At first glance, these two seem to have a fraught relationship. Marvel has never really been on board with making their characters as family-friendly as Disney would like, and Disney has never really been on board with the kind of violence that Marvel’s actions movies typically entail. That said, both companies have realized that they’re stronger together, and many fans of films from either company have enjoyed the other’s offerings.
Disney and Marvel have created some of the most memorable films in both film history and film history. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has produced three phases of films and a total of eighteen so far, with the fourth phase on its way. The MCU has produced five films that have grossed over a billion dollars worldwide, with another five grossing over 900 million worldwide. It is hard to choose the best films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe because it is still going, and the films keep getting better and better.
When you look at Disney’s and Marvel’s long list of successful films, you see a variety of genres that have been successful in the past. Disney has been producing some of the most amazing, classic films since the 1930s. Like The Lion King, The Jungle Book, and The Little Mermaid, many of these films are still talked about today. These films have spawned a new generation of little girls (or boys) who want to dress up as princesses and fairies and boys who want to be just like the heroes. Disney’s classic films grow in popularity every year, and it is because of this, the studio has branched out into Marvel Comics. Marvel superheroes have always been popular, but the movies have been of a different nature.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of what we think are the best films from both Disney AND Marvel.
- Guardians of the Galaxy
When Marvel Studios began production on their “4th” (in reality, 6th) film, they wanted a superhero movie that would stand out from the rest of the pack. They turned to a relatively unknown comic that most people hadn’t heard of: Guardians of the Galaxy. A book about a team of superheroes that nobody had heard of wasn’t exactly the best idea for a blockbuster film. For that reason, many people were shocked when the movie was a tremendous success. The film grossed more than $773 million worldwide and was the top-grossing film in the U.S. during its opening weekend.
- Captain America: Civil War
The movie follows the story of Captain America and his friend against Tony Stark and his friends as they fight about the Sokovia Accords, which makes the Avengers a U.S government-controlled team. The film is filled with lots of explosions and lots of action from beginning to end and has made over $1.1 billion after just being released a month ago.
- The Avengers
In 2012, Marvel Studios released “The Avengers,” a superhero ensemble film consisting of characters from their previous films, including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Thor, and Captain America. Since this was a culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was a huge financial and critical success, and it grossed over $1 billion worldwide. In 2015, Marvel repeated this success with “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which grossed over $1.4 billion worldwide!
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The Guardians of the Galaxy, this time, traveled throughout the universe to stop the evil forces of the Sovereign. However, that is the tip of the iceberg of what happens in this movie. Multiple subplots make this movie more than just a standard superhero movie. One of the biggest issues that these characters face is the issue of family, especially Peter Quill (Chris Pratt).
- Avengers: Infinity War/Endgame
The Avengers: Infinity War, directed by the Russo brothers and based on a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, was released worldwide on April 27th 2019. It’s the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the 19th film to be released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film, which was released in three parts, is currently the highest-grossing film of 2018 and of all time, raking in over $2,000,000,000 worldwide. It’s the second highest-grossing film of Marvel at the box office.