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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s always interesting to take a look back at what could have been. We’re already waist-deep in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in its thirteen film run thus far, the studio has locked down some serious talent. However, it cannot be overlooked that there was a time when booking a Marvel film wasn’t a guaranteed success. Yet in those early years, the studio still managed to secure the likes of Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, Hugo Weaving as Red Skull, and Anthony Hopkins as Thor’s father, Odin.

Hopkins turned out to be the perfect fit for the character. The original THOR was a fittingly Shakespearean tale of brotherly envy, and Hopkins’ presence certainly gave the picture an air of gravitas that helped add to its appeal. Believe it or not, however, Hopkins was not the first pick for Marvel.

In a recent interview with the Guardian while promoting his new film, BLOOD FATHER, actor Mel Gibson was asked if he’d ever been approached to do a superhero film. It is, after all, the cool thing to do nowadays. Gibson’s reaction was rather blunt and short.

“Yeah, long time ago, to play Thor’s dad. But I didn’t do it.”

Gibson didn’t elaborate on why he didn’t take the role, nor were we given any insight to what the actor thinks of the current superhero film craze, which is a same. But, needless to say, had GIbson taken on the role, it may have had an entirely different feel. Plus, we can’t forget this was likely a short time before the controversy surrounding him came into play. One has to wonder if Marvel would’ve stuck with him for the sequel or replaced him altogether, as his comments in 2010 definitely put a serious halt on his career, from which he’s still recovering.

What do you think about Mel Gibson almost having played the role of Odin? Would you have preferred him, or was Anthony Hopkins the better choice? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: The Guardian

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.