I have to admit that I’m not particularly passionate about this day’s challenge. I’m generally not one to wonder before hand who should be cast in any particular role. Of course that doesn’t mean that I think casting is irrelevant. Casting can have a profound effect on whether you by into a series or not. When it comes to casting I think that studios should aim to find actors that aren’t necessary famous. It seems that they often try to find an already famous actor/actress then choose from them.
That’s not to say that established actors/actresses aren’t good choices, just that when casting studios should expand their searches. As I mentioned before it’s important that the actor playing the superhero look like them. For example, Tom Holland is the perfect person to play Spider-Man. Not only does he look the part, he also possess the sense of humor that Spider-Man is known for. He was also the appropriate age and wasn’t really famous yet. Matching the actor to the role is important as well.
Chris Evans was cast as the Human Torch, not a terrible choice but it could be better. Then he was cast as Captain America, as more perfect choice. A similar situation happened with Micheal B. Jordan as Human Torch. Let’s just say that didn’t work. However, Jordan as Killmonger was a fantastic casting choice, resulting in one of the best Marvel villains on screen yet. So do I have any good casting ideas? Not really. However, I have been checking the internet to see if anyone had ideas I agree with. Here’s one I really agreed with:
Human Torch/Bobby Lockwood
Over at What Culture, Fergal Harte thought that Lockwood would make an excellent Human Torch. I agree. Lockwood isn’t particularly well know and he looks the part. According to Harte, ” Storm needs an actor who can somehow manage to portray said arrogance, whilst also being charming enough so that he is actually believable as hero, instead of just a celebrity with flame powers” . . . ” Bobby Lockwood should be the one to play the character, his appearance reflecting the blond and square-jawed way the hero is typically depicted as having in the comics, and his previous performances showing that he is able to enjoyably portray the personality that Storm is known for.”
As I’ve stated before, I’m a fan of Fantastic Four. So you probably wouldn’t be surprise that my least favorite adaptation is the FF movies. The first Fantastic Four movie that I saw was the 2005 movie and the sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. There was a third film, Fantastic Four reboot from 2015. They were all terrible. I didn’t even bother to see the third one, but it’s pretty clear that it wasn’t good. According to reviews I was correct to avoid it.
If I had to pick a character in these movies that was the worst it has to be Ben Grim. Played by Michael Chiklis and then Jamie Bell, the suits for the Thing was terrible. To be fair it was always going to be difficult to render The Thing well. The Thing looks ridiculous and is clearly a costume. For some reason they would rather use costumes instead of CGI. The Hulk has been CGI for a while (to various degree of success). The Thing is suppose to be made out of rock but since it’s a costume it look soft. It was all terrible. Hopefully, now that FF is directly under Marvel’s control they’ll get it right.
Choosing actors for comic book characters can be hit or miss. Generally, you at least want someone that looks like the character. Then you want someone that acts like them. The MCU has managed to do a generally good job with these character adaptations, but it’s not perfect. While there are many good ones, Tom Holland (Spider-man), Chris Evans (Steve Rodgers/Captain America), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange) but I think the best one is Chris Hemsworth (Thor).
In 2011, Chris Hemsworth began playing the role of Thor. He would also appear in in The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Doctor Strange (2016), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Unlike the comic book version the MCU version of Thor doesn’t have a superhero alter ego. Thor was considered to be a more marginalize character before the well received Thor: Ragnarok. After this movie many felt that Thor was no longer a typical “meat head” character. Hemsworth both manages to embody the personality of Thor and manages to look like him, he plays Thor with wit and humor and that’s why I like him.
The Marvel universe has incorporated the Gods from ancient mythology into their universe. They are considered to “Gods of Earth,” an “extra-dimensional race of beings who once existed on Earth in its distant past and are now or were once worshiped as gods or deities by the different cultures on Earth.” The Gods are all immortal, have allspeak (communicating in all languages) and strength. Almost every culture on Earth has their own pantheon, the most famous being the Asgardians (Norse Gods), and the Olympians (Greek Gods).
The most favored Gods of Marvel are the Asgardians and my favorite God is Odin. Considered to be the All-Father, his true origin is unknown. He’s presumed to be the child of Bor, a powerful warrior and Bestla, a giantess. Odin along with his brothers, Vili and Ve created Asgard. After his brothers die in battle against Surtur, Odin takes their powers for his own. His greatest power is his Odinforce. With this force he could use massive amounts of magic. He was once able to transport all of humanity when Surtur and Skagg was sent to Earth. He’s so powerful that when fighting against Seth, they fought on several planes of existence at the same time and the energy that was released destroyed galaxies and reignited dying suns. He uses a magical spear named Gungnir.
He does have a weakness, Odinsleep. He has to sleep for a week to restore his godly powers. During this moment he’s as vulnerable as a mortal. His power also depend on Asgard as well. Odin’s personality can be of putting. He’s prideful and arrogant, such that he’s willing to defy comic entities like Celestials and Galactus. He does value those that have been proven “worthy,” and has shown that he’s capable of forgiven others.
Marvel has a number of “all powerful beings” that sometimes run together on me. Most of them can manipulate space and time, reality. Some are “abstract entities” that exists for a specific purpose. They’re Eternity, Infinity, Oblivion, Death, and the Phoenix Force. Together they balance each other. There are the Eternals, the Deviants, the Celestials, and many other beings of great powers and influence. There has been some humans who even reach the levels of some of these beings most notably Franklin Richards. However, there IS a hierarchy in the Marvel universe.
I am the One Above All. I see through many eyes. I build with many hands. They are themselves, but they are also me. I am all-powerful. My only weapon is love. The mystery intrigues me.
Marvel abstracts, Celestials, Supreme cosmic beings, and The Living Tribunal are all under the Beyonder. However, the Beyonder is second only to the most powerful being in the Marvel universe, One-Above-All. Not to be confused with the Celestial of the same name, the One-Above-All is considered to be the “entity believed to be the supreme being/creator of the Omniverse.” The One-Above-All is responsible for the ” existence of all life in the Multiverse and possibly beyond.” To be honest I find the existence of these uber powerful beings to be confusing. I feels that many of them do the same thing and the other. Basically, Marvel really didn’t explain it’s cosmic system well.
Part of this is due to many different writers can create different characters. This doesn’t even consider the Gods like Odin or Zeus. Regardless, the One-Above-All is THE GOD of the Marvel universe. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, his abilities are “beyond any known system of abilities.” How can anybody top that.