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The following is a list of the movies that were considered to be in development by Marvel Studios, based upon different Marvel Comic Book Series and properties, but ended up not being produced in any way.

Captain Britain

In an interview with Hey U Guys, Kevin Feige stated that Marvel Studios has discussed bringing Brian Braddock / Captain Britain to the Marvel Cinematic Universe stating "We have discussed it. There are a lot of actors that come in and ask for the part so we"ll have to see".[1]

On May 10, 2018, Simon Pegg expressed interest in playing Brian Braddock / Captain Britain.[2]

On September 10, 2018, an unspecified source called "Super Grip" told Ain't It Cool News that Marvel Studios has booked space at Pinewood Studios UK in November and December 2018 to hold auditions for a project called Captain Britain and the Black Knight.[3]

Dark Avengers

On October 5, 2018, it was reported that Marvel Studios had developed and completed a script for an adaptation of Dark Avengers.[4]

Gargoyle

In 2006, a live-action film based on Gargoyle was being developed by Marvel. However, no further developments have been announced to date.

Iron Man 4

In 2014, the release date was likely going to be before 2018. Although sources said that Robert Downey, Jr. would most likely be replaced by another actor, due to his age and he will remain as a producer for the movie.[5]

On July 23, 2014, it was reported that Robert Downey Jr. has expressed interest in returning as Tony Stark for a fourth solo Iron Man movie.[6]

Ironheart

On July 20, 2018, it was reported by various media outlets that Marvel Studios is developing a movie based on Riri Williams/Ironheart. The script was written by Jada Rodriguez and appeared on The Black List.[7]

Ka-Zar

In 2010, Marvel Studios started taking meetings with writers and directors to work on small scale movies based on some of their third tier characters including Ka-Zar.[8]

Morbius the Living Vampire

In 2000, Marvel Entertainment entered into a joint venture agreement with Artisan Entertainment to turn at least 15 Marvel superhero franchises into live-action films, television series, direct-to-video films and internet projects. These franchises included an adaptation of Morbius.[9] In an interview, Jon Watts has expressed interest in using Morbius the Living Vampire along with Blade in a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel.

On November 13, 2017, Sony Pictures greenlit a movie based on Morbius the Living Vampire with a script penned by Buck Sharpless and Matt Sazama separate from Marvel Studios.

Mort the Dead Teenager

In 2000, Marvel Entertainment entered into a joint venture agreement with Artisan Entertainment to turn at least 15 Marvel superhero franchises into live-action films, television series, direct-to-video films and internet projects. These franchises included an adaptation of Mort the Dead Teenager.[9]

Namor the Sub-Mariner

On June 3, 2014, Borys Kit confirmed that Marvel, not Universal Pictures now has the Namor film rights.[10] On July 18, 2014, Kevin Feige told IGN in an interview that the Namor film rights are not with Universal and Legendary Pictures, but he explained there are a number of contracts and deals that need to be sorted out.[11] On June 2, 2016, Marvel Chief Creative Office Joe Quesada told Kevin Smith on his Podcast that the Namor rights are now back with Marvel.[12]

On February 16, 2017, Production Weekly listed The Sub-Mariner as a project going into production.[13]

Nick Fury

Andrew W. Marlowe was hired to write the script in 2006. The script he wrote was loosely based on Jim Starenko's Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. series and involved the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. The script was not written for the version of the character appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it was constructed before Samuel L. Jackson was cast but Marlowe said that the script could be "tweaked" for Jackson's portrayal.[14]

Nighthawk

In 2009, Marvel assembled a group of screenwriters to write film scripts for lesser-known characters including Nighthawk.[15]

Nova

On April 22, 2018, Kevin Feige revealed that a film based on the character Nova had "immediate potential" at Marvel Studios.[16]

Power Pack

In 2000, Marvel Entertainment entered into a joint venture agreement with Artisan Entertainment to turn at least 15 Marvel superhero franchises into live-action films, television series, direct-to-video films and internet projects. These franchises included an adaptation of Power Pack.[9]

A live-action film based on the Power Pack was reportedly being in development by Marvel in 2006.

However, in 2010, Marvel Studios started taking meetings with writers and directors to work on small scale movies based on some of their third tier characters including Power Pack.[8]

On September 18, 2017, various media outlets reported that Marvel is revisiting Power Pack as a film with Jonathan Schwartz overseeing the film as a "Spy Kids-like" story.[17]

On June 25, 2018, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige hasn’t completely lost all hope in bringing the family to life on the big screen, confirming his interest in adapting the property "someday."[18]

Prime

In 2003, Marvel released an earnings report listing a Prime film as "to be determined".[19]

The Incredible Hulk 2

A sequel to The Incredible Hulk has been in development since the film's release in 2008. Kevin Feige said that Hulk would return after The Avengers.[20] Tim Roth is contracted for three more films,[21] and Tim Blake Nelson is signed on to reprise Samuel Sterns, taking the form of the Leader, following some undue exposure to a sample of synthesized, gamma-irradiated blood.[22]

