Sunday, February 13, 2011

All Marvel Comic Movies Ranked (2000 - 2016)

I’m a big fan of “Marvel”, I love the comics, cartoons and movie adaptions, so I decided to rank all the live action Marvel comic adapted films from the 2000’s from least favorite to favorite, but limited to their respected series because that's a lot of movies to rank. I’m just going to give quick comments on these films because 33 movies is a lot to go through. 

The X-Men Movies ranked (In my Opinion) .... 

#10. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

My personal score is 6/10

An average revenge story, obvious action cliches, and an origin set-up that shatters the mystery of the franchises most intriguing hero really brings the film down hard. Having said that, Hugo Jackman still gives a solid performance, there’s some entertainment and enough beautiful cinematography to make it slightly passive.

#9. Deadpool (2016)

My personal score is 6.5/10

If your not a fan of really rude, needlessly sexual, and overly violent meta humor, you should probably skip this film entirely, but if you like extremely clever, forth wall breaking comic book satire, interjected with lots of style and charismatic performances, then "Deadpool" will entertain the living crap out of you! As for me personally ... I'm caught somewhere between the two extremes. 

#8. X2: X-Men United (2003)

My personal score is 7/10

It's slower, less action-packed then other Superhero films, and is noticeably lacking "color", but well developed characters, a larger story and an exciting premise make this one of the smarter “X-Men” movies.  

#7. X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006)

 My personal score is 7.5/10

Even though it’s not quite as smart as “X2 –X-Men United”, I think there’s still just enough story and character interaction to hold up the films sheer spectacles, big concepts, ambitious direction, thrilling action scenes, and despite it's rushed pace, I feel this third entry contains more of what I want to see in an X-Men film. 

#6. Logan (2017)

My personal score is 8/10

Brutally violent, depressing, and some what inconsistent in passing, but still a poignant, powerfully acted send off for Huge Jackman in his final role as the iconic hero. It's also a deeply thrilling introduction to X-23, making this a "not-perfect" but satisfying and strong entry in the series.

#5. X-Men (2000)

My personal score is 10/10

While not one of the most re-watchable entries in the series, I'll always regard this as the classic movie that started it all. I’ve always loved the X-Men comics, TV shows and seeing this live action film adaption was a real treat. This is the movie that made me love comic book movies, a big Marvel fan, an even bigger “X-Men” fan than I already was, a big action fan and a fan of the wonders of cinema. Plus this film succeeds in bringing a crowded group of characters together, with charm, humanity and a sharp narrative focus. To this day it’s still one of my favorite movies of all time.

#4. X-Men: First Class (2011)

My personal score is 9/10

Combining the smart and competent writing of the first two X-Men movies with the massive, explosive and action packed tones of the ladder two films make "First Class" a rare fifth installment that manages to surpass all of it's predecessors. 

#3. The Wolverine (2013)

My personal score is 8.5/10

Lots of cool locations, action scenes that thrill, an excellent pace that never feels rushed and a deeper character themed story make “The Wolverine” a worthy stand alone action flick that the classic character has always deserved.

2. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

My personal score is 9.5/10

The "First Class" series concludes in a blaze of epic glory, show casing one of the comics most iconic villains, character depth, the welcome return of old characters now played by young new talents, resonant themes and a final battle that I'll be remembering as one of the franchises shining moments.

1. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

 My personal score is 10/10

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" highlights the best of the series and gives you more, including powerful performances, an intriguing plot involving time travel, alternate realities, plenty of high stake action and even moral substance at the center.  

The Spider-Man Movies ranked (In my Opinion) .... 

6. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

My personal score is 7/10

While this reboot really wasn't necessary at all, it dose at least have some charm, style, drama and solid performances that bring life to very likable characters. 

5. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

My personal score is 6.5/10

It’s problematic but at the very least I’d say it’s good. There’s plenty of spectacles to behold, including some awesome action scenes and the films collection of plot lines keep it from getting boring. With that said, there were still a little too many subplots crammed into one film, several moments when everyone felt out of character, some really annoying hummer and the villains didn't live up to their awesome potential. 

