30 Marvel Live-Action Fan Castings That We Wish Would Come True

When Avengers: Endgame hits theaters this April, the Marvel Cinematic Universe as viewers know it will change dramatically as several beloved characters will be saying their final farewells to the massively-successful franchise. Outside of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Marvel has kept quiet about which films they’ll be releasing in the next phase of films, so it’s impossible to know for sure who will be sticking around and who audiences will be saying goodbye to after Earth’s Mightiest Heroes join together once more to try to stop Thanos and save the universe.

With Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox moving forward and granting Marvel with the rights to several characters they’ve previously been unable to use, even with several characters likely departing after Endgame, the future of the MCU has never looked brighter. For the first time ever on the big screen, fans can look forward to seeing iconic heroes like the X-Men’s Wolverine and Fantastic Four’s Mister Fantastic interacting with the Avengers. By incorporating the variety of great formerly-Fox characters into the MCU and introducing viewers to Marvel Comics’ bevy of other, lesser-known yet still amazing heroes and villains into the franchise as well to replace those we’ll lose after Endgame, Marvel will be able to provide viewers with box office smashes for decades to come.

There are countless Marvel characters who may soon find their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but figuring out which actors and actresses should portray certain fan-favorites is an incredibly difficult task. Fans are always eager to offer their opinions online, and some of their ideas may actually be worth considering. Here are 30 Marvel Live-Action Fan Castings That We Wish Would Come True.


After earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for “longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero” alongside Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman is finally done being Wolverine. Jackman portrayed Logan in 10 different appearances, from various entries in the X-Men franchise to several standalone solo movies.

Fans have been anticipating Jackman’s retirement from the role for years, and Scott Eastwood has been the primary option comic lovers have suggested for his replacement. He is definitely a bit tall, as Wolverine is meant to only be 5’3, but since Jackman was a foot too tall as well, that shouldn’t matter. Eastwood has Logan’s intensity and likability and would fit right in with the other dreamy, muscular leading men of the franchise.


Spider-Man: Far From Home is supposedly going to feature a very large number of the web-slinger’s most popular villains, including Mysterio, Hydro-Man, Sandman, Molten Man and the return of the Vulture. One of the few antagonists fans shouldn’t expect to see will be Kraven the Hunter, even though Spidey lovers have been begging for him for over a decade.

Kraven is one of Spider-Man’s most interesting bad guys, and it’s easy to see why so many fans think Joe Manganiello would be the perfect star to portray Sergei Kravinoff. He looks exactly like the character! Manganiello has the right hair, the right build, the acting chops to provide Kraven with the right ferocity and would undoubtedly be able to give Tom Holland’s Peter Parker a run for his money.


While it’s almost impossible to imagine anyone other than Chris Evans portraying Captain America, another actor was nearly cast as the Star-Spangled Avenger. The Office star John Krasinski actually auditioned for the role and was heavily considered before Evans came into the picture.

Some fans used to laugh at the idea of Jim Halpert playing an action star, but Krasinski’s successful portrayal of Jack Ryan has proven he has what it takes to be a Marvel leading man. He’s not quite muscular enough to replace Evans, but he has the build and intelligence to be a believable Mister Fantastic, and he actually looks a lot like Reed Richards.


Emily Blunt’s roles in intense films like Edge of Tomorrow and A Quiet Place and her leading role in Mary Poppins Returns already made several Marvel fans eye her as a potential candidate to portray the Invisible Woman now that Marvel finally has the rights to the Fantastic Four. But with the Internet now also considering Krasinski for the role of Reed Richards, it makes even more sense for Blunt to be his Sue Storm.

Krasinski and Blunt are married in real life, so they’d undoubtedly have great chemistry as the married leaders of Marvel’s first family. It also helps that Blunt looks startlingly similar to Sue.


Ever since Donald Glover first started campaigning to portray Spider-Man in a live-action film nearly a decade ago, fans have supported the idea of the Community star becoming the friendly-neighborhood wall-crawler. Glover helped inspire the creation of Miles Morales, and while it’d be amazing to finally see him as Miles, he’s a bit too old now. Also, Glover is already part of the MCU, having portrayed Miles’ uncle Aaron Davis in Spider-Man: Homecoming. 

Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin would make a far better candidate, as he’s the right age for the role and would likely have great chemistry with Holland should Marvel choose to have their Spider-Man show Miles the ropes the way he did in the award-winning Enter the Spider-Verse.


Chris Evans has made his plans to leave the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Avengers: Endgame pretty clear, and it’s rumored that the film will also force viewers to say goodbye to Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. If one or more of those MCU staples do in fact depart from the franchise, a new leading man will need to step up to lead the Avengers and capture the hearts of audiences worldwide.

Few actors have the charm and comic book good looks of Ryan Gosling, and several fans think he’d make the perfect Nova. With Infinity War, Captain Marvel and the Guardians of the Galaxy films all exploring life beyond Earth, it seems like the MCU is on track to continue featuring cosmic heroes, so a Gosling-led Nova film would definitely be possible.


Norman Osborn was featured in both the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield-led series of Spider-Man films, so it’s completely understandable why the Marvel Cinematic Universe has waited to incorporate him into their franchise. But since Norman has proven himself to be a serious threat to all of the Avengers in the comics, even when he’s not wearing the Green Goblin mask, he deserves to make another appearance.

Norman’s taken over S.H.I.E.L.D., he’s formed his own Dark Avengers, he’s fought alongside the Sinister Six and he recently bonded with the Carnage symbiote to become the Red Goblin. He’s ruthless and dangerously intelligent, but he’s able to get away with some seriously evil acts right in front of the public eye because he’s so charming and wealthy. Matthew McConaughey could definitely bring out all of those aspects of Stormin’ Norman’s personality.


Spider-Man fans still can’t agree on their feelings towards Andrew Garfield’s two Amazing Spider-Man films, but everyone seems to believe that Emma Stone made for the perfect Gwen Stacy. Bryce Dallas Howard’s take on the role in Spider-Man 3 failed to show off Gwen’s intelligence or fun personality, but Stone showed why so many comic readers adore Peter Parker’s first love.

If the MCU ever explores the multiverse and brings Spider-Woman into the fray, it would be amazing to see Stone return and get to be the one saving the day and webbing up super-villains for a change.


Even though James Marsden is a typically well-liked actor, fans failed to ever really support his take on Cyclops in Fox’s original X-Men trilogy. No one cared about Scott Summers’ passing in X-Men 3, because Marsden lacked any real personality as the character. Fans have voiced their opinion for years that Supernatural star Jensen Ackles would have been a better Cyclops, and now that Marvel has the rights to the X-Men and will undoubtedly be working mutants into their films in the next few years, it’s actually possible for Ackles to take on the role.

Ackles’ portrayal of Dean Winchester in Supernatural proves he’s capable of Scott’s nobility and ability to lead a team, and Dean also shares Cyclops’ charm and occasionally rebellious nature.


Amy Adams has already proven she has what it takes to star in a superhero film, as she portrayed Lois Lane in Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The MCU will soon need a fierce redhead to portray their new Jean Grey, and Adams seems like she’d be a perfect candidate.

Jean has various different sides to her personality, and Adams’ diverse career résumé suggest she’d be able to portray all of them, from Jean’s occasional trepidation over her own power to her confidence, morality and willingness to lead. Adams has the acting skill to go from being a mild-mannered founding member of the X-Men to the all-powerful Dark Phoenix, and she also looks the part.


Rami Malek’s award-winning portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody demonstrated his phenomenal acting chops, and he just looks like a comic book supervillain. It’s no big surprise that he’s being tapped to play an antagonist in an upcoming Bond film, and fans think Marvel should follow suit and find him a place in the MCU.

Malek would make for the perfect Miles Warren, otherwise known as The Jackal. Malek isn’t muscular enough to portray most Marvel villains, but Warren isn’t known for his strength or proficiency in battle. The Spider-Man antagonist’s power lies in his great intellect, as the mad professor has mastered cloning technology and managed to bring countless fallen Marvel characters back to life.


Anna Kendrick once expressed a desire to portray Squirrel Girl, and while she’d likely be perfect for that hilarious character, it’s highly unlikely that Marvel plans to include Doreen Green in their Cinematic Universe any time soon. Squirrel Girl may be “unbeatable” (she even took down Thanos once all on her own in the comics), but there just isn’t much demand for a live-action superhero who can speak to squirrels.

Rogue, on the other hand, will likely find herself in the MCU in the near future, and Kendrick might be a good fit for the fan-favorite X-Men. Most fans disliked Anna Paquin’s timid, awkward take at the confident and sassy superhero, but Kendrick can bring out all of the personality traits that make Rogue such a beloved mutant.


Armie Hammer was born to portray a comic book superhero, and since DC made the mistake of snubbing him for Superman, Marvel should tap the Call Me By Your Name star to bring Sentry to life on the big screen. Like the Man of Steel, Sentry has superhuman strength, speed and stamina, endhanced senses, invulnerability and the ability to fly. The only things that stop him from being Marvel’s top hero are his psychological issues and fear of his own great power.

Standing at a massive 6’5″ and having the frame of a real-life superhero, Hammer would be a convincing Sentry. His acting talent would allow him to show off the noble side of Robert Reynolds’ personality, as well as the character’s mental instability.


In the post-credits scene of Venom, Sony revealed that Woody Harrelson will be portraying Cletus Kassidy, the criminal who goes on to become Carnage, in the film’s sequel. Harrelson is great at playing crazy and will likely be fun to watch face-off against Tom Hardy, but he’s a bit old to be playing such a iconic and powerful supervillain.

Cameron Monaghan has expressed interest in playing Carnage, and his phenomenal portrayal of Jerome and Jeremiah Valeska in Gotham proves he’s very capable of being as delightfully insane as Kassidy. He looks a lot like the character as well, and would make for an age-appropriate adversary for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man should Holland ever actually crossover into the Venom films like fans hope he eventually will.


