I'm fairly certain this hasn't been asked yet based on my search, but apologies if it has. I'm curious what actor has had the most unique roles as a Marvel or DC character in movie adaptations of either universe. Not limited to the MCU or DCEU explicitly, but any film adaptation of the comic books. Off the top of my head I can only think of Chris Evans who has played at least 3: Captain America, The Human Torch and Jensen (from The Losers).
Assuming you can count Stan Lee out, since he makes a cameo in almost every Marvel movie, then without a doubt it's Chris Evans.
He has played 4 roles derived from comic books:
and (for the sake of completeness) 1 role in a movie which spawned a comic book:
Lou Ferrigno has five…
…if we count different incarnations of the same character as "unique".
Hulk — Films related to The Incredible Hulk TV series
- The Incredible Hulk (1977 pilot film)
- The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988 made for TV film)
- The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989 made for TV film)
- The Death of the Incredible Hulk (1990 made for TV film)
Security Guard — Hulk (2003)
Hulk (voice) — Hulk (2003)
Note that this film is not in continuity with either the TV series or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, thus this is a different Hulk than than those ones.
Security Guard — The Incredible Hulk (2008)
While this is the second time Lou Ferrigno has played a security guard in a Marvel movie, the two films are in different continuities and are not implied to be related.
Hulk (voice) — Marvel Cinematic Universe films
- The Incredible Hulk (2008)
- The Avengers (2012)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Wikipedia notes that Ferrigno was credited for The Incredible Hulk, but had uncredited "voice collaborations" for the remaining films.
- Gotham (DC, TV) - Harvey Bullock
- Ghost Rider (Marvel, movie) - Mack
- Blade (Marvel, movie) - Quinn
Also, when it comes to TV & Movies, both live action and animated, there are many actors that play multiple characters and voices. Here are two that come to mind that have played MANY roles and voices.
Stan Lee, he plays a different character in every Marvel movie. Another thread already has a fairly updated list going https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/37092/actor-with-the-most-comic-book-movie-roles
Besides @johnny's answer I would like to add (as a honorable mention) actor Josh Brolin who played/currently playing 3 comic book characters from both DC and Marvel:
- DC's Jonah Hex in the movie Jonah Hex (2010).
- Marvel's Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and the two upcoming Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Untitled Avengers film (2019).
- Marvel's Nathan Summers / Cable in the upcoming Deadpool 2 (2018) which is in post-production (shooting is complete).
Note: The reason I added Josh Brolin, even though he is beaten by some other actors in the other answers, is because of the importance of his characters and the size of his roles in the aforementioned movies.
I'd say Alfre Woodard, who played two very different characters in the MCU alone:
Like Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds is now a veteran with many roles under his belt:
- Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity
- Green Lantern in Green Lantern
- Deadpool in Deadpool 1 & 2
- Nick Cruz in RIPD
Arguably, the character he played in X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a different one from Deadpool as
Deadpool shoots him in the end credits of Deadpool 2