A lot of superhero films have released in 2018, but there are multiple movies that were supposed to hit theaters this year before being canceled or pushed back. It’s fair to say superhero movie fever isn’t dying down; based on the record amount of them coming out in 2019, the genre could still conceivable continue to grow. Marvel Studios is largely responsible for this thanks to their cinematic universe, but they only make up a fraction of the content.
So far in 2018, Marvel Studios has already released three films, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and The Wasp. However, other studios are profiting off Marvel properties too, with Fox also releasing Deadpool 2. Sony is hoping to do the same with Venom’s projected record-setting opening and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Warner Bros. and DC are looking to make a splash in December too with Aquaman, after already releasing the animated movie Teen Titans Go! To The Movies.
But, building these expansive universes and franchises doesn’t always go as originally planned. Some projects move quicker than others, while some just fall by the wayside entirely. For a variety of reasons, there are seven additional superhero movies that were (at one time) scheduled to hit theaters in 2018. Here they are.
The Amazing Spider-Man 3
Andrew Garfield starred as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man in two The Amazing Spider-Man films, but plans were in place for Marc Webb to finish off the trilogy. These plans were put in place back when Sony was quickly trying to assemble a cinematic universe of their own, with Drew Goddard’s Sinister Six (and possibly a Venom movie) scheduled to bridge the gap between 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
Sony moved Amazing Spider-Man 3 to 2018 to make room for the Spidey villain team-up movie, but alas, the film was canceled as part of Sony’s reboot of the web-slinger in the MCU. Webb has discussed his ideas for the third entry, which would’ve pitted Spider-Man against the Sinister Six. Ideas about Peter’s parents still being alive were discussed and filmed as part of an alternate ending for part two. It may have even been able to finally use Shailene Woodley’s Mary Jane.
Back in 2014, Warner Bros. announced their DC movie slate up until 2020. While a few of the films have managed to meet those actual dates so far, The Flash is one of the examples of projects that didn’t come together as well as anticipated, with multiple directors coming and going. At first, despite losing its original director Seth Grahame-Smith, the Ezra Miller led solo movie still appeared to be on track for its March 2018 release for a while. Rick Famuyiwa agreed to direct and brought Ray Fisher’s Cyborg with him, and production geared up for an early 2017 start. However, he too left the movie over creative differences and started the long delay that resulted in Flash missing this date.
Currently, The Flash is being reconfigured by Game Night director John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. They’ve ditched the Flashpoint storyline WB previously looked ready to adapt, and will instead tell a currently unknown story. Production is slated to begin early next year, so it is only a matter of time before Barry Allen gets to run again. So even though The Flash missed its announced 2018 release, it now appears to be heading towards a 2020 release.
When Marvel and Sony agreed to the Spider-Man deal, Spider-Man: Homecoming (and the eventual announcement of Ant-Man and The Wasp) reshuffled Phase 3 of the MCU a bit. One of the films moved was Marvel Studios’ Inhumans. When announced back in 2014, the movie was scheduled to hit theaters in November of this year – before Marvel completely wiped it from their slate. From there, the future of the Inhumans become much bleaker.
Instead of a sprawling movie franchise, ABC and IMAX picked up Inhumans as a TV show. The series didn’t live up to expectations and was swiftly canceled after just one season. There’s no sign of the genetically enhanced race joining the MCU anytime soon in a larger capacity than on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Marvel Studios gaining the rights to the X-Men in the Disney-Fox merger means that’s unlikely to change in the future.
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