In terms of casting, Marvel has set the bar for bringing its heroes and villains to cinematic life. With spot-on, dead ringer casting in the past (Wesley Snipes as Blade, Patrick Stewart as Prof. Xavier, Toby Maguire as Spiderman, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man among many others) it has been proven that comic book characters can come to magnificent life allowing us nerds to geek-out without shame.
Today, we’re going to honor those dreams and cast those unsung heroes and villains who’ve not yet seen the light of the silver screen. And just maybe we’ll see these superb talents grace the big screen in the near future.
The following heroes have appeared within the pages of Marvel Comics for more than the past 40 years. They represent some of the most popular characters in both the Golden and Silver Age. Now is the time to bring them to the Silver Screen!
Adam Warlock Guy Pearce
With those chiseled features and dour countenance, Guy Pearce is a perfect match for the universal traveling Adam Warlock.
Ant-Man/Yellowjacket David Duchovny
Soft features and soft spoken, David Duchovny personifies the quiet-nature, but heroic machismo of Henry Pym.
Black Panther Djimon Hounsou
Could anyone portray T’challa better than Djimon Hounsou? I think not.
Black Cat Claire Danes
The sultry and unbelievable talented Claire Danes would be a purrrr–fect match for heiress heroine Felicia Hardy.
Cable Sven-Ole Thorsen
With those grizzled features, cropped hair, and naturally powerful build, Sven-Ole is Cable. ‘Nuff said!
Cloak & Dagger Omar Epps Kristen Bell
The street-wise couple Cloak & Dagger are personified in the classic good looks and natural charismas of Omar Epps and Kristen Bell.
Dr. Strange Gary Oldman
The master of illusion played by the master of the cinema, character actor Gary Oldman would catch the schtick and panache of Dr. Strange.
Scarlet Witch Megan Fox
She Hulk Zooey Deschanel
She Hulk has been portrayed as being as smart and sexy as she is strong. Zooey Deschanel embodies that with potent accuracy.
Quicksilver Edward Speleers
Few saw Edward Speleers in anything but Eragon, but since his maturing, few are as suited to play the other Magneto child, Quicksilver.
Who can resist the perfect Villain. Cruel, methodical, powerful, usually insane, but terrifyingly respected in their capacity, here are the best villains and their equally respected counterparts.
Apocalypse William Goldberg
With a history of villainy and a build that could crush moons, Bill Goldberg brings just enough muscle and mug to portray the all-powerful Apocalypse.
Annihilus Crispin Glover
With a little makeup and prosthesis, only Crispin Glover could bring enough creepily manic energy to portray the deadliest foe in the Negative Zone.
Carnage/Cletus Kasady Zach Ward
With the fire engine red hair, cut jaw, and buff build, Zach Ward is no stranger to playing crazies. Cletus Kasady a.k.a. Carnage would suit him well.
Chameleon Ian Somerhalder
With those eerily blue eyes and atypical features, Ian Somerhalder embodies the man who can become anybody.
Kraven the Hunter Josh Brolin
Who can say that tough-guy Josh Brolin wasn’t born to play one of Spider-Man’s greatest foes, Kraven the Hunter.
The Jackal Martin Short
Only Martin Short could bring the age, nerdy intelligence, and maniacal bravado to the role of deranged geneticist Miles Warren a.k.a. The Jackal.
Mandarin Ken Watanabe
Few can embody the spirit of the East like Ken Watanabe, a poise and energy demanded by he who plays The Mandarin.
Taskmaster Wentworth Miller
Even with the mask, Wentworth Miller has proven himself as action-capable and with that gloom-and-doom countenance, who better than he to play Taskmaster.
Thanos Viggo Mortenson
With arrogance, flair, and unparalleled power, if you saw Viggo Mortenson in The Prophecy, then you know few others can bring their A game to the role of The Mad Titan.
Ultron Willem Dafoe
This one might be a stretch and Dafoe was already the Green Goblin, but with that insane laugh and otherwordly energy, he’s prime fit for the evil android Ultron.
Perhaps one day we’d see these fine actors in the roles we dream they’d play. No one could encompass their counterparts as well as these mentioned. With the talent, attitude, dedication, and flamboyance required, let’s hope our dreams come true.