Marvel movies have all but cornered the market when it comes to releasing huge blockbusters in recent years, and making its actors into major stars. Now, when we think of Captain America, we think Chris Evans, or when we think Iron Man, we think Robert Downey Jr. But those actors weren't always a lock for their now-iconic roles. In parallel universes, Tom Cruise is the billionaire playboy flying around in a super suit, and Joe Jonas is wielding Captain America's shield! Here are the shocking Marvel casting choices that almost happened.
Blending narcissistic comedy with gritty pathos, Robert Downey Jr. was the perfect casting choice for Iron Man, but RDJ came after a string of other A-listers to get the role that put him back in Hollywood's good graces. For a while, it seemed like pretty much a lock that billionaire playboy turned tech-enhanced superhero Tony Stark would be portrayed by none other than Tom Cruise. And more than just star, Cruise was planning to produce and develop the the film as well. But as time went on Cruise lost interest in the project and steered clear when the movie actually started getting made.