Is it the end of the world if Hugo Weaving doesn't want to play Red Skull anymore? It's a disappointment, but that doesn't mean there isn't a fix — one that's already built into the "Winter Soldier" source material that the "Captain America" sequel gets its name from.
We won't spoil the what or how's here, but let's just say that the "Winter Soldier" comics contain a way to bring Red Skull back into the big-screen fold. And if Weaving doesn't want to play the character anymore, there are ways of recasting the role that don't negate the work Weaving put in; different from Mark Ruffalo succeeding Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, or Don Cheadle succeeding Terrence Howard as War Machine, in other words.
Enough tap-dancing around the issue; here are five actors we would cast as Red Skull in the "Captain America" sequel.
News broke yesterday that Mary Jane Watson would be joining the "Amazing Spider-Man" sequel, potentially played by Shailene Woodley. Also swinging onto the scene is Peter Parker's troubled best friend, Harry Osborn, though there isn't currently a known front-runner for the part.
While the role is still open, here are our six suggestions for who should play Harry in the next "Spider-Man" movie.
Dano has charm and charisma to spare, but it's not hard for him to get seriously sinister when he wants to be. Sounds like the Harry we all know and love, right?
Word has it that "Luther" villain Ruth Wilson is up for the role of Carol Danvers — aka Ms. Marvel — in Joss Whedon's "Avengers" sequel. While the possibility remains firmly in the rumor category, we couldn't stop our minds from running wild with the idea of secret serial killer Alice Morgan carrying the banner as one of the greatest heroes the Marvel Universe has to offer. But what about the rest of the "Luther" cast? Who would they play in Wilson's "Ms. Marvel" movie? Here's what we came up with.
Warning: "Luther" spoilers ahead!
Ruth Wilson as Ms. Marvel
Although I'd always be worried that she'd be this close to seeking out Asgard and going completely psycho-postal on Heimdall, I see why Wilson's name is being connected to Carol Danvers. Physically, Wilson is a perfect fit for one of Marvel's finest heroes, capable of overpowering any villain with little more than a look. Beyond that, you don't need to do anything more than watch the series premiere of "Luther" to see just how shockingly talented Wilson is; her dramatic range is second to very few actors in her age group. I still prefer Emily Blunt for Carol, but I would happily root for Wilson in the role.
Now, onto the rest of the cast...
Despite appearances to the contrary, "The Avengers" and "Sons of Anarchy" have quite a bit in common. They both center on groups of disparate people coming together for a greater cause, and they're both two of my favorite things right now.
Okay, that's not a lot, exactly, but it's enough to make me wonder how some of the "Sons" would do if relocated to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
One actor in particular I'd like to see in a Marvel movie is Ryan Hurst, known on "Sons" for playing Opie Winston: best friend to SAMCRO President Jax Teller, best biker beard on television, and all-around badass. Last week, Hurst was at the core of one of the most important scenes in "Sons" history. No spoilers on that here, but it did leave me thinking that the actor is more than well-suited for a wide range of Marvel heroes. Read on for five of them after the jump.
by Ryan Downey
Sneaky Edgar Wright kept tweeting about how rainy it was in London during Comic-Con. Surprise! The English filmmaker was camping out in San Diego all along. The mastermind behind genre love letters "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" surprised the press and fans with his appearance at Marvel's Hall H panel, where he unleashed some badass "Ant-Man" test footage. Wright joked that he's taken the "Terrence Malick approach" to the long gestating project.
Wright has proven adept as faithfully adapting comic book properties, of course (remember a little something called "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") and his fast-moving, action-packed teaser was a visual representation of what he told the audience about his plans. Namely, that Ant Man will kick butt "an inch at a time." One poor bad guy lost a tooth as Ant-Man shrunk / grew / shrunk over and over while making his way out of some sort of (SHIELD?) lockdown.
Of course, we never saw the face beneath the mask at Comic-Con, because Henry "Hank" Pym hasn't been cast! Ant-Man is an Avenger of course, so he'll have to inhabit the same universe as a certain blockbuster. At the same time, Wright's comedic chops are topnotch. Whoever ends up donning the red and black, we certainly hope we'll get to see him tinkering around with a certain killer robot whose name begins with a "U" and hopefully making out with the Wasp.
