List of films based on Marvel Comics

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Below is a list of films based on Marvel Comics characters and properties including its various imprints. It includes live action and animated films, direct-to-video releases, and television movies.

Live-action films[edit]

Year Title Production studio Notes
1944 Captain America Republic Pictures Serial; Marvel was then known as Timely Comics
1986 Howard the Duck Universal Studios Co-produced by Lucasfilm
1989 The Punisher New World Pictures Distributed by Artisan Entertainment. Direct-to-video in US, theatrical only in some countries
1990 Captain America 21st Century Film Corporation Co-produced by Jadran Film. Direct-to-video in US, theatrical only in some countries.
1994 The Fantastic Four New Horizons Unreleased
1998 Blade New Line Cinema
2000 X-Men 20th Century Fox
2002 Blade II New Line Cinema
Spider-Man Columbia Pictures Nominated for 2 Oscars
2003 Daredevil 20th Century Fox Co-produced by Regency Enterprises
X2
Hulk Universal Pictures
2004 The Punisher Artisan Entertainment Distributed by Lions Gate in the U.S. and Columbia Pictures internationally
Spider-Man 2 Columbia Pictures Won 1 Oscar, nominated for 2 more
Blade: Trinity New Line Cinema
2005 Elektra 20th Century Fox Co-produced by Regency Enterprises
Man-Thing Lionsgate / Artisan Ent. Premiered on TV in the US and received a limited theatrical release internationally
Fantastic Four 20th Century Fox
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand
2007 Ghost Rider Columbia Pictures
Spider-Man 3
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 20th Century Fox
2008 Iron Man Marvel Studios Distributed by Paramount Pictures.1 Nominated for 2 Oscars
The Incredible Hulk Distributed by Universal Studios
Punisher: War Zone Lionsgate Entertainment Distributed by Columbia Pictures outside the U.S.
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 20th Century Fox
2010 Iron Man 2 Marvel Studios Distributed by Paramount Pictures.1 Nominated for 1 Oscar
2011 Thor Distributed by Paramount Pictures1
X-Men: First Class 20th Century Fox
Captain America: The First Avenger Marvel Studios Distributed by Paramount Pictures1
2012 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Columbia Pictures
Marvel's The Avengers Marvel Studios Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.2 Nominated for 1 Oscar
The Amazing Spider-Man Columbia Pictures
2013 Iron Man 3 Marvel Studios Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.2 Nominated for 1 Oscar
The Wolverine 20th Century Fox
Thor: The Dark World Marvel Studios Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Columbia Pictures
In production
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past 20th Century Fox Post-production[1]
Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Studios Post-production,[2] Distribution by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Filming,[3] Distribution by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Untitled Fantastic Four reboot 20th Century Fox Pre-production
Ant-Man Marvel Studios Pre-production, Distribution by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Announced
2016 Third Captain America film Marvel Studios In development,[4] Distribution by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
X-Men: Apocalypse 20th Century Fox In development[5][6][7]
Third The Amazing Spider-Man film Columbia Pictures
2017 Untitled The Wolverine sequel 20th Century Fox
Untitled Fantastic Four sequel
2018 Fourth The Amazing Spider-Man film Columbia Pictures

Short films[edit]

To date, all live-action short films were produced by Marvel Studios, are part of the Marvel One-Shots series, and have been included as special features on Marvel Cinematic Universe Blu-ray releases.

Year Title
2011 The Consultant
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer
2012 Item 47
2013 Agent Carter
2014 All Hail the King

From Marvel Imprints[edit]

Year Title Production studio(s) Notes
From Icon Comics
2010 Kick-Ass Marv Films
Lionsgate
Plan B Entertainment
Distributed by Universal Pictures outside the U.S.
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Marv Films
Universal Studios
Plan B Entertainment
2014 The Secret Service Marv Films
20th Century Fox
Shangri-La Entertainment
In development
From Malibu Comics
1997 Men in Black Columbia Pictures
Amblin Entertainment
Parkes / MacDonald Productions
Men in Black was originally published by Aircel Comics, until the company was bought out by Malibu Comics.
2002 Men in Black II Columbia Pictures
Amblin Entertainment
Parkes / MacDonald Productions
2012 Men in Black 3 Columbia Pictures
Amblin Entertainment
Parkes / MacDonald
Image Nation

Animated films[edit]

All feature animated films are released direct-to-video, except as indicated.

Year Title Production studio Notes
1980 Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned Toei Animation Anime; television movies loosely based on The Tomb of Dracula and The Monster of Frankenstein respectively
1981 Kyoufu Densetsu Kaiki! Frankenstein
2006 Ultimate Avengers MLG Productions Distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Ultimate Avengers 2
2007 The Invincible Iron Man
Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme
2008 Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow
2009 Hulk Vs
2010 Planet Hulk
2011 Thor: Tales of Asgard
2013 Iron Man: Rise of Technovore Madhouse Anime, distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United[8] Marvel Animation CGI and hand drawn animation
2014 Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher Madhouse Anime, distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Announced
2014 Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United[9] Marvel Animation CGI and hand drawn animation
Big Hero 6[10][11] Walt Disney Animation Studios Theatricallly released CGI animation

Animated short films[edit]

Year Title Production studio Notes
2011 Marvel Super Heroes 4D Threshold Animation Studios Part of an attraction at Madame Tussauds
2013 Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload Arc Productions

Television films[edit]

Year Title Production company Notes
1978 Dr. Strange Universal Television Pilot episode for an unproduced TV series
1979 Captain America
Captain America II: Death Too Soon
1988 The Incredible Hulk Returns New World Television / Bixby-Brandon Productions Revival attempts of The Incredible Hulk TV series
1989 The Trial of the Incredible Hulk
1990 The Death of the Incredible Hulk
1991 Power Pack New World Television Unaired
1996 Generation X
1997 Nightman: World Premiere Alliance Films Feature length film re-edited to make a two-part pilot for Night Man TV series.
1998 Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. 20th Century Fox Television Pilot episode for an unproduced TV series.

Episodes released as films[edit]

The following were released in select foreign countries as feature films, without receiving a domestic release.

Year Title Production company Notes
1977 Spider-Man Charles Fries Productions, Columbia Pictures (distributor) Pilot episode of the The Amazing Spider-Man TV series edited to make a feature length film.
The Incredible Hulk Universal Television Pilot episodes of the The Incredible Hulk TV series.
Return of the Incredible Hulk
1978 The Incredible Hulk: Married The Incredible Hulk TV series episodes re-edited.
Spider-Man Strikes Back Charles Fries Productions The Amazing Spider-Man TV series episodes re-edited.
1979 Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge
2006 Blade: House of Chthon New Line Cinema Blade: The Series premiere episode released in unrated expanded format with harsher language and frontal nudity.

Box office grosses[edit]

Title [12] Distributor Release Date Budget (in Millions) Opening Domestic Worldwide (M)
Howard the Duck Universal August 1, 1986 $37 $5,070,136 $16,295,774 $38.0
Blade New Line August 21, 1998 $45 $17,073,856 $70,087,718 $131.2
X-Men Fox July 14, 2000 $75 $54,471,475 $157,299,717 $296.3
Blade II New Line March 22, 2002 $54 $32,528,016 $82,348,319 $155.0
Spider-Man Sony May 3, 2002 $139 $114,844,116 $403,706,375 $821.7
Daredevil Fox February 14, 2003 $78 $40,310,419 $102,543,518 $179.2
X2: X-Men United Fox May 2, 2003 $110 $85,558,731 $214,949,694 $407.7
Hulk Universal June 20, 2003 $137 $62,128,420 $132,177,234 $245.4
The Punisher Lionsgate April 16, 2004 $33 $13,834,527 $33,810,189 $54.7
Spider-Man 2 Sony June 30, 2004 $200 $88,156,227 $373,585,825 $783.8
Blade: Trinity New Line December 8, 2004 $65 $16,061,271 $52,411,906 $128.9
Elektra Fox January 14, 2005 $43 $12,804,793 $24,409,722 $56.7
Fantastic Four Fox July 8, 2005 $100 $56,061,504 $154,696,080 $330.6
X-Men: The Last Stand Fox May 26, 2006 $210 $102,750,665 $234,362,462 $459.4
Ghost Rider Sony February 16, 2007 $110 $45,388,836 $115,802,596 $228.7
Spider-Man 3 Sony May 4, 2007 $258 $151,116,516 $336,530,303 $890.9
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Fox June 15, 2007 $130 $58,051,684 $131,921,738 $289.0
Iron Man Paramount May 2, 2008 $140 $98,618,668 $318,412,101 $585.2
The Incredible Hulk Universal June 13, 2008 $150 $55,414,050 $134,806,913 $263.4
Punisher: War Zone Lionsgate December 5, 2008 $35 $4,271,451 $8,050,977 $10.1
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Fox May 1, 2009 $150 $85,058,003 $179,883,157 $373.1
Iron Man 2 Paramount May 7, 2010 $200 $128,122,480 $312,433,331 $623.9
Thor Paramount May 6, 2011 $150 $65,723,338 $181,030,624 $449.3
X-Men: First Class Fox June 3, 2011 $160 $55,101,604 $146,408,305 $353.6
Captain America: The First Avenger Paramount July 22, 2011 $140 $65,058,524 $176,654,505 $368.6
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Sony / Warner Bros. February 17, 2012 $57 $22,115,334 $51,774,002 $132.6
Marvel's The Avengers Disney May 4, 2012 $220 $207,438,708 $623,357,910 $1,511.8
The Amazing Spider-Man Sony July 3, 2012 $230 $62,004,688 $262,030,663 $752.2
Iron Man 3 Disney May 3, 2013 $200 $174,144,585 $409,013,994 $1,212.4
The Wolverine Fox July 26, 2013 $120 $53,113,752 $132,550,960 $414.8
Thor: The Dark World Disney November 8, 2013 $170 $85,737,841 $206,321,198 $644.7
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Disney April 4, 2014 $170 $96,200,000 $201,526,000 $586.6
Total $3,776,000,000 N/A $5,551,640,755 $12,549,500,000

Critical response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Howard the Duck 15% (33 reviews)[13]
Blade 55% (84 reviews)[14] 45% (23 reviews)[15]
X-Men 82% (154 reviews)[16] 64 (33 reviews)[17]
Blade II 59% (136 reviews)[18] 52% (28 reviews)[19]
Spider-Man 89% (224 reviews)[20] 73 (37 reviews)[21]
Daredevil 45% (216 reviews)[22] 42 (35 reviews)[23]
X2 87% (224 reviews)[24] 68 (37 reviews)[25]
Hulk 62% (229 reviews)[26] 54 (40 reviews)[27]
The Punisher 29% (167 reviews)[28] 33% (36 reviews)[29]
Spider-Man 2 94% (249 reviews)[30] 83 (41 reviews)[31]
Blade: Trinity 26% (163 reviews)[32] 38% (30 reviews)[33]
Elektra 10% (150 reviews)[34] 34 (35 reviews)[35]
Fantastic Four 27% (202 reviews) [36] 40% (35 reviews)[37]
X-Men: The Last Stand 57% (229 reviews)[38] 58 (38 reviews)[39]
Ghost Rider 26% (136 reviews)[40] 35 (20 reviews)[41]
Spider-Man 3 63% (242 reviews)[42] 59 (40 reviews)[43]
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 37% (166 reviews)[44] 45% (33 reviews)[45]
Iron Man 93% (242 reviews)[46] 79 (38 reviews)[47]
The Incredible Hulk 67% (218 reviews)[48] 61 (38 reviews)[49]
Punisher: War Zone 27% (98 reviews)[50] 30% (22 reviews)[51]
X-Men Origins: Wolverine 38% (252 reviews)[52] 40 (39 reviews)[53]
Iron Man 2 73% (275 reviews)[54] 57 (40 reviews)[55]
Thor 77% (264 reviews)[56] 57 (40 reviews)[57]
X-Men: First Class 87% (243 reviews)[58] 65 (38 reviews)[59]
Captain America: The First Avenger 79% (222 reviews)[60] 66 (36 reviews)[61]
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 18% (113 reviews)[62] 32 (20 reviews)[63]
Marvel's The Avengers 92% (301 reviews)[64] 69 (43 reviews)[65]
The Amazing Spider-Man 73% (283 reviews)[66] 66 (42 reviews)[67]
Iron Man 3 78% (280 reviews)[68] 62 (44 reviews)[69]
The Wolverine 69% (211 reviews)[70] 60 (43 reviews)[71]
Thor: The Dark World 65% (221 reviews)[72] 54 (44 reviews)[73]
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 89% (222 reviews)[74] 70 (43 reviews)[75]
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 72% (46 reviews)[76] 58 (9 reviews)[77]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In July 2013, the distribution rights to Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger were transferred from Paramount Pictures to The Walt Disney Studios.[78][79][80]
  2. ^ As part of the deal transferring the distribution rights of Marvel's The Avengers and Iron Man 3 from Paramount Pictures to the The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount's logo appears in the films' promotional materials and merchandise.[81] Nevertheless, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures is credited at the end of these films.[82]

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