From Brie Larson to Kumail Nanjiani, 11 ‘Community’ Stars which might be within the MCU

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Now that followers are getting an opportunity to revisit Community on Netflix, they’re realizing what number of ties the present has to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it comes as no shock, contemplating how witty and humorous Marvel films will be. 

The most evident connection:  Anthony and Joe Russo —  the sequence showrunners who went on to direct 4 of the most well-liked Marvel films lately, together with Avengers: Endgame.  But there are additionally a variety of actors who’re linked to each worlds. From Brie Larson to Kumail Nanjiani, listed here are 10 Community stars which might be a part of the MCU. 

Brie Larson at the world premiere of 'Avengers: Endgame'
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‘Captain Marvel’ star Brie Larson had a recurring function on ‘Community’

The world is aware of Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, the titular superhero from Captain Marvel. But earlier than she joined the MCU, Larson had a small recurring function on Community. She performed Abed’s understanding and equally quirky girlfriend, Rachel.

Larson solely appeared on three episodes in Seasons four and 5, however she left a long-lasting impression. If the rumored Community film occurs, followers are hoping she reprises the function in some capability. 

MCU’s ‘The Eternals’ star Kumail Nanjiani performed a Greendale Custodian

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In the upcoming MCU Phase four movie, The Eternals, Kumail Nanjiani will tackle the function of the Eternal superhero, Kingo. But again within the day, the actor starred on two episodes of Community

In “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking” and “Modern Espionage,” Nanjiani performs Custodian Lapari — the Greendale Community College Deputy Custodian who serves as the fitting hand to Chief Custodian, Bob Waite (Nathan Fillion).

Walton Goggins performed Pierce’s lawyer on Season 5 of ‘Community’

Walton Goggins, Joel Mchale, and Ken Jeong on ‘Community’ | Justin Lubin/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal/Getty Images

In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Walter Goggins portrays Sonny Burch — the villainous black market prison who’s hellbent on stealing Hank Pym’s quantum expertise. But on Community, the actor appeared on one pivotal episode. 

On “Cooperative Polygraphy,” Goggins performed Pierce’s lawyer, Mr. Stone, who’s charged with administering polygraph exams and handing out inheritances to the research group proper after Pierce’s funeral. Because the actor was unable to make it to the May 18 digital reunion and desk learn of this episode, The Mandalorian star, Pedro Pascal will learn Goggin’s half. 

‘Community’ star Donald Glover was in MCU’s ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

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As Troy Barnes on Community, Donald Glover really let his comedic expertise shine. He’s since taken on rather more critical roles, each on and off-screen as a author, director, and musician.

But the actor additionally took on a small function in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. In the movie, Glover performs Aaron Davis, a well-intentioned low-level prison who helps Spider-Man (Tom Holland) foil an arms deal. 

Danny Pudi had a cameo in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

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On Community, Danny Pudi performs Abed Nadir — the popular culture aficionado who can flip any scenario right into a film or TV reference.  The actor didn’t have a significant function within the MCU, however he did get a cameo in one of many franchise’s largest movies. 

Pudi performed a Shield Com Tech (with the nametag “Moore”) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the scene, when he notices communications interference and goes to open the door, he’s met by Captain America (Chris Evans), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). 

Jim Rash performs a university dean in ‘Community’ and the ‘MCU’

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Apparently, Jim Rash is nice at taking part in faculty deans. On Community, he has the recurring function of Craig Pelton — the splashy Dean of Greendale Community College. 

And in Captain America: Civil War, Rash makes a cameo because the Dean of MIT. In the scene, he hosts Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) after his MIT Alumni Honors speech. 

Ken Jeong had a cameo in ‘Avengers: Endgame’

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On Community, Ken Jeong performed the zany Spanish teacher-turned-student, Ben Chang.  The actor, who is nice associates with Joe Russo, made a small cameo on one of many filmmaker’s largest Marvel movies. 

In Avengers: Endgame, Jeong performs a safety guard on responsibility on the warehouse the place Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), rematerializes. When he sees Scott on the safety cameras asking for assist, Jeong’s character lets him out. 

Yvette Nicole Brown was a SHIELD agent

Yvette Nicole Brown performs the kind-hearted, but quick-tempered Shirley Bennett on 5 seasons of Community. But the actress additionally had a fast cameo in Avengers: Endgame

She is within the scene the place Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) return in time to the outdated SHIELD bunker. When they get on the elevator, they encounter a SHIELD agent performed by Brown. 

Randall Park was on ‘Community’ and ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

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He’s most identified for his function on Fresh Off the Boat, however Randall Park was additionally featured on a couple of episodes of Community. He first appeared on the webisode, The 5 A’s, which was launched earlier than the pilot. 

And in Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, Randall takes on the function of FBI Agent Jimmy Woo — the agent accountable for maintaining a tally of Scott’s home 

Martin Starr performs a trainer in ‘Community’ and ‘Spider-Man’

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In Season 3, Episode 2 of Community, “Geography of Global Conflict,” Martin Starr performs Professor Cligoris — the political science professor who moderates Annie’s (Alison Brie) Model UN competitors.

As a part of the MCU, the actor seems in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home. In each movies, Starr performs Peter’s (Tom Holland) science trainer, Roger Harrington, who’s liable for taking the category on their journeys to Washington D.C. and Europe.  

Nathan Fillion made cameos in ‘Community’ and the ‘MCU’

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He’s identified for his roles on The Rookie, Firefly, and Castle, however Nathan Fillion additionally made a couple of temporary appearances on Community. In the sixth season, he performed Greendale’s Chief Custodian, Bob Waite.

And whereas they might be small, Fillion additionally has connections to the MCU. In Guardians of the Galaxy, he voiced one of many Blue Alien prisoners. And in a deleted scene within the sequel, Fillion performed Simon Williams, aka Wonderman.

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