Ranking 34 live-action Marvel Movies
From Worst to first, before I see ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
I’ll start of by saying my list is incomplete! I have a small blind spot that consists of 6 Marvel films, which includes the first Marvel iteration, ‘Captain America’ in 1944, which was actually a 15-part black and white serial. Next is ‘Howard the Duck’ (1986), a direct-to-video ‘The Punisher’ (1989), a direct-to-video ‘Captain America’ (1990) a really awful looking, unreleased ‘Fantastic Four’ (1994) and a movie called ‘Man-Thing’ in 2005. I don’t exactly feel as if I’ve missed out on anything, although I would like to go back and see ‘Howard the Duck’ at some point.
You might say this list is incomplete, as I haven’t had a chance to see ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ quite yet, but I will definitely be placing it somewhere on this list afterwards.
In my opinion, there aren’t a lot of great movies on this list, It really isn’t until the top 5 where you might start seeing some A grades, and you probably wouldn’t see a C+ or above until you hit about 20 on the list. Marvel hasn’t made a bevy of great films, and of course that is my own opinion. I have high hopes for the future of Marvel, I see Marvels future catalog and I am intrigued by the uniqueness of what’s to come, as they’ve already begun to show some differences with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.
Let’s run down the list, starting at #34 (the worst) and going to #1 (the best):
34. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)
They made a terrible sequel to a terrible movie? So bad even Eva Mendes wouldn’t return.
33. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
Basically unwatchable, and completely unmemorable.
32. Fantastic Four (2005)
“What? No? I’ve never been in any other superhero films” – Chris Evans
31. Punisher: War Zone (2008)
Supposedly this had a Theatrical release? Ray Stevenson wasn’t a bad Punisher, just a bad movie.
30. Ghost Rider (2007)
I can’t believe there are 4 movies worse than this.
29. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Basically ignored all past X-men movies, and treated it’s characters like cardboard cutouts.
28. Hulk (2003)
Terrible CGI, an unmemorable story, and Eric Bana makes for a boring Hulk
27. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
We didn’t need another spider-man. we didn’t want another Spider-man, so they gave us another Spider-Man.
26. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
3 terribly underdeveloped villains in a slap stick bore-fest.
25. The Punisher (2004)
Thomas Jane is a great Punisher, and the movie isn’t terrible but it’s melodramatic and doesn’t hold up.
24. Elektra (2005)
I enjoyed Jennifer Garner as a superhero, but unfortunately Elektra is kinda dull.
23. Spider-man 3 (2007)
It’s a messy film, and it brings down the entire franchise
22. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
A bad end to a good trilogy, where they shit all over these great characters
21. Daredevil (2003)
Not as bad as everyone says, if the same story was made today it could be a lot better
20. Blade Trinity (2004)
A fun little romp, but nothing you’ll remember the next day
19. The Wolverine (2013)
Some great scenes amidst this superhero movie, but I’m sick of the Rom-Com Wolverine Marvel’s created.
18. Spider-man (2002)
If you recast most of the main cast (Besides Franco, Dafoe and Simmons) this film would be a lot higher!
17. Blade 2 (2002)
Fun, thrilling and just the right amount of R-rated camp.
16. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
It sets Chris Evans up to become a good superhero, it looks great and has some good characters, but it’s a tad boring.
15. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Better than people give it credit for, Norton was a great Hulk, and the villain was fun.
14. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
The Other-wordly moments are great, Loki is the best and it looks good, but it doesn’t take any risks
13. Spider-man 2 (2004)
I think most would disagree, but this is the best Spider-man film so far, Maguire and Dunst aren’t good, but it’s fun.
12. Thor (2011)
It sets up a great superhero, and adds something different to the Marvel universe.
11. Iron Man 2 (2010)
I enjoy Iron Man 2 for it’s great character additions, I enjoy Iron Man 2 for some of the reasons others dislike it…
10. Iron Man 3 (2013)
Iron Man 3 gets a higher slot because Marvel tried something different, and it’s interesting, fun and of course… Downey Jr.
9. X-Men: First Class (2011)
They succeeded in taking a 11 year old franchise and moving it in a fun and exciting direction
8. Blade (1998)
Fun, thrilling, and cool. R-rated fun with great characters and effects that hold up!
7. X-Men (2000)
X-men might be the start of our obsession with superhero love, it introduced us to a world of terrific characters.
6. Iron Man (2008)
Marvel and Downey Jr. shocked us all with this terrific film that launched everything
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
If Disney’s Marvel does more films like this, and actually tries something, they’ll be prosperous forever.
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Days of Future Past surprised almost everyone, it’s smart, exciting and weaves two worlds together almost seamlessly
3. The Avengers (2012)
Most of the credit goes to Joss Whedon for bringing together these worlds and characters for a action-pack thrill-ride
2. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Undoubtedly the most creative thing Disney’s Marvel has created, and it’s succeeds in being funny and electrifying
1. X2 (2003)
No surprise here, X-men 2 will top most Marvel fans list,but deservedly so. Every comic book film should strive for X2 greatness.
Would Love to hear your top five! Comment below and let me know! (That rhymed!)
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