This is turning out to be a decade of superhero-based movies. Studios are well aware that superheroes are popular and movies based on them would lure in a large number of moviegoers. Thus, Disney, Warner Bros, and Fox are capitalising on the trend by releasing several movies every year based on superheroes from DC and Marvel. This year too saw the release of many huge, long-unexpected releases and while most of them did well both critically and commercially, many others did not fulfil expectations.
This year saw the release of many huge, long-unexpected superhero releases like Justice League, Thor: Ragnarok and Wonder Woman, and while most of them did well, many others did not.
So here is our list of top five superhero movies of 2017, ranked from worst to best.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2:
Let’s face it. Without Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok would not exist. It was that James Gunn directorial that reminded us of the fact we willfully forget: the superhero is a joke. Nothing about spandex-clad beings killing bad guys makes sense. The second iteration in the series came with a better villain and an even more adorable Groot, but there was nothing terribly new that had not been done in the first movie. Still, it was undeniably entertaining and the final sequence (Yondu’s funeral) made everything worthwhile. You also have brilliant guest appearances from Sylvester Stallone as Starhawk. Marvel has done a pretty good job on both the instalments of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.
IMDb rating: 7.8/10
4. Spider-man: Homecoming:
Tom Holland’s brief appearance as the friendly neighbourhood web-slinger in Captain America: Civil War actually got universal praise, so it was natural that a standalone movie will come. It did, and we fell in love with a more innocent and relatable Spider-man than either of the earlier live-action takes. Spider-man has been one of my favourite superheroes since childhood and seeing him getting such an upgraded suit with such incredible features was a treat to watch.
IMDb rating: 7.6/10
3. Thor: Ragnarok:
I would never have believed that Taika Watiti could transition so smoothly from small but charming indie comedies to a big-budget superhero movie, and the result was a fast-paced and one of the funniest superhero movies ever made. What was surprising (for me, that is) was the visual quality of the film. Some scenes like Hela vs the Valkyries were like a photorealistic painting. Those one-liners were at the perfect place and at the perfect time. Thor fighting to the tunes of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song was another heavenly feeling. Those fight sequences were amazing. That Hulk vs Thor fight was crazy af.
IMDb rating: 8.1/10
2. Wonder Woman:
This Patty Jenkins directorial was a relatively minor film that nobody at Warner Bros must have taken seriously. But it unexpectedly became a grand success and the first (and till now, the only one) for DC’s Extended Universe. Starring Israeli Gal Gadot as the Amazonian warrior goddess, the film was more reminiscent of Christopher Reeve’s Superman movies than any recent fare in the optimism aspect and also in underlining what superheroes really mean. Gal Gadot’s charm was enough to kill us 😉 She did a very good job too in the movie. Far better than the previous DC movies like Batman v Superman and Man of Steel in my opinion. Wonder Woman captured everyone’s heart. We are eagerly waiting for the sequel which is proposed to be released in 2019.
IMDb rating: 7.6/10
Hugh Jackman’s swan song as Wolverine was the X-Men film we needed. It strayed away from superhero film tropes but did not sacrifice on the action, which was relentless and yet never tiresome. A dark-toned, and brilliantly directed and acted film, Logan may be the only film that is worthy enough to challenge Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight for the throne of best superhero film ever made. Dafne Keen as the X-23 did such a great job. The other kids too. I am eagerly waiting for the New Mutants movie that is gonna release in 2018.
IMDb rating: 8.2/10
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