With the arrival of “X-Men” in 2000, the landscape of cinematic blockbusters changed irrevocably. Superheroes and super-villains that came from the Marvel universe still provoke excitement among fans and new-comers. Sure, the Batman and Superman films were released once in a while to remind us that the comic books of Marvel still belong to the world of films, but the last 13 years have seen many awesome movies that started the superhero movie renaissance. The sheer proliferation of Marvel franchises has left us with a difficult decision: to rank the best, the worst, and the ones which situate themselves somewhere in the middle. Of course, it also depends on personal taste, and some of you might not agree with our top 7, but we have created it according to the best special effects, acting, plot, superheroes and villains. Let’s take a look at them.
7. Iron Man 2
Although we very much love the Iron Man series, and Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) adorable personality, we just couldn’t rank the second Iron Man movie better. It lacks some of t he excitement that we became used to in the first movie, and it seems like a movie put together from scenes that have no rhyme nor reason. Although the adoration for Iron Man 1 might have people rushing to see it, prepare to be a bit disappointed.
6. X-Men: First Class
As we said before, we have taken many factors into account when creating this top 10. If we were to consider only the strength and talent of the lead performances, “X-Men: First Class” would definitely be in the top three. Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, and James McAvoy’s Professor X make a formidable “duo”. Their bromance takes them to ugly places however, they have to fight for the survival of the Mutant race.
5. Punisher: War-Zone
“The Punisher” is an excellent movie, which sadly enough, was not very well advertized. But even if it wasn’t this doesn’t stop you from seeing it. Blame the marketing, blame the fact that people did not consider it any good, but blame yourself for not downloading it today. Ray Stevenson plays a bad-ass Frank Castle, who exhales badassery with every breath. Watch it today.
4. Iron Man
A lot of credit was given to Robert Downey junior for his remarkable performance in Iron Man 1, but we should also thank the director, Jon Favreau for giving the characters enough space to truly express themselves. The movie is a Rock Star, exactly like its lead-character. The armor is amazing, the romance story subtle and exciting, and the finish… well, not all that we had in mind. When it could have ended with a big bang, it ended in a whisper.
3. Thor, and Thor: The Dark World
There have been countless of movies with Thor and the vikings in the past, but the more that appeared, the more pathetic the story seemed. This is why THOR had a huge responsibility to live up to, and although many considered that it would fail, they were wrong. Chris Hemsworth’s natural charisma and powerful constitution make him one of the best Thor’s in history. Also, the mix between high-fantasy Asgard and the Earth scenes blend together perfectly to create one of enjoyable Marvel Franchise. Oh, and did we mention that Natalie Portman is in it? Thor, the Dark World, on the other hand, is somehow dorky and silly, but still super fun. The only person I feel bad about in all of this, is Loki.
2. Captain America: The First Avenger
Out of all Marvel Movies, this is the one I enjoyed the most, because instead of trying to make Captain America look bad-ass and super-cool, they embraced everything about his dorky and old-fashioned personality. This patriotic superhero in red, white and blue is like a valuable jewel from the past: a selfless hero who actually has ideals. You Should definitely see it!
1. The Avengers
For me, it was the Avengers that sparked the taste for superheroes and the Marvel universe once more. Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, the Black Widow, Loki all come together for an epic battle between good and evil. I would be inclined to say that Loki somehow steals the stage with his amazing performance, but maybe it’s just me. Although it takes quite a while for the movie to build momentum, the destination is A-M-A-Z-i-N-G. The movie simply radiates joy, and excitement, and there are no excuses for not seeing it, at least once.