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    Phase One 
  • Iron Man:
    • Tom Cruise was the first choice for the role of Tony Stark before Robert Downey Jr. was cast. However, the project was shuffled around for a few years and Paramount lost the rights. When they obtained the rights back, Cruise became occupied with other film franchises such as the Mission: Impossible Film Series.
    • Rachel McAdams was Jon Favreau's initial candidate for the part of Pepper Potts before the casting of Gwyneth Paltrow. McAdams would later go on to play Christine Palmer in Doctor Strange (2016).
    • The film had a lengthy production cycle that dates back to the early 1990's. Jeff Vintar and Stan Lee pitched a story for Fox that would have had M.O.D.O.K. as the main villain, and Quentin Tarantino was approached as the director. Due to having too much on their plate with X-Men and the studio's other Marvel movies (as well as Tom Rotham's rumored dislike of superheroes), Fox ended up selling the rights to New Line.
    • A new script was written for New Line, which featured a Cameo from Nick Fury to set the character up for his own movie. Subsequent drafts also featured Howard Stark (who was still alive in this version) as War Machine, the movie's Big Bad. The execs also made bizarre demands and suggestions, such as saying that Iron Man shouldn't fly and should suit up by using a toaster. David Hayter did some work on the script, while both Joss Whedon and Nick Cassavetes were approached to direct. When production stalled for too long, the license lapsed and the rights returned to Marvel.
    • When the film was officially set up at Marvel Studios as the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Mandarin was originally set to be the main antagonist. Mark Millar convinced Jon Favreau to go with Iron Monger instead, arguing that the Mandarin was a poor tonal fit for an origin movie (in addition to being a walking pile of Unfortunate Implications).
    • An early draft of the script revealed Tony Stark to be the creator of Dr. Otto Octavius's tentacles from Spider-Man 2.
    • Another draft had Crimson Dynamo as the villain.
    • According to Jeff Bridges, Stane was originally supposed to survive the final battle against Tony, with the heroes opening up the destroyed Iron Monger suit to find that there was no corpse inside. Presumably this would have poised him to return for future movies.
    • There was originally a detailed explanation of the suit's HUD, but test audiences turned out to quickly be able to make sense of it, and were actually more confused by the explanation, so it was all taken out.
  • The Incredible Hulk:
  • Iron Man 2:
    • Emily Blunt was the first choice for Natasha Romanoff before Scarlett Johansson was cast, but turned down the offer in order to star in Gulliver's Travels (2010). While infamously considered to be a rather poor decision on her part, Blunt has said she doesn’t regret not getting the role and has praised Johansson’s performance.
    • Al Pacino was considered for the role of Justin Hammer before Sam Rockwell was cast.
    • Edward Norton was rumored to reprise his part as Bruce Banner, in a cameo for this film, as a foreshadowing of The Avengers.
    • Rumiko Fujikawa was initially going to appear, with Marvel reportedly wanting Zhang Ziyi for the role. Her part was cut due to the film already having too much going on, but Viral Marketing showcasing her Stark-Fujikawa subsidiary was still used to promote the movie.
    • According to rumors, the film was originally meant to be Darker and Edgier, and would've dealt with Tony's alcoholism and self-destructive behavior in a much more serious manner. However, Marvel's Creative Committee got upset about certain scenes (including one where a drunken Tony would've verbally abused Pepper), leading to this subplot being nixed.
    • An alternate ending was shot where Vanko is revealed to have survived his apparent self-destruction, only to be killed by War Machine. The studio went with the more ambiguous Never Found the Body exit because they wanted to make it possible for Vanko to return in future MCU movies. However, due to the great deal of Creator Backlash from Rourke, it's really unlikely we'll be seeing Vanko again anytime soon.
    • Ivan Vanko originally had a tattoo of Loki on his neck. The film's producers feared it would cause confused fans to believe that Vanko would have a connection to this other villain from the same Marvel Cinematic Universe, so the tattoo was removed in post-production using CGI.
    • There were plans for Paul Bettany to appear in a flashback scene that would have explained the origin of JARVIS. Presumably, he would have played the original Edwin Jarvis (a role that eventually went to James D'Arcy in Agent Carter).
  • Thor:
  • Captain America: The First Avenger:
  • The Avengers:
    • Jensen Ackles was reportedly approached for the part of Clint Barton before Jeremy Renner was cast, but turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with Supernatural. Ackles previously auditioned for Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger.
    • Morena Baccarin, Jessica Lucas, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead screen-tested for the role of Maria Hill before Cobie Smulders was cast.
    • Edward Norton was originally going to reprise his role as Bruce Banner for the film, but negotiations between him and Marvel broke down.
    • Joe Carnahan and Sam Mendes were considered to direct the film before Joss Whedon was hired.
    • Early production ideas included Ant-Man and The Wasp joining the team.
    • In addition, a lot of stuff about Captain America's adjusting to the 21st century was left on the cutting room for time and for the future Captain America sequel, most notably a scene where he would have met a now very old Peggy Carter.
    • Similar to the above, Whedon supposedly had a detailed backstory for Hawkeye written up, but was unable to even reference any of it due to time constraints. And, during the early planning stages (back when they were still writing Iron Man 2), Hawkeye was envisioned be depicted as a circus performer trained by supervilains who manipulate him into fighting the team, essentially a modernized version of his 616 origin story. At another point, he was planned to debut in Iron Man 2 as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who works closely with Widow and Fury.
    • Captain America's costume originally had a scaled mask with holes for his ears, but this was changed at the last second. The costume designers also considered adding a chinstrap, but decided that it'd be a waste to cover Chris Evans' chiseled jawline. After the less than stellar reaction to his Avengers costume, the ear holes and chinstrap were reintegrated into Cap's costumes for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War.
    • One draft of the movie had it taking place from Tony's point of view.
    • Another draft, one of Joss's first when he came onto the project, would have done something similar, but with Wasp instead. He decided that too much time would end up being dedicated to this seemingly new character that he realized it would hamper the film. As there was no way to explain her, he had to cut her out, sadly, despite her being one of his favorites.
    • Adding to that, part of the reason Wasp was in the mix at all is because at one point, it looked like Scarlett Johansson would not be involved in the film. Salary negotiations with her agents weren't going very smoothly, so Marvel almost cut Black Widow from the project.
