Once upon a time, Mel Gibson was a god in Hollywood. Then everyone found out his father was insane, he got drunk and called a cop "sugar tits," had some choice words for the religious group that makes up the bulk of Hollywood execs, and nowadays, he can't get arrested. Robert Downey, Jr. has been lobbying hard for a Gibson directed Iron Man 4, but apparently Gibson turned down the chance to play a substantial role in the MCU several years ago.
While speaking with The Guardian (link below) at the Cannes Film Festival, Gibson was asked about the current wave of superhero movies and he dropped a bombshell near the end...
What do you make of the current wave of superhero movies? In the 80s, blockbusters were more star-driven.
Some are good. Some are kind of funny ... Guardians of the Galaxy. Or the first Iron Man. And some of them are just like retreats. I mean you can watch them do Spider-Man five times ... There is a slight shift in film. But, then again, I think all films are suffering from people not being able to now open them with their name. It’s a different kind of business these days.
Do you miss the way it was?
Yeah, in a way. I think you used to get more variety of stories, films and performances. You had more of a chance of a profound film experience. But that’s not gone. I think that has been relegated to the independent world – but they have to do it twice as fast for half the money.
Ever been approached to be in a superhero film?
Yeah, long time ago, to play Thor’s dad. But I didn’t do it.
So yeah, we could've had a world in which Mel Gibson was Odin. He might not have been as hammy as Anthony Hopkins—who has never met a fine bit of scenery he wasn't willing to devour—but it would have been interesting to watch. I'd believe that Thor was truly intimidated by his father at the very least. I think it's safe to say that the only person in Hollywood who could've out-crazied Hopkins, it's Gibson.
Via The Guardian