Thursday, August 31, 2023

5 Hollywood Artists Who Rejected Marvel Superhero Roles

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is one of the most famous film franchises today. The universe created by Marvel Studios attracted many famous Hollywood artists to bring their characters to life.

You definitely know that Tom Holland plays Peter Parker aka Spider-Man in the MCU. However, did you know that previously, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man was offered to Leonardo DiCaprio? Yep, unfortunately, the Oscar-winning actor turned it down.

Apart from DiCaprio, there are still many Hollywood actors who have rejected the role of Marvel superheroes. For various reasons, they let go of this great opportunity, you know. Wow, why is that, huh?

1. Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams has indeed joined the MCU through her role as Dr. Christine Palmer. The character first appeared in Doctor Strange (2016). Palmer is said to be the love interest of Stephen Strange aka Doctor Strange.

McAdams could have joined the MCU earlier. The reason is, the talented actress was approached by Marvel Studios to play Pepper Potts for Iron Man (2008). However, he turned it down and ultimately the role of Potts went to Gwyneth Paltrow.

Uniquely, when McAdams was offered this role, it turned out that it wasn't the only role he rejected. McAdams also turned down roles in The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and The Dark Knight (2008). Wow, all these great films!

2. Jason Momoa

Who would have thought that Drax's character in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) was originally offered to Jason Momoa. Yep, the Aquaman actor is what Marvel has been eyeing to bring one of the superhero guardians of the galaxy to life.

However, Momoa refused the offer on the grounds that he did not want to stick to just one character. In the end, Drax's cute and brave character fell on Dave Bautista. I can't imagine if Drax was played by another actor.

Momoa is now better known as Aquaman, the Atlantean superhero in the DC Extended Universe. The action there reaps praise! Agree?

3. Jessica Chastain

In the early 2010s, Jessica Chastain's name was on the rise. The Oscar-winning actress was praised for her acting in The Tree of Life (2011) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012). Since then, almost every production house has wanted Chastain, including Marvel Studios.

Marvel wanted Chastain to bring Maya Hansen's character to life. This character appears in Iron Man 3 (2013). Maya is one of the intelligent scientists used by the main antagonist to attack Iron Man.

Chastain said he was interested in the role. Unfortunately, due to his busy schedule, Chastain turned down the role, as reported by Screen Crush. Interestingly, mate does not go anywhere. Chastain joined Marvel through the X-Men universe as Vuk in X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019).

4. Matt Damon

Matt Damon's refusal to play Daredevil released by FOX is considered the right decision by fans. The reason is, Daredevil only gets a score of 44 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The film was considered unsatisfactory by Marvel fans.

Before falling into the hands of Ben Affleck, the role of Daredevil was offered to Damon. However, he felt that he did not know enough information about the superhero. That's why, Damon decided to turn down the role, as reported by MovieWeb.

Even though at that time it seemed like he wasn't meant to be with Marvel, Damon had a cameo appearance. He appears in one of the Marvel films, namely Thor: Love and Thunder (2022). Who knows in the future Damon will be interested in becoming one of Marvel's superheroes.

5. Amanda Seyfried

Achievements in acting are not far from Amanda Seyfried. He has been famous since the early 2000s thanks to the film Mean Girls (2004). From that moment on, it was as if the name Seyfried had never sunk. It's no doubt that Marvel wants him to be in its universe.

Marvel Studios approached Seyfried to play the character Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). When offered to him, Seyfried refused because he thought the film would not sell well in the market. In fact, Guardians of the Galaxy is one of Marvel's best films.

In the end, it was Zoe Saldana who was matched with Gamora's character. The character of Thanos' adopted son is very much loved by fans because of his very superhero nature and character. You agree, right?

Playing in a superhero film like Marvel seems to be the dream of most Hollywood actors. However, the five actors above bravely rejected roles from Marvel for various reasons. Even so, their name still skyrocketed, really. Is there your favorite actor?

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