ByMatthew Bailey, writer at Creators.co
Husband. Father. Gamer. Cinema Lover. Mix it all together, and there I am. I love all things pop-culture and coffee; but coffee is the best.
Matthew Bailey

I'm back with a different take on the Avengers recasting contest. I was thinking about all the movies out in the last few years. All the 'young adult' oriented and themed (Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner, Fault in our Stars, City of Bones, Vampire Academy, etc etc etc.) so that got me thinking...

what if we cast The Avengers as if it were a Young Adult film?

So let's begin with a what we already know about The Avengers. The main cast consists of: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow & Hawkeye. If this were a complete movie re-write then it would be a different cast of Superheroes considering the aforementioned 6 heroes are not the 'official' origin grouping. 1963 showed the release of Earth's Mightiest Heroes with a cast of Iron Man, Wasp, Ant-Man, Thor & the Hulk to be joined by Captain America... But we're going to go with the storyline that Marvel has introduced, so without further ado, I give you The Avengers: Legends Awaken. --- Because that's what it would be called if pop culture has anything to say about it.

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A good man. Down to earth. A hero created through science, but ultimately a man who knows of the frailty of the human heart. Passed over by the country he sought to serve, only to become the beacon of hope, and the symbol of freedom. He's got a metaphoric skin as tough as steel, and a drive to protect and serve. So who be this man?

This casting choice, I think is one of my favorites. I'm leaning towards the Captain being less boy scout and more along the lines of a gritty action hero.

He is my new Captain America. He's got some gritty characters under his belt. He played Thomas in The Butler, Fortis in In Time, Kyle in Beastly & John in I Am Number Four. I personally LOVED him in Number Four, and could see him build into the Captain America character just as well as Chris Evans did.

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Machine. Man. Ego-maniac. Playboy. Billionaire with far too much time on his hands. A man who revolutionized science, and through a fate he couldn't control had to become a hero. Still learning what it means to be self-sacrificial. His intellect and adaptive ability is on par with the likes of Reed Richards, Hank Pym and Bruce Banner but his engineering capabilities is what sets him apart. He's cocky, and he embraces that fact living it out daily, so who can play that part?

This is a cross studio casting choice, since I know he's already playing a DC character in The Flash, but I think he could pull off the cocky man meets machine ego of Tony Stark.

Say hello to Ironman. If you don't recognize him, then I suggest you go watch The Tomorrow People and catch his character Firestorm in The Flash. Both of which, I believe show his ability to play a big part, which is what he would take on with Iron Man.

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Prince of Asgard. God of Thunder. A man who has always been victorious in his conquests, and now he must learn what strength is truly required to lead and to be worthy to wield the power that he has in Mjolnir. He has a strong moral compass - knowing only black and white. He is smarter than many may believe and he will passionately fight for the moral high ground. Who can personify this?

Strength and stamina. Courage and toss in a dash of sarcastic wit, and this is who I am casting as the God of Thunder.

Here is your God of Thunder. Look at his previous roles, and you'll see the grit that I see. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (He was Phillip... He was in love with the Mermaid). Snow White & the Hunstman (He was William... playing against the current Thunder God, Hemsworth). The Hunger Games (He's Finnick). I think these roles have built him a reputation as a solid choice for Thor. He's got charisma and he's also got a fighters edge.

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SMASH! HULK THE GREATEST THERE IS! - in his own words. Not sure how you can argue with the great green beast. Yet, there are two sides to his character. The Green Rage Monster and the brainy scientist that is trying to take the Hulk to anger management and failing. So who can bring this split personality complex to the screen?

Brooding. Brilliant, but also quick witted as Bruce Banner. If Edward Norton was in my age bracket I would cast him, but I can't so this is my choice.

He's relatively new to the movie world, but his performance in Maze Runner was spot on in my opinion. He can handle the load of a strong male character, but also can deal with his own personal demons. His big role was in Teen Wolf where he played the loyal best friend, which as much as Hulk would deny it, is part of the makeup of the great green rage monster. When Banner is in control of the Hulk, he will fight to protect his comrades. And come on, you can't tell me that looking at the screenshot from The Internship you don't see Bruce Banner written all over his face in those glasses.

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Loner, but loyal soldier as well. If you look at the comic book, he was a 'reluctant villian' coerced by Black Widow to bring down Iron Man. He soon realized that was a mistake and sought to join the Avengers. He is an adventurer and is at the peak of human conditioning. No official super powers, but willing to do whatever it takes to prove himself as a legitimate hero. His archery skills are without comparison. Who has the best shot to fill this role?

Now, before you scoff at my choice, this is my wildcard, and at the same time probably a scheduling conflict as he currently plays another archer for DC.

HA! Fooled you, you thought I was going to pick Steven Amell, didn't you?!! - Instead I went with his counterpart. Colton plays Roy Harper/Red Arrow/Arsenal on the CW's Arrow. So technically he already fits the build, and if his back story from the show isn't basically Hawkeye's then I'm missing something obviously. Forced to fend for himself from a young age, he learns to harness his inner strength and focus that power to become a hero.

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Femme fatale. She is the definition of seduction for Marvel. Natalia "Natasha" Romanova is a master of disguise and a deadly assassin. She's the wildcard in the team, but she's fierce and committed to her new team. She's found the family that she didn't have. Who can fill the spandex?

Scarlett Johansson was a phenominal casting choice, and had she been born 2 years later, she would fit my age bracket, but alas she does not.

Don't be surprised if you don't recognize her from the image above, or even by her name... That in essence is why she is destined to be Black Widow. She's beautiful yet will blend in to her surroundings. If you haven't placed where you know her from yet, think Game of Thrones. That's it! Now you know her. She's the Mother of Dragons - Daenerys Targaryen. I could totally see Natalia 'Natasha' Romanova having a dragon. Emilia is also set to play Sarah Conner in the next Terminator film. That's 2 kick-butt characters that shows her ability to play a strong female lead.

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Honorable Mentions

Nick Fury: Tyler Hoechlin (Road to Perdition, Hall Pass, Teen Wolf)

Loki Luafeyson: Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men:Apocolypse)

Winter Soldier: Kit Harington (Pompeii, Game of Thrones, Seventh Son (for like 5 minutes))

Falcon: Elijah Kelley (28 Days, Hairspray, Red Tails)

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