Actors who refused huge Marvel roles
Landing a role in a Marvel movie means potential stardom for up-and-coming actors, renewed popularity for aging vets, and a fat paycheck for anyone willing to don a cool metal suit. But despite Marvel's impact on the modern movie business, not every actor is keen to put on a mask and do battle with alien armies. In fact, when Marvel went after the celebrities on this list, they all said no thanks.
Let's start with Russell Crowe, who turned down the opportunity to play Wolverine in the original X-Men. In an Access Hollywood interview, Crowe explained, "I'd just done a character whose animal totem was a wolf, which was that fellow Max in Gladiator. So I didn't want to be connected with a wolf again." Crowe further clarified his reasoning, explaining X-Men was "a cartoon, and I'm not really into those." Luckily for superhero fans everywhere, he did recommend Bryan Singer go with Hugh Jackman, who'd previously auditioned for the part. Here's a little Photoshop magic to help you imagine how Crowe might have looked if fate had taken a different turn.