Talking to The Guardian, actor and director Mel Gibson revealed that he was actually offered that role but decided to turn it down. He didn’t elaborate on why, but there’s quite a difference between him and Hopkins, so it would have been fun to see what he would have brought to the table by joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe way back in 2011.
Asked what he thinks about superhero movies dominating cinemas, Gibson added: “Some are good. Some are kind of funny … Guardians of the Galaxy. Or the first Iron Man. And some of them are just like retreats. I mean you can watch them do Spider-Man five times … There is a slight shift in film. But, then again, I think all films are suffering from people not being able to now open them with their name. It’s a different kind of business these days.”
There’s been a lot of speculation that Robert Downey Jr. would like Gibson to direct Iron Man 4 as they’re close friends and the actor wants to see the sometimes very controversial figure given the same sort of second chance he was. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen, but it doesn’t sound as if Gibson is the biggest fan of the genre as of right now…