Marvel is one of the most successful comic book franchises in history. The movies based on the comics are equally popular, with many people enjoying them for their action, adventure, and comedy. Regarding box office performance, Marvel movies have been head and shoulders above the rest. From Iron Man to Black Panther, they have become international hits. These top Marvel movies may be favorites because they combine aspects fans love: action, humor, and heart. With Black Panther, director Ryan Coogler breaks the superhero movie mold in many ways, elevating the genre in a way that can please fans and critics alike – as, in 2019, it became the first superhero film to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar Award. Everything about this movie is great: the cast, the costumes, the plot, and the performance. The setting of Wakanda’s technologically advanced secretive nation is an actual cinematic, and the plot makes people pause to think beyond a simple story of good and evil.
Iron Man is the movie that launched the MCU and is still considered one of the best. As Marvel evolves, it becomes less and less grounded in the real world, but in Iron Man, we get a superhero with both feet firmly planted in reality. The film’s patience, primarily when Tony is held captive in the desert, deserves a lot of praise, as does Robert Downey Jr.’s incredibly charismatic performance. Tony Stark has defined his entire career, and it is easy to see why. In Iron Man, he explains the intense tone of the MCU but backs it up with an actual human emotion that has been maintained throughout his work at Marvel.
Another movie that seems almost impossible and performs better than it should, Avengers: Endgame, is exactly what everyone wanted. The first hour, really melancholy and downbeat, builds beautifully to the time heist and then eventually to the final battle that takes up the last act. Avengers: Endgame is funny, touching, and above all, triumphant. It was a movie that all the participants knew they could not afford to spoil, and they did not.