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10 MCU Actors Who Appeared On Law & Order
2023/02/16

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With Tatiana Maslany's proving to be a hit with critics (earning 85% on ), and Charlie Cox's Daredevil also getting his own MCU show in 2024, there's a possibility that the franchise may include more courtroom drama sequences in the near future.

If this is Feige's plan, then most of the MCU actors won't struggle to adapt too much since many of them have worked on similar projects in the past (like and its various spinoffs). While they don't play superheroes there, some of the characters did have a lot in common with their MCU counterparts, so it would be interesting to hear whether their experience on the

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franchise helped them with their performance.

Sebastian Stan - Law & Order

Season 13, Episode 22

Before becoming the MCU's The Winter Soldier, Sebastian Stan made his screen debut in a 2003 episode of entitled "Sheltered." Stan plays Justin Lafferty, a teenage sniper arrested for murdering four people as a way to prevent his father figure, Henry Capshaw, from being fired. When prosecutors learn Justin was taken from his real parents and abused by Henry, complications in the case arise.

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In a precocious performance from Stan that proved he was just as talented as the more experienced adult actors (including future fellow MCU actor Ty Burrell as Henry), the range he shows, from a crestfallen innocent to icy manipulator, foreshadows the beginning of his MCU arc when he is turned into the Winter Soldier.

Michael B. Jordan - Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 9, Episode 15

Prior to suiting up as Killmonger in Michael B. Jordan starred as boxer Danny Ford in

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. The "Inhumane Society" episode follows Ford, who is fresh out of jail after partaking in an illegal dog-fighting ring and is coming to terms with his friend's murder.

In a physically taxing performance that surely helped him land the starring role in as well, Jordan shows tremendous athleticism in the early TV role that would later pay dividends in his work in the MCU (especially during those epic showdowns with T'Challa).

Samuel L. Jackson - Law & Order

Season 1, Episode 14

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Two decades before donning the eyepatch as Nick Fury, Samuel L. Jackson played Defense Attorney Louis Taggert in "The Violence of Summer" during season 1 of the hit legal drama. As the defense attorney of the primary suspect in the episode, Taggert must prove that the alleged perpetrator is not responsible for raping a news reporter.

Given his long and extensive filmography, some MCU fans may not have realized Jackson's was in since he appeared in only 1 episode (and happened early on in his career). However, it is interesting to see how vastly different his performance as Taggert and Fury are - especially in terms of mannerisms and attitude.

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Sam Rockwell - Law & Order

Season 2, Episode 20, Season 3, Episode 21

Prior to playing Justin Hammer in , Oscar-winning on in 1991 and 1992. In the latter episode "Manhood," Rockwell provides a difficult turn as Officer Weddeker, a homophobic police officer who failed to provide his partner the proper backup.

While Weddeker shares little in common with Hammer outside their wrongheaded villainy, Rockwell's diverse talent and fearlessness to play a wide range of unpredictable characters, both good and bad, are what makes him such a beloved actor.

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Hopefully, he returns to the MCU sometime in his career.

Emily VanCamp - Law & Order: SVU

Season 8, Episode 14

Seven years before depicting Sharon Carter in the MCU, played a teenage suspect on the season 8 episode "Dependent." VanCamp plays Charlotte Truex, a young teen who can't remember where she was the night someone broke into her house, killed her mother, and attacked her father.

A far cry from the Power Broker (aka Agent 13) in the movies, VanCamp's performance on

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is just as commanding, convincing, and unpredictable as her work as Sharon Carter. VanCamp manages to keep viewers guessing about Charlotte's innocence/guilt right up to the final riveting moments, which is a testament to her talent.

Zoe Saldaña - Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU

Season 5, Episode 21 & Season 9, Episode 24

in five MCU movies, including the upcoming . Much like Sebastian Stan, Saldaña made her screen debut on , playing a minor character named Belinca in "Refuge Part 2.

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" Five years later, Saldaña played a more prominent character named Gabrielle Vega in 's season 5 episode "Criminal."

As Gabrielle, Saldana gives a heartfelt turn as the daughter of a man framed for the murder of a woman. When her father writes a suicide note, she returns to the and gives an emotional plea to prevent something bad from happening. Just as Gamora tends to add to the pathos of the Guardians, Saldaña showed great emotional range in her early TV stint.

Chadwick Boseman - Law & Order

Season 14, Episode 16

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A transcendent generational talent, it was easy to see how skilled Chadwick Boseman was after appearing on the episode "Can I Get A Witness?", just the third screen credit of his brilliant career.

Unlike the heroic and benevolent King of Wakanda, Boseman played a terrifying drug dealer named Foster Keyes on , a ruthless criminal who murders a boy in a park before targeting a pair of witnesses. The menacing performance proves the vast acting range Boseman had in his 20s before becoming a bona fide movie star a few short years later.

Mahershala Ali - Law & Order: SVU

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Season 11, Episode 1

Prior to playing Eric Brooks (aka Blade in MCU's ), the two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali starred in one of the most devastating episodes inhistory. As Mark Foster in "Unstable," Ali plays a serial sex offender, who is responsible for crimes another man took the fall for and was imprisoned 25 years earlier.

Coldblooded, calculating, and more evil than ever before, Ali's unforgettable turn as Foster eclipses even Cottonmouth's brutality. But to make such a vile character truly loathsome requires excellent acting, and Ali shows in an early role why he has the onscreen command to play a character like Blade in the upcoming standalone MCU movie.

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Bradley Cooper - Law & Order SVU & Trial By Jury

Season 1, Episode 11 & Season 6, Episode 20

Although he only voices Rocket, Bradley Cooper's comedic presence is felt all throughout the MCU. However, Cooper's 2005 crossover appearance as Jason Whitaker in "Day" and "Night" is nowhere near as amusing, as he plays the attorney for a wealthy family accused of exploiting undocumented immigrants. Cooper costarred along with fellow MCU actor Alfred Molina in the two-part episode.

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Considered one of the is set to return to the MCU alongside Zoe Saldaña for on May 5, 2023, marking almost 18 years to the day since appearing on . The mark of a great actor, both Jason and Rocket couldn't be further from each other yet are no less credible.

Idris Elba - Law & Order

Season 12, Episode 9

Way before he suited up as Heimdall in the movies, Idris Elba stood out as Lonnie Liston in 's "3 Dawg Night" episode. As a nightclub owner who may or may not have witnessed a murder in his place, Liston keeps his cards close to the vest until the shocking finale.

Even in an early TV role, Elba is thoroughly believable in a managerial role of authority, something Heimdall demonstrates as well as the Asgardian gatekeeper who watches over the nine realms. Elba's other well-known character, Stringer Bell, had those leadership qualities as well, which speak to the actor's onscreen gravitas and charisma that has only gotten stronger and more refined over time.

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