15 MCU Casting What Ifs That We Almost Got

Who knows, these might arrive from an alternate universe one of these days.
15 MCU Casting What Ifs That We Almost Got

A movie is made by its stars – it’s why the writer can make 50 grand while the main lead rakes in a couple million. They’re who people go to see – the actors who portray the characters become those characters. RDJ said it, “I am Iron Man.” But sometimes, classic roles are almost played by someone completely different. This has almost happened dozens and dozens of times in the history of Marvel films.

What If? opened the door to alternate worlds, alternate heroes, alternate universes – and in some of those universes, everyone’s favorite heroes are completely different people.

Now that the multiverse is open, who knows how long it is until we see all of these faces? All of these people were almost cast in the Marvel Universe, with their casting sometimes having radically different effects on the universe that is now populated by roughly two out of every 10 movies or TV shows made today.

Tom Cruise was almost Iron Man

Tom Cruise was almost Iron Man. Despite Robert Downey Junior being the key to making the entire MCU, Cruise was almost Iron Man instead. Rumors say he will appear in an upcoming film as Iron Man, in reference to this fact.

Source: SlashFilm

The Office’s Jim was almost Captain America

Marvel Stars from t John Krasinski was almost Captain America. Jim from The Office almost ended up as Captain America before Chris Evans took the role. Rumor has it that John Krasinski has recently been cast as The Fantastic Four's Reed Richards instead.

Source: Men’s Health

Laurence Fishburne could have been Quentin Tarantino’s Luke Cage

Marvel Stars from the A Quentin Tarantino wanted Laurence Fishburne as Luke Cage. Tarantino almost directed a Luke Cage film - and he would've cast Fishburne in the mail role. Well, watching any other Tarantino movie is probably a good way to figure it out what that'd be like. CRACKED.COM

Source: Cinemablend

Saoirse Ronan, among others, was considered for the Scarlet Witch

Marvel Stars from the Multiverse Saoirse Ronan was considered for the Scarlet Witch. Ronan, Sasha Pieterse-Sheaffer, and Lindsay Lohan were all considered for the role - with early concept design being partially inspired by Ronan.

Source: Screen Rant

The Wasp originally appeared in The Avengers and was almost Bryce Dallas Howard

Bryce Dallas Howard could be the Wasp in The Avengers. Black Widow wasn't at first a confirmed member, and the team was had a wasp instead of a spider. One name up for the Wasp was Bryce Dallas Howard.

Source: Cinemablend

Hugo Weaving almost stayed in the Marvel Universe

Marvel Stars from the Multiverse Hugo Weaving almost returned as Red Skull. Despite appearing in eight Lord of the Rings movies, most of the Matrix movies, and the original Сар, Weaving didn't return for Endgame, leading to one of the biggest recasts since Rhodes.

Source: ScreenGeek

Alison Brie was the reference for She-Hulk

Alison Brie was the reference for She-Hulk. Not only was Brie up for She-Hulk, but was rumored to be an inspiration, with the character being described as an Alison Brie type.

Source: Cinemablend

Edward Norton, the original Hulk, almost returned for The Avengers – and the rest of the films after

Marvel Stars from the Multiverse Edward Norton could have stayed as Bruce Banner. The Incredible Hulk was a failure, but if it wasn't, Norton probably would've stayed as Hulk all the way through Endgame, attempting to rewrite the movie he was in the whole time.

Source: Showbiz CheatSheet

The original Korg appeared for a brief moment in Thor: The Dark World before being remade for Ragnarok

Marvel Stars from the Multiverse A different Korg appeared in Thor: The Dark World. Despite Korg appearing as an enemy that Thor takes out in one hit in The Dark World, a somewhat more comic-accurate Korg appeared in Ragnarok, played by director Taika Waititi.

Source: Screen Rant

Olivia Wilde and Amanda Seyfried almost were Gamora

Marvel Stars from the Multiverse Amanda Seyfried regretted turning down Gamora. Olivia Wilde and Amanda Seyfried were both offered Gamora's role and both turned it down, with Seyfried going on to regret it and Wilde going on to direct a film for Marvel.

Source: ETCanada.com

Emily Blunt was almost Black Widow

Marvel Stars from the Multiverse Emily Blunt had to turn down Black Widow. Though perfect for the role, Blunt had to turn down Black Widow back during the making of God's least favorite supers movie, Iron Man 2. She wanted to make it, but she was committed to do a different film. Rumor has it she's now up for Invisible Woman in the Fantastic Four.

Source: Syfy Wire

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