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]

YearTitleProduction studioNotes
1944Captain AmericaRepublic PicturesSerial; Marvel was then known as Timely Comics
1986Howard the DuckUniversal StudiosCo-produced by Lucasfilm
1989The PunisherNew World PicturesDistributed by Artisan Entertainment. Direct-to-video in US, theatrical only in some countries
1990Captain America21st Century Film CorporationCo-produced by Jadran Film. Direct-to-video in US, theatrical only in some countries.
1994The Fantastic FourNew HorizonsUnreleased
1998BladeNew Line Cinema
2000X-Men20th Century Fox
2002Blade IINew Line Cinema
Spider-ManColumbia PicturesNominated for 2 Oscars
2003Daredevil20th Century FoxCo-produced by Regency Enterprises
HulkUniversal Pictures
2004The PunisherArtisan EntertainmentDistributed by Lions Gate in the U.S. and Columbia Pictures internationally
Spider-Man 2Columbia PicturesWon 1 Oscar, nominated for 2 more
Blade: TrinityNew Line Cinema
2005Elektra20th Century FoxCo-produced by Regency Enterprises
Man-ThingLionsgate / Artisan Ent.Premiered on TV in the US and received a limited theatrical release internationally
Fantastic Four20th Century Fox
2006X-Men: The Last Stand
2007Ghost RiderColumbia Pictures
Spider-Man 3
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer20th Century Fox
2008Iron ManMarvel StudiosDistributed by Paramount Pictures.1 Nominated for 2 Oscars
The Incredible HulkDistributed by Universal Studios
Punisher: War ZoneLionsgate EntertainmentDistributed by Columbia Pictures outside the U.S.
2009X-Men Origins: Wolverine20th Century Fox
2010Iron Man 2Marvel StudiosDistributed by Paramount Pictures.1 Nominated for 1 Oscar
2011ThorDistributed by Paramount Pictures1
X-Men: First Class20th Century Fox
Captain America: The First AvengerMarvel StudiosDistributed by Paramount Pictures1
2012Ghost Rider: Spirit of VengeanceColumbia Pictures
Marvel's The AvengersMarvel StudiosDistributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.2 Nominated for 1 Oscar
The Amazing Spider-ManColumbia Pictures
2013Iron Man 3Marvel StudiosDistributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.2 Nominated for 1 Oscar
The Wolverine20th Century Fox
Thor: The Dark WorldMarvel StudiosDistributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
2014Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Amazing Spider-Man 2Columbia Pictures
In production
2014X-Men: Days of Future Past20th Century FoxPost-production[1]
Guardians of the GalaxyMarvel StudiosPost-production,[2] Distribution by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
2015Avengers: Age of UltronFilming,[3] Distribution by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Untitled Fantastic Four reboot20th Century FoxPre-production
Ant-ManMarvel StudiosPre-production, Distribution by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
2016Third Captain America filmMarvel StudiosIn development,[4] Distribution by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
X-Men: Apocalypse20th Century FoxIn development[5][6][7]
Third The Amazing Spider-Man filmColumbia Pictures
2017Untitled The Wolverine sequel20th Century Fox
Untitled Fantastic Four sequel
2018Fourth The Amazing Spider-Man filmColumbia 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.

The Consultant2011
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer2011
Item 472012
Agent Carter2013
All Hail the King2014

From Marvel Imprints[edit]

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

Animated films[edit]

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

YearTitleProduction studioNotes
1980Dracula: Sovereign of the DamnedToei AnimationAnime; television movies loosely based on The Tomb of Dracula and The Monster of Frankenstein respectively
1981Kyoufu Densetsu Kaiki! Frankenstein
2006Ultimate AvengersMLG ProductionsDistributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Ultimate Avengers 2
2007The Invincible Iron Man
Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme
2008Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow
2009Hulk Vs
2010Planet Hulk
2011Thor: Tales of Asgard
2013Iron Man: Rise of TechnovoreMadhouseAnime, distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United[8]Marvel AnimationCGI and hand drawn animation
2014Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & PunisherMadhouseAnime, distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
2014Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United[9]Marvel AnimationCGI and hand drawn animation
Big Hero 6[10][11]Walt Disney Animation StudiosTheatricallly released CGI animation

Animated short films[edit]

YearTitleProduction studioNotes
2011Marvel Super Heroes 4DThreshold Animation StudiosPart of an attraction at Madame Tussauds
2013Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum OverloadArc Productions

Television films[edit]

YearTitleProduction companyNotes
1978Dr. StrangeUniversal TelevisionPilot episode for an unproduced TV series
1979Captain America
Captain America II: Death Too Soon
1988The Incredible Hulk ReturnsNew World Television / Bixby-Brandon ProductionsRevival attempts of The Incredible Hulk TV series
1989The Trial of the Incredible Hulk
1990The Death of the Incredible Hulk
1991Power PackNew World TelevisionUnaired
1996Generation X
1998Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.20th Century Fox TelevisionPilot 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.

