Best Marvel Movies from Outside the MCU

Someone could've eliminated this as an option for original lists. The MCU is an amazing thing, but it is neither the savior nor bane of superheroes. Here are the top movies made outside of the MCU

The Top Ten

Spider-Man 2 Spider-Man 2 Product Image

I'd more than likely have this one at the top too. As you explain, so would I concur. It's a fun movie

Although it's a 16-year-old movie, Spider-Man 2 is still one of the best superhero movies to date.

I love the Sam Reimi trilogy overall. And second movie might have my vote for the best one.

Spider-Man Spider-Man Product Image

Long before the Avengers and their character arcs were even thoughts, Tobey Maguire became Spider-Man courtesy of Sony. Spider-Man is a simple movie, but good nonetheless. Its simplicity and the story implied throughout the trilogy make it fascinating even if James Franco (who ironically is three years younger than Tobey) looked a wee bit too old.

Yes, I agree these Sam Raimi films are my favorites of the Spidey's, and theres always something special about the opener of any series of films. Add in a great Villain, a beautiful female lead and great sets, and theres nothing left to chance. I really like this film and go back to it frequently.

I made a review of this movie recently that says why it's so good.

Logan Logan Product Image

U kno, I have yet to see this start to finish, that's just how its gone for me, and that's a shame, because seeing it broken up like that really is frustrating and takes away from the experience. I would just add that what I have seen is very good, and Patrick Stewart is such a nuanced presence. Not that James McAvoy is bad as a young Professor X, but Stewart will always be that character for me.

This should be first. Raimi's spiderman movies are great, but the realism in this One Is unmatchable. Plot Is very good too and there Is no need to say acting Is great too. This masterpiece Is a must see. And not only for Marvel fans.

A very conclusive ending to what is in my opinion the best series of superhero movies ever made.

A fitting end for one the greatest superheroes of all time.

X-Men: Days of Future Past X-Men: Days of Future Past Product Image

Arguably the best X-Men movie, it's really good.

Should be higher, such a good movie

My favorite Marvel film.

Should be higher

X2 X2 Product Image

Really like it, just picks up where X1 left off with a seamless transition.

Really good movie, I love it as much as the first one.

Slightly worst than the first one, but not by much.

X-Men X-Men Product Image

I love this movie. I've always preferred the X-Men over the Avengers. This film introduced the characters very well and made me excited to see more.

Great film. Every character is so well cast, and we have empathy for the villains. Well paced and crafted story. Just about perfect

This movie was great, and an amazing way to introduce the awesome X-Men franchise.

Spider-Man 3 Spider-Man 3 Product Image

Despite some flaws, it's far from a bad movie, and honestly it might be my favorite of the Sam Raimi trilogy for personal reasons

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse Product Image

It's a shame you haven t seen this, especially in the theatre. Its visually stunning, great score as well. Beyond that, I had a great time getting into the story. All this from a movie I thought I wouldn't like, so that's my 2 cents.

My favorite Spider Man movie. The animation is great, and it shows so much emotions. While I don't find SpiderMan homecoming bad, it is far inferior to that movie.

This isn't as much #6 because it's great; it's there because I'm yet to hear someone complain about it. I still haven't seen it actually.

X-Men: First Class X-Men: First Class Product Image

Fassbender's Magneto is my favorite character here, and it is a star studded cast. If only I hadn't seen Ian McKellan's Magneto 1st, because that character is iconic to me. In hindsight, Fassbender did a great job in an nearly unwinnable situation.

This is my favorite X-Men movie, which really says a lot considering it is my favorite superhero movie franchise.

This movie did a great job at showing the X-Men's backstory and we got to see more of Magneto.

Great movie and great cast

Deadpool Deadpool Product Image

While I was a bit uncomfortable with some of the same things you were disgusted with, it did not ruin the overall effort of this film. I like it very much, and its hilariously offensive at worst. Great production value overall, so I guess I'm a part of the gang you refer to.

It's more so on the list because I know people like it than me liking it. I found the pornography thoroughly disgusting, but I know there are fans out there who love Deadpool, so here you go.

The Newcomers

? The Punisher (1989) The Punisher (1989) Product Image

I have always wanted to see this particular Punisher movie. It's very hard to find, though, but Dolph Lundgren probably made a cool Punisher. (Also, why is Men In Black on this list? Is there something I'm missing?)

? The Punisher (2004) The Punisher (2004) Product Image

The Contenders

The Wolverine The Wolverine Product Image

I like this one too. More character development than the usual superhero fare, and less dependence on CGI.

Cool sequel. Not as great as the original, if memory serves, but great nonetheless.

I liked it more than x men origins to be honest

Ghost Rider Ghost Rider Product Image

Out of the two Ghost Rider movies, this one is the best, I watched it multiple times and it's a favorite of mine.

Venom Venom Product Image

I have yet to see this, but Venom was always one of the coolest looking characters in comics, and I also am a fan of Tom Hardy, so this ones a no brainer, I just gotta get on it. And yes, I even liked Toby McGuire and Topher Grace as Venom in 3, he's just such a menacing looking character.

I loved watching this Venom movie very much, it's worth it.

My favourite movie

X-Men Origins: Wolverine X-Men Origins: Wolverine Product Image

Not as bad as people say it is. The CGI on Wolverine's claws never bothered me. The only problem with the movie is the ending with the weird Deadpool and his laser eyes. Logan losing his memory because of that bullet is also a bit weird if you've read the comics or watched the animated series.

I don't think its nearly as bad as many here seem to, nor do I think it's a great movie. Its just a decent movie, with plenty of flaws to explore if I were to take it too seriously, but I don't. It wasn't a bad way to waste time.

Aside from the Spider-Man trilogy, this is easily a favorite from outside the MCU.

Deadpool 2 Deadpool 2 Product Image

Again, hilarious. That team is so funny, and the interview process will stick for a long time. Great stuff.

It was SO hilarious, and considerably better than the first one in my opinion.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Product Image
X Men: Apocalypse X Men: Apocalypse Product Image

I kinda like it!

Dark Phoenix Dark Phoenix Product Image
Daredevil Daredevil Product Image

This movie is very hated, and I cannot understand the reason. I personally liked it, it has a decent plot and good performances. I liked colin farrell's performance a lot!
The effects were good too, and the scenery was respectful to the setting of the comics.
Very underrated

Its another case where I like it better than many seem to. Its been awhile, but Ben Affleck isn't terrible in this, and Colin Farrell and Michael Clarke Duncan are real good bad guys.

Very fun movie, I'm glad Daredevil got his own movie.

Fantastic Four (2005) Fantastic Four (2005) Product Image
Captain America (1990) Captain America (1990) Product Image
The Amazing Spider-Man The Amazing Spider-Man Product Image
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Product Image

This movie has many flaws, but also many great things that people don't give it enough credits in my opinion.

Once Upon a Deadpool Once Upon a Deadpool Product Image

It is the extended version of deadpool 2

Men in Black Men in Black Product Image

Men in Black is Marvel?

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