    • An alternate opening and ending frame the movie as a flashback from Maria Hill, allowing them to simultaneously flesh out her dislike towards Fury's methods yet her undying loyalty to S.H.I.E.L.D.
    • There were plans to insert the Oscorp Building from The Amazing Spider-Man, but by the time the CGI model for the building had been finished, the Avengers skyline was already complete.
    • The fight between Hulk and Loki originally lasted a little longer, with Loki trying to use Self-Duplication to confuse the Hulk. This scene proved too expensive to make it past the animatic stage. Banner's line that "You could smell the crazy on [Loki]" was intended as a setup for how Hulk wins in this scene, figuring out which Loki was real by his scent.
    • At one point, there would have been a more physically active villain fighting the Avengers, presumably as The Dragon to Loki. Joss would later reveal this would've been Ezekial Stane, Obadiah's son.
    • Rhodey was considered to have a cameo in the post-credits scene, where he is wearing his War Machine armor, only to find out he came too late for the battle, and sits down with The Avengers, but the scene was thrown away to where they just show The Avengers eating.

    Phase Two 
  • Iron Man 3:
  • Thor: The Dark World:
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier:
    • Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones, Imogen Poots, Teresa Palmer, Alison Brie, Emilia Clarke, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Elizabeth Olsen were considered for Sharon Carter before Emily VanCamp was cast. Olsen would later go on to portray Wanda Maximoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
    • Michael B. Jordan read for the role of Sam Wilson before the casting of Anthony Mackie. Jordan would eventually go on to play Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four (2015) and Erik Killmonger in Black Panther (2018).
    • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kevin Durand, and Josh Holloway screen-tested for the part of Brock Rumlow before Frank Grillo was cast.
    • Alec Baldwin was approached for the role of Alexander Pierce before the casting of Robert Redford, but turned it down due to his wife's pregnancy at the time.
    • F. Gary Gray and George Nolfi had discussions with Marvel Studios about directing the movie before The Russo Brothers were hired. Gray reportedly turned down the offer in order to helm Straight Outta Compton.
    • The film's writers hinted that had Coulson not died in The Avengers (or been given his own show), he might have taken Sitwell's place as a HYDRA mole.
    • The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Turn, Turn, Turn" actually turns this into a Development Gag, by providing the idea that Coulson may be a big part of HYDRA.
    • Hawkeye had a role in the original script:
      Joe Russo: What it was going to be, we were trying to complicate the relationship between Cap and his S.H.I.E.L.D agent friends. If Hawkeye got a call from S.H.I.E.L.D saying Captain America is a fugitive, would he listen to that call or not listen to that call? That sequence actually was heartbreaking for us to cut it. I think it ultimately might have been a conflict with Renner's schedule. But there was a great sequence where Hawkeye was chasing Cap through Washington D.C. there was an awesome sequence where they confronted each other in a ravine on the outskirts of D.C. and Hawkeye was shooting a series of arrows closing in on Cap, Cap closing in on him. And then Cap took him down and he realized for the first time that Hawkeye was trying to trick S.H.I.E.L.D, where he whispered something into Cap’s ear that Cap had a tracker on his suit and to punch Hawkeye to make it look real, because there was a Quinjet hovering above where they were watching the feedback back at S.H.I.E.L.D.
    • Originally the opening to the film was going to be a wartime flashback of Steve Rogers fighting alongside Bucky and the Howling Commandos, ending with a reveal that it was All Just a Dream, and Steve looking at a newspaper reporting of Dum Dum Dugan's recent death. It can be seen here. This introduction would have presumably taken the place of the visit to the Smithsonian and the "End of the line" flashback scene.
    • Baron von Strucker was going to be the Big Bad of the film, rather than Alexander Pierce. Clay Quartermain was also planned to appear, possibly taking Sitwell's place.
    • For the scene where Jenny Agutter's character takes out a room full of mooks before revealing herself to be Black Widow in a Latex Perfection mask, they were going do the fighting with a stunt double. Agutter lobbied to do it herself, citing her ballet training.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy:
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron:
    • Saoirse Ronan, Sasha Pieterse, and Lindsay Lohan were considered for the part of Wanda Maximoff before the casting of Elizabeth Olsen.
    • Tom Hiddleston was set to reprise his role as Loki for Thor's dream sequence, and even filmed the scene in a one day shoot. However, test audiences were confused by his appearance, and mistakenly thought that the dream was meant to imply that Loki was the true Greater-Scope Villain and the one behind Ultron's creation.
    • According to the actor himself, there were briefly plans to have Tim Roth reprise his role as the Abomination from The Incredible Hulk, but the idea was scrapped.
    • Carol Danvers appeared in earlier drafts of the movie as Captain Marvel. Marvel feared introducing her without explaining who she was would be too confusing for casual viewers, so they decided to wait and introduce her in her own movie instead. This was changed so late in production that Whedon had actually shot the live-action plates for her entrance. The shots were later used for when Scarlet Witch joins the New Avengers.
    • Whedon wanted Spider-Man to appear as part of the New Avengers at the end as well, but the deal between Marvel and Sony had not yet been finalized at that point.
    • Whedon considered that the Avengers would find out Coulson is alive, but he decided against it because he felt it would overshadow the rest of the film.
    • The subplot with Thor and Erik would've been longer. That cave they went into was a mirror of the Well of Urðr in Asgard. In order to talk to the Norn, Thor had to enter the Pool as a sacrifice and Erik would ask the Norn about the Mind Stone inside Loki's specter and Thor would manage enough willpower to exit the pool before the Norn could consume him.
    • In addition to Captain Marvel, there were plans to use Age of Ultron to introduce a whole slew of new superheroes. The idea was scrapped fairly quickly for the same reason they ended up cutting Captain Marvel's cameo.
    • It was rumored early on that an initial cut of the film was nearly as long as The Dark Knight Rises, clocking in at 160 minutes (along with a later report that clarified that the initial cut of movie was over three hours in length). Eventually, it was confirmed that the theatrical release would be 142 minutes. A subplot involving Thor was reduced in length as a side effect of this, and the Loki appearance of the mysterious woman seen in the trailer is not present in the final film. While fans wanted an extended cut, the home video release was of the theatrical version, and very few deleted scenes were included in the extras.
