Marvel movies aren’t going away – in fact, there are at least 11 more set to be released between now and 2019. Lucky, then, that they consistently prove to be the best comic-book movies going, with memorable frontmen (and women), top-flight directors and cutting-edge special effects. From a definitive list of the best superhero movies to a history of Marvel films in 40 eye-popping gifs – plus, of course, reviews of each and every Marvel superhero film – we present our in-depth guide to this ever-expanding movie-verse.
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Ten things we learned from ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
The first of the biggest summer movies of 2015 has arrived – and it’s still only April. But can Joss Whedon’s superhero smash-‘em-up sequel match the epic scale and giddy-fun factor of the first ‘Avengers’ movie? Here are ten lessons we’re taking from ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’.
Watch the first ten Marvel movies in just 40 GIFs
‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is finally arriving in cinemas, making it the eleventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which, scientists have confirmed, is continuing to expand faster than we can accurately measure). And unlike some of the other big franchises out there, the Marvel movies are deeply interconnected. Fortunately, as a lifeline for the stragglers out there, we’ve condensed the entire MCU into just 40 GIFs.
The ten blandest villains in Marvel movies
Marvel movies are all about their heroes – and thank God for that, because the villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) are a frustratingly bland collection of intergalactic sociopaths. Despite a vast archive of comic book villains to draw from, and a swelling number of the world’s best actors willing to wear whatever it takes to get the paycheque that comes with it, Marvel’s movie villains are still as disposable as the postcredit scenes that have been used to introduce them. There was hope that ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ might signal a new commitment to the antagonists who’ve been tasked with killing time until Thanos arrives, but even a mo-capped James Spader couldn’t break the cycle. In honour of his valiant attempt, here are the ten main villains of the MCU so far, ranked from sort-of-fun to forgettable.
Superhero movies: 30 defining moments
Superheroes. They can fly, outrun bullets and shatter global box-office records – and they’ve been around longer than you might think. As Marvel movies titans the Avengers once again sit on top of the box-office charts, slinging popcorn down at all challengers, we look at a movie genre that has gone from kiddie footnote to mainstream phenomenon via animated smashes, Bollywood classics and a significant number of terrible costumes, and chart how it rose to its current heights.
The ten worst superhero costumes
The snappy seersucker super-suit worn by Henry Cavill in ‘Man of Steel’ got us thinking about hero costumes. Sure, some of them are truly iconic, from Spidey’s eye-scorching primary colours to Batman’s shut-up-I’m-brooding black leather ensemble. But other masked avengers just don’t have the same instinctive feel for fashion. Here are the ten daftest, cheapest, most deeply embarrassing superhero outfits.