Recasting The Phase One Avengers

by | Oct 8, 2018

Recasting The Phase One Avengers

by | Oct 8, 2018

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is ten years old and we’re hurtling towards a future without the actors from the original avengers. They’re likely to either be recast or (shock horror) killed off. So, here’s our picks for recasting the original (phase one) Avengers.

First Things First…

We’re intentionally building a younger Avengers team to enable new and different stories to be told – more details on that as we go through.

Iron Man

Our Pick – Sacha Dhawan

Where You’ve Seen Him – An Adventure In Space And Time, Iron Fist

Without a doubt, one of the best parts of a disappointing Iron Fist series. Sacha was also a strong contender for the next Doctor Who before the original casting. But the main reason we’re picking him is based on his performance in An Adventure In Space And Time.

This was a fantastic performance in this standalone dramatisation about the origins of Doctor Who in the 1960’s. Anyone that loves fandoms NEEDS to watch this. Sacha proved his acting chops in this, as well his action credentials that are both needed to be the next Tony Stark.

Captain America

Our Pick – Taron Egerton

Where You’ve Seen Him – Eddie The Eagle, Kingsman

OK, I Know, he’s not American (in fact, he’s Welsh). But neither is Superman, and Henry Cavill doesn’t do a bad job as the Man Of Steel.

I should say, I’m not a Captain America fan. He’s one of the most boring superheros and not particularly interesting in terms of character development.

My hope in casting Taron Egerton is that he’ll bring some of the humour from the Kingsman films to rejuvenate and finally make an interesting character our of Captain America.

Thor

Our Pick – Chloe Grace Moretz

Where You’ve Seen Her – Kick Ass, 30 Rock

More controversy, we know. But, lets try and fix some of the diversity issues that were prevalent in phase one of the MCU?

Not strictly a recasting of Thor, but taking inspiration from the recent comics where the power of Thor was bestowed on a female human. And I think Chloe Grace Moretz could be a inspired choice.

There are some problems (that can be fixed/ignored) however, she’s not particularly tall or intimidating (but neither was Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnorok) and we have no idea of her ability to be an action hero (but that didn’t stop Brie Larson being cast as Captain Marvel).

Hulk

Our Pick – Daniel Radcliffe

Where You’ve Seen Him – Harry Potter, Swiss Army Man

Another controversial choice but one that we think could be an interesting choice. Daniel Radcliffe is one of the most famous character actors ever – so the chance to take on another iconic character is one we assume he might jump at.

The last time he was in a big ensemble/franchise movie was during Harry Potter. Maybe, just maybe he misses being part of something like that after years of doing smaller/independent movies.

Hawkeye

Our Pick – Hailee Steinfeild

Where You’ve Seen Her – Pitch Perfect, Barely Lethal

A slight dynamic change for Hawkeye and Black Widow with this casting. In this new, younger Avengers team we’re looking at a Hawkeye that is a mentor to Black Widow instead of a friend.

Taking some time to address the gender imbalance from phase one, we think Hailee Steinfeild is a great choice for a gender swapped Hawkeye. She proves her action credentials in the film Barely Lethal (watch it, it’s rubbish but in a good way) and is a total departure from the current Hawkeye character.

Black Widow

Our Pick – Millie Bobby Brown

Where You’ve Seen Her – Stranger Things

We’re really leaning into the Black Widow character history for this one. Taking her right back to an under 18 year old version of this character. It should create an interesting dynamic of the team wanting to protect her because of her age but forgetting that she’s more than capable of protecting herself.

We should be introducing a recently rescued Black Widow so that Hawkeye (as her mentor) is trying to help her to lead as normal life as possible.

Nick Fury

Our Pick – The Rock

Where You’ve Seen Him – Fast And Furious, Jumanji

Who else can save the Avengers franchise in this time of turmoil and recasting – The Rock. In his confirmed role as ‘franchise viagra’ The Rock should bring a nice boost of Star Power to this younger Avengers team.

Relying on the audience knowledge that he can throw down will make it all the more satisfying to make this Nick Fury one that doesn’t get involved for at least 2 films. And when he finally gets involved – going on a rampage, saving The Avenger when they need it the most.

Some Further Notes…

  • There’s a couple of key character changes in this reboot – Nick Fury is not the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. He’s a high ranking official that has been given The Avengers initiative as a way to distract him. Because he’s close to uncovering the shape shifting Skrulls that have infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • This version of Thor is not from Asguard. She’s a regular human that has happened to stumble across Mjolnir and gained the power of Thor.
  • I would bring Ant Man forward into Phase One (as the original plan) but have him as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D until phase two – when he would get his own movie.

Honourable Mentions

No explanations required, just some fun ideas for some characters that were rumored for or on the fringes of Phase One.

  • Squirrel Girl (Anna Kendrick)
  • Ant Man (Simon Pegg)
  • Pepper Potts (Taylor Swift)
  • War Machine (Donald Glover)

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