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Published May 16, 2019

Marvel Congratulates Ming-Na Wen, Jon Favreau, and Robert Downey Jr. For Receiving 2019 Disney Legends Awards

They are among 11 total new honorees this year for their contributions to Disney over the decades!

Disney Legends 2019 Ming-Na Wen Jon Favreau Robert Downey Jr

Every other year, the Walt Disney Company honors a new group of people who have contributed significantly to the Disney legacy by naming them Disney Legends. This year, three members of the Marvel universe will take their place among equally stellar company -- Ming-Na Wen, Jon Favreau, and Robert Downey Jr. as well as eight others will join 289 previous honorees at this year's D23 Expo hosted by Disney CEO Bob Iger.

“The Disney Legends Award is the highest honor we can bestow; it’s a recognition of talent, a celebration of achievement, and an expression of profound gratitude to the remarkable men and women who have made an indelible mark on our company and our creative legacy,” said Iger. “This year’s honorees have earned a place in our hearts and our history for their significant contributions in film, television and our theme parks around the world.”

Ming-Na Wen, who currently plays Agent Melinda May (aka the Cavalry) on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D", began her involvement with Disney in 1996 when she provided the voice of warrior Fa Mulan in "Mulan." She has reprised her role as Mulan in several TV shows, movies, and video games since then and contributed voice work to a number of shows for Disney including Disney XD's "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors."

Jon Favreau, who played Happy Hogan in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is also an executive producer for Marvel Studios with credits on "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2," and "Iron Man 3" as well as "Avengers," "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and "Avengers: Infinity War." Prior to his work with Marvel, Favreau provided voice work for Disney TV shows such as "Hercules," "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command," "G-Force," and "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." 

Two-time Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Robert Downey Jr. is best known for playing Tony Stark (Iron Man) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with Marvel Studios' "Iron Man" in 2008 and culminating with "Avengers: Endgame." Downey's Tony Stark forged the connection throughout the MCU by appearing in "Captain America: Civil War" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming." But before putting his stamp on the MCU's game-changing cinematic storytelling journey, he appeared in Disney's 2006 remake of "The Shaggy Dog."

Congratulations to Ming-Na Wen, Jon Favreau, and Robery Downey Jr. for becoming Disney Legends!

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