If there’s one thing that Marvel had to get right when it started building a cinematic universe, it’s was the casting. On that front, the studio has repeatedly succeeded.

From the inspired choice of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man all the way up to Tom Holland stepping in for Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, Marvel has rarely, if ever, made a misstep when casting its iconic characters.

But what if the MCU kicked off 20 years earlier?

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On Reddit this week, an Instagram photo made the rounds showing what The Avengers lineup might look like if it were being cast in the 1990s:


Is this a ridiculous exercise? Absolutely. Were there still some incredible adjustments suggested by Redditors in the comment? Of course there were.

Here’s IamSparticles suggestion for Iron Man:

“I’m not feeling Keanu as Tony Stark. I don’t really think he could pull off the cocky, eccentric playboy attitude. I’m thinking more along the lines of Charlie Sheen, but he may have been too busy imploding at the time. Maybe Val Kilmer. Or, god help us, Tom Cruise.”

Another edit from poohster33:

“In the 90s? Swap Eddie for Will Smith.”

And finally, brucetwarzen had had enough:

/r/geek is like a toilet.”

Happy Friday, everyone.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.