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Marvel Movie Ranks Swell With New Castings

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Tommy Lee Jones and James McAvoy have been cast in the new Captain America and X-Men movies.

New actors have been cast for Captain America: First Avenger and X-Men: First Class, just two of the plethora of superhero movies scheduled for release next year.

Tommy Lee Jones has been cast in a currently unknown part in the Captain America movie, although rumors suggest he will be playing General Chester Phillips, who chose Steve Rogers for the test that turned him into Captain America, and subsequently helped train him. Lee Jones previous foray into comic book movies was as Two-Face in Batman Forever.

On the X-Men front, Wanted star James McAvoy has been cast as Charles Xavier, better known as Professor X, in X-Men: First Class, which depicts the early days of the X-Men, and is being produced by Bryan Singer, who helmed the first two X-Men movies and directed by Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn.

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Batman forever? Ouch, not a good start. And I think they should of recast Patrick Stuart has Charles Xavier, he was him in the last 4 movies.

I might be one of the few people who liked Wanted (didn't like the comic though), but I'm having trouble seeing James McAvoy as Xavier... Here's to hoping I'll be pleasantly surprised.

Tommy Lee Jones in Captain America has my complete support though.

One thing. "Captain America: First Avenger"? Cap is neither a founding member of the Avengers, nor the oldest living Avenger. How exactly then is he the "first Avenger"? I don't get it...

Eh woot?

Thought James Mcavoy...cool

probably as Nightcrawler, Longshot, Iceman or one of the younger X-men, but Prof X??

Isn't Singer only producing X-Men: First Class? I was under the impression that Matthew Vaughn was directing...

They couldn't get Patrick Stewart as Xavier? I'm a sad panda :(

But Tommy Lee Jones in Captain America sounds awesome.

You know, technically "Men in Black" is also a foray into comic book movies for Tommy Lee Jones.

Captain America is probaly one of the most iconic superheroes for me. Even when I am not an USA resident, he's fun to look up too.

Kmadden2004:
Isn't Singer only producing X-Men: First Class? I was under the impression that Matthew Vaughn was directing...

Yes, you're right. Well, spotted :)

Hang on. Back the fun bus up a bit.

You mean to tell me that this:

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Is playing this?:

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Well fuck you too, Hollywood.

Hurr Durr Derp:
I might be one of the few people who liked Wanted (didn't like the comic though), but I'm having trouble seeing James McAvoy as Xavier... Here's to hoping I'll be pleasantly surprised.

Tommy Lee Jones in Captain America has my complete support though.

One thing. "Captain America: First Avenger"? Cap is neither a founding member of the Avengers, nor the oldest living Avenger. How exactly then is he the "first Avenger"? I don't get it...

Well probably cause Cap's 'career' began in WWII. And then he joined the Avengers. So, from a point of view, he was the 1st of the bunch.

As for Jones, he was a good choice. Batman Forever wasn't his fault. Having that kid play Professor X feels kind of weird. But hey, so did when Ledger was announced as the Joker.

Scrythe:
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In all honesty, he is supposed to play a younger version of Professor X (if IMDB is to be believed). I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt (although his performance in Wanted wasn't exactly stellar).

Scrythe:

Hang on. Back the fun bus up a bit.

You mean to tell me that this:

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Is playing this?:

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Well fuck you too, Hollywood.

Yeah, I'm having trouble racking my brain around this one.

katsabas:

Hurr Durr Derp:
I might be one of the few people who liked Wanted (didn't like the comic though), but I'm having trouble seeing James McAvoy as Xavier... Here's to hoping I'll be pleasantly surprised.

Tommy Lee Jones in Captain America has my complete support though.

One thing. "Captain America: First Avenger"? Cap is neither a founding member of the Avengers, nor the oldest living Avenger. How exactly then is he the "first Avenger"? I don't get it...

Well probably cause Cap's 'career' began in WWII. And then he joined the Avengers. So, from a point of view, he was the 1st of the bunch.

You mean in real-world chronology? Yeah you're right, I hadn't considered that. He's been around since the 1940s and the other Avengers were all created in the early 60s. It doesn't make sense from an in-universe perspective, but I suppose it could have more to do with when the comics appeared than with how it happened in the stories.

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katsabas:

Hurr Durr Derp:
I might be one of the few people who liked Wanted (didn't like the comic though), but I'm having trouble seeing James McAvoy as Xavier... Here's to hoping I'll be pleasantly surprised.

Tommy Lee Jones in Captain America has my complete support though.

One thing. "Captain America: First Avenger"? Cap is neither a founding member of the Avengers, nor the oldest living Avenger. How exactly then is he the "first Avenger"? I don't get it...

Well probably cause Cap's 'career' began in WWII. And then he joined the Avengers. So, from a point of view, he was the 1st of the bunch.

