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Best To Worst: Every Marvel Movie Ranked

by Oliver Lyttelton
April 3, 2014 4:00 PM
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Even by the ambitious standards of Marvel, 2014 is going to be a big year. They've got this weekend’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (review here) and hopeful franchise-starter “Guardians of the Galaxy,” while rival studios have the forthcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (at Fox) and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (at Sony). No matter who is bringing them to the screen, Marvel has become a blockbuster brand, underscored by “The Avengers” scoring the third-highest-grossing-film of all time. 

But with the silver lining of world-conquering ubiquity, comes the cloud — overfamiliarity, potential consumer burnout (we have to confess the “Spider-Man” reboot still falls squarely into the “What? Again?” arena for us) and at the very least, their product being regarded as something plasticky and disposable and free inside every cereal box. Especially compared with rivals DC, who’ve taken their properties in the opposite direction, delivering gritty, brainy blockbusters instead (and “Man of Steel,” meow) that aim to be as prestige pic somber as Marvel’s are colorful and quippy. But before we get caught in the crossfire of a Biggie/Tupac style turf war, let us just say that we believe there’s plenty of room for both approaches, and both studios have produced films we’ve counted as among our favorite tent poles of recent years. 

And so we thought it high time we took a long, hard look at the films stamped with the Marvel logo, from best to worst (ranking them in reverse order), looking at all the Spider-Mans, Avengerses, X-men, Blades, Punishers, Daredevils, Fantastic Fourses and, um, Howard the Ducks. Or to put it another way: who’d win in a fight?

36.Captain America” (1990)
Even if you’re not a fan of the current “Captain America” movies, you have to acknowledge that they’re “Rome, Open City” in comparison to the 1990 take (which never surfaced in U.S. cinemas, though got a theatrical release in some international territories). A low-budget tossed-off take produced by D-movie legend Menahem Golan, and directed by “Cyborg” helmer Albert Pyun, it's a moderately faithful take on the character (other than the Red Skull being Italian, for some reason), but a pretty terrible, and weirdly nasty, actioner that sees the Captain (Matt Salinger, son of J.D) battle the Red Skull in WW2, then have to save the world all over again in the present day in an attempt to rescue the President. The split structure is baffling and overstuffed, the dialogue terrible (“He’s still alive. We don’t know where he is, or who he is”), the casting baffling (Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty crop up in the weirdest possible “Deliverance” reunion, while Salinger is just terrible), and even the most vulgar auteurist couldn’t defend Pyun’s inept direction. There’s the occasional decent idea in among them, but if you’ve ever wanted to appreciate the modern-day movies, this is a good way of doing so. [F]

35. “Man-Thing” (2005)
In fairness, “Man-Thing” is hardly one of Marvel’s best-known characters (originally a scientist who turns into a plant monster), and these days would probably be lucky to be a one-off villain in “Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” But even someone who’d never heard of him would feel that he’d been hard done by this 2005 film (which aired on SyFy in the U.S, but hit cinemas in Asia and China). Directed by Brett Leonard, helmer of “The Lawnmower Man,” it’s about as generic a horror film as you could come up with, as various low-grade Australian actors wrangle with Louisiana accents (unsuccessfully: most sound like they’re having strokes), as they’re picked off by the swamp’s guardian spirit, who turns out to be Man-Thing. Who looks ridiculous. Leonard does layer on some atmosphere occasionally, but the plot is both rammed with clichés and unnecessarily convoluted, there’s little in the way of decent gore or scares, and fans of the character, if such things exist, are surely still furious by the way it turns him from sympathetic creature to mostly-off-screen killer monster. This (man) thing probably still brings Kevin Feige out in hives. [F]

