Kate Mara’s Small Role in Iron Man 2 Came With The Promise Of A Bigger Future in MCU

She hoped her character would return

Today Kate Mara is a renowned face, whether you remember her as Zoe Barnes from House of Cards, as Patty in Pose, or are currently binging on her Hulu series, A Teacher. But there was a time when the talented actress was busy looking for better opportunities even if it meant signing up for roles that came with the option of better options in the future. One such promise for Kate Mara came in the form of 2010’s Iron Man 2. 

Though the hype around MCU films was an eventual event, their future even during their early films was easy to deduce, especially after the massive and unexpected success of Iron Man. But while its sequel managed to pitch Scarlett Johansson name in the A-listers’ category with even bigger roles in future films, Kate Mara’s small, easily missable role in the Iron Man 2 did nothing to boost her career contrary to what had been hinted to her when the offer was pitched to her. 

Kate Mara appears as a US Marshal and serves Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) with a subpoena in Iron Man 2 and that’s where her role ends. But in a recent chat with Collider, Mara recalled being offered the role by Jon Favreau himself and it was “hinted” that this could mean more “substantial roles” for her in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

“I had a meeting with Jon Favreau for that and they had said to me, ‘It’s a very, very small part, but it’s with Robert Downey and Jon, and it’ll be really fun. And a lot of times they bring these characters back into bigger more substantial roles.’ It wasn’t a promise, but it was definitely something that was hinted at to me. So that’s the reason why I even took the meeting was because I thought, ‘Well, if there’s a chance of it, why not spend an evening working with Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau? Great. I love them both. They’re amazing. It’ll be a good experience’,” she shared.

But that’s what it all was– an unspoken promise with little possibility as Kate Mara was never offered a bigger role by the Marvel bosses after Iron Man 2. But the actress holds no beef against them as what she prefers to remember it as is a fun experience and a great opportunity. 

“And that’s exactly what it ended up being. It ended up being nothing more than that, but it really was fun. And we were shooting until like four in the morning. But yeah, it’s a weird cameo that turned into really nothing. But I don’t mind!” she further added. 

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