You mean in real-world chronology? Yeah you're right, I hadn't considered that. He's been around since the 1940s and the other Avengers were all created in the early 60s. It doesn't make sense from an in-universe perspective, but I suppose it could have more to do with when the comics appeared than with how it happened in the stories.

No, He was made into a super soldier to fight IN WWII, he was then lost by being frozen in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. He was later found again and thawed out.
There is a lot more to this then what I have been able to say, but in a nutshell... he is older.
http://marvel.wikia.com/Captain_America_%28Steven_Rogers%29

Milo Windby:

Hurr Durr Derp:

katsabas:

Hurr Durr Derp:
I might be one of the few people who liked Wanted (didn't like the comic though), but I'm having trouble seeing James McAvoy as Xavier... Here's to hoping I'll be pleasantly surprised.

Tommy Lee Jones in Captain America has my complete support though.

One thing. "Captain America: First Avenger"? Cap is neither a founding member of the Avengers, nor the oldest living Avenger. How exactly then is he the "first Avenger"? I don't get it...

Well probably cause Cap's 'career' began in WWII. And then he joined the Avengers. So, from a point of view, he was the 1st of the bunch.

You mean in real-world chronology? Yeah you're right, I hadn't considered that. He's been around since the 1940s and the other Avengers were all created in the early 60s. It doesn't make sense from an in-universe perspective, but I suppose it could have more to do with when the comics appeared than with how it happened in the stories.

No, He was made into a super soldier to fight IN WWII, he was then lost by being frozen in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. He was later found again and thawed out.
There is a lot more to this then what I have been able to say, but in a nutshell... he is older.

Older than Thor?

Who is, y'know, an ancient deity?

ultimateownage:
Batman forever? Ouch, not a good start. And I think they should of recast Patrick Stuart has Charles Xavier, he was him in the last 4 movies.

Thing is, this is about the early days of the X-Men, which includes the younger days of Charles Xavier. Since Xavier is Scottish anyway in the Marvel Universe, and McAvoy is actually a very talented young actor, from Scotland, with a string of high-profile successes under his belt (including but not limited to Atonement, The Last King Of Scotland, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, and Wimbledon), I think this is a very sensible, and very good, casting. We can't really have Patrick Stewart coming back to play a guy in his late twenties/early thirties now, can we?

As for Tommy Lee Jones, he also has a great track record and he's another well-versed and talented actor. Can anyone here honestly say they didn't enjoy seeing him in Men In Black, for instance? No, I think these are two great casting ideas, and I'm glad to see them. If anything they've made me even more eager for these films, and I was eager enough in the first place :D

EDIT: Okay, just saw on Wikipedia that Xavier isn't Scottish after all, but was from New York City. That said, he spent a lot of time in England and Scotland, having studied at Oxford and getting engaged to a Scottish woman, as well as time in other places such as Asia. So I guess it makes a bit of sense that Xavier could have a Scottish accent, though I dare say they'll probably give McAvoy voice training in US accents instead. Still, I still think he's a good choice for the role.

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Milo Windby:

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katsabas:

Hurr Durr Derp:
I might be one of the few people who liked Wanted (didn't like the comic though), but I'm having trouble seeing James McAvoy as Xavier... Here's to hoping I'll be pleasantly surprised.

Tommy Lee Jones in Captain America has my complete support though.

One thing. "Captain America: First Avenger"? Cap is neither a founding member of the Avengers, nor the oldest living Avenger. How exactly then is he the "first Avenger"? I don't get it...

Well probably cause Cap's 'career' began in WWII. And then he joined the Avengers. So, from a point of view, he was the 1st of the bunch.

You mean in real-world chronology? Yeah you're right, I hadn't considered that. He's been around since the 1940s and the other Avengers were all created in the early 60s. It doesn't make sense from an in-universe perspective, but I suppose it could have more to do with when the comics appeared than with how it happened in the stories.

No, He was made into a super soldier to fight IN WWII, he was then lost by being frozen in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. He was later found again and thawed out.
There is a lot more to this then what I have been able to say, but in a nutshell... he is older.

Older than Thor?

Who is, y'know, an ancient deity?

Should Thor even be counted as Older or younger?
I mean, he is a deity and there for not even mortal.
(Ok, I admit... I'm pulling that out of my a**, Thor would be Older... and taking a look, it would seem it was Ant-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Wasp who made up the first avengers... Though they all joined at the same time.
Either way, Hollywood tends to do this alot... changing something around to fit its own needs.)

As much as I love James McAvoy, he looks nothing like Stuart. Maybe it'll look better if he's bald.

ultimateownage:
Batman forever? Ouch, not a good start. And I think they should of recast Patrick Stuart has Charles Xavier, he was him in the last 4 movies.

