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Actors Who Almost Got The Part In A Marvel Film

Updated July 13, 2020 33.3k votes 3.9k voters 1.4m views42 items

List RulesVote up the actors you wish had gotten the Marvel role.

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!

  • Before she was Catwoman, she was cast as Black Cat in the fourth installment of the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man franchise. It's funny that she went from one comic publisher's take on a cat-burgling villain to the another's. When Spider-Man 4 fell apart, so did this role.

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  • This was something else entirely. Before we saw January Jones zombie-walk through the role of Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class, they had something else in mind. Alice Eve had actually been cast and had even been on set. It was rumored she had even filmed some scenes, when dozens of rewrites came through, and she felt the part was no longer worthwhile, as the character was basically being relegated to a scantily clad sidekick. So, Alice Eve walked away and January Jones... happened.


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  • Joss Whedon's favorite character, Kitty Pryde, was almost played by one of his alumna: “So the girl I turned into sort of a superhero in my movie was going to read for the character that most influenced ALL my girl-heroes, Kitty Pryde. Karmically funky. Anyhoo, she called me after and said it was very emotional and kind of like when she read for 'Firefly,' she just got into a very intense groove. She started telling me about the scene she read and that’s when I realized why it was kind of like she read for 'Firefly.'”

    It turns out they had adapted Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men #5 for the sides.


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  • Ironically, the role later went to his sometime wrestling partner, Tyler Mane. Bryan Singer originally wanted Kevin Nash for Sabretooth. His schedule eventually prevented him from taking the role, and he later went on to play Jigsaw in The Punisher.

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