In my article I'm going to go in a different direction, What If the Avengers had been made in the 1940/1950 area? I love old movies and the thought has often crossed my mind. So here is my list of actors I think would have been perfect for the roles.
Captain America - Cary Grant
Cary Grant was as American of an actor as there ever was. A true leading man. Classically handsome, one of Hollywood's biggest stars ever. All he needed was blonde hair. Wearing the flag and holding the shield, he's someone the audience would have believed as he calls out instructions to the other Avengers.
Ironman - Humphrey Bogart
When you talk about leading men, Humphrey Bogart's name stands alone. His characters all had quick wit and talked fast. remind you of anyone? Not to mention Bogart was almost always seen with a drink in his hand. While filming the African Queen on location, everyone in the movie cast and crew became sick because of the water in Africa. Everyone except Bogart, he only drank whisky the whole time. Sounds like something Stark would do.
Having Grant and Bogart in a movie together where the audience knows that one of these guys is the main character, but they're not sure which one it is, would have been really fun to see.
Thor - Marlon Brando
Brando is perhaps the finest actor to ever live. When thinking of him for the role of Thor don't think of him as the Godfather. Think of a younger Brando. A Street Car Named Desire Brando. With the muscular physique he had back then, put a blonde wig on him and hand him a hammer. Chris Hemsworth is great but I would have loved to see Marlon Brando's take on the character.
Bruce Banner - Harold Lloyd
Yes that's right, Harold Lloyd. Best known for his comedic roles and goofy characters. Let's not forget he was an actor. He became famous for a certain type of character but that doesn't mean that's all he could play. I believe he could have stepped outside his box and played an intelligent character the way Norton and Ruffalo did. Lloyd had a skinny frame and the right look for Banner. He would have been the skinny awkward Bruce Banner that we all know and love.
Hulk - Dan Lurie
In the direction I'm going with my picks, they would have needed a separate actor for the Hulk. Dan Lurie won the Mr. America title four times by 1949 and was the founding father of the sport of bodybuilding.
Black Widow - Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn was as talented as she was beautiful. Winning the Oscar for her very first Hollywood role. With her slim ballet like physique and the accent she had, she would have been a dead ringer for Black Widow.
Hawkeye - Steve McQueen
Even with a great actor like Jeremy Ryder playing the part, the cinematic version of Hawkeye is seriously underrated. For people who know the comics Hawkeye is one of the coolest Avengers there is. McQueen had the right look for the part and was just about the coolest guy to ever walk the face of the earth.
Nick Fury - Clint Eastwood
I love Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury but if you wanted to go the other way and do the original, I've got to go with Clint Eastwood. Think of the movie The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and then throw an eyepatch on that guy. You've got your Nick Fury.
Loki - Leslie Howard
Leslie Howard was an amazing English actor. He had an air of intelligence about him and his characters. Watch any Leslie Howard movie and tell me he doesn't remind you of Tom Hiddleston. He was ever bit the leading man as Grant, Bogart or Brando and would have held his own against them as Loki.
The Red Skull - Conrad Veidt
While were on the subject of villains I'll throw another one out there. Conrad Veidt was an incredible German actor who defected to America as the Nazis were gaining power. He had a first hand look at how evil Nazis were and devoted his acting career to showing it. He played probably the greatest Nazi villains of all time.
War Machine - Ossie Davis
When Davis wanted to pursue a career in acting, he ran into the usual roadblocks that blacks suffered at that time as they generally could only portray stereotypical characters. Instead, he tried to play more his characters more seriously and not in a stereotypical manner. He is the perfect choice for War Machine in my opinion.
Falcon - Sidney Poitier
The first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, Sidney Poitier is a true acting legend. He paved the way for other actors like Davis. he would have been a great choice to play not Captain America's sidekick, but his partner.
Quicksilver - Fred Astaire
Scarlet Witch - Ginger Rogers
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were on screens greatest couple. As famous as they where separately they were even more famous together. Choosing a pair like this to play brother and sister superheros with a powerhouse cast already, just makes sense.
Vision - Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck would have made a great Vision. He was tall with the right frame and the right look for the character. But Peck's deep voice is what really sells him as the Vision.
Spiderman - James Dean
James Dean might just be the greatest actor to ever live. When you watch his characters you're seeing into his soul. there really is no other way of putting it. He put everything out there and fed off of his emotions. No matter who you are you relate to what he's feeling. Peter Parker is written to be the most relatable character out there. No one could have played Peter quite like James Dean.