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All Marvel Movies Ranked from Worst to Best – Including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has just landed in theaters, and Marvel fans everywhere are already obsessing over Baby Groot. Not to mention Rocket, Drax, Gamora and Star-Lord, of course! But where does Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 fit in with the rest of the Marvel movies?

We’ve even taken this a step further beyond MCU movies; did you know that Marvel has been involved in making superhero movies long before Marvel characters like Chris Hemsworth lit up the screen as Thor and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange?

That’s right, we’ve ranked all the Marvel films (we didn’t count made for TV movies), starting with the first major release back in the 1980’s, culminating with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in 2017. Check it out and let us know what you think!doctor-strange-green

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47. Fantastic Four (2015)

Fantastic Four was the worst rated Marvel movie of all time according to fans and critics. Flame off please.fantastic-four-2015-still

Rotten Tomatoes: 9% Critics, 19% Audience

Box Office: $168 million

 

46. Howard the Duck (1986)

Screw villains, Howard the Duck is the creepiest Marvel character around.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 13% Critics, 38% Audience

Box Office: $38 million

 

45. Man-Thing (2005)

Does anyone even remember this movie coming out?

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Rotten Tomatoes: 17% Critics, 12% Audience

Box Office: $1.1 million

 

44. Captain America (1990)

Yes, there was a Captain America movie before Chris Evans. Though only released theatrically in the UK, ‘Captain America’ remains a hard core fan favorite, despite lacking the specials effects of modern marvel movies.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 0% Critics, 16% Audience

Box Office: $10,173

 

43. Elektra (2005)

Ahhh, the good old days when Jennifer Garner had her Alias fame to fall back on. Still not a good movie.

Rotten Tomatoes: 10% Critics, 30% Audience

Box Office: $56.7 million

 

42. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

Nicolas Cage with a flaming skull head is just too much to handle in one movie, let alone a sequel.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 17% Critics, 32% Audience

Box Office: $132.6 million

 

41. Daredevil (2003)

We can’t rank Daredevil last because simply because it made WAY too much money. But our thought is that we’d have been better off had Ben Affleck not taken the role of Daredevil during the peak of his frat-bro style years. #NotAFan

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Rotten Tomatoes: 44% Critics, 35% Audience

Box Office: $179.2 million

 

40. Fantastic Four (1994)

This movie was never actually released, but a few illegal copies made their way into circulation years later.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 29% Critics, 27% Audience

Box Office: N/A

 

39. The Punisher (1989)

Vigilante justice and revenge on those who killed his family is the name of the Punisher’s game. Staring Dolph Lundgren.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 28% Critics, 32% Audience

Box Office: $533,411

 

38. Fantastic Four (2005)

Not only was there a different Captain America in 1990, but Chris Evans also played a different superhero. We MUCH prefer him as Steve Rogers.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 27% Critics, 45% Audience

Box Office: $330.6 million

 

37. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Chris Evans returns! Thank goodness he got out in time to play Captain America.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 37% Critics, 51% Audience

Box Office: $289 million

 

36. Punisher: War Zone (2008)

A pattern of vengeance turns the whole city of New York into a war zone. Staring Ray Stevenson.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 27% Critics, 42% Audience

Box Office: $10.1 million

 

35. Ghost Rider (2007)

Nicolas Cage played stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze in a battle against the devil in this mediocre-at-best movie.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 26% Critics, 48% Audience

Box Office: $228.7 million

 

34. Blade: Trinity (2004)

Good or bad, Wesley Snipes makes the Blade movies classics.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 25% Critics, 59% Audience

Box Office: $128.9 million

 

33. Hulk (2003)

Oddly enough, critics enjoyed (but fans hated) the Eric Bana-helmed Hulk.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 61% Critics, 29% Audience

Box Office: $245.4 million

 

32. The Punisher (2004)

Despite John Travolta’s appearance in The Punisher, fans found the movie somewhat enjoyable. Starring Thomas Jane.

