From the very start, Marvel Studios took the opportunity to not only draw attention to some of their more obscure characters, but to insert some various cameos and teases for other heroes that only those with proper knowledge of the comics would catch. These cameos would permeate every film in the MCU to date, and it motivates many to see these films with the eyes of a hawk and ears of a fox. That said, there are many cameos that have planned in this universe that didn’t make the cut. For one reason or another, Marvel Studios had to remove many references to other heroes and villains who were either established in the universe or had yet to appear.
This has resulted in some strangely absent characters as well as minor appearances that we so desperately wanted to see on the big screen. Still, there is a lot of hope for these cut cameos, as the MCU is still going strong today. With Thor: Ragnarok having been packed to the brim with all kinds of cameos and references, we look forward to what will come in the future. With that, we’ll look at what could’ve been with these 15 game-changing MCU cameos that were cut.
15. WONDER MAN
Nathan Fillion has spoken for a while about making a cameo in the MCU, and he was all set to feature as Simon Williams, otherwise known as the powerful Avenger Wonder Man. This character was set to have a part in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, but those plans fell through eventually.
He was set to have a more gratuitous cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as an actor in a poster for a Tony Stark movie. While the cameo didn’t appear in the final cut of the film, director James Gunn has stated that, as of right now, we can consider the cameo as canon, confirming the fact that Nathan Fillion’s version of Wonder Man is in the MCU somewhere out there.
14. HANK PYM (THOR)
The presence of Hank Pym was widely changed as the MCU moved along. Early plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe stated that Pym was intended to be the one that kicked everything off for the movies as opposed to it being Tony Stark. However, Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man movie kept getting delayed before eventually being passed on to Peyton Reed.
From the early days of the MCU, it can be seen how Pym was going to play a part in those movies. A cut scene in the first Thor movie showed Erik Selvig talking about his various colleagues in the field of science. One of the names he dropped was Dr. Hank Pym, an early reference to Michael Douglas’s character who would later appear in the 2015 movie.
13. CAPTAIN MARVEL
As we all know, Captain Marvel is not only planned to be incorporated into the MCU, but already has a film in the works that will be released between the upcoming third and fourth Avengers movies. However, Marvel had some ideas to bring her into the universe much earlier rather than wait so long to have a major female Avenger who would eventually acquire her own movie.
Joss Whedon had an early draft of Avengers: Age of Ultron where Captain Marvel would appear with the new Avengers team at the end of the film alongside Vision, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch. The scene was cut because Whedon felt it would’ve been a bit too confusing just to see another random superhero appearing at the end of a massive film.
12. THE WASP
Marvel wanted to establish a more classic Avengers team when they first brought the heroes together on film. However, the missing heroes were Ant-Man and the Wasp who were founding members of the team in the comics. That said, Joss Whedon wasn’t going to get rid of the idea altogether, as very early drafts of The Avengers incorporated Janet Van Dyne, The Wasp, into the early roster of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
That said, in a move similar to what he did with Captain Marvel in Age of Ultron, Whedon felt that there was already enough going on in the film that introducing a new character to the group would be too confusing for the audience and would detract from the story that was being told in the film.
11. CAPTAIN AMERICA (THE INCREDIBLE HULK)
In The Avengers, Bruce Banner deals with the trauma of having two personalities, with one of them potentially destroying worlds and taking lives. He references a time in his life where he held a gun in his hand and shot himself in the head, only to find out that the Hulk merely spits the bullet out of his mouth.
This was a moment that was originally intended to be in The Incredible Hulk. Banner was depressed and traveled to Antarctica to do the deed. As he’s in the frozen wasteland, there is a nearby shot of something interesting buried in the ice. Eagle-eyed viewers can easily identify it as the shield of Captain America, which would eventually be recovered by the modern version of S.H.I.E.L.D.
10. ADAM WARLOCK
In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Guardians ticked off the powerful and advanced race known as the Sovereign. These self-centered dim-witted airheads wanted to kill the team for stealing one of their massive batteries, but, as usual, they couldn’t succeed. During one of the post-credit scenes, Ayesha (the leader) puts together a cocoon which contains a man she calls Adam, hinting at Adam Warlock’s future appearance in the MCU.
However, Adam Warlock wasn’t planned to be placed in a post-credit scene. As a matter of fact, he was meant to have a part in the aforementioned movie and be some kind of harbinger of the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. That said, he will appear in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
9. HULK (CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR)
Captain America: Civil War was always planned to utilize specific heroes so that it would be a fair fight. That’s a lot of the reason why both Thor and the Hulk were excluded from the battle. The latter was purposely left out because the battle would’ve been very one-sided had he been brought into the conflict.
Yet, there were plans with the Russo Brothers to still use and reference Bruce Banner in the movie, Captain America; Civil War. There was talk of a post-credit scene that talked about Banner’s whereabouts in the MCU. However, it was decided to leave the cameo out in order to keep his presence a mystery so that fans would be surprised when they finally saw Thor: Ragnarok when it came out.
8. BETA RAY BILL
One of the more prominent Thor characters that has yet to appear in the MCU is Beta Ray Bill. This horse-looking alien wielded Mjolnir and operated as a new version of Thor for a while before being given his own hammer, Stormbreaker. He was featured in the “Planet Hulk” storyline, where he battled the giant in the arena of Sakaar.
