10 Oldest Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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This list contains spoilers from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you have not seen the films all the way through to Avengers: Endgame, please proceed with caution.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) spans 23 films so far and feature some of Marvel’s most popular characters in individual movies as well as the Avengers ensemble films. For the most part, most of the Avengers in the MCU appear to age normally and have standard ages. However, there are few non-humans and superhumans who are much older. The ages provided in this list are based on official MCU birth dates that have been released or on educated guesses based on provided information. Also, for the purposes of this list, an Avenger is any hero who answered the call to assemble and help battle Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.

As of September 2020, the information on this list is as accurate as possible and will be updated as needed.

10. Iron Man (Anthony Edward “Tony” Stark)

Age during Avengers: Endgame (set in 2023): 53 years
Date of Birth: May 29, 1970
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA, Earth
Current Status: Deceased

Iron Manphoto source: pikist.com

Iron Man, aka Tony Stark, was 53 years old during the events of Avengers: Endgame, but he sacrificed his life at the end of the film. Stark was one of the founding members of the Avengers and appeared in all of the Avengers films as well as the three Iron Man movies. Although Stark survived the Thanos snap, he chose to retire from being a hero to raise his daughter with Pepper Potts. Of course, Stark rejoins the Avengers and ends up making the ultimate sacrifice to save the universe and has a left a lasting legacy both in the world of the MCU as well as the real world.

Did You Know?

In a nod to actor Robert Downey Jr. practicing the “Wing Chun” martial arts style, Tony Stark demonstrates Wing Chun techiques on a training dummy in Iron Man 3 and in Stark’s unarmored fight against The Winter Soldier in Captain America: Civil War.


9. Ant-Man (Scott Edward Harris Lang

Age during Avengers: Endgame (set in 2023): c. 54 years
Date of Birth: Unspecified, but most likely around 1969 based on actor Paul Rudd’s date of birth
Birthplace: USA, Earth
Current Status: Alive

Ant-Manphoto source: Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki

Ant-Man, Scott Lang, is another Avenger on this list whose official MCU birth date has not been revealed. Instead, Ant-Man’s current age is based on actor Paul Rudd’s age, who will be 54 in 2023. When he isn’t wearing the Ant-Man suit, Scott Lang is a completely normal human and seems to be aging regularly. Lang did spend a long time in the Quantum Realm, which may have affected his physiology and the way he ages. At this time, the future of the Avengers and Ant-Man’s involvement with the team is unknown.

Did You Know?

Scott Lang is the first character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have taken over the mantle of a former superhero as Hank Pym is the original Ant-Man.


8. Hulk (Robert Bruce Banner)

Age during Avengers: Endgame (set in 2023): 54 years
Date of Birth: December 18, 1969
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, USA, Earth
Current Status: Alive

Hulkphoto source: Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki

Hulk (Bruce Banner) is the third oldest founding member of the Avengers, behind Thor and Captain America. Having survived the Thanos snap, Banner is about 54 years old during Avengers: Endgame. Despite being able to transform into a large and powerful superhuman, Banner appears to be aging normally while not in his Hulk form. Following the Thanos snap, Banner did make the decision to permanently merge with the Hulk and remained in this form throughout Endgame. No one knows how the Hulk/Banner will continue to age going forward.

Did You Know?

Hulk is one of the three main protagonists in the MCU to defeat the main antagonist of their debut film without any assistance, the others being Ant-Man and Spider-Man.


7. War Machine (James Rupert “Rhodey” Rhodes)

Age during Avengers: Endgame (set in 2023): 55 years
Date of Birth: October 6, 1968
Birthplace: USA, Earth
Current Status: Alive

War Machinephoto source: Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki

War Machine, Colonel James Rhodes and Iron Man’s good friend, is another regular human member of the Avengers who is in their 50s. Like Iron Man, War Machine’s power comes from armor created by Tony Stark. Throughout the MCU films in which he appears, War Machine’s armor and weaponry become more refined. In Avengers: Endgame, War Machine has a sleeker and more powerful look very similar to the Iron Man suit. Prior to Endgame, War Machine typically did not have such a big role during Avengers missions.

Did You Know?

War Machine is the longest-serving Avenger, having joined in 2015 and having an uninterrupted service until the team disbanded in 2023, due to signing the Sokovia Accords and being a survivor of Thanos’ Snap.


6. Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)

Age during Avengers: Endgame (set in 2023): c.58 years
Date of Birth: Mid-1960s
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Earth
Current Status: Alive

photo source: Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki

Captain Marvel, real name Carol Danvers, does not yet have an official birth date in the MCU. During her debut film it is stated that she was born sometime during the mid-1960s, which would make her about 58 during Avengers: Endgame. After Danvers obtained alien energy and became Captain Marvel, it appears that she has stopped aging. So far, it is unknown whether or not Captain Marvel has stopped aging completely or if her aging has just significantly slowed down, similar to Captain America. In Endgame, Captain Marvel still looks to be in her late 20s/early 30s. Additionally, it appears that Captain Marvel is not going to be a permanent member of the Avengers as other planets need her help more than Earth.

