Did you know that there is a Phase 0 in the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? This is a surprising idea that could baffle fans. But the truth is that before Marvel was synonymous with blockbusters, it had already made some attempts to bring its publishing world to the cinema. Not all lucky; most of them leave much to be desired in terms of quality and collection.
From two different versions of The Punisherto a duology of The Fantastic Fourgoing through two of Captain America of questionable quality. Marvel tried again and again to take its iconic characters to a new dimension and more than once failed in the attempt. But now, the newly born MarvelOrder website aims to recover what is, in some way, the history of the most successful franchise in the world. After all, the singular, messy and mostly unknown franchiseincludes a version live action of Howard The Duck. A character who was included as an unexplained easter egg in both the duology Guardians of the Galaxylike in the animated series What would happen if…?
So there is a lot of so-called Phase 0 material to delve into that you probably don’t know. Or in any case, be so incomprehensible as to be confusing. What to do with the television version of the Hulk? Or the repeated attempts to adapt Spider-Man, which had no repercussions? MarvelOrder seems to have an answer for all those questions. And even better, meticulously arranged and ready to be consumed by most of the fans. Could the investigation of the creators of the site become material for discussion? At the very least, it’s likely to pique the interest of Marvel fans more curious about the studio’s history through time.
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One of the merits of MarvelOrder is that the investigation ranges from box office disasters to incomplete projects during Marvel’s so-called Phase 0. He has also gone to the trouble of researching films released by other production companies, studios and film companies.
As if all that work wasn’t enough, they seem more than willing to lend a hand to work on Reddit. And it was the user u/purforium who called the large amount of material on the page “Phase 0”. It is a more than adequate name to go through the complicated spaces of Marvel, long before being an unstoppable success. And of course, long before the explosion of characters and visions that he enjoys today.
The extensive list of films ranges from the trilogy Blade, which includes as a context for the current ones. It also orders the animated ones in chronological order Ultimate Avengers y Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther premiered on Cartoon Network. As curious as it may seem, it also takes several older films to support the idea of a total world. Ben Affleck’s Daredevil, Jennifer Garner’s Electra, and Nicolas Cage’s Ghost Rider are also included in the extensive timeline. The most amazing? There’s even a ’98 version of Nick Fury starring none other than David Hasselhoff.
Secondly, there are very curious projects in this Phase 0 that also belong to the Marvel factory one way or another. That includes all three versions of Men in Black, which belongs to the Malibu publisher, owned by Marvel. Also to the trilogy Kingsman, based on the work of Mark Millar for the publisher. Of course, everything related to the spiderverse, both animated and live action, is part of the project compilation. That ranges from Spidey’s appearances in different series (and his fight against Morbius) to Spider Woman. The latter was an animated series of just one season and 16 chapters. Still, fans consider them worthy of being included in the timeline.
Phase 0, still growing
Marvel Order is still in development, but it’s clear there will be considerable material for discussion. Little by little, the Reddit contributions begin to show much more Marvel material than might be supposed. Like the ’79 version of Captain America played by Reb Brown. Or that strange version of The Mass of The Fantastic Fourwhich was made into an anime in the same year.
For now, the project is spreading in all directions, but the research is more than likely to bear fruit. What Marvel fan doesn’t want to know where Howard The Duck fits into the sacred timeline? What is clear is that there will soon be an answer for that.