TOP 10 MARVEL CASTING CHOICES

WRITTEN BY HUSAM ELGENIED AND JASON SEWALD

Marvel Studios, assisted by Disney, has become one of the fastest and largest creative and film corporations in the world. The strength of the corporation, along with the range of characters and comics it has already established, has made the process as simple as deciding who would play these iconic heroes, heroines and villains. Kevin Feige and the Marvel team have recently done an excellent job in incorporating some of the finest actors to play these dynamic roles.

This list will not include TV series’ characters licensed by Marvel, as well as characters such as Black Panther and Captain Marvel, as we are yet to see them in their stand-alone movies.

10. Wesley Snipes – Blade (Jason’s Choice)

Not only did Wesley Snipes have a huge mountain to climb as a relatively unknown hero, but he was also up against a significantly reduced demand in black anti-heroes as a result of Michael Jai White’s terrible performance in Spawn. However, Snipes managed to exceed expectations in the original Blade movie, and more so in the two Blade sequels, earning him cult status. In comparison to the success of the soft, fantasy nature of twilight, I believe that a gritty and dark remake would work wonders in the box office due to the wide variety of fantastic black actors who are finally being given opportunities to shine.

9. Benedict Cumberbatch – Dr. Strange (Jason’s Choice)

I remember when the initial actors being considered for Dr. Strange were Cumberbatch and Keanu Reeves. At the time, I personally hoped the role would go to Reeves as he is one of my favourite actors, however, my expectations have pleasantly been exceeded by Cumberbatch’s performance as Dr. Strange. It was a visual masterpiece and the decision to have Cumberbatch attempt one of Marvels lesser known heroes really stunned a lot of spectators. It was great to see a coming-of-age story where a sceptical man slowly develops into a man who believes in the impossible. All that is left to be said is that I hope we get to see a lot more of Cumberbatch.

8. Tom Holland – Spiderman (Hus’ Choice)

This may come as a surprise, however, following some heated discussions with fellow comic book nerds and Marvel fans, I have come to the conclusion that Holland must be included. Toby Maguire will always be a hero, but he will also never be able to live down the horrific attempt at playing an emo Spiderman. In my opinion, Andrew Garfield was a poor choice. His first movie was no more than average, and the second simply terrible. He showed us that playing the friendly neighbourhood spider is more than just being edgy and depressing. Holland made his first appearance in captain America: Civil War. The entrance was perfect and he showed from then on that he was one of the most relatable characters in the MCU. He showed his seriousness, skill, passion and, most importantly, the comedic approach which has work so well for Guardians and Deadpool. He is a naturally likeable individual and we will be looking forward to seeing him the future films.

7. Tom Huddleston – Loki (Jason’s Choice)

As we have seen throughout the movies, the same villain often doesn’t reappear in other movies. However, Huddleseton has managed to enter the realm of fan favourites with his infectious British charm and talent. Starring in 4 of the 15 connected films only strengthens the claim that he genuinely enjoys playing his character, and that this has made him a hit with the franchise and the fans. The chemistry he has with the rest of the Marvel cast, such as Chris Hemsworth, is also noteworthy as it is exactly these relationships that have made him so unforgettable.

6. Chris Pratt – StarLord (Hus’s Choice)

“There’s one name you may know me by…Starlord!” Who would’ve thought a bunch of unknown misfit heroes would be such a success at the box office. The comical nature of the films, similar to Deadpool, and the casting of Pratt as the lead was pure genius. Viewers were able to enjoy the revival of comedy in superhero films, and most importantly the return of 70’s feel good music! Pratt conveys a natural charisma and relatable personality. Along with his fellow guardians, Pratt stole 723 million dollars from Earth and the legendary outlaw seems to be coming back for more in the upcoming Infinity war movie.

5. Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool (Jason’s Choice)

There are only a few things destined for each other in this world; cookies and milk, eggs and bacon, and Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. Not only was this a heavily anticipated collaboration following his short but brilliant performance in the critically acclaimed X-men Origins: Wolverine, but the actor himself announced that the reason that he accepted the role 8 years ago is that he identifies with the character so much; as he is a massive asshole. That is the greatest compliment you can give to the “merc with the mouth”.

4. Michael Fassbender / Ian McKellen – Magneto (Jason’s Choice)

The fact that the X-Men franchise managed to hit the mark with two different actors playing the same character is nothing short of a miracle. The terrifyingly calm Ian McKellen gave Magneto his commanding demeanour. This contrasts with Fassbenders depiction of Magneto as a young, brash and easily angered mutant, whose hate for humans has slowly but surely been cemented into his being.

3. Patrick Stewart / James McAvoy – Professor X (Hus’s Choice)

Patrick Stewart’s rendition of the iconic Professor X during the first X-Men set the franchise alight and created the foundation required for subsequent movies. Stewart’s performance across all of his films was of an all-knowing, yet calming nature; as you would expect from any principle that could read minds. Stewart’s performance in Logan is my personal favourite as he introduced a different side to his character.  His chemistry with Ian McKellen was outstanding, which makes complete sense, given that the two are close friends outside the franchise. Similarly, McAvoy and Fassbender also became best friends during taping these movies, claiming that “X-Men: First Class was the first time [they] became….one”. Although McAvoy has been great thus far, he still has a lot to live up to.

2. Hugh Jackman – Logan/Wolverine (Hus’s Choice)

Just like his character, Jackman did not aesthetically age when it came to this role; he evolved with it and every outing was exceptional, apart from “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (which we will not discuss). No other actor has played a role from a comic or any written platform for as long as Jackman has – an unbelievable 17 years in the role of the Dangerous Weapon X. Logan was his greatest success aided significantly by his ability to play the role without restrictions. I shouldn’t be saying this, but if you haven’t seen Logan, you have to go and see it!

Honourable Mentions:

Williem Dafoe as Goblin
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow
Mark Ruffalo as Hulk
Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique
Chris Hemsworth as Thor

  1. Robert Downey Jr. – Iron Man (Hus’s Choice)

Accordingly, Downey should be at the top of the list as he brought the Marvel cinematic universe back to life with his outstanding performance as Iron Man. Director John Favrou believed that Downey’s personal experience with alcoholism and Rehabilitation made him the prime candidate for the role. He was proven to be correct as Downey went on to be the saviour and leader of the Marvel franchise, and is the most featured character throughout the 15 films appearing in 6.

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