The 10 First Ever Marvel Movies, Ranked According To IMDb (2023)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the most popular movie franchises in the world. The MCU contains the highest-grossing movie of all time, they are adored by comic book fans, and with each consecutive movie release, another critic who was once skeptical of superhero movies gets converted into a superfan.

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However, the MCU only began in 2008, and other movies based on Marvel characters were released long before then. Most of them now come off as (often failed) experiments by studios, attempting to figure out how to tap into a potentially hugely-profitable market. But there are a few that succeeded, and a couple that are even considered classics.

Howard The Duck (1986) - 4.7

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It's such a surprise that out of Marvel's roster of hundreds of fascinating superheroes, many of which are supremely popular today, Howard the Duck was the first character anybody thought of adapting. The movie has become somewhat of a cult classic, as it's so hard to find and is joked about endlessly.

The practical effects of the film are lackluster even for the time it was released in 1986, andthe movie as a whole wasmuch darker than advertised. However, given the easier on the eyes digital rendering of the character in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Endgame, Howard the Duck deserves a remake.

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Daredevil (2003) - 5.3

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There are rumblings that Charlie Cox might return as Daredevil in the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home, as he played the character in the acclaimed Netflix series. But over a decade before the show was 20th Century Fox's attempt to adapt the character for the big screen.

To put it kindly, theaudiencereception for Daredevil was mixed, and audiences thought the movie was dull and serious, especially compared to the previous year's Spider-Man. But in a way, with its violence and darker tone, it paved the way for more brooding andgritty comic book heroes, which is whyDaredevil isn't as bad as people think.

Hulk (2003) - 5.6

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Coming off the success of the martial arts epicCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, one of the classic movies from 2000, it seemed as if there was no better director at the time to helm Hulkthan Ang Lee. The director knew how to shoot action better than anyone else, and he had a whole filmography's worth of wonderful dramas, too.

However, the movie was too bogged down in trying to find a deeper meaning that it came off completely humorless. It seems as if Hulk is impossible to adapt for the big screen, as The Incredible Hulk isn't much better, and that the character is better suited to supporting other Avengers just as he did in Thor: Ragnarok.

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The Punisher (2004) - 6.4

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The Punisher is a fascinating early Marvel movie; not only because it's R-rated, which is always risky for a superhero movie, as the audiences it appeals to most aren't old enough to see it, but also because it had a minuscule budget.However, as the character is about a guy who uses his fists instead of webs and stays grounded rather than jumping from rooftop to rooftop, it's relatively easy to keep the budget low.

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The resultis a somber and depressing outing where the charactersare as miserable as the audiences watching. There's no energy in the movie, except for a couple of fight scenes, but it does have the classic Punisher noir aesthetic, which looked great on screen. Again, Netflix did a much better job at adapting the source material, as The Punisher seriesis brutal, completely faithful to the source material, and with Jon Bernthal in the lead role, it was perfectly cast.

Blade II (2002) - 6.7

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Before Iron Man, and even before Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies were wrapped up, the first-ever superhero trilogy was Blade. While the third entry into the series, Blade: Trinityis an unsatisfying ending, Blade II is an almost-as-good sequel to the 1998 original. Blade II is creepy, terrifying, and it's the closest a Marvel movie will ever get to being an all-out horror movie.

That's partly thanks to director Guillermo del Toro's unrivaled practical effects and make-up. But with the rights of the character now back with Marvel Studios, the series might be in the safe hands of the MCU, and it's doubtful Marvel willmake the movie a hard R-rated horror like New Line Cinema did.

Blade (1998) - 7.1

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Being about a vampire hunter who wields all sorts of wild artillery and wearing shades and a leather jacket in the dead of night,Blade might just be the coolest superhero ever.And while Tim Burton's Batman movies are "dark" in a way that's still campy and theatrical enough for kids, there's no mistaking Blade for anything other than an adults-only gorefest.

The 1998 film isone of the besthorror movies inspired by comic booksand its sequel is the only movie that gives it a run for its money in terms of scares. And what the film does so well is that, though Blade doesn't have any real weakness, it still feels like there's a lot at stake, which is something a few MCU movies have struggled with.

Spider-Man (2002) - 7.3

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Though studios had success with Blade and X-Men, it was Spider-Man that made them realizejust how much potential there is to be found in comic book material. Spider-Man had the biggest opening weekend of all time at the time of its release in 2002.


