Who hasn't wanted to have superpowers all their life? The ability to fly, or lift a car would come in handy. Long before anyone knows what they want to do with their life they know that they want to be able to shoot blast from their fingers or their eyes. It is hard-wired into us to be faster, stronger, or better then we are. How we get the power is less important to most, a suit, a mutation, being bit by a spider, all of these are acceptable ways to get the powers. We just want the greater abilities.
Fans never think of the downsides to these powers, even though we have seen them in the stories. For all his powers Spider-Man is always trying to fix a problem he caused, Tony is his own worst enemy, and the X-Men are hunted. Still, it's hard to imagine that having powers wouldn't be fun.
Watching the Marvel universe shows off a lot of different powers. Even before the MCU fans could see all the powers of the X-Men, Spider-Man, and the Fantastic Four. Now We see the powers of all the Avengers and all of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Picking out the best movies that Marvel has ever made can reveal which superpower fans can gain!
The Avengers or X-Men
Marvel has had a couple of big team movies, but in the history of Marvel Comics, there was always a split amongst the fans between Avengers and X-Men. At one time X-Men was the strongest selling division of the comics, and Avengers was struggling, but with the recent movies, Avengers are the number one team in both mediums. Which movie was better?
Spider-Man (2002) or Spider-Man: Homecoming
Though both X-Men and Blade predated the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies, Spider-Man was the movie that proved that Marvel Comic characters could be taken seriously on the big screen. However, it wasn't until 2016 that Spider-Man would come home to Marvel and become part of their Cinematic Universe. Which of these two movies was the best?
Iron Man or Captain America
The MCU got its start with the making of Iron Man in 2008. The film was considered a huge gamble, and it paid off for Marvel. The movie put into motion the building blocks that would become the MCU. Captain America was another big piece of that puzzle. Introducing us to many themes that would carry across the rest of the universe. Which of these movies was the best?
Thor or The Incredible Hulk
When the two biggest and strongest members of the MCU meet up, there are going to be sparks. Way before the pair would face off in Ragnarok, they each had their own stand-alone movie. The Incredible Hulk had Edward Norton instead of Mark Ruffalo, but it laid the groundwork for the current Hulk. Thor introduced Marvel fans to whole new worlds for these characters. Which movie was better?
X2: X-Men United or Spider-Man 2
Before the era of the MCU started in 2008, there were two Marvel movies that were often considered in high regard as the best examples of the genre. A little bit of the love for these two movies has diminished as fans have seen so many amazing new movies hit screens, but at one time these two films were the best. Which one is better?
Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy was the surprise hit of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Before this movie was being set up it would have been hard to find a comic person who knew Groot, Rocket, or even Star-Lord. (Gamora and Drax had been fairly important in the 90's, so they had some small fan bases). Avengers had been built up for 4 years before it came out, and fans knew it was going to be huge. Which was the better movie?
Avengers: Age of Ultron or Guardians of the Galaxy 2
The sequel is one of the hardest things to get right in a franchise. There are not many examples of people that like the second movie the same as the first, they either like it way more, or they hate it. Empire Strikes Back, Spider-Man 2 and X-Men 2 are all examples of sequels that outdid their original. There are also many sequels fans are not pleased with, Temple of Doom, Matrix Reloaded and Thor 2 Dark World. Which of these second films was the best?
Captain America: The Winter Soldier or Black Panther
Both the Black Panther and Winter Soldier took the MCU into the realm of the political thriller. Both of these films are regarded by fans and critics as examples of the best the Superhero film has to offer, and both did very well at the box office. The films seem to be almost universally loved, and they had a huge impact on the MCU as a whole. Which one was the better movie?
Thor: Ragnarok or Captain America: Civil War
Many fans were wondering why Thor and Hulk did not appear in Civil War, and they were shown the answer in the events of Ragnarok. The two movies helped fill in holes and set into motion the events that would occur in Infinity War, but both stories were stand-alone epics that could be enjoyed individually. Civil War was a capstone on a great Captain America Trilogy, and Ragnarok was a gem in an otherwise lackluster Thor Trilogy. Which was the better film?
Thor: The Dark World or Iron Man 2
The MCU has had a very strong track record. There have been very few missteps in the series of films. Part of its strength is due to the fact that as an interconnected universe, fans can often pick and choose the best moments from even bad films to feel good about. Most of the fan community would agree though that these two sequels are some of the rougher outings Marvel has had. Which is the better film?
X3: The Last Stand or Spider-Man 3
When it comes to awful superhero movies, these two attempts are really trying hard to win. No one can purge that hideous emo Peter Parker dance scene from their mind, they had to reboot the universe with Amazing Spider-Man. X3 didn't have nearly as many terrible moments, but almost a worse fate, there is nothing in the Last Stand to make it memorable. The movie is utterly forgettable. Luckily Logan was able to go back in time and delete X3 from continuity in Days of Future Past. Which was the better movie?
