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Marvel movies have dominated the box office for many years now and with 40 theatrically released feature films across various studios since the release of Blade in 1998, we have received some extraordinary comic book movies along with some ginormous stinkers. So, let's rank every Marvel Comics-based movie not just from the Marvel Cinematic Universe but every single Marvel movie from Blade to Captain America: Civil War.

Note: This list will updated with new Marvel movies every time they come out. Given that, make sure to come back here to see how upcoming movies such as Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, New Mutants and other Marvel movies rank on this list!

***Updated with Doctor Strange, Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, and Spider-Man: Homecoming***

44. Elektra

  • Release Date: January 8th, 2005
  • Director: Rob Bowman
  • Cast: Jennifer Garner, Kirsten Prout, Goran Višnjić, Will Yun Lee
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 10%

Starting off this list is the worst Marvel movie to ever be released in theaters when excluding all of the low-quality, TV-movies that were released before Blade (which will not be included on this list). Elektra is a spin-off movie from Ben Affleck's Daredevil movie, which isn't a great film either. However, Daredevil is awesome movie when comparing it to this epic disaster. While Jennifer Garner sincerely tries as Elektra, she just does not fit the role at all.

On top of that, the movie's dialogue is atrocious and the movie takes itself so seriously it's laughable. The Marvel character was redeemed in the successful Netflix series Daredevil and while Elektra isn't the worst comic book movie of all time, it is very close to it.

43. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

I can't tell: is this shot from the movie or from the video game adaptation that's better than the movie itself?
I can't tell: is this shot from the movie or from the video game adaptation that's better than the movie itself?
  • Release Date: May 1st, 2009
  • Director: Gavin Hood
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Liev Schreiber, Taylor Kitsch
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 38%

How many classic comic book characters can one movie ruin? X-Men Origins: Wolverine has to be one of the disappointing comic book movies of all time. Even though Hugh Jackman had a good performance, I don't think I can say the same for any of the other actors. The movie featured a cliche, horribly-written script with a boring and generic narrative on top of horrible CGI. From the image above — which actually looks like a video game — to Wolverine's claws, all the way to the CGI Patrick Stewart, the visual effects are simply terrible.

On top of all of this, this movie is most known for messing up not just Gambit, Sabretooth, and Silver Fox, but also fan-favorite character Deadpool. You may or may not remember that X-Men Origins: Wolverine had a massive amount of hype around it as it was promised that the movie would have awesome action and acting and it would become one of the best comic book movies at that time. Instead, the movie decided to sow the Merc with the Mouth's mouth closed! The only part of this movie I'll actually go back and watch is the awesome war montage in the beginning of the movie.

42. Fantastic Four (2015)

  • Release Date: August 7th, 2015
  • Director: Josh Trank
  • Cast: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 9%

In a golden age of comic book movies, it was bewildering to see such an incoherent movie such as Fantastic Four be released. The only reason this movie isn't sitting at rock bottom is because it could have potentially ranked much higher on this list. Similar to this year's Suicide Squad, this movie suffered from studio interference. As a result, we received one of the worst superhero movies our theaters have ever screened.

Fans were promised a darker version of Marvel's first family in contrast with the campy first two Fantastic 4 movies we received a decade ago. Instead, we got a movie worse than either of those. The first two acts of the movie showed redeeming qualities that could have, at one point, been a good movie. However, the third act was one of the worst CGI messes I have ever seen. This was one of the biggest flops of 2015 and I definitely wouldn't recommend checking it out.

41. Daredevil

  • Release Date: February 14th, 2003
  • Director: Mark Steven Johnson
  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clark Duncan
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 44%

Daredevil might be a very well-made Netflix series, but the Daredevil movie is far from that. Like Charlie Cox, Ben Affleck fits the role of Matt Murdock, but it all goes down hill from there. This movie is uninteresting, boring, and has a very dull origin story.

Along with that, the movie lacks compelling dialogue and sufficient character development. We did get some good performances from Affleck and Duncan, but that was nearly not enough to save this superhero movie flop.

40. Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer

  • Release Date: June 15th, 2007
  • Director: Tim Story
  • Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 37%

After the original Fantastic Four in 2005, you couldn't imagine it getting much worse from there — yet it did. While this sequel promised the return of a better Doctor Doom, a spot-on Silver Surfer, and Galactus, we only got one of those. No matter how you feel about this movie, it did nail the Silver Surfer pretty well considering the movie he was starring in.

The camp was campier and the bad writing got worse. One of the worst sins of all was totally disrespecting one of Marvel's greatest villains — Galactus. They made him into a giant cloud that sucks up planets! While there is some enjoyment that can be found it this movie, it killed a franchise that had massive potential.

39. Ghost Rider

  • Release Date: February 16th, 2007
  • Director: Mark Steven Johnson
  • Cast: Nicholas Cage, Eva Mendes, Sam Elliot, Peter Fonda, Wes Bentley
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 26%

People joke on the internet all of the time at the fact that Nicholas Cage was almost Superman back in the '90s. Cage's performance as Ghost Rider showed everyone how horrible that could have been. Unfortunately, Ghost Rider is simply not a good movie. The CGI on the character looked absolutely fake and less than ten years later, the television version blew this version of the flaming-skull rider to pieces.