Did You Know?

Captain Marvel is the fourth character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe whose powers come from an Infinity Stone, following Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Vision.


5. Nick Fury

Age during Avengers: Endgame (set in 2023): 68 years (5 years missing because of Thanos snap)
Date of Birth: July 4, 1950
Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama, USA, Earth
Current Status: Alive

Nick Furyphoto source: Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki

While he’s technically not an Avenger, Nick Fury is the team’s founder and often aids in their missions. Fury was one of the victims of the Thanos snap and lost five years, so he is only 68 during Avengers: Endgame. In the early MCU films, Fury was not as heavily involved in the team’s activities, but in more recent films like Captain Marvel, he has been shown as a main protagonist. Fury is a normal human, but is tougher and more resilient than the average person.

Did You Know?

Nick Fury is one of the only MCU characters that is modeled after his Ultimate comics version, who is ironically modeled after Fury’s actor, Samuel L. Jackson (this predates the MCU films and Ultimate comics Nick Fury even says that he would choose Samuel L. Jackson to play him in a movie). 


4. Winter Soldier (James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes)

Age during Avengers: Endgame (set in 2023): 101 years (5 years missing because of Thanos snap)
Date of Birth: March 10, 1917
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA, Earth
Current Status: Alive

Winter Soldierphoto source: Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki

Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier, and Captain America’s best friend was born a year before Captain America. However, Bucky was lost during the Thanos snap ans is only 101 years old when he comes back during Avengers: End Game. Like Captain America, Bucky was genetically altered through experimentations that granted him superhuman abilities. Unlike, Captain America, Bucky unwilling underwent these procedures at the hands of the Soviet Union and HYDRA. He was also brainwashed and used as a weapon to do HYDRA’s bidding. Bucky was eventually healed by T’Challa’s (Black Panther) sister, Shuri, and joined up with the Avengers.

Did You Know?

In the MCU, Bucky Barnes is also nicknamed the White Wolf, which is an homage the comic book character, who was a a foreigner adopted by T’Chaka (T’Challa’s father) who became an anti-hero and the head of the Hatut Zeraze.


3. Captain America (Steven Grant “Steve” Rogers)

Age during Avengers: Endgame (set in 2023): 105 years
Date of Birth: July 4, 1918
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA, Earth
Current Status: Alive

photo source: Flickr via Jorge Figueroa

Of the humans on the Avengers team, Captain America is the oldest at 105 years during the events of Avengers: Endgame. As anyone who has seen the Captain America films knows, Captain America’s extreme age and youthful appearance is due to accidentally being frozen under ice in a state of suspended animation.

While the super soldier serum, which gave Captain America his strength and durability, does not completely prevent aging, it does slow down the negative effects of the aging process. This combined with being frozen for 66 years stopped Captain America from growing old. However, after being reanimated, Captain America began aging fairly normally and is an old man at the end of Avengers: Endgame after he decided to remain in 1949 with Peggy Carter.

Did You Know?

Although 105 years is the logical age for Captain America and is widely accepted by fans, according to script notes from Avengers: Endgame, Captain America is actually 112 years old as he is only technically 39 before he goes back in time to stay with Peggy.


2. Thor

Age during Avengers: Endgame (set in 2023): 1505 years
Date of Birth: c. 518 CE
Birthplace: Asgard
Current Status: Alive

Thorphoto source: Flickr via Jorge Figueroa

Thor is the oldest official Avenger at about 1,505 years of age. He mentions his age for the first time during Avengers: Infinity War, which would put his birth date around 518 CE. However, some sources say that Thor’s birth date is around 965 CE, but this might be information from the comics. Regardless, this would still mean that Thor is significantly older than all of the other main Avengers. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, it seems that Thor is no longer a member of the main Avengers group as he left with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Did You Know?

Thor has a short film called Team Thor or (While You Were Fighting or Team Thor: Civil War), a mockumentary-style short film, which shows why he was not present during the events of Captain America: Civil War (while not an official Avengers film, it changed the team’s dynamic). In the short film Thor is seen living in an apartment in Australia with a random office worker named Darryl Jacobson.


1. Valkyrie (Brunhilde)

Age during Avengers: Endgame (set in 2023): over 1500 years
Date of Birth: Unspecified – long before Thor is born
Birthplace: Asgard
Current Status: Alive

photo source: Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki

Valkyrie, whose real name is Brunhilde, is the oldest Avenger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at well over 1,500 years of age. Although Valkyrie’s exact age is unknown at this time, she is much older than Thor, who says that he’s about 1,500 years old. Brunhilde was already a Valkyrie when Thor’s older sister, Hela, went on her rampage. As the last of the Valkyries, Brunhilde is simply known as Valkyrie. While her future status an official Avenger is unknown, Valkyrie is the King of New Asgard as Thor has chosen to join the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Did You Know?

Valkyrie’s Scrapper number, 142, is a reference to the Incredible Hulk  No. 142 issue, where Valkyrie first met Hulk – this a major plot point of the Thor: Ragnarok film.


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