Dr. Strange or Ant-Man
Dr. Strange added magic and mystery into the Marvel Universe. I know the Ancient One goes to lengths to explain magic as another science, but in the end, it is magic. Ant-Man adds more humor to the MCU, and it becomes the only heist movie in the franchise. Both movies add to the complexity of the Marvel Universe, which gives fans even more venues to explore. Which is the better movie?
Blade or X-Men
Blade was the first Marvel character to get a large and successful film release. (The less we talk about 1990s Captain America, Dolph Lundgren's Punisher, and Howard the Duck, the better.) The only problem with Blade was how few people knew it was a Marvel movie. Fans got their first taste of a comic franchise that everyone knew in X-Men. Both films helped pave the way for the Superhero film renaissance that we are currently experiencing, but which was the better film?
Iron Man 2 or Iron Man 3
Iron Man was a classic film. It is listed in many fans top ten movies of the MCU, but as the Iron Man franchise went on it did seem to lose a step in the next two movies. Robert Downey Jr. is always fun to see on the big screen, and he has made Tony Stark his, but neither the 2nd or the 3rd Iron Man film could recapture the magic of the first movie. They both had their good points, but which movie was the better one?
Thor: Ragnarok or Black Panther
In both Ragnarok and Black Panther, we see gladiatorial combat. In Ragnarok, it is an event only for entertainment, with Thor and the Hulk fighting for the amusement of the Grandmaster. In Black Panther, the combat is the ritual that the people of Wakanda use to help choose their new ruler. This makes the stakes in Black Panther much higher, even though the power levels are much lower. Which of these movies is the best?
The Amazing Spider-Man or Hulk
Three actors have played both Peter Parker and Bruce Banner in the last 15 years. Most people would rate the second Peter and the first Bruce as the least memorable members of this club. After the Raimi Spider-Man movies Sony tried to reboot with Andrew Garfield playing Peter Parker, and the franchise was more or less ignored by fans. Hulk came out with a movie before the MCU in 2003 directed by Ang Lee and starring Eric Bana, but it was not very popular, and Marvel got the rights to add the Hulk to their universe 5 years later. Which of these forgettable films was better?
Avengers: Infinity War or Captain America: Civil War
Though Civil War was a Captain America movie the plot and action felt way more like another sequel to the Avengers movie. Civil War brought together almost every Avenger that we had met and put them in one film. It is called Cap 3 but, it could have been Avengers 2.5. Infinity War takes every hero that had ever appeared in an MCU film (Except for Ant-Man, Wasp, and Hawkeye) and places them together in one huge epic movie. Both films had some of the best Superhero fight scenes, but which one was the better movie?
Thor or Iron Man
Iron Man started the whole MCU ball rolling, and it gave us an after credit cameo with Nick Fury putting together the Avengers. In Thor, fans get to continue the world-building, and they get their first look at Hawkeye. One could argue that for the universe Iron Man is the much more important installment, but Thor does expand the idea of the shared universe and explore the idea of greater realms that would lead to the Infinity Stones. Which one was the better movie?
Deadpool or Ant-Man
Deadpool and Ant-Man were both superhero movies that decided to focus on the comedy of the genre. This makes ample sense with Deadpool because he has always been a more comedic character. Ant-Man though was usually a more straitlaced character. The only version of Ant-Man that was played for laughs was the Irredeemable Ant-Man, but that series only lasted for a limited time. It was strange to hear that Ant-Man was going to be a comedy, but the movie worked. Which of these films was better?
Iron Man 2 or Captain America: The Winter Soldier
In Iron Man 2 we get to see the War Machine Armor. We also meet Black Widow for the first time. She gets close to Tony and helps to protect him, all while reporting back to S.H.I.E.L.D. Captain America Winter Soldier fleshes out Natasha's character more as she travels with Captain America trying to help him find out what evil has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. In Winter Soldier we are also introduced to Bucky's new persona and Falcon. Which of these movies is the best?
Guardians of the Galaxy or X-Men: First Class
X-Men First Class was a course correction for the whole X franchises after it was almost destroyed by the failure of X 3 Last Stand. Everyone was recast, and Wolverine only appeared in this movie as a brief cameo. The movie was a success and allowed the franchise a chance to make more movies. Guardians of the Galaxy was the MCU's trip into space. We had been introduced to the idea of other worlds in the Thor Movies, but Guardians took us to a bunch of them and introduced fans to aliens from all over. Which movie was your favorite?
Thor or Captain America: The First Avenger
Thor and Captain America were both parts of the MCU's phase 1. They were both put out there to set up the Avengers Movie. World building on this scale had not been attempted before the MCU, and it was an unknown as to whether it would be successful. Had these two movies tanked we may never have gotten to the Avengers. Luckily people liked them, but which one was the best?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 or X-Men: Days of Future Past
Both of these films were the second movie in the second trilogy in their franchise. Amazing Spider-Man 2 would be such a commercial failure that it would cause Sony to make a deal with Marvel that changed Spider-Man's rights and allowed Disney and Marvel to make Spider-Man movies. Days of Future Past helped erase Fox's biggest mistake, X3 and gain a fresh slate for all future X-Men movies. Which of these movies was the best?