 Rotten Tomatoes: 29% Critics, 63% Audience

Box Office: $54.7 million

 

31. X-Men: Apocalypse 

Even with a plethora of characters and a massive battle scene at the end ‘Apocalypse’ didn’t quit live up to the rest of the X-Men franchise.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 48% Critics, 69% Audience

Box Office: $543.9 million

 

30. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Toby Maguire’s last stint as Spider-Man was his worst.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 62% Critics, 51% Audience

Box Office: $890.9 million

 

29. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Though Hugh Jackman gave it his utmost, he couldn’t rescue this film.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 38% Critics, 59% Audience

Box Office: $373.1 million

 

28. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

Plenty of action, little character development.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 58% Critics, 62% Audience

Box Office: $459.4 million

 

27. Blade II (2002)

Guillermo del Toro directed the middle installment of the Blade trilogy.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 57% Critics, 68% Audience

Box Office: $155 million

 

26. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

In general, fans were happy that this movie felt exceptionally comic-booky.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 53% Critics, 65% Audience

Box Office: $709 million

 

25. The Wolverine (2013)

The Wolverine heads to Japan to face his inner demons. Critics praised the film for being true to the comics.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 69% Critics, 69% Audience

Box Office: $414.8 million

 

24. Blade (1998)

“If you wanna survive it, you better learn to pull the trigger!”

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Rotten Tomatoes: 54% Critics, 78% Audience

Box Office: $131.2 million

 

23. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Edward Norton was finally able to show off his rage issues.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 67% Critics, 71% Audience

Box Office: $263.4 million

 

22. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Andrew Garfield made his debut as Spider-Man with positive impact, despite Tobey Maguire’s series just finishing up.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 72% Critics, 77% Audience

Box Office: $757.9 million

 

21. X-Men (2000)

Rebecca Romijn’s debut as Mystique was enough to win over the fanboys critics.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 81% Critics, 83% Audience

Box Office: $296.3 million

 

20. Spider-Man (2002)

Tobey Maguire made exploring his newfound powers loads of fun.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 89% Critics, 67% Audience

Box Office: $821.7 million

 

19. Iron Man 2 (2010)

Iron Man 2 was a bit played out after the first film, but it was still loads of fun.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 72% Critics, 72% Audience

Box Office: $623.9 million

 

18. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

The saving grace of Thor: The Dark World was the addition of more Loki.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 66% Critics, 78% Audience

Box Office: $644.6 million

 

17. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Despite some hodge-podge over Ben Kingsley getting cast as the Mandarin, Iron Man 3 was a box office success.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 79% Critics, 79% Audience

Box Office: $1.2 billion

 

16. Thor (2011)

As doofy as a blonde hammer-wielding hero could be, Chris Hemsworth brought heart and zest to the god of thunder.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 77% Critics, 76% Audience

Box Office: $449.3 million

 

15. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

It doesn’t get much more American than a man in a spangled outfit facing off against Nazis.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 80% Critics, 74% Audience

Box Office: $370.6 million

 

14. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Old favorites met up with new stars–what could go wrong?

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Rotten Tomatoes: 91% Critics, 92% Audience

Box Office: $747.9 million

 

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

The Guardians of the Galaxy made their raucous comeback this year. It didn’t quite match the heart and hilarity of the first one, but who doesn’t love Baby Groot?

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Rotten Tomatoes: 81% Critics, 90% Audience

Box Office: $732.9 million*

*Still showing in theaters

 

12. Ant-Man (2015)

Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) sticky fingers come in handy when he must carry out a thieving mission. Oh, and we can’t forget Antony.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 81% Critics, 86% Audience

Box Office: $519.4 million

 

11. X2: X-Men United (2003)

Critics and fans praised the well-executed plot and solid acting.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 86% Critics, 85% Audience

Box Office: $407.7 million

 

10. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

The second Avengers film was action-packed, fun and had some heartfelt touches.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 75% Critics, 84% Audience

Box Office: $1.4 billion

 

9. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Critics loved this film for the great villain (Doctor Octopus) and deep emotional focus.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 93% Critics, 81% Audience

Box Office: $783.8 million

 

8. Big Hero 6 (2014)

Okay, so we didn’t realize this was a Marvel film until making this list. It’s pretty stinkin’ cute.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 89% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $657.8 million

 

7. Deadpool (2016)

Deadpool was by far the raunchiest of the Marvel films so far, and we dig it.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 84% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $778.6 million

 

6. X-Men: First Class (2011)

The star-loaded X-Men reboot (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and more!) wowed critics and fans alike.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 87% Critics, 87% Audience

Box Office: $353.6 million

 

5. Doctor Strange (2016)

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in Marvel’s newest release, and it’s been an instant hit with fans. Doctor Strange even helped push Disney past the $6 billion mark for 2016–it’s only the second time a studio has made that much in a year.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 90% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $677.7 million

 

4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Packed with action and a hefty dose of political reality, this movie became an instant hit with fans. Not to mention, the Winter Soldier himself is pretty bad-ass.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 89% Critics, 92% Audience

Box Office: $714.4 million

 

3. Iron Man (2008)

Robert Downey, Jr.’s simple line, “I am Iron Man” sealed the deal.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 94% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $585.2 million

 

2. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

It’s got killer tunes and quite possibly the weirdest characters ever, but somehow it works.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 91% Critics, 92% Audience

Box Office: $773.3 million

 

1. (Tie) Captain America: Civil War (2016)

This movie was practically a better Avengers movie than Age of Ultron.