"...in X-Men: First Class, which depicts the early days of the X-Men..."

Patrick Stuart can't play a thirty-something Prof. X

Milo Windby:

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Milo Windby:

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katsabas:

Hurr Durr Derp:
I might be one of the few people who liked Wanted (didn't like the comic though), but I'm having trouble seeing James McAvoy as Xavier... Here's to hoping I'll be pleasantly surprised.

Tommy Lee Jones in Captain America has my complete support though.

One thing. "Captain America: First Avenger"? Cap is neither a founding member of the Avengers, nor the oldest living Avenger. How exactly then is he the "first Avenger"? I don't get it...

Well probably cause Cap's 'career' began in WWII. And then he joined the Avengers. So, from a point of view, he was the 1st of the bunch.

You mean in real-world chronology? Yeah you're right, I hadn't considered that. He's been around since the 1940s and the other Avengers were all created in the early 60s. It doesn't make sense from an in-universe perspective, but I suppose it could have more to do with when the comics appeared than with how it happened in the stories.

No, He was made into a super soldier to fight IN WWII, he was then lost by being frozen in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. He was later found again and thawed out.
There is a lot more to this then what I have been able to say, but in a nutshell... he is older.

Older than Thor?

Who is, y'know, an ancient deity?

Should Thor even be counted as Older or younger?
I mean, he is a deity and there for not even mortal.
(Ok, I admit... I'm pulling that out of my a**, Thor would be Older... and taking a look, it would seem it was Ant-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Wasp who made up the first avengers... Though they all joined at the same time.
Either way, Hollywood tends to do this alot... changing something around to fit its own needs.)

Yeah that was kinda my point. It's weird calling him the "first Avenger", when he wasn't the first. The only thing that sorta fits is that the Captain America comics have been around since the 40s, while the founding members of the Avengers were created in the 60s. But I guess the most logical explanation would be that Hollywood just changed it so he really is the first Avenger. Not that that would necessarily be such a bad thing.

They'll have to shave McAvoy though ;)

I hope they show how Xavier got crippled, I always wanted to see that in the movies, and since he's standing at the end of Origins:Wolverine, I think they might just clear that up. (I know, the comics did it with aliens, but I hated that...)

I may not have known much about Professor Xavier or any of these actors, but just reading through the comments has fixed this.

A big reason to why I love the Escapist.

Iron Man, easy, Hulk, doable.

But how the hell are they going to make this guy badass?

Why is Nathan Fillion not cast in any of these? I don't understand.

X-men first class could either go really well or REALLY bad. The comic book series was really sweet, I really enjoyed a much less complicated approach on X-men.

I really can't say I have a problem with the concept of teenage superherosim, as long as it's done in good taste, which sadly, is kind of hard to imagine. But then again, it was done really well in Kick Ass so who knows. Does anybody know who's writing the script?

I'll remain carefully optimistic until we get more details.

Sebz:
You know, technically "Men in Black" is also a foray into comic book movies for Tommy Lee Jones.

Nice first post, welcome to the escapist, we hope you enjoy your stay, don't go into the basement.

Trivun:

ultimateownage:
Batman forever? Ouch, not a good start. And I think they should of recast Patrick Stuart has Charles Xavier, he was him in the last 4 movies.

Thing is, this is about the early days of the X-Men, which includes the younger days of Charles Xavier. Since Xavier is Scottish anyway in the Marvel Universe, and McAvoy is actually a very talented young actor, from Scotland, with a string of high-profile successes under his belt (including but not limited to Atonement, The Last King Of Scotland, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, and Wimbledon), I think this is a very sensible, and very good, casting. We can't really have Patrick Stewart coming back to play a guy in his late twenties/early thirties now, can we?

Sparrow:
As much as I love James McAvoy, he looks nothing like Stuart. Maybe it'll look better if he's bald.

ultimateownage:
Batman forever? Ouch, not a good start. And I think they should of recast Patrick Stuart has Charles Xavier, he was him in the last 4 movies.

"...in X-Men: First Class, which depicts the early days of the X-Men..."

Patrick Stuart can't play a thirty-something Prof. X

My bad, the fact that this was set earlier than the others just slipped my mind.

There is a rumour that Nathan Fillion will be starring in the smaller budget avengers film Ant Man, directed by Sean of the Dead director Edgar Wright.

Someone shoop some baldness onto Macavoy for me, please.

Tommy Lee Jones is a good actor, should be good to see him in Captain America.

ultimateownage:
Batman forever? Ouch, not a good start. And I think they should of recast Patrick Stuart has Charles Xavier, he was him in the last 4 movies.

I liked Batman forever it was wacky fun.

