In a recent post, we listed the main Star Wars characters from youngest to oldest. It was a fairly interesting task that showed you the basic relations between the characters and it might have explained why some characters acted as they did. In today’s article, we are going to do the same with the Avengers members, but concentrating solely on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), as listing all of the comic book members would be too extensive.
Marvel Comics is a comic book publishing company founded in 1939 under the name Timely Comics. Timely Comics changed its name to Marvel Comics in 1961. Along with its chief rival, DC Comics, Marvel Comics is the biggest and most important mainstream comic book publisher in the United States. Marvel has, along with DC Comics, contributed to the development of American comics, specializing in the superhero genre. Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby are just some of the pivotal writers who’ve helped shape the style and universes of Marvel Comics.
Throughout the years, Marvel has created several pivotal superhero characters and has launched successful franchises such as the Avengers, X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy, all of which have been adapted into movies, TV shows and video games. Some of the most famous Marvel Comics heroes are Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Wolverine, Professor X, Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey; but, the franchise also includes famous supervillains such as Thanos, Apocalypse, Galactus, Loki, Magneto, the Mandarin, Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin, Venom and others.
How Old Are the Avengers in the MCU?
Before we actually present our list, we have to state that it wasn’t easy to make it. Namely, while some characters on the list have known birth dates (not just years), others have absolutely nothing. Some characters died by the end of Infinity War (the Snap), some aren’t even human, while some are just secretive about their ages. This is why this list is going to contain only the characters whose ages are known, while others won’t be present on the list.
For some of those we can assume their ages – Scarlet Witch is probably around 30 years old, Ant-Man and Dr. Strange are probably in their 40s, etc. – while some – like Nebula, Rocket or Thanos – completely escape our guesses. This is why the list has been created as it has.
Oh, another thing. As for the exact ages, we used 2018 (Infinity War) as a starting point for the ages of the characters. So, all of these numbers are correct as of 2018. Why? Well, the Snap changed a lot. Some people disappeared and lost years of their lives, so in order to avoid any confusion, we took the numbers from the last time when they were correct without any temporal changes.
|Loki||1,053||Well… who can tell|
Now that you got the introduction, let us head to our list:
1) Vision – 3 years
Age: 3 years
Played by: Paul Bettany
This guy certainly doesn’t look like he was just three years old in 2018, but actually… he was. Namely, Vision is actually Tony Stark’s A.I. assistant J.A.R.V.I.S. uploaded into an artificial body made out of Vibranium and with the help of the Mind Stone. This body was initially made for Ultron to be his perfect form, but was taken by the Avengers and “inhabited” by J.A.R.V.I.S. This all happened in May 2015, which means that Vision – although looking like an adult – is actually just three years old. Vision would later become a member of the Avengers and was essential in their battle against Thanos, despite his tragic end.
2) Groot – 4 years
Age: 4 years
Played by: Vin Diesel (voice)
The current iteration of Groot in the MCU was actually born in August 2014, soon after the death of the “original” Groot introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy. A fan-favourite in the MCU, Groot is a loyal member of the Guardians of the Galaxy and the best friend of Rocket Racoon. Although he looked like a teenager in Infinity War, he was actually just four years old, but due to his species aging differently he looked much older. He is currently alive and is a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
3) Spider-Man – 17 years
Age: 17 years
Played by: Tom Holland
Spider-Man was introduced in the MCU in Civil War, when it was revealed that he was actually Tony Stark’s protégé. Peter Parker was born on August 10, 2001 and is currently residing with his aunt May Parker in New York. He is the youngest (human) member of the Avengers (we’re not counting the dead android and the alien tree) and has played an important role in Endgame. He is very different from the other Avengers due to his age and his relatively care-free approach to life and troublesome situations. One of the cornerstones of his character was his father-son relationship with Tony Stark, who was an important figure in Spider-Man’s life.
4) Shuri – 20 years
Age: 20 years
Played by: Letitia Wright
According to known data, Shuri was born in 1998 in Wakanda, as the sister of T’Challa, the future Black Panther. She is portrayed as being exceptionally intelligent, witty and a great inventor, but she also has great fighting skills, as demonstrated in the Avengers’ fight against Thanos. She is formally not a member of the Avengers – her loyalty lies with Wakanda – but she helped them fight Thanos which is why she is on this list.
5) Gamora – 29 years (?)
Age: 29 years (presumably?)