Studios quickly started getting licensing rights to other properties and movies like Daredevil, Hulk, Punisher, Fantastic Four, and so many others quickly followed in its wake. But none of those were able to beat Spider-Man, not only in terms of success but in terms of quality too. Watching Spidey swing through New York was a sense of speed and adrenaline that audiences had never gotten before.

Spider-Man 2 (2004) - 7.3

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Though Spider-Man 2 has the exact same score asits predecessor on IMDb, the 2004filmis thedefinitive Spider-Man movie. Spidey's second outing improves on the original in every way.

Doctor Octopus is more fleshed out and three-dimensional than the Green Goblin, it was the first superhero movie to explore the hero losing their powers, and its set pieces are still exciting. On top of that, there was an amazing tie-in video game too. And fans of the movie will get to relive it in the next few days, as Doc Ock will be appearing in Spider-Man: No Way Home, along with the Green Goblin and Sandman.

X-Men (2000) - 7.4

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Technically, putting aside the weird, almost avant-garde experimental film that is Howard the Duck, and the R-rated Blade, X-Men was the very first Marvel movie thatwas catered to the whole family. And though Wolverine's blades might not cause as much of a mess as what fans would like given its PG-13 rating, it still pushes the rating to its limits.

The film lays the groundwork for future sequels and it was the very first superhero movie to activelycreate a cinematic universe. And whilesome Redditors think too much time was spent on Wolverine, there's so much world-building going on, such as the lifelong rivalry between Professor X and Magneto, andRogue's coming-of-age narrative.

X2 (2003) - 7.4

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Just like the case with the Spider-Man movies, X2 has the same score as the first film on the movie database. But given the overwhelming reception of X2 over the years compared to the original, it's safe to say that it's the better of the two. X2 is a perfect superhero sequel, as it builds on everything that its predecessor laid the foundation for, and it introduces new fan-favorite characters, such as Nightcrawler.

The opening sceneof Nightcrawler in the White House with the opera music playing is such an epic introduction to the movie that it rivals The Dark Knight's. Andthe film was essentially the very first superhero team-up movie, paving the way for the likes of The Avengers, which probably wouldn't have happened if X2 didn't do it first.

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Which Marvel film has the highest IMDb rating? ›

1. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)

What is the lowest rated Marvel movie on IMDb? ›

IMDb Score: 6.6

Unfortunately, The Incredible Hulk was widely criticized for its shallow storytelling and is the lowest-grossing MCU film to date.

Has any movie got 10 on IMDb? ›

10 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' (2003)

Which movie is No 1 in IMDb rating? ›

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Over the course of several years, two convicts form a friendship, seeking consolation and, eventually, redemption through basic compassion.

Who is the number 1 Avengers? ›

Hulk has traditionally been seen as the strongest Avenger physically — and for good reason, though he's been subdued by both Iron Man and Thor.

Who is Marvel most popular hero? ›

1 Spider-Man Brought Marvel To The Next Level

Since then, Spider-Man has basically been Marvel's most popular character, selling comics and merchandise like no one else.

What is Avengers least favorite movie? ›


As of March 2022, Eternals has the lowest Rotten Tomatoes rating of any Marvel movie, which feels undeserved.

Have there been any R-rated Marvel movies? ›

'Blade' (1998) — 7.1

The success of this R-rated, blood-spewing, vampire-slaying flick was the first film under Marvel Studios and helped pave the way for future Marvel movies.

Which Marvel movie earned the least? ›

'The Incredible Hulk' (2008)

With a worldwide box office total of $264,770,996, it stands as the lowest-grossing MCU film, becoming the only film in the franchise to fall in the $200 million range. The Incredible Hulk had a budget of around $135.7-$150 million, and it didn't even manage to make two times its budget.

Who was the first in Marvel? ›

Pulp-magazine publisher Martin Goodman started the company later known as Marvel Comics under the name Timely Publications in 1939. The first publication of Timely was Marvel Comics #1, which introduced Carl Burgos's android superhero the Human Torch and Bill Everett's Namor the Sub-Mariner.

What is the list of Marvel movies in order? ›

Marvel Entertainment

What movie has a 100% rating? ›

To date, Leave No Trace holds the site's record, with a rating of 100% and 251 positive reviews.

Which movie has 9.5 rating? ›

Filmmaker-actor Rishab Shetty's Kantara has become one of the highest-rated Indian films on IMDb with a rating of 9.5 out of 10.

Has a movie been rated 10 10? ›

'12 Angry Men' (1957) u/cjrw32 stated that 12 Angry Men was by far a 10/10.

What's the lowest IMDb rating? ›

Answer: The worst rated show on IMDb is 'The Pogmentary' with an IMDb rating of 1.1 out of 10. Question: Is there any show rated 1 on IMDb?

