We’re still months away from getting Endgame, the fourth film in the Avengers franchise and possibly the final outing for some of its biggest stars. (It’s the last film Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans are contracted for.) And that kind of excitement can do funny things to the minds of big-time Marvel fans. Take a look at this meme, for instance, which asks a simple question we’d never before contemplated: If the films had been made in the ’90s, who would be part of the Avengers cast?
Someone put in some serious time crafting this meme. Check it out here:
The “real world” Avengers cast is today composed of some of the biggest names in Hollywood. And while that’s understandable, since the films are huge money-makers, many actors in the MCU were actually well-known and well-respected before they ever started portraying superheroes.
Robert Downey Jr. in particular was a big name in Hollywood, though the Iron Man and Avengers films acted as a sort of comeback for his career. Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) were already known as eye candy, but Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) were acclaimed actors before stepping into the spandex.
And as the films went on, the Avengers cast (and the casts of their orbiting films) got more and more A-list. Benedict Cumberbatch, Anthony Hopkins, Glenn Close, Angela Bassett, Kurt Russell and Jude Law are all actors that 10 years ago we would’ve never believed wanted to portray our favorite characters from the comic books.
But back to the ’90s version of the Avengers cast. It’s filled to the brim with big names from that era, from Clueless star Alicia Silverstone (as Scarlet Witch!) and The Fifth Element‘s Milla Jovovich (as Black Widow) to the generation’s hottest hunks: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Keanu Reeves, Christian Slater and Denzel Washington (as Captain America, Ironman, Doctor Strange, Hawkeye and Black Panther, respectively).
And some of the ’90s Avengers cast members on the meme just crack us up, like Joe Pesci as Rocket Raccoon (can you imagine?) and Eddie Murphy as Falcon (we’d definitely like to see that).