Before Robert Downey Jr. was chosen to play Tony Stark aka Iron Man at the very beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tom Cruise was very close to taking the role and the reason why that did not happen has finally been revealed. It is very difficult to imagine the MCU without the presence of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and even Mark Ruffalo, who was not the original Hulk. So much time has passed since each of them made their debut in what is today the most important film and television franchise in the industry, that the actors themselves have already become the face of their characters. Especially in the case of Downey Jr., whose portrayal of Tony Stark is considered one of the best performances of his entire career.
The new book from the MCU explains why Tom Cruise didn’t get the chance to play Iron Man. Read More