YearTitleProduction companyNotes
1977Spider-ManCharles Fries Productions, Columbia Pictures (distributor)Pilot episode of the The Amazing Spider-Man TV series edited to make a feature length film.
The Incredible HulkUniversal TelevisionPilot episodes of the The Incredible Hulk TV series.
Return of the Incredible Hulk
1978The Incredible Hulk: MarriedThe Incredible Hulk TV series episodes re-edited.
Spider-Man Strikes BackCharles Fries ProductionsThe Amazing Spider-Man TV series episodes re-edited.
1979Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge

Box office grosses[edit]

Title [12]DistributorRelease DateBudget (in Millions)OpeningDomesticWorldwide (M)
Howard the DuckUniversalAugust 1, 1986$37$5,070,136$16,295,774$38.0
BladeNew LineAugust 21, 1998$45$17,073,856$70,087,718$131.2
X-MenFoxJuly 14, 2000$75$54,471,475$157,299,717$296.3
Blade IINew LineMarch 22, 2002$54$32,528,016$82,348,319$155.0
Spider-ManSonyMay 3, 2002$139$114,844,116$403,706,375$821.7
DaredevilFoxFebruary 14, 2003$78$40,310,419$102,543,518$179.2
X2: X-Men UnitedFoxMay 2, 2003$110$85,558,731$214,949,694$407.7
HulkUniversalJune 20, 2003$137$62,128,420$132,177,234$245.4
The PunisherLionsgateApril 16, 2004$33$13,834,527$33,810,189$54.7
Spider-Man 2SonyJune 30, 2004$200$88,156,227$373,585,825$783.8
Blade: TrinityNew LineDecember 8, 2004$65$16,061,271$52,411,906$128.9
ElektraFoxJanuary 14, 2005$43$12,804,793$24,409,722$56.7
Fantastic FourFoxJuly 8, 2005$100$56,061,504$154,696,080$330.6
X-Men: The Last StandFoxMay 26, 2006$210$102,750,665$234,362,462$459.4
Ghost RiderSonyFebruary 16, 2007$110$45,388,836$115,802,596$228.7
Spider-Man 3SonyMay 4, 2007$258$151,116,516$336,530,303$890.9
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver SurferFoxJune 15, 2007$130$58,051,684$131,921,738$289.0
Iron ManParamountMay 2, 2008$140$98,618,668$318,412,101$585.2
The Incredible HulkUniversalJune 13, 2008$150$55,414,050$134,806,913$263.4
Punisher: War ZoneLionsgateDecember 5, 2008$35$4,271,451$8,050,977$10.1
X-Men Origins: WolverineFoxMay 1, 2009$150$85,058,003$179,883,157$373.1
Iron Man 2ParamountMay 7, 2010$200$128,122,480$312,433,331$623.9
ThorParamountMay 6, 2011$150$65,723,338$181,030,624$449.3
X-Men: First ClassFoxJune 3, 2011$160$55,101,604$146,408,305$353.6
Captain America: The First AvengerParamountJuly 22, 2011$140$65,058,524$176,654,505$368.6
Ghost Rider: Spirit of VengeanceSony / Warner Bros.February 17, 2012$57$22,115,334$51,774,002$132.6
Marvel's The AvengersDisneyMay 4, 2012$220$207,438,708$623,357,910$1,511.8
The Amazing Spider-ManSonyJuly 3, 2012$230$62,004,688$262,030,663$752.2
Iron Man 3DisneyMay 3, 2013$200$174,144,585$409,013,994$1,212.4
The WolverineFoxJuly 26, 2013$120$53,113,752$132,550,960$414.8
Thor: The Dark WorldDisneyNovember 8, 2013$170$85,737,841$206,321,198$644.7
Captain America: The Winter SoldierDisneyApril 4, 2014$170$96,200,000$159,006,000$476.7
Total budget$3,776,000,000
Total grosses$5,551,640,755$12,549,500,000
Average grosses$185,054,691$414,670,000

See also[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.[13][14][15]
  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.[16] Nevertheless, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures is credited at the end of these films.[17]


  1. ^ Perry, Spencer (August 17, 2013). "Production Wraps on X-Men: Days of Future Past". Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ Gunn, James (October 12, 2013). "And after our last shot with @DaveBautista that's a full wrap on #GotG! It's been a long strange wonderful trip!". Twitter. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Avengers: Age of Ultron Begins Production in Johannesburg". February 10, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ Strom, Marc (April 7, 2014). "Captain America to Return to Theaters May 6, 2016". Marvel. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
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  6. ^ "There Will be at Least 4 Amazing Spider-Man movies". EPDaily.TV. June 17, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ Couch, Aaron (March 20, 2014). "Fox Sets Dates for 'Wolverine,' 'Fantastic Four' Sequels". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
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  10. ^ Nicholson, Max. "Confirmed: Disney Animating Marvel's Big Hero 6 – IGN". IGN Entertainment. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Disney And Marvel's Big Hero 6 Animated Movie Given November 2014 Release Date - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors". February 23, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Box Office Mojo Franchises – Marvel Comics". Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  13. ^ Tadena, Nathalie. "Disney Acquires Distribution Rights to Four Marvel Films From Paramount". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  14. ^ Finke, Nikki (July 2, 2013). "Disney Completes Purchase Of Marvel Home Entertainment Distribution Rights". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  15. ^ Palmeri, Christopher (July 2, 2013). "Disney Buys Rights to Four Marvel Movies From Viacom’s Paramount". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  16. ^ Stewart, Andrew (May 10, 2013). "Paramount’s Super Payoff for ‘Iron Man 3′". Variety. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ Graser, Marc (October 11, 2011). "Why Par, not Disney, gets 'Avengers' credit". Variety. Archived from the original on October 12, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 

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