Fox’s X-Men films have been hinting at the arrival of iconic villain Mister Sinister for years. X-Men: Apocalypse‘s post-credits scene teased his Essex Corporation, Deadpool 2 featured the Essex House for Mutant Rehabilitation, and Jon Hamm was cast to portray the character in The New Mutants. Unfortunately, the role was reportedly cut due to an extensive reshoot schedule.

Now that Disney and Marvel have rights to the X-Men, it may finally be time for fans to see Mister Sinister on the big screen. Christoph Waltz would be the perfect fit. He’s often type-cast as a villain, because he exudes confidence and intelligence. Waltz’s age may seem like a concern, but Sinister is also very old and prefers to do most of his work behind-the-scenes rather than face-to-face with his enemies.


Like Christoph Waltz, Cillian Murphy is often type-cast as a villain because he looks incredibly intelligent and slightly diabolical. Murphy did a great job portraying the Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films, and he’d potentially make a solid Victor Von Doom as well once Marvel finally works the Fantastic Four and their adversaries into the MCU.

Doctor Doom is one of the most intelligent supervillians in all of Marvel comics, and that intellect, moreso than his superhuman abilities and mastery of magic, is what makes him so dangerous. He’s supposed to be an equal and opposite of Reed Richards, and it’s easy to picture Cillian Murphy squaring off against John Krasinski’s Mister Fantastic in a battle of wits.


Deborah Ayorinde is technically already part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, since she portrayed Candace Miller in Netflix’s Luke Cage series. However, Marvel’s Netflix series have all been canceled and the characters featured in them never actually crossed over with the characters of the MCU films, so no one would really notice or care if she was recast.

Ayorinde would be a far better Storm than Halle Berry was in the original X-Men trilogy, not only because she looks more like Ororo, but because she’d likely bring more maturity and emotion to the role.


If Marvel wants to get more young viewers hooked on their films, all they have to do is cast Dylan O’Brien as the Human Torch. O’Brien was a fan-favorite on MTV’s Teen Wolf, and he starred in the successful Maze Runner series of films. He’s got the necessary comedic timing of Johnny Storm, and while his take on the character wouldn’t be as ruggedly handsome and flirtatious as Chris Evans’ portrayal in Fox’s first two Fantastic Four films, he’d still be a great fit for the role.

Casting someone as young as O’Brien would also allow for the Human Torch to be close friends with Spider-Man the way the character is in the comics. O’Brien and Tom Holland would likely have fantastic chemistry together on screen, and a team-up movie featuring the two of them together would be a surefire hit.


Now that the rights to the X-Men are in Disney’s hands, fans shouldn’t expect Fox’s planned Channing Tatum-led Gambit film to ever see the light of day. It’s for the best, because while Tatum has proven himself a very capable and likable actor, he wouldn’t have looked anything like the Remy LeBeau of the comics.

Gaspard Ulliel, on the other hand, looks almost exactly like Gambit. The Hannibal Rising star has a natural French accent, so if he added just a hint of Louisiana Cajun to it, Ulliel could sound the part as well.


We already stated that it’s highly unlikely that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will throw Squirrel Girl into the mix anytime soon since there are so many well-known, powerful female superheroes to include first, but if the character continues to garner a positive fan response in the comics and on the New Warriors television series, anything is possible.

Anna Kendrick’s wish to portray Doreen has made her a top choice for fans, but Hailee Steinfeld would probably be a better fit. She has nailed a variety of comedic roles, strongly resembles Squirrel Girl physically, and since she’s only 22 years old, she’d be able to portray a young hero for longer.


DC’s Aquaman was incredibly successful and well-liked by fans, so it’s time for Marvel to follow suit and give their own ocean master a solo film. Namor the Sub-Mariner is one of Marvel’s most powerful characters, and as a founding member of the Illuminati, he’s also one of their most intelligent and influential.

Ian Anthony Dale’s roles in Hawaii Five-O, Charmed and Tekken prove he has what it takes to be an action star, and it doesn’t hurt that he looks a lot like Marvel’s King of Atlantis. A Dale-led solo film would bring some much-needed diversity to the MCU.


J.K. Simmons did such a great job portraying J. Jonah Jameson in Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man trilogy and voicing the character in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon that no fans would be disappointed if he returned as Jameson in the MCU. Simmons recently reprised the character in a Lights, Camera, Pod animated video so audiences could see what Jameson would be like in Avengers: Endgame, but it’s highly unlikely he’ll lead the Daily Bugle in live action ever again.

Jameson has to be in Tom Holland’s Peter Parker’s future, though, and if we can’t get Simmons back, Scrubs‘ John C. McGinley might be the next best thing. We know from his portrayal of Dr. Perry Cox that he’s great at playing a grumpy, overly-critical boss, and he looks a lot like Jameson.


If the Avengers’ defeat at the hands of Thanos in Infinity War taught us anything, it’s that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are nothing without Hawkeye. Clint Barton might not have superpowers, but he’s just as useful with a bow and arrow as Thor is with his mighty hammer Mjolnir. Unfortunately, it’s pretty unlikely that Hawkeye actor Jeremy Renner will be around for too much longer, especially since his character just seems to want to stay retired so he can live in peace with his secret family.

A new Hawkeye may need to come forward, and in the comics, Kate Bishop took on that iconic mantle and fought alongside some of Marvel’s greatest heroes. The young sharpshooter needs to be mature and professional yet extremely likable, so 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford would be a solid choice.


Silk is a fairly new addition to Marvel comics, but in just five years, she’s amassed a very large following of devoted fans. Cindy Moon was bitten by the same radioactive spider which turned Peter Parker into Spider-Man, and shares his superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, spider-sense, and ability to cling to most surfaces. She and Peter have incredible chemistry, and at first, she and Spidey couldn’t be in the same room with each other without acting on their attraction to each other.

Lana Condor’s role in the Netflix hit To All the Boys I Loved Before made her just as instantly-popular as Silk has been. Both individuals are Asian-American, and Condor’s Cindy Moon would be an age-appropriate match for Tom Holland’s Peter Parker.


If Robert Downey Jr. leaves the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Avengers will need a new resident genius to keep the group up-to-date with all the latest technological advances. It seems like Black Panther‘s princess of Wakanda, Shuri, will fill that void, but Earth’s Mightiest Heroes could still use another genius young woman.

In the comics, brilliant teenager Riri Williams designed a suit of armor similar to Iron Man’s and became a superhero known as Ironheart. She’s fought alongside several other young heroes in the Champions, and if Marvel keeps introducing young heroes into the MCU, a Champions film would be a wonderful possibility. Greenleaf star Lovie Simone looks practically identical to Riri, and has the talent to portray the incredibly intelligent young heroine.


It’s incredibly unfortunate that the Netflix Defenders never actually crossed over into the real Marvel Cinematic Universe or interacted with any of the big screen heroes before each of their series were canceled. Charlie Cox’s portrayal of both Matt Murdock and his superhero alter-ego Daredevil was practically perfect, but Marvel will likely cast someone else if and when they want the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen to fight alongside some Avengers.

Many fans agree that Matt Bomer would be an excellent choice, because he can bring both Murdock’s intelligence and Daredevil’s athleticism to life. Bomer has the build of a superhero, and possesses real leading man potential.


If Marvel decides to bring their young superheroes together for a Champions film, they need to add Amadeus Cho, the brilliant teenager deemed one of the eight smartest people on Earth, to the MCU. Amadeus’ mother Dr. Helen Cho appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it’d be great to see her return to introduce her son to Earth’s Mightiest.

Amadeus’ intellect made him useful to the Avengers, but when he used nanites to remove the Hulk from Bruce Banner and placed the green rage monster inside of himself, he finally became a genuine superhero. If Mark Ruffalo decides to leave the MCU, Amadeus could become the new Hulk, and 13 Reasons Why‘s Ross Butler would be a solid option for the Korean American genius. He looks the part and exudes confidence the same way Cho does in the comics.


Spider-Man has a wide variety of frightening villains, but few of them are as brutally powerful as the Rhino. Aleksei Sytsevich was a minor criminal who was subjected to a scientific experiment which led to his body being covered with an artificial skin as durable as a rhinoceros’, and he was bombarded with gamma radiation which increased his strength to a nearly Hulk-like level.

The only live-action Rhino fans have seen thus far was Paul Giamatti’s ridiculous portrayal at the end of Amazing Spider-Man 2, so it’s time someone did the villain justice. The Rock is as massive and strong as Aleksei, and his constant success in the box office proves he’d bolster the earnings of any Spider-Man film he’d be included in.


Timothée Chalamet is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s most popular and successful young actors, thanks to his roles in award-winning films like Call Me By Your Name and Beautiful Boy. He’s received fantastic reviews in every project he’s been a part of in the past few years, and he’d undoubtedly be a great addition to the MCU if Marvel can figure out who to cast him as.

Now that the studio has the rights to the X-Men, they’ll soon need to find an Iceman who can fight alongside Charles Xavier’s team of mutants. Chalamet has Bobby Drake’s boyish charm, and since he’s almost the same age as Tom Holland, he could help make Iceman and Spider-Man’s comic book friendship finally appear on the big screen.


Vin Diesel is already a major part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but since he only ever provided the voice for Groot and did so without ever really sounding like himself, it’d be easy for him to actually step in front of the camera for a change. It’s also possible that no further Guardians of the Galaxy films are being planned, so when Marvel needs someone to portray The Thing in a future Fantastic Four film, Diesel may be available and eager to continue working with the studio.

Before Ben Grimm became a superhero, he was Reed Richard’s best friend and bodyguard. Diesel definitely looks like he could be the muscle of Marvel’s first family, and his proven voice acting skill would allow him to be a convincing Thing.

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Steve DiCarlo

Little Mermaid Rumor: Lady Gaga Possibly Up for Ursula Role

Disney is rumored to want Lady Gaga as part of their live-action The Little Mermaid movie cast. The Mouse House has found great success remaking films from their animated library in a new way. These big budget live-action takes on the stories have made the studio billions, and that’s only the beginning, with properties like The Lion KingAladdin, and Mulan on their way in the next two years. One of the other IPs they’re looking to bring to the big screen in this new light is beloved film The Little Mermaid.

