Marvel movies like Avengers: Endgame and Thor: Love and Thunder gather multiple comic book heroes together for guaranteed hits. But there were also a number of bizarre and hilarious near-misses over the decades before the Marvel Cinematic Universe became the biggest thing at the box office.
The delightful book Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe reveals how a galaxy of stars considered donning capes and tights in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, but for various reasons these films and TV shows never happened. Click through our gallery to see what those movies could have looked like.
She-Hulk was hastily created in the pages of Marvel comics, for example, to stop the makers of the 1970s Incredible Hulk TV show from calling dibs on a female version of the angry green giant. In 2022, Orphan Black and Perry Mason star Tatiana Maslany will play She-Hulk: Attorney at Law in a new Disney Plus TV series. But years before that, statuesque star Brigitte Nielsen was rumored to be going green for the role.