    • There was going to be an unspecified cool moment involcing the Hulk, during the finale but Whedon cut it in post because it didn't work in the overall story. Whedon didn't clarify what the moment was in hopes that Marvel could eventually include it in a future film.
      Joss Whedon: It's a great gag, but I couldn't justify it. We were building a lot of the final battle around it, and it was killing us. Even when we were shooting. We had to stutter-step everything else, and eventually in post I convinced them we needed to jettison this concept. I knew I could write a conclusion for Bruce and Natasha that I thought would be much better storytelling, and would be a real moment.
    • The Hulk was originally going to transform into his Gray Hulk form after being brainwashed by Scarlet Witch. According to the VFX artists, "Everybody wanted the green guy," so they settled for changing his eyes instead. A Gray Hulk figure from Funko was even produced before the character was scrapped.
    • Whedon actually conceived an alternate ending where Quicksilver survived his heroic sacrifice and was shown as part of the New Avengers line up in case Marvel vetoed his original ending. Concept art was even done up of a new costume for Pietro.
    • The Hulk was originally supposed to fly the Quinjet off into space, but this was changed because Marvel didn't want people to think they were setting up a Planet Hulk film.
    • Ultron's fascination with Pinocchio and "I've Got No Strings" was originally going to be Emily Dickinson and "Because I Could Not Stop for Death".
    • Former Ant-Man director Edgar Wright wrote an after-credits scene for this movie, which didn't make the cut.
    • Ultron was originally going to steal the vibranium he needed from Wakanda, the home country of the Black Panther. Elaborate concept art of Ultron forging a new body in a Wakandan mine was produced, but failed to make it into the finished movie.
    • As with any movie, there were numerous alternate designs for the characters done up by concept artists. These include a more comic-accurate take on Ultron with his trademark jack-o'-lantern face, as well as an alternate Quicksilver outfit that included a green shirt with a white lightning bolt as a nod to his original costume.
    • There was a concept art of the Avengers fighting an Ultron which all got merged into one giant being.
  • Ant-Man:
    • Joseph Gordon-Levitt met with Marvel Studios for the role of Scott Lang before Paul Rudd was cast. Gordon-Levitt was previously approached for Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy.
    • Steve Buscemi was the first choice for the role of Hank Pym before the casting of Michael Douglas, but turned down the offer due to scheduling conflicts with Hotel Transylvania 2.
    • Jessica Chastain was originally offered the part of Hope Van Dyne before Evangeline Lilly was cast, but turned it down due to Creative Differences over the script and character portrayal.
    • Patrick Wilson and Jordan Peele were initially cast as Paxton and a member of Scott's gang, but dropped out of the project due to scheduling commitments and the departure of Edgar Wright.
    • When Edgar Wright departed the film, Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer, Rawson Marshall Thurber, Nicholas Stoller, Michael Dowse, and David Wain were considered as replacements to direct the movie before Peyton Reed was hired. McKay would eventually go on to write the screenplay while Fleischer went on to direct a different comic book film.
    • The film was originally going to be the beginning of Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it was eventually changed to become the finale of Phase Two, which is surprising considering that it's directly following an Avengers movie. In the grand scheme of things, this is a relatively minor change.
    • In Edgar Wright's drafts, Darren Cross's (who back then was called Greydon Clark) alter ego would have been Nano Warrior, instead of Yellowjacket. The drafts also featured a car chase sequence.
    • Word of God from Evangeline Lilly is that Hope's role was much smaller in Wright's drafts. It was beefed up significantly during rewrites, with Lilly providing some ideas and input.
    • Wright's drafts did not include the Wasp, save for a mention from Pym. Presumably, The Stinger idea with Hope becoming the new Wasp wasn't there either.
    • Scott's brief work at Baskin-Robbins was originally going to be at Chipotle, but the company didn't like their negative portrayal. The filmmakers considered Jamba Juice, then settled on Baskin-Robbins after realizing that the bright colors would be a funny contrast to the dark prison opening.
    • The ending was supposed to have a showdown between Ant-Man and Carson, with Ant-Man defeating him and reclaiming the stolen sample of Pym Particles. The ending was changed to Carson escaping and presumably delivering the sample to HYDRA in order to set up future sequels.
    • Original plans called for the movie to have a 2.40:1 aspect ratio, which would have made the picture look as wide as all of Marvel Studios' other movies save The Avengers. However, Peyton Reed decided that the 1.78:1/1.85:1 aspect ratio of The Avengers would provide more vertical area, for the shrinking scenes.
    • Arnim Zola was originally appeared in this film as a robot but he was cut from the movie when the script get rewritten. There's a concept art of him.
    • If Edgar Wright hasn't left the film, his vision of Ant-Man would resemble Batman (1989), Spider-Man and Edgar Wright's other movies rather than a typical MCU movie.

    Phase Three 
  • Captain America: Civil War:
    • Bryan Cranston was considered to replace William Hurt as General Ross had Hurt chose to decline the offer to reprise the role.
    • Quite a bit concerning the involvement of Spider-Man.
      • He was very nearly removed from the playing field of this movie, as Sony apparently refused the first offer that Marvel Studios gave them. However, due to the Executive Meddling mentioned above, a deal was made and Spider-Man was included in the movie.
      • Furthermore, Sony originally had a contingency plan for The Amazing Spider-Man Series in which Andrew Garfield's version of Spider-Man would appear in this movie while Chris Evans would show up as Captain America in Sinister Six or The Amazing Spider-Man 3, officially merging the TASM continuity into the MCU. However, both companies decided that it would be better to give Spider-Man a clean slate, especially considering that Sony was planning on replacing Andrew Garfield anyway.note  It should be noted that Sony intended this to be the only crossover between the TASM-verse's Spider-Man and the rest of the MCU.
      • Many young actors auditioned for the role of Peter Parker with the final three being narrowed down to Tom Holland, Charlie Rowe, and Asa Butterfield.
      • Apparently, Spider-Man was supposed to be revealed at the end of the Super Bowl ad, but he was taken out at the last minute (presumably to save his debut for the trailer that would be attached to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice).
      • The Russos had toyed with the idea of giving Spider-Man organic webs like in the original Sam Raimi movie, but they ultimately felt Peter building his own web-shooters was more interesting.
