With all the superhero films in 2017 being released, we decided it was time to rank them!
I have literally waited a whole year to write an article, ranking 2017’s Superhero films. A year I tells ya! Because at the beginning of 2017, the hype around the upcoming superhero films was all too real. There was so much to look forward to at the beginning of this year. We were going to get Logan, Spiderman in the MCU, Wonder Woman, a sequel to the fantastic Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League!
But now the year is all done, and there are no more superhero movies to look forward. Having said that, we can still get excited for next year. Why? Well because we’re getting Black Panther, New Mutants, Infinity War, Deadpool 2, The Incredibles 2 (that counts right?), Ant-Man and the Wasp, Venom, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Sony’s Animated Spiderman Movie, and Aquaman. So yeah, the hype is still most certainly real!
But that doesn’t change the fact that there is a need to rank 2017’s Superhero films. And just a disclaimer, this list will only include Marvel and DC films, and still exclude The Lego Batman Movie. So that means we’re not including the Power Ranges or Captain Underpants, despite both being Superhero films.
And I can kind of tell already which spots will be agreed upon unanimously, and which will spark massive debate. As part of Digital Fox, we encourage you to provide your input, but please be respectful.
And without any further ado, let me present to you the Rank of 2017’s Superhero films.
6 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2
At the bottom of this list we have the much anticipated sequel of the legendary Guardians of the Galaxy. Many people would swear on the lives of their first-borns that Guardians of the Galaxy was by far the best Marvel movie. Period. Now while I may not be one of those people, I can definitely see where they’re coming from. Guardians provided a refreshing outlook on the superhero genre, which was definitely needed at that time.
But can you imagine the disappointment of having to compare Guardians 2 with the original? By Odin it’s a really, REALLY, mediocre movie. While there are some pretty funny lines, more oft than not the humour is just way too forced.
I reckon Guardians 2 in time will be compared to the likes of Iron Man 2 and The Matrix Reloaded, as sequels which fell far short of their predecessors.
But I ramble. While Guardians 2 was okay at best, it was without doubt the worst superhero film of 2017.
5 – Justice League
Now from here on, the list starts getting contentious. As a total disclaimer, I loved Justice League. It was incredibly enjoyable, filled with Easter Eggs and references that got me jumping in my seat. I loved Justice League so much, last night I actually stopped speaking midway in a conversation about the mitochondria to defend the film.
But while it’s a really enjoyable movie, it isn’t free from flaws, and objectively isn’t a good movie. We discussed this in length in several articles already (see here), but the reshoots and clumsy editing made Justice League very awkward. You could plainly tell which scenes were part of Snyder’s League and which were part of Whedon’s. The result being two different takes from two very different directors on one film. It’d be like trying to compare a coarsely glued together plate with other ‘whole’ plates. I think you get what I mean.
Having said that, Justice League is still better than Guardians 2. Because while I can’t say I was bored in Justice League, the same could not be said for Guardians 2.
Regardless, a compilation of editing issues, a CGI villain, and lacking a ‘whole’ film really stopped Justice League from advancing any further on this list.
4 – Wonder Woman
If this list wasn’t controversial already, it’s about to be starting NOW.
Can we all agree that Wonder Woman was better than Justice League, and Guardians 2? I believe we can. Wonder Woman has a complete hero’s journey, it’s funny, filled with accurate social commentaries, and has very solid chemistry between the two leads.
But it’s not perfect. The villains – and no I don’t mean Professor Lupin – were very one-dimensional, if not campy. Also, Professor Lupin, who in this film was called Sir Patrick, ended up becoming the CGI god Aries. And that was honestly the worst part of the film. If anyone can tell me how Wonder Woman actually beat Aries, that would be greatly appreciated because that final fight scene was beyond perplexing.
Also, I love Gal Gadot, I absolutely love her, but her acting wasn’t the best (please don’t kill me).
And while Wonder Woman is very enjoyable – in fact, it was one of the DCEU’s best films – it just missed out on claiming a higher spot on this list. And when I mean just, I really mean just.
3 – Thor: Ragnarok
Now I imagine that at this point, some people will be flipping over their laptops exclaiming “what in Thor is he on about!? Third place!? How dare he?! Wait till he hears what I have to say in the comments!”
But hear me out, because I do have a good reason as to why Ragnarok only comes in third in ranking 2017’s superhero films.
If you hadn’t gotten already, I’m a big fan of all the movies on this list. I loved them all (except Guardians 2, what a load of rubbish). And Ragnarok is no exception. I can’t say enough how much I love director Taika Waititi’s humour.
Ragnarok is a classic adventure movie. It has a prodigal daughter, a big pupperino, Taika Waititi as stone giant, Jeff Goldblum, Loki and Thor’s brotherly dynamic, and a surprise Matt Damon cameo (how good was that play scene though?).
I love everything about Ragnarok, but in the end it lacks depth. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes there are some very deep scenes. The main ones coming to mind is the elevator scene between Loki and Thor, as well when Thor realises that he’s the God of Thunder. So while it is a feel good adventure movie, the fact that it isn’t more serious at times stops it from being truly great.
And the last thing I have to say about that is that the best comedies explore very serious themes. Some of the best episodes of Scrubs and How I Met Your Mother were when they mixed comedy with tragedy, with the latter being somewhat lacklustre in Ragnarok.
2 – Spiderman: Homecoming
Yeah that’s right, Spiderman: Homecoming grabs second place when ranking 2017’s Superhero films. And why? Well there are a lot of reasons.
Firstly, Homecoming is much more relatable than Ragnarok. Thor’s adventures in Ragnarok are grand, exciting, heart-stopping, and of course hilarious. But ultimately, more people can relate to Peter Parker. If you can relate to a Norse God who goes around beating frost giants and dark elves, please hit me up so I can get in on that action though.
In any case, even as an adult you can relate to the challenges that Peter has in organising his life. He’s stuck between juggling his studies, social life, romantic life, family, and finally his ‘extra-curriculars’. While Thor’s adventures are amazing, it just doesn’t connect in the same way.
Secondly, Homecoming also has a fully formed hero’s journey, seeing the cocky youngster trying to prove himself, fail, and then prove himself again but actually succeed this time after learning some valuable lessons. So think Anakin Skywalker but better?
Finally, let’s not forget that Michael Keaton as the Vulture was probably the best villain on this list (so far). While Steppenwolf, Aries, and Hela could absolutely murder Peter in less than a microsecond, it was Adrian Toomes who terrified me the most. Nothing is more petrifying than Michael Keaton giving you that classic arched eyebrow, pointing a gun at you, saying he will mess you and everyone you love up. NOTHING.
And that is why Homecoming cracks the second spot in ranking 2017’s Superhero films.
1 – Logan
COULD IT HAVE BEEN ANY OTHER?!
I honestly don’t feel compelled to elaborate anymore about why Logan deserves the top spot as 2017’s best Superhero film. Logan had the best script, most detailed and developed characters, and the darkest themes. Remembering that closing shot is quite literally bringing tears to my eyes dammit.
Logan found us seeing the heroes that we grew up with, Wolverine and Professor X, dealing with deteriorating health, mortality, and the fate of their legacy. Logan had the perfect compilation, exploring deep themes, possessing a compelling story, and dealing with ‘world-ending’ events without really feeling that way. And if you don’t think that the extinction of mutants is world-ending then think again my friends.
And there we have it, the official ranking of 2017’s superhero films. But while I had a lot to say about these films, we want to hear what you all think. Leave a comment down below, or tweet me @ElliMiller17 to keep the conversation going.