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Needless to say, Rotten Tomatoes is one of the most accurate rating websites in terms of critical analysis for movies and television. Let's count down their top ten picks in the Marvel movie department starting with number 10. Keep in mind that this is related to all Marvel movies in general and not just those from the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon.

10. X2: X-MEN UNITED (2003)

Tomatometer: 86%

Adjusted Score: 92.459%

Critics Consensus: Tightly scripted, solidly acted, and impressively ambitious, X2: X-Men United is bigger and better than its predecessor -- and a benchmark for comic sequels in general.

Starring: Hugh Jackman,Ian McKellen,Halle Berry,Famke Janssen

Directed By: Bryan Singer

My opinion: Boy, I sure am glad this underrated sequel made top ten, but I'm not too cool about it remaining at the edge of being surpassed or disposed into the top eleven as the editor himself referred to it as a benchmark for comic sequels in general. It has everything an ensemble cast could offer, a bunch of formidable villains, an action packed experience, more room for character development and a global threat that affects every living mutant/ human on the planet. Sure there are other Marvel movies with ensemble casts but this one still deserves its spotlight.

9. X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (2011)

Tomatometer: 87%

Adjusted Score: 94.792%

Critics Consensus: With a strong script, stylish direction, and powerful performances from its well-rounded cast, X-Men: First Class is a welcome return to form for the franchise.

Starring: James McAvoy,Michael Fassbender,Kevin Bacon,Caleb Landry Jones

Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

My opinion: Here's an equally worthy rebooted addition to the X-Men franchise. Not only does it uniquely start afresh as a prequel with some of the same elements twisted in a different timeline, but it proves that prequels can be taken to a whole new level of complex film-making. With an already familiar bunch of characters and a suitable adaptation of the X-Men: First Class source material, this marks director Mathew Vaughn at his best shot!

8. SPIDER-MAN (2002)

Tomatometer: 89%

Adjusted Score: 95.461%

Critics Consensus: Not only does Spider-Man provide a good dose of web-swinging fun, it also has a heart, thanks to the combined charms of director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire.

Starring: Tobey Maguire,Kirsten Dunst,Willem Dafoe,James Franco

Directed by: Sam Raimi

My opinion: This is probably the one solo movie kick-starter that set the benchmark for comic book starters, both in commercial and critical success. Not only did we receive a Spider-Man movie done great at long last, but it's only been surpassed by The Avengers by far. While I do like Spider-Man as one of my favorite superheroes, I should say X-Men: First Class needs more recognition in a top ten perspective, the same could be said for X2.

7. BIG HERO 6 (2014)

Tomatometer: 89%

Adjusted Score: 95.923%

Critics Consensus: Agreeably entertaining and brilliantly animated, Big Hero 6 is briskly-paced, action-packed, and often touching.

Starring: Ryan Potter,Scott Adsit,T.J. Miller,Jamie Chung

Directed By: Don Hall (VI) ,Chris Williams (IX) ,Chris Williams,Don Hall

My opinion: Duly noted there were complaints on the Lego Movie being snubbed of Oscar nomination but this movie was considerably worthy too as it had its source material and raised the bar for Marvel in the animation department. Whether it deserves to make top ten or not is possibly still debatable.


Tomatometer: 89%

Adjusted Score: 98.495%

Critics Consensus: Suspenseful and politically astute, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a superior entry in the Avengers canon and is sure to thrill Marvel diehards.

Starring: Chris Evans,Samuel L. Jackson,Scarlett Johansson,Anthony Mackie

Directed By: Joe Russo,Anthony Russo

My opinion: Sure, why not? It was one of the most acclaimed comic book movies of 2014 which most people loved watching. Plus, it not only had its comic book reliance but was also utmost realistic at approach. Though it tends to be overrated, it remains part of the game if not the most dominant of all.

5. SPIDER-MAN 2 (2004)

Tomatometer: 93%

Adjusted Score: 100.256%

Critics Consensus: Boasting an entertaining villain and deeper emotional focus, this is a nimble sequel that improves upon the original.

Starring: Tobey Maguire,Kirsten Dunst,James Franco,Alfred Molina

Directed By: Sam Raimi

My opinion: Ah, back then when Spider-Man movies used to be that good! This is one movie that takes the charismatic elements of its down to earth character and his personal background as well as his friendly neighborhood alter ego to masterpiece quality. Overrated? I think not. It did have its flaws and cheesiness, but hey, most of those were part of its source material titled Spider-Man: No More.


Tomatometer: 91%

Adjusted Score: 101.367%

Critics Consensus: X-Men: Days of Future Past combines the best elements of the series to produce a satisfyingly fast-paced outing that ranks among the franchise's finest installments.

Starring: Hugh Jackman,James McAvoy,Michael Fassbender,Jennifer Lawrence

Directed By: Bryan Singer

My opinion: Wait a second, just how the hell did 91% outweigh 93%? Oh, I get it. It all has something to do with the adjusted score. Now that right there, is some total bullshit if you ask me. As for the movie, it involves two timelines with awesome things but flaws and continuity errors at first that are eventually erased, meaning that it's on the whole a total win. Bryan Singer is yet again at the top of his game, can't wait to watch more of his style in Apocalypse.


Tomatometer: 91%

Adjusted score: 101.367%

Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect -- as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.

Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect -- as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.

Directed By: James Gunn

My opinion: A lighter, funnier version of the Avengers with tons of geek moments and a climax that is for the sole purpose of its existence actually stupid throughout the time but that's how you take a zany comic book script and evolve it into blockbuster quality. In short, ain't no thing like James Gunn except James Gunn.


Tomatometer: 92%

Adjusted score: 103.348%

Critics Consensus: Thanks to a script that ephasizes its heroes' humanity and a wealth of superpowered set pieces, The Avengers lives up to its hype and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr.,Chris Evans,Mark Ruffalo,Chris Hemsworth

Directed By: Joss Whedon

My opinion: Hands down, this is the lifetime event we've longed to witness on the big screen ad here it is! While most people found only the second half engaging, I personally loved sitting through the entire movie starting with the car chase which I thought was great cause it proved that the movie involved not only heroes but S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as well. All in all, this movie delivers an entertaining session with reliance in its brilliantly set up source material.

1. IRON MAN (2008)

Tomatometer: 94%

Adjusted Score: 103.795%

Critics Consensus: Director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey Jr. make this smart, high impact superhero movie one that even non-comics fans can enjoy.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr.,Terrence Howard,Jeff Bridges,Gwyneth Paltrow

Directed By: Jon Favreau

My opinion: I'll have to admit I liked it better when Spider-Man 2 nailed the spotlight with 94% while this movie had its back in 93%. Iron Man was a solid new fashioned movie back in 2008 which was great but not perfect. It did miss the 10/10 benchmark in a few ways but it was uniquely awesome, I wouldn't say overrated cause there are still so many things one could admire in it, starting with the fact that it's vague but still considerate.


Which of these movies does NOT feature a Stan Lee cameo?


Which is your favorite Marvel movie of these RT picks?

Rotten Tomatoes may not exactly offer your idea of a top 10 but they do make some legitimate analysis at times, what do you think?


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