Like it or not, we live in the age of the superhero film. Although its origins can be traced back to the late 1970s with Richard Donner’s Superman, the comic book medium had created these characters long before that. Myself being a life-long comic book fan as well as a film buff, I see both the positives and negatives of such a trend. But as far as I’m concerned, the positives far outweigh the negatives. Although there have been plenty of clunkers, which have spawned sequels for no apparent reason, we’ve also been given a treasure trove of legitimately good adaptations of these fairy-tale-like characters. Marvel, who seems to have cornered the market on the superhero film as of late, is one of these companies with a backlog of memorable characters that have been brought to the big screen. As a life-long Marvel fan (Spider-Man in particular), it’s definitely exciting to see your favorite childhood characters brought to life for your enjoyment every Summer.
In anticipation of the release of this week’s Iron Man 3, I’ve decided to make a list of my favorite Marvel adaptations, both those made by Marvel Studios as well as outside studios. Let the Summer movie season commence!