The MCU is a wonderful place. The superheroes, the hero vs villain fights, the witty oneliners, the CGI and the humor are top notch. But it is not all of what the Marvel Cinematic Universe is famous for. There are Easter eggs and cameos lying around which fans miss most of the time. But more often than not, the cameos are missed by the most prying of eyes not because they are hard to find but because they were never there in the first place.
10. Wonderman (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Nathan Fillion was supposed to play the incredible Wonderman in Guardians of the Galaxy. But the deal fell through and all hopes of a Wonderman cameo were lost. Later he was set to appear in the poster of a Tony Stark movie in GotG vol. 2. That didn’t happen in the theatrical version either where his scene was cut.
9. Hank Pym (Thor)
Hank Pym was supposed to be what Tony Stark is to the MCU now. It was Hank Pym that was supposed to be the Godfather of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not Iron Man. But the Ant-Man movie kept on being delayed and Edgar Wright lost interest with Peyton Reed taking the helm. In Thor, Erik Selvig namedrops Hank Pym as a former colleague and a man of science.
8. Captain Marvel (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Captain Marvel was supposed to appear at the end of Age of Ultron as the new generation of Avengers alongside Falcon, Scarlet Witch and The Vision. But Joss Whedon cut that scene out of the movie because it was too confusing for another unknown superhero to come join the fray at such a random moment at the end of the movie.
7. Captain America (The Incredible Hulk)
Captain America: The First Avenger was not supposed to be the first movie to feature Steve Rogers. That honor was supposedly going to The Incredible Hulk. In the movie, Bruce Banner goes to the Antarctic to get away from everyone and kill himself before he hurts anyone else. In the background, a peculiar looking red, white and blue shield was supposed to be featured. SHIELD would later dig up Cap’s body for his eventual resurrection.
6. Adam Warlock (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2)
Adam Warlock was supposed to play a greater role than just a post-credits cameo. He was set to be a major character in GotG vol. 2 but his debt came only at the end of the movie. The upcoming Infinity War could have had Adam Warlock as some sort of messenger to warn the heroes about Thanos’s impending Arrival. It never happened.
5. The Hulk (Civil War)
Thor and Hulk never made it to Captain America: Civil War. Had they decided to join, the fight would have been over in an instant. It was purposely decided to leave the Hulk out of the movie. But there was the talk of a post-credits explaining the Hulk’s whereabouts in the MCU. But the decision was avoided to let fans bask in excitement as Hulk made his appearance in Thor: Ragnarok.
4.Beta Ray Bill (Thor: Ragnarok)
Beta Ray Bill is a prominent and revered figure in the Thor comics. He is an alien warrior who was worthy enough to lift and wield Mjolnir. Later he is given his own magical hammer The Stormbreaker and later goes on his own adventures. Taika Watiti had included Beta Ray Bill in his movie Thor: Ragnarok but the scene was so short it was decided to be best to cut it out of the movie altogether.
3. The Leader (The Incredible Hulk)
The Leader is a super smart arch enemy of The Hulk. In the movie, he first appeared as Mr. Blue, a college professor/scientist who was trying to help cure Banner of the Hulk persona. After giving rise to the Abomination, he ends up with a cut on his forehead as some of Banner’s blood seeps in and mutates his head. But his appearance was never explored further coz of the movies poor integration into the overall MCU.
2. Loki (Age of Ultron)
The God of Mischief was supposed to disguise himself as Odin and whisper the impending doom of Asgard into Thor’s ears as the Scarlet Witch used her magic to make the God of Thunder hallucinate. Loki never made it into Thor’s vision but Heimdall did. The cameo was supposed to play directly into the events of Thor: Ragnarok.
1. Peter Parker (Iron Man 2)
Sony owned all the rights to Spiderman. As a result, the MCU could not do much but shape up the cinematic story-telling to reintegrate the wall-crawler into the MCU after Sony no longer owned Spidey rights. The little kid in Iron Man 2 who flashes a light on a hammer android was supposedly an infant Peter Parker. Another of his rumored cameos in MCU includes a kid giving Cap his shield back after he drops them while fighting the Chitauri in Avengers. But the scene never made it to the final cut of the movie.