July 26, 2010 by Chris Reynolds
We will talk about “Thor” and “Captain America” shortly, but right now lets discuss what is buzzing around the internet like a swarm of radioactive flies. G4 boasted “The Avengers” cast had assembled, and gave us all a sneak peak at who we can expect to see in this upcoming cross over spectacular.
What is no surprise is that Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/ Iron Man), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Clark Gregg (Agent Coulsen) are to continue in their roles from “Iron Man 2.”
What is surprising however, is that since Edward Norton’s spat with Marvel and his drop from the role of The Hulk, they quickly found a replacement in Mark Ruffalo. To me, it is almost as if Marvel had him chosen for a while. Or it could have been as simple as Ruffalo showing quick interest around the time of Norton’s departure. All in all, we will probably never really know. It is just something that I find interesting.
The rest of the cast revealed at Comic-Con was an all together good pick. Even though he has already starred at The Human Torch in “The Fantastic Four,” Chris Evans dons another super hero costume. This time, it is red, white and blue. Evans is to star as Captain America in his own movie, which is currently being filmed, and in the Avengers movie in 2012.
Even though he has already showed he has superhero potential as The Human Torch, I see Evans playing more of a comic relief character, not a serious patriotic super-soldier.
Thor is the other hero to have his own movie before the crossover, and Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek) is the hammer wielding Norse god. He definitely has the look for the part, but we’ll have to see if his acting experience is up to par.
As for newer heroes to the big screen, Hawkeye, a super archer dressed in purple, will be played by Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker). I am not that familiar with the indigo arrow-slinger, but I think Renner has good presence to take on a super hero persona. Even if he does wear purple tights.
All in all the cast looks very well put together, which I hope is an omen of things to come for this cross-over spectacle.
What do you think about the cast? How about the situation with the role of the Hulk? The addition of Hawkeye? I want to hear from you.