Marvel Universe

"Flame On!" - The publication of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee's "Fantastic Four" in 1961 heralded the arrival of a new comics continuum - the Marvel universe. In contrast to DC comic's shiny utopian "uber-mensch", Marvel characters had 'feet of clay' - uncertain heroes for uncertain times. Try as they might to do what's right, the world seems set against them. But on they fight. And fight and fight. Etcetera. Marvel characters are visually bombastic in their goings on, limiting early adaptations to animation. During the rush for Star Wars cash in the 70s and 80s several live action Marvel TV shows were produced but technological compromise fashioned results which were a far cry from the source material. More recently, Marvel has been riding the wave of digital film-making as it has broken through the industry. They have had much success (and some wipeouts) on the big screen building cinematic franchises which will no doubt continue for years to come. Pictured: The friendly neighbourhood wall-crawler takes it all the way to the top in "Spider-man"(2002) - Marvel's biggest box-office bonanza.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Cate Blanchett, Clancy Brown, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo, Karl...

Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his forme... Read more

Blade (1998)

Director: Stephen Norrington
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson

Wesley Snipes plays the Marvel Comic's vampire killer, out to cleanse the world of bloodsuckers as he hunts for the vampire who bit his mother during... Read more

Blade 2 (2002)

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Leonor Varela, Ron Perlman, Norman Reedus, Lu...

Half-human/half-vampire bloodsucker slayer Wesley Snipes is back, but this time his lifelong enemies are relluctant allies, as Blade teams up with a g... Read more

Iron Man (2008)

Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub, Gwyneth Paltrow

Wounded and captured in Afghanistan by guerrillas who need him to build them a missile, billionaire playboy and weapons designer Tony Stark (Robert Do... Read more

Black Panther (2018)

Director: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Danai Jekesai Guri...

After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy sudden... Read more

X-Men (2000)

Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Halle Berry, Bruce Davison, Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Ian McKellen, Anna Paqu...

Born into a world filled with prejudice are children who possess extraordinary and dangerous powers - the result of unique genetic mutations. Under th... Read more

Deadpool (2016)

Director: Tim Miller
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller, Gina Carano, Karan Soni, Ed Skrein, M...

Hold onto your chimichangas, folks. From the studio that brought you all 3 Taken films comes DEADPOOL, the block-busting, fourth-wall-breaking masterp... Read more

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Director: Joe Johnston
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Neal McDonough, Samuel L Jackson, Stanley Tucci, Tommy Lee Jones,...

Declared unfit for military service during World War II, scrawny Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) gets a chance to serve his country when he undergoes a pro... Read more

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Director: James Gunn
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, John C Reilly, Michael Rooker, Vin Diesel, Djimon...

From Marvel, the studio that launched the epic franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Marvels The Avengers, comes an unlikely new... Read more

The Avengers (2012)

Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Stellan Sk...

The Marvel Comics superhero team comes together in this ambitious blockbuster from writer/director Joss Whedon. When an unexpected enemy emerges that... Read more