Played by: Zoe Saldana
Gamora is a Zehoberei that was “adopted” by Thanos when she was just a child, just as he was conquering her planet and killing the rest of her species. Along with Nebula, she became Thanos’s “daughter” and served him on his quest to conquer the universe, until she met the Guardians of the Galaxy and joined them, betraying Thanos. According to sources, she is 29 in Zehoberei years. The issue is that we don’t actually know how that translates to human years, so we’re just going to leave it as it is, presuming that the ratio is 1:1. Gamora is currently alive – although it is her time-travelled self, the original Gamora is dead – and is a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Status: Alive (well, technically…)
6) Black Widow – 34 years
Age: 34 years
Played by: Scarlett Johansson
Natalia Alianovna Romanoff was born in 1984 in the former Soviet Union. She was a Soviet spy, but was later recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D by Hawkeye. She is an excellent fighter and was one of the founding members of the Avengers, despite having no inherent superpowers or technical accessories. She survived Thanos’ snap in Infinity War but ultimately sacrificed herself on Vormir to save Hawkeye and obtain the Soul Stone, which was necessary to defeat Thanos in Endgame.
7) Maria Hill – 36 years
Age: 36 years
Played by: Cobie Smulders
Although Maria Hill is neither a superhero, nor an Avenger, her status as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and her close ties to both Agent Coulson and Nick Fury earned her a place on this list. She was born on April 4, 1982. Maria Hill never played a large role in the movies, but her recurring appearances and her behind-the-screen actions made her a very important part in the Avengers’ fight against Thanos. She was initially killed by Thanos’ snap, but was ultimately revived in Endgame, when the Avengers undid most of Thanos’ work.
8) Black Panther – c. 38 years
Age: c. 38 years (probably)
Played by: Chadwick Boseman
Debuting in Civil War, Wakandan ruler T’Challa soon became known by his superhero name – Black Panther. He is Shuri’s brother and is, like her, loyal only to Wakanda, but he openly helped the Avengers in their fight against Thanos. His exact date of birth is unknown, but there are strong speculations that he was born around 1980, which would make him 38 years old in 2018; since the speculations are so strong, we’ve decided to include T’Challa on our list. He was initially snapped away by Thanos in Infinity War, but was ultimately revived by the Avengers in Endgame.
9) Star-Lord (Peter Quill) – 38 years
Age: 38 years
Played by: Chris Pratt
Peter Quill was born on Earth in late 1980 and grew up during the exciting musical New Wave, which strongly influenced his musical taste. But the ordinary Earth boy was soon sent into space, where he became a ravager working for Yondu. He ultimately became Star-Lord and founded the Guardians of the Galaxy. The group has always been separate from the Avengers, but we have its members on our list because they helped them in the fight against Thanos. Quill’s love for Gamora caused a lot of trouble in Infinity War, but it was all remedied in Endgame so Quill is still the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy (because Thor agreed to it).
10) Falcon – 40 years
Age: 40 years
Played by: Anthony Mackie
Samuel “Sam” Wilson was an army veteran that quit the force after his friend died in the field. After meeting Captain America, he was once again drawn into the field and became the superhero Falcon. Despite a recurring role, Falcon was a very important member of the Avengers in their fight against Thanos. His exact date of birth is unknown, but some online sources state that it is 1978, which is in accordance with the Marcel Cinematic Universe’s general chronology, so we assume that he was 40 in 2018. After Endgame, Captain America passed his shield to Falcon.
11) Hawkeye – 47 years
Age: 47 years
Played by: Jeremy Renner
Clint Barton is probably the best marksman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although his superhero persona – Hawkeye – is usually regarded as being less important than other superheroes. He was born around the same time as Tony Stark, probably in 1971, but the exact date was never officially confirmed. For a brief period between Infinity War and Endgame, he was the vigilante known as Ronin, before once again joining the Avengers. He wanted to sacrifice himself to spare Black Widow and get the Soul Stone, but Natasha was quicker, so he managed to survive the events of both movies.
12) Iron Man – 48 years
Age: 48 years
Played by: Robert Downey Jr.
Tony Stark was born on May 29, 1970. He and his Iron Man persona are the principal characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, whose first big saga both started and ended with Iron Man and his heroic sacrifice. He is responsible, along with Nick Fury, for the foundation of the Avengers and has been one of Earth’s most important superheroes during his lifetime. He was rich, he was sarcastic, extremely intelligent and mean from time to time, but he actually had a big heart and he showed it more often than he himself would have liked to. He used his technology to constantly upgrade his suits, but also for the benefit of humankind.
13) Hulk – 49 years
Age: 49 years
Played by: Edward Norton / Mark Ruffalo
Born on December 18, 1969, physicist Bruce Banner was exposed to abnormally high levels of gamma radiation, which in turn enabled him to transform into the monstrous Hulk. Initially, Banner had trouble controlling his transformations, but at one point he managed to master it and became a very useful member of the Avengers. The Hulk is exceptionally strong and was quite possibly stronger than all the other Avengers, which – combined with Banner’s scientific knowledge and intelligence – turned him into a formidable foe, once he was able to control both his Jekyll and Hyde persona.
