They are bold, charismatic, and memorable pillars of the cinema. It would not have been the outlandish special effects or camera moves that would have drawn the crowds to the theatre, but charm and wit that came spades. Below is the ultimate list of actors who should have played Earth's Mightiest Heroes on the big screen.
NO! I am not going to suggest that Captain Nemo should have been Captain America. That would just be weird. But do you remember his voice? If not, then you really should watch 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea again. His voice is a force to be reckoned with. And who better to tell the Avengers what the next mission is? That's right... Beard or no beard, I'm saying James Mason should be Nick Fury. Nailed it!
Recommended movies: North by Northwest, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and my favorite 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Just look at that picture again. Did you feel it? Steve McQueen just cut you with that piercing gaze. Hawkeye is a character a lot of Marvel comic book readers feel was misrepresented in the movies. Maybe that's true or maybe not, but you have to admit that Steve would have been an excellent choice. This actor could deliver some stoic one-liners that would make even Thanos rethink his plan to attack Earth.
Recommended movies: The Thomas Crown Affaire, The Blob, The Magnificent Seven, and my favorite The Great Escape
OK, Sophia Loren is an Italian-French film star, but I'm not exactly sure there were a lot of Russian actors in Hollywood during the Cold War. Any way, she had a real thick accent, and that would have played perfectly into the whole "international spy" back story of Natasha Romanov. I'm saying this bombshell would have been the perfect Black Widow. Come on, you know I'm right.
Recommended movies: Houseboat, and my favorite El Cid
Phil Coulson is a character who has to be layered... like an ogre. He has to be professional but approachable, smooth but strong, likable but not the central focus... so I present to you Christopher Plummer. This actor has played a ruthless Nazi, a loving Austrian father running from Nazis, and even Van Helsing. Well rounded and well respected, this man could give Clark Gregg a run for his money.
Recommended movies: The Sound of Music, Dracula 2000, and my favorite The Scarlet and the Black
How does one sum up Tony Stark?... in a word: CHARISMA. Tony is the life of the party and one heck of super star. He is witty, daring, and obnoxiously adorable. So it is very fitting that I would go with Cary Grant... I mean, who else? Go check out his resume.
Recommended movies: Arsenic And Old Lace, North by Northwest, Houseboat, and my favorite Father Goose
Bruce Banner is a rather complex character, but the most important thing he has to do is get believably angry. Well... If you have never seen Charlton Heston get angry then you are really missing out. When he Hulks out the audience pays attention. He has raised his voice in almost every film, and it sends chills up my spine every time. "It's a mad house, a mad house!!!"
Recommended movies: El Cid, Soylent Green, Planet of the Apes, The Ten Commandments, and my favorite Ben Hur (one of my all time top 10 movies)
Bonus Round: Charlton Heston changed his name when he got into acting. He was born John Carter, which happens to be my name. Also I named my son Judah after Judah Ben Hur. I really did.
Gregory Peck is it. This man was born to act. Numerous rolls he played were paramount to the history of the film industry. Add that to his square jaw line and you have yourself one heck of a Captain America. Plus he has an amazing voice. What an incredible talent.
Recommended movies: The Omen (the original from 1976), To Kill A Mockingbird, and my favorite The Scarlet and the Black
So here is my line of thinking: If the entire Greek army can be led by a Scotsman (Gerard Butler, 300), then the Norse God of Thunder can be played by one too. This man is so lovable on the big screen you can't look away. Muscular, handsome, tall, sounds like a super hero to me. And that voice. HOLY COW! He would really mix up the cast above and bring a sweet dynamic to the group. Plus he was already in The Avengers in 1998.
Recommended movies: Dr No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, First Knight, and my favorite Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Well, there it is. Admittedly the only thing missing from my list is a little diversity, but I'll take that hit. After all, it's not like I'm actually making the movie. Let me know what you think of my list in the comments below. And watch some of these movies; they are a lot of fun. Peace.