Howard the Duck is the first ever full length theatrical film released based on a Marvel comic. Or is it? While Howard the Duck hit screens in Summer 1986, the film Red Sonja was released over a year earlier in 1985. Red Sonja is based on a Marvel comic book featuring a character created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor Smith.

So should Red Sonja be considered the first Marvel film? It goes quite a bit deeper for that answer. Let’s take a look and see which film is actually the first property released based on a Marvel Comic.

Thanks to Brian Cronin from CBR for the narration assist. You can read Brian’s amazing Red Sonja column here: https://www.cbr.com/comic-book-legends-revealed-345 and continue to read his work over at CBR.  Additional thanks to Damon Brazzell, Erica Adams, Mikey Wood, and Michael Sacal.

SPECIAL THANKS TO ROY THOMAS AND BARRY WINDSOR SMITH . Because someone should say it. I guess that person is me.

 

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