The Five Best and Worst Marvel Superheroes on Film

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The Avengers is finally upon us! The team of superheroes will finally make their debut this Friday and we here at The Filtered Lens could not be more excited. In honor of the assembly we are taking a look at all the superheroes Marvel have put on the silver screen. Here are the five worst and best Marvel superheroes on film.




The Worst:

Photo Credit: Taylor Kitsch as Gambit- X-men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

There were a lot of terrible things going on in the first prequel to the X-men trilogy, but as far as characters go, Gambit was the worst acted and most underdeveloped character in the whole damn movie. His action scenes were stiff, something much of the film suffered from, leaving us with but a shade of who Gambit is meant to be.



Photo Credit: Eric Bana as The Hulk- The Hulk (2003)

What a tragedy of a film this was. Ang Lee’s take on the Hulk could have been a masterpiece, but instead we got this boring, drawn out mess. The Hulk looks like a pudgy cartoon character and Erica Bana fails to get any emotions across. Plus the Hulk doesn’t do enough of what he does best, smash. If you want a far better version of the character check out 2008’s The Incredible Hulk starring Edward Norton, and hopefully Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers later this week.



Photo Credit: Don Cheadle as War Machine- Iron Man 2 (2010)

Iron Man’s sidekick isn’t exactly someone as interesting as say…Robin. The funny thing is that Iron Man 2 is actually still pretty good, but what makes it not quite as good as the original is this character who is just awful. I mean come one, do you have to wreck your fellow superhero’s house whole he is having a party? Just let Tony Stark do his thing! Hopefully we won’t be getting any surprise additions to the Avengers roster.



Photo Credit: Ben Affleck as Daredevil- Daredevil (2003)

After the success of a little movie called Spider-man, Marvel decided to pull all the stops and unleash every character they could on to unsuspecting moviegoers. Daredevil was one of the worst ones out there. Ben Affleck did nothing interesting with the savior of Hell’s Kitchen. That awful costume really didn’t help much either.



Photo Credit: Nicolas Cage as Ghost Rider- Ghost Rider (2007) and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

This is a pretty easy one to pick as the worst Marvel superhero on film. Nicolas Cage is just an awful actor and Ghost Rider was literally painful. I have to admit, I have not seen Spirit of Vengeance but something tells me that I am not missing much. To be honest, the character is not particularly rich either, but of course Marvel went ahead and made the movies, which might be their worst features ever.



The Best:

Photo Credit: Tobey Maguire as Spider-man- Spider-man (2002), Spider-man 2 (2004), and Spider-man 3 (2007)

Spider-man is Marvel’s biggest poster boy, so you can imagine after the success of 2000’s X-men, the next to come was the web-slinger. Tobey Maguire did such a great job of bringing Spidey to life that we can forgive him for Spider-man 3. The only reason he isn’t higher on the list is because there isn’t quite enough of the classic Spider-man sarcasm evoked in the character.



Photo Credit: Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy as Charles Xavier- X-men (2000), X2: X-men United (2003), X-men: The Last Stand (2006), and X-men: First Class (2011)

The leader of the X-men has had one of the best transitions to film of any character in the history of comic books. From the second we saw him in the original adaptation, Patrick Stewart was perfect as Professor X. His feath was just about the only good scene in The Last Stand. Then, last summer, McAvoy took over as a younger version of the character and did so in one of the best prequels in recent memory.


Photo Credit: Chris Evans as Captain America- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and The Avengers (2012)

Last summer, Chris Evans fully embodied who Captain America is and what he stands for as a hero. Sure, we got a lot of awesome shield tossing action, but what really made this hero great was his sheer determination to fight for what he believes in. Evans gave Cap all the heart in the world. There isn’t a better leader to take the Avengers into battle.



Photo Credit: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man- Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), and The Avengers (2012)

The Avenger that started it all is easily the best. When it was announced that Robert Downey Jr. would play Iron Man a lot of people wondered why. We got out answer in 2008 when the actor started his comeback with the blockbuster hit by creating on the most charismatic and fascinating superheroes on screen ever.



Photo Credit: Hugh Jackman as Wolverine- X-men (2000), X2: X-men United (2003), X-men: The Last Stand (2006), and X-men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Ah, the ultimate X-man. Wolverine kicks serious butt in every movie he is in, regardless of the quality. Hugh Jackman did a perfect job of bringing him to life. From the first time he extends his claws to when he unleashes his rage on William Stryker’s men in the X-Mansion, Wolverine is everything we ever wanted him to be. Hugh Jackman makes him sympathetic in all the right moments to create the best superhero on screen ever.


Do you agree with my picks of the best and worst Marvel superheroes? Who are your picks? Sound off below!



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