With at least ten films based on Marvel comics to come in the next two years, the comics giant seems to have decided that the best way to defeat the Distinguished Competition is to swamp the market with their own product. The only flaw with this scheme is that there's only a finite number of actors in Hollywood. Sooner or later they're going to run out of potential cast members, especially if they keep needing a new Punisher every movie.
The solution to this diminishing pool of potential superheroes is clear: simply return to some of the less successful attempts to bring Marvel heroes to the big screen and harvest their casts for actors to give a second chance at heroics in capes and tights. While erstwhile Superman Brandon Routh's downsizing to play The Atom in various crossover TV series may be pretty unique as a DC star doubling up, it now seems pretty much the policy for Marvel.
Where will this end? Former Howard the Duck Chip Zien cropping up as Egghead in the new Ant-Man? Dolph Lundgren's giant Man-Thing? Or Eric Bana abandoning his 2-D performance as Bruce Banner to play 3-D Man?
Let's take a look at ten of the previous Marvel changeovers.