The Top Ten Marvel films, so far.

Welcome to Almighty Popcorn!

Alan
Hello our dear peeps and welcome to another edition of Almighty Popcorn.

If you have yet to go see Mad Max: Fury Road..

Lewis
GO SEE IT!

Alan
Urgh, as my indisputable friend as clearly exclaimed, the film is one of the best films we’ve seen by far this year.  So much so that both of us have agreed on a joint 5 star review which can be viewed right here.

Lewis
I LOVE YOU RED ONESIE!

LET’S GO SEE IT AGAIN!  This time, I’ll dye my hair white and you can go bald like Ms Charlize Theron!

Alan
Yeah, let’s go do that!

Lewis
REALLY?!

Alan
Not a chance, Welshman.

Lewis
Don’t be nasty!

Alan
Anywho!  What with the excitement over Mad Max, and with Ant Man just peering round the corner, we thought we run a list of the top films to come out from Marvel, the gold mine that Disney are currently excavating with such glee.

NB. We’re not saying that there are “bad” films here. More like, films that are slightly ranked higher than other films that would be classed as good films already.

  1. The Incredible Hulk

THE INCREDIBLE HULK, 2008, (c) Universal/courtesy Everett Collection

More or less shot at the same time as Iron Man the film starring Edward Norton (as Bruce Banner) and Liv Tyler.  The film does come off a little lackluster in character development, especially coming off the high horse of Iron Man whose release was one month prior.  But fans boys loved it all the same with gentle nods to key Hulk specific characters.  But none the less it still proved to be an enjoyable film to watch.

Look out for?
Alan
I think the fight with Tim Roth on the college campus was pretty well played compared to the fight with Abomination.  Lewis?

Lewis
I think I agree with you on that one, but I did enjoy the trademark Marvel after credits ending with Robert Downey Jr meeting William Hurt.

 

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger

Cap America The First Avenger

Set during the height of World War 2, pre-buff Steve Rogers under goes a transformation that would turn him into the towering Captain America.  The all-round national hero ready to kick HYDRA up the goose-stepping back side.  Albeit Chris Evans plays the do-gooder extremely well, the whole feel of the film feels a little…rushed.  What with Avengers Assemble marking a release date that would be 10 months away from the release date of The First Avenger, the film comes out as a hurried story to show to the masses, right before we get into the full swing of The Avengers.  But with fun scenes and decent action, the film was very enjoyable.

Look out for?
Alan
The attack on the HYDRA base to go rescue Bucky (Sebastian Stan) is probably my favourite scene.  Managing to infiltrate an armed base with nothing more than a stage prop and giving the memorable line “I’ve knocked out Adolf Hitler over 200 times.”

Lewis
Captain America.  Doing stage shows for war bonds.  Lots of pretty girls singing.  What’s not to like?!

 

  1. Iron Man 2

 Iron Man 2

With his secret out as the tin man with rockets, Tony Stark leads his new life as the celebrity hero known as Iron Man.  But Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), known as Whiplash, has other plans and wants to destroy Tony Stark.

After the massive success of the first Iron Man and with fan boys dancing and prancing with glee after Samuel L Jackson comes in talking about the Avengers Initiative, it’s natural that money would be thrown at the sequel to make it grander then the first one.  And it doesn’t fall on it.  Bigger and more flashy then the first, it comes with some very impressive fight scenes, but with a script that near follows the first one, especially the ending, the film stays at the ninth position.

Look out for?
Alan
Like you need to ask.  34th minute?  Tony Stark is up against Whiplash and suits up with his Iron Man suit from a briefcase.

Lewis
That scene gives me goosebumps every time I see it.

 

  1. Thor: The Dark World

Thor The Dark World

Back after the massive cult success of the first film, Thor: The Dark World sees Thor (Chris Hemsworth) head up against Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) who wants to cover the universe in eternal darkness.  With a bigger budget then the last, this film doesn’t disappoint on the thrills of seeing Thor wielding his mighty hammer (Ed: Stop chuckling at the back!).  With impressive fight scenes and more superb acting from Tom Hiddleston, it was a tough call between this one and The Winter Soldier.

Look out for?
Alan
The fight scene with Thor and Malekith that spans several worlds and a slide down the Gherkin.

Lewis
Nuh uh.  Thor, down in the underground, “How do I get to Greenwich?”, and the girl “accidentally” falling into his man flesh.  Quirky and a little bit of funny right in the middle of a battle.

