10 MCU Projects That Changed Direction Despite Initial Plans

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is back with the latest entry Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which marks the 30th film in the entire franchise. Since the beginning of the MCU, the goal has always been to tell interconnected stories that showcase pop culture’s biggest superheroes.


Since the first phase, many projects have changed from their original plans. Over the years, various projects have been officially announced. However, this is not an absolute guarantee that it will pay off as some of it has been repurposed into TV shows or plot points have been incorporated into other films.

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10/10 runaways

a runaways The film was announced in 2008 with creator Brian K. Vaughn set to co-write the film with Drew Pearce. Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist Film director Peter Sollett was hired two years later with plans for the film to be part of Phase Two. However, after success The AvengersPearce explained that Marvel has instead chosen to focus on heroes with bigger names rather than more obscure properties (per collider).

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In 2016, talks began about turning the movie into a TV series and the following year, the show was officially announced and streamed on Hulu. Although it hasn’t had as much success as the Disney+ MCU shows, it has still garnered a fanbase and received very positive reviews.

9/10 Black Panther

Black Panther in the Civil War

Interestingly, Wakanda has already been revealed as an easter egg in Iron Man 2 on the map years before T’Challa first appeared in the MCU. planning to make a file Black Panther The movie has been in the works since before the MCU even started. In 2005, Avi Arad announced that a movie based on Black Panther would be part of Marvel Studios’ Phase 1 films (via IGN).

Boys N Hood Director John Singleton was initially set to direct, according to black filmwith Wesley Snipes attached to the role (trans SuperHerohip). After many delays and creative changes, Black Panther It will finally get a 2017 release date that was announced by Kevin Feige in 2014 and debuted in Captain America: Civil Warinstead of his solo movie.

8/10 ant Man

Ant-Man suit

during ant ManEdgar Wright’s long evolution, and it’s been attached since before Marvel Studios came along. Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish first pitched the film to Artisan Entertainment when they owned the rights to various Marvel characters in 2003. After the rights reverted to Marvel, Wright and Cornish’s project moved to Marvel Studios. The film will be officially announced at the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con alongside Iron Man.

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Following his priorities for other films, Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man will be delayed again and again until it finally gets its 2015 release date. The last major decision Wright made on the film was casting Paul Rudd in the lead role before he sadly left the project due to creative differences (via collider).

7/10 in humans

Promotional image for Marvel's Inhumans

It was first announced as a Phase 3 film in 2014. in humans It was scheduled to be released in theaters in November 2018 (per collider). After difficulties finding the right setting to tell the story, the film instead landed as a Marvel Television project on a much smaller budget.

Unfortunately, the series was highly criticized and canceled after one season. The casting of Anson Mount as Black Bolt remained as the character continued to appear Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

6/10 Namor: Fran Mariner

Tinoc Huerta as Namor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Plans for Namor’s presence in the MCU existed long before his final appearance in the MCU Wakanda forever. Marvel Studios announced Namor: Fran Mariner As a first-run film with Terminator 3 Director Jonathan Mostow is writing and directing the project.

However, due to rights issues with Universal and Legendary Pictures, development of the film stalled for a long time until the rights to the character finally reverted to Marvel in 2016. Instead of getting a solo movie, Black Panther Instead, director Ryan Coogler insisted to Kevin Feige about including Namor in the sequel, having previously wanted him to appear in the first film (via GameRant).

5/10 Werewolf by night

Werewolf by night

based project Werewolf by night In development since before the MCU even started. Announced in 2001, Marvel Studios was slated to make Werewolf by night Film in co-production with Dimension Films (via diverse). Production experienced some delays and by the mid-2000s, the film was once again in development as part of Phase One of the MCU.

Filming was scheduled to begin in 2006 with a Crystal Sky Pictures co-production, but those plans did not materialize either. It won’t be until 2019 when Kevin Smith reveals Marvel Studios has plans for the character, according to Character book. The Michael Giacchino-directed TV special was finally released in 2022, but it would have been interesting to see what it would have looked like as a feature film.

4/10 reckless

Dark Daredevil is born again

after rights reckless He was with 20th Century Fox for quite some time, they finally returned to Marvel in 2013 and Kevin Feige announced plans to incorporate the character into the MCU films (per collider).

After talks with Drew Goddard, Feige and Marvel decided the character was better suited to TV instead because Disney wasn’t interested in making a low-budget, gritty movie. Through It All, the Netflix series reckless has been created. Daredevil won’t appear in an MCU movie until 2021 Spider-Man: No way home.

3/10 The Incredible Hulk 2

Screaming Hulk at The Incredible Hulk

after release Incredible HulkEdward Norton has signed on to star in the sequel, as well as appear in the series The Avengers (for every CBR). Set up at the end of the movie, Tim Blake Nelson was expected to return for the sequel as Dr. Samuel Sterns is fully transformed to become the leader, just like in the comics.

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With rights issues creating a roadblock for a future Hulk movie, Marvel paused all plans to continue the movie’s story but in a crazy turn of events, Tim Blake Nelson was unexpectedly announced to return as the lead of the Hulk. Captain America: New World OrderAt the 2022 D23 Expo. Plans for another Hulk project were also in the works with the rights apparently reverting to Marvel (via diverse).

2/10 Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man No Way Home More fun stuff New credits scene

Roughly a decade before Spider-Man finally joined the MCU in Civil warHowever, there were plans to have him appear much earlier and an entirely different incarnation of the character. When creating files Incredible HulkLouis Leterrier plans to include Tobey Maguire’s cameo as a student at Columbia University when Bruce Banner visits Dr. Samuel Stearns.

Attempts to get Spider-Man into the MCU continued in the 2010s with Andrew Garfield joining talks. After critical and box office disappointment The amazing spider-man 2Marvel and Sony jointly decided a reboot was in order with Spider-Man finally getting his own MCU movie in 2017.

1/10 Dr. Strange

Doctor Strange using magic

In what could be the best MCU movie, Marvel Studios sadly passed it by. In 2007, when Marvel Studios was still in its early days, acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro alongside world-famous author Neil Gaiman made Doctor Strange.

Unfortunately, the studio wasn’t interested, and regarding the decision, Gaiman explained that Marvel basically “we just want to focus on the core characters right now. Doctor Strange is way too advanced. We don’t want to go there” (via collider). It’s a shame the movie didn’t come to fruition, but maybe the pair could return for Doctor Strange’s third outing.

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