The film contains many forced and jokey puns that in the end do not work out. You want to throw your television out of the window every time you see Cage trying to act and on top of that, the dialogue isn't much better as it is campy and redundant. Also, it's easy to forget the dull villains that this movie has. All in all, this movie is flatter than the comic book pages where the Ghost Rider character originated from.

38. The Punisher

  • Release Date: April 16th, 2004
  • Director: Jonathan Hensleigh
  • Cast: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Samantha Mathis, Laura Harring, Ben Foster
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 29%

The one thing you have to get right about a Punisher-led solo movie is the violence. In the 2004 The Punisher movie, it managed to go overboard on the violence and end up being very ridiculous. While there is a good cast in the film somewhere, the movie results in a barely-acceptable movie featuring fan-favorite Marvel character Frank Castle.

This comic book film is so poor that it causes cheap laughs at the movie, rather than along with it. It doesn't try and do anything new or fresh with itself rather than just do everything every other movie has done and as a result, the final product is a total disappointment. To give the studio some slack, this was when Hollywood was figuring out how to make good comic book movies and better yet, how to keep them fresh. The Marvel Cinematic Universe answered that question — have every movie be wildly different from the last one and be "unlike anything we've ever seen before." And that's exactly the opposite of what we get from The Punisher.

37. Blade: Trinity

  • Release Date: December 8th, 2004
  • Director: David S. Goyer
  • Cast: Wesley Snipes, Ryan Reynolds, Jessica Biel, Dominic Purcell
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 25%

The consistent theme you will see throughout this list is that the third movie always sucks. There's no exception when it comes to the Blade trilogy. While the first two movies were actually entertaining and (mostly) well-made, the third one fell short and ended the Blade franchise completely.

This third movie managed to be campy, which was a word that was never associated with the first two films. The third movie in the franchise also re-used many of the same or similar themes and plot points. Overall, I would title Blade: Trinity a more cheesy, disjointed, Blade movie.

36. Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance

  • Release Date: February 17th, 2012
  • Director: Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor
  • Cast: Nicholas Cage, Idris Elba, Ciarán Hinds, Violante Placido
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 17%

Five years after the Ghost Rider feature-film released in 2007 came a sequel that no one really asked for. At first, the plot of the movie appeared to be somewhat appealing where Johnny Blaze is hiding out in Eastern Europe and he must team up with a group of monks to save a young boy who is being haunted by the devil, similar to Blaze himself.

If you have never seen this movie and you read that description, don't get your hopes up as this movie is just slightly better than the original Ghost Rider movie, which doesn't say much. This time around, we see goofy Nicholas Cage play the Ghost Rider and he drags along Idris Elba and Ciarán Hinds along with him in the mud. At least in the original film, it was funny to watch Cage try and play a good Johnny Blaze. In Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, it's not even funny to watch anymore.

The CGI may have been a bit better than the first film, but it's still not great for a 2012 comic book movie. On top of this, the script and dialogue is weak and muddled and fans are just happy to see Marvel Studios save yet another one of their comic book characters be saved on television due to their crappy theatrical debuts.

35. X-Men: The Last Stand

Release Date: May 26th, 2006

Director: Brett Ratner

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 58%

The third time is the charm, except in Hollywood as the third movie is almost always awful. The first two installments in the X-Men saga were some of the best superhero movies ever at its time and in 2006, fans of the franchise were extremely disappointed. That said, the action in this movie was pretty amazing for the most part.

It seems like Fox wanted to go all-out on the action and decided to completely disregard plot, writing, and character development. Obviously, it was not the right move to take as this is one of the most dissatisfying comic book movies of all time. Fans were expecting an epic conclusion with the adaptation of the Dark Phoenix Saga storyline from the X-Men comics and as a result, we received an incoherent, absurd X-Men movie that was only appealing visually.

34. Fantastic Four (2005)

  • Release Date: July 8th, 2005
  • Director: Tim Story
  • Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 27%

It's doesn't mean much at all, but this is the best Fantastic Four movie we have received yet. It's cheesy and the acting is subpar but there are some decent elements thrown in there. In fact, I can actually enjoy this movie to a certain degree. First of all, the cast of the family itself was actually a pretty good decision. If the movie had a better and more coherent script, we could possibly have seen a better movie. The conflict between Reed Richards and his team were also pretty accurate to the comics.

If you set your expectations low, this is just a fun and goofy adaptation of the Fantastic Four. There are some comical moments sprinkled throughout the movie, but in the end the movie tends to disappoint. Personally, one of the worst parts of the movie is the fact that, similar to Galactus in the movie's sequel, they had a horrible Doctor Doom that deviates completely from his comic book origin.

33. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

  • Release Date: May 2nd, 2014
  • Director: Marc Webb
  • Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 52%

This movie had so much potential and so much hype yet it still managed to disappoint. While this movie isn't complete garbage, I couldn't have ranked it higher due to how big of Spider-Man fan I am. On a positive note, this movie had an outstanding cast with Garfield and Stone having a rich chemistry that played out very well on-screen. Also, the visual effects looked very good for the most part. I'll also admit that Andrew Garfield played a great Spider-Man.

