Casting Potential Avengers

by claytondobosh | created - 29 May 2012 | updated - 30 May 2012 | Public

Below is a list of my picks for potential Avengers in the next couple Marvel superhero movies (Excluding Sony's Spider Man and Disney's XMen franchises) I realize not all these characters will be portrayed and nor would I want them to. But in the event any of them are, this is who I see in those roles with detailed reasons why.

1. Jon Hamm

Actor | Mad Men

Jon Hamm was born on March 10, 1971 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Jonathan Daniel Hamm. He is an actor and producer, known for Mad Men (2007), The Town (2010) and Million Dollar Arm (2014).

as Hank Pym/Ant-Man. Hamm has proven he can pull off intelligent, misogynist and charming, all necessary to bringing Pym to life. In 30 Rock, he displayed self-depreciating humor and proved he looks good in glasses. I know he's not blond, but it's character that applies more than appearance.

2. Olivia Wilde

Actress | Tron

Actress and activist Olivia Wilde is a modern day renaissance woman, starring in many acclaimed film productions, while simultaneously giving back to the community.

She was born on March 10, 1984 in New York City. Her parents are Leslie Cockburn (née Leslie Corkill Redlich) and Andrew Cockburn. Her ...

as Janet Van Dyne/Wasp She may be a bit young for Hamm, but in House she's shown her mature side while intellectually sparring with Dr. House. In Tron, she showed how well she can do as the center of the action. There's something commanding about her presence that I would believe the other strong characters could follow her as leader if they ever utilize that part of her story.

3. Clark Gregg

Actor | The Avengers

Clark Gregg was born on April 2, 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Robert Clark Gregg. He is an actor and director, known for The Avengers (2012), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) and The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006). He has been married to Jennifer Grey since July 21, 2001. They have ...

as Vision My favorite internet rumor is Agent Coulson returning as the android Vision. This casting is primarily based on that brilliant story, there's a lot of potential here, as Vision tries to distinguish himself from the hero the other Avengers remember, plus we get Gregg back.

4. Don Cheadle

Actor | Crash

Donald Frank Cheadle was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 29, 1964. His childhood found him moving from city to city with his family: mother Bettye (North), a teacher, father Donald Frank Cheadle, Sr., a clinical psychologist, sister Dawn, and brother Colin. After graduating high school in...

as Col. James Rhodes/War Machine He was bad*** as Rhodie in Iron Man 2, and everyone knows he can do intense drama from Crash & Hotel Rwanda. As much as I enjoyed Terrence Howard in the role and as much as I know Howard would like to reprise it, let's not mess with a good thing we have in Cheadle.

5. Ali Larter

Actress | Final Destination

A native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Ali began modeling at age 13 and traveled the world before moving to Los Angeles to study acting. Her first professional acting job was a role on the television series Chicago Sons (1997). She received her breakthrough in the high school football drama Varsity ...

as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk She's got action chops, whether she was running from it in Final Destination or into it in Resident Evil, Larter can kick some super-villain's in real life I'm sure. Plus, she's done the whole super-strength thing already in Heroes, except this time she gets to be green & funny!

6. Ben Foster

Actor | Hell or High Water

Ben Foster was born October 29, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Gillian Kirwan and Steven Foster, restaurant owners. His younger brother is actor Jon Foster. His paternal grandparents were from Russian Jewish families that immigrated to Massachusetts (his grandfather became a prominent judge in ...

as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver This was a hard choice. Foster can prove he can run in Pandorum, and he proved he can straddle sympathetic & evil in 3:10 to Yuma. While he's already portrayed Angel in X3:The Last Stand, it's unlikely the two worlds will cross in film anytime soon. I wanted to go with Barry Pepper, who is just as under-utilized as Foster, but Ben's got some years on his side.

7. Keira Knightley

Actress | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Keira Christina Knightley was born March 26, 1985 in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald. An older brother, Caleb Knightley, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born ...

as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch By far the hardest character to cast, Wanda has to be a sister, a near god, border-line (or completely) crazy and capable of holding her own in a fight. I chose the slightly frail-appearing Knightley for exactly that reason, she's been the not quite damsel-causing-stress before in the Pirates movies. In Atonement (I think, I dunno, didn't see it yet) she showed a deeper range. I think it's time to give Keira a chance to challenge that just another pretty face persona, just like Natalie Portman did in Black Swan. (Ed. Note: Almost went with Amy Adams)

8. Djimon Hounsou

Actor | Blood Diamond

Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, in west Africa, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook. He moved to Lyon, France, when he was thirteen. Hounsou has graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popular male model. He has since left his modeling career and has worked on Gladiator (2000) ...

as T'Challa/Black Panther There's something about his presence that I almost believe he already commands a small country. A big guy, which is vital for T'Challa, Hounsou also has the voice to match the regality of a king, which an exec somewhere must have thought, because he voiced the Black Panther before. Time to bring him into the real world. I nominate T'Challa gets his own movie to introduce him properly. Not sure about this pick? See Blood Diamond and Four Feathers.