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Rotten Tomatoes: 90% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $1.1 billion

 

1. (Tie) The Avengers (2012)

With an all-star cast including Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson, Marvel’s The Avengers managed to balance non-stop action with humor and wit.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 92% Critics, 91% Audience

Box Office: $1.5 billion

 

Coming Soon: The Quiz!


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Deadpool Dethrones Avengers With Triple-Digit Debut

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The first film to knock down Marvel Studio’s towering juggernaut of Avengers: Infinity War from the #1 slot has arrived. It’s no surprise that it would indeed be another superhero movie, but it is surprising by how much it overtook. Deadpool 2, Fox’s Marvel property of a fourth-wall breaking anti-hero that satirizes comic book movies, premiered to a huge first weekend of $125 million domestic. Despite being just a few million dollars short of its previous film, it’s still an impressive achievement for an R-rated Marvel movie that keeps the momentum going both in comedy and box office. Even more impressive is it’s worldwide gross that is currently sitting at a beefy $301 million. Expect it to stick around for such a successful first weekend.

With such a high take from Deadpool, Avengers: Infinity War naturally took a big hit. Dropping by 53%, the blockbuster made only $28.6 million in fourth weekend. It’s still standing tall with a domestic total of $595 million, but it’s doubtful at this point that it’ll reach the same heights as Marvel’s earlier 2018 blockbuster of Black Panther. Other debuts this week were not so lucky with such limited takes. The all-female comedy Book Club premiered at #3 for the weekend with a $12.5 million domestic gross. The family comedy Show Dogs placed at #6 with $6 million in its domestic take.

Returning films are weathering the Marvel storm decently with expected drops. A Quiet Place is still hanging in there with the lowest drop of the weekend, bringing in another $4 million to boost its domestic total up to $176 million, still an amazing gross for the $17 million horror movie that could. The giant monster movie Rampage is clinging to the top 10 in its #9 slot, but it’s not looking good for such expensive blockbuster still so far away from meeting its budget. And RBG, the documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsberg, remains in the #10 spot from last weekend with its domestic total now up to $3.8 million.

View the full top 10 for the weekend below.

Deadpool 2 ($125,000,000)
Avengers: Infinity War ($28,672,000)
Book Club ($12,500,000)
Life of the Party ($7,725,000)
Breaking In ($6,470,000)
Show Dogs ($6,034,770)
Overboard ($4,725,000)
A Quiet Place ($4,040,000)
Rampage ($1,500,000)
RBG ($1,280,000)

Next weekend will pit Deadpool against another anti-hero in Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, the Star Wars side story on Han Solo. It will indeed be interesting to see how a Star Wars movie plays in the summer as the previous three Disney Star Wars productions have all been massive blockbusters in December. For debuting in 4,200 theaters, the pressure is on to see Star Wars topple Marvel.


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Another Astounding Weekend at the Box Office for Avengers: Infinity War

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Not the least bit surprising, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War has dominated the weekend box office with another massive gross. In its second weekend, the grandest superhero ensemble to date brought in $112.4 million. This brings its domestic total up to $450 million, and its worldwide take well over $1 billion. Time will tell if it has the legs, however, to hold its own against Marvel’s other superhero epic this year, Black Panther. Considering Black Panther is still in the top 10, and has almost passed $700 million domestic, it’ll be a close race between the two Marvel movies.

Of course, the success of the Avengers is due in no small part to this being a rather sparse weekend of premieres appearing in fewer theaters. Braving the Marvel storm to come in at #2 was the romantic comedy remake, Overboard, starring Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris, making $14.7 million domestic. And if that’s the gross of the #2 spot, you can imagine how lower the other films are. Tully, a new comedy Jason Reitman and starring Charlize Theron, came in at #6 with a domestic gross of $3.1 million. Further down at #10 is the new David Tennant starring thriller, Bad Samaritan, making $1.7 million for the weekend.

There were expected dips all around with no huge surprises, but many of the successful films that have hung around are growing a considerable gross. John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place had the lowest drop and is currently sitting at a robust $159 million domestic total. Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther has already blazed many records, but it’s only $7 million away from clearing $700 million domestic.

