Daniel Craig Was Almost a Leading Character in Doctor Strange 2

Do you know who hasn’t even been mentioned for a role at Marvel Studios after 14 years in the MCU?

Marvel Studios will constantly be looking for talent to pull into the battle, with an ever-expanding universe loaded with casting chances for superheroes, villains, and regular people. With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a film rife with reported cameos, this was more accurate than ever.

Baron Mordo, Captain Marvel, Professor X, Captain Carter, Black Bolt, and Mr. Fantastic were the only members of Earth-838’s Illuminati who made cameo appearances. Only John Krasinski’s Mr. Fantastic and Anson Mount’s Black Bolt proved to be actual surprises, as 4 of the 6 council members were featured in the marketing in the run-up to premiere.

Daniel Craig Was Almost a Leading Character in Doctor Strange 2

There were several cameo predictions that didn’t come out to be true, including Deadpool, Spider-Man, and Wolverine; also, Balder the Brave, son of Odin and brother of Thor, was one among the more subtle ones. The renowned actor who would have played the Asgardian hero in Multiverse of Madness has now been revealed.

Daniel Craig, who plays James Bond, was almost cast as Balder the Brace in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Illuminati, replacing John Krasinski’s Mr. Fantastic.

In a recent tweet, Deadline’s Justin Kroll disclosed that Krasinski wasn’t originally supposed to be in the picture, but that the original actor – whom he teased to be Craig with a GIF – backed out due to a spike in COVID instances in the UK. Craig was living in London at the time and decided the quick shoot wasn’t worth the danger of spreading the infection to his family.

Craig was supposed to play Balder the Brave (Thor’s brother) on the Illuminati, according to Twitter user @heavyspoilers. Wanda was said to have persuaded the Asgardian to commit suicide, but Craig was unable to film the scenes, so Krasinski’s Mr. Fantastic stepped in.

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So, if it hadn’t been for a spike in COVID-19 cases in the UK, Daniel Craig, James Bond, would be in the MCU right now. On Earth-838’s Illuminati council, Balder the Brave would have undoubtedly replaced Thor, but in the end, John Krasinski’s Reed Richards was the better choice. After all, in Marvel Comics, he is the wisest man alive and a major member of the Illuminati.

Although, because the Illuminati scene had six chairs and a space to accommodate Charles Xavier’s wheelchair, integrating both was once considered a possibility. With seven spaces on the platform and only 6 Illuminati members, it’s possible that another hero was initially planned to join the squad. Normally, the extra chair would be removed using CGI, but the symmetry of the scene made this a difficult process that the creative team thought wasn’t worth the effort.