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Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes … and nationalities when it comes to the big screen adaptations. Comic book readers take their superheroes seriously, which is understandable considering these amped-up beings are responsible for protecting the world. In preparation for National Comic Book Day tomorrow (September 25), let’s take a peek at 15 British actors as their superhero alter egos:

1. Idris Elba

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Idris Elba as Heimdall in Thor. (Marvel)

2. Patrick Stewart

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Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier in the X-Men series. (Marvel)

3. James McAvoy, young Professor Xavier; Wesley in Wanted (super skilled)

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James McAvoy, also as Doctor Xavier, the younger version, in X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past. (Marvel)

4. Ian McKellan

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Ian McKellen as Magneto in the X-Men series. (Marvel)

5. Michael Fassbender

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Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender as the younger Magneto in X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past. (Marvel)

6. Nicholas Hoult

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Nicholas Hoult as Hank McKoy, before he turns into the Beast, in X-Men. (Marvel)

7. Andrew Garfield

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Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man series. (Marvel)

8. Felicity Jones

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Felicity Jones joins Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 as Black Cat. (Marvel)

9. Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill stars as Clark Kent/Superman in Man of Steel. (DC Comics/Warner Bros.)
Henry Cavill stars as Superman in Man of Steel. (DC Comics/Warner Bros.)

10. Christian Bale

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Christian Bale tackles the Batman role in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises. (DC Comics/Warner Bros.)

11. Kate Beckinsale

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Kate Beckinsale as Selene in Underworld: Awakening, the sequel to Underworld. (IDW Publishing/Lakeshore Entertainment)

12. Aaron Taylor-Johnson

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson as a high schooler who doubles as a street-level superhero in Kick-Ass. He’s set to portray Quicksilver in Marvel’s Avengers 2. (Marvel)

13. Matt Ryan

Constantine ... (DC Comics/NBC)
Matt Ryan as John Constantine, a reluctant hero, in Constantine. (DC Comics/NBC)

14. Ioan Gruffudd

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Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards in Fantastic Four. (Marvel)

15. Jamie Bell

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Jamie Bell is set to star as The Thing in The Fantastic Four reboot. (Zentropa/Marvel)

Bonus: Benedict Cumberbatch

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The rumor mill is working hard, reporting Benedict Cumberbatch may be playing Doctor Strange. (AP/Marvel)

Do you have a favorite comic book superhero? 

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By Brigid Brown