Best Movies Based On Marvel Comics
Here are our picks for the best movies based on Marvel Comics!
Honorable Mention - Captain America: Civil War
Kicking off our list is the third film in the Captain America trilogy. When a government body deems the actions of the Avengers unsafe, they force the members of the superhero team to sign accords to place them under the oversight of a United Nations board which would call them into action only when it is considered absolutely necessary. Cap's ideals are further put the test when his best friend Bucky Barnes resurfaces and is framed for an assassination attempt. The story, writing, and acting are phenomenal as the Marvel heroes face off against one another in this stunning action epic which the Russo brothers balance well with the vast number of characters while keeping it focused on Cap and his complex relationships.
10. Thor: Ragnarok
For quirky director Taika Waititi, the third Thor movie breaks new ground by taking the franchise is a very different direction and turning it into a comedic cosmic action adventure. When the god of thunder finds himself stranded on a remote world, he must find a way back home to prevent the vile Hela from causing the apocalypse. Chris Hemsworth is at his best here in the title role and the rest of the supporting cast is superb including Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Jeff Goldblum, and Cate Blacnchett. It's got a great synth-y soundtrack, gorgeous visual effects, and lots of visually engaging action sequences.
9. X-Men: First Class
The origin story of the X-Men is told in this film from director Matthew Vaughn. When telepathic mutant Charles Xavier meets the master of magnetism Erik Lehnsherr, the two join forces to prevent a madman from starting World War III. The cast is fantastic as James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender add layers and depth to their characters making us care about each of them and their personal journeys. It's 60s style and aesthetic set it apart from other comic book adaptations. The score is great, the story is strong, and the characters are magnetic.
8. Black Panther
This international espionage thriller from Marvel Studios is the crowning achievement of director Ryan Coogler. It's an important film about the king of a highly technologically advanced nation in Africa who must defend his throne from a renegade soldier with a deadly agenda. The James Bondian tone and feel is a brilliant contrast with superhero genre and the African setting, and the modern hip hop soundtrack is also a great juxtaposition with the traditional tribal music. Supporting characters are fleshed out along with the leads and each actor plays their part well from Lupita Nyong'o to Danai Guriera and Letitia Wright to Michael B. Jordan. It's got a genius social commentary to go along with it's exciting action scenes and emotional storyline.
7. Guardians of the Galaxy
A zany and surprisingly poignant movie, Guardians of the Galaxy is James Gunn's ode to misfits. This is the story of a surrogate family that comes together to save the galaxy from a zealous warlord. Each character gets time to shine and you fully understand where each of them come from and what drives them. They all learn valuable lessons about sacrifice, courage, and love and the cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel all are so into their characters. The visual effects and action are outstanding and the dialogue is hysterical. That soundtrack also remains one of the best in film history.
6. X2: X-Men United
The best X-Men film is this 2003 sequel to the 2000 original. Here we find a military madman who tries to eliminate all of mutantkind, forcing the X-Men to team up with their arch-rivals the Brotherhood. It's a deep and exhilarating tale that starts off with one of the greatest action sequences in cinematic history as Nightcrawler attacks the President at the White House. The performances by the cast, especially those of Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, and Famke Janessen, are astonishing. The action is thrilling, the story is meaningful, and that ending is emotionally gripping, devastating, and hopeful all at once.
5. Avengers: Infinity War
The epic culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is this sprawling adventure film. After the Mad Titan, Thanos, steals the first of six powerful Infinity Stones to cause destruction on a cosmic level, he begins to search for the rest with only the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy standing in his way. This movie retains all of the action-packed storytelling we've come to expect from the MCU, but also has tons of levity while retaining such dramatic weight that it is the ultimate movie experience. Somehow the Russos are able to balance each and every one of these characters, giving each of them an arc and an important role to play in the battle against Thanos. The visual effects are awesome, but the focus stays on the characters, their relationships, and the story of flawed heroes trying to save the universe.
4. Iron Man
Iron Man is still one of the best superhero films of all time. It's responsible for kicking off the MCU and every modern movie studio's obsession with creating a franchise made up of an interlocking shared universe of films. The pitch perfect casting of Robert Downey Jr. is one of the best marriages of character and actor we've ever seen in the genre. Jon Favreau focuses on the lead character and his core relationships while also delivering on some excellent action set pieces. The suit is so cool, the characters are instantly likeable, and the mix of practical and computer-generated effects set a new standard in the industry.
An intimate and intense conclusion to the story of the Wolverine, James Mangold's film is a poignant tribute to the character and the world of the X-Men. Hugh Jackman portrays the character that made him famous as an aging and weary survivor who's taking care of his mentor when a young mutant crosses his path in need of her own father figure and protector. It's full of great performances from Jackman to Patrick Stewart, and Boyd Holbrook to Daphne Keen. It's a well-written, engaging story about family, guilt, and redemption with bloody fight scenes, an impassioned score, and a stirring ending.
2. Spider-Man 2
The 2004 sequel to Sam Raimi and Toby Maguire's 2002 film Spider-Man is one of the best sequels of all time. Here we find Peter Parker living a rough dual life before he gives up being a superhero to get what he wants out of life. However, he soon remembers that his great powers come with a great responsibility and that the world, including those he loves, needs Spider-Man. Supporting players are so good with Alfred Molina playing a great sympathetic villain, Kirsten Dunst as a wonderful Mary Jane, and a brilliant James Franco as Peter's frenemy Harry Osborne. The action delivers edge-of-your-seat thrills, especially that sequence on the train, and the beautiful score is spectacular. This is the most superior version of the old Web Head.
1. Captain America: The Winter Solider
The best Marvel movie is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Bringing an old-school character like Cap into the present day was a challenge, but the Russo brothers met it head on and managed to make him a modern hero without sacrifice his strong sense of morality and American ideals. Having the super soldier come up against the U.S. government's current surveillance state was a bold move by writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, but the two did so in a way that made sense and had serious repercussions on the MCU as a whole. The film delivers a darker take on the superhero with it's muted colors which fit the political thriller aspects of the film. The action is amazing from the incredible car chases to the hard-hitting hand-to-hand combat. It's supporting cast from Scarlett Johnasson and Samuel L. Jackson to Robert Redford and Sebastian Stan are all excellent in their roles. This one teaches us to always remain loyal to what's right.