Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)

For many, Marvel’s The Avengers comes at the top of any Marvel film list. And it probably is, technically, the best. Joss Whedon and his incredible cast – some of which have enjoyed success with their characters in standalone films – did a fantastic job translating another beloved franchise from page to screen. The reason it doesn’t make our list is a nostalgic one, but that shouldn’t take away from The Avenger’s quality.

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The chance to see Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow fighting bad guys on one screen was a dream come true for Marvel fanatics, and it didn’t disappoint. This was evident in the film’s monolithic presence in the worldwide market. Global box offices saw $1.5b change hand as the comic book epic soared into third place in the all time grossing chart, behind Avatar and Titanic.

“If you are a Marvel fan, then The Avengers will feel like Christmas. Thanks to the merry doings of the director, Joss Whedon, all your favorite characters are here, as shiny and as tempting as presents under the tree,” said Anthony Lane of The New Yorker. 92% on Rotten Tomatoes certified this film as fresh. Read our review of The Avengers here.