I will start off this post by saying that one thing Marvel has kept right since 2008's Iron Man, is the casting. Nearly flawless casting has been done for pretty much every part, save a few characters. But I won't go into detail on that.
Just let Idris be Green Lantern and I won't be at all upset.
Keep in mind, I am choosing all actors who could portray these characters today (this isn't 'the perfect dream list that disregards time and space). Also, I wanted to cast people who haven't already portrayed prominent comic book characters or who will not in the near future. So Jennifer Lawrence and Patrick Stewart and Nicolas Cage and all those guys are out. Sorry bout it.
So without further ado, here is my list of The Avengers re-cast. Enjoy.
So first off we have 'ol Steve Rogers. This is a character who is at the forefront and should be portrayed by a relatively well known actor who has proven time and again that they can handle roles that require a bit more physical labor. Damon has proven time and time again that he's more than capable of a role of this magnitude. Plus, he has a very 'heroic' look to him-- with the chine and all. Also, he can very easily do more lighthearted work which Marvel is clearly a fan of. I think he'd do a splendid job.
Now before you go ballistic on me, just hear me out. Cuba Gooding Jr is a spectacular actor. He's also got a comedic side to him which is essential for Tony Stark. And to top it all off, he had a very successful career that tragically almost ended because of a few mistakes, much like our boy RDJ. Also, I just realized that he's also a 'junior.' So that's extra fun!
Josh Hartnett. If you don't recognize him instantly, that's fine-- the general public didn't recognize Chris Hemsworth instantly either and look how that's worked out. He's a beefy hunk of a man. He's been in big movies like Black Hawk Down and Pearl Harbor. He looks like the mighty god and he has some stellar acting chops. If you still haven't seen a little film called Lucky Number Slevin, stop what you're doing and change that now. And then you might be a little more convinced that Hartnett has what it takes. Also, it'll become one of your new top ten favorite movies. You're welcome.
Now the obvious first choice after Scarlett is Emily Blunt. But we all know the story there... ): The obvious next choice is Kate Beckinsale. She is pretty much the epitomy of femme fatale. Even if you've only seen one of the Underworld films, or something else she's done, you've witnessed something awesome. I don't think I need to say anything else here. She has my vote times a thousand.
Bruce Banner can only be successfully portrayed by someone with the perfect mixture of awkward, introspective seriousness, and rock 'n roll. Sam Rockwell has got it all. He comes off as dorky and innocent and weak. But he has the acting range needed to pull off such a complex Dr. Jekyll character. Now some of you may be saying "who the heck cares about Sam Rockwell?" Well, a lot of people do. He's shown the comedic side needed for Marvel within nearly every film he's done which has often been very serious dramatic films. By the way, you like crying, right? Well then you should go watch Moon again.
Jensen Ackles is a pretty underrated actor. And Hawkeye is a pretty underrated character. Let's show everyone wrong! He's got that hansom superhero jaw, those beautiful 'love me' eyes, and is yet again, another actor who can definitely pull off the right combination of fun and serious. Tell me you wouldn't love it.
Now I'm gonna be honest, I haven't seen Jamie Chung in a crazy amount of movies but what I have seen, I've liked. She was one of the best actors in Sucker Punch. And (and I know I said I wouldn't use any previous comic book actors but it was just her voice so shut up) she played my favorite character in Big Hero 6-- Go Go! I am dying to see more of this lady. Woman up!
Steven Yeun already has a very nice fan following due to his work on The Walking Dead. As someone who doesn't particularly like that show (and again, I know it's based off of a comic series but most people who watch the show don't know or care about the comics so sue me or whatever), Yeun is my absolute favorite part. I hope he's still alive on the show. He's a very skilled young actor and I really want to see more from him. I think he would definitely do a fan favorite like Quicksilver justice.
I am very disappointed to admit this to you guys but for a while there I thought that I didn't like Jake Gyllenhaal. I don't know what it was. Maybe my self conscious little mind thought he was just toooo goodlooking, I don't know. Anyways, Gyllenhaal has shown us over and over again that he's a phenomenal actor who's more than ready to take on the challenge of complicated roles that delve into the psyche. The Vision needs someone like Gyllenhaal portraying him to work. I mean, just stare into those intense eyes and try to tell me you don't feel anything.
It is taking far too long for the muscly and hilarious Michael Jai White to score a role deserving of his talent. He created Black Dynamite and continues to portray the character on the adultswim adaptation. He played the super pissed off mobster, Gambol, in The Dark Knight, that has the unfortunate role of being at the other end of the iconic "Why So Serious" scene as well instigating the classic "Magic Trick" scene. He's had some great supporting roles in big films and every lead he's had in smaller films has been pretty awesome. He deserves this. Truly.
Now this is another role that should be cast based on dramatic and introspective acting abilities as opposed to a more blockbuster/ comedic approach to it. It should also be someone who is a little different than the rest of the group and doesn't seem to really fit in (which is why I think Benedict Cumberbatch was maybe not the best pick, as much as I love him). This character should be portrayed by someone in 'another league' if you will. Sean Penn seems like someone who wouldn't ever really do a Marvel film. Yet he's such an obvious choice for this specific character. It almost fits...too well....
Now I wanted to be a douche and say "screw it, we're keeping Paul Rudd" because COME ON, talk about perfect casting! But, we were asked to recast everyone. So I went with someone who's kind of an obvious choice for a Marvel superhero and yet he's only appeared in Marvel via unrecognizable giant blue alien asshole and only as a superhero as a joke role in a very unsatisfying film. He's so obvious of a choice that it almost shouldn't happen...much like the film Ant-man, amiright? You can fight me on this but if we're losing Rudd, we're gaining Fillion and that is FINAL.
This should come to no surprise to anyone. After gathering all the facts, I'm on team Miles Morales over another Peter Parker Spider-Man. And even though they've already said it'll be Pete, and I know even if they didn't say that already it more than likely wouldn't happen, I still strongly believe that if we're rebooting Spidey AGAIN, we should at least let a different actor playing a different character as the Human Spider have a chance. And dammit, Miles is the Spidey we deserve. But only if the guy he was based off of is given the opportunity to portray him. And with that, I give you Donald Glover as Spider-Man.
And there you have it, fellow geeks. Lemme know what you think in the comments!