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Monday, May 2, 2016

Our Top 10 Marvel Films: 10-6 (REVISITED)

We return to re-rank our top 10 Marvel films so you can yell at us some more.

Story by Matt Cummings

Back in 2014, we ranked our top Marvel films HERE and HERE, which included anything made by Fox, Sony, and anyone else that threw something up on the big screen with the Marvel logo on it. But that was four films ago - and many more if you count those crafted by those same nemesises of Marvel. With the failure of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice still in our noses, it's time to dust off our Marvel list and see just how much has changed there as well.

Just like last time, and to make it easier to read, we've broken it down into two articles. We'll release our top 5 list sometime this week. Here now is our top favorite Marvel films from 10 to 6:

10) X-Men: First Class (2011)
A good friend of mine constantly says that X-Men: First Class was a happy accident. Who could blame him? Fox has been inconsistent in providing us with great Wolverine stories, and you already know about the worldwide disdain for 2015's Fantastic Four. Which is why we loved FC so much: James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender excel as younger versions of Professor X and Magneto, while Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult round out a great cast that also includes hottie Rose Byrne. And then there's that Wolverine cameo that features perhaps the best line of the film. But while it paved the way for the even better Days of Future Past and the hilarious Deadpool, we're still not convinced that Fox truly knows what it's doing with superhero films. This summer's Apocalypse could go either way, and the studio's decision to axe Gambit might also have negative consequences further down the road.

9) Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Ok, we admit it: our love for this one has taken quite a hit since we ranked it a tie with Captain America: The First Avenger and the original Thor. Honestly, Mjolnir should bump us on the head for putting this sequel in such privileged company. That doesn't mean we didn't love the big romp as Thor battles Maleketh (Christopher Eggelston) or the terrific cameo as Thor busts out Loki (Tom Hiddleston) from prison. It's just that the repeating problem of poor bad guys throughout the series gets cemented here, which partially explains our reduction from the Marvel top 5 (geez, I can't believe I'm admitting to that...again).

8) Deadpool (2016)
Take a foul mouthed superhero who basically can't die and add in some sexual sodomy for color, and you have one of the biggest films of 2016. It's obvious that Fox hit a gold mine they didn't know they even had, with Ryan Reynolds turning in a career-180 performance that now guarantees him free entry into every comic book convention ever. We loved the film, even though it needed some better sidekicks that Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. It's naughty and has little problem reveling in that, but we'll see if the Fox execs can keep their paws out of the sequel long enough to establish an X-Force flick after X-men is done.

7) Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
For all Director Joss Whedon did to establish new boundaries with the incredible Avengers in 2012, one has to admit that AoE didn't exactly up those stakes. But let's not fool ourselves: the story of Ultron's origin was pretty well done, complete with - of course - a ton of new characters like Vision (Paul Bettany) and (FINALLY!) the suggestion that The Black Panther would appear in a follow up. It's too bad this was Whedon's last hurrah with the studio, but at least it wasn't BvS.

6) Thor (2011)
Speaking of admitting something else, we have to finally state for the record that as good as Director Kenneth Branagh's tale of Asgard is, we had to push it a bit down from its No. 5 position. That doesn't mean we don't absolutely love it, as it establishes so much of the Marvel Cosmic side but does so with a style only Branagh could achieve. It instantly establishes Chris Hemsworth's irreplaceability, even if he thinks there's a future for him in other franchises. For now Marvel, keep this guy in the green.

Which Marvel movies do you have on your list? Stay tuned for the top of our list in a future article.

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