I am absolutely in love with Young Avengers. In my mind, there is no other team of super-powered teenagers that can compare (except the Runaways, the Avengers Academy team and Cyclop's X-Men team). The series first entered my life back in 2012 when I discovered the characters Wiccan and Hulkling. Initially, I was only intrigued by this duo, but then I began to do research on the whole team. Long story short, I became obsessed with all of them. Eventually, I bought the first two volumes and actually read these characters' stories firsthand instead of on Wikipedia from a computer screen. My favorites are definitely Wiccan and Hulkling, but I'm not here to talk all about them because I have another article for that. What I am here to talk about is more "team-centric".
Basically, I'm going to cast my opinion towards who should be cast as these characters should the comics ever be made into films. Along with my own choices, I will include Young Avenger's creator Allan Heinberg's picks on who he felt should be cast.
The Original Team:
1. Michael B. Jordan as Patriot (Elijah "Eli" Bradley)
I feel like this casting would provide some saving grace for the actor especially after the latest Fantastic Four film. He is a bit old for the role, 29, so my secondary choice would be Tyler James Williams, 23.
Movie Casting: A teen Tom Cruise, if he were African American.2. Logan Henderson as The Vision/Iron Lad (Nathaniel Richards)
Although the actor himself has not appeared in many acting roles, he does have a strikingly similar facial appearance to the character. If it were possible, I would prefer a younger Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but unfortunately the actor is 35.
A teen Keanu Reeves in NEO mode.
3. Michael J. Willett as Wiccan (Billy Kaplan)
I feel like he would bring the proper justice the character deserves in an on-screen portrayal. He has experience with emotional teen roles, and this role would no doubt serve him well too. His popularity is climbing, and I am sure he would surpass expectations in this role. This would also mean he would have to portray Wiccan's twin brother Speed (Tommy Shepherd) as well, and I'm sure he could pull off the cockiness.
Movie Casting: Jake Gyllenhall
4. Ansel Elgort as Hulkling (Teddy Altman)
One, they have the exact same face. Two, he's tall. Hulking is a tall character. I believe Ansel would able to provide the right amount of boyish charm that the character possesses.
Movie Casting: Lindsey Lohan
I don't know why.
5. Dianna Agron as Stature (Cassie Lang)
Again, I see a resemblance between herself and the character. Dianna is confident, and probably awesome in real life, but really I'm choosing her for her confidence. It's that confidence that is needed to portray this character, and Dianna definitely has it.
Movie Casting: Kirsten Dunst
6. Chloë Grace Moretz as Kate Bishop (Hawkeye)
She's basically the most bad-a** 19 year old actress out there. She's been from Hit-Girl to Carrie White. I also feel casting her instead of Jennifer Lawrence would be better considering the latter's most recent 'archery roles'.
Movie Casting: Kate Beckinsale perhaps. But more along the lines of Katherine Hepburn in HOLIDAY and THE PHILADELPHIA STORY.
Later Additions/Secondary Team:
(Unfortunately, Heinberg did not offer any insight as to who these characters should be cast as in a film as he was not the head writer of the series when these characters joined the team.)
1. Madison Pettis as Miss America (America Chavez)
This actress got her start on Disney Channel in things like Jake and the Never Land Pirates and The Game Plan. Both she and the character also have the same hair. I also think she's cheerful, and that a role like Miss America would bring some more dimension to her acting repertoire.
2. Alexander Ludwig as Marvel Boy (Noh-Varr)
Here, I really like the fact that both the character and the actor seem to have a cocky attitude. Both, are very muscular which provides physical similarity. I also believe that Ludwig would be able to pull off that amorous outlook on life that Noh-Varr lives by in the comics.
3. Nathan Stewart-Jarret as Prodigy (David Alleyne)
I have only seen this actor in one film before, The Comedian, but there is already a physical resemblance. He's quirky and funny and he really looks like the character with those glasses. Perfect, but like Michael B. Jordan, he's also on the verge of being too old at the age of 30.
4. Dane DeHaan as Kid Loki (Not Pictured)
When I look at Dane DeHaan, I can't help but analyze his boyish, creepy looks. He did really well as Harry Osborn/Green Goblin in Amazing Spider Man 2. Perhaps, some of this might transition over were he to ever portray the character.
There we have it. Those are my choices for a possible cast of a Young Avengers film.