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    19 Superhero Movie Casting Facts That Honestly Surprised Me, So Might Surprise You Too

    Jason Momoa could have played Drax in GOTG!

    1. Hugh Jackman was turned down for Wolverine in part because he was tall and handsome.

    2. Jason Momoa turned down the role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy because it felt similar to other roles he had done before.

    3. Asa Butterfield auditioned for the role of Spider-Man in the MCU.

    4. Michael Keaton's casting as Batman was actually really controversial at the time.

    5. Heath Ledger was approached by Christopher Nolan for the role of Bruce Wayne but turned it down.

    6. And Joaquin Phoenix turned down the role of Doctor Strange.

    7. Chris Evans initially turned down Captain America, and spoke with therapists, family, and Robert Downey Junior before making the decision to take it.

    8. ...and Sebastian Stan was a frontrunner!

    9. Amanda Seyfried turned down the role of Gamora in GOTG because she was worried it bomb.

    10. Lena Heady had a role in Thor: Love and Thunder that went on to be cut from the final film.

    11. Brie Larson turned down Captain Marvel twice because she felt she was too much of an introvert for such a big part in a franchise.

    12. Freddie Prinze Junior was in the running for the 2002 Spider-Man movie.

    13. And some Spider-Man fans weren't pleased when Tobey Maguire was cast because he seemed too "nice" amongst other criticisms.

    14. Patty Jenkins has said she probably wouldn't have cast Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

    15. Timothy Olyphant was in the running for Iron Man.

    16. Chadwick Boseman auditioned for Drax in GOTG, and though he knew wouldn't get it thought it would still be a helpful experience.

    17. Zazie Beetz, who played Domino in Deadpool 2, auditioned for Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse.

    18. A former Disney/Marvel exec had been confused as to why Bradley Cooper was cast in GOTG if his voice was going to be so different.

    19. Nobody else but Simu Liu was considered for the role of Shang-Chi.