5. Nick Fury starring George Clooney
George Clooney was in talks to play the one eyed spy and then the rumor is that he picked up a copy of Ennis and Robertson’s FURY and was so turned off by it that he dropped out of the project. That’s something that, if true, I am sure Ennis and Robertson are extremely proud of. I also always loved Stan Lee’s quote about that comic where he said something along the lines of “I just don’t understand why they would do that? Why would you tell those stories?” I always imagine him holding his head and shaking it as he said that.
4. Doctor Strange
Many of Marvels lesser characters have been in and out of development for decades and there have been many attempts to bring the good Doctor to the big screen. Back to the Future and The Amazing Spider-Man writer Bob Gale had worked on a screenplay that Wes Craven was going to direct and then Craven left the project and David Goyer was asked to take a crack at it. The production company went out of business and the rights eventually reverted back to Marvel. Who knows what they are going to do with him in their cinematic universe?
3. The Deadpool Spin-Off
Deadpool fans went looney over the casting of Ryan Reynolds. “Van Wilder is perfect for Deadpool!” I heard many say. Then they saw the X-Men Origins: Wolverine which left just about everyone scratching their heads for a variety of reasons. How they were going to spin off Deadpool from that film is a challenge I would have loved to see. His nickname is “Merc with a Mouth” and they physically took away his mouth! Oh Hollywood! You never know, this movie still could happen. I just wouldn’t hold my breath, or bet money, or show any sign of faith in it at all.
2. X-Men Origins: Magneto
Speaking of spin-offs and the X-Men and prequels, let us not forget about Magneto’s film. This was supposed to follow the film Wolverine’s Jacket but after that didn’t set world on fire it was pushed off. Eventually what would have been this film was woven into X-Men: First Class and the world is much better for it.
1. James Cameron’s Spider-Man
James Cameron worked on script for quite some time. He had Spider-Man fighting Doc Ock, who he wanted to be played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. That script was tossed. A new script was written this time with Electro and Sandman as the villains. Cameron’s script was heavy on the sexual innuendo and foul language. Then that was thrown out, new scripts written, companies went bankrupt and lawsuits started flying all over the place. Which is why it took so long for an actual Spider-Man movie to ever get produced. Imagine an Arnold Schwarzenegger with eight appendages!