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):


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34. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

They made a terrible sequel to a terrible movie? So bad even Eva Mendes wouldn’t return.

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33. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Basically unwatchable, and completely unmemorable.

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32. Fantastic Four (2005)

“What? No? I’ve never been in any other superhero films” – Chris Evans

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31. Punisher: War Zone (2008)

Supposedly this had a Theatrical release? Ray Stevenson wasn’t a bad Punisher, just a bad movie.

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30. Ghost Rider (2007)

I can’t believe there are 4 movies worse than this.

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29. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Basically ignored all past X-men movies, and treated it’s characters like cardboard cutouts.

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28. Hulk (2003)

Terrible CGI, an unmemorable story, and Eric Bana makes for a boring Hulk

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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.

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26. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

3 terribly underdeveloped villains in a slap stick bore-fest.

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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.

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24. Elektra (2005)

I enjoyed Jennifer Garner as a superhero, but unfortunately Elektra is kinda dull.

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23. Spider-man 3 (2007)

It’s a messy film, and it brings down the entire franchise

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22. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

A bad end to a good trilogy, where they shit all over these great characters

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21. Daredevil (2003)

Not as bad as everyone says, if the same story was made today it could be a lot better

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20. Blade Trinity (2004)

A fun little romp, but nothing you’ll remember the next day

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19. The Wolverine (2013)

Some great scenes amidst this superhero movie, but I’m sick of the Rom-Com Wolverine Marvel’s created.

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18. Spider-man (2002)

If you recast most of the main cast (Besides Franco, Dafoe and Simmons) this film would be a lot higher!

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17. Blade 2 (2002)

Fun, thrilling and just the right amount of R-rated camp.

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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.

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15. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Better than people give it credit for, Norton was a great Hulk, and the villain was fun.

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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

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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.

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12. Thor (2011)

It sets up a great superhero, and adds something different to the Marvel universe.

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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…

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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.

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9. X-Men: First Class (2011)

They succeeded in taking a 11 year old franchise and moving it in a fun and exciting direction

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8. Blade (1998)

Fun, thrilling, and cool. R-rated fun with great characters and effects that hold up!

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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.

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6. Iron Man (2008)

Marvel and Downey Jr. shocked us all with this terrific film that launched everything

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Would Love to hear your top five! Comment below and let me know! (That rhymed!)


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