Despite this area office success of superhero films as well as the depth of a selection of their source material, many of these films emerged as shallow, mindless movies without any serious characterization. This assessment simply is not true. Superheroes is usually complex characters with well-defined personalities, and also the right actors and actresses can bring these personalities alive for the big screen. As five films demonstrate, playing roles that originate in comic books would not diminish actors'credibility. They still take the roles and characters seriously, even facing outlandish premises. In "Watchmen," Jackie Earle Haley literally sociopathic vigilante Walter Kovacs, also referred to as Rorschach. From the primary lines of the film, viewers get a particular glimpse of Rorschach's unhinged personality from his monologue with regards to the decaying morality of New York City and, by extension, the other world. Kovacs is inwardly tortured and angry at both himself and society, and the man the only method he knows of to take care of this anger is always to hunt those he sees as criminals. The scene during which he fully discards his civilian identity as Rorschach serves to give an example: Haley makes Kovacs visibly shiver with anger at Blair Roche's brutal death while he exacts justice around the murderer. Another scene, where Kovacs is imprisonment after being apprehended, shows how contemptuous they are of criminals even when he is seemingly at their mercy.
The culmination of 18 Marvel films and dozens more characters and plot lines spanning a decade, Avengers: Endgame is a massive, global event. It has already made $120 million in ticket pre-sales and is on track have one of the biggest opening weekends ever.
If you’re one of the millions of people who will see the superhero film when it comes out Friday (April 26), you may need a refresher on all of the films that led up to this moment. There are a lot of them, and only a few are really worth watching before you go see Endgame.
To help you figure out which previous Marvel films are worth your time, as well as the ones you should specifically revisit (or watch for the first time) ahead of Endgame, Quartz has ranked and explained all 18 Marvel movies, from 2008’s Iron Man to last month’s Captain Marvel. (This is an update of the list we published a year ago, ahead of Avengers: Infinity War. There are some spoilers, but really only for those entirely new to the Marvel universe.)
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Endgame follows the remaining Avengers as they figure out how to move forward after the events of Infinity War, in which the intergalactic tyrant Thanos acquired all the “Infinity Stones” and destroyed half of all life in the universe—including Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and, crucially, Groot.
The films are ranked from worst to best based on my opinion (with input from my Quartz colleagues), but I also included Rotten Tomatoes ratings and blurbs about how relevant each film’s plots are to Endgame. Many of these films are eminently skippable, but the top 10 are certainly worth watching for anyone who likes superhero movies.