The studio has been mulling a live-action Little Mermaid for the past two years, and some progress has been made. Even before the buzz for Mary Poppins Returns truly begins, Disney reportedly already courted its director Rob Marshall to tackle this next. There’s still no indication when the movie will be made, but the latest rumor shares which rising star Disney is reportedly eyeing.

Related: All the Live-Action Disney Remakes In Development

The Disinsider shared a rumor regarding a name they’ve heard is high up on Disney’s wish list for a role in Little Mermaid: Lady Gaga. The outlet notes that this is an unconfirmed report they are hearing, and one that Disney representatives declined to comment on, so this rumor should be treated as such and taken with a grain of salt for now. However, if this is true, it’s believed that Gaga is being considered for the villain role in the movie as Ursula.

Gaga is currently enjoying overwhelming praise for her performance in Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star Is Born. Her efforts both as an actress and as a singer in the movie have blown away critics and general moviegoers alike. This buzz also reportedly had her in consideration for a role in Birds of Prey. That didn’t pan out, and now it could be Disney’s live-action department that adds her. It would be a huge coup for the project, and give them someone with legitimate talent as a singer to bring the sea witch to life.

The prospect of Gaga joining Little Mermaid comes on the heels of Zendaya previously being rumored to have an offer on the table to play Ariel. That has yet to be confirmed too, but the rising actress is open to taking on the role. A potential Little Mermaid live-action movie led by Zendaya and Lady Gaga would be quite the impressive start to the cast. If either or both do join the movie, expect Disney to go after similarly big names for the roles of Eric, King Triton, and the voices of Flounder and Sebastian. Hopefully these castings do pan out, and some official updates on The Little Mermaid aren’t too far away.

MORE: What Zendaya Could Look Like As Disney’s Live-Action Little Mermaid

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20 Twilight Fan Castings Better Than What We Got In The Movies

Casting perfectly for a single film is important; casting perfectly for a film that will spawn a five-film saga is vital. Not every casting decision for a film franchise is going to be perfect. Even renowned franchises such as the MCU, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings have actors in roles that didn’t quite suit them or where there was an even more perfect casting decision staring them in the face.

Finding the perfect cast for a film is much harder than most people give these casting director’s credit for. All they have to go off of is the script, the director’s vision, and possibly (luckily for many big blockbusters) the source material. It’s even harder when adapting a book series whose fans have been picturing the characters in their heads for years.

Finding the perfect cast after a film’s complete is much more fun, even if it has no real impact. Though films are often recast when remade (A Star is Born) or when sequels are released and the original cast doesn’t return (The Girl in the Spider’s Web) it’s fun to still find that perfect cast when there’s no remake/sequel in sight. The Twilight Saga’s cast has been ridiculed and spoofed more than most franchises; some criticism warranted, some not. Fans took to the internet, as they’re known to do, with their ideal picks for who they think the cast of The Twilight Saga should have been.

Without further ado, here are 20 Twilight Fan Castings Better Than What We Got.

20 Rosie Huntington-Whitley As Rosalie Hale

Rosie Huntington-Whitley is more known for her runway walks and magazine covers than for her filmography, but she has three acting entries under her IMDb page; a 2009 short, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Mad Max: Fury Road.  Her resume  may be short, but it surely consists of some prominent movies. Her modeling career on the other hand, is one of the most prestigious and fruitful in the world.

While Nikki Reed may have been fine in retrospect for the character’s lack of screen-time in comparison to the other Cullen members, a woman with the following of Huntington-Whitley could added a higher profile cast member for the film.

19 Tom Sturridge As Edward Cullen

Robert Pattinson may be one of the few casting decisions the original filmmakers made that most fans are pretty okay with. A certain fan had a different actor they thought could have played the part a little bit better; Tom Sturridge.

Casting him with a certain actress who we’ll touch on a bit later, the On the Road and Far from The Madding Crowd actor has a lot in common with Pattinson himself.

Both men were born in London, both were in the 2004 drama Vanity Fair, and birth dates are less than six months apart.

Sturridge’s career never quite took off the way it should have, something that a leading role in a billion-dollar franchise surely could have helped.

18 David Harbour As Charlie Swan

Since his role as Eleven’s guardian in Stranger Things, Harbour has been branded as one of the best character actors to play a loving and concerned father. Billy Burke is one of the few who many fans actually thought fit the role well, but Harbour would have been such a fun and comedic addition. Many may think that Harbour would be too old to play Bella’s dad; those fans would be hard-pressed to learn that Burke is actually nine years Harbour’s senior.

Harbour has for many years been a supporting actor in films like Suicide Squad, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and End of Watch; another supporting role such as Charlie Swan would have been just perfect for the actor.

17 Angelina Jolie As Victoria

Victoria had already been replaced once, so why not do it again? Rachelle Lefevre played the red-haired vampire who was part of the coven that homes James and Laurent in the first two films, but then was blindsided when recast and portrayed by future Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard for Eclipse.

The books characterize Victoria as a beautiful and strong woman, adjectives that describe Angelina Jolie quite perfectly.

As of late, Jolie has focused her time more behind the camera then in front of it, but having her play the part would have been quite exciting, especially standing next to a vampiric Ben Stiller.

16 Ben Stiller As James

James, while not the most important figure in the saga, was the main antagonist of the first film. When his coven stumbles upon the Cullen’s and Bella playing a pretty athletic game of baseball, he decides that the human will be his next meal, causing Edwards and his family to go to vast lengths to protect her.

While Cam Gigandet may have had the physique for James, Ben Stiller’s rendition of the vampire would have given the character new depth.

Stiller’s dramatic work is pretty scarce, but having acted in film like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Brad’s Status prove he’d be able to handle it. Stiller’s one of the biggest movie stars in the world, so getting him would have been no easy task, but could have brought something unique to the film.

15 Millie Bobbie Brown As Jane

Some might say that Millie Bobbie Brown is far too young to play the millennia old vampire, but the character was turned at the age of 12. Brown would have been far too young during the original films– she was five during Jane’s first appearance in New Moon– but she would be perfect now.

The young actress has obtained fame from her portrayal as Eleven in Netflix’s Stranger Things, though look for her soon in the Godzilla sequel, Godzilla: King of Monsters and its crossover event Godzilla vs. Kong. Jane’s supposed to be a mysterious character with an old soul, something that Brown portrays brilliantly throughout the first two seasons of Stranger Things.

14 Shiloh Fernandez As Edward Cullen

Shiloh Fernandez may not be the most well-known actor out there, but then again, neither was Rob Pattinson when he was cast as Edward more than a decade ago. As featured on one of the greatest website names of all time,, Shiloh would have made a great Edward, after some make-up work done to make him look a little less alive.

The Utah-born actor is roughly the right age, and as seen in the picture above, looks quite convincing as a vampire when his eyes are brightened and yellowed, with his skin a bit paler, like most of the Cullen’s.

13 Liv Tyler As Esme Cullen

Though she’s been rather absent from the big screen since playing Ed Norton’s love interest in the MCU’s The Incredible Hulk, she’s still etched in cinephiles minds for her roles in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Strangers, and (less so) Armageddon.

Tyler looks like she was born to play a vampire, and it’s a shame she’s never been given the opportunity.

Esme is a pretty small role in relation to the other Cullens, but  Tyler could have maybe brightened up the role a bit, or at the very least, given the family a more familiar feel for viewers.

12 Hugh Jackman As Garrett

The second best cast role in the saga– we’ll talk about the first in just a bit– is none other than a small character named Garrett played by the brilliant Lee Pace. Garrett is vampire who joins the Denali coven at the end of Breaking Dawn when he and Kate begin to form a relationship.

The only way that Lee Pace could be outdone is if one of the most beloved actors of our time replaced him: Hugh Jackman.

Jackman spent a movie hunting vampires back in 2004 with the critically berated Van Helsing, so maybe joining them would be more his suit. Classy as all could be, the Jackman above (provided by Nocuus) would have been perfect for Garrett, a man who was changed in mid 18th century New England.

11 Anton Yelchin As Mike Newton

This one, awfully unfortunately, will never be able to come to fruition because of a tragic accident which resulted in Anton Yelchin losing his life at the age of 27. Mike was played by Michael Welch, but Yelchin would have been the perfect age, and perfect casting for the role. Welch actually auditioned for the role of Edward, but ended up being cast as Mike after Pattinson was brought aboard.

The nice guy from high school is more or less exactly who Yelchin was born to play, and imagining him trying to hold Bella’s hand at the movies is textbook teenage romance that feels just right with Yelchin. Yelchin, like Jackman, isn’t a stranger to vampire films, having starred in the remake of Fright Night. Yelchin’s untimely passing came right at the height of his fame, and a Twilight film would have added right to it.

10 Lily Collins As Alice Cullen

Lily Collins actually auditioned for Twilight, but for the role of Bella; “I think everything happens for a reason and everyone who gets the roles they get were meant to.”

Collins has the flowing movement that Greene brought to the performance, but could have come off a bit more authentic in her compassion.

Greene was not been the worst actress in the franchise, but Collins would have potentially been a step up from the unexperienced performer. Greene’s career never took off quite like Collin’s did, which makes the films down the line seem a bit more dated when new viewers can’t recognize the fourth-billed lead; something that casting Collins could have changed.

9 Hugo Weaving as Aro

Michael Sheen wasn’t just the best casting of any of the actors in the franchise with his turn as Aro, but he gave the best performance from anyone, and even liked the source materia, Sheen may have been flawless, but another actor could have the potential to have done better; that man is Hugo Weaving. Though Aro is much younger than both Sheen and Weaving in the novels, both actors are very similar in age.

Like Liv Tyler, Weaving is famous for his part in The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as the Wichowskis’ Matrix trilogy. Hugo’s vampire transformation above is a very reminiscent of his Elvish lineage in LOTR, but also extremely similar to Aro’s Volturi attire in the Twilight Saga.

