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Best To Worst: Every Marvel Movie Ranked

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by Oliver Lyttelton
April 3, 2014 4:00 PM
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22. “Spider-Man 3” (2007)
Much derided at the time, Sam Raimi’s overstuffed, sometimes ill-judged “Spider-Man 3” certainly remains the weakest of the “Evil Dead” helmer’s three films in Marvel-land, but retains just enough of what the director did right in the first place to, seven years on, make it worth a little reevaluation. Yes, Peter Parker’s emo makeover is questionable, yes that musical sequence is kind of lame, and yes, there are probably two villains too many, particularly when it comes to Topher Grace’s Venom, whom Raimi was forced to include by the studio. But the director still has an excellent sense for energy, tone and comic-book framing, it’s well cast across the board (even Grace, playing Eddie Brock as a sad mirror image of Parker, is strong), and in Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman, has a villain with pathos to match that of Doctor Octopus in the second film. And to go with it, one truly remarkable visual effects sequence: the desperately sad birth of the Sandman, a monster sequence that James Whale would be proud of. [C]

21. “Fantastic Four” (2005)
Released in that awkward period of superheroics in the '00s between the 'Spider-Man' and 'X-Men' movies that birthed the modern craze, and the Marvel movies that took them to new heights, Tim Story’s “Fantastic Four” movies don’t get much love these days (or even at the time). But maybe it’s having spent a few days wallowing in the worst of what the genre has to offer, but we’d say that Story could have done a lot, lot worse, even with his inferior first attempt. The 2005 film is, admittedly, essentially plotless, focusing on the origin story at the expense of an actual story, and has a bright, cheap look that’s aged it remarkably quickly (what you get from hiring a studio comedy journeyman like Story, we’d wager). But the brightness carries over to the tone, which is about right, and while Ioan Gruffud and Jessica Alba are pretty bland as Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, future Cap Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis are enormously likable as the other half of the central quartet. The action sequences also do what too few superhero flicks even attempt, and make the characters actual heroes, rather than gods who punch other gods into buildings. It’s slight and instantly forgettable, but not a particularly bad time at the movies. [C]

20. “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006)
How to disappoint fanboys: make a third film of the trilogy that started the comic book movie craze, but replace credible original director Bryan Singer with internet whipping boy Brett Ratner. “X-Men: The Last Stand” is certainly the weakest of the first three X-films, with too many characters, too much plot, and with some decidedly half-assed performances. But it’s not a write-off either. Yes, the screenplay (credited to Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn) appears to have literally been written by a committee and the new additions, bar perhaps Ben Foster’s Angel, are unmemorable. But Ratner has a better handle on the subtext than most would give him credit for (the scenes involving a mutant "cure" are often fairly potent), and he does know how to stage a set piece: the battle in Jean Grey’s house might be the best action sequence in the trilogy. And it’s hard to dislike a film with the wanton ballsiness towards killing of its characters. It’s still an absolute mess, but one that has stuff to like in places. [C]

19. “Iron Man 2” (2010)
The rocky transition between the first “Iron Man” and the triumph of “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2” was undoubtedly disappointing for everyone concerned, but again, one with enough going for it that it doesn’t prove to be a complete waste of space. The one element where the film improves on its predecessor (other than the upgrade from Terrence Howard to Don Cheadle) is in its villains: in place of Jeff Bridges’ half-baked businessman, we get snarling Russian convict Mickey Rourke, and the charmingly smarmy Sam Rockwell (the latter having a total blast, with one of the best performances in a Marvel Studios film to date). But Justin Theroux’s script is a bit muddy (likely the result of conflicts between director Jon Favreau and the studio), being unable to commit to the darker character arc it seems that Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. want to go for, and for all the benefits of their performances, not making Rourke or Rockwell much of a threat. The action is still pretty disappointing too, with a rushed finale and a general lack of memorable sequences. But Downey Jr. is still charm personified, Scarlett Johansson has fun as Black Widow (even if, like much else with the script, she’s extraneous set-up for “The Avengers”), and it’s generally watchable. [C]

18. “X-Men: First Class” (2011)
There were high hopes for the semi-reboot/prequel “X-Men: First Class,” with a promising retro setting that looked to play more into the subtext of the characters than ever before, and some top-notch casting, with Michael Fassbender as Magneto and James McAvoy as Xavier (and Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult also joining). The actors certainly lived up to the promise: when Fassbender and McAvoy share the screen, you see the potential of the series. And there are, here and there, some vivid images and good ideas. But the short gestation period (director Matthew Vaughan was hired with writing partner Jane Goldman barely a year before the film hit theaters) shows, with a forgettable villain in Kevin Bacon’s Sebastian Shaw, and a general sense of unfulfilled promise, particularly when it comes to depth: Vaughn and Goldman show little engagement with real ideas except on the surface level. Like most of the X-movies, it suffers from too many mutant characters, has a particularly icky view of the female characters, almost every one of whom ends up in a state of undress at some point. It’s still better than the two X-films that came before it, but it could have been so much more. [C]