However, this does not take away from the fact that this movie was an insult to the Spider-Man character. The movie was so bad that it led to the cancellation of the Spider-Man connected universe. This movie crammed way too many villains and subplots into one movie and focused on setting up a cinematic universe rather than making this a good film. The chunky storytelling along with some cheesy dialogue makes this the worst Spider-Man film to be released in theaters ever.

32. The Punisher: War Zone

  • Release Date: December 4th, 2008
  • Director: Lexi Alexander
  • Cast: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Doug Hutchison, Julie Benz
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 27%

Like I stated before, a Punisher movie needs to have a lot of violence. This third and last Punisher movie was jammed-pack with gruesome R-rated action. Also, this definitely felt like a 1980's action movie — a little too similar in fact. This movie took all of the generic dialogue and moments from a stereotypical 1980s action film and as a result, this movie not only lacks originality but feels very out of date and style.

31. Hulk

  • Release Date: June 17th, 2003
  • Director: Ang Lee
  • Cast: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Nick Nolte
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 61%

This is where we can exit the slump of Marvel movies and begin to rank the decent ones and beyond. The sixth movie starring the Incredible Hulk was the first one crafted for a theatrical rather than a television release. Hulk is generally overlooked but even though it's not a prize gem, it's definitely at least an "okay" movie! It has a compelling story that follows a scientist named Bruce Banner thathas trouble controlling the "other guy." Ang Lee is a great director and successfully showed the internal conflict between Banner and Hulk.

Also, for its time, the CGI for the Hulk actually was pretty great, even if it doesn't look exactly on-point in 2016. Only movies like the Star Wars prequel trilogy had the money to produce very good CGI and besides those, this is one of the first blockbusters where the CGI actually does look real rather than looking very cartoonish. Obviously this movie has its problems and didn't sit well with critics, but overall, this isn't a half-bad superhero movie.

30. Iron Man 3

  • Release Date: May 3rd, 2013
  • Director: Shane Black
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79%

The Marvel Cinematic Universe the biggest and most successful franchise in movie history. Marvel Studios has been running strong and has not had one flop yet. Every single movie a part of that universe has been a success at the box office, scored fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and has been at least "good." Personally, Iron Man 3 is the weakest of the MCU movies but that does not mean this movie is all that bad.

The movie looks into the psychological problems with Tony Stark after the Battle of New York in The Avengers. He becomes a very anxious character and we get to see him overcome those problems and rise to the top and become the hero he should be. While there are some plot holes here and there like where all the suits came from at the battle in the third act, the movie actually has a pretty well-written plot. Also, while the Mandarin twist may have deviated from the comics, it was a very surprising and awesome twist that really turned around the direction of the movie. If it didn't deviate the Mandarin's character, this could have went down as one of the best movie twists in movie history. Overall, Iron Man 3 has its flaws but it is still a pretty entertaining and interesting movie.

29. Blade

  • Release Date: August 21st, 1998
  • Director: Stephen Norrington
  • Cast: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Dorff, N'Bushe Wright, Traci Lords
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 54%

Recently, fans have showed a ton of interest to having the Marvel vampire, Blade, into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A lot of this enthusiasm is from movie fans who watched the Blade trilogy. Blade is the oldest movie included on this list as it is truly the first real Marvel Comics movie to be released into theaters — and it was a pretty good start considering it was issued into theaters in a time where comic book movies were at its lowest.

This fantasy-thriller movie has a lot to offer and while the movie does have problems with its script and overall story, it is an entertaining and action-packed film. Wesley Snipes does a fantastic job playing Marvel's most iconic vampire hunter but on the other hand, most of the other performances come out bland and forgettable. If there's one thing Blade is, it's for sure a blood bath!

28. The Wolverine

  • Release Date: July 26th, 2013
  • Director: James Mangold
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 69%

Comic book movie fans are highly anticipating the release of the third and final Wolverine movie, Logan, which will be the last time Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart play their iconic roles as the Wolverine and Professor X. While you're waiting, you could definitely check out or re-watch The Wolverine — and no, this isn't the unacceptable one where Fox (almost) ruined Deadpool's character. In fact, this movie is very underrated and is quite captivating.

Instead of Fox trying again to pull off Wolverine's origin story on the big screen successfully, they set this one in present day Japan, where Logan must reconcile with his past as he fights ninja warriors in the ceremonial garb of the samurai. This movie managed to actually stay true to the comics unlike the Wolverine's previous outings. This is less a superhero movie than it is a Bourne-style thriller. It would be one of the better X-Men movies if it was a more confident movie and it didn't become a mess in the last 10 or 15 minutes of the movie.

