Marvel Movie Madness! Part 19: Man-Thing

Summary

Matt: This week of the Marvel Movie Madness contains the movies we're calling "the weird crap" - Man-Thing, Red Sonja, and Howard the Duck. We've seen some good and bad films get made out of Marvel properties, but I think we can all agree that the movies this week are based on some of the lesser-known titles, and all three of them are pretty ugly. Today, we're focusing on Man-Thing. Based on a long-running, semi regular title, Man-Thing is a shambling swamp monster that's basically Marvel's version of Swamp Thing (the creators of both characters came up with them around the same time). Man-Thing had a brief monthly run, but was then cut to a quarterly or semi-annual run as double-sized issues. And to the delight of everyone's inner 12-year-old, they were called "Giant-Size Man-Thing." Back to Article

Comments

Bow Ties are Cool

The Holy Rainbow of Awesomness

What are you talking about Man-Thing was a masterpice with oscar worthy acting.

Jun 20 - 01:02 PM

Ben G.

Ben Gregory

ur kiddin me right man-thing was down right dumb, but i agree with that other guy when i say that this marvel madness thing has really gotten stale

Jun 21 - 08:20 AM

Bow Ties are Cool

The Holy Rainbow of Awesomness

I was being sarcastic (;. I haven't seen Man-Thing so I guess I can't judge.

Jun 21 - 11:09 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

It amazes me how many people on the interwBzZ don't comprende teh sarcasm.

Jun 21 - 01:39 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Yikes. If the sarcasm in that remark were anymore obvious it would be like a bludgeon to the head.

Jun 22 - 04:33 AM

Daniel M.

daniel mueller

Thought this was a fantastic 4 spin-off.

Jun 20 - 01:41 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

This Marvel madness series has officially gotten stale.

Jun 20 - 02:03 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Oh and p.s. - Nobody ever cares about the locals unless of course, you happen to be one of the locals.

Jun 20 - 02:04 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Oh and p.s. - Nobody ever cares about the locals unless of course, you happen to be one of the locals.

Jun 20 - 02:04 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Never heard of this, but it sounds like shit. Oh and Man-Thing, really? Giant-Sized-Man-Thing... well, you really had to have balls to name your series like that lol

Jun 20 - 02:17 PM

I hAtE bAd MoViEs

Brad Cunningham

You can see it on SyFy channel sometimes, but it's really bad and not really worth a watch. I first saw it on SyFy and I regret it since

Jun 20 - 04:09 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

No Syfy in Canada :(

Jun 20 - 04:29 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

maybe we're lucky then...eh

Jun 20 - 07:01 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Well, I don't know aboot that :)

Jun 20 - 07:38 PM

Deanno

Dean Nelson

Haha he said aboot

Jun 20 - 11:27 PM

Simply Cinema

Anders Gatten

congratulations on your knowledge of canadian stereo types. We have the space channel in canada I think anyway.

Jun 21 - 07:41 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

That was dangerously close to sarcasm Andy. I thought you Canucks were supposed to be nice eh?

Jun 21 - 08:57 AM

Not L.

Not Likely

Not when it comes to Americans

Jun 21 - 10:15 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

If you hate us so bad, how come you're all massed on our border. Seriously, what's up with that...don't get our Agent Orange acting up...You plottin on us, boy?

Jun 21 - 11:38 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

lol u guys are pretty good at plottin' against yourselves :)

Jun 21 - 01:41 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

@Andy - was that directed at me?

Jun 21 - 01:42 PM

Simply Cinema

Anders Gatten

@The.Watcher not particularly, mainly to america in general
and @Bigbrother it was once said to keep ones friends close and enemies closer. plus, anything north of our border is an arctic wasteland

Jun 21 - 06:09 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Well, since I'm in Vancouver I don't exactly fit under the USA banner.

