Aaron Taylor-Johnson Turned Down A Role In Marvel’s Most Anticipated Movie

Did Aaron Taylor-Johnson really turn down a role in one of the better superhero movies around? It sure seems so

By Douglas Helm | Published

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson is no stranger to being in superhero movies. His breakout role was in the off-kilter super flick Kick-Ass, about a kid who has no business being a superhero. Of course, years later he would appear in one of the biggest superhero franchises of all time with the MCU’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Taylor-Johnson will also be joining Sony’s Spiderverse of films as the villain Kraven the Hunter in the upcoming Kraven solo movie. However, he doesn’t take every superhero role thrown at him, as he apparently turned down a spot in Deadpool 2.

In a recent interview, Aaron Taylor-Johnson revealed that his Bullet Train director David Leitch offered him a part in the movie. While he didn’t disclose what that part would have been, it’s probably safe to assume it was a smaller cameo role as part of the X-Force. The X-Force was essentially used as an elaborate punchline as all of them, except for Domino, died while jumping out of a plane. The most notable was Brad Pitt’s blink-and-you’ll miss it cameo as Vanisher. While it would have been hilarious to see Aaron Taylor-Johnson join the doomed X-Force, it seems it wasn’t meant to be.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson ended up getting a much meatier role in David Leitch’s most recent film, Bullet Train, which is now in theaters. Pitt did too, as he stars in the movie instead of having a 5-second cameo. Though the latest film from the Atomic Blonde and John Wick director is getting relatively mixed reviews, many are saying that it’s at least an enjoyable and kinetic romp. The film also has a great cast that includes Brian Tyree Henry, Joey King, Andre Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Sandra Bullock, Bad Bunny, Logan Lerman, Zazie Beetz, Karen Fukuhara, and more.

Although it’s a little disappointing that we didn’t get to see Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Deadpool 2, it won’t be long until we see him return to the world of superheroes. Or rather, in his case, supervillains. The aforementioned Kraven the Hunter film is expected to come out on January 13, 2023. The film follows the Russian immigrant Sergei Kravinoff setting out to prove he’s the world’s greatest hunter. Traditionally, Kraven the Hunter is a Spider-Man foe, but since Sony retains film rights to many Spider-Man characters, they’re opting to give him his own movie. While this worked for Venom, it didn’t go so well for Morbius. Hopefully, this film finds Venom-like success and avoids the Morbius pitfalls. Kraven the Hunter, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is directed by J.C. Chandor and written by Matt Holloway. The film is also set to star Russell Crowe, Ariana DeBose, Christoper Abbott, Alessandro Nivola, Levi Miller, and more.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is also set to star alongside Russell Crowe and Aisling Franciosi in a movie titled Rothko. It follows Kate Rothko, daughter of painter Mark Rothko, as she fights to protect her father’s estate and legacy. The film will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s wife. In the meantime, you can catch Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s latest effort Bullet Train in theaters now.