      • Giving Spider-Man the Iron Spider suit was also considered.
    • Originally Iron Man was only going to have a small role in this movie. However, Robert Downey Jr. asked for more screentime and a higher paycheck. Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter planned to have Iron Man written out of the film completely, in which case the Russos had backup plans to adapt another story in the event that happened. However, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige persuaded Perlmutter to accept Downey Jr.'s deal.
    • Charlie Cox has said he would have jumped at the chance to be in the film after joining the MCU got him interested in the comics, and he was excited to discover that Daredevil was part of the original Civil War story. Unfortunately, it was too late to change the plan to include him. (Oddly enough, Cox's contract mandates that he is required to show up in a movie if it is requested of him.)
    • While there was always intended to be a third party hero who wouldn't be aligned with Captain America or Iron Man, it wasn't necessarily Black Panther at first. A number of potential candidates were apparently suggested before Kevin Feige decided that Black Panther made the most sense.
    • A scene focusing on Scott Lang's personal life was cut, as it was scripted before the writers had even seen Ant-Man.
    • Hope van Dyne was going to become The Wasp in an earlier draft of the script, but she was removed due to concerns that reducing her role to a cameo alongside the Loads and Loads of Characters would be a disservice to her as a character. The fact that Evangeline Lilly was pregnant at the time also probably influenced the decision. Kevin Feige has asserted that she will officially take on the Wasp mantle in a substantial role at a later point in Phase 3, which was later revealed to be in a new project entitled Ant-Man and the Wasp rather than an existing Phase 3 movie.
    • Similarly, Joss Whedon had wanted to introduce Captain Marvel as a member of the New Avengers at the end of Age of Ultron. Had he gotten his way, Captain Marvel presumably would have been one of the heroes featured in Civil War as well.
    • Likewise, Whedon confirmed that he shot an alternate ending for Age of Ultron where Quicksilver survived the final battle and became an official Avenger, just in case Disney didn't want to kill off the character. Had that happened, Quicksilver would have appeared here as well.
    • At one point, Mark Ruffalo was going to appear as the Incredible Hulk. The Hulk was cut from the script when Marvel decided to keep his post-Age of Ultron fate under wraps until Thor: Ragnarok. In addition, Hulk was planned for a post-credits scene, but the writers decided against it entirely because it didn't contribute to the story at hand.
    • Thunderbolt Ross' alter ego, Red Hulk, was also considered for inclusion, but the Russos felt that part of the character would need a proper backstory which they could not afford to give in the already crowded film.
    • Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely's original idea for Captain America 3 was a vastly different and much smaller film without the other Avengers, but Kevin Feige suggested they adapt Civil War instead. Certain parts of their original idea still made it into the movie, such as the emphasis on Steve and Bucky's relationship, as well as the use of Baron Zemo as the Big Bad.
    • T'Challa had a much smaller role in the earlier drafts and didn't even appear in costume, as the writers intended to put more focus on Spider-Man and save Black Panther's origin for his own movie. However, when it looked like Marvel would not be getting permission to use Spider-Man, Black Panther's role was beefed up significantly. By the time they did get to use Spider-Man, T'Challa had already become so integral to the plot that they decided to retain his role and give Spider-Man a smaller part.
    • Related to that, Spider-Man's role in the second act was deliberately written to be non-integral to the overall story just in case Sony didn't grant them permission to use the character. Markus and McFeely have said that had they been unable to include Spider-Man, they simply would have used another new hero as the sixth member of Team Iron Man.
    • A planned fight scene between Captain America and Black Widow was cut for time.
    • Early concept art of Zemo showed the character wearing a costume and his trademark purple mask. This idea was presumably jettisoned very quickly.
    • There was an idea for Cap to sport a black stealth variant of his costume for the opening Lagos scenes. There's also concept art of Hawkeye wearing his face mask from The Ultimates 3.
    • There's concept art of Sharon Carter wearing a combat uniform and fighting alongside Team Cap at the airport battle. This never happens in the movie, but the uniform was heavily featured in the merchandising and marketing art for the film.
    • According to that same concept art with Cranston and some animatics, Clint Barton would've shown up much earlier in the movie rather than showing up by the second act.
    • Based on this concept art of Ant-Man fighting Cap, he was Team Stark at one point.
    • Likewise, there's concept art showing Vision phasing his hand through Iron Man's arc reactor in order to stop him from attacking Wanda, mirroring a similar scene where Vision shut down Iron Man's armor in the original Civil War comic. Presumably, Vision was going to be part of Team Cap, or at least would've betrayed Team Iron Man at a key moment in order to rescue Wanda.
    • On the off chance that Robert Downey Jr. refused to return for Civil War, an alternate storyline was pitched that involved the Madbomb.
    • Wakanda was going to be featured in some capacity instead of just a brief shot of the jungle at the end with concept art of a Wakandan city even being drawn up. This was presumably abandoned in order to give Ryan Coogler more creative freedom with the solo Black Panther movie.
  • Doctor Strange (2016):
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2:
    • Matthew McConaughey was initially offered the role of Ego the Living Planet before Kurt Russell was cast. When asked about why he turned it down, McConaughey responded with this.
      McConaughey: I like Guardians of the Galaxy, but what I saw was ‘It’s successful, and now we’ve got room to make a colorful part for another big-name actor.’ I’d feel like an amendment.
    • Glenn Close was initially attached to reprise her role as Nova Prime, but James Gunn ultimately decided against it as he was trying to cram her into the movie rather than have her appear organically.
    • Along with Mantis, Gunn initially planned to have Adam Warlock join the team; he cut Warlock because of the already large number of subplots and character arcs, and this didn't make it past the treatment phase. It would later be confirmed that Warlock would get Refitted for Sequel with the third film in the series.
    • James Gunn wanted David Bowie to have an appearance in Yondu's crew, but the latter's illness and death prevented that from happening. He then planned to again include a Bowie song in the soundtrack (in this case "Suffragette City"), but for unknown reasons it didn't make the final cut.
