Marvel’S Greatest Missed Opportunity Isn’T Tom Cruise Iron Man: God Of Cinema Guillermo Del Toro Wanted To Make A Show On One Founding Avenger


Prior to finalizing casting decisions, Marvel Studios had Tom Cruise in mind for the iconic role of Iron Man. During the early phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s creation, Cruise was a strong contender because of his charm, action-packed performances, and box office appeal. But it didn’t happen for whatever reason. Marvel lost the opportunity to hire him.

However, it appears that Marvel has made other mistakes as well. A well-known director had the idea to create a series that would go on to become one of Marvel’s greatest productions, according to the book MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios.

Director Guillermo del Toro Wanted to Make the Hulk Series

The renowned director Guillermo del Toro, whose unique style combines horror, fantasy, and breathtaking visuals to deliver gripping tales, has stated that he would love to direct a Hulk series. According to Dave Gonzales, Joanna Robinson, and Gavin Edwards’ book MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios, the filmmaker expressed a strong desire to create a Hulk television series in the early 2010s.

Unfortunately, del Toro’s vision for the Hulk series never came to pass since he was too busy directing Pacific Rim and several other projects at the time, despite his intense interest and creative vision.

Despite the fact that Del Toro’s Hulk TV series never came to fruition, it is still interesting to think about what could have been.

Why Tom Cruise Didn’t Play Iron Man In The MCU?

In the 2000s, Tom Cruise w as one of the biggest stars in the world, and casting him as Iron Man would have been a major coup for Marvel Studios. It is likely that Cruise would have brought a different energy, though now it’s hard to imagine Tony Stark being played by someone who wasn’t Robert Downey Jr.


The book MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios reveals why it later went to Robert Downey Jr. instead of the Mission Impossible star. The book says:

“Ten years earlier, when the Iron Man rights were at 20th Century Fox, Tom Cruise, then thirty-four, had flirted with the idea of playing Stark.”

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige reportedly told the authors of the book that “Cruise’s asking fee at the time was more than even a profitable studio like Fox was willing to risk on an untested superhero property.”

In a new interview with the podcast Phase Zero, Tom Cruise addressed this and said:

“Not close. Not close. I love Robert Downey Jr. I can’t imagine anyone else playing this role and I think it’s perfect for him.”

He continued:

“I look at a movie and think, you know, I don’t rule anything out, it’s what’s the story? What’s the character? Does it interest me? Do I feel this is what an audience would like to see me in? What can I learn? What can I contribute? That’s really how I look at things.”

While Cruise’s potential portrayal of Iron Man remains an intriguing ‘what-if’ scenario, Downey’s charismatic and nuanced performance ultimately became an integral part of the franchise’s monumental success, shaping the character in a way that’s now nearly impossible to separate from his portrayal.