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05.06.2016by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Best Marvel Movies of All Time

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe gets all of the praise, there have been numerous other films based on Marvel characters as good if not better. With over forty Marvel Comics films made since 1986, there are a lot of superhero movies to choose from. Whittling down the list to the ten best may sound easy, but take a look at our ranking and see if your favorites actually made the cut. You may be surprised just how hard it is to pick just ten. If you disagree with our picks, feel free to let us know in the talk backs below.

#10 - BIG HERO 6

While you may already be calling bullshit on this list for including an animated film, BIG HERO 6 is a great adaptation of a lesser known Marvel property. The perfect blend of Disney's family brand of storytelling with vibrant animation, BIG HERO 6 has all the hallmarks of every great Marvel movie (including a Stan Lee cameo).

#9 - X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Bryan Singer's triumphant return to the X-MEN franchise balanced both the original series and the retro reboot. Having two generations of characters on screen at the same time while also adapting one of the all-time best comic book stories delivered on all fronts. This is an excellent superhero film with a cast crammed with talent while also delivering some surprises (Quicksilver kicks ass!) and opening the door for a lot more possibilities in the franchise.

#8 - BLADE

Not exactly a superhero movie and not quite the same as anything else in the Marvel canon, BLADE is nonetheless a kickass movie with one of Wesley Snipes' best performances. The two sequels may not be quite as good as the original, but they all somehow manage to make vampires way cooler than any other big screen attempts since. This movie proved that R-rated comic book movies can work. Now, if they could just find a way to bring Snipes into the MCU.

#7 - DEADPOOL

Speaking of R-rated comic book movies, Ryan Reynolds passion project blew the industry away by grossing more than any other X-MEN movie and every MCU film outside of THE AVENGERS movies and IRON MAN 3. That alone is an achievement of note and goes to show that not every Marvel movie needs to be a PG-13 blockbuster. While it may not have been the most unique superhero movie, it definitely has opened the door for a lot more humor and violence from characters we have not seen too much of to date.

#6 - CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

While I love the pulpy feel of THE FIRST AVENGER, this sequel delivered a very different Marvel movie by following in the footsteps of great political thrillers of the 1970s. Yes, it is still an action-packed summer movie but it is also a well-written and executed film on it's own. Few superhero movies can move past the genre label and be regarded on their own merits but this one definitely has.

#5 - X2: X-MEN UNITED

The best X-MEN movie to date, this film does what few comic book films (or movies in general) have been able to do and surpass the quality of the original. Adding more characters almost never bodes well, but Bryan Singer is able to evoke better performances from everyone in the cast while balancing a complex story you rarely see in a superhero film. This movie was also a solid showcase for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine.

#4 - THE AVENGERS

While I had issues ranking this movie as high on the list, I do recognize just how influential this movie is. With an astounding box office take, THE AVENGERS is notable for not only being a blockbuster slice of entertainment but for also managing to balance a cast of superstars from their own franchises in one big movie. Joss Whedon did an admirable job of interconnecting the Marvel Cinematic Universe and changed the way movies were made forever.

#3 - IRON MAN

Jon Favreau's film was a risky one. With a star who had fallen from the A-list due to drugs and alcohol and a superhero who was not quite as popular as some of Marvel's other characters, IRON MAN could have been a massive bomb. But, it instead thrived thanks to Robert Downey Jr.'s charm and great special effects. This movie ushered in the modern Marvel film and gave us one of the best performances of RDJ's career.

#2 - GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY did the impossible. Using a team that non-comic fans had mostly never heard of and casting a professional wrestler, a sitcom actor, and the voices of two superstars, this movie could have been Marvel Studios' first bomb. But, writer/director James Gunn gave us a modern STAR WARS and upended what we would have expected from a superhero movie. It may be different than anything else in the MCU but that is what makes it so great.

#1 - SPIDER-MAN 2

Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN 2 remains one of the best superhero movies of all time and deserves the top spot on this ranking thanks to the combination of comic book fun and breathtaking visuals. While the effects have aged a bit compared to more recent superhero fare, the unique blend of Raimi's style and the source material delivers a movie that feels like a Marvel comic come to life. The fast-paced action and sweeping scale have yet to be matched by any other superhero movie.

