There's no question that Marvel's Avengers movie was the greatest thing in theatres since Star Wars, but how much more awesome would it have been with a completely different cast? Admittedly, the team we had really tore up the field, but I think we could've had a film equally as good if not better if we shook things up a little. Let's get started, shall we?
First up, Nick Fury: Idris Elba
Idris Elba is a pretty beast guy no matter who he's playing. His serious demeanor, lack of humor, and quasi-legendary status are just a few reasons why he'd be a great choice for Nick Fury.
Alternative Nick Fury: Morgan Freeman
If you prefer a less serious side of Nick Fury, one that relies less on intimidation and more on biting sarcasm, Morgan Freeman's your man. That's not to say that Morgan Freeman can't be serious, because there are countless examples of him doing this. However, Freeman's cutting wit might be just what the character of Nick Fury needs to prove that he's not just the foreboding and grim supervisor we see in the current MCU.
Captain America: Chris Pine
Chris Pine would be great to play Captain America because he's got some pretty important leadership roles under his belt, especially Captain James Kirk from the Star Trek reboots. The man is also built like a rock and has the type of face girls swoon for.
Thor: Stephen Amell
There's no question of Stephen Amell's acting chops. Anyone who's watched Arrow can attest to that. There are certain qualities of Oliver Queen which I feel would help Amell adequately portray the god of thunder. Besides, it could also be argued that trading in a bow and hood that cuts off peripheral vision for a magic hammer and a cape would be a major upgrade.
Iron Man: Sam Rockwell
This actually almost happened. Sam Rockwell was on the shortlist to play Tony Stark in the Marvel Universe. But then along came RDJ and that was the end of that. However, Rockwell still got his chance to shine as Tony's evil counterpart, Justin Hammer (whom he played masterfully, I might add!) back in Iron Man 2. I think it would be interesting to see Rockwell as the other side of the coin, especially now that we've seen him as Justin Hammer.
The Hulk: Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor is a man of many talents. He's a great actor and one I feel would have little to no difficulty portraying a character as complex as Bruce Banner. Plus, I think with the proper CGI, he could make a pretty beastly-looking Hulk as well.
Hawkeye: Brett Dalton
Brett Dalton is perfect for the role of Hawkeye because he is extremely adaptable, can play any type of character, and is not about to take flak from anyone. Plus, he's one of my all-time favorite actors so I had to include him somewhere!
Black Widow: Amy Adams
Amy Adams definitely has what it takes to be a superhero, as evidenced by her impressive demonstration in Man of Steel as Lois Lane. She, like Black Widow, knows how to use her natural beauty as a deadly weapon, lulling you into a false sense of security and then attacking when it's too late to run.
Maria Hill: Adrianne Palicki
I know Adrianne Palicki is already in the MCU as Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird, (and doing a killer job at it, by the way) but I think it would interesting to see her as Maria Hill. I mean sure Cobie Smulders is great and all, but she's got nothing on this girl. Palicki has shown that she's one girl who's not afraid of breaking her nails, getting her hands dirty, and showing boys who's boss. I think she would make an extremely strong Maria Hill that would be much more inspiring to young women than Cobie Smulders ever could be.
Erik Selvig: Sean Connery
Since I'm recasting the 2012 Avengers film, I needed to come up with an actor to play Erik Selvig. I considered several different people, including Christopher Lee, and even in a moment of desperation, Bill Nye the Science Guy, but finally, I settled on Connery. He's definitely got the star power and I think he'd make a pretty convincing (if grumpy) Erik Selvig.
Phil Coulson: Clark Gregg
I know it's cheating to just reuse an actor from the actual movie, but I feel that in this case I'm justified if for no other reason than that the character was essentially tailor-made for him. Clark Gregg is perfect at portraying Coulson because he's not just the spark that ignites the Avengers, but also because he's arguably the most "human" character in the movies. He doesn't turn green or fly, or shoot lasers from his hands. He's just a regular dude like you and me. But he doesn't let that stand in the way of doing what he knows to be right.
And finally, the moment you've all been waiting for: the unveiling of the big bad! Ladies and gentlemen, drumroll please for...
Loki: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Please, don't start beating me up just yet. I had a hard time trying to think of anyone that could even come close to replacing Tom Hiddleston in a role he was clearly born to play. But I feel confident that I made the right decision. Gordon-Levitt has the charm and charisma to pull off the showboating diva, Loki. But look at the above photo a little closer. See that mischievous gleam in his eyes? There's a deep, hidden level of manipulation hiding behind that winsome smile of his.