27. Blade II

  • Release Date: March 21st, 2002
  • Director: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Wesley Snipes, Norman Reedus, Ron Perlman, Kris Kristofferson, Leonor Varela
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 57%

To put it in simple terms, Blade didn't sit well with everyone and is becoming more appreciated as time goes on. However, its sequel Blade II, came back better, stronger, and gorier than ever! The producers took what worked and incorporated more of it while pushing the things that didn't quite work to the side. Plus, we got to see the early days of badass Norman Reedus. The problem is that not only did they push everything that didn't work to the side but a well-written plot and sufficient character development out of the window as well.

26. Thor: The Dark World

  • Release Date: November 8th, 2013
  • Director: Alan Taylor
  • Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 66%

Thor: The Dark World is an underrated movie but the negative comments usually directed at it are pretty accurate. First off, it is definitely one of the weaker films a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but like I mentioned above, the MCU doesn't have one "bad" film. This sequel to 2011's Thor continues to improve on what was great about that movie such as the scenes in Asgard, its humor and high-paced action, and of course, Loki. On that same note, it also makes a lot of the same mistakes again.

One of the main problems is that they don't spend enough time in Asgard and too much time of Earth. On top of this, we receive probably the worst villain the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever seen: Malekith. This villain's motives are extremely unclear and he is not menacing in the slightest. He's pretty much just some extra-terrestrial false leader that looks like an evil, albino Yoda. Overall, Thor: The Dark World is a "good" yet forgettable film.

25. The Amazing Spider-Man

  • Release Date: July 3rd, 2012
  • Director: Marc Webb
  • Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Denis Leary, Rhys Ifans
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 72%

Spider-Man is arguably Marvel's most popular character if not the most iconic comic book hero in general. Given that, Sony didn't hold back on beginning a new Spider-Man franchise back in 2012 with The Amazing Spider-Man. Overall, it was a pretty good movie as it had an outstanding cast with Andrew Garfield in the leading role playing a sarcastic and witty Spider-Man that played out very well on screen. Also, the action is top-notch and the CGI is very convincing.

However, it had only been five years in between the two Spider-Man films and this reboot basically just re-hashed the same ideas and themes. Considering Sam Ramii's Spider-Man trilogy was so amazing, this movie felt way too familiar. While the movie doesn't have any major issues besides some plot holes here and there, it is overall mundane and just doesn't have the "greatness" like most of the other movies listed above this entry has, which was disappointing.

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24. Iron Man 2

  • Release Date: May 7th, 2010
  • Director: Jon Favreau
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 72%

While Iron Man 2 isn't as amazing as the original movie was, this film isn't as bad as it is perceived to be. First of all, the movie has solid performances from almost everyone in the movie from Robert Downey Jr.'s signature performance as Tony Stark to the introduction of Scarlett Johansson's badass Black Widow. While Whiplash may have disappointed a lot of fans, Justin Hammer was the brains behind the brawn and I actually quite enjoyed that aspect of the film.

One thing in this sequel that surpassed the original has to be the action as in this movie; the whole film was action-packed. From the suitcase scene on the racetrack to the final battle with Iron Man and War Machine, the action had to be the highlight of the film as it dazed the audience. Personally, I really liked how this movie was a realistic reaction to the first movie and how it showed the government's reaction to a billionaire, playboy, philanthropist who built a super soldier suit that was extremely dangerous. On the other hand, we saw villains such as Justin Hammer trying to get a hold of that technology and use it for his own uses. Despite its problems, Iron Man 2 is a pretty engaging and enjoyable film.

23. The Incredible Hulk

  • Release Date: June 13th, 2008
  • Director: Louis Leterrier
  • Cast: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, William Hurt, Tim Roth, Tim Blake Nelson
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67%

There are many overlooked comic book movies out there, and The Incredible Hulk is definitely one of them. In this Hulk movie that would eventually tie the character into a cinematic universe, we see Edward Norton play the fragile Bruce Banner and even though he was re-cast as Mark Ruffalo (who clearly is a much better Bruce Banner), Norton does a pretty satisfying job.

Personally, I thought this movie did a great job showing the struggle of Bruce Banner trying to control the Hulk, which is something a Hulk movie really needs to nail. Also, William Hurt as General Ross is a stand-out performance and he was so good that Marvel decided to bring him back for Captain America: Civil War. On another note, the Abomination was a pretty great villain and the fight between him and the Hulk at the end of the movie was one of the better fight scenes in the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

22. X-Men: Apocalypse

  • Release Date: May 27th, 2016
  • Director: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Sophie Turner
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 48%

I was extremely excited to hear that the latest X-Men movie was going to feature Apocalypse himself shortly after the release of X-Men: Days of Future, and the hype diminished from there. I entered the theater with low expectations but came out extremely surprised as the movie actually very fun.

We had some fantastic performances from McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and especially Michael Fassbender, whose acting stole every scene he was placed in. In general, X-Men: Apocalypse is a very entertaining movie as it had a lot of cool comic book moments and action scenes that really made it an enjoyable theater experience. While it is not as great as some of the higher-regarded X-Men movies, it is a great comic book movie.

21. Thor

  • Release Date: May 2nd, 2011
  • Director: Kenneth Branagh
  • Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 77%

The first Thor movie instantly made the Mighty Thor an awesome character. Not only did it introduce Chris Hemsworth's iconic variation of the Son of Odin but it also introduced us to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's best villain: Loki, and a bunch of other very interesting characters.

