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26 Famous Actors Who Turned Down Marvel Universe Roles

Earlier than the Marvel Universe began pumping out films yearly, it used to only be a comic book e-book collection that everybody beloved. The primary ever Marvel comedian guide was launched in October of 1939. That was a very long time in the past!

Relating to films although, some would argue that the primary Marvel image was the 1944 Captain America film, whereas others would argue that Marvel didn’t actually break floor with blockbuster hits till 98 when Blade was first launched.

Both means, because the late ’90s, early ’00s, we’ve watched as actors like Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman, Robert Downey Jr., and Scarlet Johansson have performed in a few of our favourite Marvel films. We might by no means think about anybody else filling their roles. A few of these actors have been enjoying as these roles for a century now. Loopy proper?

However, fact of the matter is, if the individuals behind casting would have gotten their methods, loads of the roles we grew up loving would have been performed by utterly totally different individuals.

Roles comparable to Wolverine, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, and Physician Unusual might have all be performed by totally different actors. Might you think about another person enjoying the position of Wolverine, aside from Hugh Jackman? He was made for that position.

Listed here are 26 actors who have been picked to play Marvel roles however turned them down.

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26 Similar Factor, Totally different Half

When Jason Momoa first received invited to play a superhero position, he turned it down. Earlier than Dave Bautista was casted as Drax the Destroyer within the film Guardians of the Galaxy, Jason Momoa received provided the position. Jason discovered the position to love all the opposite characters he has portrayed and determined to show it down.

“I’ve achieved so many issues the place I do not say a lot, and I am coloured up and I’ve my shirt off once more,” he stated.

DC Universe should have executed a greater job wooing him since not lengthy after he acquired casted for the position of Aquaman.

25 One thing Extra Fascinating

Everybody can admit that Chris Pratt was made for the position of Peter Quill, a.okay.a. Star Lord. There isn’t any doubt about it, however, Chris Pratt wasn’t the studio’s first selection.

In line with screenrant.com, Joseph Gordan-Levitt was the studio’s first selection when it got here to the position of Star Lord. Sadly, Joseph was extra concerned with his position as Johnny in Sin Metropolis: A Dame to Kill For and turned down the half.

Here’s a little bit of unusual information, Chris Pratt additionally turned down the position. He felt that he was to out of form to hitch the MCU. Fortunately, he modified his thoughts.

24 Already Booked

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When one thinks of Black Widow, we mechanically assume Scarlett Johansson. What most don’t know although is that the position was initially meant for Emily Blunt. It began in 2009 in the course of the making of Iron Man 2, a time when Emily’s profession was nonetheless on the rise. Marvel referred to as and requested if she needed the position of Black Widow and Emily stated sure.

What lots of people don’t know is that Scarlett Johansson truly misplaced the position to Emily. In accordance with screenrant.com, Emily was already in contract to do one other Fox challenge, Gulliver’s Travels, and due to the time-frame, she needed to flip down the position of Black Widow, thus the studio selecting Scarlett Johansson.

Emily has no regrets, although. She feels that the lads in MCU are given higher tales. Sadly, for her, although which will have been true prior to now, issues are beginning to change because of Black Panther and the upcoming Captain Marvel movie.

23 Wanted Extra Time

One person who was born for his position within the MCU is Hugh Jackman. When individuals speak about him, they routinely consider him as Wolverine. Nevertheless, in line with screenrant.com, the position of Wolverine initially was meant for Dougray Scott.

When manufacturing began in 2000 for the superhero film X-Males, Dougray Scott was nonetheless filming with Tom Cruise for his film, Mission Unimaginable 2. Supposedly, Tom Cruise stored calling the director of the film X-Males and asking for extra time with Dougray, however it was later discovered that he had truly been in a motorbike accident and was by no means going to be healed up in time to play Logan. Thus, Hugh Jackman stepped in and crammed the position.

22 He Simply wasn’t Into Superhero Films

On the subject of Inexperienced Lantern, most individuals would agree that the film was an enormous tank. Fortunately for Ryan Reynolds although, it didn’t harm his delight and he bounced again shortly.

What lots of people don’t know although is that Ryan Reynolds wasn’t the creators first selection when it got here to the position of Hal Jordan. Jon Hamm, the star of Mad Males, was their first selection for the position. He had this to say as to why he turned them down:

“I mean, they came after me pretty hard for Green Lantern. But I was like, meh, that’s not what I want to do. Never say never, but those aren’t the kind of movies I like to go see.”

Some individuals would say that he received fortunate with turning this one down, seeing at how dangerous it tanked.

