Marvel Comics (formerly known as Timely Publications and Atlas Comics) has been publishing comic books since 1939. Some of its most popular superheroes are Spiderman, Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther and X-Men. Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), an independent company, converts these comic books into movies. The first movie directed by MCU was Iron Man (2008) which was a huge success. Since then, there has been no looking back for the company. The company has released some of the most successful Marvel Comics movies. Marvel movies are based around:
- A Fictional Character on the mission;
- A shard fictional universe replicating the real world;
One of the latest and most successful Marvel movies was Black Panther. While, we all are anxiously waiting for Avengers: Infinity War, we bring 7 best Marvel movies to watch.
#1 Spider-Man (2002)
Spider-Man is not part of MCU but was produced by Marvel Entertainment. On a field trip, a genetically modified spider bites Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) – a nerd and a shy high school student. The next morning he realizes that he has acquired incredible powers such as a great physical body, a clear vision, ability to weave a web from his wrist, crawl and cling onto the flat surfaces and a cognitive sense to smell the danger. He conceals the newly found superpowers from everybody around him. He starts using his physical strength to earn money. Unfortunately, because of Peter, his uncle passes away and Peter vouches not to use his superpowers. However, his aunt makes him realize that with power comes responsibility. Peter decides to use his superpower to protect New York city from evil and thus spider-man is born.
In this movie, Spider-Man is against his best friend’s father who has taken a concotion and becomes a green goblin.
#2 Iron Man (2008)
This was the first movie released by Marvel Cinematic Universe (after becoming part of Walt Disney group). Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is henius and billionaire. He inherits Stark Industries, a company that supplies weapons to defense, from his father. He travels to Afghanistan with his friend Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes, military liaison to demonstrate his newly developed Jericho missile. On their way back from demonstration, Stark and his team are attacked and is wounded by one of his missiles. He is taken hostage by a terrorist group, the Ten Rings. Another captive, Yinsen, a doctor, implants an electromagnet into Stark’s chest to keep the shards away from Stark’s heart. Ten Rings leader, Raza, offers him his freedom in return of a Jericho missile. Stark refuses Raza as he knows that Raza will not keep his words. Raza and Yinsen, begin working on an arc reactor to keep electromagnet charged, however, Raza realizes their secret plan and attackes the duo. Yinsen gets killed but Stark is able to escape. He is later found by Rhodes and is taken back to United States. Back at home, Stark begins to develop a new arc reactor but soon discovers there is an arms trafficker in his company. The movie ends with Stark declaring himself as superhero, Iron Man.
#3 The Avengers (2012)
After introducing audience to Thor, Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America, MCU released its first avengers movie that saw these 4 superheroes coming together and fight against Loki (Thor’s brother). The movie also introduced us to another superhero, Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson). The movie begins with Loki meeting the leader of Chitauri. The leader wants Loki to get Tesseract (an infinity stone) in return giving an army to Loki to conquer Earth. Loki is able to steal Tesseract from the S.H.I.E.L.D. and place some of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents under his control. However, Loki is arrested by Captain America, Iron Man and Black Widow but is freed by his brother (Thor). Thor, eventually joins hands with the S.H.I.E.L.D., captures Loki and takes Tesseract from him. Loki escapes and tells leader that he has failed in his mission.
#4 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Captain America series give an insight on deadly human experiments that were done around the World during World War 2. Steve Rogers is a frail young man who has been rejected by military because of his health problems. Rogers is friends with Sergeant Barnes and discusses with him his (Rogers) willingness to join the army. He is overheard by one of the army doctors and is enlisted. He is recruited as part of the super soldier experiment where he is injected with special serum. The experiment is successful and Rogers is introduced as Captain America to the public.
