Today we have a very Marvel Comics heavy installment, with 4 of the 5 being based on the comic giant’s properties.
10. Spider-Man (2002)
The Web-Slinger’s silver screen debut. Legendary horror director Sam Raimi was initially regarded as a strange choice to bring Marvel’s flagship property to the big screen. The decision, however, turned out to be a brilliant one. He gave the film a slightly dark aesthetic with splashes of vibrant color that give the movie a very original look. Tobey Maguire gives a good, if not great, performance as the titular hero. Willem Dafoe also gives a wonderfully memorable portrayal of Spider-Man’s nemesis, the Green Goblin.
9. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
A fitting end to Christopher Nolan’s brilliant Dark Knight Trilogy. While this chapter in the series fell a little short of the lofty standard set by the first two, it is still a great movie. Christian Bale and Gary Oldman give their usual incredible performances, and Marion Cotillard is great as Miranda Tate (spoiler alert: AKA Talia al Ghul), but Tom Hardy’s portrayal of Bane is the best part of the film. Some dog his voice, but I personally thought it added a memorability and an interesting wrinkle to the character. He also has some of the most quotable lines in the entire series.
8. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
While not as groundbreaking as the first MCU team-up, The Avengers: Age of Ultron is still a great movie. Seeing the way that these characters that we love have grown and changed over the course of the franchise was interesting and a driving force of the movie. It also clearly lays the groundwork for many things that are to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Finally getting to see Vision on screen was awesome, and James Spader’s performance as Ultron, while not quite what I was hoping for, was a treat as well.
7. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
The blockbuster that no one saw coming! Funny and exciting with engaging and interesting characters, the Marvel Cinematic Universe hit it out of the park with their first intergalactic installment. The writing is crisp and witty and the special effects were amazing. The acting is great all around as well, but the real star of the movie is Bradley Cooper’s voice work as Rocket Raccoon.
6. Deadpool (2016)
The Deadpool movie that Deadpool fans had been begging for and easily the best movie in the X-Men franchise. Ryan Reynolds plays the Merc With the Mouth to absolute perfection. Chock full of all the violence, humor, and f-bombs that one would expect from a film about Marvel’s fourth wall-breaking mutant mercenary. Everything about this movie is perfect. There’s really no other word fit to describe it.
We’re almost there folks. Come back next time for the final chapter in my newest edition of the greatest comic book movie countdown. The absolute best of the best lie ahead. See you then.