21 Not his Factor

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There’s one actor that MVU has been making an attempt to get their palms on for years to play certainly one of their film roles. Sadly for them, although, he retains turning them down.

Joaquin Pheonix was the primary one to be chosen to play the loveable inexperienced beast The Hulk. As we all know, although, Mark Ruffalo obtained the half as an alternative. Then when casting started for the film Dr. Unusual, the studio needed him once more to play Stephen Unusual. But once more, he stated no.

“I’ve flirted with several of those films, having meetings and getting close, but ultimately it never felt like they’d really be fulfilling.”

Fortunately for DC Universe, Phoenix is perhaps coming round. He has opened up and admitted that he can be right down to enjoying the Joker within the upcoming Joker origin story.

20 Too Nervous

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Everyone knows Josh Hartnett for not solely his position in Penny, however for his roles in hit films corresponding to Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down. What we don’t know although is that by the early 2000s, Josh Hartnett was one of the needed actors in Hollywood, based on screenrant.com. If that is true although, then why did he flip down the elements for Spider-Man?

In line with an interview he did with playboy, Hartnett admitted that he was nervous about being pigeonholed. Spider-Man isn’t the one position he turned down. He additionally stated no to DC Universe and turned down elements for each Batman and Superman.

19 “I Don’t Want To Be An Amendment”

Relating to Mathew McConaughey, each DC and MCU have been making an attempt to get him to play in one in every of their films, however nothing has spoken to him but. In response to screenrant.com, one position he was provided by MCU was the a part of Ego the Dwelling Planet within the hit film Guardians of the Galaxy.

He stated “no” although, and as an alternative, they gave it to Kurt Russel. It was throughout an interview with Playboy that he opened up and defined his reasoning behind saying no to MCU.

“What I saw was ‘It’s successful, and now we’ve got room to make a colorful part for another big-name actor.’ I’d feel like an amendment.” He would then go on to take an element within the film Darkish Tower, a franchise that he could possibly be in from the start, as an alternative of coming in throughout a center of a longtime one.

18 I Need To Be A Superhero, Not A Villain

When Iron Man three first began casting for brand spanking new actors and actresses, initially Jessica Chastain was alleged to play the a part of Maya Hansen. Based on screenrant.com, there was some scheduling points although and the half when to Rebecca Corridor as an alternative.

Shortly after, Jessica was up for an additional half in a superhero film because the Wasp within the film Ant-Man. Sadly, she lucked out although and the half went to Evangeline Lily. When it got here to the half in Iron Man three and why she turned it down, Chastain had this to say:

“If you’re going to be in a superhero movie, you only get one chance. You’re that character forever. So why do a superhero movie and play the boring civilian?”

As for what occur together with her half in Ant-Man, there was no remark, however she did lastly nab an element in Fox’s upcoming X-Males: Darkish Phoenix.

17 So Over It

Iron Man is one other superhero that when a fan hears his identify, instantly thinks of Robert Downey Jr. Rob was made to play Tony Stark, simply as Hugh Jackman was made to play Wolverine. It’s loopy to assume that this half that really launched the MCU and revived Robert Downey Jr.’s profession virtually went to Tom Cruise.

Based on screenrant.com, when the film Iron Man first obtained began, it was at a time the place there have been many various actors, actresses and even administrators coming and going. Even Tom Cruise himself was set as much as produce the film at one level. He wound up dropping curiosity although because of the reality Marvel didn’t even get their rights to the superhero again till 2005.

16 I Don’t Know You

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Daredevil is one film that each followers and critics agree was an enormous tank. What sucks probably the most is that it was Ben Affleck’s first half in a superhero film. Due to the failure of this film, he has an eternal destructive mark on his report that he hasn’t been capable of shake but.

Ben Affleck has said prior to now that Daredevil is one film he majorly regrets doing, which sucks as a result of he has an immense love for the character. Matt Damon received fortunate one might say. Initially Matt Damon was arrange for the half as Matt Murdock. He wound up turning the half down although as a result of he was unfamiliar with the director who was engaged on the film, Mark Steven Johnson. Damon was sensible to go together with his intestine on this one.

15 I Needs to get robust

Followers all over the world who’re obsessive about the film Deadpool can all admit that when it got here to the girlfriend, Vanessa Carlysle, Morena Baccarin did a tremendous job.

Right here is an fascinating reality for all of the Deadpool fanatics although, Olivia Munn was truly provided the half earlier than her, in line with screenrant.com. Olivia defined in an interview with American Approach Journal that she had no want to play somebody’s girlfriend in a film. Her eyes have been set on one thing greater. She needed a personality that would kick butt. It’s a marvel if she knew that Vanessa would later discover herself evolving into Copycat down the road? Or perhaps she simply didn’t really feel like ready and figured she might get her arms on a greater position?

