10 Actors Who Turned Down Roles In MCU Movies

Who dares say 'no' to Feige?!

Joaquin Phoenix Dr Strange

From its very first film, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done one thing exceptionally well: casting. Robert Downey Jr. was an unexpected choice to play a superhero but we all know how well that worked out. Since then, the universe has continued to grow and it's now at the point where it seems like Marvel can basically hire anyone they want and it will work.

They’ve enticed Hollywood legends like Michael Douglas and Robert Redford to play the superhero game. They've also convinced Tilda Swinton and Glenn Close to have some mainstream fun. And yet with all its success, there are still a few stars who have managed to refuse the MCU’s calls.

These rare actors have gone against the grain and turned down offers to star in some of the most popular films of all time. These bold men and women have decided not to let the lure of international box office success and fanboy love tempt them into the ever-present cinematic universe.

Some have refused due to a dislike of the material, some for scheduling reasons, and some have even refused once, only to be persuaded further down the line. Whatever the case, let's look at the actors who dared to turn down the MCU.


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