34. Ghost Rider” (2007)
Nicolas Cage is a long-time comics  fan, who’s flirted with a number of characters over the years, most notably DC’s “Superman” for an aborted Tim Burton movie in the late 90s. He finally got his chance for Sony’s “Ghost Rider” in 2007, having been attached to versions of the project since the turn of the decade. Unfortunately, the final product saw him team up with writer/director Mark Steven Johnson, who hadn’t got the message from the reception to “Daredevil” (see below) that maybe superhero movies just weren’t for him. The character, Johnny Blaze, is a motorcycle stunt rider who sold his soul to become the Devil’s flame-headed bounty-hunter to save his father’s life, but there’s little chance for Cage to do what he’s do best -- when in human mode, he looks sleepy, and when he’s the rider, he’s replaced by an unconvincing CGI head. Some of the casting is nominally fun (Sam Elliott as a previous Ghost Rider, Donal Logue as the best pal, Peter Fonda as the Devil), but everyone’s thinking principally of the paycheck, not least Wes Bentley, at the height of his troubles with drugs, as super-generic principal villain Blackheart. Johnson can’t write the script, he can’t handle the tone, which lurches from morose to campy, and he can’t shoot action: thankfully he hasn’t yet tried to complete his trilogy of terrible comic book movies. [F]

33. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009)
As we’ll see, the “X-Men” movies have covered basically the complete range of the quality spectrum, but whatever happens, it’ll be some feat if this summer’s “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” or any future X-movies, turn out to be worse than this. Hugh Jackman’s mutton-chopped semi-immortal was always better suited to a solo effort than most of the other characters from Fox’s franchise, and on paper, it should have worked: Oscar-winning “Tsotsi” director at the helm, Jackman facing off against great actors like Liev Schreiber and Danny Huston, etc. And in fairness, the film was one of many hampered by the 2007 writers strike, going into production without a finished screenplay. But one can only imagine from the results that Fox used a room full of monkeys with typewriters as scabs, because the result is nonsensical, illogical, wasteful, overstuffed with inconsequential characters and hugely uninvolving. Gavin Hood’s direction seems concerned principally with finding shots for the trailer (there are at least two moments when Wolverine looks to the sky and cries out), too. Having adamantium grafted to your bones would be preferable to sitting through this again. [D-]

32. “Howard The Duck” (1986)
Technically the first-ever Marvel movie (the “Captain America” serials in the 1940s predate the existence of Marvel as a company), and what a weird, weird place to start. Howard, a cigar-smoking anthropomorphic mallard, was always an outlier in the Marvel stable, closer to the subversive alt-comics world than to Spider-Man, and it’s hard to think of an unlikelier person to bring it to the screen than George Lucas, who made it a passion project after he left directing to focus on producing. Originally intended to be an animated film, it eventually ended up as a live action film helmed by “American Graffiti” co-writer Willard Huyck, with Howard (the voice of Chip Zien) transported to Earth, and battling an alien Dark Overlord (Jeffrey Jones) with the help of scientist Phil (Tim Robbins) and musician love interest Beverly (Lea Thompson). With superhero movies following such a close formula these days, in some ways one should be thankful for something as weird as this, but there’s a reason it’s still a byword for critical and commercial failure: there’s little consistency to the way that Howard interacts with the world, it tries to water the weirdness down into a very 1980s family adventure, and it simply isn’t very funny. [D-]

31. The Punisher” (1989)
We’ve never really seen the appeal of Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, as a character: even, or especially, within the context of the Marvel universe, he’s just another ex-cop vigilante, who could have walked out of “Death Wish” or a dozen B-movies like it. But we suppose that the generic nature of the character (and the relative budgetary ease of bringing him to the screen) appeals to studios, because he keeps coming back. This 1989 version, the first and worst, stars Dolph Lundgren as Castle, who’s persuaded to help the Mafia he hates so much when the Yakuza kidnap the mobsters’ kids. Despite a script by some reasonably well-known writers (Robert Mark Kamen, who’d later pen “Taken,” and Boaz Yakin, who went on to direct “Fresh”), the script might as well be a Steven Seagal vehicle, and veteran editor Mark Goldblatt shows that he probably should have stuck to the day job with some pretty uninspired action direction, and a complete lack of interest in the dialogue scenes. Unless you’re writing a thesis on Hollywood’s late '80/early '90s xenophobia/paranoia towards the Japanese (see also: “Die Hard,” “Black Rain,” “Rising Sun”), there’s basically nothing to recommend this, and Lundgren’s bland presence firmly makes it the least of the three “Punisher” films to date. [D-]

