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What Marvel Movies Came Out Before Blade?

Marvel Studios has become a powerhouse in the world of movies, with their cinematic universe dominating the box office and captivating audiences around the world. However, before the MCU, there were still some Marvel movies that hit the big screen.

One such movie was Blade, released in 1998. But what Marvel movies came out before Blade? Let’s take a look.

The 1980s – Marvel’s First Foray into Movies

In the 1980s, Marvel attempted to break into the world of movies with two releases – Howard the Duck (1986) and The Punisher (1989).

Howard the Duck was a live-action adaptation of a popular comic book character and starred Lea Thompson and Tim Robbins. Despite having a cult following today, it was a critical and commercial failure at the time of its release.

The Punisher, on the other hand, starred Dolph Lundgren as Frank Castle – aka The Punisher. While it wasn’t well-received by critics or audiences, it has since gained somewhat of a cult following.

The 1990s – A Time of Change for Marvel Movies

In the 1990s, Marvel continued to try their hand at movies but with mixed success.

Captain America (1990), starring Matt Salinger as Steve Rogers/Captain America, was plagued with production issues and ultimately resulted in a poorly received film that failed to make much of an impact.

The Fantastic Four (1994), on the other hand, was never even released to theaters despite being completed because it was only made to secure production rights for another Fantastic Four movie later on.

X-Men – The Movie That Changed Everything

It wasn’t until 2000 when

X-Men

hit theaters that Marvel movies finally gained some traction. Directed by Bryan Singer, the movie was a critical and commercial success that launched a franchise and paved the way for future Marvel movies.

In Conclusion

While Blade may have been the first successful Marvel movie, it wasn’t the first attempt. Marvel had been trying to break into the movie industry since the 1980s, but it wasn’t until X-Men that they truly found success. Nonetheless, these early movies laid the groundwork for Marvel’s eventual dominance of the box office and paved the way for future superhero movies to come.

  • Howard the Duck (1986)
  • The Punisher (1989)
  • Captain America (1990)
  • The Fantastic Four (1994)