Marvel Studios has begun building towards The Avengers After the 2008 release Iron Man, but the cast of the first major MCU crossover event would have looked very different if the movie had been released in the ’90s. Over the years, MCU actors have become synonymous with their onscreen roles, which makes it hard to imagine anyone other than Robert Downey Jr. playing Tony Stark, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, or Chris Hemsworth as Thor. Although several actors were recast, such as Don Cheadle and Mark Ruffalo, they made their own roles. But if The Avengers Released in the ’90s, the MCU would look very different today.
2012 The Avengers It marks the MCU’s first crossover event, bringing a select group of superheroes together for the first time following their individual films in previous years. Iron ManAnd Incredible HulkAnd Iron Man 2And bullAnd Captain America: The Winter Soldier Some of the biggest names in Hollywood debuted as Marvel’s most iconic heroes, W The Avengers I saw them team up against a common enemy under the watchful eye of Samuel L. Jackson and Nick Fury. The Avengers It set the standard for upcoming crossover films, but if Marvel Studios had gotten the ball rolling even a decade ago, some of the legendary ’90s actors might have stolen the show instead.
Morgan Freeman as Nick Fury
Samuel L. Jackson appeared as the director of SHIELD, Nick Fury, in 2008 Iron Man, apparently recruiting Tony Stark for the mysterious Avengers Initiative. Since most of the Avengers are individuals with enhanced powers and extraordinary intelligence, it took an intense cast and premise to take on the role of Fury, the team’s original benefactor in The Avengers. Fury needs to show his power over the often uncontrollable, selfish Avengers, and while Jackson gives a magnetic performance, Morgan Freeman’s quiet confidence would have provided a certain level of gravitas for the ’90s team.
Tom Cruise as Tony Stark, Iron Man aka
As the star of the 80s and 90s, Tom Cruise starred in a number of hits including The bestAnd Mission: ImpossibleAnd Some good menand many believe he would have made the perfect Tony Stark for the ’90s set The Avengers. It was even suspected that Cruz would appear as a variant of Iron Man in Doctor Strange from the Multiverse of Madness, although this did not come to fruition. Robert Downey Jr.’s decade-long portrayal of the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist who became the hero known as Iron Man would be very difficult to match, but Cruise’s cinematic experience and cinematic action would have made him perfect for the role.
Kevin Costner as Steve Rogers, AKA Captain America
After a divisive appearance as Johnny Storm in Fox Fantastic Four In 2005, Chris Evans found his calling as the MCU’s Steve Rogers, a young soldier who becomes Captain America after being injected with a super soldier serum during World War II. to The Avengers Set during the 1990s, the role of Captain America might have been a perfect fit for Kevin Costner, who was known for heartthrobs during the decade such as dancing with the wolvesAnd BodyguardAnd water world. Quintessential’s all-American Costner was supposed to be a major draw at the box office The Avengers.
Brad Pitt as Thor
For many years, many media outlets have cited Brad Pitt as the sexiest man on earth, so perhaps nothing could have been better than the role of Thor in the 90s of the last century. Interview with the vampireAnd 12 monkeysAnd fight club Superstar. Chris Hemsworth embodies Thor in the modern MCU, first appearing in 2011 bulland being currently the only member of the original Avengers to have four solo films Thor: Love and Thunder It was met with massive amounts of criticism. Brad Pitt was perfect for the ’90s set The Avengers As Thor, the muscular, handsome, and soulful Asgardian god of thunder.
Angelina Jolie as Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow
A rising star of the ’90s, Angelina Jolie would continue to prove her chops as an action star, taking on roles as Lara Croft in lara croft: tomb raider, Sarah “Sway” Wayland Gone in 60 secondsJane Smith V Mr. and Mrs. Smith. These roles would have made her the top choice for Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, in the The Avengers, which was made in the 90s. Jolie’s charisma and poise mirror Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of The Romanovs, and while Jolie still has a future in the MCU as Thena, she will make her Phase 4 debut. eternalshe would have expertly embodied the seductive and secretive Natasha Romanoff.
David Duchovny as Bruce Banner, aka The Hulk
Nobody looks The X-Files star David Duchovny and thought it would be the Hulk, but that’s exactly why he would be the perfect choice for The Avengers in the 1990s. While the Hulk is perhaps the most formidable member of the Avengers, thanks to his ability to transform into a giant, angry green creature, the actor responsible for the role also needs to represent Bruce Banner, the humble human behind the Hulk. Mark Ruffalo walks that line brilliantly in the modern MCU, but back in the ’90s, that burden had to fall on Duchovny, whose charm, humor, and screen presence made him an excellent banner.
Matt Damon as Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye
Matt Damon rose to stardom in the 1990s with projects like Goodwill huntingAnd Saving Private RyanAnd The talented Mr. Ripley Under his belt, and quickly establishing himself as a charming and charismatic star, he can also pull off emotional and heartfelt moments. This balance makes him the perfect choice for Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, in the ’90s set The Avengers. Jeremy Renner proved his worth as Hawkeye, debuting in 2011 bullbut has had quite a bit of development over the years, especially when his family is introduced Avengers: Age of Ultron. In the ’90s, Damon would make a great Hawkeye.
Jim Carrey as Loki
At first, Jim Carrey might seem pretty foolish for portraying Loki as evil and menacing in a ’90s set The Avengers. However, the inherent and emotional moments in the films including The Truman ShowAnd liar liarand even Bruce the Ripper Proving that Carrey might be the perfect actor. He’s even had experience playing a super-powered terrifying man, thanks to his work on the mask. Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of The God of Mischief provided plenty of creepy moments, but also a lightness of heart and personality, which Carrey has in spades. Carrie’s latest work Sonic the hedgehog The movies also indicate that he would jump at the chance to play a complex villain like Loki.
Halle Berry as Maria Hill
While Halle Berry became one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood during the 2000s, the 1990s saw the actor break into the show business in a huge way, starring in a number of hits including Jungle feverAnd Executive decisionAnd b*a*p*s. Berry later starred in Storm in Fox’s X-Men franchise, proving that the role of badass and gorgeous Maria Hill would have been perfect for her in the ’90s. Cobie Smulders portrayed Nick Fury’s right-hand man The Avengersbut Perry would have given the character charm and personality, as well as being a tough soldier.
Tom Hanks as Phil Coulson
Tom Hanks might have been the perfect ’90s casting for the SHIELD agent who tragically lost his life The Avengersespecially since he probably went on to star in shield agents-Pop-up style just like Clark Gregg did. With a combination of charisma, wit, comic timing, and screen presence, Hanks could have brought a sense of youth and energy to the role of Phil Coulson. Greg expressed this in spades during his time Shield agentsgiving the character a new lease on life after his time is cut short The Avengersand Hanks could perfectly replicate this.