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2:48AM on 05/10/2016
Thanks for showing love to Spiderman 2. People forget how great this film is. That hospital operating room scene alone, is worth the price of admission. It was brutal and terryfing. Signature Sam Raimi. Perfect score by Danny Elfman.
Thanks for showing love to Spiderman 2. People forget how great this film is. That hospital operating room scene alone, is worth the price of admission. It was brutal and terryfing. Signature Sam Raimi. Perfect score by Danny Elfman.
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1:08PM on 05/09/2016

fun topic

only 1 xmen movie needs to be on this list. and as good of an animated movie that big hero 6 was, it doesn't belong in the top 10. my list:
10. X2- XMEN UNITED
9. BLADE
8. SPIDERMAN 2
7. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
6. DEADPOOL
5. IRONMAN
4. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
3. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
2. AVENGERS
1. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

that was fun to think about. for the record, when phase 1 started, the first avenger was my least favorite. now,
only 1 xmen movie needs to be on this list. and as good of an animated movie that big hero 6 was, it doesn't belong in the top 10. my list:
10. X2- XMEN UNITED
9. BLADE
8. SPIDERMAN 2
7. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
6. DEADPOOL
5. IRONMAN
4. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
3. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
2. AVENGERS
1. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

that was fun to think about. for the record, when phase 1 started, the first avenger was my least favorite. now, with the last two movies, captain america is at the apex of the mcu! #team cap

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8:02AM on 05/08/2016
It's a tough list to argue with, though I think Civil War tops it's predecessor, and most Marvel movies, in many ways. It is a lot of what I wanted Avengers to be, has some of the best action the MCU has ever seen, and balances all it's characters extremely well. And that's not even counting that it gave us the best Spiderman to date. Otherwise, great list. Spiderman 2 still resonates with me as one of the most relatable comic book movies I have ever seen.
It's a tough list to argue with, though I think Civil War tops it's predecessor, and most Marvel movies, in many ways. It is a lot of what I wanted Avengers to be, has some of the best action the MCU has ever seen, and balances all it's characters extremely well. And that's not even counting that it gave us the best Spiderman to date. Otherwise, great list. Spiderman 2 still resonates with me as one of the most relatable comic book movies I have ever seen.
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12:32AM on 05/07/2016
As long as Spider-Man 2 is number one, I'm fine with the list. 12 years later and that film still holds up extremely well, Definitely one of the all time greats.
As long as Spider-Man 2 is number one, I'm fine with the list. 12 years later and that film still holds up extremely well, Definitely one of the all time greats.
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11:46AM on 05/07/2016
Totally agree. I just can't believe there hasn't been a good Spidey film since then. Hopefully Marvels Spidey is as awesome as he was in Civil War during his stand alone film, which he should be now that they can have him team up with Iron Man ($100 says he gets Iron Spider Armor, and Amadeus Cho steals it by the end of the film).
Totally agree. I just can't believe there hasn't been a good Spidey film since then. Hopefully Marvels Spidey is as awesome as he was in Civil War during his stand alone film, which he should be now that they can have him team up with Iron Man ($100 says he gets Iron Spider Armor, and Amadeus Cho steals it by the end of the film).
9:24PM on 05/06/2016
A strong list, and it has a lot of the same movies as my top 10:
1. X2: X-men United
2. Spider-man 2
3. Iron Man
4. The Avengers
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
6. X-Men
7. X-Men: Days of Future Past
8. X-men First Class
9. Guardians of the Galaxy
10. Blade 2
A strong list, and it has a lot of the same movies as my top 10:
1. X2: X-men United
2. Spider-man 2
3. Iron Man
4. The Avengers
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
6. X-Men
7. X-Men: Days of Future Past
8. X-men First Class
9. Guardians of the Galaxy
10. Blade 2
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6:46PM on 05/06/2016
I tend to not be a big fan of many of your top 10 lists, because I feel like you often give precedence to fan favorite films over ones that are objectively better. However, I feel like you did a pretty admirable job with this one. Of course no two peoples lists will be exactly the same, but I think that one gives it a pretty good shot. I do agree though that as cool as Blade is, I'm not sure it's actually one of the 10 bests, same with Big Hero 6.

