Joss Whedon is reportedly in final negotiations to direct “The Avengers.” Over the years, several superheroes have passed through the halls of Avengers Mansion. Likewise, several different actors have gone through the Whedonverse — and we all know how Whedon likes to utilize those same actors time and time again.
You can see where this is going, can’t you?
Let’s have some fun here — if Whedon were to call upon some of his old friends to fight alongside the core Avengers, he could certainly assemble a worse squad than this!
David Boreanaz as Hank Pym
Hank Pym is a brilliant scientist capable of unfathomable rage, a balance that “Angel” leading man David Boreanaz could handle with ease. Under Whedon’s supervision, Boreanaz regularly flipped the switch between Angel the charismatic vampire hero and Angelus the crazy vampire sadist — there’s no question that he could bring out those character flaws again in Whedon’s vision of “The Avengers.”
Amy Acker as The Wasp
If Boreanaz played Pym, it would follow that Sarah Michelle Gellar would portray Janet Van Dyne, the size-changing Avenger known as The Wasp — but I think the role is actually better suited for Amy Acker based on the variety of characters she’s played under Whedon’s leadership, particularly Whiskey on “Dollhouse.” Acker’s character was at once a sympathetic sweetheart, a battered victim and a thorough badass. If she can conjure up that same combination for Wasp, she would be a perfect fit for the role.
Nathan Fillion as Hawkeye
Although he would have made for a wonderful Hal Jordan in “Green Lantern,” Nathan Fillion could do equally well as Hawkeye, the Avengers’ eagle-eyed archer. Fillion has all of the swagger and charisma you could possibly want out of Clint Barton — heck, he practically perfected the role as Mal Reynolds in “Firefly” and “Serenity.” Honestly, I can’t see Fillion missing the mark if cast as Clint.
Anthony Stewart Head as Vision
I imagine that any Marvel Studios version of Vision would require significant motion capture and computer generated effects. If that’s the case, I think that Anthony Stewart Head, who delivered a memorable turn as Rupert Giles on “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” would be a perfect fit for Vision’s voice and even his physical likeness. He spent several years providing vampire intelligence to Buffy and her pals — there’s no reason he can’t perform the same function as the Avengers’ resident android!
Alan Tudyk & Eliza Dushku as Quicksilver & The Scarlet Witch
Although it’s tempting to go with the obvious James Marsters and Sarah Michelle Gellar combination on this one, don’t be so quick to look past Alan Tudyk and Eliza Dushku. These two had a very bizarre, almost incestuous-feeling relationship as Alpha and Echo on “Dollhouse” — and, well, that’s pretty much exactly what you want out of Pietro and Wanda.
Get in on the fun, Whedonites — which Whedon favorites would you cast as Avengers? Let us know your picks in the comments and on Twitter!