Because of this involvement, Taiki Waititi wanted him to be in the latest Thor movie inspired by this comic, Thor: Ragnarok. Yet, the scene was so small that he felt fans would be horribly disappointed, so he had it cut altogether. Instead, we have nothing more than a headstone on the Grandmaster’s tower in Sakaar. Perhaps we’ll see Beta Ray Bill in a future film.
7. THE LEADER
Go back to The Incredible Hulk. Do you remember the character named Samuel Sterns? He was the biologist known as Mr. Blue who stated that he could try and help Bruce Banner find a cure for the monster that lurked within. As we all know, Sterns’ formula didn’t work and he ended up having to give rise to the Abomination.
However, he didn’t exactly make it out of the movie unscathed. After getting a cut on his forehead, some of Banner’s blood came into the wound, which started to mutate his head. Comic fans know the character as the villainous Leader, but because of the poor reception and weird integration of the film Sterns appeared in, no further plans to bring back the character were announced.
6. LOKI (AGE OF ULTRON)
Avengers: Age of Ultron was criticized for spending a lot of time setting up future MCU movies, but the original cut was going to be much more extensive. The scene where Scarlet Witch screws with the Avengers’ minds featured a moment where Thor was in the halls of Asgard and Heimdall was there to greet him. Things turned dark when he stated that all of Asgard was going to die, setting up the events of Thor: Ragnarok.
The original cut of this scene was going to have Loki appear. The God of Mischief was going to be disguised as Odin and whispering all sorts of lies in Thor’s ear, paying homage to the fact that Loki had taken over the throne at the end of Thor: The Dark World.
5. AMADEUS CHO
One of the people working with the Avengers in Age of Ultron was Dr. Helen Cho. She was a brilliant mind who later had a brief appearance at Tony Stark’s party simply because Thor was going to be there. However, her intelligence was later used by Ultron to use the Mind Stone to create the future Avenger known as the Vision.
People who recognize Helen Cho’s name know that she has a son named Amadeus, who is one of the smartest people in the entire Marvel Universe. In the comics, he would later become the Totally Awesome Hulk when Marvel rebooted their universe. His existence has since then been rumored in the MCU, but he has yet to make a canonical appearance, outside a forgettable cameo in The Incredible Hulk.
4. PETER PARKER (THE AVENGERS)
Marvel wanted to use Spider-Man in the MCU for years, but because the rights were still tied up at Sony, there was only so much they could do. Once the deal finally came through to incorporate Spider-Man, Marvel began changing their structure to fit the wall-crawler in. For example, the little kid in the Iron Man mask at the end of Iron Man 2 has been retconned to be Peter Parker.
This brings us to another scene that was cut in The Avengers. Captain America protects some citizens in a car, and a little boy in glasses hands him his shield after Cap drops it. A lot of people speculated that this was the same little boy in the Iron Man mask, further integrating Peter Parker into the MCU. It all lines up, but considering the scene was cut, it hasn’t been confirmed.
3. NOVA PRIME (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2)
Xandar was the planet of interest in Guardians of the Galaxy. Home to the Nova Corps, it was targeted by Ronan the Accuser and the Kree Empire for destruction, but the Guardians, Ravagers, and Nova Corps worked together to stop them. Leading the stoic Nova Corps was Nova Prime, played by Glenn Close.
However, she had a strange absence when it came time for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to hit theaters. James Gunn revealed that she was planned to be in the film when Ego’s strange substance was expanding across several planets in the galaxy. That said, her cameo was cut fairly late into production, leaving us to wonder what Nova Prime was up to with that Infinity Stone after Guardians of the Galaxy.
2. HAWKEYE (CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER)
Waking up after decades of absence, Captain America wasn’t able to work for the government like he used to. After leading the Avengers, he decided that he would be best served working as an operative for the government agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Yet, it was revealed that HYDRA had infiltrated their ranks, and Cap had to go on the run with fellow S.H.I.E.L.D and Avenger member, Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow.
Black Widow wasn’t the only S.H.I.E.L.D. agent planned to be joining the film, though. Hawkeye was supposed to be in the original cut as an agent assigned to bring Steve Rogers, Captain America, in. However, after fighting the Star Spangled Avenger, he would give Cap some key information before throwing the fight to his friends.
1. LADY SIF (THOR: RAGNAROK)
Hela wasn’t playing around when she returned to Asgard. Odin’s entire army, as well as the Warriors Three, were prepared to fight her to stop her cruelty, but she made short work of all of them. Volstagg, Hogun, and Fandral were all quickly dispatched with her Necro Blades. Yet, of all the Asgardians who appeared in the movie, there was one who was strangely absent: Lady Sif.
Jaimie Alexander revealed that Marvel had asked her to return to shoot some final scenes as Lady Sif for Ragnarok, but the scheduling conflicted with another movie she was doing. Because of this, she was completely absent from the movie, and many Thor fans were quick to point it out. At least we still had Valkyrie to get attached to.
Which of these cameos do you wish was kept in the most? Let us know in the comments!
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