8 Alexander Skarsgård As Emmett Cullen

Either it’s a coincidence that so many of the fan casting decisions were previously in vampire films/TV shows, or there is just an abundance of vampire films/TV shows. Alexander Skarsgård played Eric Northman on HBO’s cult vampire drama True Blood. Though he initially played the show’s antagonist, he was the favorite amongst fans and had far and away the most successful career after the show.

Standing at 6′ 4”,the Stockholm born actor has a much more towering physique than Kellan Lutz, who played Emmett in the films.

As he already plays brooding and mysterious extremely well, letting Skarsgård show a comedic soft side would have given the actor the chance to stretch his wings.

7 Rachel McAdams As Rosalie Hale

Rising to fame four years before the first films release with her starring role in The Notebook and near-perfect teenage antagonist in Mean Girls, McAdams has had an incredible career in the 15 years since; including an Oscar nomination for Spotlight. The inclusion of a renowned thespian like McAdams would have been a welcome addition for the filmmakers as well as the fans.

McAdams may be, and have been back in 2008, a little old to play a vampire who was turned at the age of 18. However she played a high schooler at the age of 26 for Mean Girls, so just a few years more later wouldn’t have been much more of a stretch.

6 Henry Cavill As Carlisle Cullen

Henry Cavill may not have been the household name back then that he is now due to his DCEU fame, but Twilight could have been that jumpstart he needed.

Though Cavill may have had a hand in pretty huge blockbusters with Man of Steel, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Mission Impossible: Fallout, he had been in only one mainstream film pre 2010; Stardust.

Had they stayed faithful to the books, Cavill would have been a perfect casting.

With Carlisle being the make-shift patriarch of the Cullen coven, the filmmakers wanted to go with someone a bit older than the character in the books.

5 Amber Midthunder as Leah Clearwater

Leah is the only female shapeshifter in Quileute history, and played by Native actress Julia Jones. Jones is an incredible actress, but newcomer Amber Midthunder has thrusted onto the scene after appearing in Hell or High Water and FX’s Legion.

Leah is 21 in the books, thus Midthunder is the perfect age to play the young woman, if the film were to come out today.

Acting in both Sunshine Cleaning and Swing Vote in 2008, the actress was already in high profile films the same year of the first film’s release. Midthunder’s a fan favourite on Legion, so expect the young lady to take off in the future; who knows, maybe even in a remake of Twilight.

4 Steven Strait As Jacob Black

Taylor Lautner became an overnight sensation with the success of the Twilight films, but no one could deny that the actor’s performance lacked authenticity. Steven Strait may not be any more of a household name than Lautner was, but the actor had already starred in his own film, something Lautner hadn’t done when first cast.

Strait starred in the Roland Emmerich vehicle 10,000 BC, which didn’t get rave reviews but gave the actor the experience of being first billed. Strait may be a bit older than Lautner, but that maturity and experience surely would have helped the character command a scene.

3 K.J. Apa as Edward Cullen

Riverdale may be a new show, but the Netflix series is a refreshing and original way to adapt a beloved medium. K.J. Apa shines as Archie, the title character of the original comics and his personality and way he carries himself on the show would be downright perfect for the sensitive and loving vampire.

Apa is still a relative newcomer to the scene, but with Riverdale under his belt and a role in the new drama The Hate U give he’s turning himself into a familiar face. Pattinson was a fine Edward and his career has surely taken off since ending his tenure as a vampire, but he may have been a bit happier had someone else taken the role.

2 Emily Browning As Bella Swan

Emily Browning was infamously author Stephanie Meyer’s first choice to play the role of Bella, though it obviously didn’t come to fruition. The young actress who appeared in A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sucker Punch, and Sleeping Beauty has had a very successful career by anyone’s standard, though has never been in a film quite as popular as Twilight.

The actress had this to say during a 2011 Indiewire interview: “The author at one point stated that I would be her ideal Bella, but I chose not to audition because I was at a point in my career where I wasn’t sure I wanted to work, I definitely didn’t want to sign onto a trilogy so I didn’t audition.”

Of course her wishes were respected, but one could only wonder what a Twilight saga with Browning at the helm could have looked like.

1 Millie Bobby Brown As Renesmee Cullen

That’s right, Millie Bobby Brown’s on here twice. She’s just that good!

This bit of casting could have potentially happened, with Brown being just six when Breaking Dawn: Part 2 was released.

Mackenzie Foy has matured into a great actress, but her performance in the film was a little flat. Renesmee in the book seemed to be smarter than her age; more advanced than she should be. This is something Brown would excel at, having done it for two seasons in Stranger Things.

Let’s be honest, anything would have been better than the CGI Renesmee at the beginning of her the last film.

Which actor do you wish could have had a major role in The Twilight Saga? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-05 08:10:45 – Mark A. Silba

20 YA Fan Castings Better Than What We Got

What is it about YA entertainment that draws us in? Gone are the days when young adult novels and films were dismissed as too trivial or immature for accolades and recognition. Today they are celebrated as a genre of universal experiences, raw writing, and incredible circumstances that attract a wide range of viewers.

Whether stemming from the mind of John Green or J.K. Rowling, young adult fiction has paved the way for some stellar film and TV adaptations that draw more readers to the books and connect people of all ages through their magic and timelessness.

Most YA adaptations have staunch followers who dream up perfect casting selections to portray their beloved characters, and who can blame them? So many are so richly written that it’s difficult to not dream-cast your own Jace Wayland or Katniss Everdeen. That deep passion, however, also leads to intense dissatisfaction with the actual actor castings for many YA roles, particularly when a final production seems so far away from its source material that it’s not even recognizable as a close cousin.

Fortunately for superfans, the Internet provides. Plenty of artists have reconstructed their favorite characters with more appropriate casting choices that reflect the desires of many a fan, giving us a better idea of what might have been.

From portrayals mainly focused on a different look to re-imagining characters in a more diverse or even gender-swapped light, there is no shortage of fanart featuring dream casts.

Here are 20 YA Fan Castings Better Than The Movies.

20 Ian Somerhalder As Sirius Black – Harry Potter

Sirius Black is one of the most beloved heroes in fiction, a wrongly-accused and handsome, if arrogant, wizard who came from money and spent over a decade of his life in Azkaban prison.

Fans expected someone pretty easy on the eyes to portray Sirius, even if he should have been gaunt and haunted-looking from his stint in the Wizarding prison, and while Gary Oldman isn’t too shabby, he definitely isn’t the startlingly-handsome man that was Sirius. Oldman was also too old.

Artist archiburning has re-imagined the role of Sirius Black with an Ian Somerhalder casting and it’s definitely aesthetically pleasing. Granted, it’s a new version of young-Sirius rather than Oldman’s look, but we’re pretty sure a bit of digital manipulation could age Mr. Smolder-holder, too.

19 Amandla Stenberg As Lyra – The Golden Compass

Dakota Blue Richards was expected to launch into a huge movie career after her impish yet clever portrayal of Lyra Belaqua in the film adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials saga, The Golden Compass. While the young star’s portrayal was an enjoyable one, the movie ultimately flopped, and her career took a small-screen turn.

Replacing the actress with Amandla Stenberg, as artist askthealethiometer has done here, not only gives it a much more diverse lead, something that any story can use more of, but it also brings a little more star power to Lyra’s role.

Stenberg also has a gifted array of expressions and a quiet energy that would lend Lyra a more cunning, slightly less confrontational personality, making her seem a bit more like the leader she’s meant to be in the movie.

18 Emily Browning and Gaspard Ulliel as Bella and Edward – Twilight

Let’s face it: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson faced a monumental task in making Bella Swan and Edward Cullen into people one might want to watch for not just one but four long, long movies. While they have found great success in the realm of indie films, they weren’t suited to the Twilight series.

Browning and French actor Gaspard Ulliel– dubbed the Dream Team– were the number one fan picks for their characters before casting was announced.

As artist raymond-art has shown here, Ulliel and Browning look great together, with her soft beauty and his otherworldly menace complementing the characters perfectly.

17 Natalie Dormer As Pansy Parkinson – Harry Potter

In the Harry Potter films, Pansy Parkinson was played by two actresses: Genevieve Gaunt, no relation to Marvolo (or, if there is, perhaps a bit of nepotism in Slytherin?), and Scarlett Byrne.

Both actresses lent fine scowls, whines and double-crossing gestures to the productions splendidly, but we have to admit that when we saw artist yourcherrylips re-cast Natalie Dormer as Pansy, we couldn’t resist.

Dormer’s trademark half-smirk is perfect for Parkinson.

Her cool glare gives the character a much more nuanced personality. Plus, she had to deal with King Joffrey, so we’re pretty sure she could handle Draco Malfoy.

While we’re pretty sure Pansy never has anything on Hermione, a Dormer Pansy might actually be able to hold her own.

16 Skylar Samuels As Annabeth – Percy Jackson And The Olympians

The film version of The Lightning Thief had so much wrong with it that some book fans like to forget it even exists. At best, it took the skeleton of the book and the characters’ names and fleshed out a weird, disjointed story around it that had little to do with the original. In short, re-imaginings of the characters are in large supply.

Artist s-evenbigdemigods thought that Skylar Samuels might be a better character to play Annabeth Chase, the blonde tomboy who famously wore a cap and Camp Half-Blood t-shirt in the book.

While it wasn’t Alexadra Daddario’s fault, we could definitely see Samuels as a more accurate representation of the daughter of Athena.

15 Colin O’Donaghue As Adult Harry Potter

Why should the dashing Colin O’Donaghue be limited to the role of a pirate when, as artist biancaros3 has aptly demonstrated, he could play a wizard equally as well?

No one can argue against the greatness of Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, especially after we all witnessed his growth and development on screen together, seeing how much he matured over the years as not only Harry but as an actor himself.

This is a fun, more brooding version of Harry reminiscent of his father James.

We could see the heartthrob of Once Upon a Time portraying Harry as a young adult version of himself, building a family with Ginny Weasley and fighting wizarding crime as a new Auror. We need to see this version of Harry waving a Holyhead Harpies pennant while his wife plays on the Quidditch field!

