Wright had been working on Ant-Man in 2003 for Artisan Entertainment, and as things changed hands, he shot and showed a test reel for Comic-Con 2012. The problem was a pretty major creative difference where Wright wanted a standalone, and the likes of Feige wanted Ant-Man to fit the larger MCU umbrella.
In 2017, Wright told Variety about the heartbreaking decision to leave Ant-Man and explained, “I wanted to make a Marvel movie but I don’t think they really wanted to make an Edgar Wright movie.” Thankfully, Wright quickly moved on to make the acclaimed Baby Driver.
When the MCU misses, it really does. Going down in history as the worst of the worst (and making Iron Fist look like Avengers: Infinity War), ABC’s Inhumans was a dumpster fire. It was nearly completely different, with an Inhumans movie being planned to cash in on the success of Fox’s X-Men as an ensemble.
Inhumans was announced as part of the MCU’s Phase 3 slate and nabbed Vin Diesel as Black Bolt. Chloe Bennet’s Skye Johnson was revealed as an Inhuman in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2, while Feige promised Inhumans would “further refine and expand what the Marvel Cinematic Universe is all about.”
The movie was never cancelled, but as it was postponed indefinitely, ABC moved ahead with its Inhumans series without Diesel, Fiege, or much connection to the mainline MCU. Even in 2020, Diesel told ComicBook.com he was holding out hope for an Inhumans movie, but thanks to Anson Mount reprising his role as Black Bolt in Multiverse of Madness, it looks like the story ends here… for now.
Sinister Six Spin-Off
We could do a whole listicle on canned Spider-Man stories, and up there with Spider-Man 4 was Drew Goddard’s Sinister Six spin-off from Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The post-credit tease of “the Gentleman” approaching Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin neatly set up the spin-off.