Louis Leterrier said that he was open to directing a sequel.[23] However, on April 12th, 2012, Kevin Feige confirmed that no sequel is currently in development, although he didn't rule out the possibility that a sequel might be developed in the future.[24] It was later announced that another Hulk film would be released in 2015 based on the success of the upcoming Hulk TV show; while this is likely a sequel to The Incredible Hulk, this was not specifically said so, and this could be interpreted as being a film relating to the TV show rather than the film series.[25]

Lou Ferrigno said in an interview posted May 2, 2014 that The Incredible Hulk 2 would take place after Avengers: Age of Ultron.[26]

On October 28, 2014, during a Question & Answer session at a Marvel live event, Kevin Feige stated that the Hulk will have a prominent role in many Phase Three movies, particularly the Avengers: Infinity War two-parter (with Mark Ruffalo already signed), but a solo film or sequel is not planned.

In April 2015, Mark Ruffalo revealed the fact that Universal owns the film distribution rights to the Hulk and this may be an obstacle to releasing a future Hulk standalone film.[27]

War Machine

In January 2011, Don Cheadle confirmed that a War Machine film was in development.[28] Joe Robert Cole was hired to write the film.[29]

In April 2019, Cheadle said that Cole's script presented "a lot of tension between his job as a military man and his allegiances to the code that he swore an oath to uphold, versus the changing world."[30]

Werewolf by Night

In 2004, Robert Nelson Jacobs was hired by Crystal Sky to write an adaptation of Werewolf by Night. The film was due to begin filming in 2005, but no further developments took place.[31]

Warriors Three

In 2011, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said about a Warriors Three film: “You never know. What's fun to me about the Warriors Three is that people seem to like them. People like the way that they were presented in this movie and their main note might be, 'I want to see more of them.' I think that for ‘Thor 2,’ if we should be so lucky, that there's an opportunity for that. But you never know.”[32]

References

  1. Amy Pascal & Kevin Feige - Spider-Man Homecoming Exclusive Movie Interview
  2. Simon Pegg wants to play Captain Britain for Marvel
  3. Guy Ritchie to Direct "Captain Britain and the Black Knight" Film!?!?!?!
  4. EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios Has Commissioned A ‘DARK AVENGERS’ Script
  5. 'Iron Man 4' release date, cast spoilers: Colin Farrell to replace Robert Downey Jr?
  6. ROBERT DOWNEY JR. HINTS HE'D BE OPEN TO IRON MAN 4
  7. Marvel Rumored to be Developing 'Ironheart' Movie as Iron Man Successor
  8. 8.0 8.1 Marvel Studios Wants to Release Lower Budget Movies With Some of their Lesser Known Characters Like LUKE CAGE, KA-ZAR, and DAZZLER
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Artisan deal a real Marvel
  10. Borys Kit on Twitter, 22 May 2014
  11. KEVIN FEIGE TALKS GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, THE AVENGERS & THE SUB-MARINER
  12. JOE QUESADA SAYS MARVEL STUDIOS HAS THE RIGHTS TO NAMOR
  13. Production Weekly - Issue 1032 - Thursday, February 23, 2017
  14. 'Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D' Screenwriter Describes 'Expensive' Jim Steranko-Influenced Film
  15. Marvel’s hiring writers
  16. ‘Nova’ Movie Has “Immediate Potential” at Marvel, Kevin Feige Says
  17. Marvel Studios Is Reportedly Planning A Family-Friendly “Spy Kids-Like” POWER PACK Movie
  18. Marvel Studios Still Wants to Make a Power Pack Movie
  19. MARVEL MOVIES: THE NEXT WAVE
  20. No ‘Incredible Hulk 2′ Until After ‘The Avengers 2′
  21. Tim Roth is signed for more Hulk films; after all, the Abomination lived!
  22. Tim Blake Nelson Signed For More ‘Hulk’ Movies
  23. Louis Leterrier Would Do Hulk Sequel – More Likely To Happen Now?
  24. Kevin Feige Talks THOR 2, IRON MAN 3, CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, the AVENGERS Sequel, 2014/2015 Releases, and More!
  25. Is Marvel Planning a Standalone Hulk Movie for 2015 After All?
  26. Lou Ferrigno Claims a New Hulk Film Will Follow ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’
  27. Mark Ruffalo Reveals Universal Owns the Rights to Solo HULK Movies
  28. Don Cheadle Says 'War Machine' Movie Has A Writer, Won't Show Up In 'Avengers'
  29. ‘Black Panther’ Screenwriter Reveals What Makes T’Challa One of the Most 'Unique' Characters in the MCU at Complex
  30. Don Cheadle barely knows what happens in Avengers: Endgame — and he's in it
  31. Werewolf by Night Movie Update
  32. Will "Thor's" Success Spin-Off "The Warriors Three"?
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