17. “Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer” (2007)
For better or worse, no super-hero movies are as close to each other in quality as the two “Fantastic Four” films. If you liked the first, you’ll probably like the second, if you hated the first, you’ll probably hate “Rise Of The Silver Surfer” too. By a hair’s breadth, we’d probably pick the second film over the first: the cast are more settled in their roles, the action is more memorable, and most importantly, it has the Surfer, a genuinely impressive visual effects creation (played by Guillermo Del Toro alumnus Doug Jones, voiced by Laurence Fishburne) that gets surprisingly close to nailing a tricky character who’d been in failed development for years. It still basically botches Doctor Doom (in part because Julian McMahon is terrible as the character), but the script, by “Simpsons” writer Don Payne and “Twin Peaks” co-creator Mark Frost, has some zip to it, and the scope and scale is much greater this time around. The bar is still low enough that Josh Trank’s upcoming reboot doesn’t have to perform a miracle to clear it, but there’s fun to be had here. [C+]

16. “Punisher: War Zone” (2008)
We’re very much aware that the placement of this one will raise some eyebrows (it did around Playlist HQ as well, in fairness). But hardcore genre fans know what we know: that this is a stupid, nasty, bloody blast that’s rather well directed, even if you need a bit of a shower afterwards. We’d repeat what we said earlier, that the character’s sort of a nothing, and we don’t really see the point of bringing him to the screen. But if you’re going to do it, do it like director Lexi Alexander does here: shamelessly. This time, The Punisher (played indifferently by Ray Stevenson) faces off against classic villain Jigsaw (Dominic West, devouring the scenery and then picking bits of it out from between his teeth), and it’s still a deeply generic set up, one that’s weirdly reminiscent of old-school 1990s superhero flicks. But she does shoot the action beautifully with real style, and with an absolute delight — Castle doesn’t just take a bad guy out when he can cut off their head with a butter knife and fire a rocket into the remains. It’s far from being a good movie, but the splattery grindhouse glee with which it’s executed makes it oddly pleasurable. [C+]

15. “The Incredible Hulk” (2008)
Second time around for Marvel’s green giant, for the second official Marvel Studios 'Avengers' tease (tied in through a Robert Downey Jr. cameo, though little else, given the subsequent recasting), and it’s something of a mixed bag, likely because of the conflicts between star Edward Norton, who took a pass on the script, director Louis Leterrier, and the fledgling studio. It’s a much less interesting film than Ang Lee’s, but has some charms, at least in the early going: the “Fugitive”-esque feel of the first half, throwing back to the TV series, is fun, and the high caliber of casting (Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, Tim Blake Nelson and William Hurt joining Norton) pointing the way, along with “Iron Man,” to the likes of Robert Redford and Glenn Close in Marvel movies to come. Even so, there isn’t much in the way of substance, and things really fall apart in the third act, culminating in a punch-up that feels more like a round of “Tekken” than anything remotely involving. It remains to be seen whether a really good “Hulk” movie can ever be made (“The Avengers” suggests that he might be best as part of an ensemble), but it’ll need someone less workmanlike than Leterrier to pull it off. [C+]

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283 Comments

  • chris | July 25, 2014 7:52 PMReply

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

  • Saiyan307@Gmail.com | 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

  • 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

    RETARDED LIST. LOL. I'M FURIOUSSSSSSSSSS

  • 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."

  • I Hart DC | May 13, 2014 10:20 PMReply

    WUT THE HECKZ AUTO CORRECT IS TOTZ LAME, IT GOT MY NAME RONG!!! AUTO CORRECT IS MADE BY NOOBZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I ❤ DC | May 13, 2014 10:17 PMReply

    WHUTEVER U GUYZ R ALL NOOBZ!!!! BATMAN IS THE COOLIEST CAUSE HE HAZ A BATERANG!!!!!!

  • 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

    Hahahaha!

    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.

    /rant

  • 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.

  • Pauly | April 28, 2014 5:03 AMReply

    A fantastic well put together list, although I gotta disagree with The Amazing Spider-man, The Dark World, First Class' placement. I find they're my favourite out of their respective series. Mind you I don't mean I prefer The Dark World over Avengers and it's a toss up between TAS and Spider-man 2 :)

    I was pleasantly surprised with where you ranked Punisher: War Zone, Ang Lee's Hulk and the Incredible Hulk for all the reasons you listed. Most especially the Hulk, I was bored by it as a child however I watched it recently and came to appreciate it's subtleties and I think it's a shame such an introverted and well meaning movie has been so maligned

  • Uh... | April 27, 2014 2:34 PMReply

    Iron Man 3 is a complete mess and The Avengers is nothing more than a big dumb CGI-fest. Even more perplexing is how The Winter Soldier is behind them when in fact it's the only good movie Marvel has done.

