Best and Worst of the Marvel Franchise

By Shyanne Riberal-Norton

Superhero movies came like a whirlwind out of nowhere. They’ve created a huge buzz between comic fans and those new to the stories. Since 2008, Marvel has released 21 films, beginning with “Iron Man” and ending with the latest “Captain Marvel.” The franchise has grown to arguably oversaturated, and we can’t help but admit that not all the movies live up to the same standards. Here is a ranking of some of the best and worst productions to come out of the #supermovie boom.


5. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

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Believe it or not, the 2008 version of the Hulk is one of the films that kicked off the #supermovie industry. As one of the early films, Edward Norton was cast as the lovable doctor Bruce Banner. By itself, this movie is actually pretty good. However, the inconsistency with the casting has caused confusion for later movies, and as we all know, Marvel connects all their films in an ever-entangled web of action and crossover.

4. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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Normally I’m not a stickler for comics, but Marvel sort of screwed too much with this one for my liking, which sucks since it’s a Marvel Comic. Although Tom Holland is a great actor and a funny person in general, the movie itself didn’t stay true to the comic. Instead of an action-packed Spider-Man I anticipated, I got a teen drama that was just too off-course (but it’s still better than the 2012 and 2014 productions).

3. Iron Man 2 (2010)

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As an avid fan of Iron Man, and a huge supporter of the first film, I was incredibly excited for the second film. However, it was a great disappointment. In comparison to the first, the plot and even the overall action left something to be desired, and will always be overshadowed by the first one.

2. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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This movie was terrible. Not only was it a let down from the first “Avengers,” but the overall execution failed. They did Quicksilver dirty, and there was not enough character development for the siblings at all, especially for it to end with the Scarlet Witch joining the team. But perhaps I’m just still hurt over the death of Jarvis.

1. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

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The. Worst. I don’t know what Marvel was thinking when they created this movie. This movie was supposedly set after the first “Avengers,” where we saw absolutely none of Thor’s love interest, Dr. Jane Foster. Suddenly she’s thrust back into the series, featured in a movie that lacks design, plot, and execution. Even the action scenes have a “Star Trek” feel to them.


5. The Avengers (2012)

I was hesitant. This movie had such a great idea, mixing all of these different characters, and the execution could have gone very badly. But Marvel did a pretty good job. Through the drama and eventual camaraderie, the film was a great hit especially for how ambitious the idea was.

4. Iron Man (2008)

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Released on May 2, 2008, Marvel officially started the #supermovie trend with “Iron Man.” It was an ingenious film, with great character development from Tony Stark, portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. Marvel could not have casted a better person for the role. Because it was a new and fresh idea, the storyline reflected and introduced a clear-cut, enticing film.

3. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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Despite the last rocky film, Marvel made “Thor” into a trilogy by introducing the hands-down most refreshing sequel I’ve ever seen. New characters are introduced with interesting and progressive character developments and detailed backgrounds. Not to mention, this movie hits all the funny bones in my body through Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo’s improv and subtle fourth wall breaks.

2. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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And now, space. With “Thor,” Marvel already established a bigger universe, and they quelled some of the mystery with this 2014 film. Both hilarity and drama ensue in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” with great plots, humor, action, and characters. It was a fun new film coming from a different angle than Marvel had done before, and it was a big success.

1. Black Panther (2018)

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The hype for this movie was so widespread, it didn’t seem possible that a film could be this good, especially after some of the bombs that Marvel produced in the past. But it was worth the wait and worth the hype. It is the first Marvel film with a predominantly black cast, and it made over $1.39 billion worldwide. Everything from the writing, costuming, casting, character development, and details set this movie apart from anything we’ve ever seen from the Marvel franchise before.

Throughout the past 11 years, Marvel has gifted the public with some great blockbusters, and some really sad disappointments. With the #supermovie industry gradually becoming too oversaturated, some movies can’t help but be memorable, for the wrong or right reasons.