14 Steven Strait As Jacob – Twilight

Twilight fans around the world had their own dream cast lists made up well before the film’s production ever began. Jacob Black was played by Taylor Lautner, but artist lullabyofflies thought that Steven Strait might be a better choice for the werewolf.

Strait may not seem that far of a deviation from Lautner at first, but he might bring a bit more gravitas to Jacob, giving him a more responsible look rather than the moody-broody transformation that Lautner portrayed.

Still, we can’t argue that Lautner’s grabby, possessive treatment of the main character wasn’t anything unlike what the book described.

13 Gemma Ward As Elena Gilbert – The Vampire Diaries

Elena Gilbert is a character fans love so much that they practically rioted when she exited The Vampire Diaries, even with her happy ending written in. Nina Dobrev was pretty beloved among the fandom but there’s always room for improvement, right?

Some fans have re-imagined Elena as several other fun actresses and DeviantArt user elena1623 thought actress Gemma Ward would make a sufficient replacement.

The artist says that Ward has a doll-like face, which does work for Elena, who was an icy blonde in the books.

Ward, a supermodel known for movies like The Strangers and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, might look the part.

12 Geoffrey Rush As Dumbledore – Harry Potter

The adaptations of Dumbledore met several stumbling blocks. Richard Harris, while admirable, passed away between Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban, while his replacement Michael Gambon was way too riled up about the Goblet of Fire.

Jude Law may prove a great choice in the upcoming Crimes of Grindelwald, but Buzzfeed fans thought that Geoffrey Rush might be a nice re-casting choice.

Rush is an extremely talented actor, so we definitely see this as a great choice for Dumbledore.

Rush would manage Dumbledore’s humor and wit without going over the top or putting us to sleep, and he’d bring an energy to the character that we haven’t seen on screen yet.

11 Jennifer Lawrence As Clove – The Hunger Games

We couldn’t leave Jennifer Lawrence out of a list of YA adaptations, could we? For starters, as excellent as she proved to be as Katniss Everdeen, fans knew the role should have gone to an actress of color, preferably with someone with “olive skin” as her character was described.

So where does that leave Lawrence? From the grit demonstrated in Winter’s Bone to the aggressive drive she showed in Silver Lining’s Playbook, we think she’d make an excellent Clove, as elleove has demonstrated in this piece of fanart.

Still, she’d have a hard time nabbing the role from Isabelle Fuhrman, who also performed admirably.

10 Lucy Hale And Ben Barnes As Rose And Dimitri – Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy fans were underwhelmed with the slaptstick horror-comedy adaptation of their beloved book, so it’s no surprise that so many fans have other casting ideas when it comes to the movie of their dreams.

Fans can only hope to get another shot at a movie or TV adaptation that will faithfully adapt the Vampire Academy series.

If so, perhaps this dimitriandrose tumblr creation is a place to start. It features Ben Barnes as mentor Dimitri Belikov, replacing the film’s Danila Kozlovsky, and Lucy Hale as the human/vampire hybrid, Rose Hathaway. Rose was originally played by Zoey Deutch, who readers may know from the Netflix rom-com Set It Up.

9 Idris Elba As Lord Asriel – His Dark Materials

Tumbler artist askthealethiometer came up with not only a new Lyra, but a more racially diverse Lord Asriel as well.

Replacing the handsome actor Daniel Craig with the gorgeous actor Idris Elba is definitely a fair swap.

There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with Craig’s portrayal of the fierce and somewhat cantankerous theologian and traveler in The Golden Compass, but Elba’s command of the screen could have definitely elevated the film.

In the new TV adaptation of His Dark Materials, Elba would have also nailed the role that went to James McAvoy who, while fantastic, doesn’t radiate power and conviction the same way.

8 Gerard Butler As Robert Lightwood – Shadowhunters

Artist stmungos has re-imagined the role of Robert Lightwood played by Gerard Butler. While the father of Max, Alec and Isabelle wasn’t cast in the strange and unfulfilling Mortal Instruments film, Paulino Nunes plays the Lightwood family patriarch for the ABC adaptation, Shadowhunters.

Nunes is actually a decent casting choice for the gruff but ultimately caring Shadowhunter who was exiled to New York, of all places, and his portrayal is far less-cringy than, say, Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ bizarre portrayal of a weird version of the charismatic Valentine.

Still, Butler is a heck of an actor, bringing both brawn and brogue to the role, and we can see why the artist chose him as Lightwood here.

7 Karen Gillan As Lily – Harry Potter

No list of fan castings of YA lit would be complete without everyone’s favorite: Karen Gillan as Lily Potter, nee Evans!

Amy Pond’s alter ego makes a perfect Gryffindor prefect.

There was nothing wrong, per se, with Geraldine Somerville’s performance; it was fine, though she was far older than Lily’s early twenties.

he Lily Evans we grew up with in the books seemed a lot more fiery and we’d love to witness Gillan stand up to Voldemort to save her son.

Artist lxvely has shown us what we might be able to expect should a Marauders era prequel ever it make it to our screens.

6 Kaya Scodelario And Daniel Radcliffe As Simon And Isabelle – The Mortal Instruments

So many YA books feature supporting characters who become much more interesting to fans than the main heroes of the story seem to be, and The Mortal Instruments is no exception.

Simon and Isabelle are easily the most compelling characters, far surpassing Clary and Jace, and as such many fans believe they deserved more star power in their respective portrayals.

DeviantArt creator liliah has re-cast Daniel Radcliffe as Simon and Kaya Scodelario as Isabelle. The runes on the actors’ skin look incredible and we really like all of the neat effects created in the art. Isabelle’s softer side comes out around Simon, and Radcliffe definitely looks the part.

5 KJ Apa As Edward Cullen – Twilight

Artist simplyy-imagine has another actor in mind when it comes to Twilight casting: KJ Apa. The traditional Cullen eyes and bronze hair so many fans found themselves swooning over in the book somehow look better on Apa, who also seems more vampiric in his features.

Apa is currently stealing hearts on Riverdale and could easily do so as Edward Cullen.

There are several reasons why Robert Pattinson should not have portrayed Edward Cullen in Twilight. While he didn’t match the physical description of the character, the main reason is that he publicly dismissed the series several times while doing promotion for the films.

4 Ryan Gosling And Felicity Jones As Tonks’ Parents – Harry Potter

The limited appearances of Nymphadora Tonks really hurt the Harry Potter films. We get that adapting every bit of every book into a movie would take hours and hours, and while most of us would actually be okay with that, we still wish there had been time for a little bit of bubblegum pink, some “Too old, too poor, too dangerous,” and a hint of one turquoise-haired Teddy Lupin.

The lack of Tonks’s parents, who help Harry and Hagrid early on the book, is also quite apparent. DeviantArt user lxvely has imagined the late Ted Tonks and his wife, Andromeda, as they might appear if played by Ryan Gosling and Felicity Jones.

3 Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens as Peeta and Katniss – The Hunger Games

While both Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson received praise for their portrayals of Katniss and Peeta, respectively, neither of them looked the part.

Hutcherson was much smaller and less strapping than Peeta was described as being in the books, while Lawrence lacked the olive skin and slender frame that Katniss has in the novels.

Enter Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens, who certainly fit the parts physically.

The two actors co-starred in another YA adaptation, so we know they have the experience and chemistry to play the Victors from District 12.

If only we could combine the appearances of these two with the acting chops of Lawrence and Hutcherson.

2 Millie Bobby Brown As Jane – Twilight

Dakota Fanning should be given credit for portraying the wickedly evil vampire Jane, but many couldn’t get past her sweet smile, something we’d witnessed in everything from The Cat in the Hat to Charlotte’s Web. While we can see her as Esther in the upcoming adaptation of The Bell Jar, she’s had a few years to distance herself from her earlier roles since then. We still have trouble imagining her as a predator.

Enter Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger Things fame. Brown has dispatched many a villain with her superpowers. While her skills are used for good and not evil, simply-imagine’s depiction of her proves that it’s not too far of a stretch to make.

1 Anna Popplewell As Harriet Potter

While many fan re-castings focus on an actor or actress the artist thinks might better portray a character, some artists completely swap the character’s gender for a refreshing take.

Some people may cry foul over ruined childhoods, but many others welcome this change.

That’s why scrollgirl’s idea of Anna Popplewell as Harriet Potter is so cool. By the time the Harry Potter films are redone, if ever, she’ll be too old to play the Boy Who Lived, but we love the idea of her as a messy-haired newcomer to the magical world. Perhaps she’d be accompanied by her two best friends: Veronica Weasley and Herbert Granger.

Which YA character do you think could be better cast? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-09-16 06:09:09 – Sara Schmidt

9 Villain Castings Decisions That Hurt The Arrowverse (And 11 That Saved It)

As everyone knows, a superhero story is as dependent on its villains as it is on its heroes. The classic good vs. evil narrative requires a compelling evil side– otherwise, what meaning does the hero’s victory have?

The CW’s Arrowverse has been pumping out superhero stories since 2012, and those stories have share of ups and downs when it comes to villains.

The Arrowverse is an interconnected group of TV shows on The CW, comprised of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Black Lightning. Supergirl technically occupies a separate universe from the other shows, and Black Lightning has avoided any crossovers, but there have been hints of connections, so they both count here.

Following several recognizable DC heroes and their wide network of allies, each show has to contend with its own set of supervillains. Ranging from hacktivists to damaged replicas of heroes caused by time travel, the villains are just as diverse as the heroes.

This list looks at the actors playing those villains, collecting the best and worst of every villain casting decision in the Arrowverse. The criteria here depends on whether the character was well-received by fans, and whether that reception was caused by the acting, the writing, or both.

Sometimes, what we think of as good or bad writing comes down to the actor connecting to their character (or failing to), especially when it comes to villainous roles. The right casting decision can elevate weak material.

Here are 11 Villain Casting Decisions That Saved The Arrowverse (And 9 That Hurt It).

