However you felt about the final season of Game Of Thrones, there is no denying that Emilia Clarke made the best of a tough situation and acted her damn eyebrows off in every single scene. Fans are now learning though that they may have missed out on that Targaryen magic being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Daenerys Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals, Mother of Dragons and the Breaker of ...Iron Man?
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter this week, Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke revealed that she had once been in line for the role of Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades series but ultimately chose to turn it down out of fear of being "pigeonholed" for the rest of her career.. Honestly, we get where she's coming from.
But in a much more disappointing piece of news, writer Drew Pearce let slip that at one time Clarke had been slated for a lead role in Marvel's Iron Man 3.
On Friday Pearce, who co-wrote the script with director Shane Black shared a photo on Instagram from a cast table reading early in the film's production, writing "Downey, Cheadle, Emilia Clarke (long story, the script changed)… all vaguely terrifying."
And more than a few fans had to do a double-take to make sure they read that right.
Yes, at one point the Mother of Dragons was getting ready to be a part of the third Iron Man film, but apparently some last minute script changes robbed us of that.
It wasn't revealed which part specifically Clarke was reading for, but the consensus seems think it was Dr. Maya Hansen, a role which eventually went to Rebecca Hall.
In early versions of the script Hansen was reportedly the lead villain of the movie, but when Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter feared Marvel fans wouldn't buy an action figure of a female villain that all changed.
Another theory is that Clarke read for a minor role that was ultimately cut, but that doesn't sound like the Khaleesi we know.
The sad truth is action figure sales most likely robbed fans of Clarke as a bad-ass Marvel villain squaring off against yet another Stark.
Hopefully Marvel knows what's good for them and finds her a part fast.