10 Talented Actors Who Said No To Important Roles In The MCU

Being an exceptionally successful franchise with more than 20 blockbusters, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has always satisfied its fans with its high-qualified cast. Good-looking and skillful actors are one of the biggest things that help Marvel win the hearts of its fans.
In order to have such a great cast, Marvel Studios must be extremely meticulous in choosing perfect actors for every single role. It is not an exaggeration to claim that many actors gain incredible success in their acting careers after joining the MCU.
However, that does not mean that Marvel is always the best choice for all. There were also times when Marvel was refused by actors, who had turned down invitations to become key characters appearing in the universe. Here we have a list of 10 actors who said "No" to Marvel!

#1 Emily Blunt

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Marvel actually wanted to have her in the universe, they offered her twice for 2 important roles: Black Widow in Iron Man and Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger.
Now Hayley Atwell and Scarlett Johansson are doing so well that it seems that no one could replace them. However, if Emily had taken one of them, she would have definitely risen to stardom.

#2 Jessica Chastain

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Although X-Men: Dark Phoenix didn't gain much attention and her role wasn't the greatest, Jessica Chastain was offered another role in the MCU.

#3 Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Gordon-Levitt was used to be offered the role of Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. Unfortunately, he chose to play the role in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and that movie didn't get a big hit.

#4 Joaquin Phoenix

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With an academic award as Oscar, this talented actor being sought after by the MCU isn't a surprising thing. He was offered the role of Doctor Strange, but he took down Marvel's invitation for the reason that he didn't like superhero movies.
Obviously, that is reasonable, he seems to be more suitable for the role of a tragic villain.

#5 Leonardo DiCaprio

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Leonardo DiCaprio was offered the role of Spider-Man, the character is now portrayed by James Cameron.

#6 Matt Damon

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Matt Damon refused the role of Daredevil way back in the early 2000s due to a lack of confidence in the director and script.

#7 Matthew McConaughey

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Marvel used to offer Matthew McConaughey the role of Peter Quill’s dad, Ego. But at that time, he simply wasn’t interested.

#8 Olivia Munn

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Before joining the MCU in X-Men: Apocalypse, Olivia Munn had been offered the role that eventually went to Morena Baccarin in Deadpool.

#9 Russell Crowe

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Russell Crowe was wanted for the role of Wolverine, but he recommended Jackman, instead.

#10 Tom Cruise

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Robert Downey Jr now is considered the best choice for Iron Man, but in fact, he wasn't the first choice of Marvel. Acting legend Tom Cruise was the top pick, but he turned down the part because Marvel ware unwilling to accept his conditions.
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