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  • خريد و فروش خودرو | August 19, 2014 7:21 AMReply

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  • mike | August 17, 2014 8:15 PMReply

    2014 is going to be a big year for comic cinema, but its also going to be a ‘fix-it’ year. So while the advent of a new spidey series may seem like overload, it also feels necessary. I hated the last three…the only aspects that didn’t disappoint me completely was the adaptation of the newspaper owner. It was cheesy and not the same flavor as the cheese found in the original comics. MORE IMPORTANTLY, you have Bryan Singers return to the X-men series, and what better way to fix-it then by doing the Days of Future past story. Definitely the second most popular story told in the original Uncanny X-men run, behind the Dark Phoenix Saga which nearly got ruined after Singer walked away from the series. The coolest thing about marvel to me was how heroes appeared in other comics, so it pisses me off when Quicksilver appears in two totally different adaptations by the avengers and the x-men. YOU CANT DO THAT!! The comics overlap!!! After Beast leaves the X-men he joins the Avengers, yes that actually happened in the late 70s early 80s…I feel as if the directors of these movies have more inconsistencies then the original comic writers, who did write contradicting stories, but not as bad as these directors…

  • خريد و فروش خودرو | August 17, 2014 3:12 AMReply

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  • Jesus | August 17, 2014 12:45 AMReply

    Iron Man 3 was almost as bad as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

  • Jack | August 14, 2014 2:23 AMReply

    Top 10:

    1. Spider-Man 2
    2. X2
    3. Captain America The Winter Soldier
    4. X-Men Days of Future Past
    5. Blade 2
    6. X-Men First Class
    7. Iron Man
    8. Amazing Spider-Man
    9. Thor
    10. Blade

  • mike | August 17, 2014 8:23 PM

    what!? Spidey with tobey sucked.

    1. X-Men Days of Future Past
    2. Iron Man
    3. Batman Begins
    4. X2
    5. The Watchmen
    6. Amazing Spider-Man
    7. Iron Man 2
    8. Thor
    9. X-Men First Class
    10.The Avengers

  • Eric | August 12, 2014 1:02 PMReply

    I also agree that avengers is number 1 at this point,
    But the rest of the list is way off. You must not be a
    Fan of marvel films. Why do they have people write
    Articles on things that they don't enjoyed. Like
    Comparing bad films to the first did hard or Armageddon .

  • Ray | August 10, 2014 3:03 AMReply

    I will definitely agree with Avengers being number 1. It was pretty much solid> But the rest of the list? Your opinion. Ang Lees Hulk, should of been way lower in rank. Too dark. X-Men franchise way lower. Just waiting and hoping for Marvel Studios to get back the rights to all the Marvel Characters. Marvel studios really needs to get Spiderman, Xmen, Fantastic Four rights and they will make some great reboots. They finally figured out the recipe.

  • Steven | August 14, 2014 2:24 AM

    Unfortunately the recipe is same old s**t. X-Men destroys the MCU

  • Bob | August 5, 2014 6:38 PMReply

    The rating on Amazing Spider Man 2 in this list completely makes this list a failure.

  • bittu | August 5, 2014 5:51 AMReply

    1. everything written here is fake cause how can you tell iron man 2 disappointing it had realistic villain,unlimited action and what the hell do you need.
    2. spider man 2 was also so much good and you should not count the no of villains except watching how spidey takes them off.
    3. how the hell can you say x men series disappointment as all the series were outstanding.

  • venky | August 5, 2014 5:39 AMReply

    common man this list is horrible all the marvel movie are outstanding.
    1. avengers
    2. iron man
    3. iron man 2
    4. iron man 3
    5. thror
    6. thor 2
    7. captain america
    8. captain america 2
    9. hulk
    10. hulk 2
    11. guardians of the galaxy
    12. green lantern (worst movie ever made)
    all these movies except green lantern made so much money so no one can tell these movies bad as they were superb.

