Marvel is making a lot of moves these days in their Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe. Two of this year’s biggest blockbusters were Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. The eagerly awaited sequel to the popular Avengers film by Joss Whedon will most definitely be an epic hit. All the other solo superhero movies involving Avengers teammates, like Thor and Iron Man, have been great successes, and now Disney/Marvel is branching out more than ever before with new films and television series.
Despite everything Marvel has done, I still have one wish that’s always on my mind… I wish that Sarah Michelle Gellar and Charles Fleischer would get cast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although both are completely different actors, with the way Marvel is spreading movie magic these days, there’s plenty of room for both of them to shine.
Let me start off by saying that Sarah Michelle Gellar is the first crush I ever had. Growing up as a child afraid of vampires, I dug the idea of a hot sassy blonde girl kicking their blood sucking asses back to hell in a cloud of dust. She even performed a good amount of her own stunts and took up martial arts to better suit herself for the role.
Since Sarah Michelle Gellar (or SMG as people who love acronyms call her) proved herself for seven years as the “can of whoop ass” that is opened upon demons, who doubts that she could play a role as a Marvel superhero? Plus she’s got Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and close friend, Joss Whedon, leading the Avengers in cinemas around the world, as well as the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC broadcast television.
Joss Whedon has even claimed he credits a great portion of the inspiration for the character of Buffy Summers to X-Men member Kitty Pryde, who this summer was played by Ellen Page and helped Wolverine pass his consciousness through time to save the future in the FOX/Marvel feature film entitled, X-Men: Days of Future Past. I think it’d be a great reunion if Sarah Michelle Gellar and Joss Whedon worked together in something outside of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Marvel world seems like the best possible place.
But whom should Sarah Michelle Gellar play? I think Sarah Michelle Gellar would be great as Ms. Marvel. For those of you who don’t know who Ms. Marvel is, she is a superhero that different women have donned the moniker of. I think SMG is primed to play the original Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers. In the Marvel universe, Carol Danvers is part human and part Kree (an alien race being depicted in theaters right now in Guardians of the Galaxy), but she wasn’t born part alien. Carol was first introduced in the 1960s as an officer in the United States Air Force where she met Dr. Walter Lawson, who is the human alias of the Kree superhero named Captain Marvel.
In classic comic book fashion, Captain Marvel attracts some bad guys from his own race, specifically the Kree military officer Yon-Rogg who has a deep hatred for Captain Marvel. Carol is thrown in the middle of the battle between Captain Marvel and Yon-Rogg. After being kidnapped, Carol is exposed to rays from the explosion of a Kree device. Sometime later, Carol Danvers reappears in her own self-titled series (in January of 1977) as the tough-girl superhero Ms. Marvel. The series reveals the energy exposure she received from the explosion of the Kree device has given her super powers. Ms. Marvel’s super powers consist of energy projection and absorption, flight, and superhuman strength, speed, and stamina.
On top of being totally kick-ass like SMG’s former role of Buffy Summers (and like SMG as well), SMG and Ms. Marvel bear a striking physical resemblance to each other, and Ms. Marvel has even been a member of the Avengers and has worked with S.H.I.E.L.D. (Hint-Hint: Joss Whedon)
Similar to Buffy Summers, Ms. Marvel’s personality has a blend of aggression and compassion. She beats down the baddies and makes sure that all of the victims are cool as cucumbers. These days she has even shed the title of Ms. Marvel and went for it all by taking over the role of Captain Marvel. Score one for feminism!
Next up is Charles Fleischer, best known as the voice of my favorite cartoon rabbit, Roger Rabbit. Fleischer has been credited with many different voice-acting roles in films such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Polar Express, and Rango. He has also had live action roles in productions like David Fincher’s masterpiece feature film entitled Zodiac, as well as, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Welcome Back Kotter.
On top of acting and doing extraordinary voice work, Charles Fleischer has also been a stand-up comic for a number of years. I remember seeing Funny People in theaters and hearing the audience gasp in surprise and laugh out loud because of his ability to change his voice so dramatically.
A fun fact about Mr. Fleischer is that he is a scientist, and he has written a very serious science paper about the nature of gamma ray bursts, which is available to read on the Cornell University Library website. I don’t know about you, but to me that makes it seem like he is more than ready to take on some baddies, or perhaps be a baddie in the Marvel cinematic universe.
It would be amazing if Charles Fleischer was cast as the Avengers’ and Guardians of the Galaxy’s crazed villain, Michael Korvac from Marvel Comics “The Korvac Saga”.
