Imagine if Hollywood had released tent-pole comic-book movies starring their iconic characters around the time of the source material’s release date. For the purposes of this experiment, we will say that a movie would be released 5 years after the introduction of the character, and only movies that have been made would be made.
With Ant-Man having been released, the pieces were in place for a full-blown Avengers film! Returning cast members included:
With this much star power, there was no way the film could fail, right?
What started as curious casting choices, and with so many Huge Hollywood egos on display, the film was successful, but producers quietly decided that this would be the one and only film in the franchise with this cast.