Casting is truly an art form. What would Tony Stark be without Robert Downey, Jr., who had to fight to be cast? And what would Marvel be without Iron Man's raging success?
Here's a collection of 50 celebrities who almost played superheroes. Some were pursued by the studios but turned the roles down, while some of the comic book movies just never got made altogether. Which of these stars do you wish you had seen in Marvel hero and villain roles? Cast your votes below!
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How different the X-Men films would have been with Rachel Leigh Cook as Rogue instead of "True Blood's" Anna Paquin. She was outright offered the role when a slew of young stars were vying for it, including Sarah Michelle Gellar and Katherine Isabelle, but ended up turning it down, thinking there would be too much CGI involved.Wish they got the part?
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Spider-Man 4 would have featured John Malkovich as the winged burglar, but after the critical failure of Spider-Man 3 and tensions between the studio and director Sam Raimi, Sony decided to reboot the franchise.Wish they got the part?
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Unlike some others on this list, Angel was actually locked in, and it was Vogel's role to lose. When he stepped down, Ben Foster was there to swoop in and take the part. Scheduling conflicts between X-Men: The Last Stand and Poseidon, plus director Matthew Vaughn (who cast him) leaving, led to Vogel walking away from the project.Wish they got the part?
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When Natalie Portman turned down the role of Jubilee, they just cut it from the film. They didn't cut it from the script however, and incorporated many of her scenes, lines, and personality traits into a new and different take on Rogue.
In fact, earlier drafts of Rogue had her much older, with actresses like Kate Winslet being considered for the part.Wish they got the part?