TV series like Kings and Gossip Girl, Stan received the call-up to join the Marvel world. Since his debut, he has appeared in the science fiction movie The Martian and bagged a main role in the best Margot Robbie movie I, Tonya.

More recently, he played controversial rocker Tommy Lee in the Hulu series Pam and Tommy. He’s rumored to appear in Captain America: Brave New World as well, but take that with a pinch of salt.

Captain America cast: Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter in Captain America The First Avenger

Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter

The love of Steve Rogers’ life has been a big presence throughout the Captain America story since meeting Steve before his super-soldier experience. The two fell in love, only to be separated by time when he was frozen. Fortunately for both, the time travel mechanics of Endgame allowed them to have a happy ever after. In both the animated series What If…? and a Doctor Strange 2 cameo, Peggy has been able to throw the shield around herself as an alternate-universe incarnation of Cap: Captain Carter.

Hayley Atwell plays Peggy across all of her different appearances, including her spin-off Marvel series Agent Carter. The MCU provided her first major role, but she recently joined the Mission Impossible franchise and we expect her status to elevate. Excitingly, she’s also the voice of Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider anime series. Expect to see more of her when the Mission Impossible 8 release date rolls around, too.

Captain America cast: Hugo Weaving as Red Skull in Captain America The First Avenger

Hugo Weaving as Red Skull

The Big Bad of the first Captain America movie, Johann Schmidt was the head of Hydra during the Second World War. He acquired the Tesseract and aimed to use it to dominate the world, but was foiled by a freshly super-soldiered Steve. He reappeared in Avengers: Infinity War as the guardian of the Soul Stone on Vormir.

Hugo Weaving played Red Skull in the first Captain America movie. The actor was a well-known figure already, as Elrond in The Lord of the Rings movies and Agent Smith in The Matrix movies. When Red Skull appeared in Infinity War, it was The Walking Dead cast‘s Ross Marquand under the prosthetics instead.

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Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

Just as Captain America is a pillar of morality, Nick Fury is more than happy to dabble in the darker side of things. As the creator and director of S.H.I.E.L.D., he’s used to getting his hands dirty in a way that doesn’t always please Steve Rogers.

While he had a major part to play in The Winter Soldier, Fury was finally the star of the show in Secret Invasion. The Marvel series focuses on Fury as he tries to navigate a Skrull invasion of Earth. Samuel L. Jackson has also been in some of the best movies ever made, notably Pulp Fiction.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier cast

Captain America cast: Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson

With Evans gone, the new Captain America will not be a super-soldier at all. Having been a loyal buddy to Steve ever since he was unfrozen in the 21st century, as well as zooming around in a very cool wingsuit as Falcon, Sam Wilson will step up to wield the shield as Captain America in the immediate future of Marvel’s Phase 5. (We expect he’ll play a major role in the upcoming Avengers 5 release date.)

Captain America cast: Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff

Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff

One of the original members of the Avengers, Natasha Romanoff – aka Black Widow – made her first appearance as part of the Iron Man cast way back in Iron Man 2 and stuck around until departing the franchise with the spy movie Black Widow in 2021. That movie was released after her character died in Avengers: Infinity War (Marvel is confusing).

Natasha is a close friend and ally to Steve in the Captain America movies, as well as being a leader of the Avengers right up until her sacrifice on Vormir to retrieve the Soul Stone. Scarlett Johansson was already a huge star before joining the MCU (and one of the only ones to continuously choose interesting projects after), having starred in acclaimed movies like Lost in Translation, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and the brilliant Christopher Nolan movie, The Prestige.

She has balanced voice roles in films like Sing and appeared in the live-action Disney remake The Jungle Book, and some of her most critically lauded work includes Under the Skin, Jojo Rabbit, and Marriage Story. Most recently, she starred in Wes Anderson‘s Asteroid City.

Captain America cast: Emily Van Camp as Sharon Carter

Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter

Peggy might be gone by the time Steve wakes up in the 21st century, but her niece Sharon is around. Initially, she was introduced as Agent 13, but her family connection soon became clear, and she worked for both SHIELD and the CIA. In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, she was hiding in Madripoor, and we eventually learned she was pulling criminal strings as the Power Broker.

Outside of her MCU work, Emily VanCamp is best known for TV roles in the likes of Everwood and Brothers and Sisters. But her best-known role was in the thriller series Revenge, where she played possibly the baddest bitch of all time (in a good way).

