It's almost crazy to think of Marvel having a bad film, when they are responsible for the ridiculously awesome “Guardians of the Galaxy”,”X-men: Days of Future Past”, “Captain America: Winter Soldier”, “Iron Man” and a tiny film known as “The Avengers”. But no family is without that one step cousin that you really don't wanna talk about. Today we're counting down the Top 5 worst Marvel movies ever! We are going to try to keep our list in this century however because if we talked about the Pre-X Men days then we would have to make it a top 30!
Number 5: Ghost rider (2007)
Rotten Tomatoes: 26%
Ghost rider was released in the awkward Marvel phase of 2007.While Spiderman and the X-Men movies were showing us how good a comic book movie could be, ghost rider was proving the exact opposite. It's like the producers just did a checklist:
Character development?: F#ck it
Smart Writing?: F#ck it
Actors that can you know.............act?: Well F#ck that too.
the flick, about a boy that makes a deal with the devil to save his father from lung cancer which states that he must become the rider and capture souls for the devil to pay off his debt. Turned shockingly comedic and forgettable. Oh and had tons of unintentionally cheesy and hilarious bad lines of dialog. Like this scene for example:
What went wrong?(other than everything). Our money's on this guy:
Nicolas Cage, who essentially got the role solely because he happens to be the biggest ghost rider fan boy ever. He even has a ghost rider tattoo on his arm.
Lastly when you choose the director who ruined another decidedly dark Marvel Hero (Daredevil). I don't think you should be waiting on that Oscar to come anytime soon.
Speaking of Daredevil sucking.
NUMBER 4: X-Men: THE LAST STAND (2006)
Rotten Tomatoes: 58%
What was previously the best of the comic book franchises quickly took a dive with “X-men:The Last Stand” a few years after the events of “X2” the story picks up after mourning Jean Grey’s death a bit, as a cure to the mutant gene appears to be released. This leads to Magneto going all mutant terrorist-y (is that a word?) and the X-men having to stop him. Oh and also Jean comes back as the phoenix and puts a new meaning to mind raping a guy (wolverine). She then proceeds to be magnetos pawn for the rest of the film. This was the only live action version of the “Phoenix Saga” that we got and the 90’s cartoon did it so much better. “X-Men:The Last Stand” not only took the “Phoenix Saga” and threw it in the fiery pits of (insert Marvel reference here) but it also suffered from the departure of Bryan Singer. Instead, Brett Ratner Directed the film and made
Juggernaut’s helmet into a joke.
Turned Leach into a bald white kid
and he also took one of the best characters from the previous film, Nightcrawler, and made him...well..disappear. As well as turning Iceman into a complete jerk for trying to make the sexy time with Kitty Pryde.
Therefore making Iceman the dumbest male on earth for cheating on a girl who can literally kill you on contact.
If this wasn't enough the movie also took several fan favorite characters and turned them into throwaway cameo roles that didn't even remotely bare a likeness to their comic book counterparts.
And Bolivar Trask
were actually all in “X-Men: The Last Stand” along with a bunch of other unrecognizable mutants. We could go on but lets just sum this failure up to, it's director Brett Ratner. l mean there's only about 6 animated shows and countless action figures and oh yeah 52 years of comics history, that he has never seen or read or heard of before making this film. *Sigh*
Pick up a book man.
Number 3: Elektra (2005)
Rotten Tomato: 10%
Elektra, The first female lead Marvel movie came out of the Ben Affleck lead steaming pile of blind people aka Daredevil. (Oh yah, that was the first female lead Marvel Movie. You forgot that whole thing huh?) One of the most bad ass assassins in Marvel Comics was turned into this soulless and just down right boring action movie. Where every villain is actually cooler than then the main character. Oh but don't expect any sort of sense to be made out of the villains or Electra herself since she basically just ends up making up new powers when it's convenient for her.
RIP Elektra maybe we will get to see you in the Marvel Studios/ Netflix Daredevil Show, finally done right.
Number 2: X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Rotten Tomatoes: 38%
This is one film that could have been amazing but then turned out to be the laughing stock of the whole X-men franchise. A movie that was supposed to be about the mysterious backstory of the X-Men’s most popular member ended up being a example of how not to do a superhero movie and how when you let too many cooks in the kitchen you end up with food poisoning. While the films first 10 minutes are action packed and memorable the rest of the films 107 minute runtime is filled with horrible dialogue, seemingly random mutants and continuity issues. Not to mention the atrocious CGI in the film.
This film is so bad that it is largely ignored by all of the future X-men films and their Fans. We could waste time and list all of the thing wrong with this film but we really just want to forget it ever happened so I’ll just say this:
THIS IS NOT DEADPOOL!!!!!!!:
Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
15 mins of the Hulk in his own movie. Yeah that's not cool.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Rotten Tomatoes: 53%
How many subplots can you put in a two hour movie!
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
How many subplots can you put in a two hour movie.
(Oh! and Topher grace as Venom)
Number 1: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer(2007)
Rotten Tomatoes: 37%
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer wins the number 1 spot for several reasons but mostly for taking every problem of the first film and not fixing a single one In the next. The plot of this one involves Sue and Reed getting married and the wedding getting crashed by the Silver Surfer saying that the entire planet is about to die by the hands of Galactus. The Fantastic Four must find a way to stop the Devourer of worlds and save earth. (The sad part is that actually sounded much better than the actual film *sigh*)
While the first one can be forgiven for being a passable origin story with a bland villain, this one goes full on camp. Especially given that it is a superhero film that was rated PG. Not even “PG-13” which may explain why there is a Mr.Fantastic dance scene in the film.
Although epic sounding the plot was so cliche and annoyingly predictable that it should be in a scriptwriting class for what "NOT" to do. Even Sue Storm's character is borderline offensive in this second outing. The first movie Sue was a scientist who went to MIT with Reed and Doom and basically has the same level IQ as them. Reed and Doom are two of the smartest people in the world, so smart that in this film the government comes to them for help. But for some reason this film treats her like are nagging bride who has no clue what's going on and who's only job is to either support reed or yell at him.
But quite possibly the biggest reason this wins our vote as the worst is Because this Is the single reason that Marvel Studios and Disney can't use Silver Surfer or Galactus in any film.
Meaning the marvel cosmic universe has a huge giant “cloud” sized hole in it.
And now the Marvel movies can never make the awesome Silver Surfer movie we deserve. Or use Galactus in any of the other Marvel films And that is why it earns the number 1 spot on our countdown of The Worst Marvel Movies Ever.
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