Marvel Reportedly Wanted Robert Downey Jr. to Play The Villainous Doctor Doom Back In 2005

Doctor Doom

Another book uncovers that before he was given a role as Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. was plausible to play Doctor Doom in the first Fantastic Four film.

The birth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe happened in the 2008 film Iron Man, where Robert Downey Jr’s interpretation of the title character (and his modified self image, Tony Stark) was critical to the project’s prosperity. Notwithstanding, as indicated by another book, it was plausible that Iron Man probably won’t have even been Downey Jr’s. first Marvel film.

Doctor Doom

Downey Jr. was supposedly considered for an entire other armored Marvel character. The entertainer might have played the powerful Doctor Doom, in 2005’s Fantastic Four, which was created by Twentieth Century Fox, a couple of years before Marvel Studios even existed.

The book, The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, annals how the huge blockbuster world happened as expected. Remarking on the introduction of the MCU, Iron Man director Jon Favreau noted, “Marvel had already met with [Robert Downey Jr.] before, I think, to play Doctor Doom.”

Doctor Doom

In 2005 Downey Jr. was simply hitting the tipping point in his rebound after a long history of addictions to drugs. The entertainer’s standing sank after a progression of captures in 2000 and 2001, the last prompting him getting terminated from his job on the TV series Ally McBeal. He later reviewed to Oprah Winfrey, “When someone says, ‘I really wonder if maybe I should go to rehab?’ Well, uh, you’re a wreck, you just lost your job, and your wife left you. Uh, you might want to give it a shot. I said, ‘You know what? I don’t think I can continue doing this.’ And I reached out for help, and I ran with it. You can reach out for help in kind of a half-assed way and you’ll get it and you won’t take advantage of it. It’s not that difficult to overcome these seemingly ghastly problems … what’s hard is to decide to do it.”

In any case, even after recovery, it was hard for him to look for some kind of employment. It took Downey Jr’s. companion Mel Gibson paying his protection bond for the 2003 film The Singing Detective to truly launch his vocation by and by. Maker Joel Silver then, at that point, cast Gibson in the 2003 film Gothika, where Silver retained 40% of Downey Jr’s. pay until the film was finished, as protection against him conceivably wrecking the creation. Downey Jr. begun dating Silver’s colleague, Susan Levin, during creation and the two ultimately married.

In spite of Downey Jr’s. fruitful re-visitation of Hollywood, the job eventually went to Julian McMahon, who filled the role in both Fantastic Four and its 2007 spin-off, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Amusingly, Chris Evans, who played the Human Torch in both Fantastic Four films, was then given a role as Captain America in the MCU. Considering that new development, it is conceivable that Downey Jr. would have still been Tony Stark regardless of whether he had played Doctor Doom.

Eventually, any reasonable person would agree that the role of Tony Stark did the entertainer admirably, so he definitely feels no misfortune on his part as his profession would presumably be in a much more regrettable position today without it. All things considered, for a long time, Downey Jr. was the most generously compensated entertainer in Hollywood, an accomplishment that was made conceivable by his Marvel legend.

Fans can pick up The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe now, wherever books are sold.

Source: The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, via The Direct