Let's be honest, how could you possibly get better than the current cast of Avengers? Well, I'm not too sure it's possible, but then I started thinking, "Who could possibly play these beloved characters beside the people already playing them?" First, let's review who's playing these butt kicking heroes.
I can honestly say that when Iron Man hit the silver screen in 2008, I never had any inkling that we would see two more Iron Man films, and eventually see him become an Avenger on screen. Robert Downey, Jr. has been playing him for 7 years now, and it's hard to picture anyone else being able to slip into this role like it was a glove. But maybe, just maybe, it's possible. Tony Stark is incredibly smart, funny, usually a pain in the butt for others, quite the lady's the man, and builds things that would put MacGyver to shame. Hmm, I think I know just the person.
Hmm, a sexy, butt kicking, redheaded secret agent. Who could possibly embody this role better than Scarlett Johansson? Part of me is trying to think of natural redheads such as Karen Gillan for the part, but lest we forget, the Dr. Who alumni has already got her place in the Marvel universe as Gamora's sister Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy.
We've seen three versions of the Hulk in the last 12 years. Personally, I never had much desire to see the first two, so all I can really say is what I've heard. And that is that of the three, fans much prefer Mark Ruffalo's Hulk. So, honestly, after having been played by three people already, the third time being the charm, I'm really not sure who could take on the Hulk after Mark Ruffalo.
Thank heavens Chris Evans is no longer involved in Fantastic Four. Oh, sure the first movie was okay, and I love Ioan Gruffudd, but Rise of the Silver Surfer was Doomed from the start. The movie made Jessica Alba want to quit acting, and aside from a few power switching jokes, the best thing about that movie was SPOILER when Sue died. But Captain America producers picked up Chris Evans as their lead, and I'm sure rejuvenated his career after that Fantastic disaster. (Hahahaha, see what I did there?) That being said, I do have an idea who could play Captain America if not Chris Evans.
I've seen the audition videos for Tom Hiddleston as Thor, and I'm not sure I would've been able see him as Thor regardless of whether I saw the movie beforehand or not. Thor's younger brother himself also auditioned for the role, and after seeing the elder Hemsworth as Thor, I can't see the younger as Thor. Well, at least not when Thor first came out.
Hawkeye has to be the most underrated of the Avengers. And really, I think Jeremy Renner is absolutely hot, and perfect as Hawkeye. But assuming a recasting were mandatory, I'm sure I could...maybe, possibly...find someone I'd like to be Hawkeye.
Samuel L. Jackson is great as Nick Fury, there's no denying that. But strangely enough, and I don't know why, but a name did automatically pop in my head for someone else other than Samuel L. Jackson to play Nick.
The New Avengers
For the most part, I've managed to think of at least two people for each Avenger. So let me introduce you to the new cast of the Avengers.
Matt Smith as Iron Man
Matt Smith! Can you think of anyone else more perfect to take the reins from Robert Downey, Jr? His role as the Doctor had him doing a bunch of stuff Iron Man does. Saving the world, building complicated things, occasionally getting on peoples nerves, and being funny. Not only that, but the Doctor has been known to be a little bit of lady's man, after all, he did marry Queen Elizabeth, and Marilyn Monroe. Hmm, now that I think of it, they're not too different, aside from the Doctor time traveling and all. I did read the other day that Tony Stark wasn't actually the son of Howard Stark. I wonder if he could be the Doctor's son......
I actually have two people in mind for Black Widow. You may take you pick of the two.
She's gorgeous, she can pull off being a redhead, and although Gone wasn't necessarily the best movie, she did kick some serious kidnapper butt. She's kicked a little more butt in movies like Red Riding Hood and In Time, but, like Gone, those movies weren't that great either. Maybe it's time she got a role like Black Widow where she can take out six men from the Russian mafia while tied to a chair.
Another beauty, she helped save Parliament from Mark Strong as Irene Adler in Sherlock Holmes. While she didn't necessarily do any of the butt kicking in that movie, we do know that Irene was very smart and knew how to get out of situations. That's something she'd definitely be show casing as Black Widow.
I think I may have thought of someone who might be able to play Hulk, though I'll admit, I'm still not 100% sold on it. John Stamos.
You know, Chris Pratt seems like the go to guy, but like Karen Gillan, he too has got himself a part in the Marvel Universe already as Star-Lord. So, instead, I've gone with, irony of ironies, Captain Canada, aka Nathan Fillion.
Anyone who has ever seen Firefly and Serenity, not to mention any episodes of Castle where Castle's family is in danger, knows that Nathan Fillion knows how to kick butt, be serious when need, and be funny. This also makes him a good candidate for Iron Man, though after seeing his halloween parody of Captain America, I can't help but think he'd be awesome as Captain America.
Seeing as Chris Hemsworth played Chris Pine's dad in the Star Trek reboot, and people didn't realize he was a completely different actor, I think Chris Pine would be a good choice. Attitude: check. Looks: check. Ability to kick butt: check.
Of course, all of this holds true to Chris Hemsworth's brother Liam. But then, you have the possibility of feeling like one is living in the shadow of the other, and we can't have that cause they're both awesome. Plus, I really like Liam as Gale Hawthorne.
He's already worked with Chris Pine once, what's a few more times? If I can't have Jeremy Renner, then Tom Hardy it is!
Last but not least is probably the most surprising for me. When I thought of who should play Nick Fury, one name instantly popped into my head: Edward James Olmos. He just has that war torn look about him.
Of course, I do have second choice for Nick Fury. Kurt Russell. I don't know about you, but after seeing this photo, I can totally see Kurt Russell kicking serious butt as Nick Fury.