70 years has passed, Steve Rogers aka Captain America now works for the S.H.I.E.L.D. During one of his meetings, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is wounded by a Winter Soldier. Nick escapes to Rogers’ apartment and tells him that there is a mole in S.H.I.E.L.D. He gives Rogers a flash drive and leaves the apartment but shot by Winter Soldier. Rogers and Romanoff discover there is a bunker in New Jersey. On reaching the venue, they activate a supercomputer and it is revealed that HYDRA is still in function and over the years has become powerful. The bunker is destroyed and Rogers escape. He is able to identify the mole and tries extracting information, however, they are attacked by Winter Soldier. It is revealed that Winter Soldier is none other than Rogers’ best friend, Bucky Barnes. During World War II, Barnes had been captured by HYDRA and was used to by Schmidt for experiments. Barnes has now become a cold-blooded killer with no memory about his best friend.
#5 Doctor Strange (2016)
One of my favorite Marvel Movies, Doctor Strange is a story of an egoistic and arrogant, yet brilliant neurosurgeon, Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) who meets with an accident that leaves him with severely injured hands. Despite multiple surgeries, Strange is unable to return to his normal life and feels dejected when he realizes he won’t be able to do any more operations. Through his therapist, he gets to know about an individual who mysteriously regained use of his legs. Strange goes to the meet the man who tells Strange about Kamar-Taj in Kathmandu, Nepal. With his leftover earnings, Strange travels to Kathmandu to get healed. Strange meets the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) who demonstrates her powers to Strange. Although skeptical, the Ancient One agrees to help Strange. Strange becomes a student to learn mystical powers that will help him use his hands again. During his stay at Kamar-Taj, he realizes that there are sanctums on Earth that protect Earth from negative energy. He is also told by an ex-student (Kaecilius) of Kamar-Taj who wanted to use the mystical powers for wrong reasons. Kaecilius partners with dark dimension (Dormammu) to bring down the sanctums and take over Earth. However, his plan is foiled by Doctor Strange.
#6 Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok is the third installment of Thor series. Thor is the inhabitant of Asgard and is God of Thunder. In continuation with previous Thor movie, the movie begins with two years has passed since the events of Thor 2. His brother, Loki, has impersonated himself as Odin (father of Loki and Thor) and rules Asgard. The real Odin is missing and Thor is on the mission to find infinity stones. On failure to find the stones, Thor is imprisoned by the Fire Demon, Surtur. Surtur informs Thor that the real Odin is missing and the realm will soon be destroyed according to a prophecy. Thor kills Surtur and goes to Loki. He convinces Loki to help him. With the help of Loki and Doctor Strange, Thor finds his father in Norway. Odin tells Thor about his sister, Hela, who was written out of the history. Odin dies and Hela is released from prison. She destroys Thor’s hammer and leaves him and Loki to die in space. Thor realizes that if he does not stop Hela then the realm will be destroyed.
#7 Black Panther (2018)
Centuries ago, African tribes fight for the possession of Vibranium metal from a meteorite. One of the tribesmen consumes a heart shaped herb and gains superhuman powers. He united all the tribes except one to form a nation, Wakanda. Wakandans isolate themselves from the other nations and develop advanced technologies using Vibranium.
During his visit to Oakland, California, The Wakandan King T’Chaka discovers that his brother N’Jobu is stealing vibranium metal from Wakanda to support the black market arms dealer. Later, King T’Chaka dies. In present day, after the death of Kinf T’Chaka, his son T’Challa returns to Wakanda to be crowned. T’Challa is crowned and continues to rule Wakanda as his father did. Unknown to him, his father’s brother’s son (Erik) returns to Wakanda to take the crown from T’Challa. In a combat, Erik defeats T’Challa and takes over the throne. He leaves T’Challa to die but T’Challa is rescued by the tribe that had decided not to be part of Wakanda. They give T’Challa, a herb, that gives him the superhuman powers. With his new superhuman powers, T’Challa returns to Wakanda and defeats Erik.
These were some of the best Marvel movies to enjoy. Have we missed any of your favorite Marvel movies? Leave a comment below.