#1. Spider-Man 2
#2. Iron Man
#3. The
I tend to not be a big fan of many of your top 10 lists, because I feel like you often give precedence to fan favorite films over ones that are objectively better. However, I feel like you did a pretty admirable job with this one. Of course no two peoples lists will be exactly the same, but I think that one gives it a pretty good shot. I do agree though that as cool as Blade is, I'm not sure it's actually one of the 10 bests, same with Big Hero 6.

#1. Spider-Man 2
#2. Iron Man
#3. The Avengers
#4. X-Men 2
#5. Captain America:The Winter Soldier
#6. Guardians of the Galaxy
#7. The Incredible Hulk
#8. Deadpool
#9. Spider-Man
#10. X-Men

(I've seen Civil War but feel like I need more time to decide where on here it fits in rather than just giving a knee-jerk reaction.)
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4:38PM on 05/06/2016
Really happy Spidey 2 is on the list, and at the top. When I read the headline I immediately thought of it, x2, and iron man. I would change the order on some of the films here, but it's difficult to say if GOTG is better than TWS (at the end of the day I don't think it is, as I think cap is a MUUUUUCH more difficult character to make work and he could so easily be boring, unlike star lord and rocket and cool space shit). Only film that just straight up needs to be removed, in my - and I
Really happy Spidey 2 is on the list, and at the top. When I read the headline I immediately thought of it, x2, and iron man. I would change the order on some of the films here, but it's difficult to say if GOTG is better than TWS (at the end of the day I don't think it is, as I think cap is a MUUUUUCH more difficult character to make work and he could so easily be boring, unlike star lord and rocket and cool space shit). Only film that just straight up needs to be removed, in my - and I know I'm in a huge minority here - is DOFP. As a huge X-men fan (of their comics and movies), I saw DOFP on the back end of a double feature and just assumed I would at least like it considering all the reviews, the story, and return of Singer. The movie I saw first was Edge of Tomorrow. I'm not sure how I'd feel if I had seen them the other way around, but DOFP doesn't hold a finger to EOT. EOT went to great lengths to explain its time travel and stuff, and DOFP was just like here, accept it. And then they had the lame acrobatic fight sequences. Anyway, good list.
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3:15PM on 05/06/2016
Not a terrible list, but I would change the order of some of the films. X-Men DOFP and The Winter Solider should be higher, and GOTG should be lower, But yea, Spider-Man 2 is pretty much a perfect comic-book film.
Not a terrible list, but I would change the order of some of the films. X-Men DOFP and The Winter Solider should be higher, and GOTG should be lower, But yea, Spider-Man 2 is pretty much a perfect comic-book film.
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3:09PM on 05/06/2016
-5/10: THE WINTER SOLDIER
-6/10: BLADE
-7/10: BIG HERO 6; IRON-MAN; X-MEN 2
-9/10: THE AVENGERS; DEADPOOL; DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; SPIDER-MAN 1 (missing from the list) & 2.
-5/10: THE WINTER SOLDIER
-6/10: BLADE
-7/10: BIG HERO 6; IRON-MAN; X-MEN 2
-9/10: THE AVENGERS; DEADPOOL; DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; SPIDER-MAN 1 (missing from the list) & 2.
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3:57PM on 05/07/2016
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE 1ST AVENGER was a mix between superhero movie and 1940s war movie and it worked for the most part. CAPTAIN AMERICA PART 2: THE WINTER SOLDIER is a mix between superhero movie and 1970s spy thriller and those two don’t blend well. It works in AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. because its main characters aren’t superheroes. I know genre movies use the most conventional elements, but that’s no excuse for all the predictable plot twists. Some of the action sequences are impressive,
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE 1ST AVENGER was a mix between superhero movie and 1940s war movie and it worked for the most part. CAPTAIN AMERICA PART 2: THE WINTER SOLDIER is a mix between superhero movie and 1970s spy thriller and those two don’t blend well. It works in AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. because its main characters aren’t superheroes. I know genre movies use the most conventional elements, but that’s no excuse for all the predictable plot twists. Some of the action sequences are impressive, but directors Anthony & Joe Russo should’ve also focused more on the acting. Most of the actors have already played these characters well, so I know that their performances not being very good in this movie is the directors’ fault. Specially Scarlett Johansson and Robert Redford. You can play a serious character without being bland.
9:47PM on 05/06/2016
Wish I could downvote you more than once. There's no way Winter Soldier is a 5/10.
Wish I could downvote you more than once. There's no way Winter Soldier is a 5/10.
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1:10PM on 05/06/2016
