Marvel’s Planned 2004 Movie Schedule Is Uncovered And Goes Viral

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Almost two decades ago, there was no Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hard to believe, but it’s true. In 2004, we were still four years away from Marvel Studios for the first time in the MCU with Iron Man.

Things were much more scattered back then when it came to Marvel superheroes. Spider-Man and Ghost Rider were with Sony, Daredevil, the X-Men and Fantastic Four were with 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate had The Punisher, and New Line Cinema had Blade. Oh yes, Howard the Duck was owned by Universal Pictures.

That didn’t mean that Marvel wasn’t trying to create some sort of synergy for their characters’ movies.

In a tweet on Monday, Twitterer @AjepArts dug up some photos of Marvel’s planned 2004 movie slate and it includes movies from all the studios involved.

At the time, Marvel was promoting films for The Punisher (2004), Spider-Man (2004), Man-Thing (never made), and Blade (2004) for release in 2004. In 2005, Marvel had Elektra ( 2005), Fantastic Four (2005) and Iron Man (2008) on file. And in 2006, the X-Men (2006), Namor (never made) and Ghost Rider (2007) were all supposed to get their own movies.

Down the road, with no specific release dates, were movies for Silver Surfer (2007), Nick Fury (never made), Captain America (2011), Deathlok (never made) and a few others hidden by Spider-Man in the picture .

Other films Marvel had plans to make at the time included films for Iron Fist, Black Widow (2021), Power Pack, Mort the Dead Teenager, and Longshot.

Marvel’s planned 2004 movie schedule was a far cry from what eventually became the MCU

Thor was originally meant to be in a TV series, not a movie, co-created by Marvel and Artisan Entertainment. Artisan also had a deal with Marvel to make movies or TV shows for Captain America, Black Panther (with Wesley Snipes, who already played Blade), Deadpool, Morbius, and Antman.

“In a far-reaching joint venture agreement, Artisan Entertainment and Marvel Enterprises have joined forces to turn at least 15 Marvel superhero franchises into live-action feature films, television series, live-action movies, and internet projects,” wrote Variety in 2000.

It was also reported to be “the biggest deal Marvel has made.”

“Marvel can’t make that kind of deal with someone else,” said Amir Malin, co-CEO of Artisan. “This is the most comprehensive deal I’ve worked on at Artisan, there’s a full franchise universe here.”

Artisan ended up making a grand total of zero Marvel movies.

But he wasn’t wrong. There was definitely a full franchise universe there.

Fans had a great reaction to finding out about Marvel’s planned slate of movies in 2004.

Oh the memories…

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