These Stars Turned Down Marvel Universe Roles

Being cast for a role in the Marvel Universe can really elevate a star’s status. The franchise has become so popular that landing a role as one of the superheroes (or super villains) can put your name down in Hollywood history.

These actors passed on Marvel roles for different reasons, but hey, at least it meant we ended up with the characters we know and love. Just imagine how strange it would be if Tom Cruise played Iron Man!

Matt Damon Was Supposed To Be Daredevil

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Long before the 2003 superhero film was released starring Ben Affleck, his longtime buddy Matt Damon was the first choice for the role. Damon told New York Daily News that he’d always been a fan of the Marvel character, but that he didn’t know much about the director’s work, so he passed on the project.

Look, Daredevil as a whole was a huge failure. Affleck has stated on numerous occasions that he regretted taking the role, so maybe Damon passing on it wasn’t such a bad idea.