The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a theatrical force in the 21st century, but it's hard not to wonder what could have been if The Avengers debuted in the '80s. Everyone loves Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, but who would have been cast to fill the Iron Man suit in the Reagan era? Which '80s action stars might have helped defeat Thanos and save the planet, had Nick Fury assembled them a few decades earlier?
Like actors who turned down Marvel roles, plenty of producers are likely haunted they passed on a comic book movie back when the properties were widely available. The landscape of Hollywood was so different back then, the heroes you love probably wouldn't look anything like they do now. Similar to the myriad possibilities offered by fantasy casting of The Avengers in the '90s, there are fitting choices from the age of excess.
Michael Douglas - Ant-Man
It's fitting that the Hank Pym of today be cast as the Scott Lang of the '80s. While many might think of Douglas's more serious turns in Wall Street and Fatal Attraction, he also made a name for himself as a charming hero in Romancing the Stone. Douglas later showed off his comedic chops in The War of the Roses, showcasing his acting range. Judging from his nuanced choices throughout the '80s, he'd fit well into the role of a charismatic thief-turned-hero like Ant-Man.598187Agree or disagree?
Harrison Ford would fit perfectly as the playboy-turned-superhero who ultimately pulls the Avengers together. Ford played almost every version of a science fiction and fantasy hero in the '80s, and he specialized in characters who give a grounded, human perspective on the unbelievable action around them. He has a solid grip on the sarcasm and humor it takes to play Tony Stark. Ford's gruff attitude would give an interesting wrinkle to the character, and if the '80s MCU wanted to explore the dark "Demon in a Bottle" storyline, Ford would be the go-to guy.745269Agree or disagree?
Vision is the oddest member of the Avengers. He was once a form of artificial intelligence that became a cosmically powered android and quickly evolved into a full-fledged superhero.Vision moves through the Avengers movies as someone who's figuring things out for the first time, which would be an ideal match for Jeff Goldblum's talents. The actor's alien-like ways were on full display in both The Fly and Earth Girls Are Easy, two movies that show how he can easily translate his strange magnetism to that of one of the most complicated characters in the Marvel Universe.651249Agree or disagree?
Michelle Pfeiffer was one of the top bombshells of the '80s, with a series of head-turning roles that showed audiences a different side of the actress every time she appeared in a movie. Whether being drawn into the orbit of a violent drug lord in Scarface or showing off her comedy chops in Married to the Mob or The Witches of Eastwick, Pfeiffer's performances carried weight and elegance. Though she eventually portrayed another comic book antihero, Catwoman, in 1992, she could have nailed the confidence and complexity of Black Widow.650249Agree or disagree?