Here's a list of actors we think have the dramatic ability, comedic chops and physicality to play one of our favorite Stan Lee created scientists turned heroes.
by Ryan Rigley
As if Marvel Studios didn't have enough on its plate already, the ambitious production company plans on churning out a fourth as-of-yet-unknown movie after the completion of "Iron Man 3," "Thor 2," and "Captain America 2," in that order. Well, rumor has it that this fourth superhero flick will revolve around none other than Africa's own T'Challa a.k.a. The Black Panther.
Hailing from the fictional African nation of Wakanda, the Black Panther is arguably one of Marvel's most formidable non-American superheroes. As Chieftain of the Wakandan Panther Clan, T'Challa is gifted with superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and agility, as well as a direct mental link to the Wakandan Panther god.
In addition to his superhuman traits, T'Challa is also an expert hunter, strategist, politician, inventor and scientist, with a Ph.D in physics from Oxford University. Clearly, it'll take some big feet to fill the shoes of the Black Panther. Here's a list of actors who fit the bill perfectly.
Casting announcements are flying fast and furiously on the Marvel Studios front, so there's very little time to get this one in: someone's going to play the Enchantress in "Thor 2." Kevin Feige has teased that a "major new villain" will step onto the scene when next we see Asgard, and even with Mads Mikkelsen already in the picture, smart money has long been down on Enchantress as the next baddie to put Thor through hell and back.
For those not in the know, Amora the Enchantress is easily one of Thor's most notable nemeses in comic book lore. Mind control is the leading name of her game, with her powers largely used towards charming her victims into doing her bidding — not unlike Loki in a lot of ways. It's a juicy part for any number of actresses, and we've got our own wish list of leading ladies to tackle the (admittedly hypothetical) role.
Keep reading for our Enchantress casting call!
We're diving into "Avengers" spoiler territory here, so if you're one of the six people on the planet who still hasn't seen the record-breaking superhero movie, best turn away now.
For those of you still with us, well, you know why we're here. Following the events of "The Avengers," it would appear that the man who plays everybody's favorite stone cold S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Clark Gregg, is no longer employed within the Marvel Universe. There are theories surrounding his return, of course — some more probable than others — but with nothing confirmed yet, we'll have to look elsewhere to get our next Gregg fix.
But even if our Coulson quality time has reached its end, that doesn't mean Gregg has to step away from the comic book movie scene. Not by a long shot. Keep reading for five comic book movie roles we could easily see Gregg occupying in the future.
Joss Whedon would like to see more female heroes in "The Avengers 2." So why not She-Hulk? Introduced as Bruce Banner’s cousin who receives his powers after a blood transfusion, Jennifer Walters would be an easy introduction to the Avengers crew. As a reluctant hero forced into her powers before eventually using them transform her own personality for the better, she’s got an interesting personal story, and the built-in connection between her and Banner would be great for on-screen chemistry.
First off: She-Hulk should be cast as Jennifer Walters first and a giant green rage monster second. I mean, there are some very tall and statuesque models out there, but it’s not like Mark Ruffalo was a bodybuilder. We’ll need someone who’s believable as the sweet-natured but unyielding Walters, the one who moonlights as a capable lawyer when she isn’t busting heads as the She-Hulk. Here are five actors we think might work.
If "The Avengers" left us with any lingering questions — and believe us, it did — then one of the biggest concerns the possible villain in the sequel.
If you stayed through the credits, you know who we mean. If you didn't, we're talking about none other than — final chance for a spoiler alert, people —Thanos, the Mad Titan. A worshipper of death to the point of obsession, the purple-skinned alien has gone out of his way to achieve universal annihilation on more than one occasion in Marvel lore, and it looks like he'll do his best to bring his wave of destruction to upcoming Marvel Studios films as well.
The question is, who could play such an iconic character? As the part's likely to be heavily reliant on CGI, we're likely only in need of someone who has the voice to bring Thanos' power to life. On that note, we've got five actors whose voices are perfect for Thanos after the jump.