Superhero Worship: Top 40 Marvel Movie Ideas, Ranked

From smart casting choices to Spidey and X-Men reboots, we rank the decisions that have shaped Marvel's superhero universe, from worst to best

'Howard the Duck'
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40. 'Howard the Duck'

This 1986 effort — the first theatrical Marvel film aside from that Captain America serial 42 years earlier — was a creative and commercial disaster that not even producer George Lucas could save. The problem was that it was supposed to be animated, but contractual obligations forced it to become a live-action movie — specifically, an unfunny, effects-driven, story-deprived live-action film about a talking duck. Not a good way to start a multi-billion-dollar brand.