Korvac was once a human being named Michael Korvac. He was a computer technician born in the year 2997 but was later sent through time by the game-playing villain Grandmaster. Before he was sent through time, the alien organization known as the Brotherhood of Badoon caught Korvac sleeping at a machine while working. They then grated his upper body to a computer module capable of siphoning energy from nearly any source, thus making him a cyborg. Being a cyborg also means that he will need a much different sounding voice than a regular human being, and Charles Fleischer is a well proven talent to create that voice. After downloading information from Galactus’ ship, Korvac acquires the “Power Cosmic”, giving him the abilities of energy projection, matter alteration, teleportation, and the most God-like of all the power to manipulate time and space.
In his journeys, Korvac has battled the Guardians of the Galaxy as well as the Avengers. He has even made an appearance with a slightly different origin story in the animated television series entitled, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the episode called “Michael Korvac”, where he was voiced by Troy Baker. Being a well-known nemesis of both the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers, Korvac is a perfect villain to battle them in, dare I say, an Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy crossover film. Korvac even has his own comic book mini-series entitled the Korvac Saga, in which he combats both the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. With his uniquely talented vocal skills and a hairdo that already resembles Korvac’s, Charles Fleischer will prove to be a great choice to terrorize the Avengers and/or the Guardians of the Galaxy.
I also think that Charles Fleischer could play a good guy. Personally, I think he would be perfect as the crime-fighting hero with dumb luck, Frog-Man. Have you ever heard of Frog-Man? If you are thinking no, I’m not surprised. Frog-Man has had his own comic book issues but isn’t what you would call a largely popular character like Thor or Spider-Man, but it’s mainly because he’s more of a jokey superhero.
Frog-Man was born Eugene Patillo in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Vincent Patillo, was a super villain named Leap-Frog who mainly fought Daredevil and sometimes Spider-Man in an automated frog outfit. After not having much success against his foes, Vincent decided to go straight and raise a family. When his son Eugene got older, he made the choice to clear his father’s name by wearing the Leap-Frog costume his father once wore as a criminal, however Eugene used it to become the crime fighter named Frog-Man.
Frog-Man’s suit allows him to jump and leap at great distances, and the padding of the suit ensures his safety when bouncing from object to object. Not knowing how to use the suit properly, Frog-Man’s success in crime fighting mainly comes from dumb luck by bouncing like a lunatic into villains and knocking them out. His main adversaries are White Rabbit and the Walrus. White Rabbit is a woman with an obsession with Alice in Wonderland and fights with giant robotic rabbits and other fun things like razor tipped carrots. The Walrus has powers like tough skin and BARELY superhuman strength. He’s great at crossword puzzles and marvels enemies with his dimwittedness by making them laugh hysterically. Other super villains laugh at both the White Rabbit’s and the Walrus’ offers to team up.
I don’t know about you, but a hilarious superhero character like this sounds like a great role for Charles Fleischer. It would be great fun to see these comic characters in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and/or the new Netflix Daredevil television series, which will also be taking place in the same Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, I think the rest of the world has made it clear that we’re ready for some less serious superhero movies. Plus there is really no indication of how Frog-Man’s voice sounds when is he is wearing his costume. I think it would be awesome if Charles Fleischer went total Batman on us when the costume is on, but instead of sounding like somebody chain smokes cigarettes full of coal, it’d be great if he sounded like a human frog, and Charles Fleischer is just the guy to make that funny new iconic voice happen.
There you have it: two completely different actors that I think should share a spot of their own in the Marvel cinematic universe. Marvel is making moves left and right these past few years in cinema and television. They are trying things we’ve never quite seen before, even by bringing out a less popular comic book series like Guardians of the Galaxy to theaters and making it a success. So Disney/Marvel, please grant my wish and give Sarah Michelle Gellar and Charles Fleischer a place in your growing cinematic universe.
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- Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiers Tuesday, September 23rd 2014 at 9pm.
- Avengers Age of Ultron premiers May 1st 2015
- Ant-Man premiers July 17th 2015
- Marvel’s Daredevil (on Netflix) premiers in 2015
We will be watching the excitement with you!
- Kevin Donaldson
Hailing from Northern New Jersey, Kevin Donaldson came to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming a screenwriter. At comedy clubs across New York City, Kevin has performed stand-up comedy with his improv group Boy Stuff. Kevin graduated from the Ramapo College of New Jersey, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration in writing.