ByDeanna Eichelberger, writer at
Deanna Eichelberger

True die-hard fans take the casting of their beloved characters seriously. However, casting superheroes can either be met with unanimous support or overwhelming disappointment. Marvel has had its fair share of hits and misses with casting its superhero characters to grace our big screens, but most of the casting decisions have been positive. In honor of Avengers Age of Ultron coming out in less than a month, here is a list of the top 10 best cast Marvel characters.

10. Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter

It is hard to find a woman who could portray the sassy, bad-ass, tough and glamorous in her own way Peggy Carter, Captain America's "handler" during World War 2. Marvel made a great choice with Hayley Atwell because she equally played grit and glamour. How many other women could look so bad ass carrying a bigger gun than the soldiers around her but still rock the glamour look with her red nail polish? The list is few; to prove how well Marvel cast her, they gave her her own spin off show Agent Carter.

9. Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man

Marvel made perhaps one of its worst executive decisions in recasting Spider Man for the Spectacular Spider Man film due to come out. Andrew Garfield has been Spider Man for the last 2 Amazing Spider Man films and even looks and acts like Peter Parker (much more than Tobey Maguire did). While Maguire, still arguably a good actor just not for this role, delivered perhaps the whiniest Spider Man performance ever, Garfield delivered in his performance of the character, exhibiting traits of Parker himself (i.e. his geekiness, sense of responsibility and sense of justice). Fans were expecting to see him in Amazing Spider Man 3, but with the announcement of Marvel acquiring rights over Spider Man and developing a Spectacular Spider Man film, subsequently recasting characters, received instead a feeling of disappointment of not seeing the web-slinging Garfield don the red and blue mask one more time.

8. Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson

What would the Avengers be without their handler: the by-the-book, intelligent, get it done, bad-ass Phil Coulson? Coulson is so tough he couldn't even stay dead (as we see that he is most definitely alive in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Clark Gregg has portrayed Coulson at every opportunity: his first appearance in Iron Man where he saved Pepper Potts and made it perpetually to Tony Stark's good side, The Avengers where fans bawled when he died, his show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the animated Principal Coulson in Ultimate Spider Man, even in the Marvel video games he is Coulson. For now the Avengers don't know that he is alive, but maybe we will see the return of Coulson to the cinematic screen in a future Marvel movie.

7. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

From his first appearance as the gruff, glowering, aggressive, no antics Wolverine in 2000, Jackman captured the hearts of fans everywhere with his on point portrayal and similar look to the famed X-Men member. His character was the first to not fit the clean shaven superhero mold and Hugh himself is essentially an exact clone of comic book Logan, the first true example of Marvel casting credibility that has been built upon since then and reached the level it has today.

6. Chris Evans as Captain America

His build is right. His stance is right. His personality is right. His abs are just perfect (enough said there). Evans' charm as the naive, courageous, moral Steve Rogers/Captain America just adds to the portrayal of the comic book legendary character and makes Evans better fit the persona of a man who was frozen in the World War 2 era (manners and all).

5. Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

Stern, judgmental, and bad-ass as hell, these are the words that describe the character of Nick Fury, portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson, who does it with flying colors. From conveying sass, seriousness and shock that people could be so stupid into one look to taking matters into his own hands to get the job done, Jackson brings Fury to life on the big screen. Jackson is also one of the few men that can rock an eye patch and a long trench coat.

4. Chris Pratt as Star-Lord

Outrageously funny - the two words that describe both Chris Pratt and Star-Lord. Star-Lord is a character that embodies a lot of sassy combacks, charisma, and humor, and Pratt delivered in his portrayal on the big screen. The unusual leader of a group of ragtag criminals, Pratt whole heartedly went for the role, as evident by his lip syncing and dance party at the very beginning of the film. Pratt also made the faces and reactions Star-Lord would, like the photo above, where you can just hear what he's thinking: don't crash, don't crash, don't crash.

3. Chris Hemsworth as Thor

The long flowing golden locks say it all: Chris Hemsworth is Thor. He accurately nails Thor's moments of arrogance, sass and confusion all with a simple facial expression. Chris has nailed this role time and time again: his appearance and build are both spot on for the part, and his accent adds to it, making Hemsworth's Thor seem more god like and less Earth like (Think about it, Thor would not talk like an American, it wouldn't sound right). There is no question about it: Chris Hemsworth is Thor, the god of thunder.

2. Tom Hiddleston as Loki

Hiddleston does a fantastic job at playing the intense, mischievous, trickster Loki, which surprised many given his goofy, polite and down to earth personality. Hiddleston becomes a different person when he plays serious Loki, who before was an under appreciated and overlooked character until Hiddleston was cast as him and made him one of the most memorable villains of the decade.

1. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/ Iron Man

One can easily call Robert Downey Jr. the foundation of the Marvel cinematic universe and the reason it gained so much success. Iron Man was the role that turned his entire career and life around. The arrogance, snark, sass and ego are all a part of Downey himself; Downey has even responded to people calling him Tony Stark, showing just how much he thinks of himself and Tony Stark as one and the same. His performance of Stark and Iron Man echos that of the comic book character, propelling him into the number one spot of great Marvel casting.

I hoped you enjoyed this article; this one wouldn't be possible without my best friend Cassy Sottile. With her extensive knowledge of the Marvel universe this article came to be!


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