Jun 21 - 06:18 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Yeah, you guys in Vancouver are virtually incapable of violence :)

Jun 22 - 05:02 AM

Simply Cinema

Anders Gatten

well, there damn good at cleaning up after themselves.

Jun 22 - 10:23 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Haha... well, I see it as a good thing... keeps the government on their toes. If we start riots like that over out team losing, imagine what will happen if they take away our social benefits?

Jun 22 - 01:04 PM

Simply Cinema

Anders Gatten

It's the Winnipeg Riot all over again.

Jun 24 - 03:07 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

I don't understand how it's cheaper to shoot a movie in Australia than in Louisiana.
Are there free tickets to Australia that I don't know about? Is it actually closer that they have made us believe?

Jun 20 - 02:37 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Certain areas are more friendly to filmmaking, and offer financial incentives to shoot movies there.

Jun 20 - 03:10 PM

Captain Terror

Captain Terror

Crazy part is that Louisiana is one of those places, Crunk. Green Lantern filmed in NO, as a matter of fact.

Jun 20 - 05:18 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I knew Lantern filmed there, but I am not familiar with the area, so I was not sure if they gave breaks to film production or not.

Jun 20 - 07:34 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

and how much did GL cost to make again :). Probably less corruption in Australia and sounds like most of the stars were Aussie's. Probably wouldn't have been able to get this stellar of a cast if they didn't come to them.

Jun 21 - 05:34 AM

Brendan R.

Brendan Rice

maybe its the labor agreements?

Jun 20 - 03:23 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Tax rebates, lower union wages.

Jun 21 - 11:48 AM

Alexson Philip

Alexson Philipiah

never seen it. never will.

Jun 20 - 02:51 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Certain areas are more friendly to filmmaking, and offer financial incentives to shoot movies there.

Jun 20 - 03:10 PM

Captain Terror

Captain Terror

Crazy part is that Louisiana is one of those places, Crunk. Green Lantern filmed in NO, as a matter of fact.

Jun 20 - 05:18 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I knew Lantern filmed there, but I am not familiar with the area, so I was not sure if they gave breaks to film production or not.

Jun 20 - 07:34 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

and how much did GL cost to make again :). Probably less corruption in Australia and sounds like most of the stars were Aussie's. Probably wouldn't have been able to get this stellar of a cast if they didn't come to them.

Jun 21 - 05:34 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I did not know they made a movie of this, and reading the observations, it does not surprise me. And you guys leave Mega Shark vs. Gian Octopus alone! IT IS AMAZING!!

Jun 20 - 03:11 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

It's no Sharktapus or Gatoroid.

Jun 21 - 05:35 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Sharktopus is pretty fucking awesome......

Jun 21 - 08:17 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Half Shark/Half Octopus ALL ACTION!!!!!!!

Jun 21 - 09:00 AM

David Marvel-ous

David Miele

Kudos

Jun 21 - 02:40 PM

Brendan R.

Brendan Rice

maybe its the labor agreements?

Jun 20 - 03:23 PM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

I remember when this movie came out. It was back before Marvel had it's own production company, so they still had to whore out their titles to studios get movies made. At the time, Avi Arad was primarily busy going back and forth between the sets of HULK and Daredevil, so yeah, once Man-Thing went to Australia they kind of lost control of the crew and the film got demoted to television status. it was such a shame all around, the movies could've been so much better.

Jun 20 - 03:49 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

Even if Avi had been free to be on-set of this, it would have turned out exactly the same. He comes across as an "idea guy" in special features of movies - but he's not. He is (or was, not sure if he's still employed there) Marvel's hustler. He would go out there, trying to hustle the studios in paying top dollar for Marvel properties - then go back and hustle Marvel to take the highest bid (and not the one who will be more loyal to the source material). In the 90's, Avi wanted the cartoons to push toy purchases (instead of focusing on story - which would keep the show on the air longer, and probably sell more toys for longer), to compete with Hasbro's success. He lost that battle with Spider-Man (the producers nixed it for better story-telling), but he got the control he wanted with Spider-Man Unlimited - which went off the air after 13 episodes. Looking back, I on't get how Unlimited would sell a lot of toys. The drawings of the characters were so jagged, I could see those toys being quite the choking hazzard.

