20 Hollywood Stars Who Were Nearly Cast As Our Favorite Superheroes

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A role as a superhero more or less guarantees an actor a place on the Hollywood A-list. Caped crusaders and men of steel do big, big business. But there are some people who got very close to playing some of the most iconic superheroes of all time, only to lose out or even turn the role down. Most of them went on to have great careers anyway, sometimes even in other superhero movies. But still, imagine what could have been.

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20. Joaquin Phoenix was nearly Doctor Strange

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The role of Doctor Strange ended up going to British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, but before that, Marvel Studios were keen to get Joaquin Phoenix for it. Unfortunately, it turned out superhero movies weren’t really Phoenix’s forte. When Time Out magazine asked him about it in 2015, he said he was “probably a bit of a snob about that.”

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