  • Beastinrocks | August 19, 2014 2:18 AM

    The fact that you ranked Guardians of the Galaxy as the worst MCU movie really shows how stupid you are. And there's not even a "Hulk 2" for christ's sake. Guardians of the Galaxy should be 4th behind Cap 2, Iron Man, and The Avengers

  • Michael | August 15, 2014 9:19 AM clearly are not a marvel fan, and you are clearly a child

    1 - Green Lantern is DC, not MARVEL
    2 - Blade 2 isn't on your top 10, you are clearly too young as you've just listed all the newer movies.

  • Steven | August 14, 2014 2:26 AM

    Obvious MCU fanboy is obvious

  • Troy | August 6, 2014 6:04 PM

    Did you actually just say a movie can't be bad if it made a lot of money? Are you a child?

  • M M | August 4, 2014 8:14 AMReply

    You are so wrong. I completely disagree with this list.

  • M | August 4, 2014 2:23 AMReply

    To all those who insult list writers for their opinions: You would be equally derided by the other 99.99999% of the internet if you were to create a similar list. There's no pleasing people when it comes to ranking movies. So shaddap.

    ... btw Iron Man 3 sucked lulz

  • Giofra | August 2, 2014 4:57 AMReply

    Not sure if 'best', but Hulk (2003) would be my n.1. I enjoy watching all Marvel movies, but hardly ever have a need to watch any of them again (also knowing there will be a new one soon....), except that green bastard. Thanks to Ang Lee the movie is piece of art.

  • chris | July 25, 2014 7:52 PMReply

    guardians of the galaxy should be #1 Who agrees with me

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  • | July 24, 2014 11:20 PMReply

    The list is probably disorganized or personal preferences, there's no need for insults when its PROBABLY AN OPINION.

  • Corbin Burdette | July 22, 2014 1:31 PMReply

    I personally prefer spider man 2 over the avengers it was more fun to me. But how is x-men days of future past not in the top 3! Heres my order:

    1. X-men: Days of Future Past
    2.Spider-Man 2
    3.Iron Man

  • Jack | August 14, 2014 2:27 AM

    Excellent top 3

  • Frost | July 27, 2014 6:42 PM

    This list was horrible. And list not too much better. Spider-man 2?? The only time that movie was any good was when you saw spider-man, the rest was horrible! All the emo Peter Parker parts! YUCK!

  • come on son | July 16, 2014 2:11 AMReply


  • TheDevil | July 4, 2014 5:43 PMReply

    Rise of Silver Surfer above X-Men: First Class??? The f***??

    Incredible Hulk should be higher, First Class should be top 10. Punisher & Daredevil ere actually pretty damn good films. Days of Future Past should be #1. I agree that Iron Man 3 was great but top 3. I don't think so....

    Besides that I agree with most of it. X-Men 1 should be lower tho.

  • Raymond Cestra | June 25, 2014 8:55 AMReply

    This list is pretty terrible. Why did X-Men First Class get such a bad rating of C? The Wolverine was a dreadful film, one of the worst X-men based films out there. There are so many things I want to change on this list, I can't even type it all without filling the website without spewing hate and disagree.

  • Brandon | June 17, 2014 8:32 PMReply

    Update requested: Days of Future Past should be in the top 3.

  • Raymond | June 15, 2014 7:54 PMReply

    I know everyone has their opinions and perspectives of cinema, I have mine, and you have yours.

    But what i've learned from this is art to acknowledges information, quite easy and obvious points but there's one thing and I know I'm true my family agrees with me on this inevitable fact, and I'm being offense when I say: YOU HAVE HORRIBLE TASTE IN MOVIES!!!

