Marvel Studios has become the envy of every Hollywood studio over the past few years, building a massive and cohesive cinematic universe that keeps getting bigger and bigger, not to mention breaking the bank each time one of their movies opens. What's even more impressive is the studio has managed to create such a successful brand and universe in just a seven year stretch of time, since the first Iron Man movie hit theaters in May 2008. Of course, before Marvel Studios was founded, their comic book properties were farmed out to various studios, and even now, there are still several key titles the studio does not control. So we're looking back at the 11 best Marvel movies that weren't made by Disney and Marvel Studios. These are not ranked from "best to worst," but rather in order of their place in our heart, so check out our full list:
1Spider-Man - 2002
After a few failed attempts to bring Spider-Man to the big screen in the 1980s and 1990s, by filmmakers such as Lloyd Kaufman and James Cameron, Sam Raimi finally gave fans the big screen version of Spider-Man they always wanted, and those fans responded in record-breaking fashion. Spider-Man was the first movie in history to make more than $100 million over a three-day opening weekend, earning a whopping $114.8 million back in May 2002. The blockbuster turned Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco into overnight stars, and proved that X-Men's box office success was no fluke. Fun Fact: The role of Flash Thompson was played by Joe Manganiello, in his feature film debut.