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Emily Blunt “Wanted to work with Robert Downey Jr”: 1 Secret Wars Role She Can Still Play in MCU

The actress was almost cast as Black Widow in Iron Man 2 before she had to exit due to a contract.

Emily Blunt "Wanted to work with Robert Downey Jr": 1 Secret Wars Role She Can Still Play in MCU


  • Emily Blunt recently starred in the acclaimed World War 2 biopic Oppenheimer.
  • Blunt had been in the running for Black Widow during Iron Man 2 but lost it due to her other commitments.
  • She mentioned that she wanted to work with Robert Downey Jr. previously.

Actress Emily Blunt was last seen in Christopher Nolan’s biopic Oppenheimer where she played the role of Robert Oppenheimer’s wife Kitty. The actress’s performance was unanimously acclaimed and many believe that she will be receiving an Oscar nomination for her role in the period drama.

Blunt has starred in many acclaimed films and blockbusters, and she was almost cast in the MCU as Black Widow before it was lapped up by Scarlett Johansson. The actress has revealed that she always wanted to work with her Oppenheimer co-star Robert Downey Jr. before and with his return being rumored, Blunt can also easily be a Marvel superhero and realize her dream again.

Also read: Universal Has Submitted Oppenheimer for a Staggering 14 Oscar Nomination Categories, Including Best Actor for Cillian Murphy, Best Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr.

Emily Blunt Lost Black Widow Role In Iron Man 2

Emily Blunt in Oppenheimer
Emily Blunt in Oppenheimer

The foundation of the MCU was laid out by the Robert Downey Jr. starrer Iron Man. The film was a huge success upon release, which was a huge surprise for Marvel executives as the film had no bound script before filming, and nor were they confident with Downey Jr.’s involvement in the film due to his legal and personal troubles.

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However, the film earned $585 million at the box office and became the starting point for the MCU. The studio immediately commissioned a sequel and the decision was made to introduce the character of Natasha Romanoff a.k.a Black Widow in Iron Man 2. While looking for a suitable actress, the team approached Emily Blunt, who had a breakthrough with The Devil Wears Prada.

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Emily Blunt in Gulliver's Travels
Emily Blunt in Gulliver’s Travels

However, the actress had to forgo the role as she was contractually obligated to star in the comedy Gulliver’s Travels. The role went to Scarlett Johansson instead. Blunt revealed in The Howard Stern Show about her experience with the film,


“I was contracted to do Gulliver’s Travels. I didn’t want to do Gulliver’s Travels…There were a lot of really lovely people who were heaven to work with. I actually had a good time, a laugh, with all of them, but it irked my heart for it to have happened in the first place.”

The actress has not yet been cast in any Marvel roles but many fans believe that she would be a perfect fit for the role of Susan Storm.

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Emily Blunt Can Fulfil Her Dream To Work With Robert Downey Jr. Again

A still from A Quiet Place 2
A still from A Quiet Place 2

While talking on The Howard Stern Show about her career, Emily Blunt had high praises for her Oppenheimer co-star Robert Downey Jr. While the two do not share any scenes, the two have been considered to be some of the powerhouse performers in the huge star cast led by Cillian Murphy.

The actress regretted her missed chance to work with the Iron Man star and said,

“I care very deeply, very, very much, about the choices I make. That’s all I have, the choices that I make. I love Iron Man, and when I got offered Black Widow, I was obsessed with Iron Man. I wanted to work with Robert Downey Jr. — it would’ve been amazing.”

While she may have lost one chance at work with Downey Jr. as Iron Man, recent rumors indicate the return of the actor in the iconic role in Avengers: Secret Wars. There has been no confirmation from the team at Marvel, but multiple scoops are indicating that the actor has agreed to return to the role. 

This would be the perfect opportunity to cast Emily Blunt as the Invisible Girl a.k.a Susan Storm in the upcoming Fantastic Four film. The Matt Shakman directorial recently announced that Pedro Pascal was cast as Reed Richards. It is also rumored to have cast Vanessa Kirby as Susan Storm in the film, however, there are no confirmations of the latter. 

Emily Blunt would be the perfect fit for the character and she carries the necessary stardom to make it happen. It is also fitting that her husband John Krasinski played the role of a variant of Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness. With Secret Wars touted to be the climactic battle, there is a chance for all the characters to show up, including Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.

Also read: Emily Blunt Was Humiliated By a French Receptionist After Being Terrified of Ordering a Taxi in Front of Her Friends

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Written by Nishanth

Nishanth is a Media, English and Psychology graduate from Bangalore. He is an avid DC fanboy and loves the films of Christopher Nolan. He has published over 400 articles on FandomWire. When he's not fixating on the entire filmography of a director, he tries to write and direct films.