Marvel is known for its casting. I think we can all agree that it's almost uncanny how they are able to find actors that expertly match their on screen alter-egos. In fact, some even joke that Marvel has some kind of genetic lab somewhere, where they engineer actors that perfectly fit their roles.
Kevin Feige, Marvel's fearless leader, was recently interviewed by ComicBook.com. When asked about Oscar winner Brie Larson being cast as Marvel's first headlining female hero, Captain Marvel, Feige made a very interesting comparison.
Feige compared Larson's casting to the casting of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony "Iron Man" Stark.
"The first casting choice we ever made as our own studio was casting Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and that set a bar that was very, very high. We need to match that bar. And with Carol Danvers...we could do no less than that.'
Back when Larson was first rumored for the role, I did some research and watched some interviews of hers. I was blown away and she quickly became my personal choice to take on the role.
I have no doubt in my mind that Brie Larson will be the perfect Captain Marvel. Why? Because she is Captain Marvel! Check out these 5 reasons you should believe it!
All of this got me thinking: when Marvel casts a role, they tend to find great actors. Some of them adjust to conform to the role, but others practically are the character they've been selected to play. Here are 11 actors who are basically the same as their on-screen personas:
11. Krysten Ritter As Jessica Jones
Krysten Ritter's casting as Jessica Jones came as no surprise to anyone even slightly familiar with Ritter or the character. They're both sassy, sarcastic, and they both speak their mind no matter what. Krysten Ritter was the perfect choice to play private eye Jessica Jones, which you can catch on Netflix any time.
10. Kat Dennings As Darcy
Darcy Lewis is one of my favorite parts of the Thor movies. Darcy's dry comic wit and overbearing personality are the first two pages in Kat Dennings's acting play book. She shines in roles like this. Dennings's comedic personality feeds the character, which sort of makes them one in the same.
9. Benicio Del Toro As The Collector
The Collector from Guardians of the Galaxy is a little eccentric and he's one of those characters that leaves you unsure of his intentions. Del Toro is also a little eccentric, and I have to say that in all of the times I've seen him interviewed, I've never had any idea what was going on in his head. The Collector is also a collector of strange exotic beings — but check out this interview about Del Toro's pet situation:
8. Michael Douglas As Hank Pym
Hank Pym is a smart, professional, and all around lovable guy. Douglas seems to be exactly the same. He may not have invented entirely new substances, but he seems to be just as motivated and passionate as his character. Also, just in case you missed it, here's Douglas's co-star Paul Rudd describing his hilarious failure at pranking the pro:
7. Don Cheadle As Rhodey
Don Cheadle is a pretty easy-going guy. He seems like the type of person who could be friends with anybody. Rhodey is exactly the same. Everybody likes him, which is good because he balances out his best friend Tony Stark. Let's face it: Not everyone appreciates Tony like Rhodey does.
6. Mark Ruffalo As Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner is a very passionate man and yet he's probably the most chill character in the MCU (that is, until he isn't). I don't think Marvel could have found a sweeter, more low-key actor to play Banner. Mark Ruffalo's natural, nice and quiet demeanor matches his on-screen counterpart perfectly.
5. Chris Pratt As Star-Lord
Star-Lord is by no means your average hero. He's funny, lazy, and immature. Pratt's natural propensity to play characters like Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation makes him the perfect Star-Lord. His little quirks perfectly match the character, which makes Star-Lord feel real. Make sure to check out every awesome moment in Pratt's career!
4. Tom Holland As Spiderman
Out of the three actors to play Spidey, Tom Holland is my favorite. Why? He matches everything we know about Spider-Man! He's a little shy and reserved, but on the inside is a very kind, lovable person. Spidey is awe-stricken by everything around him. Holland is exactly the same, especially now that he's been dropped into the center of the MCU!
3. Samuel L. Jackson As Nick Fury
In the comics, Nick Fury was re-imagined for the Ultimates series that introduced the Avengers Initiative to the Ultimate Universe, a separate continuity from the traditional Marvel Universe. A very specific actor was used as inspiration for his new look. Who perchance was the inspiration for this new iteration of a classic hero? Samuel L. Jackson himself! Jackson was the perfect choice to play the character because he literally already was the character.
2. Paul Rudd As Scott Lang
Scott Lang, like Star-Lord, is not your average hero. He's sarcastic and hilarious. On top of everything else, he's a family man. His daughter comes first. Rudd is just the same. He's a husband and father of two. There's no doubt that Rudd's excellent performance as a loving caring father comes from experience.
1. Robert Downey Jr. As Tony Stark
Is there any doubt in anyone's mind that RDJ is the perfect Tony Stark? They're both funny. They're both millionaire philanthropists. They wear the same clothes and make the same jokes. No one else could have possibly come anywhere even remotely close to Downey Jr.'s take on Tony. Or should I have said Tony's take on Downey? They're so similar, you can't tell when one stops and the other begins!
Marvel is so deserving of the praise they get for casting. I don't know how they do it, but they seem to find people who were born to play these roles! Thanks to Feige and Marvel for all of their hard work over these many years. Now I just have to wait an eternity to see Brie Larson play the perfect Captain Marvel.
What has been your favorite Marvel casting? Let me know in the comments!