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.
Teased at the end of GotG 2 with images of the iconic Captain America shield, gamma-irradiated eyes, Mjolnir, etc…. Producers wanted a huge hit! The casts of the first two GotG movies returned, with Robert Duvall reprising his role as Thanos, and Eddie Murphy, now a gigantic star, showing up because, the rumor has it, he was taking home a huge amount in points. However, the rest of the huge cast needed to be filled out:
Iron Man- Tom Selleck. Yes, he was 50 years old at the time of release, but his stint on Friends showed he was still virile. Plus, not many in Hollywood rocked a mustache. Reynolds had campaigned hard for the part, and it is believed there was footage from early production with Burt.
Captain America- Robert Redford reprised his role alongside Rutger Hauer as Thor.
Hulk- Steve Buscemi. Producers loved his nervous energy and bottled-up rage.
Black Widow- Nicole Kidman was the choice for both her red hair and acting ability.
Hawkeye- Stephen Baldwin brought both a manic energy and bizarre intensity to his role in The Usual Suspects, and producers loved his take on Hawkeye.
Scarlet Witch- Daniela Peštová was not only the SI swimsuit cover model, she spoke 5 languages fluently.
Dr. Strange- Sean Penn would to many always be Spicolli, but was now getting a reputation as a bad boy and intense method actor.
Vision- Keanu Reeves‘ wide-eyed audition charmed producers for the android.
Henry Pym- Michael Douglas had the range to convey Pym’s intellect and adventurous nature.
Wasp- Sharon Stone was able to be sexy, fashionable, and authoritative.
Falcon- Morris Chestnut owned the role of Ricky in Boyz n The Hood.
War Machine- Wolfgang Bodison had impressed Rob Reiner enough to give him an important role in A Few Good Men.
Black Panther- Djimon Hounsou had started making ripples.
Loki- Mike Myers sold producers on his ability to morph into the role of the trickster Loki.
Spider-Man and Nick Fury also returned from prior films.
UNDER SIEGE 2: DARK TERRITORY, Morris Chestnut, 1995, (c)Warner Bros.
Max (MATT DAMON, center), Julio (DIEGO LUNA, left) and Spider (WAGNER MOURA) meet inside Spider’s armory in Columbia Pictures’ ELYSIUM.