it’s time once again to narrow down the best comic book-based superhero movies of all time. So let’s dig into brainwashed super-soldiers, foul-mouthed invulnerable vigilantes, several Batmen, and more!
#14. Spider-Man 2
In this sequel, spidey has established as New York’s premier defender against all threats criminal and surreal. Despite his success in costume, Peter continues to struggle with paying the bills, keeping his grades up, and finding time for his loved ones.
As usual, it’s the balance between his superhero and mundane problems the makes Peter’s struggle so endearing.
#13. Batman: Mask of The Phantasm
Bruce Wayne’s past takes center stage as Batman must stop a new rogue on the block, the Phantasm, from killing Gotham’s local mob population.
The crimes and the perpetrator are connected to Bruce’s first – and last – shot at true love, a relationship he was willing to give up the cowl for if it meant he could be happy.
Wise-cracking Wade Wilson’s transformation into the fourth-wall-breaking Deadpool may have been yet another origin story, but it was overflowing with laughs and some much-needed jobs at the genre.
Reynolds, who’d been an underutilized “next big thing” for years, finally found his grail and audiences fell in love with a crass crusader on a rudimentary revenge mission.
11. Black Panther
Black Panther instantly became a pop-culture phenomenon and Wakanda found itself as one of the main selling points in the marketing for Infinity War, which would open a few months later.
A talented ensemble, a Shakepearean center, and endless imaginagtion helped this film tower above the competition and strike a chord with fans all over the globe.
10. X-Men First Class
Despite persisting rumors of a rushed production and various problems, X-Men: First Class turned out to be a first-rate prequel.
#9 Capitan America: Civil War
The third Capitan America film was an action-packed fugitive flick that also acted as a stealth Avengers outing.
Civil War acted as the dream ensemble project to whet our appetites for Infinity War, shining a spotlight on the Avengers’ dark demise under the masterful machinations of a sokovian intelligence officer named Helmut Zemo.
#8. Iron Man
Iron Man has all the necessary prerequisites for comic-book movie success. It has stunning special effects that hinge on a very convincing Iron Man armor design.
It has a hero embarking on a journey of self-discovery and a villain to stand in his way. And Jon Favreau’s directing set the successful stylistic MCU template that still exists today.
Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.
In one scene, Ant-Man shrinks down to a microscopic level and then Neil deGrasse Tyson ruins the movie magic by explaining how that’s not actually possible in science.
#5. Doctor Strange
Dr. Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
#4. Spider-man Homecoming
In a refreshing change of pace, Marvel turns a Spider-Man movie into a funny teen drama that gives the supporting characters a chance to feel alive. The biggest accomplishment here, though, is making the sixth Spider-Man movie (with the third actor to play Peter Parker) in 15 years somehow not suck.
#3. Guardians of The Galaxy
Guardians has everything a Marvel movie should be: an awesome soundtrack, a hilarious script, a unique visual style, its own attitude, an ensemble of fully-developed characters, a talking tree. and the rare ability to stand-alone among the rest of the universe. Guardians is at once part of the MCU and literally in its own galaxy, yet it still provides the backbone for how all these worlds are connected. It’s proof that audiences are open to (slightly) new ideas, and don’t require something familiar and rehashed every time.
#2. Avengers: Infinity War
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy. Yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones. Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.
#1. The Dark Knight
With the help of allies Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman (Christian Bale) has been able to keep a tight lid on crime in Gotham City. But when a vile young criminal calling himself the Joker (Heath Ledger) suddenly throws the town into chaos, the caped Crusader begins to tread a fine line between heroism and vigilantism.