Marvel movies have changed the way we look at superheroes and shared universes now. With 23 movies under its belt spanned over a decade, Marvel Studios has given us some widely popular live-action comic-book feature films. From Iron Man to Guardians of Galaxy, the best Marvel films have a distinct style that dabbles equally with science as it does with fiction. New Marvel movies have also been frontrunners in portraying diversity charting a course for future Marvel Phase 4 films.
Back then, nobody would have imagined the humble beginnings laid by Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark would set the course of 23 Marvel movies culminating in an epic comic-book-esque showdown with Avengers Infinity War in 2018 and Endgame in 2019.
There's been a lot of debate on ranking the top Marvel films and you'll find many marvel movies lists on the internet. As such, it's very difficult to pick out one film from the entire roster to say it's the best Marvel film till date, but the top Marvel movies surely increase the benchmark for what it takes for a film to be comic-book accurate and fun to watch for everyone, regardless of age.
With that in mind, we at Digit decided to pick our favourite Marvel movies and arranged them in chronological order. And there can never be a better time to watch the best Marvel movie, now more than ever. And if time permits you to do a Marvel movie marathon, go ahead and read this list first. Also, definitely skip out on The Incredible Hulk and Thor The Dark World, for reasons you already know of.
So here's a list of our favourite Marvel movies that you can watch in 2020. We'll be updating this list as and when upcoming Marvel movies release. As for The Infinity Saga, you can watch all the 23 Marvel films on Disney+ Hotstar that's launched just recently in India.
Marvel Studios' first outing with genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist Tony Stark resulted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as we know it today. Starring Robert Downey Jr. in the titular character, Iron Man takes you on a ride through one of the most amazing origin stories and how Stark comes to a realization that the world is a lot crueler than it looks on the outside. Things take a turn for the character as he's thrown against an unknown enemy in war-torn Afghanistan, only to come out victorious. However, that past comes back to haunt Stark in a familiar face and what ensues is a battle between legacy and future. The post-credits scene is what opens the doors to the MCU with a tease of the Avengers initiative.
Thor took the MCU to the magical realm of Asgard as the titular character played by Chris Hemsworth looks for redemption in the wake of being exiled by Odin (Anthony Hopkins), his father. As Thor lands on Earth in a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic event, he's discovered by Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), a scientist who becomes an anchor for the god of thunder, teaching him empathy and what it's like to be human. The film also gives us Loki, the God of Mischief in Tom Hiddleston, a character who's now become as iconic as Thor. As every little brother, Loki sends trouble on Thor's way in order to execute his own vicious plan.
Captain America: The First Avenger gave us a look at Steve Rogers played by Chris Evans who wants to get enlisted in the military service at the onset of World War II. However, his physical limitations are overcome as he’s recruited for a super-soldier experiment that lets him reach peak human potential before a sudden demise leaves him hanging in balance. Subsequently proving himself worthy of the title, this film is a story of how Steve Rogers wears his patriotism on his sleeve every time a threat with many heads surface. Captain America has known the price of freedom is high because he’s been paying it many times over the years.
The culmination of five MCU Phase one films in a grand spectacle that brought together Earth’s Mightiest Heroes against a familiar foe and kickstarted the journey towards Endgame, six years later. The Avengers weaved together all of Marvel movies superheroes from their respective solo appearances into a team that’s only become more iconic with each passing film. What happens when you put together Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye in a single room, well, The Avengers is the answer to that. We get a look at the infamous S.H.I.E.L.D agency headed by director Nick Fury who is forced to call in the superhero cavalry as a cosmic being threatens to destroy their world backed by none other than Thanos. The Avengers is regarded as one of the best superhero movies of all time as it gave Marvel movies a way to branch out while picking up different properties from its catalog of superheroes.
One of the most important Captain America movies in the canon, The Winter Soldier brings Steve Rogers toe-to-toe against a lost friend who is controlled by an old nemesis. The film brings us up and close to the workings of S.H.I.E.L.D and how it’s doubling down its efforts so as to ensure the second Battle of New York doesn’t happen. The Winter Soldier has a gripping storyline that sets the stakes high with old-school action and has its thrilling moments. This is also a film where we see Captain America come to terms with the kind of world he’s living and his reinforced patriotism that yet again proves why he’s Marvel’s good guy.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the second Marvel film to take place in Space but the first film in the franchise to give viewers an extended look at the other living beings across the cosmos. Featuring an ensemble cast of space-heroes including Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), Drax the destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) who go up against Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) in a bid to stop him from acquiring an Infinity Stone. All this and much more packed in a 2-hour rib-tickling ride along Marvel’s cosmic characters set to the tune of the 60s and 70s and directed by James Gunn.
