The Marvel Cinematic Universe is by far the biggest entertainment franchise in the world right now. What Kevin Feige has done is unprecedented. Now with nearly 40 projects, the MCU is bigger than ever.
Long before any official announcement, several projects were in development during the Infinity Saga. Many of them ended up being canceled, reused or included as supporting characters in other films. If any of these films had happened, the purpose of the MCU.
A project based on the Runaways comic had been in development for a long time. First announced in 2008, the film was to be written by Brian K. Vaughan. In April 2010, Peter Sollett was hired as director with Drew Pearce joining the writing team, for Den of Geek. The movie, at one point, was supposed to be part of Phase 2, but Marvel Studios replaced it with Guardians of the Galaxy instead, according to THR.
After the Phase 3 projects were announced in 2014, Runaways was not absent, but Kevin Feige maintained that the project was still in development and could be in Phase 4. Unfortunately, all the development of the film stopped and was rerun as a TV series. on Hulu. The canonicity of the series is unclear, but one member of the team, Nico Minoru, will appear in the upcoming Spider-Man: Freshman Yearseries.
9 Namor: The Submarine
Long before his next appearance in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Namor was initially set to get his own movie. In 2006, the development of the film began with the film being one of the first projects of Phase 1.
Speaking about the film, via IGN, Feige said: “The show will be tempered by the character. Our hero is caught between two worlds. That’s the heart of the story, and it’s that dichotomy that makes it so interesting. Unfortunately, the movie was never made due to rights issues with Universal and Legendary Pictures.
8 Prequel to Ant-Man
Thanks to the quality of digital aging and especially in the Ant-Man films, Hank Pym actor Michael Douglas expressed interest in seeing Hank Pym’s origins after briefly discussing his past adventures in both films .
Speaking about the project with CinemaBlend, Douglas expressed his excitement, saying: “I’m ready. I’m ready. I need a good double. You know, I’ll find it, but now you can make me look 40 years younger, let’s do the whole work! Director Peyton Reed also wanted to work on the project, but it never seemed to get past the concept stage.
In 2010, Collider reported that Marvel Studios was focusing on making low-budget films based on some of its lesser-known characters for the MCU. One of them includes Ka-Zar. Ka-Zar is one of Marvel’s earliest heroes, first adapted when the company was known as Timely Comics in 1936.
The film would probably be based on the second incarnation of the character, Kevin Plunder, who is a character like Tarzan stranded in the Savage Land. Unfortunately, there is no more news about the movie after the initial announcement.
Before the much-maligned Inhumans series aired on ABC, a proper film adaptation set in the MCU was in development for several years. Black Panther writer Joe Robert Cole has been hired to write the film, and the film has been given a November 2, 2018 release date, with Vin Diesel attached in the lead role of Black Bolt, via HeroicHollywood.
After delays in Phase 3, Inhumans was officially removed from its broadcast schedule and announced to be made into a television series on ABC instead. Anson Mount replaced Diesel as Black Bolt and reprized the role again in Doctor Strange in the Madness Multiverse.
5 Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man
Edgar Wright began developing Ant-Man with Joe Cornish in 2003 and was officially announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2006 with Iron Man. Wright also directed a scene for the film that was screened in 2012, with a variation of the final costume appearing in the 2015 film.
Unfortunately, Wright left the film due to creative differences. Speaking at its release, for IndieWire, Wright remarked: “I wanted to do a Marvel movie, but I don’t think they really wanted to do an Edgar Wright movie. One big thing that was left was most of Wright’s script and the casting of Paul Rudd in the main role.
4 war machines
Rhodey is arguably one of the most underrated characters in the MCU. Although he has made numerous appearances throughout the franchise, it would have been nice to see him in more single player stories.
Early on in the MCU, a War Machine movie was in the works with Joe Robert Cole set to write the project, but unfortunately scrapped in favor of Iron Man 3, according to DiscussingFilm. Fortunately, Don Cheadle will continue to play the role with War Machine who is scheduled to appear in Secret Invasion, before headlining his own series with Armor Wars.
3 The Incredible Hulk 2
After the release of The Incredible Hulk, Edward Norton was signed on for the sequels as well as a guest appearance in The Avengers. Norton was heavily involved in planning and writing the sequel, comparing his vision to Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Unfortunately, Norton left and the role was recast with Mark Ruffalo.
Speaking about the experience with CinemaBlend, Norton said: “ […]they were like “That’s what we want!” It turned out that it was not what they wanted. But I had a great time doing it. I got along very well with Kevin Feige. “Attempts for a Hulk sequel had moved very slowly due to rights issues with Universal for several years. With the rights now returning to Marvel and Tim Roth returning in She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, the chances of a sequels are much higher, especially with the rumors of a World War Hulk movie.
2 Captain Britain
In 2017, Kevin Feige noted that a Captain Britain project was in the works during the Spider-Man: Homecoming press tour (via YouTube), saying “We’ve discussed it. There are a lot of actors coming in to ask for the role, so “we’ll see. In 2018, Aint’t It Cool News reported that Guy Ritchie was set to direct a film based on Captain Britain with auditions to be held at Pinewood Studios in November and December of that year.
Since then, there has been no further news regarding the project, with the release most likely moved in the multiverse saga due to COVID-19. Speaking to THR, Henry Cavill recently expressed his desire to play the hero, remarking: ” […]I’ve seen the various rumors about Captain Britain, and it would be a lot of fun to make a fresh and modernized version. […]There’s something funny about that, and I love being British. »
1 Iron Man 4
Perhaps the saddest project to ever make it to this list, Iron Man 4 was a real possibility for a while after Iron Man 3. Regarding the future of the series, Shane Black spoke with ScreenRant in 2013, stating ” Something tells me he’s going to win.” t be, and [he] will be seen in a quarter or a fifth. »
In 2014, Robert Downey Jr. officially announced that a fourth movie was in the works on The Ellen Show. That plan ultimately fell through, with Marvel opting instead to have Downey appear as Stark in other films such as the Avengers films, as well as Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming.