How many live-action movies are there based on Marvel comics? At the time this article was updated, October 2022, the answer was 75 if you’re only counting main Marvel franchises, or 84 if you include publications by Marvel imprints.
If you’re a comic book fan getting into Marvel films, or a movie fan who likes superhero action movies, you are well served by cinema. However, it can be confusing to know where to start with how many different movies Marvel has released over the years.
This list will help you know all about Marvel’s cinematic series, Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and otherwise. If you’re looking to get into the MCU, this will help you know where to start. If you’re a completionist wanting to watch everything this giant of the comics industry has to offer, we’ve got you covered, too.
Note: this list focuses on theatrical live action films that were not part of TV series, so it will be missing the 70s Japanese Spider-Man film, 1990’s straight-to-video Captain America, and the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.
- The Beginnings of Marvel Movies
- The X-Men Movies
- The Spider-Man Movies
- Marvel Movies Mix
- The “Spiderverse” without Spider-Man
- Fantastic Four Movies
- The Marvel Cinematic Universe
- MCU Phase Two Movies
- MCU Phase Three Movies
- MCU Phase Four Movies
- MCU Phase Five Movies
- MCU Phase Six Movies
- Marvel Movies From Marvel Imprints
- The Future Of Marvel Movies
The Beginnings of Marvel Movies
The first Marvel movie wasn’t a straightforward movie – it was actually a serial by Republic Studio about Captain America. These films were the most expensive serial that Republic had ever made showing that even classic superhero movies were costly.
40 years went by without another release from Marvel, but in 1986, Star Wars creator George Lucas blessed the world with his campy Howard the Duck movie starring Chip Zien as the voice of Howard and 80s movie royalty Lea Thompson as his love interest. Critics hated it, but fans of so-bad-they’re-good cinema will love it.
- 1944 Captain America
- 1986 Howard The Duck