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All of these should end up in the next season of What If?
Even though the number of MCU movies has increased exponentially over the last few years, Marvel Studios still has to cut a surprising number of concepts and storylines from each one.
While scrapping certain elements makes sense for runtime or story purposes, it’s still fascinating to see what could have been.
Here are 23 scrapped Marvel storylines that would’ve been super cool to see:
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
In the original script for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Stephen Strange “knows firsthand the dangers of screwing with these things,” but when the release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was pushed from before their movie’s release to several months after, the screenwriters “changed it so he was a person who doesn’t know that much about the multiverse.”
Additionally, a new character was supposed to introduce Peter Parker to his two variants (aka Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man) right after Aunt May’s death — and concept art suggests that it could’ve been America Chavez.
Also, in an early version of the script, the villains raided one of the Department of Damage Control’s containers of Stark tech and used it to upgrade themselves.
Early into the The Avengers writing process, director Joss Whedon was concerned that Loki wasn’t going to be a formidable enough villain, so he wrote a draft with Ezekiel Stane, the son of Iron Man villain Obadiah Stane, as a secondary villain.
Likewise, when Whedon thought Scarlett Johansson wasn’t going to return, he “wrote a huge bunch of pages starring the Wasp” in Black Widow’s place.
In the case that directors Joe and Anthony Russo couldn’t get Robert Downey Jr. to return for the third Captain America film, they planned to focus on Jack Kirby’s 1976 storyline about the Madbomb — “which makes people crazy… It almost like zombifies them — but not literally.”
In an early version of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, rather than trying to get Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff killed, Arnim Zola tried to make a deal with them to help them escape if Steve flipped a switch to let him upload his preserved consciousness to the internet.
In another incarnation of the story, Clint Barton was going to be one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents sent to track down Steve Rogers — only for him to reveal that he was tricking S.H.I.E.L.D. to help Steve get away.
ABC’s initial plans for Jessica Jones included Carol Danvers (who’s Jessica’s best friend in the comics), but after Marvel Comics rebranded her from Ms. Marvel to Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios decided to give the character her own movie instead.
The ending of Avengers: Age of Ultron was supposed to introduce more new Avengers — including Carol Danvers.
Whedon also wanted to introduce Spider-Man, but Marvel Studios’ deal to include the Sony-owned property in its movies wasn’t finalized until Whedon had already finalized Age of Ultron.
In initial plans for Thor: The Dark World, Thor defeated Malekith by summoning lightning from all nine realms at once.
Initially, Thor: Ragnarok was supposed to follow up on Thor’s quest to find the Infinity Stones, which he started in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and in early teasers, it was supposed to be one of the “darkest” MCU films yet.
When actor Jeff Bridges was first cast in Iron Man, Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger was supposed to live, leaving his empty iron suit behind.
Iron Man 2 actor Mickey Rourke “explained to Justin Theroux…and to [Jon] Favreau that [he] wanted to bring some other layers and colors [and] not just make [Ivan Vanko/Whiplash] a complete murderous revenging bad guy,” so they allowed him to add more depth to the character.
In the original Iron Man 3 script, Maya Hansen was the lead villain instead of Aldrich Killian, but the filmmakers “were given a no-holds-barred memo saying that cannot stand and [Marvel corporate] changed [their] minds because, after consulting, [they’ve] decided that toy won’t sell as well if it’s a female.”
Ant-Man director Peyton Reed wanted Rick Moranis from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids to make a cameo.
In the first draft of Avengers: Infinity War, Peter Quill tracked down Howard the Duck (who would be voiced by Ken Jeong) on an outlier planet and interrupted his poker game to get some information.
Additionally, some concept art showed plans for Thor and Rocket Raccoon to battle the two giant snakes, which appeared to be the Midgard Serpent, who’s tied to the Ragnarok legend in both the comics and Norse mythology.
More concept art from Avengers: Endgame revealed the potential return of the Frost Giants from Thor as part of the final battle.
Scenes revealing more of Razor Fist’s backstory and his Ten Rings recruitment were filmed for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, but they were all cut.
Eternals was supposed to have a bleak ending “with everybody back on the ship, minds erased and just going on to another planet, like The Twilight Zone.“
And finally, Eros was almost a main character in Eternals — and he wouldn’t have been in the movie at all without Harry Styles.