Since the trailer for Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness aired, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding the film. One of them is the participation of Tom Cruise who is lined up as Iron Man in a different universe.
The rumor was also reinforced by a photo that was recently discussed on Twitter. In this blurry image purportedly from the film’s shooting location, a man who looks like Tom Cruise is seen wearing a motion capture suit.
The picture was posted by a Twitter account that often shares leaks in the world of films and pop phenomena.
“(Rumors) Probably the first picture of Tom Cruise on the set of #DoctorStrange2 in (Motion Capture) for his Iron Man,” wrote Moth_Culture.
While there’s no confirmation as to whether the image is indeed from the set of Doctor Strange or whether the man in question is indeed Tom Cruise, it has stirred up rumors. There have been reports that because Multiverse of Madness addresses the concept of multiverse and variants (different versions of characters), fans could be treated to a variety of actors playing their beloved characters.
Many fans have compared this to what happened in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Where previously had circulated photos of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield again wearing spider-man costumes.
Iron Man aka Tony Stark is famously played by Robert Downey Jr (RDJ) in the MCU, starting from the first film in the Iron Man franchise in 2008 until the character’s death in Avengers Endgame (2019).
RDJ is also considered as one of the characters who managed to elevate Marvel’s success with his films and played an important role in the franchise.
However, not many know that Tom Cruise is one of the names interested in taking on the role even before RDJ. In 1998, in an interview with The Gazette, Tom said that he was interested in producing and also starring in the film Iron Man.
Tom was among the actors being considered for the role when Marvel Studios wanted to cast Tony Stark nearly a decade later. In the end, Robert Downey Jr. appeared after director Jon Favreau asked him.