Ranking the Superhero Movies of 2018
Ranking 2018’s superhero movies is a fun way to take a look back at this past year. This list is for live-action superhero movies, so animated films like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Batman Ninja aren’t included. The rankings are simply a personal take on how the superhero movies stacked up. Your own opinions may be very different. Relax and share your own rankings in the comments below.
Venom isn’t a bad movie, it’s a mediocre effort. The alien symbiote bond offers a different flavor from other comic book movies. Venom is like the dark side in us that doesn’t so much need to be suppressed as integrated. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t do a good enough job at answering why this character needs his own movie … other than Sony making use of their rights to Spider-Man characters. The story takes its time to establish journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) before bonding with Venom. Once that happens, the movie’s personality emerges becoming more fun and darkly humorous in places.
5. Ant-Man and The Wasp
Ant-Man and The Wasp is a superhero movie without a superhero arc. A few years have passed since Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lily) got her wings so she’s already a fully formed hero when we first see her in action. Speaking of action, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) takes a backseat leaving the Wasp to show her stuff. Despite not focusing on the superhero journey, the personal arcs, both involving the importance of family, are fairly solid. The chemistry between the trio of Scott, Hope and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) continues to be enjoyable and the film’s overall fun factor is consistent.
The writers behind Aquaman took a bunch of familiar story elements and tropes and wrapped it up in a big budget spectacle. You can’t really fault DC for delivering a fan friendly movie. They got bills to pay. Besides, the DCEU is in need of CPR. The straight forward story gives the audience a clear trajectory to Arthur Curry (Jason Mamoa), the half-breed surface dweller, becoming the king of Atlantis. There are plenty of good action sequences and who gets tired of watching CG hair flowing perfectly underwater?
3. Deadpool 2
Deadpool’s kill count isn’t exactly Avengers material and he’s not the right fit to be an X-Men. In the process of putting together his own band of misfits, Deadpool 2 pokes fun at superhero team up movies. This sequel has more action scenes yet mostly keeps the same formula and sense of humor as the first film. Domino and Cable are solid new additions, hopefully they will return in future films.
2. Black Panther
Black Panther created another vibrant world within the existing MCU. Wakanda is a mix of futuristic technology and traditional time-honored customs which factors heavily into the story. Director/co-writer Ryan Coogler layered in a tremendous amount of thought-provoking ideas ranging from the mythological to the political. Some of these ideas were represented in Eric Killmonger, one of Marvel Studio’s better developed villains. Blank Panther earns why T’challa (Chadwick Boseman) is an important superhero and why he needed his own movie. Where the sequel can improve is in taking the action scenes to another level.
1. Avengers: Infinity War
Wow. Ten years in the making, Avengers: Infinity War found fresh chemistry between characters who haven’t met before. In addition to trying to save half the universe, the superheroes had their own personal stakes and vendettas. Thanos is a worthy villain for the Avengers to unite together against. The Russo brothers spent a lot of time working out the darker, somewhat controversial ending which will be addressed in the upcoming Avengers 4.
What are your superhero movie rankings for 2018?