2016 was a big year for superhero movies. We’ve never been greeted with so many in the one year before, and whilst we didn’t end up seeing all the movies we thought we’d see (ahem Gambit), it was still a pretty good year. So let’s rundown my personal ranking of 2016’s superhero offerings.
#6 X-Men: Apocalypse
To be honest, coming into 2016, this was always my least anticipated movie. Not necessarily because I thought it was going to be bad, but because it just seemed like the same old thing. With over a decade of X-Men films, doing the same thing over and over again can get tiring. The whole is Magneto really good or bad schtick is getting old.
Whilst I didn’t think the film was bad, it was overall pretty forgettable. It had its cool moments, but there wasn’t anything too standout about it. I don’t really feel the need or want to rewatch that movie. I think Fox should really look into finding an angle to make the franchise fresh again.
Have to say though, Logan looks pretty freaking promising. That trailer was phenomenal, and it felt different. So it’s definitely not the end to the X-Men universe, but when it comes to the team films, I’m looking forward to being surprised and intrigued by what happens again.
#5 Suicide Squad
I’ve had an interesting experience with Suicide Squad. The first time I watched it I thought it was okay, fun with flaws. The second time I watched it, I actually really enjoyed it. Then the third time I watched it, I got a bit bored.
Overall I liked Suicide Squad, but I can’t overlook its problems either. Really, it could have been a lot better. And the trailers promised us something we didn’t quite get. When you had a marketing campaign as good as Suicide Squad, it’s hard not to feel a bit disappointed.
But like I said in my original discussion of the film, I did enjoy the characters even though the story fell a bit flat for me. I’m definitely interested in seeing more from this world, which we know we’ll be getting at least from the Gotham City Sirens film. There’s so many great Suicide Squad comics out there, and for the Suicide Squad, sometimes the best stories are the simplest ones. It’s more about how these characters respond to the situation that makes it interesting.
#4 Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange always looked and sounded promising. Introducing trippy magic into the MCU, sure why not! Again, with so many superhero films coming out these days, it’s good to be different. And Doctor Strange really didn’t feel like the same old superhero film. Yes it still shared the common conventions most Marvel films share, but its magical premise and visuals separated it from the pack.
Because of this, the film felt like it wasn’t completely connected to the MCU. It felt like its own thing for the most part, which was good. Of course this didn’t last forever, with the post-credit scene showing us a scene between Doctor Strange and Thor. So looks like we’ll see Strange pop up in some way in Thor: Ragnarok.
Deadpool took the top spot when it came to the best marketing campaign. I have to say that the plot of the film was fairly basic. Your typical revenge tale. But the plot of the movie wasn’t what made it, it was the character. Deadpool is the type of character who doesn’t need a complex plot to be interesting. He knows how to make even the most mundane situation interesting.
Like I mentioned earlier, Fox needs to do something to keep their universe fresh. Deadpool is one good response to that concern. Breaking the fourth wall, getting up to foul business and overall not really giving a shit. Deadpool showed that not all comic book characters are similar. They come in all different shapes and weirdness.
#2 Captain America: Civil War
So this was kinda a big movie. We saw more Marvel characters than an Avengers movie and saw the introduction of a brand new Spider-Man. Was it exactly like the comic version of the story? No, but it was still a great movie in its own right. And what was good was that there were consequences in this war. Captain America and his team aren’t exactly in the best position at the end of the film, so it’ll be interesting to see how the characters progress from there.
My main gripe was that for a war, it didn’t take itself that seriously. It would have been nice to see some more dramatic moments, especially during the actual fight. But there’s no denying that the actual fight itself was pretty damn entertaining. Who knew Ant-Man would totally steal that scene?
#1 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ultimate Edition
I need to preface this by saying I’m ignoring the existence of the Theatrical Cut. Yes how dare I say that, but in my reality, I have no idea what it is. And if you know me then you know how much I love my Supes and Bats, and especially how excited I was to see this film.
It was a rollercoaster ride, but in the end the Ultimate Edition in my eyes, was amazing. It’s a long ass movie, yes. But where else will I see a deconstruction of these icons? It’s not to everyone’s liking, that’s understandable. But I did get out of it a thought-provoking exploration of these well-known characters, along with great visuals to look at as well. That’s why it takes my top spot.
But I’m sure everyone has their own rankings which may be completely different, so let me know what your rankings are!
Categories: comic book movies