1. “Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012)
After years of anticipation and four solo superhero franchises in the making, Marvel brought us “The Avengers”—and the world of comic book movies would never be the same. As the film’s release date approached, critics and fans said it couldn’t be done. But from the incredible ensemble cast to the razor-sharp script, Joss Whedon made the impossible happen. While “The Dark Knight” showed us what a comic book movie could be, “The Avengers” represents what it should be. “The Avengers” is the paramount comic book film, the peak of a genre that is just entering its golden age. It’s revolutionary yet instantly classic, a film for Stan Lee fans and movie-lovers alike. And as the third highest-grossing film of all time, “The Avengers” is the new generation’s 1978 “Superman,” bringing this list full circle. In a world of great comic book movies, “The Avengers” emerges as the greatest. And with “Thor: The Dark Warrior” being released in 2014, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in 2014 and “The Avengers 2” in 2015, the best may be yet to come.
Best Scene: Tough to choose, but the hulk (the film’s unlikely MVP) slamming Loki on the ground is an instant classic in itself.