4. Spider-Man (2002)

My personal score is 7/10

Creative camera work, good casting and a well written comic book story make this a good adaption of the character. It’s not an amazing movie by any means but it’s still quiet good for what it is.

 3The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

My personal score is 7.5/10

While the tone and plot can get a little messy, the movie still delivers what Spider-Man fans enjoy, top-notch effects, sinister villains, epic battles and the captivating on screen chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. 

2Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

My personal score is 9/10

Contagiously charming, colorful, funny and packed with A-list performances, "Homecoming" escapes it's familiar formula trappings and might just be the most "fun" of the web-heads outings to date. 

1. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

My personal score is 10/10

With its spectacular action scenes and a fascinating villain, this makes for a very fun superhero movie. But the deeper, character driven story and morals regarding what it means to be a hero allow "Spider-man 2" to rises above B movie comic book flick and can honestly be regarded as a genuinely great movie (it certainly is in my opinion).

Avengers Universe ranked (In my Opinion) .... 

14 . Iron Man 2 (2010)

 My personal score is 5/10

It features more action than the first "Iron Man" movie but everything else just feels tiered, suffering from too much empty story and less character development.

13. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

 My personal score is 6/10

While the movie is nothing truly sensational, it's still a huge improvement over the first film, with a far more exciting story, some fine action scenes and best off all is that Hulk is featured as more of a hero then just a mindless monster.

12. Iron Man (2008) 

My personal score is 7/10

Despite the movies lack of action and spectacles, “Iron Man” completely redeems itself with lots of charms, smart writing, a fun sense of hummer, good effects and a solid leading performance from Robert Downey Jr. as the title character.

11. Thor (2011)

  My personal score is 7/10

Full of beautiful visual effects, an epic mythical scope, a fine amount of humor and a very talented cast, that's more than enough to make "Thor" a worthwhile comic book movie.

10. Ant-Man (2015)

My personal score is 8/10
With creativity, imagination, charming performances and a smart script that can overshadow even this films thrilling actions scenes, it makes "Ant-Man" a refreshing, small scaled superhero adventure

9. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

  My personal score is 8/10

While the story is nothing special and the hummer could be dialed down a little, “Thor: The Dark World” is still a first rate fantasy adventure, with an expanded mythical universe, lots of creativity, and some power house action scenes. 

8. Doctor Strange (2016)

My personal score is 8/10
Artistically brilliant, visually arresting, highly imaginative and held together with a strong leading performance, "Doctor Strange" brings the fantasy genera into Marvels cinematic universe with style, flare and no shortage of dazzling imagery. 

7. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

My personal score is 8/10

A nifty script with a retro vibe + a cast of colorful characters + some thrilling and explosive action = a very satisfying and enjoyable superhero movie. 

6. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

 My personal score is 8/10
I didn't know a thing about the comic this film was based on, so I was a little lost on some details, but the films charming collection of memorable characters, colorful space design, light-hearted tone, thrilling space battles, and overall fun factor made this movie a sheer delight that brought out the inner child in me. 

5. Iron Man 3 (2013)

My personal score is 8.5/10

My favorite of the Iron Man movies by a mile, thanks to some great character themes, combined with all the charismatic hummer that you'd expect from these films, plus some stellar action scenes and a plot that's full of smart twists and turns. 

4. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)


My personal score is 8.5/10

Further developed characters, a menacing new villain, and no shortage of super-powered spectacles, allow this squeal to live up to the high quality standards of it's predecessor, and in many ways surpasses it.

4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

My personal score is 8.5/10
Now here’s a Blockbuster sequel that respectfully takes a step back from world building or formulaic plots, and puts more focus on characters and in some respects even the human condition, yet it’s still entertaining as hell, with lots of comedy, space shooting mayhem and some of the most gorgeous visuals from Marvel yet ... which is saying something considering how good previous films have looked.   