See the full top 10 box office results below.

  1. Avengers: Infinity War ($112,474,000)
  2. Overboard ($14,750,000)
  3. A Quiet Place ($7,600,000)
  4. I Feel Pretty ($4,900,000)
  5. Rampage ($4,620,000)
  6. Tully ($3,186,000)
  7. Black Panther ($3,146,000)
  8. Truth or Dare ($1,885,000)
  9. Super Troopers 2 ($1,815,000)
  10. Bad Samaritan ($1,758,000)

Next weekend, Avengers will be battling against the Melissa McCarthy starring comedy Life of the Party and the Gabrielle Union starring thriller Breaking In. Considering that Life of the Party will have the most significant theater count, McCarthy has the only real shot at being the first film to knock the superhero giant down from the top 10, though it’s doubtful of the Avengers hype will have died down by then.


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Review: “Deadpool 2” is Reheated Chimichangas That Mostly Hold Up

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Deadpool is third-wall breaking anti-hero that feels more needed than ever in the current crop of amassing superhero films. His self-aware satire made his 2016 film a hoot with commentary on the messy timelines, the lack of casting, and even mocking Ryan Reynolds himself. And while his sequel film does maintain that fast-paced and joking nature that made the character a breath of fresh air, it’s mostly the same brand we’ve come to expect from the merc with the mouth.

All the familiar scenes are present, even with the same bits of dialogue repeated from the previous film. There’s an opening fight where Wade “Deadpool” Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) narrates how this isn’t a superhero movie for the kids. There’s an extended bit where he trots around the X-Men headquarters where there are little to no mutants present. Hugh Jackman isn’t present in the film, but he always seems to find his way into the script in one form or another. Deadpool even rides up to the finale in a taxi and mentions chimichangas once again. While these segments still garner a laugh, there’s a lingering notion with each smirk that this superhero is running out of originality.

Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and Karan Soni (Dopinder) in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.

One of my biggest complaints about the previous film was that there needed to be more actors for Deadpool to play off so that his fourth-wall narration doesn’t overwhelm the screen. The sequel features the opposite, amassing too many characters for Wade to rib that they struggle to work their way into the script. Cable (Josh Brolin) is a soldier of the future that travels back in time to kill a mutant kid and becomes bitterly frustrated with Deadpool being an obstacle. This would’ve been enough for a buddy picture, but the film keeps stuffing in heroes. Deadpool takes a liking to Cable’s target of the overweight teenage mutant Firefist (Julian Dennison), but the kid is so cocky and stand-offish that their chemistry doesn’t have much time to develop. Not when Deadpool must also ally himself with Domino (Zazie Beetz), a hero whose superpower is plot armor. And while Colossus and Nega return from the previous film, their roles are so standard that they naturally become lost in the shuffle.

There’s a tightrope of typical superhero staging and self-aware silliness that Deadpool walks once more, and there’s a larger wobble this time around. There’s a bitter pathos to push Deadpool forward in his plight, but it comes with knowledgable spite for last year’s Logan pulling the same strings, of which Deadpool curses outright. A change of pace for the character is his desire to embrace the X-Men philosophy of no killing, but Wade still plays fast and loose with this logic, counterintuitive of his journey to better carve out a family.

Ryan Reynolds stars as Deadpool in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.

And, wow, does the diversity angle feel so much like bullet-point lip-service, where the black Domino has no flaws, and the lesbian Nega has no character. It’d be nice to have a film where Deadpool coordinates a diverse collective, but everything is so tightly packed with little room to breathe that the inclusivity feels more like a quota, trying to appease everyone without exploring any one angle deeply. Let me know more about Domino’s tragic past without wedging it in at the last minute. Give Nega some better lines considering that her girlfriend, whose only interactions are saying hi to Deadpool, has more dialogue than she does. You wouldn’t even know Firefist has a problem with the perceptions of his weight if he hadn’t brought it up in conversation.

Yes, Deadpool 2 is still funny, especially with one of the most hilarious mid-credit sequences in recent memory. But most of the laughs are familiar ones, reiterating previous jokes and not landing as many original ones past the update of commenting on the current state of superhero cinema. It’s a bit sad that a film this satirical of the genre doesn’t realize it’s coming down with a severe case of sequel-itis, throwing far too many characters at the screen and hardly balancing any of them. There is levity and life in Deadpool, but it needs to start going that extra mile of absurdity in its awareness if it doesn’t want to become one of the lesser superhero franchises it loves to mock so much.

Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Colossus in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.


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