I and the rest of the Flickering Myth staff took a gander at the ten films from Marvel Studios, from 2008’s Iron Man to this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. Then we painstakingly ranked the movies from worst to best, and slapped them in a list for your viewing pleasure!
Like them or hate them, there’s no denying that Marvel Studios has had a tremendous impact on the current superhero film genre, and have paved the way for its exciting future. They’re ten films deep in their cinematic universe, and have sent the other big studios scrambling to compete. Solo films just don’t cut it in today’s market, which is why Sony is launching a “shared universe” around Spider-Man, Fox is finding ways to expand the X-Men and Fantastic Four, and DC is laying out their plans for a ten-film plan that stretches from 2016 to 2020.
Marvel faced tremendous cynicism in 2004, when they announced their plans to produce self-financed movies based around the few characters that they had at their disposal. Now, they’re owned by Disney, have made two of the highest grossing films of all time, and are showing no signs of stopping.
The Flickering Myth staff gathered our individual lists and allocated points accordingly. You can check out our ranking of Marvel Studios’ films, from worst to best, here.
As for my personal picks? I’ve never been the biggest Marvel fan, but have thoroughly enjoyed a few of their films and find the others to be at least entertaining, if not entirely memorable. Here’s my personal ranking, from best to worst:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
3. Iron Man
4. The Incredible Hulk
5. Captain America: The First Avenger
6. The Avengers
8. Iron Man 2
9. Thor: The Dark World
10. Iron Man 3