This has just got to be seen to be believed. There was a TV movie featuring Marvel’s The Avengers made in 1978. Yes, 1978.
Holy flashbacks, Batman!!!
There’s kaiju footage straight out of some Japanese monster movie, the late Paul Lynde playing Loki as some hyper-caffeinated interior-designer (pardon the dire stereotype) and Gene Simmons in full KISS® make-up and costume as The Destroyer (he spits fire – just like his all-metal 2012 cousin)
Just take a look at Iron Man & Black Widow’s costumes at that time. For eff’s sake, their Iron Man looks a lot like this robot:
Speaking of random kaiju footage, that was around the time when Marvel first started collaborating with Japanese film giant Toei, which resulted into these:
About the only thing missing from this shebang is a cameo by
Stan Lee the Dazzler