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The Best Marvel Comics Movies

Updated January 8, 2020 20.9k votes 2.2k voters 57.4k views57 items

List RulesMovies must be based on comics published by Marvel

A voter-ranked list of live action, theatrical movies based on Marvel Comics. These are films that star Marvel characters and take place within the Marvel Universe. While Marvel Comics began in the late 1930's and entered its modern incarnation in the early 1960's, movies based on Marvel Comics did not really start being made until the turn of the century. While there had been a few flops and low budget films made, it wasn't until Bryan Singer's "X-Men" that Hollywood really took notice. Since then, many of the best Marvel movies have gone on to become blockbusters. If you're interested only in the Disney Marvel movies, then check out this list of the top Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.

Marvel's relationship with Hollywood culminated in 2009 when The Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Entertainment for $4.2 billion. What are the best Marvel movies? The top ten marvel comic movies on this list are generally considered to be the best, but if you have different favorites, you can make your own version of this list. If you are a marvel comics fan, create your own Marvel film list to share with your friends.
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    Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Gunn

    Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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    Captain America: The Winter So is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    X-Men: Days of Future Past is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry

    Released2014

    Directed byBryan Singer

    X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 science fiction action film written by Jane Goldman,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Kick-Ass is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Kick-Ass

    Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2010

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

    Kick-Ass is a 2010 British-American superhero action comedy film based on the comic book of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    X-Men: First Class is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    X-Men: First Class

    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman

    Released2011

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

    X-Men: First Class is a 2011 American superhero film, based on the X-Men characters appearing... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Blade II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Blade II

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released2002

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Blade II is a 2002 American vampire superhero action film based on the fictional Marvel Comics... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Avengers: Age of Ultron is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Avengers: Age of Ultron

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  • 10
    Captain America: The First Ave is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Captain America: The First Avenger

    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Spider-Man

    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Ant-Man

    Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas

    Released2015

    Directed byPeyton Reed

    Ant-Man is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Peyton Reed, based on the Marvel Comics... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Fantastic Four

    Jessica Alba, Kerry Washington

    Released2005

    Directed byTim Story

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    X-Men is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    X-Men

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2000

    Directed byBryan Singer

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    Thor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Thor

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2011

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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    Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Spider-Man 2

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    X-Men 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    X-Men 2

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2003

    Directed byBryan Singer

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    Captain America: Civil War is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Captain America: Civil War

    Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    Ghost Rider is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Ghost Rider

    Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes

    Released2007

    Directed byMark Steven Johnson

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    The Avengers: Age of Ultron is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    The Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2015

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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    Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Thor: The Dark World

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2013

    Directed byAlan Taylor

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    Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Blade: Trinity

    Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2004

    Directed byDavid S. Goyer

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    Ultimate Avengers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Ultimate Avengers

    Olivia d'Abo, Grey DeLisle

    Released2006

    Directed byBob Richardson, Steven E. Gordon, Curt Geda

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    Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    Iron Man 2

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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    The Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Marvel Comics Movies
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    The Wolverine

    Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Mangold

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