Sooner rather than later, these actors will be leaving their iconic roles. I am of the opinion that they should be immediately replaced rather than doing something stupid like killing them off. They all have been around in comics for a long time, and getting rid of them after only a few outings on screen does not do them justice. Here are a few suggestions for their replacements.
This one is official! Hugh Jackman is leaving the role of Wolverine after the next solo outing, Wolverine 3. No word on if he'll make an appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse. My Magic 8-Ball says, "Signs Point To No". There is only one person that I can see taking over the role of Wolverine. Unfortunately, I think he may be overused at this point. I am speaking of course about:
Tom Hardy! He can do action movies, and carries a good amount of gravitas in whatever role he's playing. It is a good thing that his face was covered for the role of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. It would make the transition to Marvel easier. You want to cast a big name actor since they will be carrying solo movies and X-Men movies as Wolverine.
It has been hinted that Captain America: Civil War will be Robert Downey Jr's last outing as Iron Man. This is monumental for the MCU since his turn in the first Iron Man movie sold the whole concept of an Avengers movie and a shared universe to the studio execs. That should not stop them from recasting the role in order to continue the character. My suggestion for a while has been:
Wes Bentley! He would be superb as Tony Stark AKA Iron Man. Most people only recognize him as Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games. But, he hasn't had a big role since his BAFTA nomination and other 'Breakthough Performance' nominations for his role in American Beauty. Other actors that have been bandied about are in the Giant Salary category (Leonardo DiCaprio), the Overused category (Karl Urban), the Bad Press category (Ben Affleck), the Are You Kidding Me category (Shia LeBouf), the Too Young category (Ben Barnes), and the Huh category (Steven Strait). Stuart Townsend does carry the attitude of a Tony Stark in his personal life and would be my second choice.
Chris Evans has been voicing his disgruntlement over being typecast as Captain America. He is considering hanging up the Shield after Infinity Wars. Remember that NO one wanted him as Captain America. Yet, he has made it an iconic role. Out of all the actors that could replace him, I think the best choice is:
Garret Hedlund! He's American (CHECK), fit (CHECK), blonde (CHECK), good actor (CHECK) and has screen presence (DOUBLE CHECK). He has the gravitas needed to carry a team. Right now I see no other choice.
It is rumored that Chris Hemsworth will be leaving the role of Thor behind after Thor: Ragnarok and the Infinity Wars movies. Further rumors stated that they would replace him with a woman like in the comics. I am not adverse to that move and I think that Yvonne Strahovski would do the part justice. But, Marvel Studios has stated that they will not be changing the gender of Thor. It has also been rumored that they may replace Chris with his brother Liam. To me, Liam has been a dud spud in the 'Hunger Games' movies. Some have been clamoring for Paul (Triple H) Levesque to take over the role because of his large size. He's too old (45) to take over the role from a 31 year old Chris Hemsworth. I think that it should go to a person that was considered for Thor the first time around:
Charlie Hunnam! The knock on Charlie was that 'Sons Of Anarchy' did not showcase any of his humor. But, I think that 'Pacific Rim' changed that. He's got the physique and the acting chops. He was born in the UK and his true English accent would serve the part well. He's only two years older than Chris Hemsworth. He also has the same fanatical following that Chris Hemsworth enjoys at this time. It would be a smooth transition.
What say you?