MCU has been a highly successful franchise. Apart from the plot of the movies, credits must be given to the casting choices. Every actor who played the role of a superhero or villain has lived that role. But we all know that filmmaking is a long process. It involves a lot of things. The first one is the choice of actors. A few actors who played certain roles in the MCU actually auditioned for some other role in the franchise. Let’s have a look at the Actors Who Played a Different MCU Role:
1. Tom Hiddleston – Thor
Our very own Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston initially auditioned for the role of Thor. His character Loki has been praised by the audience as well as critics. But he was aiming to play the role of a superhero. But Marvel Studios found Chris Hemsworth as the perfect fit for the role of Thor. Eventually, the role of Loki went to Hiddleston and now he is one of the most popular characters from MCU.
2. Karen Gillan – Sharon Carter
The character of Sharon Carter was played by Emily VanCamp. The character did not get much screen space initially in the MCU. But Disney+’s recent release The Falcon and the Winter Soldier explored her character a little more. At first, Karen Gillan, who plays the role of Nebula in MCU auditioned for the role of Sharon. But despite being rejected for the role, her performance as Nebula was loved by everyone.
3. Zachary Levi – Star Lord
Most of us are unaware of the fact that Chris Pratt and Zachary Levi have together auditioned for the role of Star Lord. But Pratt was chosen for the role. Levi was seen playing the role of Fandral in Thor: The Dark World. Levi is now playing the role of superhero Shazam in DCEU. The first part has been a huge success and now a sequel is scheduled to release in 2023.
4. Michael B. Jordan – Falcon
Sam Wilson aka Falcon made his debut in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Played by Anthony Mackie, the character appeared in a few more MCU films. He has now taken the mantle of Captain America after the retirement of Steve Rogers. Michael B. Jordan, who played the role of Killmonger in Black Panther also auditioned for the same role. He was rejected for the role. But this was good for him since he was praised for his role as the main antagonist in Black Panther.
5. Chris Pratt – Captain America
Steve Rogers’ retirement as Captain America left most of the MCU fans in tears. Sam Wilson has now taken the mantle. But MCU fans still expect Chris Evans to reprise his role again. Chris Pratt, who plays Star Lord in MCU auditioned for the role of Captain America. He would have also received the same amount of love from the audience. But it is possible that maybe Marvel Studios found Evans more suitable to play the role.
6. Lupita Nyong’o – Nebula
Lupita Nyong’o played the role of Nakia, T’Challa’s love interest in Black Panther. Her role was overshadowed by Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. Maybe this would not have happened if she was selected for the role of Nebula. Yes, Nyong’o auditioned for the role of Nebula, now played by Karen Gillan. She was rejected but somewhere Marvel Studios had other plans for her. Maybe that led to her casting as Nakia.
7. Jake Gyllenhaal – Doctor Strange
Jake Gyllenhaal was seen recently as Quentin Beck aka Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home. But the actor had also auditioned for the role of Doctor Strange. The role was eventually played by Benedict Cumberbatch who was also loved by MCU fans. He was able to make it to the final round of the audition but got rejected for some reason. But despite being a villain, he managed to impress MCU fans as Mysterio.
8. Sebastian Stan – Captain America
Sebastian Stan has impressed MCU fans by appearing as Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier. But the actor also auditioned for the role played by Chris Evans as Captain America. Even Sebastian Stan would have been a perfect choice for the role. But maybe Marvel Studios already had plans to cast him as the villain Winter Soldier in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The character recently also got his own Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
9. Sam Rockwell – Iron Man
Iron Man 2 was a huge success at the box office. Apart from Robert Downey Jr., another actor who must be praised is Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer. The actor actually auditioned for the role of Iron Man. But he was actually found as a perfect fit for the role of a villain. His name was also shortlisted for the role of Iron Man. But it eventually went to Downey Jr. It’s a character that is now missed by every MCU fan after his death in Avengers: Endgame.
10. Chadwick Boseman – Drax
Chadwick Boseman is no more between us. He is an actor who lived the role of Black Panther. The actor firstly auditioned for the role of Drax. Drax is now played by Dave Bautista. Bautista was considered a perfect fit for the role. But casting director Sarah Finn knew that Boseman would be the best choice for the role of Black Panther. This is the reason why he got the role without the need to give an audition.
So these are the Actors Who Played a Different MCU Role than they auditioned for.