Captain America Civil War sets in motion the last leg of The Infinity Saga and pits team Captain America against team Iron Man as lines are drawn due to the happenings in the Age of Ultron and its aftermath. Stark has guilt conscious as he helped bring Ultron to life while Roger’s recent tryst with the government has led him incapable of trusting them. What ensues is a battle amongst superheroes with team Iron Man comprising of Stark, Spider-Man, War Machine, Black Widow, Black Panther and The Vision, and team Captain America consisting of Rogers, Bucky, Ant-Man, Scarlet Witch, Falcon and Hawkeye. This ends in a moment-defying battle between Iron Man and Captain America after Stark learns the truth to the death of his parents.
Doctor Strange brings mysticism to Marvel films debuting the Sorcerer Supreme played by the eccentric Benedict Cumberbatch as he transforms from a person of science to the Master of Mystic Arts. The film also takes us to the home of the Ancient One after an accident leaves the doctor severely injured. Having given up on medical science and exhausting his resources, he ventures out to search for a cure, but what he finds changes the course of his life as he knew it. The film is filled with mind-boggling visuals and has a lot of fun playing with the mystic elements, giving viewers an overview of Marvel’s take on mysticism and otherworldly dimensions.
As a second reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming depicts the nuances of a young Peter Parker played brilliantly by Tom Holland as he discovers a sinister plan in play by a new foe that has his ties to the Battle of New York and Stark Industries. The film also stars Michael Keaton as Vulture, Zendaya as MJ, Donald Glover as Aaron Davis, Jacob Batalon as Ned, Tony Revolori as Eugene Flash Thompson and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May with Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role in the MCU as Tony Stark.
Thor Ragnarok is considered to be the best Thor film to date bringing together Hemsworth’s Thor, Loki and Hulk together as they go on a journey to prevent Ragnarok, a prophecy that will leave the realm in absolute destruction. The film introduces us to Odin’s first child Hela, played by Cate Blanchett who wants to take over Asgard, the Grandmaster, ruler of the planet Sakaar where Thor ends up meeting with an old “green” friend and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie. Thor Ragnarok is a visually thrilling ride filled with humour and keeps its comic-book roots intact. God of Thunder is reborn as Ragnarok ends in a cliffhanger. The film is directed by Taika Waititi.
An origin story of the highest order, Black Panther takes us to the hidden world of Wakanda with an all-colored cast including Chadwick Boseman as Prince T’Challa, Michael B Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett Ross, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Angela Bassett as Ramonda and Andy Serkis reprises his role as Ulysses Klaue. After the death of T’Chaka in The Civil War, Prince T’Challa takes the Black Panther mantel but not without facing some of his own people who fight him for the throne. The battle is only half won as a distant cousin comes knocking the doors of this hidden country only to claim the throne from T’Challa. The movie is directed by Ryan Coogler and is one of the most diverse Marvel movies to date.
Picking up right from the cliffhanger in Thor Ragnarok, Avengers Infinity War is the first part in the culmination of The Infinity Saga as Thanos emerges from the cosmic shadows in a bid to maintain the balance of the universe. Earth’s Mightiest Heros are tested at every moment as they race to collect the six Infinity Stones before the Children of Thanos get their hands on them. This film is the best of Marvel Studios to date as it brings together all superheroes from the past 20-odd movies and rides high on the emotional quotient. It has it’s moments but the grave danger that our heroes are in only becomes more threatening when Thanos is successful in his plans.
Marvel’s first female superhero makes her live-action debut with an origin story that’s set in 1995 at the onset of the Kree-Skrulls war. It is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and stars Brie Larson as the titular character, Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury, Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull leader Talos, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg and Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson. The film revolves around Carol Danvers, a member of the Starforce Military who sets out on a journey to find the truth about herself that leads to awakening as the most powerful superhero in the MCU.
A finale of The Infinity Saga of epic proportions, Endgame is a follow-up to Infinity War. As our heroes suddenly find their loved ones vanished from existence, they must decide how to undo Thanos’ snap by whatever means necessary. After a tryst with time-traveling and close encounters with their younger versions, Endgame culminates in a grand comic-book-esque battle against all of Thanos’ army as Avengers finally assemble. The movie is directed by The Russo Brothers and rides high on emotions at all times as we’re shown a world without hope and our heroes as the only shining beacon. So they try to restore order to the desolate world, but not without some sacrifices.
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