When thinking of ideas for movies, producers turn to a variety of influences—including the fans themselves.
This is why Tom Cruise almost wore an Iron Man suit.
It all started after the announcement of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” and fans began speculating whether the “Top Gun: Maverick” star would appear as a version of Tony Stark’s Iron Man.
The rumors weren’t too far-fetched, as the actor told IGN that he had been approached to play The Simple Avenger in 2005, but he eventually admitted, “As it was lining up, it didn’t sound like it to me. Like it was going to work. I needed to be able to make decisions and make the film as great as possible, and it didn’t go down that path.”
Robert Downey Jr. played in 2008’s “Iron Man,” which closed the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s why the audience never saw Cruise in the MCU.
On Monday, “Multiverse of Madness” screenwriter Michael Waldron told Rolling Stone that at one point he tried to make the case for Cruise.
The new Marvel blockbuster explores alternate realities when Forbidden Magic opens a portal to the multiverse, which includes very different versions of the MCU characters that audiences are accustomed to.
With so much hype surrounding Cruise’s appearance, Waldron took a step to try to bring the fan theory to life on the big screen.
“Yeah, that was totally made up. I mean, there’s no cut footage. Tom Cruise,” he said while speaking on online rumours. “But I love Tom Cruise, and I said [Marvel Studios president] kevin [Feige] At one point, I was like, ‘Can we have Tom Cruise’s Iron Man?’ I remember reading that day’s Ain’t It Cool news that Tom Cruise was going to be Iron Man.
He continued, “As it was being talked about online, I was like, ‘Yeah, that would be cool!'”
Waldron shared that he was unsure whether Cruise was ever approached about the role, mainly because it could present a time challenge given the “Mission: Impossible” star’s busy schedule.
“I don’t think it was ever an option because of availability,” Waldron said.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong and Xochital Gomez, is in theaters now.
Action-packed suspenseful sequel earns anticipated $185 million The Walt Disney Company said on Sunday that its first weekend in US and Canadian cinemas increased ticket sales.
The film doubled the opening of the first “Doctor Strange,” which opened in 2016 to $85 million. It also surpassed “The Batman”, which took the lead as the biggest opener of the year.