    • Originally, Groot was going to be fully grown again, but James Gunn opted to keep him as a baby for the sequel. This partially impacted the choice to have a two-month Time Skip from the last film, as the movie was meant to be set in real time as previous MCU movies had been. Gunn explained these changes came because he couldn't make the story work as he'd originally intended; Baby Groot ultimately became the connecting tissue of the film's core theme, Family of Choice, and helped him develop the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits' growth as not just colleagues but as a family unit.
    • Gunn was very hesitant to kill off Yondu and wasn't going to do it at one point, but ultimately decided that it needed to happen to give some real stakes to the movie.
    • Chris Pratt wanted to add a joke where Peter points out that Ego looks just like Kurt Russell, but James Gunn refused.
    • The early designs for Mantis had green skin and a more insect-like appearance, but James Gunn decided to have her look more human, as she did in the original Avengers comics she first appeared in.
    • The Stan Lee cameo was originally a bit different — he was originally going to talk about the time he was a DJ at a strip club, which would have taken his meta cameo even further by suggesting that he plays the same character across all Marvel adaptations.
    • Had 20th Century Fox not allowed Marvel Studios to use Ego, it's quite possible the film would have been very different, given Marvel didn't realize they didn't have the film rights to the character until production was about to start. One only wonders what the film would have been like then.
    • Some concept art showed Rocket sporting a totally badass two-piece outfit as opposed to the jumpsuits he wore in both films.
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming:
  • Thor: Ragnarok:
    • Charlize Theron was considered for the part of Hela before Cate Blanchett was cast.
    • Lupita Nyong'o auditioned for the role of Valkyrie before the casting of Tessa Thompson. Nyong'o would eventually go on to portray Nakia in Black Panther.
    • Ruben Fleischer, Rob Letterman, and Rawson Marshall Thurber were considered to direct the movie before Taika Waititi was hired. Fleischer would later go on to direct a different comic book film.
    • Lady Sif was planned to return, but Jaimie Alexander's commitments to Blindspot prevented her from appearing.
    • Taika Waititi wanted to get John C. Reilly to reprise his role as Rhomann Dey from Guardians of the Galaxy, but couldn't find a logical way to fit him into the story. This is hinted at in the final film when Valkyrie mentions Xandar.
    • At one point, Anthony Hopkins mentioned that he felt like doing two Thor movies were enough and that he'd be sitting this film out, but he changed his mind and came back.
    • Likewise, both Hopkins and director Alan Taylor previously said that the ending of Thor: The Dark World was meant to indicate that Loki had successfully performed a Kill and Replace on Odin. The makers of Ragnarok chose to ignore this implication and reveal that Odin was alive in Norway, no doubt to make Loki more sympathetic than if he'd killed him or, — in the original version of the script — abandoned him without his memories on the streets of New York to scratch out a living as a homeless person.
    • Waititi has said if Freddie Mercury were still alive, he would have asked Queen to do Ragnarok's score, since Flash Gordon was a huge influence on the movie.
    • Balder the Brave and Beta Ray Bill were both considered to appear in the movie, but it was decided they wouldn't be big enough draws. At least Beta Ray Bill's face is shown outside the arena.
    • The Curb-Stomp Battle where Hela destroys Mjölnir was originally going to take place in New York (as seen in the trailers), but the setting was changed to a field in Norway because the director felt Hela finding Thor and Loki in the city was far too convenient.
    • The film was initially envisioned as Darker and Edgier, but began going in a more retro, comedic direction after Taika Waititi was hired. This is even be reflected in the movie's original logo from the Phase 3 announcement, which had a more serious design than the one that was ultimately used after Waititi took over.
    • Taika Waititi originally stated that he wanted the film to be 100 minutes long, as he felt long movies tend to be a drag. He lengthened the run time so he could keep some of the best jokes.
    • Taika Waititi revealed that the Dark God Perrikus was planned to appear at one point.
    • Tessa Thompson pushed for a scene that confirmed Valkyrie's bisexuality by showing a woman leaving her bedroom. It ended up being cut.
    • Valkyrie was planned to be Thor and Loki's long-lost sister at one point in the writing process, which would have made her a Composite Character with Angela. This reveal was ultimately given to Hela instead.
    • Taika Waititi wanted to include a scene about Thor remembering having met Valkyrie when they were children, leading to a flashback set in an 80s-inspired Asgard with an overweight Thor and Emo Loki. Also, the snake story was considered to be told via a flashback at one point, but both scenes were cut because the flashbacks would have felt forced.
    • The Destroyer armor was supposed to make a return appearance, only for it to be obliterated by Hela during a fight scene. The idea was scrapped, presumably because the Destroyer was last seen in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.
    • There were plans for an alternate post-credits sequence which would have revealed that the Grandmaster and Topaz had stowed away in the Asgardian refugee ship.
  • Black Panther (2018):
  • Avengers: Infinity War:
    • The movies were originally to be marketed as a Movie Multipack (with a Part 1/Part 2 label), but it was ultimately decided to give each movie its own name.
    • Both films were originally going to be shot at the same time, but this proved to be a scheduling nightmare for the actors, and was abandoned. Filming for the fourth Avengers movie instead began a month after the completion of Infinity War.
    • If Kevin Feige hadn't convinced Disney to jettison the Marvel Creative Committee, this would have been Chris Evans's final outing as Captain America, as pretty much everyone was sick of the Committee's heavy-handed editorial interference. The result of the decision had Evans gladly renewing his contract past this film, which included a cameo in Spider-Man: Homecoming — complete with Lampshade Hanging in The Stinger:
      Captain America: How many more of these?
    • According to the Russo brothers, the characters from the TV side of the MCU were considered for the film, but they ended up not including them since the film had already over 60 characters and it was "practically impossible" to keep contact with the showrunners of their respective shows.
    • The Russo brothers also considered introducing Adam Warlocknote , but decided that his backstory was too complicated to weave into a film that was already bursting at the seams with characters.
    • The early draft of the story was planning to have a scene between Steve and Tony settling their differences from Civil War. Although it didn't happen to not slow down the movie, this will probably be revisited in Avengers: Endgame. Also, initially it was Falcon who followed Iron Man to space and not Spider-Man. Remember that Marvel had been planning this film long before the deal with Sony; if that deal wasn't signed then Spider-Man would have been completely absent from the film.
    • Producer Nate Moore tried to get the Russos to spare Black Panther, but couldn't convince them.
