It’s hard to imagine now if our favorite Marvel actors and actresses weren’t cast for their roles in the MCU movies that we’ve known for now. But behind every character are different stories about how they got their roles.

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark

The decision to cast Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark was a huge risk for Marvel at that time. The actor was famous in the 1980s for his acting skills and unfortunately, his erratic behavior and years of substance problems.

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Chris Evans listened to his mom

Chris Evans would’ve turned down for the role of Captain America for good if it weren’t for his mom.

In an interview, Lisa Evans revealed how she convinced her son to get the role: “I said to him, ‘Look, you want to do acting work for the rest of your life? If you do this part, you will have the opportunity,”

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Chris Hemsworth almost lost his role to his brother

How could we imagine another actor to play Thor after years of him portraying the role perfectly? However, Chris apparently blew his first audition with director Kenneth Branagh while Liam ended up making it to the final round.

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Scarlett Johanson was not the first option for Black Widow

Emily Blunt was indeed the one to play as Black Widow but she rejected after being busy with her own projects in the year. Scarlett Johansson has gone on to make the Marvel hero her own, with a solo movie coming in the near future.

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Tom Holland was chosen for gymnastics skills

There were 7000 actors casting for one of the most awesome roles in Marvel but Tom Holland – the last man standing had some oddly great schemes to get the role: gymnastics skills.

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Chris Pratt had worn down Star Lord

Sarah Finn, the casting director was responsible for casting Chris Pratt as Star-Lord – but he didn’t want any part of it – was also was the one convincing director James Gunn to accept Pratt as the ideal choice.

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Mark Ruffalo talked to Marvel to cast him out

Ruffalo remembered while talking with Variety in 2020. “Between Joss [Whedon] and Robert [Downey], they were pretty convinced that I could do it. I was scared. I was really scared. I’m still scared.”

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Ant Man

When asked how he came to be cast for Ant-Man, Paul Rudd explained it was all Wright. “Edgar is the one that came to me, and Edgar I’ve known for years and I’m a fan of his,” Rudd recalled.

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Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch was running on a stage production of Hamlet when receiving the call to become one of the Marvel actors but ended up still wanting Cumberbatch to become the powerful doctor.

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Dave Batista

Marvel seemed to didn’t want to cast audition any pro wrestlers for the role, and it came down to Bautista’s relentless agent getting him the character in the Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Loki as Thor?

During an interview on The Tonight Show, Tom Hiddleston revealed, “The remit was if you were over 6 foot and you’ve got blond hair, you could come and have a pop at it. I never auditioned for Loki, I only ever auditioned for Thor, which is nuts.”

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Thanos was convinced by Ant-Man to become the villain

Not so sure if he wanted to step into the MCU, Josh Brolin decided to call up another Marvel actor to ask for advice. It turns out Mark Ruffalo – Hulk was the one who was able to convince Brolin to be the Infinity-saga baddie.

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Elizabeth Olsen

After being passed over for that role Winter Soldier, she eventually booked the Scarlet Witch part but after Saoirse Ronan was rumored to get the role. Saoirse shoot down these rumors and Elizabeth Olsen landed the role instead.

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Sebastian Stan

Sebastian Stan first signed up for being Captain America but for the role as Winter Soldier, Stan explained that everything actually realized that Bucky was a “much better role.”

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