Marvel has become a name to be recognized in the entertainment industry. Marvel has gone beyond creating movies and has created their own cinematic universe. Summer has already featured some box office record-breaking Marvel films and the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy has yet to come out.
The Avengers broke box office records and made history worldwide, Iron Man (Tony Stark) has become a household name and Marvel has managed to bring Gods to the big screen. There is nothing that Marvel cannot do when it comes to bringing favorite comic book heroes to life.
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To address a common point of confusion, X-Men is produced by 20th Century and The Amazing Spider-Man is produced by Sony, but these films still are under the Marvel banner, which is how they have landed on this list. Different studios have the film rights to a few well-known Marvel characters.
In honor of Guardians of the Galaxy about to land in theaters on August 1st, TheCelebrityCafe.com is counting down the top ten Marvel films to date. Did your favorite not make the list? Comment below and add your favorite.
Watch the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer here:
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10. Thor: The Dark World
Thor: The Dark World quickly became a fan favorite when it was released. Whenever a Marvel film features Loki, it is clear that it will impress at the box office and with fans.
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9. Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America: The First Avenger was the film that really set up how the future Avengers film would come together. The casting of Chris Evans in this role helped to bring this story to life and set up one of the largest box office films of all time The Avengers.
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8. The Incredible Hulk
Even though the Hulk has been made many times, this version with Edward Norton had the best chance of being successful. This version of the Hulk really had strength and the power of a great acting team behind it. It took until the Avengers for the Hulk to really come to life on the big screen, but this version was not half bad.
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7. Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3 combined the best of what Iron Man has to offer and took on a darker tone cinematically. The movie was a smash at the box office and with fans across the world.
This was the first film after The Avengers and helped to launch the next phase of the MCU.
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6. The Amazing Spider-Man
Spider-Man is a classic and beloved Marvel character. Many fans were worried about a reboot so soon after the original Spider-Man saga hit the big screen, but Andrew Garfield was one of the best Peter Parker/Spider-Man to grace the silver screen and fans loved the film.
The sequel however was met with mixed reviews from fans.
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5. X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: Days of Future Past brought together the original cast of X-Men and X-Men: First Class. The film was critically acclaimed and has become the highest grossing film in the X-Men franchise to date.
Marvel was able to bring a God to the big screen and make it relatable for fans all across the world. Thor was an immediate favorite for fans.
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3. Iron Man
Iron Man made Robert Downey Jr. a household name and really helped to kick off the Marvel cinematic universe. At the time, not many people knew of the character of Iron Man but this film and Downey’s portrayal of Tony Stark changed all of that.
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2. Captain America: The Winter Solider
Captain America: The Winter Soldier kicked off the second stage in the Marvel universe and impressed with the general movie going audience and die-hard comic book fans in theaters. It has been critically acclaimed and is now often compared to The Avengers.
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1. The Avengers
Many comic book fans had a dream of one day seeing the Avengers come to life on the big screen. Seeing Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye, on screen together, was a moment that movie fans will never forget. The Avengers also has become one of the highest grossing films of all time making over 1 billion dollars at the box office.