9. Daniel Dae Kim

Actor | Lost

Daniel Dae Kim has made a career of creating multifaceted and stereotype-breaking roles as an actor, director and now, producer. Prior to his seven-season portrayal of Chin Ho Kelly on "Hawaii Five-0," Kim was best known for his role as Jin Soo Kwon on the hit TV series "Lost," for which he shared ...

as Namor the Sub-Mariner Think about it. It works. He can be kind of a bad guy, commanding, and then morph into a lovable complicated character. As Jin in Lost, Kim did just that. This is a bit different, but he has the acting chops, the action karate chops and he loves to swim and wants to play him!

10. Zoe Saldana

Actress | Guardians of the Galaxy

Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic, where they would live for ...

as Monica Rambeau/Photon/Captain Marvel Although going transparent is exactly how I'd like Saldana to be, we know she can hold her own in action and under complicated special effects (See Avatar) This was another tough casting call, I almost went with Rosario Dawson, who I loved in RENT, but Zoe won out because of the action experience.

11. Katee Sackhoff

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Kathryn Ann "Katee" Sackhoff (born April 8, 1980) is an American actress known for playing Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on the Sci Fi Channel's television program Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009). She was nominated for four Saturn Awards for her work on Battlestar Galactica and won the award ...

as Carol Danvers/Warbird/Ms. Marvel The moment I thought of Sackhoff, this seemed the only choice. As Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, I fell in love with this woman's ability to be so damn frustrating and still make me like her character. She can be tough, she can be sensitive, she holds her own as the center of heroics. She's my only pick for Ms. Marvel. If the Danvers alcoholism story line plays a part, I think Katee could make it her best role yet.

12. Ewan McGregor

Actor | Moulin Rouge!

Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents ...

as Dr. Stephen Strange/Dr.Strange I know, I know, but hear me out! Let's give Renton/Ed Bloom/Obi-Wan a chance here. Give him a dark role again, dye those temples grey and let McGregor show us a psychaedelic mystic I know he's got in him. I read somewhere that Patrick Dempsey would be good as Strange, but I'm holding with Ewan. He's a rare talent.

13. Larenz Tate

Actor | Crash

Larenz Tate was born on the west side of Chicago to Larry and Peggy Tate, the youngest of three brothers. His brothers are actors Larron Tate and Lahmard J. Tate. In 1984, Larenz and his family moved to California. It was while living in California that Larenz's parents got him and his brothers ...

as Sam Wilson/Falcon I think he could be a great counterpart to Chris Evans in a solo Cap movie or as part of the Avengers. Tate has an energy that practically has him off the ground anyway, let him fly. We know from Crash that he can handle a racially charged role, and that would be a great rift in the team if Falcon was forced on the team like he was in the comics. The first Avengers was fun, but comics (and art in general) have always been a medium for discussing social issues. Let's shake things up.

14. Mekhi Phifer

Actor | ER

Mekhi Phifer was born in Harlem, Manhattan, and was raised by his mother, Rhoda, a high school teacher. Phifer's acting career began when he auditioned at an open casting call for director Spike Lee's Clockers (1995) and was selected for the leading role. Working alongside Harvey Keitel and Delroy ...

as Luke Cage It's been a while since I saw him in ER, but I remember that raw anger he could bring into a room. As Luke Cage he could be a powerful player on the team, potentially even leading it as he does now. I don't know much about Cage to be honest, so I'll stop now and let the comments prove me right or wrong.

15. Ryan Gosling

Actor | Blue Valentine

Canadian actor Ryan Gosling is the first person born in the 1980s to have been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar (for Half Nelson (2006)).

He was born Ryan Thomas Gosling on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Donna (Wilson), a secretary, and Thomas Ray Gosling, a ...

as Danny Rand/Iron Fist Like Cage, I know practically nothing about this character. I do know he's a martial arts expect and sort of a side-kick role. I think Gosling can be witty, from interviews I've seen. He can be enigmatic like in Lars and the Real Girl and lately he's proven himself quite the action man in Drive. Let's see what he can do, or punch.

16. Patrick Wilson

Actor | The Phantom of the Opera

Patrick Joseph Wilson was born in Norfolk, Virginia and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, the son of Mary Kathryn (Burton), a voice teacher and professional singer, and John Franklin Wilson, a news anchor.

Wilson has a B.F.A. in Drama from Carnegie-Mellon University. His theater work has produced ...

as Hank McCoy/Beast It's a very long shot they'll get to use the Beast because of the licensing issues, but I can picture Wilson bouncing around as a blue ball of references and observations. He's been a hero before in Watchmen, and Insidious and the villain (sort of) in Hard Candy. Use him as a hero or villain, I don't care, just use him! (Kelsey Grammer was great, but I'm picturing a leaner, younger Beast, sorry Frasier)

17. Michelle Rodriguez

Actress | Furious Seven

Known for tough-chick roles, Michelle Rodriguez is proof that there is a cross between beauty and brawn. She was born Mayte Michelle Rodriguez on July 12, 1978, in San Antonio, Texas, to Carmen Milady Pared Espinal, from the Dominican Republic, and Rafael Rodríguez Santiago, who served in the U.S. ...

as Bonita Juarez/Firebird Despite having the most ridiculously-intentional hispanic name in fiction, Bonita is a great character. A missionary who takes time out of working for the Church to stop disastrous supervillains! I was so glad to see Rodriguez survive a role in Battle: Los Angeles. We know she's tough, we know she can handle herself in action (Avatar, Lost) I want to see some range in casting and give her this sweet but tempestuous character.