  • Jean | June 13, 2014 7:28 AMReply

    Disappointed that the 1978 Dr. Strange, 1979 Captain America and Captain America II: Death Too Soon and 1998 Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.were not included. Not theatrical films you say? Neither is the 1994 Fantastic Four, and at least these four were given official releases. Anyway, my ranking:

    1 Blade
    2 The Punisher '04
    3 Iron Man Three
    4 The Avengers
    5 The Wolverine
    6 Thor
    7 Spider-Man
    8 Iron Man
    9 X-Men
    10 X-Men: First Class
    11 X2: X-Men United
    12 Spider-Man 2
    13 Spider-Man 3
    14 Captain America: The First Avenger
    15 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    16 Blade II
    17 The Incredible Hulk
    18 Hulk
    19 Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer
    20 Daredevil (Director's Cut)
    21 The Punisher '89
    22 Thor: The Dark World
    23 Iron Man 2
    24 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
    25 X-Men Origins: Wolverine
    26 X-Men: The Last Stand
    27 Blade Trinity
    28 Elektra
    29 Fantastic Four '05
    30 The Amazing Spider-Man 2
    31 Ghost Rider
    32 The Amazing Spider-Man

  • dan | June 11, 2014 7:07 PMReply

    You seriously put Spider-man 3 higher than Amazing Spider-man 1?? Thats a joke of a movie, and the sand man??? WTF worst motivated, portrayed, insignificant, superflous character in any of these films, Raimi is clearly just adding more subplots to a weak and empty script. Just the emo scene should be enough to walk out of the theater and ask for a refund. What a sad finish to the trilogy. The second managed to up the anties but the third failed to meet its expectations completely. SHIT LIST

  • corey | June 15, 2014 10:52 PM

    i prefer spiderman 3 to TASM by leaps and bounds. TASM has no soul

  • AJ Easton | May 28, 2014 1:19 PMReply

    Horrible list. You only nailed the obvious which was Avengers. The first (youtube version) of Fantastic Four could have been left off the list all together but to have it ranked above any other Marvel film is a bigger joke than the movie itself. Howard the Duck should have also been at the bottom of the list.

  • Sonicjrjr | May 26, 2014 3:31 AMReply

    Thor 2 is WAY too low on this list! In some ways it's even better than the 1st movie.

  • Tommy Rankin | May 22, 2014 3:24 AMReply

    Wow, this is list is wacky. So many questionable choices. Cap 2 should definitely be in tops 3 and IM 3 should be behind IM 1 and far from the top 3. Ang Lee's Hulk also belongs way lower than Incredible Hulk and the Wolverine despite its horrible third act should definitely be better placed. So many strange choices, lol

  • WingsStef | June 5, 2014 3:37 AM

    It would take too time for for me to figure out the order, right now, so it's so late here now, but I agree Captain America: The Winter Solider was very good, and should be high (or is that low) on the list.

  • Chrispy | May 28, 2014 7:55 AM

    This list is so screwed up, it's ridiculous.

  • YayaYaya | May 18, 2014 9:06 AMReply

    I honestly stopped taking this list seriously when you put The Incredible Hulk ahead of The Amazing Spiderman, Thor 2, Fantastic Four 2 and X-Men First Class. There hasn't been a decent Hulk film to date and Mark Ruffalo was the first Hulk character that i actually liked and Iron Man 3 at #4? I'd put that film well away from the top 20 let alone the top 5? I mean it's bad enough that you put the four that i mentioned so low but to put Iron Man 3 AHEAD OF THEM? Nah this list is b*******

  • SONICJRJR | June 11, 2014 12:11 PM

    Would you like some cheese to go with that whine?

  • leshi | May 16, 2014 11:41 PMReply

    The Avengers always #1

  • DannyJane | May 16, 2014 3:16 PMReply

    About the only one I agree with is The Avengers, which isn't just the best Marvel movie, but the best of the entire genre. For the rest, Oliver Littleton, you couldn't be more wrong! It's true that which is the absolute WORST will be open for discussion forever, but Ghost Rider--ANY film--lower thant HOWARD THE DUCK?? Really?

  • Chris | May 16, 2014 1:01 PMReply

    I agree with quite a few of these, but First Class behind Fantastic Four 2? The most offensive? The first Hulk movie being anywhere near the top. It was a borderline offensive snooze-fest.

  • What | May 16, 2014 3:47 AMReply

    X-men first class ... Worst than Fantastic 4 2 ... Just go and fap this bullshit in another world will ya

  • Josh Snow | May 15, 2014 7:15 PMReply

    Sorry but probably the worst list I've ever read on the internet. No idea what kind of criteria that this list was based on but it was just BAD.

