Great Job, Internet!: The many, misbegotten made-for-TV movies of Marvel Comics

These days, Marvel has its TV game down pat, with offerings like Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones. But it wasn’t always that way. While DC scored small-screen hits in the mid-20th century with The Adventures Of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, Marvel found itself largely unable to keep up, relegated to a distant second place in superhero-based animation and, apart from The Incredible Hulk, failing to break into the live-action game with any degree of success. One strategy Marvel employed for decades, again without any noticeable reward, was putting its famous costumed characters into cheesy made-for-TV movies with the hopes of launching weekly series. In 1978, the same year as DC’s blockbuster Superman movie, Marvel offered up Dr. Strange, a two-hour CBS pilot that mysteriously failed to sell, despite the presence of future Archer and Arrested Development star Jessica …

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