POLL: What is the Best Movie in the Marvel Franchise?

Starting in 2008, Marvel Studios began producing feature films independently with their first two films Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. Since that time they have now released six films, all revolving around the same characters and set in the same universe with an overlapping timeline. Their most ambitious project is The Avengers, which assembles all of their heroes into a single film.

The various Marvel movies have been received with differing levels of appreciation from critics and the comic book fanbase. According to Rotten Tomatoes, Iron Man is the best reviewed film in the series with an impressive 94% rating. However, every film in the franchise has received a “Fresh” rating of higher than 60%. Therefore, we are not going to leave it up to the critics, but the wise and all-knowing readership of Film Misery.

Choose which of the five pre-Avengers movies is your favorite in the poll below. We did not include The Avengers on the list, because many won’t have seen it by the end of the weekend and in this writer’s opinion, it will be the obvious winner. Of the remaining five choices, I would actually choose Captain America because I feel it was one of the only films that fully embraced the campy-ness and absurdity of being a superhero.

Cast your vote below and be sure to share your reasoning in the comments!

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  • Seeing all of these movies listed like this, it’s actually remarkable how little I care about these franchise. Of the five movies listed, I only liked two of them. And of those two, neither wowed me.

    Ultimately, I voted for ‘Thor.’ It is a spectacularly uneven movie, but I actually thought was the the silliest, the most stylish, and the most purely fun. ‘Iron Man’ is a close second, as it has a great main character…but apart from some stylish moments it’s a pretty blandly directed film.

    ‘Iron Man 2’ is empirically atrocious. ‘The Incredible Hulk’ felt like merely the second half of a much longer movie, and actually made me long for Ang Lee’s adaptation. And ‘Captain America’ was as exciting and as interesting as its hero – which is to say not even a little.

    Having seen it already, I would agree with you, Alex, in saying ‘The Avengers’ is probably the best of the bunch.

    • I actually like ‘Captain America’ the best for the very same reasons you like ‘Thor.’

      And I agree with you that there is not much value to be found in this series as a whole. Have not seen Ang Lee’s ‘The Hulk,’ but I imagine it has to be more interesting than ‘The Incredible Hulk.’

  • No Brainer …… its Iron Man :D
    I thought Captain America was really overrated.. Hulk was awful, Iron Man 2 felt forced as hell and i agree fully with Justin on Thor which is on #2 but yeah The Avenger might be my favorite Marvel movie … have to see it.

  • My vote is actually “Captain America”, which has grown on me hugely since its release. Ridiculous and silly, but absolutely fantastic fun. Made quite literally the best out of what could have been a horrible situation. No other Marvel film has had such a positive turnaround.

    “Iron Man” derails itself in the last 25 minutes by not delivering a satisfying conclusion. “Iron Man 2” is rather consistent in comparison. Never as great as first 90 minutes, but still good. “Incredible Hulk” is honestly rather boring. “Thor” is very nearly on par with “Captain America”, but just a little less unbridled in its craziness.

  • Eric M

    Iron Man is the only plausible answer in my eyes. Yes, it does falter towards the end, but the screenplay is wonderful until that point. Glad to know Loki will be getting screen time in The Avengers though, as he is the only villain I can appreciate from the Marvel world thus far.

  • Brandon Cooley

    Iron Man is my choice. Is it just me or does it seem like the recent Marvel movies haven’t been as good as the original ones like X-men, Spider-Man, and Daredevil (not including Spider-Man 3 of course). I’m looking forward to see how the new Spider-Man turns out, but instead I wish they would pick more obscure Marvel characters to make movies out of. That’s sort of what they did with Iron Man and it turned out really well.

    • Jose

      They also did that with Green Hornet and Green Lantern and look at how those turned out.

      Or maybe audiences don’t like green.

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