I take a look back at all the movies that aren’t “Phase One” through “Phase Four” material and decide what were the triumphs and the losses of tons of movies.

(I guess I should apologize ahead of time. Sorry.)

– The Editor

There are a lot of movies to scour through on this “Journey Into The Unknown” that I am going to take us through. I struggled where to start.

Do I start with the original Timely Comics take on Captain America in their 15 chapter serial, or skip the Golden Age and look at the Bronze Age?

If I take us down that path, do I look at television series or made-for-television movies, or straight-to-video masterpieces? I mean, we have America’s and Japan’s take on Spider-Man, the wonderful Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno in The Incredible Hulk series or forgotten gems like the “let’s just say this never happened and move on” Dr. Strange movie and Captain America movies? And, who could forget Dolph Lundgren’s butt in The Punisher and the wacky Howard the Duck with the lovely Leah Thompson?

Or, do I jump all the way ahead to the Modern Age of Comics and talk about the resurgence of superheroes in cinema. The movie that proved two things: one, a black actor can be the lead in a comic book-oriented movie, and two, comic books aren’t for geeks.

They are for everyone.

The movie I’m talking about is Blade starring Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, and Stephen Dorff, and written by David S. Goyer of The Dark Knight Trilogy movies.

Now, before we choose, keep in mind–I own a lot of these movies. I have seen a lot of these shows and I have happily watched every grueling minute of some of these.

So, let’s look at the number of Marvel movies, not counting “Phase” movies, and see what we get.

1, 2, 3, 4 … 35 (55 if I include every imprint Marvel owns, as well as short movies that include reruns of television series that aired.)

Whoa…

We are going to need to narrow down the list or we are going to be doing this series for a long time, and I would probably lose readers from sheer boredom.

Let’s remove all imprints, shorts, movies from television series that were just episodes thrown together, and start the list in the Modern Age. That means we have to start with (groan) Howard the Duck (shudder) and end at X-Men: Days of Future Past, with the exception of Logan and Deadpool 1 & 2, only for the reasoning that those happened in an alternate universe before they were moved into the MCU continuity. I’m also taking out any all-new Spider-Man related movie–Venom–except for Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse because I believe all of those will be connected to the MCU as well.

After all the cutting room floor crap that I just did, we are now to a film count of 32 movies.

Ouch.

The good news is that I am going to watch these so you don’t have to, but the bad news is you have to read what I think about them. I promise to remain open-minded. If you really think about it, Howard the Duck was impossible to pull off from comic to screen, yet they did.

Next week, prepare to begin our journey “down the rabbit hole” and walk with me through the “forest” of Marvel movies before everything had to be tied together, with the exception of a few.

Guess I better blow the dust off the Howard the Duck DVD. Oh, look! It’s even “The Special Edition” DVD! Joy!

Ugh. What have I gotten myself into?