 

  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America The Winter Soldier

Serving for SHIELD, Steve Rogers tries to live a life in the service of others.  But a calamity within SHIELD leaves him vulnerable on who to trust.

This was a close call between this film and The Dark World.  With a much better script to handle and Steve’s confidence within the new world he’s living in, it’s nice to see proper action from a superhero without it getting to OTT.  The added depth between himself and The Winter Solider proves even more considerable than The Dark World.

Look out for?
Alan
Pretty much every scene Scarlett is in, she pretty much owns it as Black Widow.  Her wit and self-assured confidence bring pretty much the entertainment and tongue-in-cheek comedy in this film.

Lewis
I like the choreography between Steve and The Winter Soldier.  It was like a Russian ballet where someones nuts were gonna crack if they weren’t too careful.

 

  1. Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Under the helm of director Shane Black, Iron Man 3 goes from an American touch down with all the glory and fireworks, to a troubled man dealing with PTSD.

This is high on the list because it was scripted carefully, it wouldn’t fall into the same mistake with Iron Man 2 by producing a similar ending.  This time it was more about the man versus the machine and it brought one of the most successful Marvel films to date.

Look out for?

Lewis
The House Party Protocol.  Nuff said.

Alan
Absolutely, seeing all the different Mark suits was an awesome sight to behold.  Shame they didn’t help during the helicopter attack :S

 

  1. Thor

 Thor Poster

This film brought two unknowns and shot them into instant stardom.  One who’s fan base is now probably into the millions, is popular for simply being the charismatic bad guy.  Chris Hemsworth for playing Thor with his bulging muscles and is forewith against thy villainous vagabonds has now created instant A level status, but none more so then Tom Hiddleston as Loki.  His portrayal of the Norse God of Mischief has made girls squee for him everywhere.  With Kenneth Branagh at the helm it’s no wonder this film became a cult hit.

Look out for?
Alan
Thor desperately trying to pick up his beloved hammer, but is unworthy of doing so, instantly falls into depression.  He screams in what can be described as inner agony.

Lewis
“I need a horse!”

  1. Iron Man

Iron Man Poster

Clearly this film had to be in the top five.  The film that started off this whole she-bang and rocketed Robert Downey Jr into one of the most sought after actors this side of the century.  With a simple script and some very funny moments, this one film jet propelled a distribution company of comic books, into one of the most well-paid production companies of the new millennia.

Look out for?
Alan
Tony creating the Mark 2 from scratch and testing it.  The trial and errors were a great joy to watch.

Lewis
Nope!  Wrong!  Has to be the metal background music as Tony puts on the finished Mark 2 for the first time.  When he properly looks like Iron Man.  Still goosebumps!

 

  1. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers Age of Ultron Poster

The latest film to boot!  The assembled Avengers try to take down the last remnants of HYDRA, but in the process, Tony creates a genocidal AI bent on destroying humanity.

Joss Whedon wrote and direct it.  What more could you want in a film.  He’s done it twice not with the first Avengers and he’s raised the bar to such an extent, no director could compare to him for another decade at least.  The script is near perfect, there’s still character development for ALL 6 of The Avengers, and more, and all within a 2 hour film.

Look out for?
Alan
James Spader as Ultron?

Lewis
James Spader as Ultron.

 

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Take a comic book company with an enormous repertoire of graphic novels, a story that about a team that hardly anyone has heard of, an actor whose starred in a comedy show and a film about a plastic toy, and a director who’s worked on Slither and Super and you’ll get a film that some critics are comparing as the “new” Star Wars.

Guardians of the Galaxy rocketed to the back office to the delight of millions, without most of them actually hearing about the comic book.  It is now one of the most celebrated films to come out from Marvel with an eagerly anticipated sequel well under way.

Look out for?
Alan
The beginning scene with Quill saying goodbye to his mother.  It was so heart wrenching it was like watching Bambi all over again.

Lewis
“THEY GOT MY DICK MESSAGE!”

 

 

  1. (The) Avengers Assemble

avengers-assemble-1280x800.jpg

The mammoth task of co-ordinating several high list actors, with a very short time frame, and in a 2 hour film is no easy job.  But this glorious film does something that no film maker has done before.  Each character having their film and then joining them all together to bring about a battle scene that stretches for at least half of the film.

Avengers Assemble has to be top of our list and we hope you agree.

Look out for?
Alan
I guess I can safely say the entire Battle Of New York.

Lewis
I’d agree with that but more specifically, Hulk on Loki. #punygod

Don’t agree with any of the above?  Let us know below!

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