    • Early drafts of the script featured Sharon Carter and her relationship with Steve, but she was written out when the romance subplot was deemed unnecessary.
    • The older drafts also had Thanos going to Xandar and decimating the Nova Corps in order to steal the Power Stone. The scene also would've featured the return of Glenn Close as Irani Rael from the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, who presumably would've been killed off. The writers ended up cutting the scene because they felt it would've felt redundant, and that opening with Thanos attacking Thor and the other Asgardians would resonate more with the audience.
    • Likewise, very early on, there were discussions about using the opening scene to introduce Nova, who would've been the Sole Survivor after Thanos massacred the Nova Corps on Xandar. Had this happened, he would've been the one to warn Earth's heroes about Thanos' impending arrival, instead of Bruce.
    • The Russo Brothers wanted to create a fake voicemail from Steve Rogers for fans who would try to call his number, but they did not get permission.
    • The Russos wanted to introduce Captain America as late into the film as they felt they could get away with, and even considered having him not show up until the final battle. This is why there's that big moment of him saving Vision with a sudden leap into frame; that was going to be his entrance into the movie itself. Ultimately, the Russos decided to introduce Cap much earlier (specifically during Wanda and Vision's fight with the Black Order) due to everyone at Marvel Studios disliking his late appearance into the film.
    • Initially, Thor was going to track down the ghost of his deceased grandfather Bor Burison (who had previously appeared in a cameo scene in Thor: The Dark World) in order to find a way to stop Thanos, rather than forge Stormbreaker at Nidavellir with Eitri. Also in consideration was that Thor would face off against Jormundgandr, the World Serpent, in some form.
    • One early draft of the script featured a scene where Star-Lord interrupted a poker game on an outlier planet in order to get some information from Howard the Duck. The scene also would've featured a cameo from Ken Jeong, continuing the Running Gag of the Russo brothers sneaking in appearances from former Community cast members.
    • In early ideas the climax when Thanos encounters the young Gamora, Thanos was walking through a river of blood representing the blood of his victims instead of walking through water. The idea was scrapped because it was "too dark."
    • Initially, Inhumans was intended to be the film released right after Infinity War (instead of Ant-Man and the Wasp); but then it was downgraded to TV series and Exiled from Continuity alongside all other TV series. If it was kept as a film, the Inhumans would have likely been introduced first in Infinity War, probably as the owners of the Soul Stone, and Thanos would have attacked Attilan as in Jonathan Hickman's Avengers.
    • As for the look of Thor post-Ragnarok, it was revealed that there were plans to model him after the Thor from The Ultimates.
    • According to a Q&A the Russo Brothers held, there was a draft of the film that had Thanos as the narrator of the whole film, which would've involved giving the Black Order some more backstory, and introducing them in cool sequences. However, the brothers decided to shelve it because it resulted in a 250-page long script.
    • The snap was originally to be pushed to the start of Endgame, as admitted by the screenwriters but many felt this would deprive the film of a proper climax and Kevin Feige himself had long envisioned and insisted on the snap being a natural conclusion of what was always conceived as a two-part film, hoping to simulate on screen the impact readers experienced when Starlin closed Issue 1 of The Infinity Gauntlet with the snap.
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp:
    • Michael Douglas had hope that Janet would be played by his Real Life wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, before Michelle Pfeiffer was cast.
    • Peyton Reed hoped to make Scott realizing the suit can make him bigger as well as smaller a major plot point, and was none too pleased to have it stolen by Captain America: Civil War. Because of that, Reed stated he actually had to dig in his heels with the Russos and brass to keep Wasp's debut for his movie so that it would have something.
    • Chris Evans was supposed to cameo as Captain America as part of a scene where Luis was retelling the tarmac fight from Civil War.
    • There were multiple pieces of concept art that portrayed Cassie as wearing a shrinking suit and having fun alongside her father while he was on house arrest. That never happened in the final product, likely due to a change in story direction. If it were in the movie, it would've made the subtext of Cassie eventually becoming Stature much more obvious.
  • Captain Marvel:
  • Avengers: Endgame:
    • The Downer Ending to Avengers: Infinity War was originally going to be this film's Downer Beginning; had that been the case, Infinity War would have ended with Thanos completing the Infinity Gauntlet before actually using it in this movie. However, the creative teams working on the two films decided that it best suited the story to have the actual Cliffhanger follow the Badass Fingersnap itself and to show its fallout before making viewers wait a year to see how the story would be resolved.
    • The first draft of the script had the characters avoid going back to the events of the first Avengers film and included Tony going with Thor and Rocket to Asgard to collect the Tesseract from Odin's vault (and getting into a fight with Heimdall in the process). A heist in the Triskelion and raiding the Sanctum Sanctorum interiors with its famous Escher-like geometry was also considered, as writers were hesitant about revisiting The Avengers but ultimately it made both logical sense to do it in that point, and also in terms of audience familiarity.
    • Instead of Captain America fighting his 2012 self from the first Avengers movie, the Mirror Match was originally going to be between the out-of-shape present day Thor and his slimmer, more muscular self from Thor: The Dark World.
    • The one who gives Thor the pep talk that gets him out of his funk during the Reality Stone heist was almost Jane Foster, as Natalie Portman was willing to return for the scene. It was decided that having the talk be with Frigga instead was a better fit for Thor's arc.
    • At one point, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely considered having Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne participate in the final battle with their old Ant-Man and the Wasp suits.
    • The final battle was originally going to be longer.
    • There was a draft where at Vormir, Clint made the sacrifice instead of Natasha.
    • There were plans to include the Living Tribunal but was vetoed by Marvel. The Russo Brothers felt that in retrospect, it would not have made sense for him to appear out of nowhere.
    • Katherine Langford was cast as an older version of Morgan Stark, who would've spoken to Tony in the Soul Stone just before his death, mirroring the scene where Thanos briefly spoke with a child version of Gamora at the end of Infinity War. The scene was deleted after test audiences found it confusing.
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home:
    • Matt Damon reportedly turned down the part of Quentin Beck before Jake Gyllenhaal was cast. Damon previously had a cameo role in Thor: Ragnarok as an Asgardian actor portraying Loki.
    • Sony had been developing a Mysterio standalone for their universe of movies spun off of Venom, but it appears to have been cancelled entirely after Marvel made their plans for the character clear.
