Now that Justice League is in theatres, we can finally say that we’ve seen every comic-book movie that 2017 had to offer. It’s been an excellent year for the genre, with plenty of entertaining, dramatic, and hilarious films but now it’s time to pick our favourite.
In the list below I have ranked and discussed (no spoilers) each of the comic-book movies that were released in 2017. I feel like it should be noted that I enjoyed every superhero movie that 2017 delivered, so just because I have placed a film in last place doesn’t mean that I don’t like or enjoy it in any way.
Check out the ranking below:
6. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Kurt Russell, and Michael Rooker.
James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy is easily one of the greatest Marvel films, and perhaps one of my all-time favourite comic-book movies, but the sequel failed to match the original. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is an enjoyable adventure and is still a success within the MCU, but unfortunately, Gunn relied too heavily on the jokes and ignored the emotional narrative that was unfolding.
I’m still excited to see the Guardians in future Marvel movies, and I can’t wait to see what Gunn can do with the third instalment. Personally, I would like to watch the director stay true to the characters and tell an engaging story, rather than going for the comedy every time.
5. Justice League
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Ciarán Hinds, J.K. Simmons, Amy Adams, and Connie Nielsen.
The last superhero movie of the year is undoubtedly the most divisive. Justice League had a troubled journey to the big screen, and while the film has a few issues, the characters and the tone make for a surprisingly enjoyable ride.
Bringing DC’s most famous characters together is just as fun as I always imagined and the introductions of heroes like Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg are entertaining if not perfect for this shared universe. As an added bonus, Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck are yet again perfect as Wonder Woman and Batman, and Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Superman offers this generation a truly iconic and definitive version of the Kryptonian.
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Director: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, and Robert Downey Jr.
After two failed attempts to bring Spider-Man to the big screen, Sony finally saw the light and let Marvel reinvent the character.
Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield each brought something unique to Peter Parker/Spider-Man, but there is no doubt that Tom Holland offers the definitive portrayal of the character. Putting Spidey in high-school and reaching for a coming of age style was a great decision and Spider-Man: Homecoming is the Spidey film we’ve always wanted to see.
3. Thor: Ragnarok
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Tom Hiddleston, Jeff Goldblum, Taika Waititi, and Karl Urban.
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an endlessly successful machine, the solo Thor movies have been the weakest links. With that said, Thor: Ragnarok is a massive achievement. Thor: Ragnarok reaches an entirely new level of entertainment and while it might stray away from what we’ve seen in previous movies, it was well worth the risk.
Director Taika Waititi (Hunt For The Wilderpeople) brings his unique comedic style and some great visuals to the franchise, delivering not only the best Thor movie but one of the most enjoyable and funny Marvel films to date.
2. Wonder Woman
Director: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, and Lucy Davis.
After two disappointing films with Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, The DC Extended Universe really needed a win, and thankfully, Wonder Woman delivered.
Bringing fans the most iconic female character in comics, Patty Jenkins created an entertaining, emotional, and stunning superhero film, which stands as one of the genres most impressive offerings. Many fans/critics prematurely judged Gal Gadot’s ability to portray Wonder Woman but she completely defied expectations and produced one of the best superhero performances of the year.
Note: The no mans land sequence is hands down the best superhero moment of the year.
Director: James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and Richard E. Grant.
It’s pretty impressive that the first superhero movie of 2017 also turned out to be the best. Taking Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and creating a gritty, bloodthirsty western was a bold decision for Fox, but the outcome was great.
Much like Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, James Mangold stepped away from the typical superhero formula, creating a film which focuses heavily on character and story, instead of just making everything explode. Logan not only said goodbye to Hugh Jackman in a brilliant way, but offered lifelong fans an outstanding and true portrayal of Wolverine.