  • John Snow | May 15, 2014 4:10 PMReply

    what kind of half blind retard put this list in order?

  • Chrispy | May 28, 2014 7:59 AM

    I agree. Terrible article.

  • PRetty Accurate | May 15, 2014 1:54 PMReply

    I thought this list pretty good.

    However, I would've put Winter Soldier at 4, and Iron Man 3 nowhere near the top 5. Or 10, possibly.

  • Angelo Elevado | May 14, 2014 4:04 AMReply

    I agree with #37 and #1-3. But with the rest, hell no.

    Iron Man 3 above the first? And Amazing Spider-Man lower than Blade: Trinity, Spirit Of Vengeance and... Spider-Man 3? Seriously? O_o

  • Angelo Elevado | May 14, 2014 4:07 AM

    Correction: I meant "I *kind of* agree with #36 and #1-3."

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  • That Other Marvel Guy | May 13, 2014 10:09 PMReply

    Yeah totally agree! I also think Captain America: The Winter Soldier is better than Spider-Man 2 and Iron Man 3!!!!

  • That Marvel Guy | May 13, 2014 10:06 PMReply

    The Amazing Spider-Man was WAY BETTER than both of the Fantastic Four movies and Spider-Man 3 and deserves a MUCH higher spot. Plus The Incredible Hulk (2008) was better than Hulk.

  • Trevor | May 13, 2014 5:51 PMReply

    Blade II and Iron Man 3 are in the Top 10???? There's complimentary nods for under-appreciated films and then there's undeserved placements that ruin the validity of an entire list.

  • Shiiiity | May 12, 2014 11:37 PMReply

    what a shitty ranking.

  • the ken | May 12, 2014 11:15 AMReply

    Oh, and I forgot, what they did to the Mandarin , one of Ironman's greatest enemies in Ironman 3 was a crime against the Marvel universe!

    Sad, sad, sad , when good actors give bad performances in the name of money and attention whore seeking.

    All I can say about Ironman 3 thats good is it may be the last one that has these weak assed actors in it.

  • the ken | May 12, 2014 11:10 AMReply

    This list is so way off base it looks as if you're trying to steal second but got your foot caught in the sand... IronMan 3 as being good?

    And Thor 2 as bad?

    What industrial cleaning products have you been sniffing? Apparently you like NCIS type shows because that is all Ironman 3 was.

    Robert Downey playing detective. Crying about anxiety attacks to a boy, blowing up million dollar suits for special effect fanboys such as yourself , and Being Ironman for I think a total of 3 minutes in the whole movie.

    Oh and lets remember, Ironman can fly. so why the hell did he keep getting close enough to be burned? constantly...same with the guy in the first what 10 minutes of the movie? with the shotgun, running up next to the firewoman so she can burn his gun too? smart people these characters.. all

    So in the end , Ironman 3 was and is Robert Downey's r'esum'e for any future film so he could show his moodly, self involved, upstaging , "look its really me Bob under this suit" , jealous of his own Armor getting all the attention, William Shatner ranting about Spock getting more air time them himself , side!

    You should be banned from making any future lists involving any type of Super Powered Beings, and should stick to the Overblown and Over used , on TV , Smarmy , badly acted, wait till the last fives minutes detective series that are all the rage with the 50 year olds.

  • Ash | May 12, 2014 3:11 PM

    I totally agree...this rating just too wrong

  • HeadHurts | May 12, 2014 1:32 AMReply

    You have lost all credibility, simply by placing "Hulk" number 8 on this list. I do not even have to go past that and address the countless flaws in this list.

  • Ash | May 12, 2014 3:13 PM

    I mean the first hulk movie....

  • Ash | May 12, 2014 3:12 PM

    Yup totally agree 100% the incredible hulk is 10 times better than the first movie duhhh doyy

  • Franka | May 12, 2014 6:33 AM

    You have gained all credibility, simply by placing "Hulk" number 8 on this list. It's the best.

  • Mattie Appleyard | May 11, 2014 12:27 PMReply

    Without question, Spiderman 2 is the greatest comic book character movie ever made. Period.

