Do you want to know about the Hollywood actors who refused Marvel roles ? In this article we are compiling a list of top ten Hollywood actors who turned down fantastic Marvel Superhero roles. Just have a glance at this article to know more about these actors.
10. Daniel Craig: Thor
Daniel Wroughton Craig Aka Daniel Craig is a famous movie star who was born on 2 March 1968 in Chester, Cheshire, England. He was known for his role in the James Bond movie franchise. He was approached by Marvel studios in order to portray their famous character “Thor”/ God of Thunder.
But due to his hectic schedule owing to Bond Franchise, he turned down this offer and let Chris Hemsworth play this major role which later became an integral part of Marvel’s Avenger. Probably Craig was only destined to handle guns and girls.
9. Joaquin Phoenix: Doctor Strange
Joaquín Rafael Phoenix Aka Leaf Phoenix is an American actor, music director and producer who was born on October 28, 1974 in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. He is known to portray any sort of strange role and also for receiving 3 Academy Award nominations.
His hesitation towards action movies cause him to lose the role of Marvel’s superhuman “Doctor Strange”, which is now played by one of the finest actors in entertainment industry “Benedict Cumberbatch”.
8. Rachel McaAdams: Pepper Potts
Rachel Anne McAdams is a Canadian actress who was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada. She is known for her role in the Sherlock Holmes movie franchise.
The long awaited wish of seeing her in Marvel movies is set to be quenched by Doctor Strange which feature her as Christine Palmer.
However, it is not the first time she has come this close to playing superhero as she was offered the role of Pepper Potts in Ironman movie franchise.
7. Nicolas Cage: Green Goblin
Nicolas Kim Coppola Aka Nicolas Cage is a popular American actor and producer who was born on January 7, 1964 in Long Beach, California, United States. He a complete comic book fan, who also played a role of comic character “Ghost Rider”.
After that, he declined his temptation to feature in another superhero franchise “Spiderman”. He probably wasn’t ready to shed his ‘hero’ image to play the antagonist Green Goblin.
6. Jason Momoa: Drax the Destroyer
Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa popularly known as Jason Mamoa is an American actor, writer, producer and a model, who was born on August 1, 1979 in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. He is known for his TV series roles like Ronon Dex from Stargate Atlantis and Khal Drago from Game of Thrones.
He was the primary consideration for the role of Drax, the destroyer in the Guardians of Galaxy. But Momoa wasn’t fascinated by this offer and hence Marvel choose Dave Batista for this role.
5. Matthew McConaughey: Star Lord’s Dad
Fifth position on our list of top 10 Hollywood actors who refused Marvel roles is Matthew McConaughey. He is an American actor who was born on born November 4, 1969 in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. As you all know, Marvel is all set for Guardians of Galaxy 2 and the whole world is excited for that flick.
The excitement would have been quadrupled, if they had the Macconaughey been on-board. Yeah! He was initially considered above Kurt Russel as Star Lord’s Dad, the antagonist of the franchise.
4. Josh Hartnett: Spiderman
Joshua Daniel Hartnett Aka Josh Hartnett is an American actor and producer who was born on July 21, 1978 in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. He is known for his role in movies like Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, 40 Days and 40 Nights, etc.
Nothing can be better than this as this heartthrob turned down Marvel’s Spiderman, DC’s Batman and DC’s Superman role. Josh was quite intimidated by the fact that superhero roles may narrow his image and capabilities.
3. Emily Blunt: Black Widow
Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is an American actress who was born on 23 February 1983 in Wandsworth, London, United Kingdom. She doesn’t seem to be any sort of Marvel fan that is why she rejected two of the awesome roles which is Black Widow in Ironman 2 and Peggy Carter in Captain America. This allowed Scarlet Johanson to attract more fans to Marvel universe with her hot avatar.
2. Leonardo Di Caprio: Spiderman
Leonardo Di Caprio is the person who turned down DC’s Batman, Robin and Marvel’s Spiderman. The best thing that the Spiderman franchise was going to be directed by one the most talented director in the world “James Cameron”
However, Caprio earned a lot consideration by James but he probably couldn’t see his Oscar coming as a web slinger.
1. Tom Cruise: Ironman
First position on our list of top ten Hollywood actors who refuse Marvel roles is acquired by Tom Cruise. Can you imagine Tom Cruise instead of Robert Downey Jr. inside the Iron man suit? Apparently Cruise turned down the offer to portray millionaire Tony Stark in Marvel series all because he wanted re-designing ironman suit in order to show more of his handsome face.