Love 'em or hate 'em, superhero movies get people into theaters. Which ones were the best? Let's check out the scores and find out:
#6 JUSTICE LEAGUE
Metacritic: 45 | Rotten Tomatoes: 40% | IMDb: 7.1
Critics have always been less-than-kind to the cinematic adaptations of DC Comics characters. Sometimes, rightly so. Anyone who has ever sat through a viewing of "Green Lantern" or "Catwoman" knows exactly how bad these movies can get.
Luckily for DC fans, "Justice League" never really stooped that low. However, the film is still a complete mess and can't quite blend quirky charm and epic action sequences as seamlessly as Marvel. A lot of this, I believe, can be attributed to director Zack Snyder's incessant need to make everything so damn dark -- both in tone and actual lighting.
If you can stop yourself from instinctively comparing the movie to it's Marvel predecessor, "The Avengers," you might find yourself enjoying "Justice League."
#5 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
Metacritic: 67 | Rotten Tomatoes: 83% | IMDb: 7.8
Who would have thought an obscure group of comic book characters would ever find success? Armed with a big sense of humor, colorful visuals and near-perfect casting choices, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" managed to charm audiences once again.
Some might say the first "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie is superior (in my opinion, they're right), its sequel certainly tries to fix past problems. The biggest offender being the villain. Instead of some generic evil dude, we're given a more dynamic bad guy with way more impact and complex motivations. Backed by a nostalgic soundtrack, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" means well but is slightly tainted by its long running time, tamed down silliness and an overabundance of CGI.
That being said, "Vol. 2" still has moments of greatness. The bracketed storylines and relationships between characters are enjoyable. The awkwardness between Drax and Mantis is cute, and the tension between Gamora and her sister Nebula is surprisingly complex. While Yondu, played by Michael Rooker, is probably the best character in the movie. This cast saves the movie.
#4 SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING
Metacritic: 73 | Rotten Tomatoes: 92% | IMDb: 7.6
All it took for us to get a respectable Spider-Man movie was two bookend abominations provided by directors Sam Raimi and Marc Webb and an agreement between Marvel and Sony. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" ditched the webslinger's origin story (because, let's face it, we all know how Peter Parker became Spider-Man) and started where "Captain America: Civil War" left off. If you remember, Spidey had a highly acclaimed phoned-in appearance in that film.
Tom Holland takes on the role this time, giving Parker/Spider-Man his youth back. We're introduced to a fledgling superhero eager to make a name for himself and impress some of the more "higher up" supes likes Tony Stark/Iron Man. What we're left with is an enthralling coming-of-age tale with plenty of perilous action scenes to test out Spidey's enveloping skills.
Combining the personality and heart of a '80s teen movie into the superhero universe was a bold move, but it works wonders in "Homecoming." Holland gives the character new life makes him out to be the most likable guy ever (though he might be too "goody goody" for his own good). Despite small setbacks, "Homecoming" could be the start of something very special.
#3 WONDER WOMAN
Metacritic: 76 | Rotten Tomatoes: 92% | IMDb: 7.6
From the moment Wonder Woman appeared onscreen in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," the idea of a solo film based on that character's origins seemed like a great -- if not, late -- opportunity. But with DC Comics' track record, there was a chance it could really bomb.
Thank goodness it didn't. Much like Thor, the character of Wonder Woman kind of has some goofy qualities to her that might not have translated well to the medium of cinema. The result was a genuinely thrilling origin story backed by a captivating performance by Gal Gadot. "Wonder Woman" felt similar to the first "Captain America" movie, which definitely had its flaws but still succeeded in creating an entertaining piece of film.
"Wonder Woman" exceeded expectations. We can only hope that it marks a turning point for DC Comics films and for the character of Wonder Woman in general.
#2 THOR: RAGNAROK
Metacritic: 73 | Rotten Tomatoes: 92% | IMDb: 8.1
How do the "Thor" movies even work? At face value, adapting the Asgardian god of thunder seems like an impossible undertaking. How do you make this odd-speaking, super-powerful being into a likable character without making him stale or too serious? If you're Marvel, you turn him into a schmuck.
"Thor: Ragnarok," the third in the series, continues to make its titular character into this painfully lovable goof. Humor plays a big part in how the character is presented (it also helps that he's played by the dashing Chris Hemsworth), and it works every time. "Ragnarok" has its problems, but no one can deny that it's just straight up funny and probably has some of the best slapstick out of all the Marvel movies.
Cate Blanchett as the film's villain seems like a good idea at first, but then she sort of vanishes into obscurity. But luckily Loki is back and still just as mischievous and conniving as before. Hulk gets lots of laughs and probably the most screen time he's had since Mark Ruffalo took over the role. If anything, "Ragnarok" proves that a lackluster story can be saved if it has an impressively entertaining cast of characters.
Metacritic: 77 | Rotten Tomatoes: 93% | IMDb: 8.2
For the past 17 years, Hugh Jackman has cemented himself as the Wolverine, playing the character a total of seven times in a leading role (two more times as a cameo). Jackman has embodied the character fully all these years -- for better and for worse -- and audiences have become invested in his portrayal of one of the most badass comic book characters ever created.
That being said, "Logan" is indisputably the best superhero movie of 2017, and easily one of the best that has ever been created. Shot like a gritty Hollywood western, "Logan" depicts the last days of its titular character in spectacular fashion. The world is almost entirely void of mutants and the X-Men are no more. It's just Wolverine and an ailing Professor X.
"Logan" has a very bleak tone. For once, our heroes don't seem as powerful as they once were; in fact, both Wolverine and the Professor seem like they're just biding time until they die, the former might even bear some sort of contempt for life itself. The harshness of the situation is further highlighted with brutally violent action scenes ("Logan" definitely earned its R rating). These heavy themes make "Logan" into something special.
Compared to the never-ending commercial Marvel movies being produced at the moment, "Logan" stands out for putting an end to its story. A fitting end. A respectable end. Jackman's final performance as Wolverine is tenacious, nuanced and sentimental. No other superhero movie in existence has given its protagonist a better exit.