What has a 9 rating on IMDb? ›

1. The Office (2005–2013)

Who is most powerful in Marvel? ›


With a simple thought, the Beyonder can displace an entire planet, change the rules of physics, and even destroy the entire universe. That's why the Beyonder was presented in Marvel Comics as the most powerful being to ever exist.

What is the darkest Marvel movie? ›

Captain America: Civil War

However, that doesn't mean his films are saccharine, happy affairs. Cap's films tend to be the darkest in the MCU, and this comes to a head in Captain America: Civil War.

Who is the weakest Avenger? ›

Hawkeye. On numerous occasions in the comics, Clint Barton has said he's just a regular guy with a bow and arrow. Unfortunately, his lack of power usually leads to him suffering from severe injuries regularly and has led to fans deeming him the weakest member of the Avengers.

What is the least kid friendly MCU movie? ›

Captain America: Civil War

As the name might suggest, there is a lot of fighting in Civil War. Beyond the level of violence typically seen in the MCU, the movie goes a bit further: there are multiple scenes of torture and even a suicide bombing, making this one for older kiddos only.

What is the first R-rated Marvel? ›

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige confirms that Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool 3 will be the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first R-rated film.

Which is the first R-rated movie? ›

MPAA instituted ratings on November 1st, 1968, and the first R-rated movie was released on November 4, 1968. It was The Split, starring Jim Brown and Gene Hackman.

Are all Marvel movies kid friendly? ›

All of the Marvel movies are rated PG-13, at least in the MCU, not counting films like Deadpool. So all Marvel movies will have some element that is technically not suitable for young children.

Which Marvel superhero has no movies? ›

Silver Surfer. Marvel Studios adapted The Infinity Gauntlet comic without one of its most important characters, Silver Surfer. Despite appearing in two Fantastic Four movies for Fox, Silver Surfer never got his own movie even though the studio had made plans to give him his own solo movie.

Who is richer Marvel or DC? ›

movie characters are actually bringing in more money than the DC superheroes that you may love. You might be shocked to know that the superhero movies made based on the Marvel characters have actually brought in 45% more revenue than the DC movies.

Which Marvel movie performed the worst? ›

The "Punisher" reboot is the worst-performing Marvel film at the box office to date. The $35 million film earned just $10.1 million at the worldwide box office. The A.V. Club called the movie "junk" in their review.

Can I skip Thor in Marvel? ›

Thor: Ragnarok (2017).

It's a buddy comedy — Thor and Hulk try to escape a planet run by a dictatorial Jeff Goldblum, a sentence that makes me laugh just typing it. For the most part though, you can SKIP it if you're cramming for Infinity War (and Endgame). Make it a point to come back, though. You'll be glad you did.

Can I skip Eternals? ›

No. Like Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals is only tangentially connected to the rest of the MCU. There are side references to events and characters from other parts of the MCU, but none of them are particularly plot-important (except for those in the mid- and post-credits scenes).

Does order matter in Marvel movies? ›

The MCU has been gradually talking more and more about what the Blip means to society and the complicated realities that come with it. Watching things in chronological order is great for that because when it came to release order, our first actual look at the world post-Endgame was Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Who was Marvel's first villain? ›

The first supervillain ever to appear in Marvel Comics was Mole Man in Fantastic Four #1. Mole Man remains an iconic Marvel villain, mostly because he was the first. However, as a villain, he brought little to the Marvel Universe.

Who is the face of Marvel? ›

Spider-Man has literally been the symbol for Marvel, the comics company the same way Mickey Mouse has been the symbol for Disney. If you bought Marvel Comics in the 70s or 80s, chances are Spider-Man was on the cover somewhere even if it wasn't a Spider-Man comic. So he's the face of Marvel.

Who was Marvel's first female superhero? ›

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in The Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961). The Susan Storm is a founding member of the Fantastic Four and was the first female superhero created by Marvel during the Silver Age of Comic Books.

Is Loki still alive in the MCU? ›

The trick worked for a while till Thor outsmarted Loki in Thor: Ragnarok. So far, that was the only film in the trilogy where Loki didn't "die." His final, final death came at the hands of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.

Which is the No 3 IMDb rating movie? ›

1. Snow Falls (2023)

What is R rated movie? ›

Restricted: R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.

What are Triple F rated movies? ›

Tarquini's classification awards an F rating to any film that is written or directed by one or more female film-makers, or features complex female characters who contribute significantly to the story. Films that feature all three of the criteria receive a triple F rating.


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