John Krasinski was the frontrunner for the Cap before Chris Evans swooped in and took it.
His wife Emily Blunt was also close to making the Avengers, as she was almost Black Widow before a contract problem forced her out.
Jim Caviezel’s role in “Frequency” kept him out of the running for Cyclops, and he was a finalist for the Superman role in “Superman Returns” but they opted for someone a little more low-profile.
Anne Hathaway was supposed to play Black Cat in Sam Raimi’s fourth Spider-Man film, but when the studio canned that, she ended up playing Catwoman. We’re ok with that.
Tom Cruise was long at the center of the Tony Stark-iverse, but he dropped out due to a script that he didn’t think would work.
Marlon Wayans was set to play the role of Robin all the way up until the film went into production, when he was cut by the new producer. He was still paid in full for the film, so he was probably not too bummed about it.
Both Edward Furlong and Leonardo DiCaprio were in the running to play Spidey in a James Cameron-fronted film, but it fell apart when Sam Raimi took over.
After Tim Burton’s first Batman, Warner Bros. had a Superman script written by Kevin Smith that was to star Nicolas Cage. It was scrapped and replaced by “Wild Wild West” instead.
Dougray Scott was close to playing Wolverine in the X-Men films, which if it had happened, would mean that you would know who Dougray Scott is.
Bill Murray as Batman? Tell us what we need to do to make this happen.