There’s been a lot of thoughtpieces lately on the problems with Marvel Comics. This is down to a lot of things: staking up the prices, a creative exodus to independent publishers, the ensuing talent drive flooding the market with inexperienced new blood and unpopular editorial decisions. It’s probably all the Inhumans fault, somehow. They’ve tried to compensate for that with their Marvel Legacy initiative, which has met with some decidedly mixed reactions. Most people agree that while it’s not what Marvel needed, it’s nice to see them try to respond to criticism, at least. If they keep trying, they may eventually end up fixing their line of books. There is one thing that they don’t seem to be slowing down on; in fact, it’s something that’s only getting more popular across the industry. That’s double-shipping – one of the less talked about problems in the comics industry.
Movies nowadays don’t get much bigger than those produced by Marvel Studios. It seems, between the smash-hit films, an excessive range of high-quality comics and plethora of video games, this particular brand of superhero permeates just about every piece of media around.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe began with Iron Man (2006), and the spectacular financial gamble the ailing studio made paid off with aplomb. We were introduced to Robert Downey Jr.’s smart, charismatic, modern superhero and once that particular floodgate opened up, there was no stopping it. With few enough duds among them, Marvel’s massive series of superhero films have taken the cinemagoer’s world by storm.
Doctor Strange, released in October, tackles one of Marvel’s oldest, if not most well-known heroes, and stars the ever-excellent Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role. After a vicious car accident derails his way of life, arrogant surgeon Stephen Strange journeys to Kamar-Taj to learn the mystic arts and prevent the world from being destroyed by zealot Kaecillius. I do warn you, however, YE ARE ABOUT TO ENTER THE SPOILER DIMENSION. JOURNEY NO FURTHER UNLESS YE WISH TO LEARN OF THINGS TO COME.
Hello! The Marvel Cinematic Universe now number 12 movies, verging from great to the passable. While Captain America: Civil War has met with almost universal critical acclaim, I think it’s useful to look at the other movies in the MCU that deserve praise – so without further ado, here’s my top 5 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.