Marvel Comics’ history with movies is really complicated. There were a handful of made-for TV movies released in the 1970’s. There’s a Doctor Strange movie from 1978 that they hoped would turn into a TV show. Even if you’re 100% sober all the time, that movie’s special effects will make you feel like you’re on drugs, and while it could pass for a G-rating, something about the acting makes it feel like you’re watching a softcore porn. In the same vein, there were two Captain America movies, starring Reb Brown. To sum it up, Reb Brown has the acting range of a blow horn. The dreadfully slow first movie featured exactly one fight scene, and the second … somehow featured Christopher Lee as the main villain. What?
The early 2000’s were easily the most complicated times for Marvel’s cinematic properties. They sold movie rights front, right and center, with Fantastic Four and X-Men going to Fox (along with other properties), while Spider-Man went to Sony. Fox flooded the market with mediocre to bad superhero movies, from the decent but forgettable Daredevil to 2015’s dreadfully dull Fantastic Four. I’ve already talked about their X-Men movies in a previous blogathon, so let’s not talk about them here. Sony did ok with Spider-Man for a while, but they always overstuffed at least one of their sequels with too many villains and subplots.