We don’t always know what Marvel Studios is planning. We think we know, and we make educated guesses as to what’s on the comic-book studio’s long-term agenda. But until the studio steps to the mic and confirms what’s actually on its slate, these possibilities are pie-in-the-sky dreams of feature films that may (or may not) happen. And we realized that after Marvel laid out its entire Phase Three in one massive sweep.

While the movie-going world celebrated new movies for Black Panther, Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel, we couldn’t help but think about the Marvel characters who waited in the wings, hoping for a moment in the spotlight that – at least until 2019 – isn’t going to happen. We’re not saying that Marvel couldn’t make changes to accommodate films based around these characters at some point. But now that Phase Three has been mapped out, and all of those choice release dates claimed, here are the 10 characters who lost big once all of the Marvel dust had settled.

Hawkeye
Hawkeye
Jeremy Renner fanned the flames a bit while working the media on behalf of Kill the Messenger, suggesting first that he’d love to do a solo Hawkeye movie, then backtracking to admit that the arrow-slinging hero works better as part of a larger ensemble like The Avengers. And while I hold out hope that Marvel will separate James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) from Tony Stark so that he and Hawkeye can launch the West Coast Avengers film franchise, a standalone Hawkeye movie is not in Marvel’s cards for Phase Three.

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