Toss this one in the “missed opportunities” bin: Alec Baldwin almost starred in a Marvel movie.
The actor appeared on the Howard Stern Show recently and revealed that he was asked “to play a villain in one of these Marvel Comics movies.” He added, “I wasn’t available, they wanted me to work a certain time. And because of my wife’s pregnancy, I had to turn down two films this summer that I wanted to do.”
Baldwin wouldn’t name the Marvel movie he was up for, so we’re left with no choice but to guess. But there are so many possible combinations, that it’s impossible to figure out who he was up for.
Maybe it was Robert Redford’s role in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as S.H.I.E.L.D. director Alexander Pierce, or Peter Dinklage’s Sentinel-building Bolivar Trask in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Perhaps Baldwin was eyed to play Norman Osborn instead of Chris Cooper in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” And what about the possibility that Marvel wanted Baldwin for Thanos, first teased in “Guardians of the Galaxy” before making a greater appearance down the line?
Baldwin refused to answer the question publicly, but said he’d tell Stern off-camera. So, you know who to hound for answers.
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