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The Best Marvel Comics Movies

Updated January 8, 2020 18.8k votes 2.2k voters 57.5k 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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    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy2
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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Gunn

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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier3
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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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  • Iron Man4
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    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Favreau

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  • X-Men: Days of Future Past5
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    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry

    Released2014

    Directed byBryan Singer

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  • X-Men: First Class6
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    X-Men: First Class

    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman

    Released2011

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

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  • Avengers: Age of Ultron7
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    Captain America: The First Avenger

    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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  • Thor9
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    Thor

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2011

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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  • Spider-Man10
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    Spider-Man

    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • X-Men11
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    X-Men

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2000

    Directed byBryan Singer

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  • Ant-Man12
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    Ant-Man

    Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas

    Released2015

    Directed byPeyton Reed

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    Spider-Man 2

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    X-Men 2

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2003

    Directed byBryan Singer

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  • Thor: The Dark World15
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    Thor: The Dark World

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2013

    Directed byAlan Taylor

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  • The Avengers: Age of Ultron16
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    The Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2015

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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    Iron Man 2

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Favreau

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  • Captain America: Civil War18
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    Captain America: Civil War

    Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2016

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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  • Deadpool19
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    Deadpool

    Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin

    Released2016

    Directed byTim MIller

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    Iron Man 3

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2013

    Directed byShane Black

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  • The Wolverine21
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    The Wolverine

    Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Mangold

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man22
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    Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone

    Released2012

    Directed byMarc Webb

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  • Blade23
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    Blade

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Norrington

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    Men in Black 3

    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber

    Released2012

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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  • The Incredible Hulk25
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    The Incredible Hulk

    Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler

    Released2008

    Directed byLouis Leterrier

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