The first time you saw Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, or maybe even The Incredible Hulk on the big screen, you were probably hooked on everything Marvel had to offer.
Marvel has become a powerhouse within the film industry, and it’s easy to understand why; all Marvel movies in chronological order are made with passion, care, and immense attention to detail.
They’re characters that we’ve grown up with and care about.
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Marvel has earned their spot in the market, and rightfully so.
But what if I told you that there are some fantastic Marvel films out there that aren’t part of the MCU?
What if I told you that they’re just as good, if not better than anything we’ve seen from Disney and Co.?
Here are the best Marvel Films that aren’t part of the MCU you need to watch now.
Ghost Rider Series (2007 – 2012)
First is the Ghost Rider Trilogy, consisting of Ghost Rider (2007), Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011), and the Ghost Racers in 2017.
This film series was also produced by Avi Arad and distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Starring Nicolas Cage as the titular character, these films are based on the character who can transform into a demonic being with a flaming skull for a head to battle dark supernatural threats.
Unlike Iron Man or Captain America, this story is different from other Marvel films because it’s very much horror-based, which was unexpected when it came out.
Before watching these films, no one knew anything about Ghost Rider and came out of it pleasantly surprised with how gripping the stories were, even though critics panned most of them.
These movies may not have been the best, but they were worth it.
The Hulk (2003)
Before there was The Avengers, before there was even a mention of an upcoming film, the only time we saw the Hulk on screen was in 2003.
This film is based on Bruce Banner. His old nemesis is pursuing him from college, who’s now a military man hell-bent on using whatever advanced technology is at his disposal to create the ultimate soldier.
This film is unique to all other Marvel films because it doesn’t take place in a shared universe like the MCU and because it’s much darker and more severe than any other Marvel property.
All we get are two people trying desperately to kill each other as they throw fists and then entire buildings at one another.
The Blade Trilogy (1998-2004)
Next up is possibly one of the favorite trilogies of all time. It doesn’t matter that it’s not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU); these films are seriously fantastic.
Starring Wesley Snipes as the titular character, this trilogy is based on the half-man/half-vampire who uses his supernatural abilities to hunt down and kill both pure-blood vampires (born as vampires) and those turned by the change, called day walkers.
The reason why this film is loved so much is that they don’t take themselves too seriously.
There’s lots of action, great humor throughout, and Snipes does an incredible job portraying Blade.
If you’re someone who’s looking for a Marvel film that doesn’t take itself too seriously, then look no further than this trilogy.
Men In Black Series (1997-2012)
The Men In Black series is another fantastic example of a Marvel franchise that isn’t part of the MCU.
The first film was released in 1997 and stars Will Smith (fresh off his stint on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air) as one of many agents who work to make sure aliens don’t overstay their welcome on Earth.
This series is fantastic because all of the films are funny without taking themselves too seriously, the characters are memorable and well-acted, and each film is distinct in its own right.
The second film was released ten years later after the first one turned into a monster hit, and it’s just as good if not better than the first.
The third film takes place years after the original two films after Agent J (played by Will Smith) has to go back in time to save his partner (a CGI alien voiced by Tommy Lee Jones), who is currently an older adult at this point. If you’re looking for a fun, entertaining movie, then this is it.
The X-Men Franchise (2000-2019)
The X-Men franchise is also not part of the MCU, and it’s one of the favorite Marvel franchises.
The first film was released in 2000 and stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier, and Ian McKellen as Magneto.
If any of these names sound familiar to you, you know why this series is so good.
The first film is what the entire series hinges upon, so if you want to see where this massive franchise got its start, then look no further than this movie.
For 20 films and counting, we’ve seen Logan go from a young man fighting for his life in the wild to an older adult who has lived long enough to see himself become the very thing he hates.
We’ve seen him go from fighting against Professor X and Magneto to fighting alongside them.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is incredible. There’s no doubt about it.
But if you’re looking for something different, these are the movies that I highly recommend checking out.
They may not be part of the MCU, but they’re still fantastic in their own right.
If you enjoy them as much as we do, this list will help get you started understanding where the MCU came from.
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