18. Edward Burns

Actor | Saving Private Ryan

Edward Fitzgerald Burns was born January 29, 1968 in Woodside, Queens, New York. He is the second of three children of Molly (McKenna), who worked for the Federal Aviation Administration at Kennedy Airport, and Edward J. Burns, a police sergeant and active spokesperson for the New York Police Dept....

as Simon Williams/Wonder Man I might be a little biased because I watched Saving Private Ryan yesterday, but why isn't Burns in more high profile roles!? He's a great actor, and he could bring a lot to unstable, celebrity seeking Simon Williams.

19. Lucy Liu

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Born to immigrants in Queens, New York, Lucy Liu has always tried to balance an interest in her cultural heritage with a desire to move beyond a strictly Asian-American experience. Lucy's mother, Cecilia, a biochemist, is from Beijing, and her father, Tom Liu, a civil engineer, is from Shanghai. ...

as Sersi Immortal and powerful, she would be a great addition to any Avengers team...wait am I talking about Liu or Sersi!? Who cares, Ms. Liu is a fantastic part of movies today. She dominated the screen in Kill Bill and she was the single most adorable character I have ever seen as the girl next door in Lucky # Slevin. Let her be the immortal Sersi, just cast her. If Thanos is the villain in Avengers 2, or if the next Thor movie explors the greater Marvel Universe, the Eternals will come up eventually.

20. Peter Sarsgaard

Actor | Shattered Glass

Peter Sarsgaard was born at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, to Judy Lea (Reinhardt) and John Dale Sarsgaard, an engineer who worked for the Air Force and later Monsanto and IBM. He is a graduate of St. Louis' Washington University, where he majored in history and literature. He was a co-founder of ...

as Marc Spector/Moon Knight Can't you just see it? An egyptologist who stumbles on magical something or other and becomes the white-clad Moon Knight! Loner superhero or with the Avengers, Moon Knight, if done well, could be a cinematic masterpiece... or the next Daredevil. With Sarsgaard, of Garden State, Jarhead, Flightplan, etc, I guarentee it would be a fascinating movie.

21. Rooney Mara

Actress | Carol

Actress and philanthropist Rooney Mara was born on April 17, 1985 in Bedford, New York. She made her screen debut in the slasher film Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005), went on to have a supporting role in the independent coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall (2009), and has since starred in the horror ...

as Moondragon. Mara was captivating in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and downright scary in other parts. She could bring a realistic mysticism to Moondragon that wouldn't come off as campy. Admittedly, I haven't seen her in much else, or maybe I have and just didn't know it, she's that good! Shave her head, give her the role.

22. Milla Jovovich

Actress | The Fifth Element

Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as The Fifth Element (1997), Ultraviolet (2006), and the Resident Evil (2002) franchise.

Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich ...

as Greer Grant Nelson/Tigra Mila has a "multipass" to my heart. An action star from Fifth Element to Resident Evil, she can even hold the screen as the near silent Michelle in Dazed & Confused. I say, use some special effects, make her a cat with some awesome stripes, a tail and an oddly sexy bikini and you have the only Tigra that would be believable on film.

23. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Actor | Inception

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has completed production on the untitled Henry Joost/Ariel Schulman sci-fi film for Netflix in which he stars opposite Jamie Foxx and on the independent thriller, 7500, written and directed by Patrick Vollarth. Among his other projects, he is in development on a variety of ...

as Eros/Starfox A ridiculous character, the pleasure stimulating Eros, brother of Thanos, and yet such a vital part of the story of the Infinity Gauntlet. The only way we could accept a character like that on film would be if JGL here was in the role. I mean c'mon, just look at this guy, can't you see that thumbnail on the left trying to seduce you?

24. Lance Reddick

Actor | John Wick

Lance Reddick was born in 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for John Wick (2014), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) and White House Down (2013). He has been married to Stephanie Day since June 2011.

as Duane Freeman One of the latest in a line of Government liaison's for the Avengers, I think it's time Reddick got a role that didn't demand he be creepy. The lovable Duane Freeman would be a surragate for the audience as he was starstruck by all these superheroes and yet strong as he defied them and challenged them without any powers.

25. Lee Tergesen

Actor | Oz

He was born on July 8, 1965 in Ivoryton, Connecticut and is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. His brother, Chris Tergesen, is a music supervisor and music editor. Lee has been married three times and has been married to Yuko Otomo, an art therapist, since 2011. They have a ...

as Henry Gyrich The worst Gov. Liaison ever. Gyrich could bring some tension to the team without destroying a major city every movie. I pick Tergesen because of his role in OZ. This man can act his way though a black hole and come out unscathed. Throw some glasses and a crew cut on him, you have one evil human bastard that can give Cap, Tony and Thor a scare without nary an energy bolt.

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