By Stephen Ippolito | May 10th, 2022
Throughout Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ production, there were many casting/cameo rumors that popped up online. One of the most notable ones was that Tom Cruise would play Tony Stark/Iron Man in one of the universes that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange visited. Obviously, with the movie hitting theaters last Friday, we know now that this ended up not being true. However, according to the sequel’s writer Michael Waldron, there was talk of having the Mission: Impossible star appear in the film.
During an interview with Rolling Stone, Waldron revealed that he did approach Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige about having Cruise make an appearance. The writer did say though, that he was never cast nor filmed anything.
“Yeah, that was totally made up. I mean, there’s no cut footage of Tom Cruise,” Waldron confirmed. “But I love Tom Cruise, and I said to [Marvel Studios president] Kevin [Feige] at one point, I was like, could we get Tom Cruise’s Iron Man? I remember reading about that in Ain’t It Cool News back in the day, that Tom Cruise was going to be Iron Man.”
The Ain’t It Cool News piece that Waldron was referring to was that in the early-mid 2000s when Iron Man was being developed and Robert Downey Jr. had not been cast yet, there was a report that Marvel Studios wanted Cruise for the role. In 2018, the actor even confirmed that he was approached about it but turned it down.
As for the reason his talk with Feige didn’t lead to Cruise appearing in Multiverse of Madness, Waldron said the two concluded that he wouldn’t be available. Given everything the actor has gone through the last couple of years filming back-to-back Mission: Impossible films, that was probably a wise decision not to even ask.
If he did appear in the film, you have to think that he would have been one of the Illuminati members. Maybe one day, the studio will make it happen (Secret Wars?).