10 Actors Who Said No To Superhero Roles in Marvel and DC

Over the years, there have been several instances where actors have declined offers to play superhero characters in iconic Marvel films. Let’s take a look at ten actors who said no to these roles for various reasons.

Tom Cruise – Tony Stark

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Marvel Studios approached Tom Cruise for the role of Tony Stark (Iron Man) years ago, but the actor declined as he wanted more creative control over the character, which might not have aligned well with Marvel’s vision.

Joaquin Phoenix – Doctor Strange

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In 2014, Joaquin Phoenix was close to signing the contract to play Doctor Strange. However, he ultimately decided against it, stating that the character’s requirements went against his instincts for the role. Nevertheless, there were no hard feelings between Phoenix and Marvel.

Daniel Craig – Thor

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Back in 2008, Marvel Studios approached Daniel Craig for the role of Thor. At the height of his portrayal of James Bond, Craig jokingly declined, saying it would be a “power trip” to play both Bond and the god of thunder.

Matt Damon – Daredevil

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Matt Damon, a massive fan of the Daredevil comic book character, was considered for the role. However, he passed on it due to uncertainties about the script and unfamiliarity with the director.

Emily Blunt – Black Widow

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Before Scarlett Johansson became synonymous with “Black Widow,” the role was initially offered to Emily Blunt in 2010. However, Blunt had scheduling conflicts as she was filming “Gulliver’s Travels,” and the opportunity slipped away, eventually going to Johansson.

Mel Gibson – Odin

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While Sir Anthony Hopkins delivered a graceful performance as Odin, it’s intriguing to imagine Mel Gibson in the role. Unfortunately, Gibson turned down the offer, as he revealed in 2016.

Matthew McConaughey – Guardians Of The Galaxy

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Marvel approached Matthew McConaughey for a role in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” but he declined, seeking a more meaningful role that would allow him to develop the character instead of being just a token cast member.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson – X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, a renowned UFC fighter, turned down a role in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” He didn’t want to divide his attention between training for an upcoming UFC match and filming the movie.

Jessica Chastain – Iron Man 3

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Jessica Chastain was offered the role of Maya Hansen in “Iron Man 3,” but her packed schedule prevented her from taking on the role. She hopes to receive another offer from Marvel in the future.

Amanda Seyfried – Gamora

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Marvel considered Amanda Seyfried for the role of Gamora, but she wasn’t keen on dealing with full-body makeup. Jennifer Lawrence’s experience with extensive makeup as Mystique in the X-Men movies influenced Seyfried’s decision to decline the role.

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