In view of my recent and somewhat controversial Justice League fan casting, I decided it was time to recast the Avengers as well. Let's get started!
First up: Nick Fury
While not 'technically' an Avenger, no Avengers franchise would be complete without him because he is frequently instrumental in the formation of the team into the strong fighting unit we know and love them as today. So who to play him? That depends.
White Nick Fury: Liam Neeson
In my opinion, there is no better choice for a non-African-American version of Nick Fury. Neeson is no stranger to action films, spy thrillers, or superhero movies, thus making him a perfect candidate for a white Nick Fury. Films such as the Taken franchise are proof that he can play the government game and knows how to mix all the bureaucracy and duplicity with just the right amount of gun-toting violence.
Black Nick Fury: Mr. T
Based on my observation, Mr. T would be perfect if you prefer an African-American Nick Fury. Mr. T is from a rough background and could put an interesting spin on Nick Fury that has been missing in prior incarnations of the character. There is no question that Mr. T has the acting chops to pull off a convincing Nick Fury, and I think it would be great to see him as a central figure rather than a sideline character.
Captain America: Chris Pine
After his performances in the Star Trek films and shows like Into the Woods, I feel like this would not be much of a stretch at all. Pine could pull off a convincing Steve Rogers, though pre-serum, he'd likely need to be digitally shrunk as was done with Chris Evans.
Iron Man: Christian Bale
Yes, I am aware that Bale has already played Batman. Which is why there's no better person to play Iron Man. They're both brilliant, successful, rich, and lacking in superpowers. Besides, if he plays Stark, he'd be the only actor who could claim to have played comics' two greatest titans!
Thor: Rick Cosnett
Rick Cosnett has a certain rugged outdoorsy look that is certainly reminiscent of the Asgardian thunder god. Besides, since he's already come in contact with superheroes on the CW's Flash, he would be great to play the wielder of the mighty Mjolnir.
Bruce Banner/The Hulk: Temuera Morrison
This was a last minute revelation. I had completely forgotten about this actor since watching him in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, but after I remembered his gravitas and striking appearance, it gave me a new idea: what if after the events that turned Banner into the Hulk, he let himself go physically? If he had started out as the average nutty college professor but just stopped caring about his appearance and attempted to hide from society, I think it's not unfair to say he'd end up looking a little more roughed up than Mark Ruffalo's Banner does.
Hawkeye: Liam Hemsworth
Yes, I did it. I dragged Thor's baby brother into the new Avengers lineup. At first I thought of casting Liam in his older brother's role of Thor, but I decided he was too young to be convincing in that part, so I decided to give it to Rick Cosnett. Hemsworth does have a boyish cheekiness about him that would place an interesting spin on Hawkeye. Granted, for this to work, Hawkeye would have to be less serious than Jeremy Renner's portrayal and closer to the way he is portrayed in Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Black Widow: Emma Watson
While I do register your complaints that Miss Watson is too young for the role of Black Widow, I choose to ignore said complaints. She's 24, so she's only a year off from my choice for Hawkeye, Liam Hemsworth. I think it might be interesting to see a younger pair of super-spies rather than the haggard, ultra-serious ones that Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner present.