It has been 13 years since the first Iron man dropped. And it served as a stepping stone towards a much larger universe. Some of the actors who play these comic book heroes are usually comic book accurate. For example, RDJ as Iron Man. I can’t possibly imagine any other actor could have carried the role the way Robert Downey Jr. has done all these years.
However, most of these superheroes roles were almost given to different actors. Here are 3 actors who were almost cast as avengers.
Tom Cruise as Iron Man
Kevin Feige revealed that Mission Impossible’s Tom Cruise has been talks about Tom Cruise playing Tony Stark since the 90’s, but it just never happened. They were a bit sceptical at first about casting Robert Downey at first because of his drug abusive past. Tom was and is still a big star. Hiring him for a project would be big money and the studio just didn’t have that kind of money.
John Krasinki as Captain America
A quiet place’s John Krasinki’ was one of the front runner in the race of wielding the vibranium shield of Captain America. He even got as far as the costumed auditions. However, he changed his mind at the last minute.
In an interview with Conan, Krasinki said he was at the costumed auditions when he saw Chris Hemsworth walk by in full Thor outfit. In that moment, Krasinski realized what he was about to get himself into and had a change of heart. “I went, ‘I’m good. This is stupid. That’s okay, I’m not ‘Captain America.’
Jason Momoa as Drax
You’ve seen him as Khal Drago, you’ve witnessed his display his acting chop and charisma as Aquaman. However, could you ever picture Jason Mamoa as Drax the destroyer? Yes, in the early stages of casting. He was the top choice for the studio, given his physique, he seemed like the perfect choice. But Mamoa wasn’t down for it. He recalled all his previous roles and was worried about typecasting. So he declined and went on the gain a huge amount of money for the DCEU.