I agree Patrick Stuart would be great but i guess it will be younger Xavier and since Mr Stuart is now 69(dosn't look might i add) he might not be suitable. But if James McAvoy dosn't sound a little like Patrick Stuart i will condemn the film, it's all about the voice.

My thought about X-men: 1st Class or whatever they're calling it is that it better not include Wolverine. Screw that guy. He ruined three perfectly good X-men films already.

Wait...what? Professor X was -that- young in that time period?

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Milo Windby:

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Milo Windby:

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katsabas:

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I might be one of the few people who liked Wanted (didn't like the comic though), but I'm having trouble seeing James McAvoy as Xavier... Here's to hoping I'll be pleasantly surprised.

Tommy Lee Jones in Captain America has my complete support though.

One thing. "Captain America: First Avenger"? Cap is neither a founding member of the Avengers, nor the oldest living Avenger. How exactly then is he the "first Avenger"? I don't get it...

Well probably cause Cap's 'career' began in WWII. And then he joined the Avengers. So, from a point of view, he was the 1st of the bunch.

You mean in real-world chronology? Yeah you're right, I hadn't considered that. He's been around since the 1940s and the other Avengers were all created in the early 60s. It doesn't make sense from an in-universe perspective, but I suppose it could have more to do with when the comics appeared than with how it happened in the stories.

No, He was made into a super soldier to fight IN WWII, he was then lost by being frozen in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. He was later found again and thawed out.
There is a lot more to this then what I have been able to say, but in a nutshell... he is older.

Older than Thor?

Who is, y'know, an ancient deity?

Should Thor even be counted as Older or younger?
I mean, he is a deity and there for not even mortal.
(Ok, I admit... I'm pulling that out of my a**, Thor would be Older... and taking a look, it would seem it was Ant-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Wasp who made up the first avengers... Though they all joined at the same time.
Either way, Hollywood tends to do this alot... changing something around to fit its own needs.)

Yeah that was kinda my point. It's weird calling him the "first Avenger", when he wasn't the first. The only thing that sorta fits is that the Captain America comics have been around since the 40s, while the founding members of the Avengers were created in the 60s. But I guess the most logical explanation would be that Hollywood just changed it so he really is the first Avenger. Not that that would necessarily be such a bad thing.

Well, it seems that at the end of the day, when one says Avengers, most people think of Cap. It was a metter of taste (cause if you ask me, Avengers always was about the big 3). I think the title is how it is because of that. Also, yeah, Thor is the oldest in age. I recall some comics about his childhood but again, I do not know if the time in Asgard flows the same as in Midgard (earth).

I can't exactly imagine him as Professor X but it's supposed to be his younger version so I'll leave the judgement for after I've seen him play the role.

Tommy Lee Jones? Now im certainly shocked by that announcement...well, lets hope it will turn out epic

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Milo Windby:

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Milo Windby:

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katsabas:

Hurr Durr Derp:
I might be one of the few people who liked Wanted (didn't like the comic though), but I'm having trouble seeing James McAvoy as Xavier... Here's to hoping I'll be pleasantly surprised.

Tommy Lee Jones in Captain America has my complete support though.

One thing. "Captain America: First Avenger"? Cap is neither a founding member of the Avengers, nor the oldest living Avenger. How exactly then is he the "first Avenger"? I don't get it...

Well probably cause Cap's 'career' began in WWII. And then he joined the Avengers. So, from a point of view, he was the 1st of the bunch.

You mean in real-world chronology? Yeah you're right, I hadn't considered that. He's been around since the 1940s and the other Avengers were all created in the early 60s. It doesn't make sense from an in-universe perspective, but I suppose it could have more to do with when the comics appeared than with how it happened in the stories.

No, He was made into a super soldier to fight IN WWII, he was then lost by being frozen in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. He was later found again and thawed out.
There is a lot more to this then what I have been able to say, but in a nutshell... he is older.

Older than Thor?

Who is, y'know, an ancient deity?

Should Thor even be counted as Older or younger?
I mean, he is a deity and there for not even mortal.
(Ok, I admit... I'm pulling that out of my a**, Thor would be Older... and taking a look, it would seem it was Ant-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Wasp who made up the first avengers... Though they all joined at the same time.
Either way, Hollywood tends to do this alot... changing something around to fit its own needs.)

Yeah that was kinda my point. It's weird calling him the "first Avenger", when he wasn't the first. The only thing that sorta fits is that the Captain America comics have been around since the 40s, while the founding members of the Avengers were created in the 60s. But I guess the most logical explanation would be that Hollywood just changed it so he really is the first Avenger. Not that that would necessarily be such a bad thing.

I completely agree with you, the 'first avenger' subtitle really doesn't make sense, in any way. What bothers me even more is that Hulk, actually one of the first avengers, is getting close to no screenplay in the upcoming movies.

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