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MCU Actors You Didn’t Know Were Canadian



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The Marvel universe has been widely known to be very New York-centric. So much so in fact, that Moon Knight‘s Steven Grant was made British because there were “too many characters in New York.” Whether it was the Avengers headquarters, the Sanctum Sanctorum, or the home of Spider-Man, it has always seemed like everything was focused on one city. The real-life people behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, more frequently come from across the globe. One of those countries has been Canada, the land of poutine, ketchup chips, maple syrup, and double doubles.

Although the Canadian mutant, Wolverine, has yet to join the MCU, many American characters have been played by Canadian actors and actresses. Unlike actors such as Tom Holland who had to change his accent for Spider-Man, these performers have largely been able to keep their mode of English pronunciation the same. That has helped them more seamlessly step into their roles. These are the MCU actors you might not have known were Canadian.

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Kamala Khan was introduced in the Ms. Marvel Disney+ series, but has been confirmed to appear in the upcoming Phase Four film The Marvels. The character resides in New Jersey, but actress Iman Vellani actually comes from Canada. Vellani told Esquire that she was born in Pakistan and moved to Canada when she was a year old. Most notably, she attended the same high school as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader himself, Hayden Christensen. Vellani was also involved in the same drama program as Christensen, resulting in her drama teacher “thriving” after teaching both Darth Vader and Ms. Marvel.

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Rachel McAdams, who played Christine Palmer in Doctor Strange and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, was born in London, Ontario. This was the same city where Justin Bieber was born and where Shang-Chi‘s Simu Liu attended university. McAdams grew up in Canada, was raised in St. Thomas, and later graduated from a theater degree program at Toronto’s York University. Both the main MCU and Earth-838’s Christine Palmer have focused their operations in New York City.

Both Shang-Chi and actor Simu Liu were born in China, but while Shang-Chi relocated to San Francisco, Liu immigrated with his parents to Kingston, Ontario. Liu grew up in Mississauga and attended UTS during high school. He later studied business administration at the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Business School, a program he graduated from in 2011. After Liu was laid off from his accounting job at Deloitte, a career as an actor and stuntman began. Liu recently hosted the 2022 Juno Awards where he delivered a great speech on being Canadian.

Deadpool has undoubtedly become one of the most popular Canadian characters in film. The character has not yet joined the MCU, but that will soon change. Writer Michael Waldron even shared that there were discussions to feature Deadpool in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Like Wade Wilson, actor Ryan Reynolds has his origins in Canada before moving to the United States. Reynolds was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and only became a U.S. citizen when he approached his 40s. In late 2021, Reynolds was awarded a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award (via CBC) for his philanthropy and contributions to Canadian culture.