Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) come to stabilize and standardize the franchise, the outputs of films Marvel were in the throes of inconsistency, with a series of films in which Sony and other major studios of the time vetoed it. Due to the proliferation of integration deals before the creation of the MCU, entire swathes of planned Marvel films have been set aside, in favor of the reboot of their characters in the nascent MCU. here is a non-exhaustive list the Marvel movies planned but canceled, as well as the reasons why they were ultimately not carried out.
6) Spider-Man 4
Of all the Marvel movies canceled from this list, this is probably the one whose cancellation was the most upsetting, given the cult status that the Sam Raimi trilogy has since acquired. Sam Raimi’s fourth installment simply collapsed under the weight of his own expectations, with the film’s pre-production notably being interrupted due to disagreements over antagonists to be used for the fourth part. Jim Carrey as Carnage, Bruce Campbell as Mysterio and John Malkovitch as Vulture were all important names pushed by Sony, with Raimi preferring to include Morbius or the Lizard by Kurt Connors. But Raimi left the project in 2009, followed by protagonist Tobey Maguire. The worst part is that Raimi confirmed years later that if Spider-Man 4 had gone into production, Spider-Man 5 would have been immediately cleared and would have gone into pre-production, with Sony also wishing conclude this series of films with a sixth episode from Spider-Man.
5) X-Men Origins : Magneto
Good that X-Men Origins : Wolverine (2009) subsequently spawned two films focusing on Logan, the series of X-Men Origins started and ended with this one movie. A very regrettable abandonment, because there was really room to do something interesting in telling the story of other key characters of the X-Men, both in the protagonists and in the antagonists. And precisely, the screenwriter of the film X-Men Origins : Magneto, Sheldon Turner, had presented the film as being the “meeting between The Pianist and the X-Men”. David S. Goyer was hired to direct Magneto’s origins story in 2007 after Turner’s final script approval, but production on the film was halted as 20th Century Fox waited to assess. X-Men Origins : Wolverine. And despite the latter’s success, Fox’s plans were abandoned to use Turner’s story as a basis for X-Men: The Beginning (2011), effectively containing many references to World War II originally developed for X-Men Origins : Magneto.
4) The Fantastic Four 3
Already the second part Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer (2007) had not convinced 20th Century Fox executives to continue the franchise, the production of a third opus seemed compromised given the reception of the films. The original series of films The Fantastic Four has been hampered by his insistence on being validated by the United States television rating system. As a result, each film felt juvenile and hollow, both in their dialogue and in their action scenes, resulting in a mixed reception from audiences.
It’s the only movie on this list that was scrapped by Marvel after the MCU formed. Originally slated to be an included in Phase 3 of the MCU, the Inhumans Project failed to capture the imaginations of Marvel executives, who instead used their time and resources to build the MCU around the Infinity Saga. Left on hold for some time and after discussing its potential inclusion in Phase 4, the film was eventually seen relegated to a TV series in 2017, which received a disastrous reception, and which was canceled after only one season.
While its shooting had already started, the cancellation of the film Gambit was probably one of the most shocking. Despite a seemingly convoluted production process, the final cast featured Channing Tatum in the title role, accompanied by Léa Seydoux and Lizzy Caplan. For many years, the film was postponed many times, pushing back the shooting dates. until Disney bought Fox in 2019. And while it was just barely a month since the shooting had just started, it was once again interrupted, and Disney, which had bought the rights to the film, exercised its right of cancellation on Gambit in favor of the subsequent introduction of the X-Men into the MCU.
1) Ghost Rider 3
The Columbia Pictures film was canceled rather suddenly, as the directors Mark Neveldine and Bryan Taylor had said upon release from Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) that they were ready to immediately make a third part with Nicolas Cage. Corn following the bad reviews of the second part, the main actor decided to give up the role of Johnny Blaze for good. And when Marvel Studios regained the film rights to that license in 2013, Kevin Feige announced that there were no immediate plans for another Ghost Rider movie, a situation that hasn’t changed since.
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