14 Selected One thing Else

When X-Males: First Class was launched in 2011, we acquired to see the gifted Kevin Bacon tackle the position of Sebastian Shaw, a mutant who can take in power and switch it into uncooked energy.

Kevin Bacon wasn’t the primary selection although based on directexpose.com. The position of Sebastian Shaw was initially presupposed to go to Bryan Cranston. As a lot as individuals love Kevin Bacon, it’s unhappy that Bryan turned down the position and as an alternative determined to do the film Drive. For followers of the hit tv collection Breaking Dangerous, it’s apparent by his position on that present that he would have been good for the half as Sebastian.

13 Conflicting Occasions

Gwyneth Paltrow is superb at her position as Pepper Pots within the MCU. It’s onerous to see anybody else taking the position. However, its unhappy to say, Paltrow wasn’t the primary selection for Tony Starks secretary, turned love of his life.

That’s proper, Rachel McAdams was up for the position of Tony Stark’s love curiosity. In line with directexpose.com, years earlier than Rachel formally signed as much as be a part of MCU within the film Physician Unusual, she was up for the position as Pepper Pots within the film Iron Man. Rachel, together with a couple of others on the record for the film, needed to flip down the position although on account of scheduling conflicts.

12 His MMA Profession Comes First

So those that don’t know who Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is, he’s a one of many largest stars within the MMA world. He has been preventing lengthy earlier than even Connor McGregor and Ronda Rousey entered the scene.

In 2010, Jackson accepted an element as B.A. Baracus within the film the A-Staff. This comes just one yr after turning down the half as John Wraith within the MCU X-Males Origins: Wolverine, which is why Will.I.Am, of the Black Eyed Peas, acquired the position as an alternative. Based on looper.com, Jackson was getting ready for his subsequent struggle when the studio referred to as him to do the position. He had this to say because the reasoning behind turning it down: “You can’t train for a fight and shoot a movie. Your focus has to be on that fight.”

11 He Would Relatively Hold With Tony Stark Then Jessica Jones

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Giancarlo Esposito made it crystal clear in 2016 that he needed to be within the MCU. “I love those guys at Marvel,” Esposito advised Comicbook.com. “We’ve been trying to figure out how to collaborate on something.”

Marvel should of agree as a result of supposedly, Esposito was provided an element in an unknown TV present. Based on looper.com, Blair Marnell of The Nerdist, was fairly positive that Esposito obtained the a part of Dominic Fortune within the ABC’s Marvel’s Most Needed, a present that by no means made it to air. Fact of the matter is although, that nobody is aware of for positive what half he was actually provided. Be it Daredevil, and even Luke Cage, Esposito didn’t care. What makes it bizarre is that he turned them down. He had this to say about his reasoning behind it: “They came to me with something for their television department, then I realized if I did that, I’d never be able to have that same character be in the film department.”

10 Simply Didn’t Need To Do It

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One doesn’t need to be a fan of the MCU to know that Anthony Hopkins, greatest recognized for his position as Hannibal Lecter, is a tremendous actor. It’s no marvel he crushed his half as Odin in MCU.

In response to looper.com, although, Hopkins wasn’t the one big-time actor within the operating for the a part of the King of Asgard. That’s proper, Mel Gibson was additionally up for the half. In an interview with The Guardian, Gibson had this to say as to why he turned it down: “I didn’t do it.” He didn’t elaborate any additional than that. He was an odd decide for the position any who.

9 His Spouse Was Pregnant

In line with cheatsheet.com, in 2013, Alec Baldwin went on The Howard Stern Present to do an interview and opened up about how he had an opportunity to play a villain in a Marvel film. Baldwin informed Stern:

“I have been offered a role in a superhero movie, but I won’t mention which one. I don’t want to undo somebody because they hired someone else to do it. But they asked me to play a villain in one of these Marvel Comics movies.”

Sadly, Alec needed to flip down the mysterious half as a result of his spouse’s being pregnant. “I wasn’t available,” Baldwin defined to Stern. “They wanted me to work a certain time. And because of my wife’s pregnancy, I had to turn down two films this summer that I wanted to do.”

eight She was Too Busy

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It looks like when it got here to Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel had a tough time looking for individuals to fill the casting roles within the film, together with for the position of Gamora, the deadliest alien murderer within the universe, in line with indiewire.com. Many big-time actors have been approached for sure roles, together with Olivia Wilde for the position of Gamora. Wilde declined the half, saying that she was to busy with different tasks. It was rumored that Marvel additionally tried to get Gina Carano, earlier than going with Zoe Saldana.

