In the last few years, just about every comedian has hit the gym in hopes of joining the Marvel Universe. The studio is known to propel their actors into stardom. However, not everyone is overly excited about putting on the Marvel armor. Here are 9 actors who turned down roles in MCU movies.
Olivia Wilde – Gamora
Olivia has taken on some action roles in the past with Tron Legacy and Cowboys And Aliens, however she also turned down a few big ones. Evidently, Marvel and James Gunn offered Wilde the role of the Guardians’ sole female member, Gamora, the green-skinned alien warrior who is the adopted daughter of Thanos. Alas, Wilde turned it down for unknown reasons which lead to sci-fi vet Zoe Saldana taking the role.
Alec Baldwin – Marvel villain
Alec Baldwin has been in just about everything. It’s no wonder then that Marvel looked to add him to the team. Baldwin put family first however, as he told Howard Stern: “They asked me to play a villain in one of these Marvel Comics movies. I wasn’t available, 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.”
Rachel McAdams – Pepper Potts
Rachel McAdams made a name for herself from Mean Girls and The Notebook. However, she has mostly avoided big-budget films and remained pretty low-key. In fact, she even turned down the opportunity to be part of the Marvel universe earlier on as Tony Stark’s red-headed girlfriend, Pepper Potts. Of course, she will be seen in the upcoming Doctor Strange.
Jason Momoa – Drax the Destroyer
Before taking on Aquaman Jason Momoa was offered a in The Guardians of The Galaxy film. However, he turned it down and responded, “It didn’t really fit in my time because I’ve done so many things where I don’t say much and I’m colored up and I have my shirt off again. I made a conscious choice to turn down some movies that were action-based to direct Road to Paloma so people could see that side. It’s not that it’s not a good role, it just wasn’t the right thing.”
Jessica Chastain – The Wasp
In the last five years, Jessica Chastain has appeared in great movies like Tree of Life, Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar, and The Martian. She was an obvious choice for Marvel. While she was open to the possibility, she wanted more: “We’ve talked about aligning our forces in the future. And here’s the thing with me… 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?”
Mel Gibson – Odin
Given his bad rep, it’s hard to believe that family friendly Marvel approached actor Mad… ummm… Mel Gibson to play Odin. But that’s exactly what happened. As Gibson explains in great detail: “Yeah, long time ago, to play Thor’s dad. But I didn’t do it.” Perhaps he is waiting for a call from DC instead?
Emily Blunt – Black Widow, Peggy Carter
Emily Blunt is one of the best action movie actors in Hollywood right now. She’s a no-brainer for a superhero movie and Marvel was wise enough to go after her with perhaps their two most badass female characters; Peggy Carter and Black Widow. But Blunt turned down both roles. Why? Nobody really knows.
Joaquin Phoenix – Doctor Strange
Joaquin Phoenix is a true acting legend and recently delivered stunning performances in Her and The Master. While Phoenix praised the MCU, in the end he was reluctant to join such a massive project: “I just don’t know if I want to have the experience of being in them. I’ve read some of those scripts and 75 percent is a description of some asteroid going through space.”
Matthew McConaughey – Peter Quill’s Father
Thank goodness Matthew McConaughey ditched the romantic comedies and decided to show the world that he is one of our best working actors. Reports say that Marvel and James Gunn came to McConaughey with an offer to play the villain in the Guardians of The Galaxy sequel. But just as soon as that story broke came news that McConaughey turned down the role.
Tom Cruise – Iron Man
Tom Cruise as Tony Stark? It’s hard to imagine anyone but Robert Downey JR in the role, but the part was in fact first offered to the Mission Impossible star. Since Iron Man was the first Marvel film, I imagine that it shaped the entire Marvel universe. If Cruise took the role, we might have had a very different Marvel.