20 Saved: Michael Emerson – Cayden James

Dramatic irony is the literary term for when the audience knows something that a character doesn’t, and it can be used to make powerfully tragic figures in fiction. Arrow tried its hand at this when it created Cayden James, a super hacker played by Michael Emerson who believed Oliver Queen was responsible for his son’s passing.

James was the most active antagonist in the sixth season, and he was fascinating to watch not because of his fearsome intellect, but because of his tragic backstory brought out with a mixture of rage and sorrow by Emerson.

James was obviously deceived by the man truly responsible for his son’s end, and this dynamic gave Emerson plenty of material to play with.

19 Hurt: Casper Crump – Vandal Savage

On paper, Vandal Savage is the perfect villain for Legends of Tomorrow, but a poor casting and mediocre writing got in the way of that.

An immortal megalomaniac, Vandal Savage was born Hath Set, an Egyptian priest. He maintains his immortality by finding the reincarnations of his enemies (Hawkman and Hawkgirl) and end their lives.

This seems like the ideal villain fodder for the time-traveling Legends, but Casper Crump’s character never put the pieces together.

Coupled with some unremarkable writing, Crump’s acting felt wooden and uninspired.

It made Vandal Savage feel more like an organization than a person. His character’s exit has allowed the show to get much weirder and more interesting.

18 Saved: Tom Cavanagh – Harrison Wells

Harrison Wells is one of the central figures of The Flash, and for good reason. It says a lot that Tom Cavanagh’s performance was so good that the writers felt the need to write him back into the show after his character was (sort of) bumped off.

Cavanagh spent the first season playing Eobard Thawne masquerading as Harrison Wells, somehow becoming a heartwarming mentor and a fearsome enemy at the same time.

After Thawne’s defeat, Cavanagh was so popular the writers knew he had to remain part of the main cast. Cavanagh has since returned to play over a dozen alternate reality versions of Harrison Wells – usually a brilliant scientist of some kind.

17 Hurt: Peter Gadiot – Mr. Mxyzptlk

The CW’s model for casting has, for some years now, traditionally been to cast incredibly good-looking people. This strategy has its limits, however, as it just doesn’t work for every character. Case in point: Mr. Mxyzptlk, a trickster and villain appearing in Supergirl. 

In the comics, Mxyzptlk is a little imp who pesters Superman with reality-bending superpowers.

More of a pest than a real evil, Mxy doesn’t really look the part in Supergirl. 

Peter Gadiot plays him like an arrogant frat boy, combining good looks with ruthless immorality instead of oddity and whimsy. Honestly, who wanted a dreamy Mxyzptlk, much less one who was an entitled creep?

16 Saved: Krondon – Tobias Whale

Villains can make or break the first seasons of superhero television shows, and Black Lightning got what it needed from Tobias Whale.

Tobias is a sadistic crime overlord, completely ruthless and willing to use whatever means he has at his disposal, be they force or diplomacy. It was a coup for the show when they recruited rapper Krondon to fill the role.

Krondon gave Tobias just the right amount of menace he needed to be a fearsome opponent. Tobias has a history with Jefferson Pierce, having brutally eliminated Jefferson’s father.

Krondon was able to sell viewers on both his character’s past and his motivation moving forward to rid the community of Black Lightning.

15 Hurt: Amy Gumenick – Cupid

It was hard not to let out a groan whenever Cupid made a reappearance on Arrow. A former police officer who became obsessed with the Arrow, Carrie Cutter started shooting heart-shaped arrows at whomsoever she chose.

This was fun for an episode or two after her debut in season three, but fans were tired of seeing Cupid by season four.

We can’t blame this character’s annoying nature entirely on actress Amy Gumenick– the writers of Arrow never seemed to scratch beneath the surface with Cupid, seeming to like the character without knowing how to make her more of a gimmick.

It didn’t help that Gumenick lines were frequently delivered in a cutesy, flirty way that was bound to get frustrating before long.

14 Saved: Wentworth Miller – Captain Cold

It should go without saying that Wentworth Miller crushed the role of Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold. After all, his portrayal of the character has been a highlight of not one, but two shows in the Arrowverse, both The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. 

Captain Cold was hardly a well-known character, but Miller’s performance has blasted him to the forefront of the popular imagination– and probably helped him get a spot in Injustice 2.

In his first appearances on The Flash, Captain Cold might have appeared to be a one-note character with a gimmick, but over the years he has grown and matured into a complex antihero, with a memorable end to his character’s arc in Legends of Tomorrow. Without Miller behind the character, it’s doubtful he ever would have been so important.

13 Hurt: Kirk Acevedo – Ricardo Diaz

Ricardo Diaz is a villain defined by his ambition. Unfortunately, he’s not defined by much else. Beginning in season six and continuing into season seven, Kirk Acevedo portrayed the crime lord who started as a lieutenant to Cayden James before revealing his plans to supplant him as boss of all of Star City.

While he’s certainly not the worst villain to appear on Arrow, Diaz just doesn’t have enough of a personality to carry an episode.

Acevedo is known for playing tough guys, and he definitely conveys that aspect of the character, but there just isn’t much else that comes across. Diaz’s ambition was striking, but with the spotlight on him, he failed to generate interest and the actor is at least partly to blame for it.

12 Saved: John Barrowman – Malcolm Merlyn

Malcolm Merlyn is the first main antagonist from Arrow, and in many ways he represents a lot of what makes the show compelling: stylized fight scenes, sensationalized characters, and complicated familial dynamics.

Without John Barrowman, Merlyn likely wouldn’t have lasted nearly as long on the show.

Barrowman has played Malcolm (aka the Dark Archer) since the beginning, and if he wasn’t so in sync with the character and by all accounts such a generally nice guy, it’s doubtful Malcolm would have seen many episodes past the first season.

But he did, appearing in every season through the sixth, receiving a longer arc revolving around his daughter Thea.

Arrow has a history of taking its bad guys and making them much more morally complex, and Barrowman was arguably the catalyst for all of that.

11 Hurt: Chris Vance – Non

Supergirl is known as being the one Arrowverse show that has had a consistent problem creating compelling villains, and Non is probably the poster boy for that issue.

Non, played by Chris Vance, was defined by his relationship to other villains (namely his wife Astra and his mistress Indigo), and partly because of that he never really felt like his own character.

Vance’s Non felt like he was General Zod lite, and the character didn’t evolve past that.

While Non always felt like a placeholder villain thanks to him taking over his wife’s army after her passing, the actor never really imbued him with much character beyond arrogance, immorality, and ruthlessness.

10 Saved: Katie Cassidy – Black Siren

Not all fans liked what Arrow did to Laurel Lance. After it became clear that Oliver and Felicity were, by far, a more popular couple than Laurel and Oliver, Laurel didn’t have nearly as important a role on the series, and she was eventually bumped off by Damien Darhk. Luckily for viewers, Katie Cassidy didn’t leave the show, returning as the villainous Black Siren.

The reviews of the later seasons of Arrow have been largely mixed, but everyone seemed to like the way Cassidy played the villainess. Since she already had chemistry with much of the cast, Cassidy was able to twist and hurt the heroes in her new evil identity, making her a genuinely affecting character.

Some fans were sad to see Laurel go, but it’s hard to argue with the role Cassidy was given after.

9 Hurt: Cynthia Addai-Robinson – Amanda Waller

The Suicide Squad (aka Task Force X) was not the brightest spot in Arrow’s series run, as many of the less popular villains ended up there for storylines that were later squashed when the Suicide Squad mainstream film was announced. At the helm of this sinking ship was Amanda Waller, played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson, who never managed to more than an annoyance.

Waller was the head of A.R.G.U.S., ostensibly a crime-fighting government agency. Waller’s totalitarian tendencies revealed her to be more of a villain than a heroine, and through it all, Addai-Robinson’s performance was flat.

It’s hard to play a role that Viola Davis nailed on the big screen.

We know Waller was supposed to be harsh and guarded, but you’ve got to do more with your character than just smirk and say strict stuff all the time.

8 Saved: Brenda Strong – Lillian Luthor

Supergirl has had its share of villain problems, but Lillian Luthor solved several of them. After starting with a kind of Lex Luthor Lite in the first season with Maxwell Lord, the show upgraded to the very mother of the real thing. Brenda Strong plays Lex’s mother Lillian, and you can see the resemblance.

Strong plays Lillian in the vein of classic depictions of Lex Luthor, drawing on the character’s classic self-righteousness and greed. Much like Lex, Lillian is arrogant, believing herself to be saving the planet from aliens like Kara Danvers.

This depiction works very well, allowing Supergirl to draw from the well of past Superman stories while still retaining its own unique identity.

7 Hurt: Grant Gustin – Savitar

The Flash may be a great TV show, but it isn’t without its problems. One of those issues is its villains, as its big bads have traditionally been powerful speedsters, and after a while, fights between two super fast individuals just aren’t that interesting. The villain that crystallized this problem was Savitar, later revealed to be a time remnant of Barry Allen himself.

The decision to have Grant Gustin play a hero and villain fighting one another was fun– for a little while.

It didn’t take long before fans grew tired of this dynamic, though, especially given that Barry had been fighting other speedsters all throughout the show.

The decision to have Grant Gustin play good and evil Barrys wasn’t just boring, it made it feel like the show was running out of ideas.

6 Saved: Darren Criss – Music Meister

The Music Meister is low-key one of the most underrated DC supervillains, given that his superpower is hypnotic singing. Obviously, this situation is rife for goofy musical set pieces, and the Arrowverse took full advantage of it, casting Glee alum Darren Criss in the role.

This is perfect cameo casting, as Criss is known for his singing and appeared on Glee alongside both Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers) and Grant Gustin (Barry Allen).

Appearing in one episode of The Flash and Supergirl each, Criss wasn’t overused, adding the ideal jolt of musical whimsy into both series. The confluence of the cast’s past history together and Criss’ singing voice made him the perfect Music Meister.

5 Saved: Andy Mientus – Pied Piper

One of the best ways to make a villain compelling is to give him a motivation that makes sense, even if their methods are evil. That was the case with Hartley Rathaway, aka the supervillain the Pied Piper and the former apprentice to Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne.