Like I mentioned with Thor: The Dark World, I personally believe that this movie could have been a lot better if it spent less time on Earth. The Earth parts of this movie weren't horrible or anything but by the end they tended to get dragged out and even become mundane while the scenes on Asgard were spectacular. We are told that Thor: Ragnarok will spent very little time on Earth, which would fix the Thor movies main mistake.

20. Spider-Man 3

  • Release Date: May 4th, 2007
  • Director: Sam Raimi
  • Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, J.K. Simmons, Rosemary Harris, Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 63%

Every single list ranking the Marvel movies will always have that one outlier that will be very different from the general ranking. In this case, Spider-Man 3 ranks higher on my list than most others. In my opinion, this is the most underrated superhero movie of all time. Spider-Man 3 has some issues with it alongside with 99% of every movie released in theaters. However, I think the greatness in this movie outweighs the bad. Sure, Venom was crammed in the movie and the "emo" Peter Parker scenes were cringe-worthy.

In the end though, the movie as a whole is a great conclusion to one of the best comic book trilogies of all time. We see the arcs between Peter Parker and Mary Jane and Harry Osborne come to a close. The Harry Osborne arc in this movie is generally forgotten about and in my opinion, it is pure genius and really represents the craziness of the Green Goblin character. We almost saw Harry become submerged with the craziness but in the end, he came to his senses and fought and sacrificed himself for Peter.

Also, this movie has the same wonderful tone and vibe from the two first installments, which are some of the best superhero movies ever. The film was very entertaining and fun to watch and included some very cool fight sequences in the third act that still hold up today. So, go re-watch Spider-Man 3 with a clear mind and see if your perspective changes. For me, I grew up with these movies and it is easy for me to put aside its flaws.

19. X-Men: First Class

  • Release Date: May 25th, 2011
  • Director: Matthew Vaughn
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 86%

This where we get to the fantastic superhero movies. Before X-Men: First Class was released, the X-Men franchise was at its lowest point. After the first two X-Men movies, we began to receive some pretty bad movies such as X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which are ranked very low on this list for a reason. This movie turned around the franchise and began to give us great X-Men movies once again.

This movie rebooted the franchise with a new and stronger than ever cast with excellent choices such as James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender playing the titular roles of Professor X, Mystique, and Magneto. Also, the script was very well-written with some strong plot points and the movie donned an overall great story.

18. Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Release Date: May 1st, 2015

Director: Joss Whedon

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johanson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%

After watching Avengers: Age of Ultron for the first time, it was my favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. After some time, I realized the movie did have some flaws and amazing Marvel movies such as Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, and Doctor Strange had come out, topping this blockbuster movie. Nevertheless, it is still a very entertaining movie, which deserves to be listed here because it is a dictionary-definition comic book movie.

Every Marvel movie "does something never seen before" and/or "introduces a new genre to the superhero movie community." With Avengers: Age of Ultron, its goal was to be plainly an entertaining comic book movie in the style of a classic comic book event series — and make a boat-load of cash — and it was very successful.

Avengers: Age of Ultron was an epic comic book movie with great new characters along with great moments with returning characters, the movie had awesome action sequences and CGI, and while its plot may not have been absolutely perfect, it worked. Movie fans deprecated the movie for not being as good or better than The Avengers, which is the quintessential, perfect comic book movie. Overall, Avengers: Age of Ultron is a great comic book movie and is very entertaining.

17. Deadpool

  • Release Date: February 12th, 2016
  • Director: Tim Miller
  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Stephan Kapicic, Ed Skrein
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84%

You've probably already heard so many great things about Deadpool as it was one of the greatest superhero movies of the year. The movie did the impossible and successfully portrayed Deadpool's origin story on the big screen and faithfully adapted the character unlike another movie on this list.

The producers weren't fooling around when they said this movie was going to be R-rated because it had cursing, sex, and profanity throughout the whole entire film. It was like they ripped Deadpool out of a comic book and inserted him on screen. I can proudly state that Ryan Reynolds redeemed himself after X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

16. X-Men: Days Of Future Past

  • Release Date: May 23rd, 2014
  • Director: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91%

After the success of X-Men: First Class, fans wondered if this movie was going to be able to live up to the first installment. In the end, X-Men: Days of Future Past ended up having a better script, better action, and being overall more entertaining than X-Men: First Class. We saw Bryan Singer return to the franchise after a very long hiatus and as a result, he created another fantastic X-Men movie.

The movie introduced time travel and a crossover between the different timelines. While it was confusing to follow in First Class, it became a lot more clear in this movie when they rebooted the timeline, getting rid of all of the crappy X-Men films. Overall, this movie handles a complicated plot very nicely and manages to let all of its characters have their own time to shine — which was one issue in X-Men: Apocalypse.

15. 'Ant-Man'

  • Release Date: July 17th, 2015
  • Director: Peyton Reed
  • Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Corey Stoll
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%

If you told me before the release of Ant-Man that it would be ranked on my list above films such as X-Men: Days of Future Past and a personal gem of mine, Captain America: The First Avenger, I would call you crazy. Nevertheless, Ant-Man entered theaters two summers ago and I was blown away at how great the movie turned out to be.

