Saturday Night Live & The MCU Have a Long Hosting History Together

Thanks to the hard work of The Saturday Night Network, here's a look at the crossover history between hosting Saturday Night Live & the MCU.

In honor of "Black Panther" film franchise star Michael B. Jordan hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live tonight (with musical guest Lil Baby), we have something very cool to pass along to you, courtesy of the fine folks at The Saturday Night Network. Offering podcast and other media coverage of the long-running late-night sketch comedy/music series from a number of hosts, serious SNL fans, and journalists, The Saturday Night Network is a must-follow on Twitter (here) if you're an SNL viewer because a day hasn't gone by when our brains aren't blown away by any number of SNL facts we never saw coming. Like what we were offered today: a definitive look at those who've hosted the show and have also appeared in modern MCU films and streaming series. Two quick notes, though. First, folks such as Bill Murray, Aubrey Plaza, Hugh Jackman, and Ryan Reynolds aren't included because they're appearing in upcoming projects. And then, there's the matter of former SNL writers… who aren't included.

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Image: NBC Screencap

And don't forget that Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian, The Last of Us) and Coldplay are on tap to take the stages of Studio 8H for next weekend's show. Now, here's a look at the number of times SNL hosting crossed over with the MCU:

A Look Back at Michael B. Jordan's Saturday Night Live Week

With Jordan set to host tonight, it made all of the sense in the world for Jordan to visit Jimmy Fallon on NBC's The Tonight Show. What we weren't expecting was the creepy connection that Jordan has had with SNL for nearly a decade. One that even he didn't know he had until this week. One that may lead to a call from HR for some SNL sensitivity training sessions. Because it turns out the SNL staff has been sharing a body pillow… with Jordan's face and upper body printed on it. And Jordan got to meet him… it? Yeah… so here's a look at Jordan sharing how the pillow confession went down:

SNL's account shared a look at the official meeting between Jordan and his body pillow doppelganger:


In the first mini-promo from Thursday, we have some minor confusion over whether Lil Baby would be taking the stage of actual "little babies." Following that, SNL's Heidi Gardner makes her pitch to be Jordan's Valentine… but he waits a little too long to reply. And finally, Gardner gets to live out her dream (she just needs to work on her geography… or get a map).

And here's a look at Jordan during Wednesday night's read-thru:

In the following midweek sketch, SNL cast member Michael Longfellow (and especially his nose) learns the hard way why it's not a good idea to sneak up on someone who's been training deeply to portray a world-class boxer. No spoilers… but "Jesus B. Christ!" might be the funniest thing I hear all day…

And here's a look back at the "welcome"/intro teaser for this week's host and musical guest:

NBC's SNL Season 48 includes Michael Che, Mikey Day, Andrew Dismukes, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Marcello Hernandez, James Austin Johnson, Punkie Johnson, Colin Jost, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, Ego Nwodim, Sarah Sherman, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Devon Walker, and Bowen Yang. Executive produced by Michaels, SNL is directed by Liz Patrick, with alum Darrell Hammond announcing. Based out of Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center, the long-running late-night sketch comedy/music series is produced by SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video.

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — Season 48 Cast Shot — Pictured: (top row l-r) Michael Longfellow, Sarah Sherman, Punkie Johnson, Mikey Day, Ego Nwodim, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Molly Kearney, Andrew Dismukes, James Austin Johnson; (bottom row l-r) Marcello Hernandez, Michael Che, Bowen Yang, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Chloe Fineman, Devon Walker — (Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC)

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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