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List Rules Movies must be based on a comic put out by Marvel.

Although Marvel actually released several films before the modern explosion, they were, how you say? Not good. It wasn't until Bryan Singer's X-Men that Hollywood really took notice. Since then, many Marvel movies have gone on to become blockbuster franchises, including films introducing beloved characters from the Marvel pantheon like: Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk and Captain America.

In 2012, years of preparation and lead-in films culminated in the release of The Avengers, an epic-scale event film bringing together a number of the company's most iconic heroes, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. The film opened with the highest weekend domestic box office gross of any film in history (not just a Marvel Studios film), earning over $200 million in its first 3 days in theaters.

Here is the list of the best films ever made based on Marvel comics and characters from Marvel Comics. And as Marvel keeps churning out the hits, make sure to vote-up and submit your favorites!

These are the best Marvel Comics movies, voted on by the fans. What do you think is the best Marvel movie? Cast your votes below.

Use this list of Marvel movies as your ultimate guide to the best Marvel movies!

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Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a ...more

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Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark (Robert ...more

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Metalldeth added Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios ...more

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Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic criminals ...more

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Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender X-Men: First Class is a 2011 American superhero film, based on the X-Men characters appearing in Marvel Comics. It is the fifth installment in the X-Men film series. It serves as a prequel to ...more

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Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is ...more

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Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston Thor is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the Marvel Comics character. The powerful, but arrogant god Thor (Chris Hemsworth), is cast out of Asgard to live ...more

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Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 science fiction action film written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn; directed by Matthew Vaughn.

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Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin X2 is a 2003 American superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team appearing in Marvel Comics, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the second installment in the X-Men film series. The ...more

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Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. While struggling to manage both his personal life and his duties as Spider-Man, Peter ...more

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Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin X-Men is a 2000 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the first installment in the X-Men film series. The ...more

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Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. When bitten by a genetically modified spider, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), a nerdy, ...more

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Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics character. Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a ...more

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Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein Deadpool is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Tim Miller, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being given mutant abilities with a scarred physical appearance, Wade Wilson (Ryan ...more

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Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly Ant-Man is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Peyton Reed, based on the Marvel Comics character. Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in ...more

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Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) ...more

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frankpanderson added Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley Year of Release: 2013
Studio: Marvel Studios
Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008's ...more

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Scott Derrickson, based on the Marvel Comics character. After a career-ending car accident, brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon ...more

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Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 American superhero film directed by Alan Taylor, based on the Marvel Comics character. When Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) gets cursed with a powerful entity ...more

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Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays Blade, a human-vampire hybrid ...more

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Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton The Incredible Hulk is a 2008 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character the Hulk, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the second ...more

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Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans The Amazing Spider-Man is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Marc Webb, based on the Marvel Comics character. After Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is bitten by a genetically altered ...more

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Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) ...more

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MichaelChoi added Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Jon Watts, based on the Marvel Comics character. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) balances his life as an ordinary high school ...more

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Umberhaven added Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Taika Waititi. Four years after the events of Thor: The Dark World, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must win a gladiatorial duel against an ...more

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Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima The Wolverine is a 2013 American superhero film directed by James Mangold, based on the Marvel Comics superhero. When Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is ...more

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Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character, directed by Ryan Coogler. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) ...more

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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Based on Marvel Comics
mmccarver01 added Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg Year of Release: 1997
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Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. ...more

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Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman Blade II is a 2002 American vampire superhero action film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Blade. It is the sequel of the first film and the second part of the Blade film series, ...more

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Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant Logan is a 2017 American superhero drama film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is the 10th installment in the X-Men film series and the third and final Wolverine solo film ...more

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Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team introduced in Marvel Comics. The film, distributed by 20th Century Fox, is the third installment in the X-Men ...more

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MichaelChoi added Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca Year of Release: 2010
Studio: Marv Films
Kick-Ass is a 2010 British-American superhero action comedy film based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. The film was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who ...more

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Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Stewart X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a 2009 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics' fictional character Wolverine, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the fourth installment in the X-Men film ...more

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oobug added John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn, Kevin Nash The Punisher is a 2004 American comic book vigilante action film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, starring Thomas Jane as the antihero Frank Castle / The Punisher and John ...more

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Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and ...more

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Jessica Alba, Kerry Washington, Maria Menounos Fantastic Four is a 2005 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name. It was directed by Tim Story, and released by 20th Century Fox. It is the second live-action Fantastic ...more

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Fendarr added Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and released by Columbia Pictures. It It is the fifth ...more

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Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a 2007 superhero film directed by Tim Story, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The Fantastic Four learn that they aren't the only ...more

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Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Rosario Dawson Year of Release: 2002
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Men in Black II is a 2002 American science fiction action spy comedy film starring both Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. The film also stars Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson, ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Rebel Wilson Ghost Rider is a 2007 American supernatural superhero film written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Based on the character of the same name which appeared in Marvel Comics, the character's ...more

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Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum X-Men: Apocalypse is a 2016 Action, Adventure, Fantasy film written by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, Simon Kinberg and directed by Bryan Singer.

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Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, Colin Farrell Daredevil is a 2003 American neo-noir superhero film written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, the film stars Ben Affleck as Matt ...more

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Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H Blade: Trinity is a 2004 American vampire superhero action film written, produced and directed by David S. Goyer who also wrote the screenplays to Blade and Blade II, and also produced by and ...more

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Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, Eric Bana Hulk is a 2003 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name. Ang Lee directed the film, which stars Eric Bana as Dr. Bruce Banner, as well as Jennifer ...more

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Travis added Graham McTavish, Nolan North, Fred Tatasciore Hulk Vs is a 2009 direct-to-video animated release from Marvel Animation and Lionsgate, featuring the Incredible Hulk in two short films: Hulk Vs Wolverine and Hulk Vs Thor. The animation was by ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, Ciarán Hinds Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, based on the Marvel Comics character. As Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) hides out in ...more

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michael45jg added Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith Year of Release: 2012
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Men in Black 3 is a 2012 American 3D comic science fiction-action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin. It is the third installment in the ...more

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Avengers: Infinity War is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies Based on Marvel Comics
MarvelandStarWarsFan18 added Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Torn apart after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians ...more