First of all, the cast was spectacular from Paul Rudd, to Michael Douglas, to the hilarious Michael Peña, who stole every scene he was in. Also, the plot was very engaging and even though I'm sick and tired of origin stories, this one seemed to work out very well. On top of all of this, Ant-Man is one of the funnier Marvel Cinematic Universe movies along with Guardians of the Galaxy. Overall, I found little to no issues or flaws with Ant-Man and the movie did a fantastic job introducing Marvel's smallest hero to the big screen.

14. 'Doctor Strange'

Release Date: November 4th, 2016

Director: Scott Derrickson

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkleson

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%

Doctor Strange has just entered its way into theaters and it is a huge success! While the movie has a lot of similarities to Iron Man and is arguably re-hashing the Marvel origin story once again, this movie feels like a breath of fresh air at the same time as it introduces a unique element into the Marvel Cinematic Universe: magic. Doctor Strange is easily the most visually-stunning movie on this list by a huge margin as the movie dives deep into the concept of multiple dimensions and blows the audience away with its trippiness.

Also, Benedict Cumberbatch is a perfect Steven Strange as he was spot-on with portraying the arrogant ego of Steven Strange and how the character does not care about anyone but himself. Throughout the movie, Cumberbatch realistically transformed the Doctor Strange character from being a outlandish "asshole" to a caring character who realizes that not everything is about himself. Also, the rest of the cast was pretty solid as well. Even Kaellicius in the movie was menacing and played a good antagonist and at the same time, it was awesome how they set up Dormammu for the sequel. Even if the beginning felt a little rushed and some of the jokes didn't quite hit home, Doctor Strange manages to entertain and amaze its audience while also setting up for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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13. 'X-Men'

  • Release Date: July 14th, 2000
  • Director: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%

Superhero movies were made before X-Men came along in 2000, and a lot of them were successful such — Batman, Superman, and Blade come to mind. However, X-Men was like nothing we had ever seen before from the comic book genre and could be considered responsible for spinning out 40 Marvel movies in the 16 years that followed. X-Men showed the general audience that superhero movies can be faithful to their source material yet still manage to be spectacular movies with great storylines, a sharp narrative focus, jam-packed with action, and be entertaining and serious.

This movie put some of our favorite superheroes onto the big screen and filled their shoes with actors who are only now, in 2016, stepping out of their roles as these iconic characters and handing them off to a new generation. For instance, many fans who knew Wolverine's character were not pleased with Hugh Jackman's casting but now, we can't imagine him leaving after his last movie, Logan, this March. X-Men is an iconic comic book movie that easily one of my personal favorites of all time.

12. 'Captain America: The First Avenger'

Release Date: July 22nd, 2011

Director: Joe Johnston

Cast: Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 80%

This movie introduced Captain America onto the big screen perfectly. Captain America: The First Avenger has become a classic to me and many other movie fans as it successfully portrays the origin story of Steve Rogers. Instead of beginning in the present, we were given a World War II movie with the star-spangled hero and it is action-packed and very entertaining to watch.

We also get to see the notorious Red Skull portrayed by Hugo Weaving and while we didn't see as much of him as originally anticipated, we are drooling to see him return in Avengers: Infinity War. Chris Evans played a great Captain America also alongside the other spectacular performances. Overall, this first installment in what I would title the best comic book trilogy gives off a great retro-vibe and is a very enjoyable film to watch.

11. 'X2'

  • Release Date: May 2nd, 2003
  • Director: Bryan Singer
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Rebecca Romijn
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 86%

This list has made it clear that there are some good movies and some very bad ones. Out of all of them, I would have to say that X2 is the best of the bunch besides Logan. This movie is a benchmark for comic book sequels and movie sequels in general as the film took what was great in the first movie and made it bigger and better.

Now that the origin story was out of the way, this movie took a very interesting route. The movie is filled with awesome action sequences such as the scene where Nightcrawler invades the White House, which is one of my favorite scenes in any X-Men movie. This is a perfect movie to pop some popcorn to and watch on a Saturday night as it is entertaining, action-packed, has a great cast, and is very fun — which makes it one of my favorite Marvel movies ever.

10. 'Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2'

  • Release Date: May 5th, 2017
  • Director: James Gunn
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoey Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%

Unsurprisingly, the most popular question people have been asking is if is as great as the original 2014 film. I really had to think hard about it as this movie improves upon the many strengths Guardians of the Galaxy had but in the end, Vol. 1 is a stronger movie. However, by no means should this take away from the greatness of Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. Ranking this was difficult, but it came down to the fact that this movie is not as great and fresh as the original.

I entered this blockbuster with the big death and multiple post-credit scenes spoiled for me. Nevertheless, it was still one of the best movie experiences of the year and the whole theater had a blast. James Gunn was granted total creative freedom and he took complete advantage of the situation. After watching this sequel, you are able to tell that this was made by a comic book fan because of how trippy and fun it was. The visuals looked absolutely stunning and the color pallet was better than any previous Marvel film.

