While Marvel's teasers, trailers and TV spots always get us hyped for upcoming MCU movies, one of my favorite pieces of promotional material are posters. I always love to see what studios give us to hang on our walls, or at least to check out as we walk by the movie theater.
However, if there is one studio that consistently disappoints in the poster department, it is Marvel. Their posters are not bad, exactly, just very unimaginative — usually consisting of a bunch of characters all photoshopped together and gazing in different directions.
It doesn't have to be this way, because there are fan artists all over the internet who post far superior posters. Here are some of my favorites!
1. Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man's official poster (left) is better than most Marvel posters. I quite like the use of shadows. However, it is still just a bunch of heads photoshopped together.
On the right you can see a fan made poster made by artist rodolforever who did a brilliant job at harking back to Disney's The Rocketeer from 1991. It brought a smile to my face. While I think this style fits more with the story arc and settings of Iron Man 2, it still is a great tribute using Marvel's biggest cash cow to honor an underrated superhero film.
Perhaps if an Iron Man 4 is made *cough* doubtful *cough* Marvel could learn to do something similar?
2. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
The official poster most definitely was something different, with the attempt at a 1940s vibe, but it unfortunately is still the same type of poster as many other Marvel films. On the other side, however, is a perfect recreation of a classic movie poster from that era with not only art style but the layout and fonts.
It also pays tribute to the first time the Star Spangled Man With A Plan ever appeared in comics, decking Adolf Hitler in the face like a boss. Artist Paolo Rivera did an amazing job, and even though Marvel did not accept this as the official poster, they still used it for a tie-in comic and it was commissioned as gifts for the cast and crew of Captain America: The First Avenger.
3. Ant-Man (2015)
This is one of the few times where I can say that I truly disliked one of the official posters — I mean, look at it. It looks like a beginner in Photoshop put all the actors in the background, lowered their opacity, put Ant-Man in the front, put a simple outer glow effect around him, then shrugged and said, "Eh, good enough."
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4. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)
While I did enjoy this poster — the blue cloudy background, the nice little tease of Vision in the corner, and the heroes all looking epic (too bad the same couldn't be said about the movie) — it is a little crowded. I am a bigger fan of minimalistic posters such as the one on the right created by lewisdowsett on DeviantArt.
The poster does a great job establishing a darker tone by using an all-gray background with a dark red version of the Avengers logo crumbling down (thus representing what Ultron wanted to do to the Avengers, and what I wanted to do to this movie).
5. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
The Captain America: Civil War posters were a huge improvement over other Marvel posters, so it proved to be quite a challenge to find something I enjoyed more. But this little piece by TouchboyJ-Hero is a perfect VERSUS poster, with the two sides charging into battle on the bottom while the two leaders duke it out on top. Not much to say other than it is just an epic poster for an epic movie!
The good news is that Marvel's poster game seems to be improving over the past couple years. But if they ever need ideas, they should totally hire the fan artists mentioned above!
What's your favorite fan art? Let us know in the comments down below!