While looking at the top-grossing Marvel movies could raise some eyebrows, it’s important to emphasise that box office figures reflect the film’s lifetime earnings, not just its first opening weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. It’s easier to imagine how this lineup ended up producing a lot over the course of its career given the recent significant growth in streaming services and overall customers. Let’s examine the top ten Marvel films that have ever made the most money in the United States and Canada.
10. Iron Man 3 (2013)
Iron Man 3
One of the more recent entries to the list, Iron Man 3, stunned fans worldwide with the triumphant return of the beloved Tony Stark. After repeated, destructive terrorist assaults and attempts on his life by a cunning foe, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) must muster all of the nerve and technology he has amassed to defeat this new, merciless foe. Given the popularity of the original two Iron Man films, it seems sense that people would assemble for the debut of this sequel, which turned out to be a truly re-watchable and pleasant film.
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9. Medical professional Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
In the Multiverse of Madness, Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a far more recent work in the list, stands out as one of the more artistically and thematically distinctive contributions. Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is plagued by bizarre nightmares and visions of a universe-jumping youngster, which puts him in new, unimaginable dangers as he works to save friends both old and new. With plenty of action, cheeky humour, and scary elements, this Sam Raimi Marvel film carves out a unique place in deep space that fans have come to celebrate.
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8. Captain Marvel (2019)
Captain Marvel, the first Marvel movie with a super star female lead, gives the cinematic universe a fresh look and feel. One of the original primary characters in The Avengers Initiative, Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), embarks on a quest of self-discovery in order to shed light on her murky history and ultimately become Captain Marvel. The music from bands like Garbage, Heart, and No Doubt gives this specific Marvel film a particularly strong, empowering vibe, and the film’s distinctive method of disseminating 90s memorabilia adds to this.
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7. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
The most recent entry on this list is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the densely spoken, psychological sequel to the hugely successful first Black Panther.T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), their valiant leader, was unexpectedly killed, leaving the group in ruins.The family and kingdom band together to defend Wakanda from a previously unknown, oceanic kingdom that threatens to invade and destroy everything they have actually built. The visual effects and dedication to actor Chadwick Boseman make this a deserving insertion into deep space, despite the fact that the film is not the best in terms of general quality or cohesiveness.
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6. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers: Age of Ultron, the second installment in the Avengers series, was expected to bring in money regardless of the film’s quality. The self-aware technology known as “Ultron,” which was created by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), decides that humanity is an infection that needs to be eradicated from the face of the Earth. Ultron offers a lot of action-packed fun and amazing efficiencies to enjoy even though it wasn’t received as well as other films of its type.
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5. The Avengers (2012)
The Avengers debuted as the third-highest-grossing movie of all time, marking the beginning of the ensemble Avengers films. The Avengers Initiative is formally implemented as a result of Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) careless invasion of Earth and acts of terrorism, saving humanity from almost certain destruction. Nobody was surprised by the film’s success because it was known in 2008 that this star-studded superhero project would debut in 2011 with the core Avengers.
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4. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War surpasses its predecessors in many ways, managing a remarkably large ensemble of superheroes for the third Avengers installment. Thanos (Josh Brolin) reveals himself as The Avengers’ most formidable foe as evidenced by his goal to acquire all infinity stones and wipe out half of all living. Due to the near-constant action and psychological hardship in this incredibly rewatchable movie, its lifetime gross has greatly increased and is likely to continue to do so.
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3. Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther, a very unique addition to the Marvel cinematic universe, built up a sizable fanbase far in advance of its actual release date, ensuring a fortunate and long-lasting future. King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), who is next in line to serve as the ruler and protector of Wakanda, is suddenly opposed by a ghost from the past who has a score to settle and a chip on his shoulder. The Black Panther soundtrack by Kendrick Lamar and Ludwig Göransson deserves praise as well for its achievements in popularity; it won awards for Best Score at the Oscars and Grammys, as well as a Grammy for the song “King’s Dead” from Lamar’s own Black Panther album.
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2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Spider-Man: No Way Home, a cast-blending experiment that combines all Spider-Man models into one fantastic experience, is the most recent and most intriguing Spider-Man movie. After Spider-Man’s (Tom Holland) true identity is revealed on the news, he seeks Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) help to undo what has already been done, setting off a series of events that collide many realities. Even the most sceptic audiences felt it was imperative to see this movie as soon as possible because every actor who has played Spider-Man and their specific opponents were guaranteed to be included.
Read our evaluation of Spider-Man: No Way Home or see our guide to Spider Man motion pictures in order
1. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Avengers: Endgame, which serves as the spectacular climax to the series of Avengers films, is an emotionally charged journey through nostalgia, retribution, and atonement. Years after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, the remaining Avengers clumsily get back together to attempt to undo Thanos’ catastrophic deeds. Endgame’s 3-hour timeframe aims to settle the ratings, wrap up a number of subplots, and give viewers a respectable send-off for their favourite movie legend.
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At IGN, Connor Sheppard writes about culture and critiques media in general. He formerly had a deal with The Manual.