3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

My personal score is 9/10
With an exceptionally smart story, full of political themes and less formulaic comic book gimmicks, this Captain America squeal knows how to respect it's audience while still entertaining theme with plenty of explosive spectacles.

2. The Avengers (2012)

  My personal score is 10/10

Outside of the stellar novelty of having a number of Marvels greatest hero’s sharing a movie together, it’s a very competent film, finding that perfect balance between huge, explosive action scenes, subtle character depth and a fun sense of hummer. It lives up to its hype and stands as solid Marvel entertainment.  

 1. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

My personal score is 10/10
Now this is what you call a truly "great" Superhero movie, as it abandons the common hero movie formula, and cliched super villains for a real down to earth story that's laird with subtext, moral debates, conflicting rivals between close friends, yet it still allows the audience to have fun, thanks to some well placed comedy, and striking visuals. Throw in some welcome new comers, including the long awaited appearance of Spider-Man, and one of the most epic hero brawls ever featured on film, and "Civil War" stands as a benchmark among comic book movies.       

Other Marvel Movies ranked (In my Opinion) ....

12. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

My personal score is 2/10

Not only was this a pointless sequel but it’s also a completely brainless film that suffers from stupid villains, uninteresting characters, hammy performances, a rushed plot, ugly landscape and a very annoyingly shaky camera. Personally, it’s my least favorite movie to come from Marvel, because it offers nothing special in its long run time. 

11.  The Punisher (2004)

My personal score is 2/10

A distasteful killing spree with no real action, story and dull passé make “The Punisher” a weak comic book adaption. 

10. Blade Trinity (2004)

  My personal score is 3/10

This is another dull sequel that doesn't offer anything special for the series and is honestly more forgettable then anything else. 

9. Punisher: War Zone (2008) 

My personal score is 3/10

There’s some fun gun shooting action and Punisher comes closer to being an interesting anti-hero but the film suffers from too much pointless, over the top violence, a dumb plot and painfully cliché villains. 

8.  Hulk (2003) 

  My personal score is 3/10

Hulk” is just a painfully boring and uneventful film, with dull action, wooden performances, and the constant comic book style editing can cause the biggest headaches. The character himself doesn’t even qualify as a super hero, he’s just a super being with a bad attitude, how can anyone possibly be interested in that?  

7. Fantastic 4 (2015)

My personal score is 3.5/10
While thankfully not burdened with dumb jokes, this mediocre origin film still favors set-up and exposition over little things like character development, storytelling or even exciting action, making this a completely forgettable and pointless superhero outing.

6. Elektra (2005)

My personal score is 4/10

This honestly isn’t the worst comic book movie ever made but all the same, it still takes itself too seriously and offers little worthwhile enjoyment or action, plus this is just a lousy fallow up to “Daredevil”.   

5. Fantastic 4 (2005)

My personal score is 4/10

The casting is okay and there’s some mild enjoyment but nothing worth looking at again. It needed more action, a far better story and less silly jokes. I really wanted this to be as good as “X-Men” because I’m a big fan of the “Fantastic 4” comic books but unfortunately it was a missed opportunity! 

4. Ghost Rider (2006)

    My personal score is 5/10

While “Ghost Rider” isn’t exactly a good movie, it certainly isn’t terrible, in fact there’s just enough visual flare that it can pass as derivative entertainment.

3. The Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

  My personal score is 6/10

A fine improvement over the first film with better action, visuals, and fast pace entertainment but the hummer was still bad, the story is average and the characters just aren’t as interesting as they should be.

2. Blade 2 (2002)

 My personal score is 7/10

I’m really not a big fan of Blade, but to be fare, this film was an improvement and it made for a fun vampire action flick, with a better story and a sharp leading performance from Wesley Snipes.  

1. Daredevil (2003)

My personal score is 7.5/10

I thoroughly love the premise of a blind superhero, it gives me an awesome feeling that someone can use their disability as an advantage over life's obstacles. Plus the film is still full of honest human emotion, a rocking good soundtrack, intense battles and less of a flashy comic book style and has a little more down to earth tone.  


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