Captain America: Civil War cast

Captain America cast: William Hurt as Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross

William Hurt/Harrison Ford as Thunderbolt Ross

Military man Ross first appeared way back in The Incredible Hulk as someone looking to recreate the super-soldier project, which later led to both Hulk and Abomination. By the time of Captain America: Civil War, he was Secretary of State and responsible for bringing superheroes under government control with the Sokovia Accords. He’s not quite a villain, but he certainly finds himself at odds with Steve.

Ross was played by the late William Hurt until his passing in 2022. The star won an Oscar for the ’80s movie Kiss of the Spider-Woman and was a respected star in movies like Broadcast News, A. I. Artificial Intelligence, and A History of Violence.

The incredible Hurt will be replaced in Captain America 4 by a man who needs little introduction. He’s Han Solo, he’s Indiana Jones, he’s Harrison Ford, and he’s finally a part of the MCU. Plus, you’ll see more from him as Ross in the upcoming Thunderbolts release date.

Captain America cast: Daniel Bruhl as Zemo in Captain America Civil War

Daniel Bruhl as Zemo

The main antagonist of Captain America: Civil War, Zemo, conjured a Machiavellian scheme to divide the Avengers after their actions in Sokovia during Avengers: Age of Ultron led to his family’s death. He was captured at the end of that movie but reappeared in the Disney Plus show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as a reluctant ally of the titular duo. He subsequently went viral for his dance moves, naturally.

Spanish-German actor Daniel Bruhl was already a seasoned villain thanks to his work in Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds and had also played F1 driver Niki Lauda in the exceptional biopic Rush. Since playing Zemo, he has continued to be a dependable Hollywood character actor in movies like Entebbe, The Cloverfield Paradox, and The King’s Man.

Captain America cast: Frank Grillo as Crossbones in Captain America Civil War

Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow, aka Crossbones

Brock Rumlow, who is much more evocatively known as Crossbones, made his debut in The Winter Soldier as a secret Hydra agent tasked with bringing in Steve Rogers. Naturally, that job left him beaten up and with some facial scarring.

In Civil War, he stole a biological weapon and then detonated his suicide vest in a last act of defiance. Wanda Maximoff contained the explosion but caused civilian casualties in the process, bringing about the Sokovia Accords.

Seasoned movie hardman Frank Grillo plays Rumlow. Audiences will have seen him in several entries of the horror movie franchise The Purge. He has also appeared in the likes of Zero Dark Thirty, End of Watch, and The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.

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The complete Captain America cast list:

Actor Captain America: The First Avenger Captain America: The Winter Soldier Captain America: Civil War
Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America) X X X
Sebastian Stan (James Buchanan ‘Bucky’ Barnes) X X X
Hayley Atwell (Margaret ‘Peggy’ Carter) X X X
Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/The Falcon) X X
Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury) X X
Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow) X X
Toby Jones (Arnim Zola) X X
Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter) X X
Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow/Crossbones) X X
Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch) X X
Hugo Weaving (Johann Schmidt / Red Skull) X
Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark) X
Stanley Tucci (Dr. Abraham Erskine) X
Tommy Lee Jones (Chester Phillips) X
Neal McDonough (Timothy ‘Dum Dum’ Dugan) X
Derek Luke (Gabe Jones) X
Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce) X
Jenny Agutter (Councilwoman Hawley) X
Bernard White (Councilman Singh) X
Alan Dale (Councilman Rockwell) X
Chin Han (Councilman Yen) X
Garry Shandling (Senator Stern) X
Maximiliano Hernández  (Jasper Sitwell) X
Georges St-Pierre (Georges Batroc) X
Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Pietro Maximoff) X
Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Wolfgang von Strucker) X
Daniel Brühl (Helmut Zemo) X
Robert Downey Jr (Tony Stark/Iron Man) X
Don Cheadle (Lieutenant James Rhodes/War Machine) X
Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye) X
Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther) X
Paul Bettany (Vision) X
Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man) X
 Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) X
 William Hurt (Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross) X
 Martin Freeman (Everett K. Ross) X
John Kani (King T’Chaka) X

For more from the big wide world of Marvel, check out our guides to the Deadpool 3 release date, the Thunderbolts release date, and the Blade release date. Also, be sure to read our detailed article on the best superhero movies of all time. And don’t forget to check out all the upcoming Marvel movies.

Or, read The Digital Fix’s musings on why Secret Invasion should have been an Avengers movie and why we still don’t know if Doctor Strange 2 is bad. Plus, you can check out all the new movies still to come in 2023.