Top 25 Best Comic Book Casting Choices: Part 3

My list of the Top 25 Comic Book Casting Choices continues with five more picks.

At Number 15: Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow
After making a lackluster first impression in her first appearance as Black Widow in Iron Man 2, Scarlett Johansson was able make the role her own The Avengers, which is largely thanks to Joss Whedon's masterful direction and writing, showing that a lowly human can match wits and fists with Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Scarlett continued to impress as Natasha Romanoff in this year's near perfect, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now, when is she going to get the movie of her own?!

At Number 14: Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man
Despite receiving a ton of hate, Tobey Maguire is a truly spectacular Spider-Man and Peter Parker. While his performance suffered in Spider-Man 3, that was more due to Raimi jumping the shark than Maguire's performance. Admittedly, Andrew Garfield is the best Spider-Man, but Maguire did look and play the awkward nerd aspect of the character perfectly. A lot of people criticize him for whining too much, but my comeback to that is: if someone murdered your father figure and you are partially responsible for it, would you do any better? I think not. 

At Number 13: James McAvoy as Charles Xavier 
When trying to replace the iconic bald head of Patrick Stewart, you have quite a momentous task ahead of you, and James McAvoy somehow managed to pull it off. McAvoy played up the leader of men, or rather mutants, charisma of the character, while also showing how Xavier was a fun guy before it all went down. However, it is his recent Oscar worthy turn as Xavier in Days of Future Past that shot McAvoy from the bottom of the list to near the top.

At Number 12: Ian McKellan as Magneto
Ian McKellan brought a lot of gravitas to, quite possibly, the best comic book villain of all-time, Magneto. Like the comics, McKellan's version of Magneto is not particularly evil; he only wants what is best for the species, which can result in some evil deeds. McKellan's veteran presence turned out to be the perfect counter to Stewart's equally apt performance as Professor X.

At Number 11: Patrick Stewart as Professor X
Yet another case when the character is ripped straight from the pages of the comic, Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier both looked and acted the part. Just as McKellan gave his role gravitas, so did Patrick Stewart Is there anything more that needs to be said? He embodies the character!

Please comment below and let me know what you think of my choices.

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