The Avengers Were Supposed To Look Completely Different…
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Spider-Man got bit by a radioactive arachnid. Captain America got a shot full of super-soldier serum. The Fantastic Four got blasted by cosmic rays. But what makes a screen adapted superhero so super? Casting. Every classic film has it’s tales of last minute scripting changes and director swaps, but if the chemistry isn’t right on screen, millions of dollars can go down the drain. Thankfully, the biggest films tend to have the right actors in mind.
Tom Hiddleston is a master thespian and the perfect Loki. Joaquin Phoenix’s eccentric performances have elevated many a film, including his star turn as the Joker. Sebastian Stan’s conflicted Winter Soldier is the perfect one-time foil/troubled ally for Captain America. As for Michael B. Jordan, his turn as Kilmonger was one for the books. By the same token, Sam Rockwell and Mads Mickelson they kicked Avenger butt as iconic screen villains. In the DC universe, Heath Ledger and Cillian Murphy gave star turns as the Joker and Scarecrow respectively. So, what would life have been like if they were cast in different roles. What if someone you’ve always recognized as a hero ended up playing a classic villain and vice versa. What if Channing Tatum – instead of being in the running for the unmade Gambit film for all these years – played a certain Avenger?
From Spider-Man to Captain America, superhero casting decisions had a hand in the success of all the comic book adaptations you know and love. So join ScreenRant as we count off these 10 Superhero actors who got different roles than the ones they auditioned for. Don’t worry, we’re all better off for it.
Entry 1 – TOM HIDDLESTON
Entry 2 – JOAQUIN PHOENIX
Entry 3 – SEBASTIAN STAN
Entry 4 – CHANNING TATUM
Entry 5 – HEATH LEDGER
Entry 6 – CILLIAN MURPHY
Entry 7 – MICHAEL B. JORDAN
Entry 8 – MADS MIKKELSEN
Entry 9 – SAM ROCKWELL
Entry 10 – JAMES FRANCO, JUDE LAW, JAKE GYLLENHAAL
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