ByDamien Draxler, writer at
Movie reviews, opinion, box office & scripts
Damien Draxler

Marvel's making history with it's superhero franchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU, as it's called, has become a massive cash cow, on the scale of Harry Potter or 007. Despite some mild fan complaints, not a single Marvel film has bombed yet on the scale of other studios' comic book failures like 'Green Lantern' or 'X-Men: Origins'. However, some films have been less acclaimed than others, partly due to the iron-clad control studio president Kevin Feige maintains over the creative process. Marvel Studios is still the most successful studio by far in the comic book movie field, with Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox making efforts to catch up.

Here are the Marvel movies ranked, from weakest to best:

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12) The Incredible Hulk

Call us suckers for B-movie tropes, but we find 2008's The Incredible Hulk a guilty pleasure. Tim Roth is repulsive as the Abomination; Edward Norton is the most tortured MCU hero yet. Unfortunately, the movie was dissembled in post-production and it no longer makes much sense as a complete story. Many emotional beats like Bruce Banner escaping to the Arctic and attempting suicide were removed, leaving what's left strangely hollow and lifeless. The supporting cast are also campy and one-note, from Liv Tyler as generic love interest 101 and William Hurt as the sceptic, single-minded military figure out for blood at whatever cost . 'The Incredible Hulk' has some tense action and a tantalizing hero-villain dynamic, but the poor narrative structure and average film-making skills of director Louis Letterier keep the film from being more than a pulpy pleasure.

6.8/ 10

11) Thor: The Dark World

Alan Taylor 2013's film was a box office hit, but was considered dull by many fans. It's a passable film, entertaining with stunts and humour despite being the least creative out of the Marvel franchise. The script is somewhat perfunctory, lacking fascinating villains, significant character development for Thor, or revelations about the astral realm of Asgard and it's history. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston still electrify as Thor and Loki, attacking each other psychologically with wit and deception, unlike the physically brawny but dull villain pair of Christopher Eccleston as Malekith or Adele Akunbudgie as Dark Troll


10) Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2 lost the originality of it's predecessor, or any kind of engaging story. It's an excuse for Tony Stark to make quips, meet MCU figures of future importance, and make $1 billion worldwide for Marvel. Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell are extremely hammy as villains Whiplash and Justin Hammer, and Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlet Johansson as SHIELD agents appear solely in the film to set up The Avengers and are out of place. There's still great humour, irreverence, and action - like Col. Rhodey and Tony Stark's back and forth when they're taking down bad guys together as War Machine and Iron Man, or the 'rock concert' opened by Iron Man. Iron Man 2 is disposable entertainment that still flies by on Downey's performance and fantastic lines, but lacks a truly notable script worthy of its star.



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