Marvel Comics Adaptations

by dean11mck | created - 15 Aug 2011 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

These live-action featured films, TV movies, TV series, serial and short films are based on Marvel Comics. An American comic book started in 1939 as Timely Publications, and by the early 1950s had generally become known as Atlas Comics. Marvel's modern incarnation dates from 1961, the year that the company launched The Fantastic Four and other superhero titles created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and many others.

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1. Captain America (1944)

Approved | 244 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Superhero Captain America battles the evil forces of the archvillain called The Scarab, who poisons his enemies and steals a secret device capable of destroying buildings by sound vibrations.

Directors: Elmer Clifton, John English | Stars: Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill, Charles Trowbridge

Votes: 993

2. The Electric Company (1971–2009)

TV-G | 28 min | Family, Comedy

A comedy variety show that teaches basic phonetic and grammar concepts using live-action sketches, cartoons, songs, and Spider-Man episodes.

Stars: Jim Boyd, Morgan Freeman, Judy Graubart, Skip Hinnant

Votes: 2,051

Spider-Man appeared in a live-action skit on this children's television series called "Spidey Super Stories".

3. The Amazing Spider-Man (1977–1979)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

With the powers given by the bite of a radioactive spider, a young man fights crime as a wall-crawling superhero.

Stars: Nicholas Hammond, Robert F. Simon, Chip Fields, Ellen Bry

Votes: 2,366

4. The Incredible Hulk (1977–1982)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A fugitive scientist has the curse of becoming a powerful green monster under extreme emotional stress.

Stars: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin, Charles Napier

Votes: 13,831

5. Dr. Strange (1978 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 93 min | Action, Fantasy

A psychiatrist becomes the new Sorcerer Supreme of the Earth in order to battle an evil Sorceress from the past.

Director: Philip DeGuere Jr. | Stars: Peter Hooten, Clyde Kusatsu, Jessica Walter, Anne-Marie Martin

Votes: 1,900

6. Spider-Man Strikes Back (1978 TV Movie)

Unrated | 90 min | Action, Family, Fantasy

Spider-Man swings to the rescue when a nuclear bomb created by three college students falls into criminal hands.

Director: Ron Satlof | Stars: Nicholas Hammond, Robert F. Simon, Chip Fields, Robert Alda

Votes: 931

A composite of the two-parter episode "Deadly Dust" of the contemporary television show The Amazing Spider-Man.

7. Captain America (1979 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A recipient of an experimental body enhancement chemical retaliates against his would be killers as a star spangled superhero.

Director: Rod Holcomb | Stars: Reb Brown, Len Birman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Robin Mattson

Votes: 2,150

8. Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The star spangled hero must battle a villain's plan to poison America with a chemical that horrifically accelerates the aging process.

Director: Ivan Nagy | Stars: Reb Brown, Connie Sellecca, Len Birman, Christopher Lee

Votes: 1,609

9. Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge (1979 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The amazing Spider-Man goes to China to help a World War II official accused of treachery.

Director: Don McDougall | Stars: Nicholas Hammond, Robert F. Simon, Chip Fields, Ellen Bry

Votes: 1,206

A composite of the two-parter episode "The Chinese Web" of the contemporary television show The Amazing Spider-Man.

10. Howard the Duck (1986)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

28 Metascore

A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop an alien invasion with the help of a nerdy scientist and a struggling female rock singer.

Director: Willard Huyck | Stars: Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins, Ed Gale

Votes: 47,025 | Gross: $16.30M

11. The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Hopefully on the verge of curing his Hulk condition, Banner meets his colleague, Don Blake, who is mystically linked to a Viking warrior, Thor.

Directors: Nicholas Corea, Bill Bixby | Stars: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin, Lee Purcell

Votes: 3,268

12. The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When Banner is held as a witness to a violent crime linked to the Kingpin, the fugitive is helped by lawyer Matt Murdock who is also the superhero, Daredevil.

Director: Bill Bixby | Stars: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Marta DuBois, Nancy Everhard

Votes: 2,745

13. The Punisher (1989)

R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

63 Metascore

When Frank Castle's family is murdered by criminals, he wages war on crime as a vigilante assassin known only as The Punisher.

Director: Mark Goldblatt | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett Jr., Jeroen Krabbé, Kim Miyori

Votes: 23,709

14. The Death of the Incredible Hulk (1990 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The finale of the television series about Dr. David Banner, a scientist who transforms into a mighty, larger-than-life creature called the Hulk when he gets angry. Desperately attempting to... See full summary »

Director: Bill Bixby | Stars: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Elizabeth Gracen, Philip Sterling

Votes: 2,392

15. Captain America (1990)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Frozen in the ice for decades, Captain America is freed to battle against archcriminal The Red Skull.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin

Votes: 14,020 | Gross: $0.01M

16. Power Pack (1991 TV Movie)

27 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Power's kids have been given superhuman abilities, but that doesn't necessarily mean that adjusting to a new home will be any easier. Alex still needs to find his science book for class... See full summary »

Director: Rick Bennett | Stars: Nathaniel Moreau, Margot Finley, Bradley Machry, Jacelyn Holmes

Votes: 249

17. The Fantastic Four (1994)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Family

When dosed with cosmic rays, four intrepid explorers are given incredible powers.

