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7 Wild Reasons Actors "No-ed" To Iconic Marvel Roles

Live-action Movies based on comic books primarily targeted teenagers back in the day. This style, however, has left an indelible impact as time has progressed. In this decade, superhero films have reached the same level of critical acclaim as other genre films have taken years to accomplish. Superhero movies have become the highest-grossing of all time and Oscar winners, and they don't seem to be slowing down any time soon.
Marvel-themed films have been extremely successful recently. Multiple Marvel films from studios, including 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures, and the MCU's distribution, are released each year. For this reason, being a part of a Marvel production can do wonders for an actor's career today.

1. Matthey McConaughey As EGO

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In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, he was considered for the role of EGO, the Star-biological Lord's father. The Dallas Buyers Club star liked the first Guardians of the Galaxy pictures. Still, he declined an invitation to join the franchise because he believed it would be a downgrade to join a film series that had already attained popularity. Thankfully, Kurt Russell was cast in the role, and he brings the planet's vicious nature to life brilliantly.

2. Leonardo DiCaprio As Spiderman

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He almost added a superhero picture to his varied resume in the late '90s when he was invited to play Peter Parker/Spider-man in a film directed by James Cameron. However, the Titanic actor politely declined, explaining that he wasn't yet ready to don a suit. Because of DiCaprio's reluctance and other factors, Sam Raimi was able to take the reins and make a trilogy that will live on in audiences' memories forever.

3. Rachel McAdams As Pepper Pots

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Pepper Potts, the woman Tony Stark dated, had a very interesting story arc in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The role of this figure in the Iron Man films and the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been significant. In light of this, a reputable actress was needed to play the character convincingly, and Gwyneth Paltrow was the best option.
Rachel McAdams, not Paltrow, was initially considered for the role of opposite Robert Downey Jr. in the MCU films. McAdams missed out on a fantastic opportunity when she declined the invitation due to scheduling issues. Fortunately for McAdams and her fans, she made her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Doctor Strange.

4. Matt Damon As Daredevil

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Daredevil, released in 2003, arguably did not advance the superhero movie genre for the better. The principal actor, Ben Affleck, was so turned off by the experience that he avoided playing a superhero again until he was cast as Batman in the DCEU.
Daredevil was a bad movie, and no one involved will likely talk about working on it with pride. Matt Damon was considered for the lead role at one point, so he could have been among them. After considering it, he turned down the offer because he had never heard of the director (Mark Steven Johnson). Good thinking, Matt, is all we can say.

5. Emily Blunt As Black Widow

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Over the past decade, Black Widow's character development has been unparalleled among MCU supporting characters. Eventually, a movie on the late Soviet assassin will be released. Scarlett Johansson's fantastic performance is a big factor in the character's popularity.
The red-headed Shield agent originally had a different look planned before her 2010 MCU debut, with Emily Blunt cast as Black Widow. Before Blunt's schedule clashed, everything was running smoothly. She decided to forego MCU to focus on Gulliver's Travels.

6. Jensen Ackles As Hawkeye

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Everyone in the spotlight needs to make it a point to work with MCU in some form. During his audition for the character of Steve Rogers/Captain America, Jensen Ackles realized it. His audition was so good that even though he didn't get the job, MCU offered the Supernatural star another part.
Ackles supported the idea of him playing Hawkeye. Due to scheduling conflicts, Ackles ultimately had to pick between MCU and Supernatural. While it would have been awesome to see Ackles alongside the rest of the Avengers, it's impossible to picture the MCU without Jeremy Renner.

7. Tom Cruise As Iron Man

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Let's get one thing out of the way first: Robert Downey Jr. was always going to play Tony Stark; nobody else could have pulled off the mantle of "Genius," "Playboy," "Billionaire," and "Philanthropist" with the same degree of ease. Tom Cruise was originally slated to produce and star as Tony Stark in the Iron Man film before RDJ embraced and made an unlikeable character the most beloved Superhero.
Cruise became disenchanted with the film due to MCU's difficulties in acquiring the rights to the Iron Man character. He allegedly insisted on having his face exposed even when fully clothed. Fortunately, these obstacles allowed MCU to contact Robert Downey Jr.; the rest is history (and doesn't even need to be explained)!
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