These 20+ Photos Show How Avengers Stars Looked As Kids

2. Paul Rudd – Ant-Man

Paul Rudd’s 2015 entry into the MCU, simply titled Ant-Man, was so refreshingly peppy it seemed to blindside many cinemagoers. The film depicted Rudd’s character Scott Lang as a former systems engineer and petty criminal who becomes the next Ant-Man after Hank Pym, once Pym gives him a suit which allows him to shrink down to the size of an ant and while retaining his strength. Since then, Rudd has become a fan favourite and featured as Ant-Man in multiple MCU films including Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Endgame. There’s also an Ant-Man sequel titled Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania scheduled for release in February 2023.

For an actor whose agelessness has become the stuff of Hollywood legend, we promise he was, in fact, young once. Not only was Rudd young, but look at that magnificent hair! And that handsome smile! He’s also dropped the tie, unlike those losers Matt Bailey, Mike Roberts and Karl Myers.

3. Benedict Cumberbatch – Doctor Strange

Once upon a time, Benedict Cumberbatch was a classically trained actor who brought Sherlock Holmes to a new, swooning audience. Since he swanned onto screens in 2010 as the dashing detective, Cumberbatch garnered a cult following all across the globe. Cumberbatch’s performances on British TV shows (as well as his cumbersome, meme-worthy name) soon caught the attention of executives across the pond, and he landed the role of interdimensional kaleidoscope wizard Doctor Steven Strange.

The 2016 film saw Cumberbatch star as the eponymous Doctor Strange, and tracks his journey to learns the mystic arts after a devastating car crash puts an end to his career as a neurosurgeon. Strange also appears in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). He’s also expected to feature in Spider-Man: No Way Home later this year, and in the Multiverse of Madness in 2022. But it’s not like Cumberbatch was a theatre nerd his whole life – just take a look at this photo of a young Benny C in a rugby team! We’d recognise that face and smile anywhere.