We all know how much big and profitable Marvel Cinematic Universe has become in comparison of other big franchises existing at the moment. Marvel has become such a significant franchise in terms of profit and collection that it can easily leave behind some of the giants of the industry. If Marvel will only combine their Spider-Man and X-Men movie franchise then they can easily beat the big franchises such as Harry Potter, Super Mario, and Disney Princess.
Also, it seems like a lot of things has helped Marvel in becoming what it is today and one of the factors was luck as their characters would’ve not been this much popular if they would’ve made their appearance back in the 70s, 80s, or even 90s because there wasn’t enough technology at that time in the hands of filmmakers.
So, today we are going to talk about the versions of the film which were almost made up in the past and there are a lot of movies in this particular category and thus we are going to 20 incredible movies who would’ve made their appearance on the big screen much earlier if things and luck would’ve been in their favor.
20. Wesley Snipes’ Black Panther:
Not many people know this but Wesley Snipes was interested in making a Black Panther movie much earlier than the Blade movie. But, we couldn’t be able to get the Black Panther version of Snipes on the big screen because of the reason that Snipes couldn’t explain his views and ideas.
The strange part is that most of the execute thought that he is talking about making some political party. But, the final nail in the coffin of this idea was the lack of technology and the producers thought that it is not the right time to show Wakanda on the big screen because they don’t have good technology.
19. Deadpool in the 90s:
Artisan Entertainment is the one who purchased the rights of 15 Marvel properties with a vision of turning them into movies and TV shows back in 2000. Deadpool was obviously one of them and we don’t really know whether we would be able to see a PG-rated movie back in the 90s or not. But, it seems like they also know that showing Deadpool without PG is going to be a silly and suicidal move and thus they only produced Man-Thing and Punisher.
18. Howard Stern’s Ant-Man:
It has been reported by the man himself, Howard Stern that he was planning to make an Ant-Man movie back in the 90s as he was a huge fan of Ant-Man and knew back in time that if this superhero is going to come up on the big screen then fans surely going to love him a lot. Stern revealed this while having a talk with Paul Rudd.
At that time, Stern was considered one of the finest directors of his generation after his great success with the movie Private Parts. Stern went really close as he also met with the people at Marvel Studios in order to acquire the rights of Ant-Man but as we all know it didn’t happen and the project went into the wishlist of the director.
17. Quentin Tarantino’s Iron Man:
Back in 1999, it was Quentin Tarantino who was approached in order to sit on the director’s chair of the movie Iron Man. The approach was made up by Fox but the move didn’t go well because Fox has already spent a lot of money in X-Men and other Marvel projects.
But, if this would’ve happened then it’s possible that Iron Man would become a part of the X-Men franchise. Also, seeing the flair and vision of Tarantino in an Iron Man movie would’ve been close to magic or blunder.
16. Ll Cool J As Blade:
We have to say that we are blessed that this doesn’t happen as its really hard to imagine someone portraying the role of Blade with the level of brilliance and quality with which Wesley Snipes has done this role in the movies of Blade. There are claims that back in 1992 when the early work on the film was going on it was LL Cool J for whom the titular role was planned for. But, with director David Fincher making his out of the project and concentrating on Seven and also LL Cool J started working on 14 Shots to the Dome album. The plans went out on the floor and the project never started.
15. Lawsuit Stopped Captain America:
We know it’s really easy to bring a Captain America movie on the big screen because the movie doesn’t require a lot of effects and all that stuff. So, it was Artisan Entertainment again who purchased the rights of Captain America and the production also got started but it was the co-creator of the character who filed a lawsuit against the company and the making of the movie stopped. Joe Simon was the man who stopped Captain Americ from making his appearance int he 90s.
14. Sam Raimi’s Thor:
It was none other than Sam Raimi who was fresh from the success of Darkman and went with the idea of a Thor movie with Stan Lee with him as they both were working on a script for the movie Thor. But, the owners of the character at that time Fox didn’t get the idea much promising and thought that it’s not a good idea to bring superhero movies to this extent and Thor isn’t much popular among the people at that time. The collaborative idea of Stan Lee and Sam Raimi never got the chance to come up on the big screen.
13. Budget Problem For The Big Guy Hulk:
there are chances that we would’ve got to see Hulk on the big screen back in the mid-90s. As it was none other than Universal Pictures who start putting a team in order to bring the big guy Hulk on the big screen. But, the plan got off because of the reason that the projected budget of the movie was getting close to $100 million and the assumption was made after the spending of nearly $20 million on the computers in the pre-production. Thus, the project was dumped by Universal Pictures back in that time.
12. James Cameron’s X-Men:
The credit for the success fo X-Men goes to Chris Claremont who has written the storyline of Days of Future Past and also of Dark Phoenix. But, there are reports that in the past it was none other than James Cameroon who was tipped to bring an X-Men team on the big screen. It was none other than Lightstorm Entertainment as we all know that Cameroon was the founder of Lightstorm and he was the one who dismissed the idea of an X-Men movie despite Stan Lee and Chris Claremont being too much passionate about the movie. Cameroon had his eyes on a Spider-Man movie instead of that.
