Robert Downey Jr. Could Have Played a Different Character Instead of Iron Man

by Jeremy Spirogis
Robert Downey Jr. on the red carpet

The what-ifs in film casting are quite a few all through historical past, and there’s nonetheless attention-grabbing issues to disclose about trendy classics. In the MCU, quite a few prospects might have existed in particular actors taking part in key superheroes. Robert Downey, Jr. is one who discovered himself within the good place on the proper time, even when Tony Stark wouldn’t be his first alternative looking back.

A chance existed of Downey taking part in one other Avenger had he had a second choice. There was a selected situation the place this might have actually occurred based mostly on one other actor being thought-about for Stark/Iron Man.

According to Downey in a current interview, although, his final alternative as a child would have been a special superhero. Visions of a youthful Downey taking part in this character resonate within the thoughts.

Robert Downey Jr. on the red carpet
Robert Downey Jr. | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

In the choice universe, possibly Downey would have made an ideal Hawkeye

When interviewed by BBC1 radio lately and requested what different Marvel character he would have favored to have performed, Downey talked about Hawkeye. Of course, Jeremy Renner received that position, with a proposed Disney+ collection probably taking place within the subsequent yr.

One purpose Downey would have liked portraying Hawkeye was due to the transformation into the mysterious superhero id of Ronin. Most Marvel followers discover the Ronin character simply as intriguing as Iron Man, therefore Downey’s seeming curiosity.

Then once more, Downey taking part in Tony Stark appeared like the celebrities had been completely aligned. Downey appeared so simpatico with the position as a part of himself, a few of his traces had been improvised. Considering RDJ has even gone into selling synthetic intelligence know-how to assist clear our oceans, plus being ultra-wealthy, many have a look at him as a Tony Stark in actual life.

Regardless, there may be one thing taking part in out in our personal multiverse the place Tom Cruise performed Tony Stark as an alternative. Yes, Cruise was reportedly thought-about.

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What would the MCU appear like with Cruise as Stark?

Most appear to have a look at the opportunity of Tom Cruise taking part in Tony Stark as destiny taking part in out completely. Imagining Cruise taking part in Iron Man simply doesn’t appear to be as compelling when thought out intimately.

On the opposite hand, he might need made it work, if possibly not making the MCU fairly as profitable as Downey made it. Not that Cruise wanted such a job anyway since his Mission Impossible movies have been virtually nearly as good, at the very least in motion sequences.

From Cruise’s perspective, he’s mentioned his probabilities of successful the position weren’t as shut as rumors contend. So possibly issues would have ended up the identical since Cruise was apparently not a front-runner.

Trying to examine Cruise as Stark possibly isn’t arduous, however seeing Downey as Hawkeye might have created a much more attention-grabbing character. As it’s now, Hawkeye isn’t thought-about one of many all-time favorites, one thing Renner might amend in a Disney+ present.

Would Downey have made Spider-Man in his youthful days?

Something else Downey revealed within the above radio interview was that he was an enormous fan of Spider-Man when youthful. He famous nearly each boy of his era was a fan, giving any male actor the dream of taking part in the superhero on TV or within the motion pictures.

Such a situation might have occurred to Downey had he been 20 years youthful when Sony began to make their Spider-Man franchise. By the time the MCU began, Downey was aged excellent to play Stark as an alternative.

Envisioning Downey taking part in a late teen/early 20-something Peter Parker within the 1980s continues to be price excited about. The angst he would have supplied within the position would have been wonderful and arguably past the extent of Tom Holland.

In these mentoring scenes between Stark and Parker, maybe Downey was imagining himself taking part in the position of Spidey being mentored by a superior. Just about each actor within the MCU might have their very own model of What If…? occurring of their heads.

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