Imagine if Hollywood had released tent-pole comic-book movies starring their iconic characters around the time of the source material’s release date. For the purposes of this experiment, we will say that a movie would be released 5 years after the introduction of the character, and only movies that have been made would be made.
The first Avengers film made money, but the egos, and actors proved to be too much. The 1970s brought us large ensemble disaster films, and Marvel wanted to reignite the franchise with new blood, and new stars!
Captain America-Robert Redford
One of the biggest stars of the day!
He was just coming into his own, and producers couldn’t find anyone they liked better at all.
Best known as Fredo Corleone, he epitomized pent-up rage.
Iron Man-Burt Reynolds
Arrogant? Charming? Mustache?
Henry Pym- Peter Sellers
For the complicated, tortured genius, they went with a complicated, tortured genius.
One of the biggest movie stars who shone bright even standing in the background.
French heart-throb who hadn’t had the big Hollywood role everyone wanted.
Scarlet Witch-Claudia Cardinale
International sex symbol.
Black Panther-Geoffrey Holder
6’6″, very distinctive voice, also starring in Bond film the same year.
Nick Fury-Charton Heston
The man who would bring them all together, having as strong a career as ever.
Voice of Ultron-Clint Eastwood
Did the Avengers feel lucky?