James Gunn focused less on the plot and setting up future MCU movies as he wasn't trying to beat the first movie. Gunn shifted his focus on character development, the humor and delivering on translating a single comic book adventure onto the big screen - and he exceeded expectations. All of the characters we fell in love with was thrashed out so much more. A lot of critics are saying that humor is too over-the-top, but I couldn't disagree more. Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 is extremely entertaining and even though it's not as "good" as the first film, it certainly doesn't disappoint.

9. 'Iron Man'

Release Date: May 2nd, 2008

Director: Jon Favraeu

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrance Howard, Jeff Bridges

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%

Iron Man was the first step into creating the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is the most successful movie franchise of all time. Like X-Men, we received a great action movie that didn't feel very campy at all and as a result worked very nicely with the general audience. Back when origin stories weren't overplayed like they are today, they were actually a breath of fresh air if the hero being focused on wasn't Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, or the Hulk- the four most well-known heroes in Hollywood. Believe it or not, many people didn't know who Iron Man was and even fewer knew his origin story.

Iron Man had a solid plot with excellent writing all-around. As we all know, Robert Downey Jr. plays a perfect Tony Stark and now we could never imagine someone else putting on the suit. Also, Jeff Bridges plays a pretty great villain on the contrary to most of the other villains in the MCU. Sure, Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrance Howard may have been miscast but besides those two, Iron Man's cast is extraordinary. It was fun, it had great visuals and action, and it showed the world that comic book movies can be modern and fun for everyone!

8. 'Spider-Man'

  • Release Date: May 3rd, 2002
  • Director: Sam Raimi
  • Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%

Spider-Man is arguably the most popular comic book character, introduced to the big screen in 2002. After that, Spider-Man was not only a favorite character in comic books but in pop culture in general. Spider-Man is one of my favorite Marvel movies because Spider-Man is my favorite Marvel character and this film was the first to do his character justice. The origin story may feel played out now after seeing three different Spider-Man actors in a decade, but it was fresh back then.

Tom Holland could potentially become our favorite web slinger on the big screen, but we will never forget Tobey Maguire's amazing performance as Peter Parker. His version of Spidey was a good mix of goofiness and seriousness. Also, this is a feel-good movie that gets the blood pumping, and a lot of this has to do with the amazing soundtrack composed by Danny Elfman. Also, the Green Goblin is one of the better Marvel villains we've seen on-screen as the movie dives into the multiple personality disorder and the craziness that Norman Osborne goes through. Overall, Spider-Man did everything right and it is rightfully so one of my favorite Marvel movies ever!

7. 'Logan'

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[Credit: Fox]
  • Release Date: March 3rd, 2017
  • Director: James Mangold
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%

I enjoyed the hell out of , but I had to really think hard about where I wanted to place it on my list. I definitely knew this would be in the Top 10 because this is easily one of the best superhero movies we have ever seen. I ranked Logan at number 7 because of how different this movie is from any other superhero movie. I know Marvel likes to say that about every one of their movies, but this movie brought "unique" to a whole new level.

This movie had amazing visuals and breathtaking cinematography. The storyline was amazing, the characters were realistic and intriguing, and the movie was very down-to-Earth. This R-rated Wolverine movie took full advantage of what it was able to do as we finally got to see Hugh Jackman's Logan shred some people up in the goriest way possible. It was disappointing to hear both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart will not return for any future X-Men movies, but this was a perfect ending to a 17-year run.

6. 'The Avengers'

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[Credit: Marvel Studios]
  • Release Date: May 4th, 2012
  • Director: Joss Whedon
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%

The Avengers is the center of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it pulled together different characters such as Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk from different movies and combined them into one blockbuster. The epic blockbuster also featured the best villain the MCU has come to face with yet: Loki. The interactions between all of the Avengers are priceless as at first they do not get along in the slightest.

By the end, we see them come together as a team and it is a shining moment in cinematic history. Everyone likes to compare superhero movies to The Dark Knight, but this is the comic book movie that should be used as a measure of greatness. The Avengers is and forever will be one of the most satisfying and entertaining superhero movies our local theaters will ever screen.

5. 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

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[Credit: Marvel Studios]
  • Release Date: August 1st, 2014
  • Director: James Gunn
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91%

It still surprises me how Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie starring a walking tree, a talking raccoon and that fat guy from Parks and Recreation set in space, manages to be in my favorite Marvel movies of all Time. This movie introduced us to characters that have become instant favorites such as the notorious Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon. These five criminals team up to take down the biggest threats the galaxy has to offer — and it's awesome yet hilarious at the same time!

This film is such a fresh breath of air as it feels very authentic and unlike anything Marvel Studios has ever put out before. From the impressive set pieces and the thrilling action to the characters who has emotional character arcs that you actually care about, Guardians of the Galaxy pulls at your heart strings, smacks your laugh box, and entertains your brain. All in all, Guardians of the Galaxy is nothing short of an amazing movie.