Director: Oley Sassone | Stars: Alex Hyde-White, Jay Underwood, Rebecca Staab, Michael Bailey Smith

Votes: 6,941

18. Generation X (1996 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The new teenage students at a school for mutants (normal-looking humans with fantastic powers) try to stop an evil scientist from controlling the world's dreams.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Matt Frewer, Finola Hughes, Jeremy Ratchford, Heather McComb

Votes: 1,852

19. Blade (1998)

R | 120 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

47 Metascore

A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

Director: Stephen Norrington | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright

Votes: 269,226 | Gross: $70.09M

20. Nick Fury: Agent of Shield (1998 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 120 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Agent Nick Fury is asked to fight the menace of Hydra after exiling himself in the Yukon since the end of the Cold War.

Director: Rod Hardy | Stars: David Hasselhoff, Lisa Rinna, Sandra Hess, Neil Roberts

Votes: 2,948

21. X-Men (2000)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

In a world where mutants (evolved super-powered humans) exist and are discriminated against, two groups form for an inevitable clash: the supremacist Brotherhood, and the pacifist X-Men.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen

Votes: 607,389 | Gross: $157.30M

22. Mutant X (2001–2004)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A fugitive geneticist and four of his "creations" search for others of their kind while attempting to stay a step ahead of a morally ambiguous government agent.

Stars: Victoria Pratt, Forbes March, Victor Webster, John Shea

Votes: 4,310

23. Spider-Man (2002)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco

Votes: 800,376 | Gross: $403.71M

24. Blade II (2002)

R | 117 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reapers, who are feeding on vampires.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela

Votes: 215,852 | Gross: $82.35M

25. Daredevil (2003)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Crime

42 Metascore

A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson | Stars: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 218,792 | Gross: $102.54M

26. X2: X-Men United (2003)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

When anti-mutant Colonel William Stryker kidnaps Professor X and attacks his school, the X-Men must ally with their archenemy Magneto to stop him.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen

Votes: 543,581 | Gross: $214.95M

27. Hulk (2003)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers an accident that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas

Votes: 265,829 | Gross: $132.18M

28. The Punisher (2004)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

33 Metascore

An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante and sets out to unleash his wrath upon the corrupt businessman who slaughtered his entire family at a reunion.

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh | Stars: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Samantha Mathis, Laura Harring

Votes: 159,459 | Gross: $33.68M

29. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

83 Metascore

Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, James Franco

Votes: 638,099 | Gross: $373.59M

30. Blade: Trinity (2004)

R | 113 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

38 Metascore

Blade, now a wanted man by the FBI, must join forces with the Nightstalkers to face his most challenging enemy yet: Dracula.

Director: David S. Goyer | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Parker Posey, Ryan Reynolds

Votes: 176,322 | Gross: $52.41M

31. Elektra (2005)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

34 Metascore

Elektra the warrior survives a near-death experience, becomes an assassin-for-hire, and tries to protect her two latest targets, a single father and his young daughter, from a group of supernatural assassins.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Will Yun Lee, Kirsten Zien

Votes: 92,776 | Gross: $24.41M

Spin-off of 2003's Daredevil.

32. Fantastic Four (I) (2005)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

40 Metascore

A group of astronauts gain superpowers after a cosmic radiation exposure and must use them to oppose the plans of their enemy, Doctor Victor Von Doom.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Jessica Alba

Votes: 327,337 | Gross: $154.70M

33. Man-Thing (2005)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

Agents of an oil tycoon vanish while exploring a swamp marked for drilling. The local sheriff investigates and faces a Seminole legend come to life: Man-Thing, a shambling swamp-monster whose touch burns those who feel fear.

Director: Brett Leonard | Stars: Jack Thompson, Matthew Le Nevez, Steve Bastoni, Rachael Taylor

Votes: 6,502 | Gross: $0.14M

34. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

The human government develops a cure for mutations, and Jean Gray becomes a darker uncontrollable persona called the Phoenix who allies with Magneto, causing escalation into an all-out battle for the X-Men.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen

Votes: 510,965 | Gross: $234.36M

35. Blade: The Series (2006)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

The adventures of the half human/vampire hunter.

Stars: Sticky Fingaz, Jill Wagner, Nelson Lee, Jessica Gower

Votes: 5,598

36. Ghost Rider (2007)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

35 Metascore

When motorcycle rider Johnny Blaze sells his soul to the Devil to save his father's life, he is transformed into the Ghost Rider, the Devil's own bounty hunter, and is sent to hunt down sinners.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Sam Elliott, Matt Long

Votes: 237,206 | Gross: $115.80M

37. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

PG-13 | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church

Votes: 577,934 | Gross: $336.53M

38. Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

45 Metascore

The Fantastic Four learn that they aren't the only super-powered beings in the universe when they square off against the powerful Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis

Votes: 263,695 | Gross: $131.92M

39. Iron Man (2008)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

79 Metascore

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 1,034,362 | Gross: $318.41M

Debut film of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

40. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government, must find a cure for the monster he turns into whenever he loses his temper.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt

Votes: 481,112 | Gross: $134.52M

41. Punisher: War Zone (2008)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

30 Metascore

Frank Castle, known as the Punisher, ruthlessly demolishes organized crime, but it starts an even bigger war.

Director: Lexi Alexander | Stars: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Julie Benz, Doug Hutchison

Votes: 63,293 | Gross: $7.95M

42. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi

40 Metascore

The early years of James Logan, featuring his rivalry with his brother Victor Creed, his service in the special forces team Weapon X, and his experimentation into the metal-lined mutant Wolverine.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds, Danny Huston

Votes: 498,349 | Gross: $179.88M

Spin-off and prequel of X-Men series.

43. Iron Man 2 (2010)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark must contend with both his declining health and a vengeful mad man with ties to his father's legacy.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

Votes: 798,923 | Gross: $312.43M

44. Thor (2011)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy