The Best Comic Book Movies This Decade, Ranked

26. Thor: The Dark World

There’s been no shortage of great comic book movies released over the last 10 years. Here are the 26 best, ranked by their Metacritic scores.

First: While Thor has fit seamlessly into The Avengers, the character’s solo movies just don’t seem to live up to their hype. The Dark World had the promise of an adventure on Asgard, but it didn’t connect.

The film received a 54 on Metacritic.

25. Man of Steel

While you may be hard-pressed to find someone that’s a fan of Zack Snyder’s DC Extended Universe films–or his dark, gritty take on Superman–at least Henry Cavill looks the part of the titular Man of Steel. Unfortunately, the movie does him no justice.

The film received a 55 on Metacritic.

24. Watchmen

Zack Snyder’s vision of the cult classic comic book isn’t necessarily bad. Unfortunately, it’s incredibly long and too complex for those that aren’t already fans to understand. While it’s a faithful adaptation of Alan Moore’s original story, perhaps it could have been streamlined a bit more for film.

The film received a 56 on Metacritic.

22. Iron Man 2 (tie)

Iron Man 2’s biggest problem is that it follows Iron Man, the incredibly well-received movie that kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Mickey Rourke, fresh of an Oscar nomination, stars opposite Robert Downey Jr. as the movie’s villain Whiplash. Sadly, it all pales in comparison to the first outing.

This film received a 57 on Metacritic.

22. Thor (tie)

While better than its sequel, Thor had way too much backstory, both on Asgard and on Earth, to truly make a major impact. It also leaned heavier on comedy than any of the other Phase One films in the MCU, which leaves it as the odd movie out.

This film received a 57 on Metacritic.

21. Spider-Man 3

Packed with villains, a dancing Peter Parker and the introduction of Spidey’s iconic black costume to little fanfare, Spider-Man 3 is such a strange film. While it was still a box office success–and entertaining in some parts–Sony opted to reboot the franchise rather than develop Spider-Man 4.

The film received a 59 on Metacritic.

20. The Wolverine

It would be hard for a sequel not to improve upon X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Adapting the Silver Samurai story from the comics, The Wolverine moved slowly but told a solid and interesting story in the X-Men universe.

This film received a 60 on Metacritic.

19. The Incredible Hulk

This is the strangest film in the MCU’s Phase One. Five years after Ang Lee’s Hulk, Marvel rebooted the character and recast Edward Norton in the role. The movie delivered better than anyone who watched Hulk could have imagined. Still, Norton was recast in future MCU movies by Mark Ruffalo.

This film received a 61 on Metacritic.

18. Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 just didn’t fit what fans expected of a comic book movie. Director Shane Black brought emotion back to Tony Stark and gave Downey’s character a redemption story as he rebuilt himself, literally and figuratively.

This film received a 62 on Metacritic.

17. Ant-Man

Marvel took a turn with Ant-Man, presenting what was essentially a heist story that just so happened to involve superpowers. It was a nice change of pace for Marvel that opened a new avenue in the MCU.

This film received a 64 on Metacritic.

15. Deadpool (Tie)

The Merc with a Mouth finally got his time in the sun with the dirtiest, most vulgar comic book movie one could possibly imagine. Deadpool wouldn’t fly in the MCU, but he fits surprisingly well in the X-Men universe and proved to everyone that R-rated superhero movies can be successful.

This film received a 65 on Metacritic.

15. X-Men: First Class (tie)

Many fans thought the X-Men franchise was dead after X-Men: The Last Stand. Instead, it went back in time to show the origins of several characters in the universe.

This film received a 65 on Metacritic.

12. Avengers: Age of Ultron (tie)

While the sequel to Marvel’s Avengers wasn’t quite as good as the first, it did illustrate how close the team of superheroes had become since their first adventure together. Unfortunately, crazed robot Ultron didn’t prove to be a worthy adversary.

This film received a 66 on Metacritic.

12. The Amazing Spider-Man (tie)

The Amazing Spider-Man felt like more of a genuine adaptation than the trilogy that came before it thanks to Andrew Garfield playing up Peter Parker’s more humorous side. That can’t necessarily be said about its sequel, though.

This film received a 66 on Metacritic.

12. Captain America: The First Avenger (tie)

It’s one of the most iconic stories in Marvel Comics history, and director Joe Johnston did it justice. Set during World War II, The First Avenger finds the right balance between action and heart while setting the stage for just how grand the MCU would become.

This film received a 66 on Metacritic.

11. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

If there’s such a thing as too much Baby Groot, it has yet to be seen. The second Guardians manages to expand the crazy world set up by the first movie, while also taking the time to focus on developing each and every one of the main characters. It’s the rare sequel that lives up to the first movie in practically every way.

This film received a 67 on Metacritic.

10. The Avengers

Marvel’s first superhero team up couldn’t have gone much better. With a worthy villain in Loki, Avengers gave the team a reason to come together and made use of the cast’s natural chemistry to create a truly special moment.

This film received a 69 on Metacritic.

9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier stands in the MCU as one of the best single superhero movies of all time. With a deeply personal story between Steve and Bucky, dazzling action moments and the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D., Winter Soldier works on every level.

This film received a 70 on Metacritic.

8. Doctor Strange

As with Ant-Man, Doctor Strange broke the mold of what people expect from comic book movies. Instead of superpowers and storylines bogged down in continuity, it dealt with the mystic and set its hero on his own adventure.

This film received a 72 on Metacritic.

7. X-Men: Days of Future Past

With time travel as a tool, Days of Future Past bridged the original and new X-Men casts, making for a truly memorable experience in an effort to save the world. It also gave director Bryan Singer the chance to fix some of the things that left fans annoyed by The Last Stand–such as the death of Cyclops.

This film received a 74 on Metacritic.

6. Captain America: Civil War

Adapting one of the better modern comic book arcs, the film pits Iron Man against Captain America in a battle that tore the Avengers apart. It also introduced the newest Spider-Man, who was a welcome addition.

This film received a 75 on Metacritic.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy

The film that showed Marvel they could go outside of the box, Guardians took a little-known comic book team and made them mainstream heroes as they fought colorful alien monsters in space, all to a perfect soundtrack. As with Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, this movie benefits from not having to do any heavy-lifting of MCU continuity. The threads are there, though.

This film received a 76 on Metacritic.

4. Logan

Hugh Jackman’s final adventure as Wolverine is also the best in the entire X-Men franchise. Taking a cue from Deadpool, Logan leaned heavily into R-rated territory, embracing the violence and gore that are a trademark of the Wolverine comics. That, mixed with newcomer Dafne Keen as a little girl with similar powers to Logan, created one of the most artistic comic book movies to date.

This film received a 77 on Metacritic.

3. The Dark Knight Rises

The final film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy serves as a true ending to that version of the characters, something a lot of superhero franchises never get the chance to do. While there are some questionable choices made in the film–like Joseph Gordon Levitt’s character’s real name–Batman versus Bane proved to be an epic showdown. If only Bruce Wayne was in the cowl more often during the movie.

This film received a 78 on Metacritic.

2. Iron Man

Iron Man, the movie that launched the MCU, is great from top to bottom. Downey is inspired casting as Tony Stark and his journey from egotistical playboy to superhero is riveting.

This film received a 79 on Metacritic.

1. The Dark Knight

It’s been called the Godfather II of comic book movies, and for good reason. The Dark Knight furthered the Batman mythology while introducing a truly legendary take on the Joker, with Heath Ledger embodying the painted madman in a way nobody else has before. This movie set the bar for what a superhero movie could be–a standard that will always be incredibly difficult to surpass.

This film received an 82 on Metacritic.

from GameSpot


Author: Adventures Gate

Hey everyone, I'm Jonathan but people will know me as Jon... I enjoy hiking and exploring the outside world as well as getting to see fantastic views. It can bring you to the most beautiful places on earth and into contact with amazing plants and wildlife and can be done all year round which is why I enjoy it so much despite it being challenging sometimes due to the weather - it has allowed me to meet a lot of new people and experience things I wouldn't have before. I also find it relaxing and interesting. I also really enjoy blogging and sharing my experiences with similar people. Hopefully you will read mine. My company Adventures Gate displays my other hobby - gaming! I love collecting items to do with gaming and playing in general. I guess I am a bit of a geek when it comes to this. Adventures Gate now offer free postage options when you spend more than £20 (there may be a small additional charge for larger items). That`s free 1st class post in the UK and free airmail to Europe.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s