4. 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

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[Credit: Marvel Studios]
  • Release Date: July 7th, 2017
  • Director: Jon Watts
  • Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Zendaya
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%

Is this the best Spider-Man movie ever made? Not exactly, but it comes extremely close. However, in many ways, is the best Spider-Man movie - and one that we've always wanted. Tom Holland plays the perfect Peter Parker who is as vibrant as he is relatable. Also, even though I was very skeptical about some of the casting choices, almost every character in the film ended up being fantastic. Ned Leeds served as a great comic relief (similar to Luis in Ant-Man) and Aunt May was a quirky and fun addition to the cast. Lastly, The Vulture was truly a sinister villain that is one of the best villains the MCU has ever seen.

When Marvel Studios announced that our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man would be entering the MCU, fans were beyond excited to see him interact with other Marvel characters such as Iron Man and Captain America. In the end, Spider-Man: Homecoming never let you forget that Spidey is now living in the Avenger's world, but at the same time, it never shoved it in your face. From the opening scene featuring the iconic Spider-Man theme song (props to Michael Giacchino) to the clever prank exhibited after the credits, Spider-Man: Homecoming never failed to keep a smile on my face. Despite some pacing and editing issues along with some slightly-irritating creative decisions, Homecoming is easily one of the best superhero movies we have ever seen.

3. 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

  • Release Date: April 4th, 2014
  • Director(s): Joe & Anthony Russo
  • Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johanson, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%

While Guardians of the Galaxy was a space-opera comedy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was also a genre mashup — a spy thriller starring Captain America. And as a result, it was awesome!

Joe and Anthony Russo did a spectacular job directing this fine piece of cinema as the choreography and cinematography may be the greatest of any superhero movie ever. Never in any comic book movie was the fight scenes so realistic and well-choreographed. On top of the breathtaking action Captain America: The Winter Soldier has to offer, it gives us one of the best plots we have ever witnessed in theaters with dialogue that was down-to-earth and twists and turns all throughout the movie. The fact that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been furtively been run by H.Y.D.R.A. is not only one of the best twists in a Marvel movie but in cinema as a whole.

2. 'Spider-Man 2'

  • Release Date: June 30th, 2004
  • Director: Sam Raimi
  • Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, J.K. Simmons, Rosemary Harris
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%

If I had to describe Spider-Man 2 in one word, it would be "beautiful." As a huge Spider-Man fan, I could never go wrong with the Sam Raimi trilogy as it will always have a big part in my heart. While I enjoy the third movie and adore the original, Spider-Man 2 has to be the best of the three. With the origin story out of the way, the movie was able to dive deeper into the continuation of the story featuring Peter Parker as he tries to live his daily life while also secretly being the Spider-Man. The issues Peter has to deal with are amazing as we see his character undergo a breathtaking character arc throughout the movie.

Also, Alfred Molina plays one of my favorite antagonists in movie history: Doctor Octopus. Molina's performance was amazing as we got to see Otto Octavious, a mentor of Peter's, become a notorious villain that begins to wreck havoc on New York. Even though this movie is over ten years old, the CGI still holds up and the action scenes, specifically the train scene, are some of the best any superhero movie has ever provided. This movie raises important themes as it shows Peter wanting to live a normal life but he has to learn the importance of using his talents and gifts to his highest potential. The score for Spider-Man 2, composed by Danny Elfman, is better than any movie on this list. Overall, Spider-Man 2 is a brilliant and entertaining movie that perfectly adapts our favorite web-slinger onto the big screen.

1. 'Captain America: Civil War'

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[Credit: Marvel Studios]
  • Release Date: May 6th, 2016
  • Director: Joe & Anthony Russo
  • Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%

For many years, Spider-Man 2 was my favorite comic book movie of all time by a landslide. Alas, comic book movies began to get better than ever and while some came close, there was only one that topped it: Captain America: Civil War. I adore 20 or so Marvel movies on this list, yet almost none of them are perfect. In my opinion, I think Captain America: Civil War is a perfect movie; a 10/10. I do not have one issue with the movie. Even the things I am on the edge with, I understand why it happens and agree that it fits in the storyline.

What isn't great about the greatest movie of 2016? It managed to juggle a whopping amount of characters like no other comic book movie before and it succeeded in bestowing each character a perfect amount of screen time and development. On top of meeting all the Avengers characters we know and love, we were introduced to two favorite characters from the comics. Black Panther was ripped right from the comics and instantly became the biggest bad-ass in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On the other hand, Marvel Studios finally introduced Spider-Man to the MCU and with only twenty minutes of screen time, many fans have already exclaimed that Tom Holland's version of the character is already their favorite.

The action was impeccable as it combined the massive CGI battles from the Avengers movies and the well-choreographed fight scenes from Captain America: The Winter Soldier in one movie. From the tunnel chase to the massive airport battle, which is probably one of the best fight scenes in cinematic history, Captain America: Civil War is filled to the brim with awesome action.

Also, the performances in this movie are "Oscar-worthy" when looking at Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and most of the rest of the cast. All in all, Captain America: Civil War is my favorite comic book movie of all time as every aspect of it is perfect and it is everything I wanted it to be and more.


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