2014 is seen as one of the best years for comic book movies, so looking back at the past year, which one takes top spot? This was a hard one to pick for me, and I’m sure a lot of people have different number ones.
4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2- Well this isn’t really a shocker. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a disappointment to most people. Electro seemed like a villain straight out of Batman and Robin, and the story didn’t know what it wanted to be, with the many story arcs all squished into the one film. But Andrew Garfield still did a great job for the shit he was given.
And honestly I don’t think the Amazing Spider-Man 2 is as bad as some people make it out to be, there were some really great moments in it. The opening sequence was great, and the death of Gwen was great as well. Let’s just forget the whole “It’s my birthday. Now it’s time for me to light my candles” scene.
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past- Well this is one way to make people forget about X3. X-Men Days of Future Past found its strength through the relationships the characters have built over the past 14 years. From Magneto and Xavier to even Wolverine and Beast, the past of all these characters were brought to the forefront to remind us how great these character relationships are. My only problem is that I’m not really a Mystique fan. And if you got Jennifer Lawrence in your movie, I understand why they would want to make her one of the main focuses (which we know they will also be doing in Apocalypse as well) so I could do with less of her character in the movie, but other than that Days of Future Past was one of the best in the franchise.
The reason why it came in at number 3 was because as much as I enjoyed the story, the whole mutants on the outside, being discriminated, being feared by the people thing has been done again and again. Guardians and Winter Soldier felt fresher to me in comparison.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy- Picking between number one and two was hard, but in the end Guardians came in at number 2. The interactions and chemistry between the Guardians were more than great. They even managed to find a way to make Dave Bautisa’s lack of acting skill work. But the reason Guardians ended up in the number 2 spot was because of the villain of the story. I love villains, and personally as good as the hero of the story is, I want the villain to be just as good. And unfortunately I felt nothing about Ronan. He wasn’t interesting to me at all, and I just didn’t care about his side of the story. Blah blah blah I hate Thanos blah blah blah I want to destroy the world…for some reason. So because of that Guardians came in at number 2.
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- So of course Captain America comes in at number 1. I found the first Captain America movie to be pretty bland, so this was a major step up. It also helps that I absolutely loveee anything spy-related. The Winter Soldier was a pivotal film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it exposed all the Hydra stuff that has been going on behind the scenes for decades. Also I love the whole betrayal of the best friend thing it had going for it, even though we hardly heard Bucky Barnes speak other than the occasional ‘No!’ and ‘Shut up!’, but we do know he will be a major player in Cap 3. Captain America found the right balance between its characters and tone, which is why it was so loved by the majority of the audience.
I don’t think 2015 will be able to beat 2014 when it comes to the quality of comic book movies. Avengers: Age of Ultron will most likely be great, but the only other comic book films coming out in 2015 are Ant-Man and Fantastic Four. Because Ant-Man is an MCU film I’m sure it will be solid, but with all the stuff that has been going on behind the scenes, I fear we might get another movie like Thor: The Dark World, studio friendly but forgettable. And then we also have Fantastic Four. We really don’t know anything about this movie. And the stuff we do know, doesn’t sound that great, but I still have hope it can be good. As long as they stick to the roots of Fantastic Four and don’t try to make them something they’re not, it has the potential to be a great film. But from what we have heard, it sounds pretty average and formulaic, I feel like it won’t be very exciting, and ultimately quite forgettable (though I hope I’m wrong).
Anyways what do you think? What was your favourite comic book film of 2014 and why? Let me know!
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