Jessica Chastain would have made a nice addition to the ‘Iron Man 3’ cast, which she was set to do as sultry scientist rival to the leading man, himself. But before they started filming, Chastain made the announcement she’d be unable to play the part due to scheduling conflicts. But that wasn’t all she had to say about it.
Apparently, Chastain wanted to play a more exciting role in a Marvel movie, although she had her sights set on joining the franchise somehow. Not long after missing out on ‘Iron Man’, she was offered a similar role as Dr. Erica Sondheim in the 2015 ‘Ant-Man’ film. Then in 2017, she got her wish when she was cast as an alien shapeshifter in ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’.
MMA Star Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Rampage Johnson is a familiar face in the world of mixed martial arts. And, ever since he played the role of B.A Baracus in the hit movie, 'The A-Team', he’s a recognizable character in Hollywood, too. With his bulging muscles and aggressive fighting style, he sure seems like a worthy candidate to join the Marvel Universe. So why is it that you haven’t seen him in one of their movies yet?
Jackson was given the opportunity to play the role of John Wraith (Sabretooth) in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' in 2009 but had to turn it down. The MMA fighter was still on contract with the UFC and had a big fight coming up that he had to train for. Since the filming would’ve conflicted with his training, he had to say no. But later that year, he appeared on 'Miss March', and the year following was when he landed his first major role, alongside Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper.
Amandla Stenberg Takes a Moral Stand
The talk about “whitewashing” in Hollywood is flying around everywhere these days, and for good reason. So, when Amandla Stenberg was asked to play the role of African princess Shuri in Marvel’s 'Black Panther' – she put her foot down. The young rising star declined to accept the role, stating that it would be more suited for a darker-skinned woman. Respect!
Plus, it isn’t like the star missed out on her golden opportunity by turning that role down. In 2018 alone she starred in three blockbuster hits, including her part as Starr Carter in 'The Hate U Give'. And the 20-year old actress isn’t going anywhere anytime soon!
'Supernatural' fans everywhere would be beside themselves if Jensen Ackles landed a part as a superhero in a Marvel film. He’s played the role of cocky, cute and deadly Dean Winchester for 14 years and he knows his action scenes, which is probably why producers invited him to audition for the role of 'Captain America'. The part went to Chris Evans, of course, but hey – a fangirl can dream, right?
Even though he missed out on the starring role, producers still wanted him to be a part of the movie and offered him the smaller part of the rebellious Hawkeye. But Jensen never ended up taking on any roles in the MCU at that point, due to his schedule for 'Supernatural'. Here’s to hoping that they offer him another role in a film now that 'Supernatural' is coming to an end.
Olivia Munn Has Zero Interest in Playing the Girlfriend
'Deadpool' is one of Marvel’s most hilarious and unique superhero movies, with terrific acting, laugh-out-loud moments and awesome action scenes – not to mention Ryan Reynolds. But, as much as any fangirl watching the film would’ve loved to play the snarky superhero’s girlfriend, Vanessa, Olivia Munn was less than excited about it.
Munn gave producers a big, fat “no,” citing that she was tired of playing the girlfriend and wanted something that gave her more action scenes. In 2016, the actress got what she was looking for when she landed the role of Psylocke in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'. The role of Vanessa ultimately went to Morena Baccarin, who was more than happy to take the part.