Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist. This week, we're looking at one of the most fun comics Marvel has published in years, Nick Spencer and Steve Leiber's The Superior Foes of Spider-Man.
This is a comic about villains, so we're going to need people who can play utter heels, but still remain likable and maybe even relateable. I've picked out some of the finest performers in the world for this dream movie, and as is tradition here on Cast Party, there may be a wrestler or two thrown in there where appropriate.
Seth Rollins as Boomerang
Seth Rollins is someone who is loyal to his friends, right until it's more convenient for him to go solo, and then he'll sell them out and stab them in the back at a moment's notice. He's perfect to play Boomerang, the so-called leader of the Superior Foes, who spends the entire series leaving his friends high and dry whenever danger looms.
Sasha Banks as The Beetle
The Beetle isn't necessarily an evil person, she just sees villainy as an easy way to the top, and she's willing to do anything to get there. The same can be said of Sasha Banks, who acts selfish and mean because it's the way to get ahead in WWE, but you can tell she's a good person from every time she puts on a killer match and shares the moment with her opponent.
Xavier Woods as The Shocker
Superior Foes' interpretation of The Shocker portrays him as first and foremost a coward, and he spends the majority of the series running away. Xavier Woods has spent the last year just as squirrelly, and his ability to emote is so top-notch that even The Shocker's trademark pineapple mask won't hide his look of sheer terror.
Jason Jordan as Overdrive
Overdrive is a surprisingly sympathetic character in Superior Foes of Spider-Man, one who fell backwards into being a villain even though all he wants is to be a superhero and best friends with Spider-Man. Jason Jordan is someone who no-one ever thought would be more than the guy that makes other guys look real good, but now he and his tag team partner Chad Gable are one of the best parts of NXT, and he's got the comedic timing to play someone as unlucky as Overdrive.
The Miz is a bonafide Hollywood star, at least he is if you ask him. He'd be perfect for Speed Demon, as they're both overconfident dweebs without a shred of self-awareness.
Apollo Crews is a threat in the ring, but at the same time always looks just so friendly and approachable, and he'd bring an innocent charm to Mach VII and Superior Foes' running gag of his wings always getting stuck in his surroundings.
Rusev is legitamitely one of the funniest people in WWE when given the chance, and he'd be perfect as the tough mob enforcer who is trying to shed the stereotype of his heritage, and who is also way too attached to his mob boss.
Paul Heyman as The Chameleon
The Chameleon shows up to harass Boomerang at the worst possible times, and is a very deliberate and focused kind of menacing. Paul Heyman is one of the best talkers in the 'biz, and could pull of the threatening demeanor of The Chameleon with ease.
Vincent K. McMahon as Silvio "Silvermane" Manfredi
Silvermane was the most powerful mob boss in New York, now reduced to a robot head attached to an RC car, so understandably, he's got a lot of anger built up. Vince McMahon is the billionaire boss of WWE who will never be satisfied, and is the perfect choice to have his head digitally attached to a toy jeep.
Daniel Day Lewis as The Owl
A role like Leland Owlsey requires someone with both grace and gravitas, something Daniel Day Lewis has proven to be a master of. Let's just hope he doesn't go full method and start eating rats.