The great phenomenon of modern day cinema is comic book movies, with their global success now ensuring that around three films are released every year. It is the Marvel characters who dominate this landscape, with the vast majority of their titles becoming hits at the box office, including these five.
5. The Avengers – $1.51 billion
Overview – The Marvel ensemble film bringing together many of the biggest superheroes, in a battle against Loki (the brother of Thor).
Stars – Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr, Tom Hiddlestone, Samuel L Jackson
Facts – Took the crown of all-time biggest grossing comic book film from The Dark Knight, topped the box office charts in the UK and other countries, as well as the US.
4. Iron Man 3 – $1.21 billion
Overview – Tony Stark has to wage battle against a mysterious terrorist known as The Mandarin.
Stars – Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce
Facts – Most successful Iron Man film so far, both in the US ($68.9 million opening day) and worldwide.
3. Iron Man 2 – $623.9 million
Overview – With his double identity now public knowledge, Iron Man/Tony Stark is also faced with a crazed adversary linked to the legacy of his father.
Stars – Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke
Facts – Reached $194 million in box office grosses outside of the US, with the UK and Korea accounting for £23 million each of that total.
2. Iron Man – $585.2 million
Overview – Following his capture by terrorists and injuries, Tony Stark is driven to create his iron suit and defeat a dictator.
Stars – Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard
Facts – This was the highest grossing Marvel movie worldwide until the second instalment, making $312,433,331 in the US alone.
1. X-Men: The Last Stand – $457.1 million
Overview – The mutants split into rival X-Men and Brotherhood factions, following the discovery of a cure for their conditions.
Starring – Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman
Facts – This instalment in the X-Men series shattered all previous box office records for both the franchise and films based on Marvel comic book characters, just nine days after its worldwide release.
Given the ongoing boom in comic book-related movies, there doesn’t seem much likelihood that the success of Marvel will decline any time soon, as you can even play online slot machine games based on them in sites such as GamingClub.com. It remains the market leader in terms of the adaptation of its characters and stories by filmmakers, and the question is whether there will be any films in the future that can top the highest grossing Marvel adventures.