Dr. Strange or Thor: The Dark World
Dr. Strange and Thor: The Dark World both took fans on trips into new worlds and corners of the Marvel Universe. The idea of Magic has been a touchy subject in the Marvel U, with most versions of magic being explained as a science that is too advanced to be fully understood by humans modern methods. However you look at it though, these movies introduce us to powers that are beyond what he had seen in the previous Marvel Movies. In Dark World, we see the Reality Stone, and in Dr. Strange, we see the Time Stone. Which is the better movie?
Logan or Avengers: Infinity War
People usually don't go to Marvel movies for a good cry, in fact, many people would argue that they go for the opposite reason. Two Marvel movies though may help fans find some tears if that is what they are looking for. Logan is one of the most heart-wrenching films made in the last 20 years. Logan dying holding X-23's hand may be the saddest moment in all of comic movies. Infinity War was non-stop action until Thanos got the last stone. With a snap, he changed the tone of the whole movie. Was anyone ok when Peter turned to Tony and said, "I don't feel so good."? Which Marvel tearjerker was better?
Spider-Man: Homecoming or Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Spider-Man: Homecoming was a real-life homecoming for the character. The movie rights to Spidey had been sold years before at a time when Marvel never thought that it would be in the movie business. It was strange for Marvel to start their own studio without the rights to Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, or X-Men. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was a sequel to a surprise hit, and though everyone wanted it to succeed there was some trepidation. Could it ever be as good as the original? Both movies were well received by fans, but which one was better?
Which Fantastic Four movie was the best?
There have been four Fantastic Four movies made, even though one was never given a theatrical release. The first one was Roger Corman's film made in 1994. The movie was made in a short period of time with no budget to keep the movie rights. Then there were two movies made by Fox that starred Chris Evans as Human Torch before he became Captain America. The final Fantastic Four movie was the Josh Trank Fantastic Four from 2015. The movie cause Trank to be removed as director for Rogue One. Which of these films was the best?
Thor: Ragnarok or Iron Man 3
Iron Man didn't get to have all the cool names for his trilogy. They are all just Iron Man with a number attached. Both Captain America and Thor got to have cool names attached to their sequels. Iron Man 3 had a lot of fun showing off Tony's armors and answering whether or not it is the suit or the man that makes the hero. Thor Ragnarok turned the trilogy on its ear and changed almost everything about Thor, including his hair. Which movie was better?
X-Men Origins: Wolverine or Spider-Man 3
X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a movie that was riddled with problems, both from the production and the actual story. One of the biggest problems is it almost killed any chance to see Ryan Reynolds play Deadpool. Luckily it couldn't even succeed in destroying that movie. Spider-Man 3 is often considered one of the worst modern superhero movies. Both films suffered from trying to cram too many heroes and villains in a single movie. Which of these two flops was better?
X-Men: Apocalypse or Avengers: Age of Ultron
X-Men: Apocalypse tried to take the popularity of Days of Future Past, and First Class and figure out a way to cap the series with a winner. It does take a moment to poke fun at its attempt, making fun of the third movie in a trilogy. It was a valiant attempt but it did fall short of its predecessors. Avengers Age of Ultron tried to pack a whole lot of set up information in a single movie and came off as a bit of a jumble because of it. Which of these two anticipated movies was the better one?
Black Panther or Dr. Strange
Black Panther and Dr. Strange both explored new worlds in the MCU. Black Panther took us to Wakanda, a world that is so technologically ahead of everyone that it almost seems magical. However, in Dr. Strange, we are shown worlds of actual magic, even though the Ancient One insists it is just advanced science as well. Fans get to play in these very different worlds, and both movies show off breathtaking visuals as we explore them. Which of these movies is better?
The Wolverine and The Incredible Hulk
Both The Wolverine and The Incredible Hulk are movies in their worlds that are often forgotten. Though the characters and ideas are both used in later movies, as a whole the movies themselves are not remembered. Though neither film is bad, they just aren't there. It is hard to recall specific scenes from either one. Out of these two fairly one-dimensional stories which one is the better film?
Thor: The Dark World or Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Second movie from these two trilogies could not be more different. Thor came out and continued telling much of the same story they told in the first Thor. The movie showed new worlds and new locations, but there was a lack of growth and change. Winter Soldier shook the whole MCU with the revelation that Hydra had infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D at every level. It changed so much of the Marvel Universe in one movie. Which was the better film?
Blade 2 or Blade: Trinity
After the successes of the first Blade, two more were made. Blade feels like it could have easily been a one hit wondered that faded away, especially with the influx of new and good comic book movies that have flooded the market since its creation. However, most fans will always hold a special place in their hearts for the franchise that showed what a Marvel movie could do. Which sequel was the better Blade movie?
Captain America: Civil War or Iron Man 3
Captain America: Civil War had 15 heroes fighting for a share of the screen, but in Iron Man 3 Tony's suits stole the show. He showed us an army of them with his House Party protocol, and each one was unique and fun. Both movies had huge battles and fun dialogue, and oddly enough both movies featured Tony Stark heavily. Which of these movies was the better one?