1. Spider-Man 4
The Spider-Man films have been rebooted numerous times, with Sam Raimi being the first to do it. However, you may not be aware that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire, was set to have a fourth and final installment. The film would have starred John Malkovich as Vulture, Anne Hathaway as the Vulturess, and Mysterio would have made a cameo appearance.
2. Gaiman & Del Toro’s Doctor Strange
Neil Gaiman, the legendary writer and director, and Guillermo del Toro, the director of critically acclaimed films The Shape of Water and Pan’s Labyrinth, have proposed adapting Doctor Strange from the comic books. Marvel, on the other hand, turned it down because it was preoccupied with directing Iron Man and expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
3. Quentin Tarantino’s Luke Cage
Before Marvel’s Luke Cage debuted on Netflix, it was quickly cancelled. Quentin Tarantino, the famed director of Pulp Fiction and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, was eager to direct a comic adaptation, and Luke Cage was his first choice. However, unlike Tarantino’s brutal aesthetic, the MCU maintains a family-friendly approach, making this proposal difficult to implement. And, now that Luke Cage has premiered on Netflix, it’s less likely to happen.
4. The Amazing Spider-Man 3
On its release, Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man received a lot of positive feedback. It sparked interest in a sequel, and the plots for the third and fourth installments were already in the works. However, the sequel was a flop, and Andrew Garfield had also irritated the producers by failing to attend a franchise-themed banquet. As a result of all of this, Sony and Marvel teamed up, and Andrew was replaced by the affable Tom Holland.
5. X-Men Origins: Magneto
Magneto was one of the best character in the X-Men series, with the majority of the plot revolved around him. This prompted Fox to create a solo film on Magneto’s origins. However, now that Disney owns Fox, this ideal is vanished, as the X-Men plot will not be continued. Even stars Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender have expressed an unwillingness to return.
6. Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man
Edgar Wright directed both Scott Pilgrim verses the World and Shaun of the Dead. He was hired to write for Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Studios, on the other hand, pressured the filmmaker to make numerous changes to the screenplays, forcing him to abandon the project. Peyton Reed was finally chosen to direct the picture.
7. Fantastic Four
Ant-Man is one of the work of Peyton Reed. He’d worked with a number of writers at all hours of the day and night, and he pitched an idea for Fantastic 4 to Fox in 2002, when the film’s rights were still in their hands. For Fantastic 4, he decided to go with a celebrity-centered plot. However, Fox did not agree with his ideas and instead gave the camera to Tim Story, whose version was released in 2005. To say the least, the film was a flop at the box office. Now that Marvel has taken over FOX, the rights to Fantastic 4 have been returned to them, and Reed is excited to direct the film, which is set to hit theaters in 2022.
Inhumans served as a stand-in for X-Men, whose rights were held by Fox. As a result, the idea of putting Inhumans in X-shoes Men’s for the MCU was suggested. However, the film was shelved, and they proceeded on with the TV series, which was also canceled in the middle. We have no reason to wait for an Inhumans film now that the X-Men have returned to the MCU’s nest.
9. Doctor Doom
Noah Hawley, the director of Fargo, was working on Doctor Doom for Fox at the time. Not only had it piqued Fox’s interest, but it had also piqued MCU’s, to the point that MCU was on board with a Fox-Marvel film based on Doctor Doom. Unfortunately, due to the Disney-Fox merger, this project was shelved.
Taskmaster is a well-known Marvel villain who, along with Moon Knight, once piqued filmmaker Joe Carnahan’s interest. Joe Carnahan, best known for the successful film The A-Team, expressed interest in directing a Taskmaster picture. The superpower of this Marvel character was photographic memory, which helped him make money at the expense of ethics. This fantastic plan, however, was never put into action.