Ant-Man is out now around the world, and with 12 Marvel Studios movies officially in the bag, and the next- Captain America: Civil War– not arriving for 10 months, it’s about time we ranked this dozen of superhero films the BuzzHub way…
12. THE INCREDIBLE HULK
Marvel’s first Hulk reboot as their own studio (following Ang Lee’s experimental 2003 take) isn’t so much bad as unmemorable. Ed Norton does a decent job as Mr Hulk, with a good supporting cast that includes Liv Tyler, Ty Burrell, William Hurt and Tim Roth. The action is nothing special, and the general sense that Marvel don’t want anybody to remember this film doesn’t help it.
11. IRON MAN 3
Following up The Avengers was never going to be easy for Marvel, and hiring Shane Black- the human embodiment of 80s hardcore action- to co-write and direct was very much a bad decision. Iron Man 3 is long, slow and boring, with a frankly stupid villain twist and the worst ending Marvel have ever done. When the highlight of your film is the end credits music, you should see a problem.
10. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
Yeah. Age of Ultron has been out for over two months now, and it’s pretty bad. The eponymous bad robot is unbelievably uninteresting, the characters don’t gel well together and the lack of an exciting climax leaves the audience with a great amount of disappointment. Joss Whedon has quite the MCU, and it’s not hard to see why.
The newest addition to the Marvel family is a terribly flawed film, but its cast and script are too much fun to not enjoy to some level, and it’s far less pretentious and aggressive than Age of Ultron.
8. IRON MAN
The first Iron Man isn’t the classic people remember. It’s overcrowded, badly structured and has a boring villain (in the form of Jeff Bridges) that paved the way for all future boring Marvel villains.
7. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Chris Evans’ Captain America teams up with SHIELD team members Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L Jackson in this obnoxiously humourless conspiracy thriller. It’s more stylishly directed than any other Marvel film, and directors The Russo Brothers show legitimate action promise, but it’s no fun and really doesn’t hold on upon repeat viewers thanks to countless plot holes and, yes, an awfully unoriginal villain.