14) War Machine – 50 years
Age: 50 years
Played by: Terrence Howard / Don Cheadle
Colonel James Rhodes was one of Tony Stark’s most trusted friends and allies, whom stark gave one of his combat suits. Rhodes then became War Machine. Like Falcon, War Machine never had a very large role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he was an extremely important supporting character throughout the whole series and was pivotal in the Avengers’ fight against Thanos. His birth date is October 6, 1968. He was one of the Avengers that survived Thanos’ snap and helped the remaining Avengers undo its effects in Endgame.
15) Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) – c. 58 years
Age: 58 years (probably)
Played by: Brie Larson
Carol Danvers was an Air Force pilot that accidentally got exposed to the energy of the Tesseract, which gave her cosmic powers. She then joined Mar-Vell’s cosmic Starforce, before becoming Captain Marvel, one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She was later recruited by Nick Fury as a last resort for Earth in case something bad happens, which is how she got involved with the Avengers and their fight against Thanos. Her exact date of birth is not know, but it is presumed that she was born somewhere around 1960, so we put her on our list. She looks younger because the cosmic energy she has slowed down her ageing.
16) Nick Fury – 68 years
Age: 68 years
Played by: Samuel L. Jackson
Born on July 4, 1950, Nick Fury is one of the most important behind-the-scenes characters in the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe. He was a US Army officer, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and ultimately started the Avengers initiative, which led to the creation of the Earth’s most famous superhero group. Nick Fury himself has no inherent superpowers, he’s just an ordinary human, but his manoeuvring has given him a very important role in Earth’s defence. He’s also been there for a long time, so he knows all the important superheroes, including Captain Marvel.
17) Captain America – 100 years
Age: 100 years
Played by: Chris Evans
Like Nick Fury, captain Steve Rogers was born on July 4, but in 1918, which made him a centenarian in 2018. Still, due to him being frozen for years, he is biologically only around 30, which explains his looks. Captain America was created by the Super Soldier Serum during World War II and was, alongside Iron Man, the most important member of the Avengers. After Iron Man’s sacrifice, he travelled back to time to fix what needed to be fixed, and ultimately decided to stay with agent Peggy Carter. Captain America ultimately return to the present as an old man and gave his shield to Falcon.
18) Bucky Barnes – 101 years
Age: 101 years
Played by: Sebastian Stan
Sergeant James “Bucky” Barnes has been Captain America’s best friend during World War II, during which he seemingly died. He was ultimately found and rescued by the Soviets, who conditioned him and turned him into the supervillain the Winter Soldier. He ultimately snapped out of his conditioning and became part of the Avengers, helping them in their battle against Thanos. For a brief time, he also stayed hidden in Wakanda. Bucky Barnes was born on March 10, 1917, and was a year older than Steve Rogers, which means that he was 101 in 2018, but the experiments the Soviets did on him stopped him from ageing.
19) Loki – 1,053 years
Age: 1,053 years
Played by: Tom Hiddleston
Loki was the second son of Odin and was born in 965. He actually wasn’t Odin’s son but the son of a Frost Giant who abandoned him; Odin found him as an infant and decided to take him and raise him as his son. He is the God of Deception in Asgard and is always swinging from being a villain to being a hero. He was also never a member of the Avengers, but he did help them – sort of – so we put him on our list. As for his status, this guy has died so many times only for it to be revealed that his death was a deception that we honestly have no clue which and if any version of him is alive or dead.
Status: Well… … …. *shrugs*
20) Thor – 1,053/1,054 years
Age: 1,053/1,054 years
Played by: Chris Hemsworth
Thor is the son of Odin and the Asgardian God of Thunder. He is one of the principal superheroes in the MCU and is one of the founding members of the Avengers. Despite often being reckless and irresponsible, he is exceptionally strong and knows how to be serious when needed. His most famous accessory is his hammer, Mjolnir, but he also used the legendary Stormbreaker in the Avengers’ fight against Thanos. According to the calendar, he was born in 964 or 965, which would make him the oldest Avenger (or their associate) in the MCU. After Endgame, he joined the Guardians of the Galaxy.
And that’s it for today. We hope you had fun reading this and that we helped solve this dilemma for you. We also have an article about how old are the characters in Lord of the Rings, as well as how old are the Star Wars characters, so you can check it out. See you next time and don’t forget to follow us!