Played by Andy Mientus, Rathaway was an instant hit among fans for the way he poked holes in Team Flash’s worldview.

Rathaway was upset over getting fired by Wells for noticing that the particle accelerator was going to explode. After becoming a metahuman with power over sound, he embarks on a quest to eliminate Wells’ new golden boy, Barry Allen.

Mientus gave Rathaway the tinge of arrogance and entitlement he needed to be an appealing, flawed jerk. His return in season two to give Rathaway a happy ending was the icing on the cake.

4 Hurt: Vinnie Jones – Brick

Casting an actor to play a supervillain similar to a supervillain they’ve already played isn’t always a great idea. A perfect example is Vinnie Jones, enlisted by Arrow to play Danny Brickwell, aka Brick.

Jones might seem to be a good fit for the role, having played the Juggernaut in X-Men: The Last Stand, but the execution was lacking here in more than one way.

First, Brick himself was a fairly bland character, distinguished by sadistic tendencies and a brutal outlook on life and not much else. Second, Jones phoned in his performance, playing Brick’s rage and giving him absolutely no nuance or subtlety. Finally, the writers tried to make him important by giving him a painful history with the Merlyn family, but it felt pointless by then.

3 Saved: Mark Hamill – The Trickster

It turns out the Joker isn’t the only DC villain Mark Hamill can play, and play well. Appearing in the first and second seasons of The Flash, the Trickster was one of the few villains on the show who had a history before the particle accelerator explosion. Once the most dangerous criminal in Central City, the Trickster’s narcissistic nature demanded he return to the limelight.

As any fan of Batman: The Animated Series will tell you, Mark Hamill has a knack for playing villains with a psychotic, vain side.

Casting Hamill in the role of James Jesse was an excellent choice, as it allowed the veteran actor to just have fun with a silly part. As long as he wasn’t overused– and he wasn’t– Hamill as the Trickster was great fun.

2 Hurt: Jimmy Akingbola – Baron Reiter

Some roles demand a great actor just to be the least bit memorable. An extremely bland character, Baron Reiter needed all the help he could get, and unfortunately, Jimmy Akingbola didn’t provide it.

Reiter was the antagonist in the flashback subplot of season four, which was marked by the introduction of dark magic to the Arrowverse.

Magic was a mixed bag for the Arrowverse, and Reiter was one of least interesting parts of it. Reiter was a simple soldier who sought magical power– and that was about it. Neither the writing nor Akingbola added much texture or nuance to the character, making his scenes noticeably boring to watch.

1 Saved: Manu Bennett – Deathstroke

Deathstroke is almost certainly the defining villain of Arrow’s series run, and it’s mostly thanks to Manu Bennett’s performance as the legendary mercenary.

Slade Wilson’s story is told both through flashbacks and the main narrative, starting in Oliver’s past as his mentor and ally and morphing into a crazed soldier driven by nothing but a desire for vengeance.

Manu Bennett fit this role so well that it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing Slade nowadays.

Bennett brought an intimidating presence that hid some surprising tenderness, and his transformation from friend to foe is one of the best arcs in the series.

Fans are happy to see Deathstroke return, especially now that he’s less of a villain.

Who’s your favorite villain in the Arrowverse? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-09-16 04:09:29 – Eric McAdams

25 MCU Fan Castings Better Than What We Got

For the past 10 years (and probably the next 10, too), the Marvel Cinematic Universe has entertained millions of superhero fans, whether they be long-time comic book readers or new fans with no clue who the Guardians of the Galaxy were before Marvel brought them to the big screen.

However, when the MCU started, it had nowhere near the fanbase or solid future that it has today, with several of its Phase 1 movies receiving mildly positive reviews from critics.

Meanwhile, on the universe’s TV side, shows vary from critical acclaim to major failure.

So, what is the MCU’s secret to success? Besides the great writing and enjoyable action, it’s the characters.

While other cinematic universes spend more time plotting out their franchise’s future (some before they even get a second film), the MCU’s producers try to find who they believe to be the perfect actors to portray Marvel’s large gallery of heroes and villains.

When Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark, fans were furious. Now, 10 years have passed and nobody else comes to mind when thinking of Iron Man.

However, not every casting was a slam dunk. Some fans have criticized casting choices for different reasons over the years, including whitewashing and an overall small resemblance to the characters.

This has led to many fans creating their own dream casts for the MCU, some improbable, some with cool ideas, and some even predicting the real casting choices.

While the MCU cast has been pretty solid so far, it’s nice to dream a little and look at what could have been.

With that said, here are the 25 MCU Fan Castings Better Than What We Got.

25 Gal Gadot – Sif

Israeli actress Gal Gadot proved a lot of critics wrong when she took the role of Wonder Woman and became one of the highlights of 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Since then, she’s been perfect as DC’s Amazonian princess.

Since Gadot already does great as a sword-wielding goddess, Marvel’s Norse goddess Sif would surely be a walk in the Asgardian park.

However, Jaimie Alexander’s Sif has so far only had supporting roles in two Thor movies (compared to Gadot’s soon-to-be three starring roles).

So, having Gadot serve as backup to Chris Hemsworth’s Thor instead of as the female icon we love her for would certainly have been a step backwards.

However, it still would be an incredible casting decision.

24 Rami Malek – Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier

A brainwashed assassin with a cybernetic arm? The star of an award-winning techno thriller called Mr. Robot? They’re perfect together.

Okay, so that’s not the reason Rami Malek would’ve made a good Bucky Barnes.

However, the aforementioned show along with his seemingly-breakout film performance as former Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, gives us the impression that he would’ve had the acting chops to fit right in as Steve Rogers’ best friend.

Although, Sebastian Stan is clearly in love with his role, and we are, too.

23 Meryl Streep – Aunt May

Casting one of the most nominated actresses of all time couldn’t hurt the MCU, right?

While Spider-Man’s aunt may not be a superhero, she still serves as his alter-ego’s sole guardian and moral support.

With this, Meryl Streep could offer a lot of inspiring advice to both Peter and the audience.

Marisa Tomei is playing May for now, but some audiences are still having trouble getting used to her performance.

Besides being way younger than her comic counterparts, she hasn’t proven herself quite the scene-stealer as Rosemary Harris (or even Sally Field).

Even though Streep isn’t known for many long-term roles in franchises, we can keep our fingers crossed Sony gives her a chance in their universe.

22 Jessica Chastain – Pepper Potts

Being Tony Stark’s girlfriend and fiancé isn’t easy. One minute, you’re an assistant. Next, you’re CEO.

Then, you’re in an on-again-off-again relationship that makes fans wonder when her next movie appearance will be.

However, Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain can certainly handle pressure (since starring in six films in the same year is no small feat).

Plus, it helps that Chastain’s appearance is pretty spot-on for Pepper (being a natural redhead helps).

While Gwyneth Paltrow hasn’t been doing bad at all, one certainly has to wonder how Chastain would’ve fared.

Here’s hoping Marvel does her right with her supporting role in next year’s Dark Phoenix.

21 Chow Yun-fat – The Ancient One

Yes, it would’ve been nice for Marvel to have cast a Chinese actor for the role of Stephen Strange’s mentor.

However, that’s not the only reason Chow Yun-fat could’ve worked as The Ancient One.

Yun-fat’s career consists of several critically-acclaimed action flicks, including the Best Picture-nominated Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

While The Ancient One is not known for his physical fighting, Yun-fat could certainly bring some unique move sets when conjuring magic as the Sorcerer Supreme.

Despite this, Tilda Swinton did a good job of making the character her own and further adding to the sorcerer’s mysterious history.

20 Mads Mikkelsen – Malekith

Actor Mads Mikkelsen is known for his villainous roles, including Casino Royale‘s Le Chiffre and Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the regretfully-cancelled hit NBC series.

So, it wasn’t long before he got snatched up for an MCU villain, even though it may not have been what fans were expecting.

Mikkelsen certainly did a fine job bringing the lesser-known Marvel villain Kaecilius to the big screen, but that was primarily because of the actor’s intimidating presence.

In fact, if Marvel were to have given him the makeup treatment instead of Christopher Eccleston, Thor: The Dark World could’ve turned out better with a downright demonic antagonist.

19 Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Maria Hill

While it’s always cool to see actress Colbie Smulders playing Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. sidekick, it’s hard to look at her and not see Robin Scherbatsky.

Meanwhile, Mary Elizabeth Winstead is no stranger to playing multiple unique roles, including John McClane’s daughter Lucy in the Die Hard series, Scott Pilgrim’s delivery girl-friend Ramona Flowers, and even former First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

This isn’t an out-there casting choice either, as Winstead was reportedly in the running to play Hill, as well as Sharon Carter and Domino.

Though Winstead said she’s not very attracted to multi-movie roles, she does want to work with Joss Whedon, who directed Hill’s debut in The Avengers.

18 Tony Todd – Ronan the Accuser

With one of the most evil-sounding voices in the business today, actor Tony Todd could’ve easily brought a different level of intimidation to the Kree fanatic.

Lee Pace’s forgettable performance didn’t quite live up to what he described as a “psycho” and “monster.”

However, with Todd in the role, audiences would’ve been cowering in fear every time he opened his mouth.

Todd has already put his voice to good use for DC, voicing Zoom in the second season of The Flash and Darkseid in two Lego DC Comics Super Heroes films.

However, Pace will get another chance at Ronan in next year’s Captain Marvel.

17 Patrick Wilson – Darren Cross/Yellowjacket

Cross Technologies CEO Darren Cross was certainly an evil character in 2015’s Ant-Man (who else would hurt a tiny lamb?).

However, Corey Stoll isn’t the only actor who can pull off playing a mean guy in an odd-looking suit.

Patrick Wilson has spent the past several years both fighting and being possessed by demons in the Conjuring and Insidious franchises, so he knows a thing or two about evil.

Wilson also has experience wearing a suit, as he played retired superhero Nite Owl in 2009’s Watchmen.

Thankfully, Wilson will still get a chance to play a supervillain in this year’s Aquaman as primary antagonist Ocean Master.

