In the movies, superheroes leap tall buildings in a single bound. The actors playing those superheroes, however, are a little less impressive. A GIF compilation of Marvel Universe movies pre-CGI shows that stars like Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Paul Bettany are decidedly mortal when it comes to their jumping abilities.
Before you take a peek at the GIF in question, beware — if you want to maintain the sense of magic that you feel whenever you’re watching your favorite movie heroes on the big screen, scroll past the following image as fast as you can.
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No one expected the actors playing these roles to actually be able to leap 50 feet in the air or, honestly, even two feet in the air. But these guys don’t have hops — like, not at all. That’s totally fine, of course. They’re actors and they’re able to embody the superheroes they play in other ways. But the contrast between what we see in CGI-heavy movies and what all of that looks like in real life is still pretty surprising.
In the footage, actors (or stuntmen) playing Marvel characters Vision, Captain America, Black Panther, Thor, and Loki all display their totally ordinary jumping skills. The best of the bunch, however, is Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. His dainty little hop is precious.[Metafilter, Lainey Gossip]