  • matt | May 11, 2014 1:55 PM

    Seconded. And Doc Oc is easily the one of the greatest and most sympathetic comic book characters ever brought to the big screen, in my opinion.

  • Jack | May 11, 2014 2:45 AMReply

    Not a bad list - I would have put X-Men First Class a bit higher, and the original Hulk a lot lower (I wasn't even aware people liked that movie) along with the Blade films, but all in all the list is fine.

  • Pete | May 10, 2014 4:51 PMReply

    Clearly, being drunk was a requirement at the time this list and it's 'opinions' were compiled. Iron Man 3 "sucked" and Shane Black should be flogged for what he did the iconic villain that is the Mandarin...there's your # 36. To hold back an A+ rating from the Avengers shows the list was compiled by DC employees. I suggest you sit down and rethink your rankings & ratings............NOW!

  • Felip Serra | May 9, 2014 12:37 AMReply

    You know... I think this list is well thought out, reasonably argued, very knowledgeable, and wholly accurate. Were it mine I think I'd have switched #2 and #3, and maybe placed "X-Men: First Class" a little higher. Otherwise, no disagreements. I think the author should be commended. Excellent work.

  • brian | May 8, 2014 11:04 AMReply

    This is the worst list! Iron man 3 sucked, Iron man 2 sucked, x-men first class was amzing

  • Troo.l.s | May 7, 2014 3:51 PMReply

    THIS IS GARBAGE!! holy s**t.....

  • An actual Marvel comics fan | May 7, 2014 12:02 AMReply

    Other than some exceptions, like the Avengers at #1, this list is almost completely backwards.

  • Mathew | May 6, 2014 3:58 AMReply

    this list is garbage

  • mellymel | May 6, 2014 9:21 PM

    Exactly what Mathew said.

  • Moe Getz | May 5, 2014 10:37 PMReply

    "Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son." — Dean John Vernon, Animal House

  • holyphawk | May 5, 2014 10:03 PMReply

    Are you phucking retarded?

  • Cellistic | May 5, 2014 5:50 PMReply

    I largely agreed with this list and appreciated many of its observations. *fuels fedora rage*

  • Chris | May 5, 2014 10:27 AMReply

    I normally don't fly into a rage over hastily compiled internet lists, but goddamn this one is bad. Ang Lee's 'Hulk' gets better placement than either Thor, the original X-Men, The Wolverine, Captain America, and Blade? First Class coming in behind all of those in addition to falling behind both Punisher: Warzone and Rise of the Silver Surfer? This is a bad, bad list.

  • Stan | May 4, 2014 11:39 PMReply

    This list is for shit. You actually had the nerve to put Ang Lee's abortion of an adaptation BEFORE Thor 2?!? Don't know who you really are, but your lack of knowledge of the Marvel Universe (and movies in general) is so staggeringly ignorant, all I can say is to give your laptop back to your mommy and daddy and ask them to take you to a comic book shop and ask for an encyclopedia of the Marvel Universe. Not only will you gain insight on the subject, but maybe, (just maybe) you might make better decisions about anything Marvel related, such as thinking before publishing your stupidity for all to read on the internet.

  • Bruno | May 4, 2014 1:54 PMReply

    This is one of the worst lists I have ever read. If you have read this list don't listen to any of it. A list like this should be made from a poll, not one persons opinion. Complete crap

  • Z-berg | May 4, 2014 12:33 PMReply


    Nerd blab.

  • Miffy | May 3, 2014 4:41 PMReply

    For me it will always be the first Spider Man movie.... Kirsten Dunst is the reason, in Spider Man 2 she just had eyes like she was on drugs, why I don't like that movie, never bothered with the third.

  • Robert Clark | May 3, 2014 12:56 PMReply

    This list is complete crap. I can not even start to list the reasons. I mean wow!

  • Bruno | May 4, 2014 1:50 PM

    I agree with you completely.

  • Hector | May 3, 2014 8:52 AMReply

    I'm curious, who made this list? Was there a poll? The reasons sound pretty one sided. It shows when you see movies like Ghost Rider: Spirit top over First Class and Amazing Spider-Man. It almost seems like it was more of a personal distaste for certain movies and reboots(ASM) over the movies have great dialogue, cinematography and acting.