Blade made vampires look cooler? Blade started the trend of vampires getting killed by mere bullets and splinters. No longer did you need a stake through the heart, just a kick in the nuts and the vampires turned to ashes. I also never understood how the device at the end of the original Blade worked, you know where they needed like a dozen elder vampires yet Deacon already killed two of them.
Blade made vampires look cooler? Blade started the trend of vampires getting killed by mere bullets and splinters. No longer did you need a stake through the heart, just a kick in the nuts and the vampires turned to ashes. I also never understood how the device at the end of the original Blade worked, you know where they needed like a dozen elder vampires yet Deacon already killed two of them.
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12:58PM on 05/06/2016
Fairly decent list, but Winter Soldier should be 1 or 2 honestly. Followed by GoTG. I'm not sure DOFP should even be on the list, nor should Blade. Spiderman 2 was awesome, and should probably be 4 behind TWS GOTG and the first Avengers.
Fairly decent list, but Winter Soldier should be 1 or 2 honestly. Followed by GoTG. I'm not sure DOFP should even be on the list, nor should Blade. Spiderman 2 was awesome, and should probably be 4 behind TWS GOTG and the first Avengers.
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12:51PM on 05/06/2016
Pretty solid list, and for the most part I agree. Only 2 differences are that I don't think that GotG should be higher than Winter Soldier (but both should def be on the list), and for the life of me, now and when it came out, I still don't see the amazing genius in the first Avengers movie that everyone else does. In fact, its kinda confusing to me that the first one is so beloved, while the second is mostly criticized. I guess it just comes down to differences in opinion.
Pretty solid list, and for the most part I agree. Only 2 differences are that I don't think that GotG should be higher than Winter Soldier (but both should def be on the list), and for the life of me, now and when it came out, I still don't see the amazing genius in the first Avengers movie that everyone else does. In fact, its kinda confusing to me that the first one is so beloved, while the second is mostly criticized. I guess it just comes down to differences in opinion.
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6:34PM on 05/06/2016
I think Avengers 1 just does a lot more to flesh out characters ad relationships rather than solely focusing on the main plot and action, which is something I really appreciate about Civil War, there are just quiet little scenes that exist for almost no other reason than to flesh out the characters an their relationships. Avengers 2 had the potential to do that, but didn't really take advantage of that (for example Disney's rewrites forced Whedon to severely reduce the subplot about Hawkeye's
I think Avengers 1 just does a lot more to flesh out characters ad relationships rather than solely focusing on the main plot and action, which is something I really appreciate about Civil War, there are just quiet little scenes that exist for almost no other reason than to flesh out the characters an their relationships. Avengers 2 had the potential to do that, but didn't really take advantage of that (for example Disney's rewrites forced Whedon to severely reduce the subplot about Hawkeye's family).
4:27PM on 05/06/2016
I agree 100% with you on the Avengers. I actually enjoyed AOU more, at least as far as pure entertainment value goes, and have never understood how the Avengers got away with a lot of legit criticisms that a lot of similar movies aren't able to get away with (batvsupes and even AOU. TDK got away with a lot of things. I guess the TDKR is split), and sometimes get even more negative criticism than they deserve (seems like AOU applies here, but BVS deserves everything it got - really ppl should
I agree 100% with you on the Avengers. I actually enjoyed AOU more, at least as far as pure entertainment value goes, and have never understood how the Avengers got away with a lot of legit criticisms that a lot of similar movies aren't able to get away with (batvsupes and even AOU. TDK got away with a lot of things. I guess the TDKR is split), and sometimes get even more negative criticism than they deserve (seems like AOU applies here, but BVS deserves everything it got - really ppl should be putting up fantastic 4/ghostbusters levels of pure hatred to get Zack Snyder and team out of the DCCU). I guess it's just band wagon thinking? I think DOFP is another film that got away with a lot of legit criticisms. Once the word is out that a movie is good or a bomb that doesn't adapt the source material correctly, I think a lot of people already make up their minds, at least subconsciously, to agree with popular opinion. Deadpool even got away with some stuff. And deadpool is without a doubt a good movie, but its a pinch over-rated. There are a couple flaws in the film that I haven't seen discussed much. Ok end of my rant

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