The Marvel Cinematic Universe is home to several of our favorite heroes. The franchise has been commercially successful so far. An example is its Avengers: Infinity War breaking a record of $630 million in ticket sales during the opening weekend alone.
Often, as fans, we forget that behind our heroes are real humans just like us. And they have embarrassing moments too.
Here are some cringe-worthy things our favorite superheroes did before they became the heroes we know them as today.
1. When Captain America Was Mr. Whipped Cream
This pic from Not Another Teen Movie earns its number one slot here, Chris Evans had to do some pretty embarrassing things in that film.
2. Dr. Strange Can’t Say Penguin
In 2009, Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange) narrated an entire BBC nature documentary on penguins and didn't once pronounce the animal's name correctly.
3. Scarlett Johansson’s Prom Flashback
Scarlett Johansson prom picture surfaced on the internet, and she was not looking great in it.
4. The Picture Tom Hiddleston (Loki) Is Wishing You Were Not Seeing
In 2016, Robert Downey Jr. posted a pic of Tom wearing an ‘I (heart) T. S.’ shirt on Instagram and captioned it “Join me in welcoming the biggest T. Stark fan of them all” – We believe the T. S. actually stands for Taylor Swift, whom Tom dated for a brief three months, and not Tony Stark.
5. When Zoe Saldana Starred In A Movie With Britney Spears
In 2002, Zoe Saldana co-starred with Britney Spears in Crossroads –the movie received such negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, it was considered mildly better than Mariah Carey's, Glitter, movie.
6. Tom Holland Was A Ballerina
In his early days, our beloved Spider-Man was a ballet dancer in Billy Elliot the Musical Live.
7. Mark Ruffalo Sold Acne Cream
In 1989, Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk) was making ends meet by starring in the Zap and Double Zap Clearasil commercials –although he only vaguely remembers shooting it.
8. Chloe Bennet’s Chinese Pop Star Days
Chloe has described her Chinese pop career as about as awkward as it sounds. Uh Oh, and Beautiful are two of Chloe Bennet's cheesy Chinese pop videos that are still lurking in the depths of YouTube.
9. Vin Diesel's Babysitter Era
In 2005, Vin (who voices Groot) starred in the family comedy movie, The Pacifier, where he plays the role of a United States Navy SEAL –but he spends most of the film with at least two babies strapped to him as the babysitter to five kids.
10. Reality TV Cameos Elizabeth Olsen Wishes We'd Forget
Our very own Scarlet Witch doesn't just have two whole years of her sisters' reality shows to her name, she accompanied them in The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley: The Case of The U.S. Space Camp Mission, plus, an Olsen Twins Mother's Day Special movie.
11. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Lifestyle Website Unreasonable Recommendations
Gwyneth’s lifestyle website, GOOP, has been repeatedly slammed for its unreasonable recommendations –$950 toilet tissue, $224 toothpaste squeezers, $15,000 adult accessories and a $46,000 Mahjong Set are just some of its recommendations.
12. Chris Pratt Looking A Little Different
Taking us back to 2002, this unrecognizable pic of Star-Lord might say funny –Superhero? Not quite.
13. Scarlett Johansson’s Cringe-worthy Music Video Cameo
In the music video of What Goes Around Comes Around for Justin Timberlake that starred Scarlett Johansson, we see them both in a swimming pool (amongst other places) –it's not the worst thing in the world, but it's hardly A-List actress material.
14. Natalie Portman Giving Her Body Double Zero Credit
In 2010, Natalie was cast as the deeply psychologically disturbed ballerina in the movie Black Swan, her body double for the film said that only 5% were indeed Natalie– Natalie found herself in deep water for giving Sarah Lane of the American Ballet Theater zero credit.
15. Thor's Soap Opera Days
Between 2004 and 2007, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) starred in no less than 191 episodes of Home and Away– the staple daytime TV soap opera where nothing much ever happens, and everybody somehow lives by the beach.
16. Those Jeremy Renner Commercials
Jeremy (Agent Barton), in his early years, had starred in a lot of commercials – his commercial portfolio includes ads for Kodak cameras, Bud Light beer, Aquafina bottled water, Kia automobiles, Duracell batteries, and a few others.
17. Evangeline Lilly As Uncredited Locker Girl
Evangeline Lilly (The Wasp), in the 2003 film, Freddy vs. Jackson, was given no credits at all–her title in the movie was School Student -Next to Locker (uncredited).
18. And Here Is One Of Clark Gregg’s
This pic of Agent Coulson (played by Clark Gregg) dressed as Agent Carter (played by Hayley Atwell) didn't just come with fake tears and streaming eyeliner –it came with a full performance of Queen's We Are The Champions.
19. Paul Rudd's Hair Evolution Through The ’90s
Paul Rudd has had a lucrative and very varied career, best summed up by lots of roles and terrible haircuts.
20. Iron Man Has Acted In Some Cringe-Worthy Movies
Robert Downey Jr. has starred in about 60 movies, and it's up to you to decide how many of those you're willing to rank as cringe-worthy.
Some of them speak for themselves – movies like, Rented Lips, One Night Stand, Baby It's You, Lucky You, Whatever We Do, The Shaggy Dog, and Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree, to mention a few.
These are some of the cringe-worthy movies he has starred in.