Jun 20 - 08:00 PM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

lol choking hazard, that's funny.
but I didn't know that about the cartoons, that's interesting.

Jun 21 - 01:11 AM

Seth D.

Seth Daniels

Amen. I'm pretty much sure that Arad wrecked Spider Man 3 by forcing Sam Raimi to include Venom, for marketing purposes. Everyone involved is too professional to directly say so, but I remember interviews with Sam where he basically said "yeah, I didn't think this would work, but, uh, guess I'll try." Venom is more marketable than the Sandman, so one of Spidey's most iconic villains got the shoehorn treatment, and Raimi left the franchise.

Jun 21 - 06:03 AM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

I did remember hearing that Venom wasn't going to be in Spider-Man 3 but they kind of forced him onto Raimi. I would've preferred they use the Lizard, but I'm not so sure in retrospect that Raimi would ever even do that.

I tried to give Raimi the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his Spider-Man movies, but I'm actually glad he's not making the new one, because I couldn't care less about the Vulture

Jun 21 - 10:45 AM

gridlock'd2

First Last

It makes sense Spider-Man Unlimited was created to sell toys. I was watching it the other night and I was really wondering why it even existed.
Those manimal characters were just stupid.

Jun 21 - 10:55 AM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

I saw this on Sci-Fi channel, & I felt like this was Marvel's rip-off version of "Swamp Thing'. But the movie was just weird, & made little sense. I wouldn't really recommend it.

Jun 20 - 03:51 PM

Captain Terror

Captain Terror

just for the record, Man-Thing preceded Swamp Thing in the comics (I think), although Swamp Thing did beat him to the movies and tv.

Jun 21 - 06:52 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Swamp Thing had an amazing run from Alan Moore back in his glory days. Back then, if The Moore touched a comic, it was automatically a masterpiece.

Jun 21 - 08:20 AM

I hAtE bAd MoViEs

Brad Cunningham

You can see it on SyFy channel sometimes, but it's really bad and not really worth a watch. I first saw it on SyFy and I regret it since

Jun 20 - 04:09 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

No Syfy in Canada :(

Jun 20 - 04:29 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

maybe we're lucky then...eh

Jun 20 - 07:01 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Well, I don't know aboot that :)

Jun 20 - 07:38 PM

Deanno

Dean Nelson

Haha he said aboot

Jun 20 - 11:27 PM

Simply Cinema

Anders Gatten

congratulations on your knowledge of canadian stereo types. We have the space channel in canada I think anyway.

Jun 21 - 07:41 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

That was dangerously close to sarcasm Andy. I thought you Canucks were supposed to be nice eh?

Jun 21 - 08:57 AM

Not L.

Not Likely

Not when it comes to Americans

Jun 21 - 10:15 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

If you hate us so bad, how come you're all massed on our border. Seriously, what's up with that...don't get our Agent Orange acting up...You plottin on us, boy?

Jun 21 - 11:38 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

lol u guys are pretty good at plottin' against yourselves :)

Jun 21 - 01:41 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

@Andy - was that directed at me?

Jun 21 - 01:42 PM

Simply Cinema

Anders Gatten

@The.Watcher not particularly, mainly to america in general
and @Bigbrother it was once said to keep ones friends close and enemies closer. plus, anything north of our border is an arctic wasteland

Jun 21 - 06:09 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Well, since I'm in Vancouver I don't exactly fit under the USA banner.

Jun 21 - 06:18 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Yeah, you guys in Vancouver are virtually incapable of violence :)

Jun 22 - 05:02 AM

Simply Cinema

Anders Gatten

well, there damn good at cleaning up after themselves.