    • Similar to Ant-Man, this movie was meant to be the beginning of the Phase Four, but was changed to be the final movie of Phase Three. Funnily enough, both movies are comedic Breather Episodes that came out after an Avengers movie starring an insect-themed superhero.

    TV Series & Shorts 
  • Marvel One-Shots
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    • Nicholas Brendon, a.k.a. Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was considered for the role of Mike Peterson. That would have been quite the Playing Against Type.
    • Melinda was originally going to be a white woman named Althea Rice. Ming-Na Wen gave such a strong audition that the character became Chinese and her name was changed.
    • Season 1 Episode 7, "The Hub" was written to exploit the real-life friendship of Brett Dalton and Iain De Caestecker - it is the first episode to air after the premier of Thor: The Dark World, and the following episode "The Well" covers the crossover elements. This along with the fact that Episode 10: "The Bridge" ends on a cliffhanger before the show returned the following year with "The Magical Place" strongly suggests that before "The Hub" was written, episodes 8-11 were meant to be aired as #7-10; ending the year 2013 with a two-part, mid-season finale.
    • It's been confirmed that Triplett was originally more of a Mauve Shirt - he was going to die in the Season 1 finale around the same time as Garrett did, but his popularity and likability with the production team (and fans) led to his getting a half-season reprieve before finally biting it. For that matter, Grant Ward is rumored to have been considered for death in the same season finale before they decided he had too much potential to be killed off that quickly.
    • A spinoff involving Lance Hunter and Mockingbird, Marvel's Most Wanted was planned for a 2015 release, but it was shelved in favor of giving Agent Carter another season. It was revisited a year later and a pilot was featuring Delroy Lindo as Dominic Fortune was shot, but ABC ultimately passed on ordering the series.
    • An extended scene on the Season 2 DVD with Bobbi and Agent Calderon implies that the Enhanced HYDRA asset that Weaver fought at the academy was about 8 ft. tall and had skin like steel. Presumably, it got cut because it was too close a reference to Colossus from X-Men.
    • There were plans to use Loki Scepter from the original ''Avengers'' movie during the show, but the idea was scrapped due to Age of Ultron.
    • There were discussions about having Emily VanCamp reprise her role as Sharon Carter from the movies, but her commitments to Revenge prevented this.
    • Crystal from Inhumans was announced to be making an appearance in Season 5 shortly before that show started. Then its horrific reception caused them to walk back on whatever the plan was.
  • Agent Carter
  • Daredevil (2015)
    • Sonny Chiba was almost cast as Stick.
    • Shortly after the first season was filmed, Marvel reached an agreement with Sony to share the film rights to Spider-Man, which would have allowed Ben Urich to be working at the Daily Bugle. That would have radically changed his position at the paper, since J. Jonah Jameson, regardless of his opinion of superheroes, is an absolutely fearless newspaper editor and publisher and he would have backed the reporter's investigations all the way.
    • Many have suspected that Ben Urich was killed off because of the same rights dispute that caused them to change the Daily Bugle to the New York Bulletin. However, Steven S. DeKnight has said that it was always part of the plan to kill off Ben:
      Steven S. DeKnight: I’ve been known to kill off a character or two in my past (laughs). I wish I could take credit for this, but killing off Urich was decided before I signed on. I want to say it was Marvel’s idea. They really wanted to show that toward the end of the season because we knew we’d get some sympathy for Fisk, to have him do something truly terrible that would propel Matt into that final endgame in the confrontation with Fisk. And to let the audience know that the gloves were off: just because he was a beloved character in the comics, doesn’t mean he’s safe. It’s one interpretation. It’s like writers doing a new run of the comic. It felt right for the story. Much like episode four where Fisk kills Anatoly, not because he did something to cross him in the criminal world, but because he embarrassed him on a date. Urich gets murdered because he committed the unforgivable sin in Fisk’s mind: he went to Fisk’s mother. The last thing you want to do with Fisk is at all involve, insult, drag through the mud the women in his life he loves. That will be a serious trigger for him.
    • An interview from Steven S. DeKnight reveals some material that was left on the cutting room floor, such as:
      • It was originally planned for Elena Cardenas to meet a far more gruesome death - in a bombing that left only her limbs and whatnot behind - rather than get murdered by a junkie on Wilson Fisk's orders. The writers thought it was too violent and decided a stabbing was more straightforward. Incidentally, such a plot element was used in Jessica Jones (2015), where Kilgrave tries to kill Simpson by using Jessica's elderly neighbor Mrs. De Luca as a suicide bomber.
      • The original first draft of the scene where Claire is kidnapped and taken to the Veles Taxi garage to be tortured by Sergei was originally more graphic, in the sense that Sergei would have threatened her with sexual assault.
    • According to Amy Rutberg, Marci was only planned to be in one episode but things changed and they chose to give her more screen time.
    • The entire series is arguably this - supposedly, Marvel offered Fox an extension to reboot Daredevil in return for Marvel being able to use some of the more cosmic-related charactersnote  associated with the Fantastic Four (which Fox owned the rights to at the time), presumably for the intent of using them for films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers Infinity War. Fox refused the offer, intent on making their own Fantastic Four movie...which not only did not involve any of the characters that would've been involved in the deal, but ended up being a Box Office Bomb; the Daredevil rights would later revert to Marvel, and this series was likely greenlit as a result.
    • The plan from the start of production on season 3 was for Ray Nadeem to die as ultimately happened in the final product. However, for a period of time, the writers and showrunner actually toyed with the idea of sparing Nadeem, but Jay Ali insisted on keeping to the original plans of killing him.
    • Had the show gotten a fourth season instead of being cancelled, filming would've began in February 2019.
  • Jessica Jones (2015)
    • Alexandra Daddario, Jessica De Gouw, Teresa Palmer, and Marin Ireland screen-tested for the role of Jessica Jones before Krysten Ritter was cast.
    • Jim Carrey was the original choice for the part of Kilgrave before the casting of David Tennant.
    • Carol Danvers was originally going to appear as a supporting character, but this went out the window due to potential complications with the then-upcoming Captain Marvel film. Trish Walker was given her role as Jessica's best friend instead.
