Emilia Clarke Joins the Star Wars and Marvel Club

Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Courtesy of Disney/Lucasfilm.

Emilia Clarke is the latest actress to join both the Star Wars and Marvel universes with her casting in Disney’s Secret Invasion series.

Clarke, who previously starred as Qi’ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story, joins the recently announced Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman in the cast. The duo joins Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Kingsley Ben-Adir in the series. Jackson and Mendelsohn are both members of the Star Wars and Marvel universe. If you recall, Jackson portrayed Jedi Master Mace Windu during the Star Wars prequels. Mendelsohn appeared as Orson Krennic in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The duo co-starred in Captain Marvel but Jackson has been in the Marvel Universe since appearing as S.H.I.E.LD. director Nick Fury in Iron ManVariety reported the Emilia Clarke casting news. Kyle Bradstreet is currently set to write and executive produce.

The casting announcement also got me to start thinking about how many people have appeared in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Star Wars saga. By MCU, I’m focusing on the films since Iron Man kicked things off in 2008. I’m also counting the ABC series: Agents of S.H.I.E.LD., Agent Carter, and Inhumans. Below that list, I will list those actors appearing in both Star Wars and X-Men/Fantastic Four/Daredevil/Elektra/Blade/Non-MCU Spider-Man films.

Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe

  • Samuel L. Jackson: Mace Windu (Star Wars) and Nick Fury (various Marvel projects)
  • Natalie Portman: Padmé Amidala (Star Wars prequels) and Jane Foster (Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Love and Thunder)
  • Richard Armitage: Naboo fighter pilot Tonra (The Force Awakens) and Heinz Kruger (Captain America: The First Avenger)
  • Peter Serafinowicz: Darth Maul voice (The Phantom Menace) and Garthan Saal (Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Lupita Nyong’o: Maz Kanata (Sequel trilogy) and Nakia (Black Panther)
  • Andy Serkis: Supreme Leader Snoke (Sequel trilogy) and Ulysses Klaue (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Panther)
  • Mads Mikkelson: Galen Erso (Rogue One) and Kaecillus (Doctor Strange)
  • Spencer Wilding: Darth Vader (Rogue One) and Mean Guard (Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Ken Leung: Admiral Statura (The Force Awakens) and Karnak (Inhumans)
  • Benicio Del Toro: DJ (The Last Jedi) and Taneleer Tivan/The Collector (Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War)
  • Forest Whitaker: Saw Gerrera (Rogue One, Star Wars Rebels) and Zuri (Black Panther)
  • Jon Favreau: Rio Durant (Solo), The Mandalorian creator, and Happy Hogan (various Marvel projects)
  • Ben Mendolsohn: Orson Krennic (Rogue One) and Talos (Captain Marvel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Secret Invasion)
  • Donald Glover: Lando Calrissian (Solo) and Aaron Davis (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
  • Paul Bettany: Dryden Vos (Solo) and Jarvis/Vision (various Marvel projects)
  • Hannah John-Kamen: First Order Officer (The Force Awakens) and Ava Starr/Ghost (Ant-Man and the Wasp)
  • Ming-Na Wen: Fennac Shand (The Mandalorian, The Bad Batch, The Book of Boba Fett) and Agent Melinda May (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
  • Taika Waititi: IG-11/director (The Mandalorian) and Korg/director (Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Endgame)
  • Thomas E. Sullivan: Co-pilot (The Mandalorian) and Nathaniel Malick (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
  • Erin Kellyman: Enfys Nest (Solo) and Karli Morgenthau (The Falcon and The Winter Soldier)
  • Ben Schwartz: BB-8 (Sequel trilogy) and Lou (M.O.D.O.K.)
  • Cailey Fleming: Young Rey (Sequel trilogy) and Young Sylvie/Enchantress (Loki)
  • Richard E. Grant: General Pryde (The Rise of Skywalker) and undisclosed character (Loki)
  • Emilia Clarke: Qi’ra (Solo) and unknown character (Secret Invasion)
  • Stellan Skarsgård: Erik Selvig (Thor, Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers) and unknown character (Andor)
  • Oscar Isaac: Poe Dameron (Sequel trilogy) and Marc Spector/Moon Knight (Moon Knight) (Also cast as Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse)

Star Wars and Marvel Netflix Series

  • Jessica Henwick: Pava (The Force Awakens) and Colleen Wing (Iron Fist, The Defenders, Luke Cage)
  • Rosario Dawson: Ahsoka Tano (The Mandalorian, Ahsoka) and Claire Temple (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders)

Star Wars and X-Men/Fantastic Four/Daredevil/Elektra/Blade/Non-MCU Spider-Man

  • Ray Park: Darth Maul (The Phantom Menace, The Clone Wars) and Toad (X-Men)
  • Donnie Yen: Chirrut (Rogue One) and Snowman (Blade II)
  • Terrence Stamp: Chancellor Valorum (The Phantom Menace) and Stick (Elektra)
  • Rose Byrne: Dormé (Attack of the Clones) and CIA Agent Moira MacTaggert (X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Apocalypse)
  • Felicity Jones: Jyn Erso (Rogue One) and Felicia Hardy/Black Cat (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
  • Riz Ahmed: Bodhi Rook (Rogue One) and Carlton Drake/Riot (Venom, Venom: Let There Be Carnage)
  • Woody Harrelson: (Solo) and Cletus Kasady/Carnage (Venom, Venom: Let There Be Carnage)
  • Gina Carano: Cara Dune (The Mandalorian) and Angel (Deadpool)

Secret Invasion doesn’t have a premiere date but will stream on Disney+.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.