With over 30 years of theatrically released Marvel
movies, it’s always a good a time to rank ‘em all, from “Howard the Duck
” to the this year’s very personal “Logan
,” and the Marvel team-up to end all Marvel team ups, “Avengers: Infinity War
50. “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”
It’s just a nightmare. A total nightmare. There have been a bunch of bad superhero movies, but this one transcends bad.
49. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine
A totally chaotic stir fry of nonsense that tells the story of how Wolverine got his claws. Features a version of Deadpool
that has his mouth stapled shut, which should tell you all you need to know about it.
That five minutes where they tried to turn Jennifer Garner
into an action star really didn’t work out well, huh.
47. “X-Men: The Last Stand
Just a total mess, incoherent from the word “go.” Might have killed off the superhero genre were “Spider-Man
” not blowing up the box office.
46. “Fantastic Four
There could maybe be a good movie in here somewhere. The cast (Michael B Jordan, Miles Teller
, Kate Mara
) certainly would warrant one. But this Frankenstein of a film is a behind-the-scenes horror story and you can see it all through the totally disjointed final product.
45. “Iron Man 2
Swaps Terrence Howard
for Don Cheadle
, and Mickey Rourke
is breaking cars with laser whips. I don’t know that anybody knows what was going on in this movie but it was almost Ok anyway
44. “Fantastic Four
” (2005)Tim Story
‘s first “Fantastic Four
” was not good, but in a very mundane sort of way. It’s just sort of there, challenging you to remember it exists. With Chris Evans
, who played the Human Torch here, going on to embody Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that gets tougher every year.
43. “Fantastic Four
Tim Story‘s first “Fantastic Four
” was not good, but in a very mundane sort of way. It’s just sort of there, challenging you to remember it exists. With Chris Evans, who played the Human Torch here, going on to embody Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that gets tougher every year.
This was basically Early-00s: The Movie, with Ben Affleck
, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell
and Michael Clark Duncan as the main players. The cherry on top was that damn Evanescence song.
41. “The Punisher
This is the Punisher as a straight revenge thriller, and it’s Ok. Thomas Jane
performs admirably, but the whole thing is missing that extra something that could elevate it beyond standard genre fare.
40. “Spider-Man 3
Maybe the bad outweighs the good here, but I will never fall out of love with Emo Peter Parker’s dance number, one of the greatest single moments in any comic book movie.
16. “Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
An improvement on the first film, and an absolute delight from moment to moment — but it never quite coalesces into a coherent whole because so many subplots distract from the core story and rob it of its emotional impact. Would be a top 5 comic book movie if it had just reigned in the plot.
9. “Spider-Man: Homecoming
Not quite the best “Spider-Man
” movie, but still an absolute delight, with a cast full of scene stealers. Michael Keaton
as the Vulture
makes for one of the best Marvel villains ever.
8. “Thor: Ragnarok
A thorough delight, but a movie this silly can’t help but have some issues with abrupt tonal shifts. Even so, this might be the most fun we’ve had at the movies in all of 2017, and so we can’t help but love it.
7. “Doctor Strange
If it weren’t hamstrung with all the requisite elements of an origin story, “Doctor Strange
” might have been the best Marvel movie ever. That’s the power of the astonishing visual imagination on display here. People love to talk about the nebulous concept of capturing some long lost childlike sense of wonder though the magic of cinema — “Doctor Strange
” is one of the only movies I’ve watched as an adult that really accomplishes that.
3. “Black Panther
It’s held back a little by being saddled with standard “origin movie” issues — introducing audiences to the world of Wakanda isn’t a quick and easy task, and it could use an extra 15-20 minutes to flesh out the supporting characters — but still manages to be the most substantial superhero movie ever. It’s kind of amazing that Disney
let writer/director Ryan Coogler
make this overt a political statement — it’s the most openly political mega-budget movie I’ve ever seen . Also, while I’m listing superlatives: Michael B Jordan delivers the best performance ever in a superhero movie. Good lord.
’s small-scale western is a game changer for the entire superhero genre, daring to defy pretty much standard by which you expect these movies to operate. It’s just a great movie by any normal standard. Where “Civil War” elevated the genre, “Logan” opts instead to be something else entirely and we’re all the better for it.
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