so, pick up your “ Hela was robbed ” countenance and allow us to introduce you to five Marvel-based movies you ’ ve credibly never seen. And if you ‘d preferably check out the Marvel movies that were made for human consumption, our Marvel movies in chronological order guide will walk you through the entire MCU .
1. The Incredible Hulk Returns
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- Release date: May 22, 1988
- Cast: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin
Before What If… ? introduced us to Party Thor ( opens in fresh tab ), there was … the Incredible Party Thor. Confused ? I ’ ll explain. The incredible Hulk Returns was, apparently, a television receiver movie continuing the story of 1978 series The Incredible Hulk, but it besides was intended to serve as a back-door fly for a Thor series, hence the introduction of Eric Kramer as Thor. Kramer ’ second Thor is every piece arsenic absurd as What If ’ mho Party Thor, possibly even more so. He laughs himself cockamamie as he hurls his malleus at a car, drunkenly starts a bar fight, and, as Steve Levitt ’ mho Donald Blake puts it, “ Lives for every moment, the hell with tomorrow … the worry he leaves to me. ” The Thor series failed to materialize, though it didn ’ t stop NBC from trying again with The Trial of the Incredible Hulk which featured Rex Smith as Matt Murdoch/Daredevil and John Rhys-Davies ( yes, Gimli from The Lord of the Rings ) as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin. You can credibly guess what happened to that. You can rent or buy The Incredible Hulk Returns at Amazon ( opens in newly pill ) or watch What If… Thor Were an Only Child? on Disney Plus ( opens in modern tab ) .
2. Generation X
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- Release date: February 20, 1996
- Cast: Matt Frewer, Finola Hughes, Jeremy Ratchford
Another television receiver movie that was intended as a pilot burner ( but didn ’ thymine scram picked astir ), Generation X is an entertainingly balmy low-budget lease on the X-Men. It ’ mho set in Xavier ’ randomness School for Gifted Youngsters though there ’ s no sign of the Professor ; rather, Emma Frost ( The White Queen ) and Sean Cassidy ( Banshee ) are in charge. Their students include a clearly non-Asian Jubilee and Matt “ Max Headroom ” Frewer chews up the scenery as the villain of the piece. It ’ s celebrated for using Hatley Castle, the like mansion featured in several late X-Men films, though its lack of money actually shows, more sol than The Fantastic Four ; the scenery where Jubilee walks in on Buff is so absurd it just has to be seen to be believed and the “ Dream Machine ” is actually a multi-axis flight simulator.
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Generation X is only available on VHS, but you can rent or buy X-Men: First Class at Amazon ( opens in new yellow journalism ) .
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- Release date: April 30, 2005
- Cast: Jack Thompson, Matthew Le Nevez, Steve Bastoni
Marvel ’ s Man-Thing and DC ’ s Swamp Thing are both android swamp monsters, but Man-Thing is typically portrayed as a scantily reasoning animal. sol, it ’ mho meet that 2005 ’ second Man-Thing movie made him the bogeyman in this environmental horror story about a greedy corporation acquiring a native american tribe ’ sulfur land. There ’ s a definite campaign to make Man-Thing look like H.P. Lovecraft ’ mho Cthulhu, though, fortunately, there are batch of hardheaded effects. That said, Man-Thing fails to use his most celebrated ability which is to burn people who are afraid of him. “ Whatever knows fear burns at the touch of the Man-Thing ” goes the catchphrase which the producers could, at the very least, have slapped on a T-shirt. You can buy or rent Man-Thing at Amazon ( opens in new tab key ) .
4. The Fantastic Four
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- Release date: May 31, 1994
- Cast: Alex Hyde-White, Jay Underwood, Rebecca Staab
1994 ’ s The Fantastic Four is an perplex fib, and I ’ m not talking about the movie ’ sulfur premise. sure, its narrative does the job, relating the lineage of the Fantastic Four and setting them up to fight Doctor Doom, much as the 2005 movie did. It was co-executive produced by Roger Corman who, famed for his low budget productions, agreed to do it for a meager $ 1 million. Though the actors deliver some properly performances, the movie ’ south express budget is in evidence, from the “ Lego on a stick ” -style stretching effects, to The Thing ’ s sub-par extra effects makeup. If it wasn ’ t for the use of some very cheapjack Lawnmower Man-level CGI, you ’ five hundred think it was made in the 80s. however, what rightfully stands out about The Fantastic Four is that it was an “ ash-can project, ” and was never, ever released. There ’ randomness an absolutely fantastic documentary about the thrashing which you can rent or buy on Amazon called Doomed ! The Untold Story of Roger Corman ‘s The Fantastic Four ( opens in modern yellow journalism ), but the short translation is that german producer Bernd Eichinger had the rights to a fantastic Four movie. The rights were set to expire at the end of 1992 and it ’ s been alleged he produced the movie to hold onto those rights a little longer. In truth, it ’ randomness indecipherable as to who in truth knew 1994 ’ s The Fantastic Four wouldn ’ t see the light of day, but it ’ mho one of film ’ south foreign tales. 1994’s The Fantastic Four isn’t (officially) available to watch, for obvious reasons. You can, however, stream the Fantastic Four (2005) on Disney Plus ( opens in new pill ) or Peacock ( opens in new tab key ) , or rent or buy the Fantastic Four (2005) on Amazon ( opens in new yellow journalism ) . There’s also the reboot Fantastic Four (2015) on Disney Plus ( opens in fresh tab key ) and available to rent or buy on Amazon ( opens in new pill ) .
5. Dr. Strange (1978)
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- Release date: September 6, 1978
- Cast: Peter Hooten, Clyde Kusatsu, Jessica Walter
Speaking of foreign, 1978 ’ south Dr. Strange stars Peter Hooten as Strange and mines Arthurian legend and Marvel ’ s villain catalogue to pitch him against Morgan Le Fay. We suspect this was down to monetary considerations, which might besides explain why, as ScreenCrush ’ s Mike Ryan has pointed out ( opens in modern pill ), it comes across as a aesculapian procedural. In fact, it reminds us of nothing therefore much as Garth Marenghi ’ s Darkplace, right gloomy to the trippy effects. Strange himself isn ’ thymine particularly sympathetic and, unlike the MCU ’ s Strange, he ’ sulfur basically handed his power. The film was intended as a fender so it ’ s possible his character would have grown over time, but the series was never made. Dr. Strange (1978) can be hunted down on DVD or you can watch the MCU version of Doctor Strange (2016) on Disney Plus ( opens in newly pill ) .