11. Wes Craven’s Doctor Strange:
There are reports that in 1992, Wes Craven was the name who was tapped to write and direct a Doctor Strange movie and it was Savoy Pictures who tipped him for this project as they were huge fan of Doctor Strange and knew back in time that Wes Craven is the man who can bring the magic of Doctor Strange perfectly on the big screen. But, with all this optimism the project never started and the rights of the character were passed to Columbia Pictures who also didn’t use the character.
10. Daredevil Would’ve Come In The 90s:
It seems like we will never have a Daredevil film with the quality we have int he small screen in recent years. But, there are claims that there were negotiations between Chris Columbus and 20th Century Fox back in 1997 when Chris wanted to make a Daredevil film but despite having a lot of trouble in the rights of Daredevil, it was Regency Enterprises who went off snagging the rights of Daredevil despite Disney being in the race.
9. Johnny Depp As Johnny Blaze:
We simply can’t imagine someone else sitting on that kickass bike of Ghost Rider as we all know that Nicolas Cage has done an incredible job in the role of Johnny Blaze aka. Ghost rider but there are reports that we would’ve got Johnny Depp instead of him in the role of Johnny Blaze as back in early 90’s there were plans of making a Ghost Rider movie but the project didn’t go off to a start until 2000.
When it was none other than Sky Entertainment who agreed in order to bring Johnny Depp in the role of Johnny Blaze and Stephen Norrington on the director’s chair. The project didn’t start well and then it was Columbia Pictures who bought the rights of Ghost Rider.
8. Chris Columbus’ Fantastic Four:
It was the year 1995 when it was none other than 20th Century Fox who brought Chris Colombus in order to direct a Fantastic Four movie as they’ve bought the rights of the Fantastic Four. But, Columbus stepped down from the job because of having interests in much bigger and better projects. But, despite recruiting a lot of great creative teams the movie couldn’t be able to come on the floor and finally, it was decided that they’re going to extend their licensing and it took Fox nearly a decade in order to bring a Fantastic Four movie on the big screen.
7. Dolph Lundgren As Eddie Brock:
In 1997, it was Dabid S. Goyer who wrote a script for a Venom movie and the producers of the movie were New Line Cinema and the actor who was selected in order to portray the character of Eddie Brock was none other than Dolph Lundgren but it was Sony who purchased the rights of the characters of Spider-Man and as we all know that since then the rest is history. But, we have to say that e are blessed that we didn’t get a Venom movie back in 1997 because there was no technology back in that time and also having Lundgren int he role seems to be a disaster.
6. Captain America In The 80s:
Cannon Films were the ones who got their hands on the rights of Captain America back in 1984 and spent the next five years in making a film of the superhero. They also had a great director with them in the name of Michale Winner. The attempt made by the whole team was really genuine but the company on the flip side got in trouble as they ended up being owed $600 million in debt because of which the rights of Captain America went into the hands of 21st Century Films.
5. X-Men By Orion Films:
We all know that Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas have been part of both DC and Marvel but they both were called upon by Orion Pictures in order to write for an X-Men movie. Both Conway and Thomas were int he latter stages of the screenplay but got disappointed and very angry after knowing the news that Orion Pictures has decided to shut down the project as they couldn’t match themselves with the budget this movie is going to need.
4. Spider-Man Film By Cannon Films:
Financial issues were the only reason which stopped Cannon Films from producing a Spider-Man film because they were ready and kicking it off with the script of the movie and also there has been a lot of screen tests already done by the makers of the film. But, the financial problems seem to overtake their will to make a Spider-Man movie back in the 80’s. eventually, they also the rights of Spider-Man in 1986 but reclaim them in 1988. But, they couldn’t be able to produce a Spider-Man movie because of the same debt problems again.
3. Sony & David S. Goyer’s Thor:
The rights of Thor were in the hands of Sony when it was David S. Goyer who came with the idea of writing and directing a Thor movie in the 90’s. but, after it got a good backing from Sony, it was Goyer who refused to continue his work with Thor movie and after which the rights of Thor went into the hands of Paramount.
2. Stuart Gordon’s Iron Man:
If we talk about the first company who knew that Iron Man is going to be a huge success were none other than Universal Studios and they went on to make an Iron Man film with Stuart Gordon in the director’s chair. We all know that the ideas of Gordon were of showing Iron Man in her older years but that couldn’t come up on the screen because of the reasons that they were fully convinced with the ideas of Gordon. Which resulted at the end of Gordon’s directing the Iron Man movie.
1. James Cameron’s Spider-Man:
We all know that James Cameron was very obsessed with Spider-Man and he wanted to make a Spider-Man movie back in 90’s when he got to succeed in order to gain the support of Stan Lee and the backing of Carolco Pictures in order to get the license for the movie.
But, the bad thing which Carolco Pictures found in the ideas of Cameron was that he wanted to show a lot of adult things in the movie as according to his ideas Peter Parker uses his powers in order to spy on Mary Jane while she is changing her clothes. This is a little example for the reason why the director’s command went into the hands of Sam Raimi and Cameron got busy with his Titanic movie.
So, these are movies which we would’ve got a lot earlier than this time. But, do you really want these movies earlier in time. Tell us in the comments section as which movie you think should’ve come back in time and would’ve been a success.