by Brett White
All it takes is a simple trip to a Marvel movie set to ignite a bajillion rumors. "Lone Ranger" star Armie Hammer was spotted on the "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" set recently, and Screen Rant had to ask him if there was any specific reason behind his visit. Hammer's response was goofily awkward, and didn't do a whole lot to dispell the rumors that he had popped by the set with "Ant-Man" director Edgar Wright in tow.
Edgar Wright, though, had this to say:
But... I haven't been on the Cap 2 set...— edgarwright (@edgarwright) June 25, 2013
Or met Mr. Hammer...— edgarwright (@edgarwright) June 25, 2013
But what if Armie Hammer tackled a Marvel hero after this summer's wild west hero? Who would he play? Who should he play? Here are five roles we'd like to see him fill.
This is the primary role in question, specifically because it's the only announced solo Marvel movie that has yet to find its leading man. The false rumors that Hammer visited the set with Wright only helped fuel that fire. But would Hammer, known for playing upper-crust twins in "The Social Network" and a charismatic gunslinger in "The Lone Ranger," be able to pull off either of the two Ant-Man, the scientist Henry Pym or the down on his luck Scott Lang? Possibly, but it seems like a stretch.
What if Tony Stark studied martial arts instead of engineering? Danny Rand is another billionaire/playboy/philanthropist, which seems right up Armie's alley. After harnessing the power of the Iron Fist, Rand goes on to fight crime with his partner Luke Cage. Armie bears a strong resemblance to Rand, and could pull of the character's sarcastic charm with ease.
Yeah, this would involve a bit of makeup and hair dye, but Hammer has nailed the stuck-up intensity needed to bring the arrogant underwater ruler to life. Plus, Namor has to be good looking. And not movie star good looking, wherein literally everyone in every shot was awarded "Prettiest" in high school, but an even higher level of good looking. Namor turns heads when he enters a room because of his personality (and wearing nothing but a green Speedo helps), and Armie has the looks and charm to make that happen.
Wendell Vaughn went from a security guard to the protector of the universe, the powerful hero known as Quasar. Quasar's always hung back a bit in Marvel's cosmic adventures, taking a backseat to heavier hitters like Nova and Silver Surfer. Armie Hammer would be able to make the role his own, and could draw attention to a bit player like Quasar even in the midst of the soon-to-be-popular members of the Guardians of the Galaxy. With Marvel going cosmic, maybe Armie will too.
Yeah, we've suggested the Hollywood superhero before as possible roles for both Dwayne Johnson and Lee Pace. Well guess what? We're doing it again. As one of the few superheroes who is also a celebrity by choice in his spare time, Simon Williams has to look and carry himself like a movie star. Armie can do that and then some. Plus, Hammer's 6'5"! He should be playing a character with an imposing physicality, and Wonder Man is that!
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