  • Frank | April 27, 2014 9:52 AMReply

    Yeah, this was pretty much just a hastily thrown together pile of dog shit. And also at the beginning, I'm pretty sure DC has gone gritty and intellectual with Nolan's Batman, not with their movies in general. Unless I completely misread The Green Lantern.

  • WT Smith | April 27, 2014 3:47 AMReply

    You were just making that up right. Pretty random ... The first Wolverine movie is apparently worse then the Ash-Can Fantastic Four. The Eric Bana Hulk is #8. Just making it up ...

  • wiz | May 1, 2014 2:53 AM

    WRONG!!!

  • fr | April 26, 2014 9:03 AMReply

    Best to worst: Why are all the worst films the most recent outings, and the number 1 worst is 'The Avengers'? ....which received fairly decent reviews from critics, was a hit with audiences across the world.

  • Meg | May 1, 2014 7:07 PM

    Your misreading it. Its from Worst to Best, making Avengers the best one.

  • no | April 26, 2014 2:57 AMReply

    seriously? iron man 3 was not good, and you have it as the #4 all time best marvel movie...

  • The Gimmer | April 25, 2014 5:02 PMReply

    FAIL

    Where is David Hasselhoff as NICK FURY?

    You went to all of this trouble and time and missed the Hoff? Shameful.

    (F)

  • BetoPlacido | April 25, 2014 9:26 AMReply

    BTW, My favors:

    1) The Avengers
    2) Iron Man 3
    3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    4) Spider-Man 2
    5) Iron Man

  • Beto Placido | April 25, 2014 9:24 AMReply

    Where's "GENERATION X"?!?

  • Cuban B | May 2, 2014 5:13 PM

    Ooh good call. I used to have that on VHS.

  • Robb Hughes | April 24, 2014 1:05 PMReply

    Why is everyone so angry that this list doesn't precisely match their own? Quick maths lesson: the number of permutations when putting 36 items in order are '36 factorial', or 371,993,326,789,901,217,467,999,448,150,835,200,000,000. If every single person on earth made up a new list once every minute for 10 years, no two would be identical. Quit stressing.
    To break with tradition I'll say: GOOD ARTICLE! Reviews are well written, mostly fair, and I enjoyed reading my way through them, nice work.

    And for the record, my own top 5 would be:

    1) Avengers
    2) Winter Soldier
    3) Iron Man 1
    4) Blade 1
    5) Punisher: Warzone. (Just because it's unashamedly over-the-top)

    Oh, and every single spidey movie should be shot, dismembered, burned and buried. But that's just my opinion.

  • ShaggyDog | April 23, 2014 8:18 PMReply

    I'm sorry but this list is absolute bullsh!t. It just doesn't make any sense. As soon as I saw X-Men First Class that low down I knew that the author of this list had completely f*cked it up. And by the way Ang Lee's Hulk is one of the biggest piles of crap I've ever had the misfortune to watch. I don't now what on earth you'd have to be smoking to rank it so highly.

  • Max | April 22, 2014 12:14 PMReply

    This guys opinion is wrong.

  • Marisa | April 29, 2014 12:23 AM

    ..... You're kidding me, right? Do you even know what opinions are? It is completely and utterly IMPOSSIBLE for an opinion to be "wrong". Opinions are subjective. That is why we call them opinions rather than calling them facts. You can disagree, that's perfectly acceptable. But opinions are absolutely incapable of being "wrong". Did you not learn this in elementary school?

  • Todd | April 22, 2014 12:13 PMReply

    Well, this is a terrible list. Only 3 movies warranting even an A-? The Avengers at #1? F this in the A.

  • adfadfasdfasfasdadsf | April 22, 2014 6:47 AMReply

    Why do all of these movies suck? What?

  • KLE | April 22, 2014 2:43 AMReply

    whomever constructed this list is deranged and/or retarded...

  • Ethan Peers | April 21, 2014 5:40 PMReply

    Who the hell made this!? Hulk that high up? The Amazing Spider-Man lower than Spider-Man 3? This list is complete bullshit.

  • Jack Warwick | April 21, 2014 11:56 AMReply

    The Amazing Spider-Man: Too low, Ghost Rider 2: Too high, Fantastic Four 2: Too high, Iron Man 3: Way, way too high and Hulk: Way, way, way, way, way, way too high.

    My top five would go:

    5: Cap: The Winter Soldier
    4: Iron Man
    3: Spider-Man (2002)
    2: The Avengers
    1: Spider-Man 2 (2004)

    They got most of the top 5 right except for Iron Man 3 and the rest are just BS.

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