Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Fancasting Book Characters with Characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

 **** This post will contain spoilers from Avengers: Endgame, Wandavision, and the novel Station Eleven  

Hello guys! So recently, I have gotten really into Marvel. For years I was a casual watcher of Marvel movies, mostly I was just into the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. However, my sister and I decided about a month ago to tackle the wider universe, and thus, my big interest in Marvel was born. I know now a lot more about the characters, and I have had so much fun watching all of the amazing content Disney Plus has been putting out. So, I thought it would be fun to put my love of books with my love of Marvel together, and fancast book characters as characters from the MCU! Basically, I would like to analyze which heroes/villains/in-betweens would be the best to portray these book characters in a movie or tv show. It's getting really fangirly up in here today, you've been warned. 

P.S. I read a lot of YA, so if I fancast an older Marvel character as a teenager, I am talking about a young version of the Marvel character playing that character. I can imagine that a lot of the energy these MCU characters have, started in youth. So, we're just going with hypotheticals here :) 

1. Percy Jackson (from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan)  played by: Peter Parker 

I just think Peter would be an awesome (teenaged Percy). Peter has got this amazing, youthful energy, and he also has a bit of the Percy Jackson look with the brunette hair. I can imagine Peter playing Percy really well when Percy is older in the Heroes of Olympus series, because while he still does have some wisdom, he is also very much chaotic and trying to figure life out. 

2. Circe (from Circe by Madeline Miller) played by: Wanda Maximoff 

Let's start with the obvious here in that they're both witches. I just think Wanda would have such fun playing Circe. I can imagine her really tapping into Circe imprisoning Odysseus's crew... for obvious reasons. They are both such powerful witches and have troubled pasts. Give me this collaboration. 

3. Achilles and Patroclus (from The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller) played by: Young Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes 

Stucky can relate to people erasing their chemistry, just as it happened with Achilles and Patroclus. I can see so many parallels between these two stories, that I think the young versions of these characters would play Achilles and Patroclus so well. Stucky would understand the complexity of fighting a war while also having such a close relationship, as well as the fact that Steve in particular is kind of like an Achilles character, an extremely powerful man with the weight of the world on his shoulders. 

4. The Darkling (from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo) played by: Loki 

A younger version of Loki could totally portray the Darkling. They are both extremely complex villains, who are incredibly cunning as well. Loki would definitely play up the Darkling's cleverness. I also think both have a similar aesthetic, which could really work. 

5. Kiera Johnson (from Slay by Brittney Morris ) played by: Shuri 

Shuri would be an amazing Kiera! They are both super smart and talented women with a knack for inventing and technology. Shuri would be able to play up Kiera's gaming smarts so well. This would be an awesome adaption. 

6. Miranda (from Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel) played by: Natasha Romanoff 

Miranda is this fiercely independent character, who has some extremely rough times and eventually carves out a path for herself. I see a lot of her in Natasha. Natasha, like most heroes, didn't have an easy go of it, but she is strong and capable of taking care of herself. Both Miranda and Natasha do end up with tragic endings, and both of them deserved better. Natasha would just understand Miranda. 

7. Thor (from the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan) played by: Thor 

This one is just for fun. Thor in The Magnus Chase series is kind of an idiot, he's all buff with no brains. While Thor from the MCU is definitely a different portrayal of the character, I'd like to think he would have fun playing this different version of himself. I mean, he does go through a rough patch in Avengers: Endgame after all. 

So that's my fancast! Do you agree/disagree with my picks? Which MCU character would you fancast in a book? 

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. Oh this is fun. This reminds me of an old feature called Fandom Mashups where the blogger (long gone I think) posts a scenario and we post 5 characters to tackle the situation. It was fun. :) I really like the Circe one. Especially after WandaVision I can TOTALLY see her messing with Odysseus and crew!

    Shuri too, and Stucky- excellent. :)

    Natasha/ Miranda sounds like a great one.

    1. That sounds like a cool post! It's always fun to imagine fictional characters connecting to other worlds. Haha, Wanda would be so chaotic in the Greek mythology world.

  2. Ha, I love this! And yes to Stucky as Achilles/Patroclus! Down to the 'such good friends' bad takes! XD <3

  3. YES! Loki as the Darkling is so perfect!
    Okay, so...I haven't heard Steve/Bucky referred to as "Stucky" before and I laughed SO HARD. Amazing. But yes, absolutely agree about them too.
    Such a fun post :)

    1. Yeah, when I heard that ship name I thought it was too brilliant. I know a popular ship now too is Sam Wilson and Bucky and I wonder if their ship name would be... Sucky? That's a bit of an unfortunate name lol!

    2. Ouch, yeah...maybe Barson? Bam? Wow, they have absolutely NO good ship names hahaha!

  4. Wow, I LOVED this post. I'm also a huge Marvel fan, I have been for years and I've read a lot of the comic books as well. But I've also read/heard of almost all of these books so it was the perfect bridge of my interests. YES, Loki would make a great Darkling! Something about a flair of style that they both have. And Shuri would make an interesting Keira since they're both so good with tech. Something tells me that an immortal sheep would be the perfect pet for MCU Thor too XD.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed this post :D Both Loki and the Darkling are extremely charismatic, not to mention that they both are a lot younger than they actually are, lol. It just makes sense.

    2. Sorry typo **they both look a lot younger than they actually are.