Tony Stark (Iron Man)
We can hardly imagine any other actor playing Tony Stark — Robert Downey Jr. managed to make him legendary.
But the film’s story began in the 1990s when Universal Studios bought the rights to create a movie. Then, in 1997, Nicolas Cage was interested in this role, and even Tom Cruise expressed a willingness to play Tony and even produce the film.
But it didn’t work out. The plot had been changed several times before filming started in 2006 when both candidates had already lost any interest.