Actors Who Hate Being Part Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe

By Michael Avery in Entertainment On 17th September 2015


When Elba first appeared as Heimdall in Thor, he was a respected actor, but not exactly a household name. Now, he's a big enough deal that fans are pushing to make him the next James Bond. And with great fame comes great irritation at being contractually obligated to make cameos in Marvel films like Avengers: Age of Ultron. Describing the experience as "torture," he told The Telegraph that it "ripped my heart out." Okay then.


Elba isn't the only Thor alum who has soured on the whole Marvel thing. According to reports, Portman just about hit the ceiling when her hand-picked director, Patty Jenkins, was fired from Thor: The Dark World. In fact, it was widely reported that Portman wanted to quit the series entirely in protest, but was contractually bound to finish the film. She hasn't shown up in a Marvel film since, though, not even for a cameo. Hell hath no fury.

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The first and biggest star to "nope" out of his Marvel marriage was Norton, who played the lead role of Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk. Unlike Elba and Portman, though, Norton's creative differences with Marvel proved so severe that the studio itself decided to dump Norton. Luckily for us, they replaced him with fan-favorite Mark Ruffalo, while Norton went on to star instead in indie hits like Moonrise Kingdom. This is one breakup that worked out best for everyone.


Rourke also felt the sting of those infamous creative differences. And he sure wasn't happy about it. After much of his reportedly loopy improvisation for the role of Whiplash in Iron Man 2 ended up on the cutting room floor, Rourke ranted to Crave Online about his anger at having "some nerd" executive at Marvel churn out "mindless comic book movies" instead of deferring to his genius. Even years later,he still rants uses interviews to bag on Marvel when he has a chance. Get over it already, comrade.

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Howard was in on the ground floor of the Marvel empire, helping turn Iron Man into a massive worldwide smash hit. Yet, he was nowhere to be seen when the sequel came out, replaced instead by Don Cheadle. Why? According to Howard, it's because Marvel jacked him out of $7 million dollars so they could funnel the cash to Robert Downey Jr. instead. Howard told them to shove it and walkedand he hasn't been shy about bashing both Marvel and Downey since.


This one is particularly crazy because, you know, Statham isn't even in any Marvel movies! But after his name was linked to the villain Bullseye in the upcoming second season of Daredevil, Statham lashed out at Marvel anyway. "I could take my grandma and put her in a cape and then put her in a green screen, and they'll have stunt doubles come in and do all the action," he told the Italian website I 400 Calci. We're not sure when Marvel's latest international blockbuster, Grandma in a Cape, is going to hit theaters, but frankly, we can't wait to see it.