Most nerds would agree that in the current state of comic book movies, Marvel is outshining DC. Since Blade in 1998, a surprisingly decent film, Marvel has slowly but surely overtaken and far surpassed DC in terms of overall quality and scope with their properties on the silver screen. This is all culminating in one of the largest, most grandiose film experiments ever--The Avengers.
But before 1998, Marvel was a laughing stock. Especially because every other month, Stan Lee was bragging about how some character was going to be appearing in a movie soon. These announcements were hard to believe because they rarely happened. And when they did happen, they were less than stellar. Many of the characters that we have slowly met again for the first time during the last five years appeared in live action form before.
Captain America Serial (1944)
Incredible Hulk TV Series (1978)
Captain America (1979) and Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979)
The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988)
Death of the Incredible Hulk (1990)
Captain America (1990)
Nick Fury: Agent of Shield (1998)
The Hulk (2003)
With this, we begin a blog crossover with To the Escape Hatch that is counting down to the Avengers film in May. Over the next few months, we'll revisit the five films leading up to the Avengers, look at some extra stuff, speculate about where it is all going, and eventually end with a giant review of the film.