Every Failed Marvel Movie Before the MCU (& Why They Didn't Work)

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Every Failed Marvel Movie Before the MCU (& Why They Didn't Work)

From Howard the Duck to Rise of the Silver Surfer, here’s every critical and/or commercial Marvel movie failure before the MCU.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the most dominant forces in Hollywood at the moment, but before 2008’s Iron Man kicked the game-changing experiment off, there was a slew of notable adaptations of Marvel properties that were utter failures. From Howard the Duck to Rise of the Silver Surfer, filmmakers struggled to find a compelling way to translate the two-dimensional fun of comic books to the screen.

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Marvel was started in 1939 but really rose to the brand fans know and love in 1961, when writers like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Stan Lee launched The Fantastic Four who are set to end the MCU’s Phase 4. Since then, these writers and more have given life to some of the most iconic comic book characters ever imagined, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and many others. A multitude of these characters have found their way to the screen in definitive film versions, from Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark to Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers.

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