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The Doclopedia #1,409

Alt. Superhero Movies: Marvel

We all know how the Marvel superhero movies have gone in our reality, but if we hop over just a few quanta, to Earth 1-G, things went very differently.

In our world, aside from the 1944 “Captain America” serial, Marvel did not have any live action movies until the 1977 Spider-Man and Hulk movies that were really just backdoor pilots for the TV series that got a bit of limited theatrical release. And, of course, we all know that Marvel sold their rights hither and yon, a situation that means in 2018, Sony still owns Spider-Man and the X-Men and Disney/Marvel is only just about to get the rights to the Fantastic Four.

On Earth 1-G, things went very differently for Marvel.

First off, in February of 1966, a producer of animated cartoons cut a deal with Marvel to do 3 full length animated movies based upon Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and Iron Man. Stan Lee, who had recently been given pretty much total control over Marvel, stipulated that the movies had to use stories by him or another Marvel writer and they had to use full animation, not “that limited Hannah Barbera crap”.

In June of 1968, “The Amazing Spider-Man” debuted with near Disney quality animation, an excellent origin story featuring Electro as the villain and an opening box office gross that everyone liked. It was the first of 5 Spider-man movies made. It was followed by the Fantastic Four movie in December and Iron man in June of 1969.

By 1986, there had been animated Marvel movies coming out twice a year for 18 years. The final one, in December of 1986 was “Howard the Duck”, a box office and critical hit. And then, two months later, Marvel announced the formation of Marvel Studios, which would make live action movies.

Three years later, in May of 1989, “Spider-Man” was released and made 90 million dollars on a 12 million dollar budget. Ancillary merchandise added about 20 million to that. Marvel Studios was off and running. They released “Iron Man” the next December and made even more money.

Keeping with two movies a year for a while, then making three a year the norm, Marvel became a major player in the movie biz. As in our reality, they did things in phases that set up really big supergroup blockbusters like The Avengers and X-Men. As of 2018, they have 5 of the top ten grossing movies of all time. The other 5 are divided between Star Wars (3) and DC Studios (2). Marvel movies have won 30 academy awards.


1989 (start of Phase 1)

Spider-Man (Villain: Doc Ock)
Iron Man


Captain America (Origin story set during WWII)


The Fantastic Four (Villain: Mole Man)


Spider-Man 2 (Villain: Kraven)
The Incredible Hulk


Iron Man 2 (Villain: The Mandarin)

Ant Man & The Wasp
Blade 2


Fantastic Four 2 (Villain: Doctor Doom)
Daredevil 2 (Villains: The Owl and Kingpin)


Captain America: The First Avenger (set during WWII)
Spider-Man 3 (Villains: Electro & The Green Goblin)
Black Panther

1997 (End of Phase 1)

The Avengers
Blade 3

1998 (Start of Phase 2)

Iron Man 3 (Villain: Aldrich Killian & AIM)
X-Men: Origins (told how Xavier and Magneto met)
Thor 2


Spider-Man 4 (Villain: The Lizard)
Fantastic Four3 (Villain: Skrulls)


X-Men: First Class
Howard the Duck
The Avengers: Ultron


The Wolverine (origin story)

Black Panther 2


Luke Cage: Hero For Hire (After this, Luke Cage went to TV as a series that ran 7 years)
The Sensational She Hulk (Action comedy that was moderately successful)


The Avengers: Civil War (Huge movie chock full of heroes)
Marvel Team Up 1 (Spider-Man and Ant Man)
X-Men: Survival (Villains: Brotherhood of Evil Mutants)


Black Widow 1
Fantastic Four: Inhumans


Planet Hulk
Daredevil: Dark Days (Villain: Killgrave)


Avengers: The Return of Ultron
Black Panther 3
Man Thing


X-Men: Days of Future Past
Spider-Man 5 (Villains: Green Goblin & The Rhino)


Doctor Strange
Marvel Team Up 2 (Iron Man & Hulk)

2009 (End of Phase 2)

Avengers: Infinity War (Filmed as one big movie with Endgame)
Guardians of the Galaxy
Avengers: Endgame

NOTE: After Endgame, most of the actors contracts were up, but all of them returned for one last picture “Avengers VS X-Men”)

2010 (Start of Phase 3 AKA “Females Assemble”)

Black Widow 2
Captain Marvel
The Sensational She Hulk Goes To Paris (Very successful comedy)


Doctor Strange 2
The Inhumans
Spider-Man: The Sinister Six


Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Jessica Jones (Almost a straight up detective story)
Deadpool (A huge hit for Marvel, who by now were no strangers to R ratings)


Avengers VS X-Men (This film cleared the way for new versions of both teams)
The Inhumans 2


Captain Marvel 2
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Another extremely successful comedy)
Marvel Team Up 3 (Storm & Scarlet Witch)

2015 (End of Phase 3)

Guardians of the Galaxy 3
Deadpool Returns (#5 highest grossing Marvel movie)
Doctor Strange 3

2016 (Start of Phase 4 and throttling back to only 2 films a year)

The New Mutants
Ms. Marvel


The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl 2
Nomad (AKA “Captain America sneaks back into the MCU, sort of”)


Avengers Reborn (Vision, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Iron Woman, She Hulk & Captain America/Sam Wilson)
A Very Deadpool Christmas (Huge hit and may have set up Marvel Zombies)