    • The world of the show was originally going to be closer to that of the comic, with superheroes already being a well known and established part of the universe and superpowers being much more ubiquitous. This was changed to match the more subdued Marvel Cinematic Universe, where for the most part, the only publicly known superheroes at the time were the Avengers and Daredevil. Although, the public is at least aware that there are more "gifted" individuals than just the aforementioned ones.
    • Originally Jessica Jones was due to be introduced into the MCU via the One Shots before the show was released, with a script written by Drew Pearce.
    • The writers were setting up Will Simpson to become his supervillain identity of Daredevil villain Nuke in Season 2, but the writers had no idea where to fit it within the plot of season 2. So they opted for Simpson being brought Back for the Dead.
  • Luke Cage (2016)
    • Lance Gross and Cleo Anthony screen-tested for the role of Luke Cage before Mike Colter was cast.
    • The crew hoped to get Prince as one of the acts in Cottonmouth's club, and even put in Pop's swear jar specifically to entice him, due to his own policy of fining fans who used profanity at his shows. Sadly, he died before they could approach him.
  • Iron Fist (2017)
  • Inhumans
    • As mentioned above, the television series was originally intended to be a movie. Joe Robert Cole (currently the co-writer for Black Panther (2018)) had even written a first draft of the script back in 2014, but left the project once it was removed from the schedule. In the original film schedule, the Inhumans would have been released after Avengers: Infinity War, instead of Ant-Man and the Wasp. Screen Rants considers that the likely project was to introduce the Inhumans in Infinity War before their solo film, as Spider-Man and Black Panther were introduced in Civil War. Thanos and the Black Order would have attacked Attilan, as in Jonathan Hickman's Avengers, to retrieve one of the infinity stones, and their solo film would have been set in the aftermath of Thanos' attack.
    • In addition, Vin Diesel campaigned to play Black Bolt, though it was never made official.
    • Mark Brooks made some unused concept art for the series, including a much more impressive and comic accurate design for Auran.
  • The Punisher (2017)
    • The creative team tried to work in a cameo for Claire Temple, and Rosario Dawson was very hopeful about it, but ultimately they couldn't figure out a way to have her organically appear (likely considering there was no way she'd be inclined to help someone like Frank) and figured it was better to not force it. This is the reason why Curtis has to stitch Frank's arrow wound up, and later on Dinah's father has to put Frank back together after being tortured by Rawlins. And it is also the reason why Karen Page functions as the crossover character to link this show to the other shows, instead of Claire.
    • Steve Lightfoot has revealed that Karen Page was never part of his original plan for the show and she was essentially written in at the eleventh hour. He also may have had more scenes planned for Karen, but Deborah Ann Woll's schedule didn't allow it. She was also shooting The Defenders while The Punisher season 1 was being filmed. Likewise, while a leaked set photo from the set of The Punisher season 2 suggests she'll be back, she again won't be in many episodes since most of the season's shooting schedule is happening simultaneously with Daredevil (2015) season 3, which is Karen's flagship show.
    • In one interview, Michael Nathanson revealed that he originally auditioned to play David Lieberman, which makes one speculate who would've played Sam Stein if that had happened.
  • Runaways (2017)
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    Unreleased/Other 
  • Way back when Marvel announced their Phase One film slate in 2006, a solo Nick Fury film written by Andrew Marlowe (Air Force One, End of Days, Hollow Man) was one of the titles included. Nothing ever came of this, and Fury instead ended up appearing across the MCU as the major connective force between the movies.
  • James Gunn was interested in directing a Thunderbolts movie, which Kevin Feige claimed was a possibility should Guardians of the Galaxy do well enough at the box office. The surprise success of Guardians led to Marvel quickly announcing a sequel, which resulted in Thunderbolts being regulated to Development Hell.
  • A Runaways film written by Drew Pearce was in the works for Phase 2, and got far enough along in production that a casting call was released (which drew flack for allegedly whitewashing Nico Minoru, though Marvel claims this was a misunderstanding), and Keke Palmer was approached for a role. The film was shelved indefinitely after the massive success of The Avengers caused Marvel to rethink its plans for future movies.
  • Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Nick Fury, and Loki were all considered as possible Marvel One-Shots, but were ultimately rejected. The former three because Marvel felt they couldn't be done justice given the short length, and the latter because the studio thought the required special effects budget would have been cost-prohibitive.
  • Daredevil (2015) began as a pitch for a movie reboot in the MCU. It was determined that while the idea was too low stakes and low budget to work as a film, it was the perfect fit for Marvel's burgeoning line of Netflix shows.
  • When Fox still had the Daredevil rights, Kevin Feige reportedly offered them an extension in exchange for Fox returning Galactus and the Silver Surfer. This means there's an alternate timeline somewhere where the Netflix Daredevil show never happened, but Marvel got to use Galactus and the Surfer in Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok, Infinity War, Captain Marvel, and Endgame.
  • Don Cheadle has said that there were discussions about a solo War Machine Spin-Off. Cheadle's idea was to have Rhodey go rogue and become a fugitive in order to complete a forbidden and politically-volatile mission that he viewed as morally right. Joe Robert Cole was hired to write the script, but the project was shelved due to potential conflicts with Shane Black's plans for Rhodey in Iron Man 3. Cole would later go on to write the Black Panther film with Ryan Coogler.
  • Doctor Mordrid was going to be a Doctor Strange movie, but the Doctor Strange license expired.
  • The creators of the Underworld franchise proposed a crossover with Marvel's Blade, presumably with Wesley Snipes reprising his role. Marvel Studios passed due to wanting to have a clean slate to reintroduce Blade at some point in the future.
  • An Inhumans movie was initially scheduled for Phase 3, with a tentative November 2018 release date, which was later pushed back to July 2019. After Ike Perlmutter (who had championed the project despite a lack of interest from Kevin Feige) was ousted from Marvel Studios, the film was pulled from the Phase 3 line-up altogether, with a live-action TV show being ordered by ABC instead.
  • Marvel's initial choice for Nick Fury was George Clooney, not Samuel L Jackson. Although Clooney's first superhero outing was an Old Shame for him, what caused Clooney to reject the role was the rather violent Marvel MAX Fury series. As such, Marvel went to Jackson, who had let them use his likeness for the Ultimate version of Nick Fury in return for being able to portray him in a film at a later point.

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