Nothing is perfect, not even Marvel. Though now hidden under the adorning shade of MCU, long before the Universe’s inception, Marvel produced some forgettable movies. However, in the industry with multiple rating measures, nothing comes off as truly hidden. Let’s take a look at some of the worst movies that Marvel ever produced, as rated on Rotten Tomatoes.
Top 5 Worst Movies Based On Marvel
A trademark of box-office failures is the fact that not many know about their existence. The same happened with the comic book-based Marvel production, Man-Thing. The horror movie helmed by director Brett Leonard didn’t justify the lead himself.
The story is based in Louisiana where a sheriff investigates mysterious killings in the swamp. The movie has a total rating of just 17% on the Tomatometer. Not to mention, the film made with a budget of $30 million, didn’t cross $1 million earning at the box office.
4. Howard The Duck, First-Ever Film Based On Marvel Comics
This film was the first-ever theatrical release based on Marvel Comics. The movie that was released back in 1986 just isn’t the right one for a franchise to set its foundation on. Howard the Duck still counts among the worst movies ever made. The most off-putting factor about this film is its presence in the realm where it doesn’t belong.
Howard the Duck was supposed to be an animated movie. However, it ended up as a live-action movie, and Howard ended up looking utterly weird in the live-action adaptation. George Lucas was present on the team as an executive producer for the film, however, even he didn’t prove to be of any help.
Elektra starred Jennifer Garner in the lead as an assassin-for-hire. However, the script seemed to miss on the point to decide who it was that Elektra was out killing. The film released in 2005, didn’t sort approval from the main lead Jennifer herself. She admitted that she worked in it out of a contractual obligation, without wanting to make it in the first place.
Moreover, film director Avi Arad also admitted that the movie was rushed to its release. The film has a rating of 11% on Rotten Tomatoes. And the critic’s consensus termed the script to be tone-deaf. “Jennifer Garner inhabits her role with earnest gusto, but Elektra’s tone-deaf script is too self-serious and bereft of intelligent dialogue to provide engaging thrills,” the critic’s consensus reads.
2. Fantastic Four
A comic series without humor, that’s what the critics describe this film as. Josh Trank’s movie that was released in 2015 moved past the Jessica Alba and Ioan Gruffudd’s version in the worst films rating. The story tells about four individuals who get hold of superpowers and are transported to an alternate universe.
However, the film’s telling was all over the place without any aspect of it working as a savior. Scoring just 9% at the Tomatometer, it received a critic’s consensus reading, “Dull and downbeat, this Fantastic Four proves a woefully misguided attempt to translate a classic comic series without the humor, joy, or colorful thrills that made it great.”
1. Captain America
Of course, not the Captain America portrayed by Chris Evans in the MCU now. This happened way before them all in 1990. The film was made with elements that were not near anything close to working. A script too thin, visuals too underwhelming, and a story doing no justice to the character of Steve Rogers.
Critics still believe that the film was better off without existence in the cinema. It has a rating of just 13% on the Tomatometer. “Lacking a script, budget, direction, or star capable of doing justice to its source material, this Captain America should have been left under the ice,” suggests the consensus about this film.