7 Had A Dedication To Supernatural

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Followers of the present Supernatural, will agree once I say that Jensen Ackles is superb at his job. What most don’t know although is that Ackles truly auditioned to play the a part of Captain America, in response to indiewire.com. Sadly, Marvel determined to go together with Chris Evans as an alternative. Although Jensen would have been nice, we will all agree that Evans has completed a tremendous at this position.

Marvel didn’t hate Ackles utterly, although, they did attempt to get him to take the position of Hawkeye in The Avengers, however resulting from his dedication to Supernatural, Ackles needed to flip the half down.

6 So much Of Nice Candidates

The Hulk has had many various actors portraying him via out the years. In 1977, CBS launched a tv present referred to as The Unimaginable Hulk with Invoice Bixby as Bruce Banner and Lou Ferrigno because the Hulk. Quick ahead to the yr 2003 and Eric Bana steps in to play each Bruce Banner and his inexperienced alter ego, the Hulk. In 2008, MCU revised him, but once more, with the film The Unimaginable Hulk, staring Edward Norton because the Hulk this time.

When it got here to the revisal of The Hulk for the Avengers, there have been many big-time actors that have been up for the position, together with Vince Chairman and Peter Cuneo. In the long run, Marvel had two choices, Edward Norton and David Duchovny, in line with indiewire.com.

Although all have been wonderful candidates, Marvel wound up going with Mark Ruffalo as the brand new Bruce Banner in The Avengers. There isn’t any recognized cause as to why they turned down the position.

5 He Would Have Missed Out On So A lot

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John Krasinski was superb in A Quiet Place, however earlier than he had the main position in that film, he had an opportunity to the lead in Captain America: The First Avenger. In line with indiewire.com, John Krasinski, actor and director of the film A Quiet Place, expressed to Yahoo Leisure that he’s not mad he missed out on such an enormous position for MCU.

Krasinski turned down the position resulting from all different tasks he was coping with on the time. He thinks that Chris Evans is fantastic on the half although and is aware of that if he would have signed on for a a number of MCU deal, he would have missed out on so many nice tasks.

four Robert Stole It

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As said earlier than, when it got here to the position of Tony Stark in Iron Man, Marvel had many high-level actors they needed to fill the half. In response to indiewire.com, Timothy Olyphant was one actor on the shortlist for the position. As some may know, earlier than Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. was on the backside. His profession had tanked because of private points. He was simply beginning to work all the things out and get his profession again on monitor when he confirmed as much as audition for the position of Tony Stark. That audition occurred to be on the identical day Timothy Olyphant was taping his audition for the position. Olyphant as soon as joked to Conan O’Brien: “I’m still waiting to hear back. Those superhero movies are huge! That could be a real game-changer.”

three “I’d Have Loved To”

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Elizabeth Olsen has achieved a tremendous job together with her position as Scarlet Witch, a.okay.a. Wanda Maximoff. In response to indiewire.com, although, Joss Whedon, director of Avengers: Age of Ultron, was reportedly considering of hiring Saoirse Ronan for the position after deciding to put in writing Wanda into the film. Throughout an interview with The Mary Sue, Saoirse expressed her curiosity by saying: “Of course, I would be interested. I love Joss and I love those films. So yeah, I’d love to be in it.” The position ultimately went to Elizabeth Olsen.

2 No One Else Might have Finished It

In response to indiewire.com, earlier than Jon Favreau, director of Iron Man, employed the superb Robert Downey Jr. to play Tony Stark within the film that might kickstart the MCU, he was excited about hiring Sam Rockwell for the half. Nevertheless, he shortly modified his thoughts after seeing Robert’s audition. As soon as Robert completed his audition, it was shortly obvious to Jon that nobody else might play the position higher. As an alternative, Rockwell went on to play the villain, Justin Hammer, in Iron Man 2.

1 The Higher Man Gained

I don’t find out about most individuals, however to me, Alexander Skarsgard is a God, properly second to Jason Momoa. Attractiveness, killer eyes and smile, and superb expertise. When one thinks of Thor, the God of Thunder, some would say the true God is Chris Hemsworth although. What many don’t know, in response to indiewire.com, is that the True Blood star, Alexander Skarsgard, truly got here tremendous near nailing the a part of the God of thunder in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor. Skarsgard went on to confess to MTV that the audition course of was truly fairly enjoyable, regardless that he did wound up dropping the half to Chris Hemsworth.

References: screentrant.com, directexpose.com, looper.com, cheatsheet.com, indiewire.com

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