16 Matt Smith – Vision

Already an icon in geek culture thanks to his acclaimed run as Doctor Who‘s Eleventh Doctor, actor Matt Smith could have been a welcome addition to the MCU as the red-skinned android with a British accent, Vision.

While he would’ve had to push his energetic attitude aside (and trade his Sonic Screwdriver for an Infinity Stone) when playing the straight-faced Vision,

Smith has already proven he can handle dramatic roles, such as his Emmy-nominated turn as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Netflix’s The Crown.

Unfortunately, instead of debuting as Vision in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Smith chose to act in the sci-fi failure Terminator Genisys (which is being ignored by Terminator 6 anyways).

15 Rashida Jones – Hope van Dyne/Wasp

There’s no denying actress Evangeline Lilly has been kicking butt as Scott Lang’s partner, Wasp, especially in this year’s Ant-Man and the Wasp.

However, while she took part in funny moments of the two moviea, Lilly is more known for her dramatic performances, particularly Kate Austen in Lost.

To be the mature one in the superhero duo while also having to properly trade quips with a comedy legend like Rudd, someone like Rashida Jones would be perfect.

For one thing, she has co-starred with Rudd in comedies I Love You, Man and Our Idiot Brother.

Also, it doesn’t hurt that she was rumored to be cast, which Rudd may or may not have known about.

14 Emily Blunt – Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel

It may not be exactly fair to be talking about a different casting choice when actress Brie Larson’s portrayal of the red-and-blue-clad Carol Danvers hasn’t even hit screens yet, but hear us out.

Emily Blunt has been rumored for various MCU roles over the years, including Black Widow and Peggy Carter (and has expressed interest in being in a superhero movie).

Blunt even sat down with Vulture to discuss the Captain Marvel fan castings, which she said were “always very nice.”

Even though Blunt won’t be soaring through the air as Carol Danvers, she will take to the skies with a trusty umbrella as child icon Mary Poppins this December.

13 Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Scott Lang/Ant-Man

This Golden Globe-nominated actor has certainly had a fun movie career.

With his first film role being in the cult classic Beethoven, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has since gone on to star in Inception(500) Days of SummerG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and The Dark Knight Rises.

He has also been in talks for several superhero films in the past, including Spider-Man, Peter Quill, and the MCU’s smallest (but certainly not least powerful) hero, Ant-Man.

However, both Rudd and Gordon-Levitt are both funny, yet dramatic guys, so both are good choices for various superhero roles the world can throw at them.

12 Peter Cullen – Ego the Living Planet

Actor Peter Cullen is known for bringing many popular cartoon characters to life, including Optimus Prime and Eeyore.

While voice actors are not usually given major roles in blockbusters, they are still just as able to play superheroes and villains as any other actor.

Case in point: after Ego’s face appeared on his planet’s surface (like it does in the comics) in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the film immediately cuts back to what’s happening on the planet.

Cullen’s voice would’ve been nice to hear coming out of the giant planet, even if only for a few minutes.

Plus, he isn’t without superhero voice work, as he voiced various characters in two ’80s Spider-Man cartoons.

11 Ron Perlman – Thanos

Okay, put down your pitchforks. Actor Josh Brolin has been doing great as Thanos (even better than Deadpool’s metal-armed adversary/partner Cable).

However, one can’t deny the major thing Infinity War changed about Thanos: his even darker comic book motivations.

Mainly, his desire to wipe out half the universe to impress Death herself.

While Brolin made Thanos a sympathetic-yet-mad antagonist for the MCU to build up to, if the producers wanted to fall more in line with the comics, Ron Perlman would’ve been great.

His deep, intimidating voice alone is enough to frighten any Avenger.

Add that with his live-action chameleonic portrayals of Hellboy, and we’ve got a winner for the Mad Titan.

10 Sofia Boutella – Elektra Natchios

After actress Jennifer Garner’s short-lived run in the early 2000s, Élodie Yung’s performance in the Daredevil and Defenders series was welcomed by many fans.

However, who’s to say Sofia Boutella, an accomplished French-Algerian actress, dancer, and model, couldn’t give the sai-wielding mercenary a go?

No stranger to blockbuster franchises, Boutella has graced the screens as blade-footed assassin Gazelle Kingsman: The Secret Service, alien scavenger Jaylah  Star Trek Beyond, and murderous Egyptian princess Ahmanet in 2017’s The Mummy (well, maybe not that one).

With this in mind, playing the love interest for one of Marvel’s most violent heroes would certainly be fun to see.

9 Vin Diesel – Black Bolt

When an Inhumans movie was announced for Phase 3, actor Vin Diesel teased fans of his involvement as the scarcely-speaking superhero.

However, when it switched to TV, Anson Mount was cast instead.

While Mount wasn’t the main reason for the series’ failure, fans probably would’ve preferred Diesel in the role.

Even though he is already a part of the MCU (as talking tree Groot), audiences only hear Diesel’s voice and see his motion capture performances.

Wouldn’t it be nice to see him in the flesh?

Also, the reason Black Bolt doesn’t talk much is because his voice sends out powerful shockwaves, which sounds like a perfect excuse to use Diesel’s deep vocals in some action scenes.

8 Ciarán Hinds – Justin Hammer

In the comics, Justin Hammer is the man responsible for several of Iron Man’s enemies’ access to advanced technology.

While Sam Rockwell is a talented actor (recently winning an Oscar for Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri), he played a younger Hammer more like a slightly-evil Tony Stark clone who let Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash do all the work.

To give us an eviler and closer-in-age representation, Irish actor Ciarán Hinds would’ve been great.

Hinds has already tried and failed at playing major antagonists for both Marvel (Mephistopheles in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) and DC (Steppenwolf in Justice League), but this doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have proven a formidable business rival for Tony Stark.

7 Alexander Ludwig – Clint Barton/Hawkeye

Hawkeye may not be the most prominent member of the Avengers, but actor Jeremy Renner has given him likeability with his portrayal of a family man just doing his job (his absence was certainly felt in Infinity War).

However, Renner is getting older and can’t play the arrow-shooting Avenger forever.

Meanwhile, Alexander Ludwig, known for action roles in The Hunger Games and Vikings, sits at only 26 years old.

While this would leave him with a major age gap with the rest of the Avengers (he would’ve been barely pushing 19 for Hawkeye’s debut in Thor), he would’ve still had the looks, experience, and potential to play a long-lasting Clint Barton in the franchise.

6 Abigail Breslin – Crystal

Again, changing one Inhumans character wouldn’t have been enough to save the series, but giving young actress Abigail Breslin the role of the Royal Family’s element-controlling youngest member does sound better than what we got.

While Breslin’s name isn’t as household as some of the other MCU stars, she certainly has star power when playing younger siblings, as evidenced by Little Rock in Zombieland and her Oscar-nominated role of Olive Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine.

Because of this, it would’ve made perfect sense to cast her as Medusa’s younger sister.

5 Harry Shum Jr. – Danny Rand/Iron Fist

Even though actor Finn Jones has been getting better as mystical martial artist Iron Fist, it wasn’t too long ago when we ranked him as the worst MCU casting choice.

Another of Marvel’s TV failures, when the first season of Iron Fist premiered last year, fans and critics agreed that Jones’ performance was a negative aspect of the show.

While there was controversy over whether Iron Fist should’ve been Asian or white, casting Chinese American actor Harry Shum Jr. wouldn’t have been a bad choice.

With acting roles in GleeShadowhunters, and this year’s comedy hit Crazy Rich Asians, Shum’s diverse résumé would certainly come in handy when playing the Defender.

4 Hiroyuki Sanada – The Mandarin

Here’s a fan cast most Marvel fans will agree with.

In Iron Man 3, a lot of fans were disappointed when the antagonist they were promised via actor Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin turned out to be an impersonator, and the real villain was a no-show.

The Mandarin is Iron Man’s arch-enemy, portrayed as a megalomaniac scientist, martial artist, and magician.

While we would’ve loved to see Kingsley’s take on the character, perhaps Hiroyuki Sanada would’ve been more accurate.

One of his best-known roles was the kendo-trained supervillain Shingen Yashida in The Wolverine. This alone gives us confidence he would do great.

However, we may get our wish, as Sanada is cast for a mystery role in Avengers 4.

3 Elena Satine – Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson’s role as Natasha Romanoff is one of the highlights of the MCU (even landing her own solo film), and it would be difficult to imagine anyone taking her place.

However, Johansson is a busy actress, with several roles in award-winning films and plays already under her belt (and hopefully more to come).

To avoid putting too much on the actress’ plate, what about using an up-and-coming actress with multiple superhero roles under her belt?

Having played Aquaman’s wife Mera in Smallville, Asgardian Lorelei in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and psychic mutant Beautiful Dreamer in The Gifted, Elena Satine seems like a pretty great second choice to consider.

2 Charlie Hunnam – Thor Odinson

Another actor we couldn’t imagine taking out of the MCU, Chris Hemsworth has made the God of Thunder his own with three successful solo movies and acclaimed starring roles in all three Avengers films.

However, English actor Charlie Hunnam isn’t a bad choice either.

He looks the part of a strong Marvel god and has shown interest in playing both James Bond and Green Arrow (for films, not the show).

He previously tried to start an action franchise with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, throwing 1000 punches a day in preparation.

However, we all know that didn’t turn out as planned, and Hunnam’s chance at a legendary hero will have to wait for now.

1 Matt Bomer – Tony Stark/Iron Man

Finally, we have the most controversial fan cast on this list.

While many fan casts were made before actor Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Iron Man, not a lot have been made since because of Downey’s near-perfection in the role.

However, casting Downey was a risk at first due to his troubled past.

Though he has certainly redeemed himself, had Downey passed on the role, a great runner-up would’ve been Matt Bomer.

An attractive Golden Globe winner, it’s not hard to see that Bomer could pull off a “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.

Plus, he voiced another comic legend in 2013’s animated movie Superman: Unbound. Three guesses for who it was.

What do you think? Who are your favorite picks for the MCU? Let us know in the comment section!

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2018-09-07 06:09:21 – Tyler Hargett