ByJerry Stark, writer at
Jerry Stark

The Avenger, The Fantastic 4, The X-men, Shield, Thanos, Magneto are just some names that we all know right away, but where would these iconic heroes and villains be without the legendary Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and less recognized people like Steve Ditko; actually what kind of a world would we live in. These men and comic characters deserve a movie on how they became so well known in the comic world, well actually with Marvel becoming so well known now more like the whole world and how some of the most beloved characters became to be.

I want a movie that tell the history of Marvel from starting back in 1939 as Timely Publications, to the early 1950s when they had become known as Atlas Comics. Then finally to when they became known as Marvel Comics. Marvel's modern incarnation dates from 1961, the year that the company launched The Fantastic Four and other superhero titles created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and many others. All of the Marvel nerds want to know the history and the struggles of creating some of the most recognized characters such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, the Silver Surfer, and the Avengers and antagonists such as the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Magneto, Doctor Doom, Loki, Galactus, Thanos, and the Red Skull.

It should start out all the way back when Martin Goodman founded the company in 1939 when Timely's first publication, Marvel Comics #1 (cover dated Oct. 1939), included the first appearance of Carl Burgos' android superhero the Human Torch, and the first generally available appearance of Bill Everett's anti-hero Namor the Sub-Mariner, among other features. Also with the company's first true editor, writer-artist Joe Simon when he teamed up with artist and emerging industry notable Jack Kirby to create one of the first patriotically themed superheroes, Captain America, in Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941). Then to when Goodman hired his wife's cousin, Stanley Lieber, as a general office assistant in 1939. Now we head to the 1950's when post-war American comic market saw superheroes falling out of fashion.

We then see Goodman's comic book line dropped them for the most part and expanded into a wider variety of genres than even Timely had published, featuring horror, Westerns, humor, funny animal, men's adventure-drama, giant monster, crime, and war comics, and later adding jungle books, romance titles, espionage, and even medieval adventure, Bible stories and sports. So we then see Goodman use the the globe logo of the Atlas News Company, the newsstand-distribution company he owned. Now Atlas unsuccessfully attempted to revive superheroes from late 1953 to mid-1954, with the Human Torch (art by Syd Shores and Dick Ayers, variously), the Sub-Mariner (drawn and most stories written by Bill Everett), and Captain America (writer Stan Lee, artist John Romita Sr.). Atlas did not achieve any breakout hits and, according to Stan Lee, the company survived their first two decades chiefly because they produced work quickly, cheaply, and at a passable quality.\

Then comes the 1960's when we see the introduction of modern Marvel's first superhero team, in The Fantastic Four #1, (Nov. 1961), began establishing the company's reputation which eventually ushered in The Marvel Age Of Comics in the 1960s. Then we the creators have to revise the superhero conventions of previous eras to better reflect the psychological spirit of their age. Eschewing such comic book tropes as secret identities and even costumes at first, having a monster as one of the heroes, and having its characters bicker and complain in what was later called a "superheroes in the real world" approach, the series represented a change that proved to be a great success. Later we see Marvel began publishing further superhero titles featuring such heroes and antiheroes as the Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, Daredevil, and the Silver Surfer, and such memorable antagonists as Doctor Doom, Magneto, Galactus, Loki, the Green Goblin, and Doctor Octopus, all existing in a shared reality known as the Marvel Universe, with locations that mirror real-life cities such as New York. Then, Lee and Steve Ditko generated the most successful new series in The Amazing Spider-Man.

Then we see In 1971, the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare approach Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Stan Lee to do a comic book story about drug abuse. Lee agrees and writes a three-part Spider-Man story portraying drug use as dangerous and unglamorous. However, the industry's self-censorship board, the Comics Code Authority, refused to approve the story because of the presence of narcotics, deeming the context of the story irrelevant. Lee, with Goodman's approval, published the story regardless in The Amazing Spider-Man #96–98 (May–July 1971), without the Comics Code seal. The market reacted well to the storyline, and the CCA subsequently revised the Code the same year. We now witness Goodman retire as publisher in 1972 and installed his son, Chip, as publisher, then Shortly thereafter, Lee succeeded him as publisher and also became Marvel's president for a brief time. During his time as president, he appointed as editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, who added "Stan Lee Presents" to the opening page of each comic book. Now we see Marvelcon '75, in spring 1975 and at the 1975 event, Stan Lee uses a Fantastic Four panel discussion to announce that Jack Kirby, the artist co-creator of most of Marvel's signature characters, was returning to Marvel after having left in 1970 to work for rival DC Comics. Then In October 1976, Marvel, which already licensed reprints in different countries, including the UK, created a superhero specifically for the British market. Captain Britain debuted exclusively in the UK, and later appeared in American comics.

Then we see that despite Marvel's successes in the early 1980s, it lost ground to rival DC in the latter half of the decade as many former Marvel stars defected to the competitor. DC scored critical and sales victories[45] with titles and limited series such as Watchmen, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Byrne's revamp of Superman, and Alan Moore's Swamp Thing. Marvel earned a great deal of money and recognition during the comic book boom of the early 1990s, launching the successful 2099 line of comics set in the future (Spider-Man 2099, etc.). Then we see Marvel suffer a blow in early 1992, when seven of its most prized artists—Todd McFarlane (known for his work on Spider-Man), Jim Lee (X-Men), Rob Liefeld (X-Force), Marc Silvestri (Wolverine), Erik Larsen (The Amazing Spider-Man), Jim Valentino (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Whilce Portacio—left to form Image Comics.

Then in 1997, we see Toy Biz and MEG merged to end the bankruptcy, forming a new corporation, Marvel Enterprises. With his business partner Avi Arad, publisher Bill Jemas, and editor-in-chief Bob Harras, Toy Biz co-owner Isaac Perlmutter helped stabilize the comics line. With the new millennium, Marvel Comics emerged from bankruptcy and again began diversifying its offerings.

The towards the end of the film we see movies start to be made for these iconic superheros, such as the X-men, Fantastic Four, Blade, Daredevil, Iron man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers, and how much of an impact it has had on society and all of the worlds cultures.

Now I also have some acting choices for this movie:

Martin Goodman:

Michael Nyqvist:

An overlooked player in the make-up of the Marvel universe, it’s Martin Goodman that owned the company and put the pieces into place for things to happen. A consummate businessman who had no compuction about racing to every trend and spectacle, I’d give the role to a outsider to Hollywood: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s Michael Nyqvist. I’d enjoy to see what he’d bring to the piece, and working as a behind-the-scenes machinator prodding Lee and Kirby into business

Jack Kirby:

Michael Imperioli:

While Imperioli is best known as a television actor and frankly isn’t Jewish, I think he possesses the acting chops and similar visual aesthetics and mannerisms that would make him an ideal person to play the King of Comics. I could readily see him hunched over a drawing board, cigar in hand, drawing away, and also trudging up the steps to Marvel’s offices to meet with Stan.

Young Stan Lee:

Joesph Gordon-Levitt:

The Golden-age Stan Lee(1960's)

Ashton Kutcher:

I know what you're saying, how can this guy play such a sacred role, just watch Jobs and then think again.


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