Jun 22 - 10:23 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Haha... well, I see it as a good thing... keeps the government on their toes. If we start riots like that over out team losing, imagine what will happen if they take away our social benefits?

Jun 22 - 01:04 PM

Simply Cinema

Anders Gatten

It's the Winnipeg Riot all over again.

Jun 24 - 03:07 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

No Syfy in Canada :(

Jun 20 - 04:29 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

maybe we're lucky then...eh

Jun 20 - 07:01 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Well, I don't know aboot that :)

Jun 20 - 07:38 PM

Deanno

Dean Nelson

Haha he said aboot

Jun 20 - 11:27 PM

Simply Cinema

Anders Gatten

congratulations on your knowledge of canadian stereo types. We have the space channel in canada I think anyway.

Jun 21 - 07:41 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

That was dangerously close to sarcasm Andy. I thought you Canucks were supposed to be nice eh?

Jun 21 - 08:57 AM

Not L.

Not Likely

Not when it comes to Americans

Jun 21 - 10:15 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

If you hate us so bad, how come you're all massed on our border. Seriously, what's up with that...don't get our Agent Orange acting up...You plottin on us, boy?

Jun 21 - 11:38 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

lol u guys are pretty good at plottin' against yourselves :)

Jun 21 - 01:41 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

@Andy - was that directed at me?

Jun 21 - 01:42 PM

Simply Cinema

Anders Gatten

@The.Watcher not particularly, mainly to america in general
and @Bigbrother it was once said to keep ones friends close and enemies closer. plus, anything north of our border is an arctic wasteland

Jun 21 - 06:09 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Well, since I'm in Vancouver I don't exactly fit under the USA banner.

Jun 21 - 06:18 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Yeah, you guys in Vancouver are virtually incapable of violence :)

Jun 22 - 05:02 AM

Simply Cinema

Anders Gatten

well, there damn good at cleaning up after themselves.

Jun 22 - 10:23 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Haha... well, I see it as a good thing... keeps the government on their toes. If we start riots like that over out team losing, imagine what will happen if they take away our social benefits?

Jun 22 - 01:04 PM

Simply Cinema

Anders Gatten

It's the Winnipeg Riot all over again.

Jun 24 - 03:07 PM

Justin D.

Justin D.

Oh man, this week is going to be grueling. I've never read any of the comics that are going to be discussed here save for Red Sonja. I didn't even know Howard the Duck was a Marvel comic. Anyway, this movie came on the Sci-Fi channel once and I sat through half of it, waiting for the titular Man-Thing to show up. Once I saw it I changed the channel. I mean the FX weren't good, the acting wasn't good, the script nor the sets weren't good...there isn't much to say about this movie. It sucks.

Also I'm going to get Howard the Duck out of the way too and say it also sucked, but not as bad as Man-Thing. There, now I only have to comment on Red Sonja.

Jun 20 - 04:31 PM

Justin D.

Justin D.

Ugh, I need an editor. "the script and the sets weren't good..."

Jun 20 - 04:33 PM

Justin D.

Justin D.

Ugh, I need an editor. "the script and the sets weren't good..."

Jun 20 - 04:33 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

I've never heard of this film. Hope I'm not alone.

Jun 20 - 04:58 PM

Captain Terror

Captain Terror

Crazy part is that Louisiana is one of those places, Crunk. Green Lantern filmed in NO, as a matter of fact.

Jun 20 - 05:18 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I knew Lantern filmed there, but I am not familiar with the area, so I was not sure if they gave breaks to film production or not.

Jun 20 - 07:34 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

and how much did GL cost to make again :). Probably less corruption in Australia and sounds like most of the stars were Aussie's. Probably wouldn't have been able to get this stellar of a cast if they didn't come to them.

Jun 21 - 05:34 AM

ap sirius

karl anderson

maybe we're lucky then...eh

Jun 20 - 07:01 PM

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