  • Mike | May 3, 2014 7:20 AMReply

    Just curious... but why did #1 only get an A- ? I mean, if it sets the bar for the other films then shouldn't it be at least an A? I understand it not being A+ because then it'd be silly if a future movie surpassed it, but still

  • Jorge | May 3, 2014 12:52 AMReply

    I stopped reading when I realized that IM3 was above Winter Soldier and actually above the original Iron Man, that makes no sense, I disagree with some positions of the list, Daredevil belongs to the up 15 movies with the Directors cut and the fact that it delivers the first tragic ending of these movies, Incredible hulk is superior to Hulk tough both are good, Spirit of Vengeance should be the last one, First Class is the second best X-men film, but to have Iron Man 3 this high is stupid not only because of the Mandarin, but because of the many plotholes, the comedy killing all sense of danger, the unremarkable villain and the stupid ending among many little details.

  • John | May 2, 2014 10:01 PMReply

    Sooo Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Period. It isn't just oddly/poorly acted, the cinematography makes the film look homemade at some points. In addition, its almost impossible to tell whats going on. Add on to that the fact that the special effects got worse since the last film and they gave up on anything resembling character development. I don't think anyone who saw both Ghost Rider films would say the second is better (not that the first is good, but its not nearly as bad) This list is poorly constructed by people who disliked certain films and exaggerate how bad they were to the point where they illogically say the 90s Fantastic Four movie is better than X-Men Origins or Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is better than the Amazing Spider-Man. Give me a break.

  • John | May 2, 2014 10:07 PM

    Also, The Hulk being better than the Incredible Hulk is one of the most laughable ideas I have ever heard. I don't know if you are idealizing the movie because its old or something, but its special effects are piss poor and acting is questionable at best. At least the Incredible Hulk tried and wasn't that boring and abominable Ang Lee creation.

  • josh | April 30, 2014 11:40 PMReply

    list is pretty good, besides the high ranking of Iron Man 3, and the low ranking of the amazing spiderman.

  • Captain Capelli | April 30, 2014 6:10 PMReply

    Just laughing at all the comments by the geeks who seem genuinely offended that someone ranks the Marvel films differently to them. Guys, we know it's some kind of Holy Text to you, but to everyone else, they are just movies.

  • Ryan | April 29, 2014 6:38 PMReply

    Avengers was decent but nit the best, by far. Why is Blade, Lee Hulk, the Wolverine so high?

    Overall it's nit a bad list but many don't make sense even with critic rankings.

  • Mike | May 3, 2014 7:24 AM

    ... Ok, seriously, the word is "not"; Not "nit". The fact that you misspelled it twice and didn't use it correctly once indicates to me that you actually think that that's how that word is spelled and not just a typo. I'm calling you out. It makes you look retarded.


  • Brandon | April 29, 2014 10:00 AMReply

    Why is anyone even bothering to argue about this list? It's title is "Best to Worst: Every Marvel Movie Ranked", yet the list then proceeds from worst to best, and fails to rank every marvel movie. They couldn't even get the title of their list right.

  • Xkin87X | April 29, 2014 3:21 AMReply

    Personally I can not take anyone seriously who ranks Iron Man 3 as better than either of the other 2. But I especially can't take you seriously if you call it a top 5 marvel movie of all time.

  • Spud | April 28, 2014 5:31 PMReply

    I went through this list first methodically, then in a skimming pattern once I realized how haphazard the rankings were. I was expecting Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD to come in later on, expecting a "so bad it was good" type of comment, only to learn it was left out entirely.

    While I appreciated Bana's Hulk, it was an imperfectly conceived attempt, and is so long-in-the-tooth most viewers today can't even get through it. I loved Thor 2, but wouldn't put it before Avengers, yet easily would have placed Winter Soldier over them all. Placing X-Men Origins: Wolverine so low, as well as The Incredible Hulk was unforgivable.

    I don't think this fellow speaks well for the pulse of the comic universe. Skip, delete.

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