My Favourite Comic Book Movies of 2018

What a year it has been for the comic book movie genre! There’s no shortage of comic book movies today. But it’s all about trying to keep the genre fresh and at the end of the day, producing great movies. And this is the purpose of this article. Of all the comic book movies that were released this year I wanted to give you guys my own personal ranking. Just a heads up, I haven’t included every comic book movie that was released this year. This is just a list consisting of my four favourite comic book movies of 2018.

4. Black Panther

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Black Panther is another solid entry into the MCU. When I think about this movie the first thing that comes to mind is the cast. The cast of Black Panther was easily the highlight of the movie for me. Especially when it comes to the supporting cast. In particular, I really enjoyed Michael B. Jordan’s role in this movie. Killmonger is just behind Thanos when it comes to my ranking of the MCU villains. I also liked how Wakanda as a place was handled from the look and feel of it. You really got to understand why this place is important within the universe. However, I must say that at the time of the movie’s release I think I bought into the hype. While I enjoyed the movie, it’s not as great as I first remembered. It’s just solid. And that’s not a bad thing. At first, Black Panther was in my top 5 MCU movies. But now looking back, it just falls out of my top 5 MCU ranking. However, for this year it was still a strong comic book movie. It’s just that the bar has been set so high. I’m still looking forward to seeing what Ryan Coogler does with the sequel.

3. Aquaman

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The more I think about this movie, the more I love it. Now, don’t get me wrong this movie is far from perfect. For example, some of the musical choices. Yes, I’m talking about that Pitbull song. Also some of the romance didn’t work for me along with the humour. However, when this movie got something right, I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. James Wan really went above and beyond with Aquaman. Just the scale of the movie is something that should be admired. The characters are strong. The action scenes are refreshing for once. The costume design is amazing. It has strong villains. And the third act is one of the best I’ve seen in years when it comes to comic book movies. Although, I hated the Pitbull song. I have to admit I was wrong about the soundtrack as a whole. It’s definitely a lot better than when I first heard it. Aquaman is on pace to make a billion dollars at the box office and it deserves every penny. Warner Bros. should already be laying down the blueprints for the sequel. With James Wan at the helm of course.

Feel free to check out my review for Aquaman here!

2. Avengers: Infinity War

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What else can I say about this movie that hasn’t been said already? It delivered in every aspect to me. It was a dream come true for me to see all these characters interacting with each other on the screen for the first time. And to see them lose? Oh, I loved it! It only makes me more excited to see what happens in Avengers 4. With each viewing this movie gets better. I talked about Aquaman’s third act, Infinity War also has a really strong third act. Sometimes when I don’t feel like sitting through the whole movie I just skip to the fight scene on Titan and let it play out from there. Of course, I have to mention Thanos before I finish this. Hands down my favourite villain of the MCU. In-fact one of my favourite villains ever. Josh Brolin delivered a great performance which was helped by the VFX team who did an amazing job with the character’s look. I can’t wait to see how the remaining Avengers deal with the ramifications of the snap in Avengers 4.

For as much as I loved Avengers: Infinity War, it didn’t take the number one spot for me…

1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Look, I knew Spider-Verse was going to be a great movie. I just didn’t know it was going to be this good! I can’t speak highly enough of this animated movie. As a huge Spider-Man fan, I have to say this is easily the best Spider-Man movie we’ve had to date. And it stars Miles Morales! Which makes it even better. The fact that the up and coming generations get to see a different Spider-Man on the screen is awesome. While Miles is the star the movie I loved the other characters just as much. I could spend so much time just going into detail about how much I enjoyed each character. But to keep it short I’ll just say Spider-Noir was by far my favourite character. The voice acting in this movie is top tier. Not to mention the animation style! The visuals in this movie are breathe-taking at certain parts. Miles’ relationship with his uncle was also a standout for me because of how it played into the overall story. As you can see I loved this film. I’m still struggling to find something I didn’t like about it. And weeks later… I still can’t find anything I dislike about it. So, I’m just going to let the film be great. Please, go see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse if you haven’t already.

There’s my list! As you can see regardless of my ranking I spoke highly of each film. It just goes to show how great this year was when it came to comic book movies. Hopefully, next year is even better. It certainly has the potential to do it.

Let me know what your personal list is down below.

Why ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Could Be One Of The Biggest Surprises Of The Year

Every Christmas there are no shortages of blockbuster films that grace the big screen and this Christmas is no different. The upcoming autumn season is already stacked when it comes to comic book movies as Venom and Aquaman are set to be released later in the year. If you know anything about me you’d know that as a DC fan I can’t wait for Aquaman. But I can’t lie there’s this little animated film by Sony which is also coming out this Christmas that currently has all of my attention and that is ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’. I was planning on writing about ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ when the first teaser trailer was released but I could never get around to doing it. Now with the release of the first official trailer only a couple of days ago I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about it. I’ve already lost count of the amount of times I’ve watched it already. Hopefully I’m not getting ahead of myself here but I wanted to write about how ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ could be one of the biggest surprises of the year.

The Animation Style

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Look I’m not an animation expert here but this trailer looks amazing! Damn near every shot in the trailer is beautiful. You can literally pause the trailer at any moment and you’ll still be greeted with a screenshot full of beautiful colours that you just can’t take your eyes off. I know there are no shortages of animated films today but this just seems different. Spider-Verse both looks and feels different than your typical Pixar animated film. Not to say that Pixar hasn’t done a great job it’s just nice to have something different for once. One of my favourite shots from the trailer is when Miles is talking and his speech bubbles appear around the screen. It literally looks like a comic book page being brought to life, hopefully there are more shots like that in the film.

Sony

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Sony gets a lot of criticism by fans with the way they have handled Spider-Man in the last couple of years. But to their credit they aren’t giving up on the property yet, especially with Venom coming out just a couple of months before this. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Sony is taking this project in the right direction. I can’t wait to see the final product on the big screen. Sony deserves a lot of praise here especially if they knock it out the park with this one. I like how the cinematic version of the character can be loaned out to Marvel giving them the chance to work on their own universe. I love how they aren’t just sitting on their hands watching the success of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU. This allows them to choose their own path and really just bring the comic books to life. It’s much easier for them to bring in characters such as Spider-Gwen for the first time. I can’t wait to see what other characters will also appear in this film.

Miles Morales

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One of the biggest reasons why I’m looking forward to this movie is because the focus here is on a different Spider-Man. Miles Morales was a great choice for this project and a great starting point for the character to be introduced to the general audience who hasn’t read any of his comics. However given this movie is about the ‘Spider-Verse’ we will see other version of the character such as Spider-Gwen and Peter Parker. While it looks like Peter is teaching Miles the ropes I feel the main focus of the film will be centred on Miles and his family which I love. This is a breath a fresh air for the character in general. Don’t get me wrong Peter Parker will always be my favourite but I’m all for passing the torch to a new character.

That was my quick thoughts on ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ and how it could be one of the biggest surprises of the year. It looks like I’m not the only one that’s excited about this film as the trailer has gained over 40 million views in the space of a couple days. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself here but it does look like they have all the right ingredients to make a great Spider-Man movie.

‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ is set to be released December, 14

Let me know your thoughts on the film/trailer