Film producers come up with tons of ideas for movies every year. But, many of those movies never make it to the big screen. That being said, here are ten Marvel movie ideas that were scrapped.
10. The Incredible Hulk 2
Much to Edward Norton’s surprise, there isn’t going to be a sequel to 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. Norton, who played Bruce Banner in the first movie, had spoken to The New York Times about entering into discussions with Marvel to make two dark, high-concept Hulk films. “I loved the Hulk comics,” Norton said. “What Chris Nolan had done with Batman [in 2005’s Batman Begins and 2008’s The Dark Knight, the two then-released entries in his trilogy] was going down a path that I aligned with: long, dark and serious.” Unfortunately, Marvel was not on board.
9. Blade 4
Blade delivered Marvel its first hit movie. It produced two sequels, Blade II and Blade: Trinity, which together grossed more than $400 million at the global box office. There were plans to make Blade 4, but when Wesley Snipes, who starred in the title role, got into some disagreements with David Goyer over the series’ direction, the movie was given the ax. Meanwhile, the ideas that came about during Snipes’ discussion with Goyer went into Blade: The Series.
8. A Secret Marvel/FOX Movie
X-Men First Class writer Zack Stentz revealed to SlashFilm.com in an interview that he had been working on a secret movie for FOX back in 2011. The movie would have featured characters from X-Men, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, and Daredevil. “I can’t tell you what the plot was, but I can tell you that it used all of the characters, all of the Marvel characters that FOX had at the time in 2011… We almost had Paul Greengrass directing it, which would’ve been so cool, but he had another project to do instead. It didn’t end up going, but it was a script I was really proud of, and it would’ve been really good,” Stentz said.
7. Daredevil 2
There are a couple of reasons why we never saw a sequel to 2003’s Daredevil starring Ben Affleck. One, the original film wasn’t all that successful. Two, while it did spawn a spin-off film, Elektra, that movie was a total flop. As a result, FOX halted any attempts at a sequel. In fact, Daredevil 2 was already in the plans, but it was dropped and FOX eventually let the license expire. It was then that Marvel picked it up and created the Daredevil series on Netflix.
6. Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man
You’re probably sitting there saying to yourself, “Hey, there was an Ant-Man movie.” Yes, you’re correct. There was an Ant-Man movie. But, it wasn’t Edgar Wright’s movie. According to TheGamer.com, Wright was initially brought in to direct the film. But, the direction Wright wanted to take the film conflicted with Marvel’s vision, and after several delays, Wright eventually dropped out of the project. It was then that Marvel decided to bring in Peyton Reed to direct the flick you saw on the big screen.
5. Sinister Six
This group of supervillains was set to have their own film rather than simply just appear in the Spider-Man films — that is until The Amazing Spider-Man 2 became a box office disappointment. What happened was they started removing portions of the Spider-Man 2 script, Andrew Garfield told E! Online. There was so much more of the script that didn’t make the final cut. All of that was related to the storyline, and “once you start removing things and saying, ‘No, that doesn’t work,’ then the thread is broken, and it’s hard to go with the flow of the story,” Garfield added. “Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies because they’re the tentpoles, so you have to answer to those people.”
4. The Silver Surfer
If you’re thinking that this guy already had his own movie, you’re half right. There was the movie Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which was a sequel to the 2005 film Fantastic Four. So, technically, the Silver Surfer didn’t have his own movie, just a sequel that gave us an introduction to his character. But, there was a Silver Surfer movie in the works. Andrew Kevin Walker had even already had a script for the movie way back in 2000. Unfortunately, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was a flop. Needless to say, the Silver Surfer movie project was canceled.
In 1989, She-Hulk was supposed to appear in a sequel TV movie to The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, but her character was eventually written out. Then, she was supposed to go on to have her own TV series — but as you probably guessed, that idea fell apart, too. But, a year later it looked as though things were finally starting to turn around. B-movie screenwriter, producer and director Larry Cohen had written a script for the movie, in which actress Brigitte Nielsen was supposed to star. And, as you would’ve guessed, that fell apart too.
2. Iron Fist
In 2000, John Turman was hired to write Iron Fist. Kirk Wong was hired as the director, and Ray Park was supposed to play the star character. The movie made it to pre-production before it failed, largely due to Wong’s departure. He was replaced by Steve Carr, but the project never came to fruition. Netflix picked up the project and turned it into a series, but dropped it last year after a rough first season and a less-than-stellar second season.
But, is this really the end? Maybe not. According to the BBC, fans set up a petition trying to convince Netflix to revive the show. As a result, Netflix issued the following statement: “While the series on Netflix has ended, the immortal Iron Fist will live on.” While it doesn’t sound like they have any plans of bringing the series back, at least not at the moment, one can hope that someday it will make a return.
Gambit was a Marvel project that was being developed by FOX back in 2014. Actor Channing Tatum was set to star in the title role. But, fans will likely never see the movie. According to an article published by Yahoo!, film director and producer Doug Liman recently told Screengeek that he didn’t have any new details to share with them concerning the Gambit movie. “I haven’t had an update since before the buyout. I think it’s done,” he said. And, now that Disney has bought out FOX’s movie slate, it’s highly unlike that Gambit will make it to the big screen at all.
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