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With Captain America: Civil War’s list of characters, and how well the Russo Brothers directed this ensemble cast, we look toward the (soon to be renamed) Infinity War films. So it had me thinking about what characters that may be in the new two parter that we have yet to see. While trying out the beta for Comic-con HQ’s video content service, I noticed Man-Thing and said “Wow, I had no idea.” thinking it was an animated film.

Well… it’s a live action film, released by Lions Gate Films – With notable actors such as Matthew Le Nevez and Rachel Taylor, I’m assuming straight to DVD, and its rated R. Shot in 2005, it isn’t the first R movie for Marvel, Blade has that honor. I’m typing this as I’m watching, and while the acting, at this point, is still better than your typical SciFi show, I can see why I hadn’t heard about this endeavor before. In the first five minutes, you have blood, boobs, and swearing. But you’ll be happy to know, it still did better than Battlefield Earth on Rotten Tomatoes with a 17% rating.

Agents of an oil tycoon vanish while exploring a swamp marked for drilling. The local sheriff investigates and faces a Seminole legend come to life: Man-Thing, a shambling swamp-monster whose touch burns those who feel fear. (IMDB.com)

About a third of the way through, the only visual effects are light green looking gummy worms in corpses, and blood splatters on walls. The corpses are done “nicely”, but still quite campy. It’s an… attempt at a serious horror-thriller by Marvel, but if they do revisit the character, they may want to consider throwing some real dollars at the film, but unfortunately, it was reported recently that Marvel Studios will not be joining the rated R movie push for any of their films. I assume they own the rights to the franchise, but I’ve never read the Man-Thing comics, so I don’t know if it needs to be rated R.

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