12 Major Actors Who Rejected Marvel Roles In the MCU

Not every star wants an opportunity to play in the Marvel sandbox. Here are 12 actors who rejected MCU roles.

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Yelena Belova
Superhero Alias:
Black Widow
Florence Pugh
Master combatant
Expert marksman
Skilled Strategist
First Appearance:
Black Widow (2021)
Every Appearance:
Black Widow
Next Appearance:


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