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MCU: 29 Unused Ideas That Would Have Made Marvel’s Franchise Near Unrecognizable

If MCU ever considered these 29 ideas, it would be a completely different world. However, the producers declined these ideas. Above all, I believe Nick Fury should’ve remained Spider-Man’s mentor. Here are some of the abandoned ideas by MCU:

According to the President and Chief Creative Officer of MCU, Kevin Feige, “it was supposed that Stane would be a secondary villain to the Mandarin.”

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At the end of Iron Man, Tony Stark didn’t reveal that he was the titular superhero. However, Robert Downey Jr. improvised the line “I am Iron Man.”

29 Unused Ideas That Would Have Made Marvel's Franchise Near Unrecognizable
The Truth is I am Iron Man

Iron Monger, aka Obadiah Stane, initially survived Iron Man and he wasn’t originally going to die.

MCU: 29 Unused Ideas That Would Have Made Marvel's Franchise Near Unrecognizable
Iron Monger

Before Chris Evans was hired, Captain America was original to be played by John Krasinski.

MCU: 29 Unused Ideas That Would Have Made Marvel's Franchise Near Unrecognizable
John Krasinski and Chris Evans

Meanwhile, Chris Evans almost didn’t take the role. However, MCU then offered him the position, and after speaking to “therapists, family and future co-star Robert Downey Jr.,” Evans accepted it.

Chris Evans
Captain America

In Iron Man 2, director Jon Favreau’s top pick for Black Widow was Emily Blunt, but she declined the role.

MCU: 29 Unused Ideas That Would Have Made Marvel's Franchise Near Unrecognizable
Emily Blunt talks passing on the role of Black Widow

In The Avengers, Jensen Ackles was offered the role of Hawkeye.

MCU: 29 Unused Ideas That Would Have Made Marvel's Franchise Near Unrecognizable
HawkEye and Jensen Ackles

In one version of the script, Joss Whedon replaced Scarlett Johansson with the Wasp because he thought they wouldn’t get Scarlett Johansson into The Avengers.

MCU: 29 Unused Ideas That Would Have Made Marvel's Franchise Near Unrecognizable
Wasp

Ezekial Stane (Obadiah Stane’s son) was a prominent antagonist in one early draft of The Avengers’ screenplay.

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In Iron Man 3, an unidentified actor filmed the flashback scene of Tony Stark’s mother Maria, but the director cut it.

MCU: 29 Unused Ideas That Would Have Made Marvel's Franchise Near Unrecognizable

MCU hired Patty Jenkins as director for Thor: The Dark World. However, she left the project.

MCU: 29 Unused Ideas That Would Have Made Marvel's Franchise Near Unrecognizable
Patty Jenkins

Thor: The Dark World almost featured Hela as the villain, but that didn’t work out for various reasons. As a replacement, Malekith took over.

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Thor: The Dark World actor Tom Hiddleston said Loki’s death would be permanent. However, it wasn’t. MCU tricked everyone with it.

Loki's Death Scene
Loki’s Death Scene

The plan was that Hawkeye would chase Captain America in Winter Soldier after learning that he is a fugitive from S.H.I.E.L.D. Mid-fight, Hawkeye would have told Captain America that a tracker was on his suit.

The Fight Scene From Captain America: Winter Soldier
Captain America: Winter Soldier

Almost two months before the start of filming, it was scheduled that Captain America: The Winter Soldier to open with a flashback to a “massive” battle during World War II, which would’ve ended with a significant moment for Cap.

Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America

Joseph Gordon-Levitt turned down the role of Star-Lord so he could star in ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.’

MCU: 29 Unused Ideas That Would Have Made Marvel's Franchise Near Unrecognizable

Early versions of Guardians of the Galaxy scripts did not include Rocket Raccoon because he feared he would appear “cartoonish.

MCU: 29 Unused Ideas That Would Have Made Marvel's Franchise Near Unrecognizable

Karen Gillan revealed that Nebula was initially supposed to die during the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

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Nebula

The character Captain Marvel appeared early in a draft of Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, Feige felt that portraying him with no backstory or character arc would’ve been a disservice.

MCU: 29 Unused Ideas That Would Have Made Marvel's Franchise Near Unrecognizable
Captain Marvel

Whedon snipped a great Hulk moment from Avengers: Age of Ultron because “it is a great gag,” but he couldn’t justify it.”

Avengers: Age of Ultron
HULK

Iron Man had a small role in Captain America: Civil War, which would’ve taken only three weeks to complete. 

Captain America: Civil War

The First approach to play the role of Doctor Strange was Cumberbatch. Nevertheless, he declined the offer because of prior engagements in a Hamlet stage production and the B.B.C.’s Sherlock.

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Doctor Strange

The Director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, James Gunn, wished David Bowie would appear.

MCU: 29 Unused Ideas That Would Have Made Marvel's Franchise Near Unrecognizable
David Bowie

James Gunn quickly snubbed Chris Pratt’s meta-joke in which Star-Lord sees Ego and recognizes him as Kurt Russell.

Star-Lord

As a possible replacement for Tony Stark as Peter Parker’s mentor, Jon Watts, the co-writer and director of Spider-Man: Homecoming, considered Nick Fury.

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Spider-Man and Nick Fury

Taika Waititi imagined Thor and Loki as children in Thor: Ragnarok in the 1980s. As the rest of the story developed, it became pointless.

26.Taika Waititi imagined Thor and Loki as children in Thor: Ragnarok in the 1980s. As the rest of the story developed, it became pointless.
Thor: Ragnarok

Nate Moore wanted to save T’Challa from Thanos’s snap.

major deaths
King T’Challa’s Death

Among a wide variety of MCU, Stephen McFeely, the co-writer of both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, revealed they considered delaying The Snap until Endgame’s first act.

MCU: 29 Unused Ideas That Would Have Made Marvel's Franchise Near Unrecognizable
Thanos

Lastly, in the Endgame script, Hawkeye was the one who sacrificed himself on Vormir to get the Soul Stone.

Black Widow’s Death

Thanks for reading! Which of these abandoned ideas by MCU is your favorite? Comment below your thoughts about these ideas.

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