This week’s Top Ten Show is epic as John Rocha and Matt Knost welcomed comic book writer and recent Eisner Award winner Marc Andreyko to the show and they discussed their top ten Marvel Comics movies. This is not just the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but any character from Marvel Comics.
So here is my own list.
#10. X-Men 2. This was just such a good X-Men movie. Not only do they bring Nightcrawler in and place him in a brilliant opening scene in the White House, but we get a bit of an adaptation to one of the greatest X-men stories ever, God Loves Man Kills. This is such a solid movie that also gives us the most brutal version of Wolverine we ever see in a movie that is not rated R. And it ends with the Phoenix.
#9. Spider-man. I was never as scared of a movie as I was with Spider-man. I don’t think I could have handled it if this movie was not good. Those fears were gone as I saw Uncle Ben die in Peter’s arms. Sure, it may feel that this movie does not hold up as well, but I don’t care. The battle with the Goblin was tremendous at the end and gave me goose bumps. Spider-man is my absolutely favorite character in any format and this movie did him well.
#8. Deadpool. This never should have worked. The character of Deadpool should have been completely and forever ruined in movies by X-Men: Origins. But star Ryan Reynolds would not accept that and he went above and beyond to convince FOX to let them make this movie the way it should have been made. And it was tremendous. Funny. Exciting. Original. Rated R for language and violence. Fourth wall breaking. Deadpool had one of the greatest love stories in any comic book movie ever. Deadpool had perhaps the greatest marketing campaign ever. Everything came together as a perfect storm and Deadpool became one of the top super hero movies ever.
#7. Spider-man 2. The follow up to the Sam Raimi Spider-man became one of my favorite movies in a long time. Until the recent golden age of super hero movies, this was my favorite super hero movie for quite a while. Doc Ock was a great villain. The movie adapted the “Spidey No More” storyline in an original manner. And it has one of the best sequences of any of these movies with the train scene. This is still one of the best action sequences in any movie, not just comic book movies. I love this movie.
#6. Spider-man: Homecoming. This is the third Spider-man movie on the list and I think it has surpassed Spider-man 2 for me. Tom Holland is the greatest Spider-man we have gotten because he is so fresh, so young, such a different take on the character… high school! Add to the film the great Michael Keaton as the Vulture and what more can you want. Robert Downey Jr. is here too, playing Tony Stark in just the right amount. This feels like Spider-man, the Spider-man I grew up loving. And he is now in the MCU. Homecoming is fantastic.
#5. Captain America: Winter Soldier. This movie took the MCU in a different direction and made Captain America as one of the major players in the world. Chris Evans was good as Cap in First Avenger and The Avengers, but Winter Soldier was the real first time that Evans felt as if he were Steve Rogers. There was so much awesome about Captain America: Winter Soldier. I will never forget how the audience gasped when the Winter Soldier revealed himself to be Bucky. I thought everybody knew that, but that, I guess, is the comic book geek in me. Then there was Robert Redford. We live in a world where Robert Redford played a villain in a comic book movie. This is awesome.
#4. Guardians of the Galaxy. How does a movie with a talking raccoon and a walking tree that can only say the words “I am Groot” and a crew of characters that even some comic book fans did not know be anything but a failure? This was the biggest risk Marvel Studios took, and it paid off big time. On the Top Ten Show, Marc Andreyko said this was the best Star Wars sequel there ever was, and that is such a wonderful compliment. Guardians of the Galaxy was full of emotion and characters and fun and it turned into one of the great surprises of the genre.
#3. Avengers. How do you catch this type of magic? You have set this film up with years of films- two Iron Man movies, Cap: First Avenger, Incredible Hulk, Thor… all building to feature these iconic characters to the screen together for the first time. And magic it was. Facing Loki and the alien invasion of New York, there was action, amazing humor and great characters. Moments like Hulk ragdolling Loki, Hulk sucker punching Thor, Loki killing Agent Coulson, Cap using his skills to impress a cop into following his orders, Thor vs. Iron Man, Iron Man and Cap bickering, Schwarma… it was just perfect.
#2. Logan. This year’s best comic book movie (so far) is so emotional and powerful that it is truly more of a western than it is a super hero movie. Logan is older, struggling to get by, when his world is turned upside down by a young girl named Laura. Patrick Stewart reprised his role as Charles Xavier, but in a way that we have never seen before. If Patrick Stewart does not get nominated for an Oscar, it is a total crime. There are scenes in this movie that I had tears flowing every time that I saw the film. This is the best use of Wolverine in any X-Men movie and it sends Hugh Jackman out on the highest of high notes. Logan is a masterpiece.
#1. Captain America: Civil War. This is my favorite comic book movie. I love the use of the friendship/rivalry between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark and the inclusion of Bucky Barnes brought the stakes that you rarely see in a Marvel movie. The airport scene is perfection in action fights. It introduces Black Panther and Spider-man into the MCU. Some people do not like the use of Helmut Zemo in this film, but I disagree. I actually think he is one of the best Marvel villains in a long time. The Russo Brothers did something here that was unbelievably difficult. And they did it and because of their success here, they get to do Avengers: Infinity War. Will that one top this list by the end of 2018?
There you go. Honorable mentions go to X-Men: Days of Future Past, Iron Man, Captain America: First Avenger, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange and Ant Man.