Surprising Ways Marvel Characters Fell Into Their Iconic Roles

The MCU has become as commonplace in our lives as breathing at this point. We’re at the stage where thanks to the magic of streaming, we’re getting new Marvel content practically on a weekly basis. And that’s truly amazing! But let’s take a step back and think about the early days of this massive franchise. Remember how it felt to watch Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark quip for the first time? Or to see Chris Evans enter that pod a zero and exit it a hero? Good times indeed!

And we’ve been with these characters so long that we can’t really associate them with anyone else. Like try picturing anyone else as Thor, Black Widow, or even Ant-Man! You just can’t do it. These actors have become so synonymous with their roles that you can’t think of one without the other. But how exactly did these actors fall into these roles in the first place? Well, that’s what we’re here to find out!

We all probably know about the fight Jon Favreau had to have with Marvel about casting Robert Downey Jr., but did you know that Chris Evans’ mom had to convince him to take the Captain America role? And did you know that Chris Hemsworth wasn’t being considered for the final round of auditions for Thor, but another Hemsworth was? So many crazy stories and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Join us as we talk about the surprising ways these actors got their most famous roles and after you’re done, be sure to hit that big like and subscribe button for more awesome Screen Rant content. Oh and leave a comment or else Tom Hiddleston won’t return for season two of Loki! Better not risk it… let’s get started!


0:00 Intro
0:31 Robert Downey Jr.
1:25 Chris Hemsworth
2:23 Scarlet Johansson
3:17 Chris Evans
3:56 Tom Hiddleston
4:42 Tom Holland
5:28 Chadwick Boseman
6:13 Paul Rudd
6:57 Josh Brolin
7:32 Elizabeth Olsen

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Written by: Jacoby Bancroft
Narrated by: Michael Keene
Edited by: Gulliver du Katt

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