Comic Book adaptations are breaking bank at the box office, and this summer got off to a rousing start with Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has taken in over $1.3 billion worldwide after one month in theaters. With over 40 superhero movies coming in the next 5 years from Marvel Studios and Warner Bros./DC alone, the cinematic landscape is more flooded than ever with the ultra-popular genre. It's hard to fathom a time when big-budget, highly-anticipated superhero movies never happened. It wasn't even that long ago. Feeling nostalgic, we felt the time was right to break down a few superhero movies that never saw the light of day, most of which had top-notch talent attached on both sides of the camera. Today, we look at 9 Superhero Movies That never Happened!

1Sam Raimi's Spider-man 4

Sam Raimi Spider-Man 4

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Despite being trashed by fans and critics alike, Spider-Man 3 actually took in a good chunk of change for Sony, earning $890 million worldwide ($336 million domestic), which was more than enough for the studio to move forward with Sam Raimi's Spider-man 4. Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst were set to return as Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, with a slew of new cast members set to come aboard, such as John Malkovich as The Vulture, Anne Hathaway as Black Cat. There were even reportedly plans to finally turn Dylan Baker's Dr. Curt Connors into The Lizard, which fans had been clamoring for. Sadly, it never happened because Sam Raimi could never find a script he wanted to make, after spending a few years with a number of writers, none of whom delivered a script the director was pleased with. Since Sony wouldn't budge from its May 6, 2011 release date (which, as it turns out, is when Thor hit theaters), and Sam Raimi couldn't make the scripts work, he pulled out of the project, allowing Sony to move forward with The Amazing Spider-Man reboot they were already planning, and we know how that turned out...