Actors Who Lost Their Chance To Become MCU Superhero

Casting is a vital part of making any film, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe has managed to bag some amazing actors to make their movies fantastic. However, they had to consider several different people for the most important roles. Can you imagine anyone besides Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man? Let’s find out which stars almost entered this massive franchise.


The character has had a tough time making it on its own on the big screen. Eric Bana played Bruce Banner in 2003's ‘Hulk’, while Edward Norton was the original Hulk of the MCU in 2008 with ‘The Incredible Hulk’. Mark Ruffalo became the best version of the character in 'The Avengers', but some people don’t know that the audition for the green smasher had a lot of competition.

Before Norton got the part for the 2008 version, the director wanted Ruffalo, but David Duchovny had been offered the part as well. So, why didn’t they chose Mark since the beginning? It was all about popularity. They needed someone more well-known to popularize the character, and Edward Norton from ‘Fight Club’ and ‘American History X’ was a huge star.

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Joaquin Phoenix will be joining the world of superheroes with his upcoming movie ‘Joker’, but he was actually invited to audition for the role of Doctor Strange. Of course, Phoenix is not the most recognized celebrity as he has no social media presence, and being part of the Avengers means having to participate in a lot of publicity.

Additionally, he would have to commit to years of playing one character, and it seems pretty odd that the casting crew thought Joaquin would be a great choice. Phoenix did not feel that Stephen Strange was the role for him, but he explained that he was not a snob and stated that he likes Marvel movies. In the end, everyone is satisfied because Benedict Cumberbatch has done an amazing job.


You might find it surprising but Blunt was in the race for the character of Natasha Romanoff and miles ahead of Scarlett Johansson. However, the deal fell through because the actress had a scheduling conflict due to another film: Jack Black’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. However, it was not that she chose that movie over Marvel.

After her appearance in ‘The Devil Wear’s Prada’, Emily was contractually obligated to appear in any 20th Century Fox feature. However, Emily once said that she was glad that she did not become an Avenger because female characters were often overshadowed. Luckily, the MCU has taken a new direction, and girls are finally taking the lead in their films.

She might be a bit disappointed right now. The same situation arose when she was offered the role of Peggy Carter in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’. But, her career is doing great with major films like ‘A Quiet Place’ and ‘Mary Poppins Returns’. Her husband, John Krasinski, was even offered the role of Captain America.


The amazing Kurt Russell landed the role of Peter Quill’s father in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’, but director James Gunn really wanted McConaughey for the part in the beginning. It’s hard to tell why he wanted the relaxed actor in the part, but Matthew turned down the offer. He chose to appear in Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’ instead, which was a massive failure.


Rocket and Nebula were the only survivors of the Decimation, and they joined the Avengers to save the world with the Time Heist. Bradley Cooper is the voice of Rocket, but Sandler and Carey were offered to join the MCU as either Rocket or Groot. Jim refused to focus on ‘Kick-Ass 2’, and the roles went to Cooper and Vin Diesel.


As mentioned, no fan in the world can imagine anyone other than Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, and some people think that he should win a special honor for his role. However, according to stories, Cruise almost landed the part, but the actor denied the rumors and even said that he cannot picture anyone else.

‘Iron Man’ director Jon Favreau wanted Downey Jr. since the beginning because he thought the actor was similar to Tony. Sam Rockwell auditioned for the part as well, and Favreau was impressed, but he was not better than Robert. Sam eventually landed the role of Justin Hammer in ‘Iron Man 2’.


Before Tobey Maguire landed the role of Peter Parker in the first movie version of the character, Dicaprio was asked to audition. He allegedly turned down the offer and said that they should consider Maguire, who was his close friend. However, Tobey was apparently injured right before shooting for the sequel began, and he refused to do most of the stunt scenes.

The studio started considering Gyllenhaal to replace him, and Tobey had to change his stance on the matter. This was even before the MCU. Luckily, Gyllenhaal will enter the franchise very soon with the premiere of ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ in the role of Mysterio. Our new Spider-Man, Tom Holland, is the perfect Peter Parker in most fans minds nowadays.

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Many big actors were considered for the part of Drax the Destroyer in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, and Dave Bautista, a retired wrestler, landed the role. While we love him, another big star could have joined the MCU. You might recognize him now as Aquaman or Khal Drogo from ‘Game of Thrones’: Jason Momoa. However, the actor did not want to play another similar big-guy role and turned it down.

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According to several internet rumors, the current James Bond was once considered for the part of Thor. A reporter once asked him if he was planning to play a new role like Thor, and he laughed, adding that he was in negotiations with the MCU. However, fans went crazy because they thought the actor was too old for the part. Fortunately, it was a joke. He said,

“I have no idea about Thor. I was just having a joke!”

We wonder if things might have gone differently with some of these actors in the title roles. Let us know what you think of someone else playing Iron Man or Black Widow. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who loved ‘Avengers: Endgame’. See you next time!

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