It is undoubtedly true when they say that it is a great time to be alive for comic book fans, since all that we saw on pulp in our yesteryears materialises to jaw dropping spectacle in front of our eyes, owing to some significant advances in technology. From rocking the stables in the 80s and 90s to continuing their gold struck box office reign well into the second decade of the 21st century, superhero movies seem to be all the rage about now, and if trends and moolah are to indicate anything, they are here to stay, with franchise building being the name of the game.
A sad day for comic book aficionados has since passed, following the announcement of the demise of the Marvel comics stalwart Stan Lee. What I see is an unbefitting irony when I draft this article and the majority of the films in this list come from his stable of superheroes. It is true, 2018 has been one of the best years for Marvel with their tentpole culmination ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ hitting screens, and ‘Black Panther’ surprising every one with its stellar sweep at the box office and with the critics in general. DC, the only significant rival comic book house giant, had little to offer this year following the debacle of ‘Justice League’ in 2017, but with ‘Aquaman’ lined up for release this December and keeping in mind what we have seen so far, things do look promising.
As with other categories of films, 2018 has been pretty standard in terms of superhero films as well. Seven superhero flicks released this year to screens, two of them animated, and almost all of them did superb business and were equally loved by viewers the world over, solidifying the deep-rooted reach of these films and franchises with the audience. While the superhero slate for 2019 makes me giddy in excitement, with ‘Shazam’, ‘Captain Marvel’, ‘Dark Phoenix’ and the fourth ‘Avengers’ film already lined up for release, I reminisce on the year that has gone by, here’s the list of all seven superhero movies ranked from best to good to worst. What do you think was the top superhero movie of 2018?
7. Ant-Man and the Wasp
‘Ant Man and the Wasp’ is pretty standard Marvel fare, if there exists a clear definition of it. In a lot of ways, after the emotional rollercoaster that the culmination of Phase 3, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ was, ‘Ant Man and The Wasp’ has a levity that was welcome in more ways than one. The film garnered a lot of publicity with respect to Scott Lang’s absence from the scene in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, and the post credits scene of this film may be able to give an answer to that. Hopefully, this should add up to bigger things and a meatier part to play for Scott Lang in the fourth Avengers out next year.
Quite frankly, the subatomic shrinking of Lang’s suit and the Quantum Realm were the most interesting aspects of the first one for me, and they are put to plenty good use in the sequel. The action in the Ant-Man universe with magnified objects and diminished beings was a definite highlight from the first one, and while it’s present aplenty, it doesn’t break any new ground, the highlight being the mid-city chase sequence. The themes of family and father-daughter bonding continue into this sequel, as do the crazy antics of Lang’s ex-con partners, with a scene stealing Michael Pena. If you are a Marvel fan and know exactly what to expect, you’ll be just satisfied, nothing more. Turn a critical eye and the obvious ‘flat’ nature of the film surfaces, and sticks.