In the last decade or so, Marvel films have enjoyed tremendous success and crazed fan-following.
Whatever way the great directors’ Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola look at Marvel’s movies, the crystal clear matter of fact is that these superhero capers are here to stay. Commanding huge fandom towards its superheroes and comic-characters, Marvel films have established themselves as easy contenders displaying untouchable box-office prowess with unerring consistency.
Unfortunately, with Disney Plus popping up this pandemic, the number of Marvel superhero flicks on Netflix has dramatically decreased. Some top superhero movies and series on Netflix right now may not be the biggest ever but they do have something that draws you in. Whether it’s the story or the excellent acting, these films are also some of the most-watched Netflix superhero movies on the platform.
Here we list the ten best Netflix superhero films/series that are currently streaming on the platform.
Not the greatest Marvel film to see the light of the day, Transformers: Age of Extinction was the sequel to 2011’s Dark of the Moon, taking place three years after its events. Like its predecessors, it was directed by Michael Bay and written by Ehren Kruger, with Steven Spielberg and Bay as executive producers. Thought the film was shunned by critics after release, it didn’t stop the movie from being a box office success, grossing over $1.104 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2014, the second-highest-grossing film in the Transformers series.
In the movie, The Autobots, a faction of robots from the planet Cybertron, are hunted down by an elite CIA black ops unit and a ruthless bounty hunter. They turn to a struggling inventor and his daughter for help.
Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and sharing continuity with the films of the franchise and is the fourth in a series of shows that lead to The Defenders crossover miniseries, Marvel’s Iron Fist has Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand/Iron Fist, a martial arts expert with the ability to call upon a mystical power known as the Iron Fist.
After being presumed dead for 15 years, Danny Rand returns to New York City to reclaim his family company from Harold Meachum and his children Ward Meachum and Joy Meachum. When a threat emerges, Rand must choose between his family’s legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist. After the events of The Defenders, Rand steps up to protect New York in Matt Murdock’s absence, until a new enemy threatens Rand’s identity and those he cares about.
In this reboot of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man series, Emma Stone played Gwen Stacy, the love interest of Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker. In the film, after Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to save the city from the machinations of a mysterious reptilian foe.
Director Mark Webb knew of the daunting challenge of trying to match-up to the previous Spiderman movies. That said, he wanted it to be more grounded and more realistic and that went for the emotion of the scenes, the physical action and wardrobe. More influenced by Ultimate Spider-Man but it is also very much a world of our own devising.” He described the film as “not a remake” explaining that “we’re not making Sam’s movie again. It’s a different universe and a different story with different characters.”
The first instalment in the live-action Transformers film series, it stars Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky, a teenager who gets caught up in a war between the heroic Autobots and the villainous Decepticons, two factions of alien robots who can disguise themselves by transforming into everyday machinery, primarily vehicles. The Autobots intend to retrieve and use the AllSpark, the object that created their robotic race that is on Earth, to rebuild their home planet Cybertron and end the war, while the Decepticons have the intention of using it to build an army by giving life to the machines of Earth.
Perhaps the best out of all the Transformers films, it won four awards from the Visual Effects Society and was nominated for three Academy Awards, for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.
Mike Colter stars as Luke Cage, a former convict with superhuman strength and unbreakable skin who now fights crime and corruption. When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city. After clearing his name, Cage becomes a hero and celebrity in Harlem, only to encounter a new threat that makes him confront the line between hero and villain
Colter portrayed the character differently in the series than he had previously in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, explaining, “You’re not always the same person around everyone you know…you might not necessarily behave the same way around your mom that you would with your wife or your boss. He’s a black superhero, but he’s a different type of black alpha male. He’s not bombastic. You rarely see a modern black male character who is soulful and intelligent.”
This Netflix original chronicles the life of one of the darker Marvel characters, the mysterious Jessica Jones. Just like Daredevil, it is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sharing continuity with the films of the franchise, and is the second show that led to The Defenders crossover miniseries. Krysten Ritter stars as the titular character of Jessica Jones, a former superhero who opens her own detective agency.
Praised and critically acclaimed for its realistic depiction of issues like PTSD, sexual assault and rape, showrunner Melissa Rosenborg said that ‘we very aware this is the first female superhero Marvel’s ever introduced as a lead. But there was never the intention of, “this is an issue series, we’re dealing with issues.’ While issues of sexual assault and women in power are all issues that I certainly feel very passionately about taking on, the show’s all about exploring the inner workings of Jessica Jones and her ensemble.”
Based on the Marvel Comics characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, who form the eponymous superhero team, The Defenders. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and acknowledges the continuity of the franchise’s films. The miniseries is a crossover event for several interconnected series from Marvel and Netflix. The series stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock /Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, and Finn Jones as Danny Rand /Iron Fist, all reprising their roles from their individual series.
Set a few months after the second season of Daredevil, and a month after the first season of Iron Fist, the vigilantes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up in New York City to fight a common enemy, the Hand. Critics were mostly positive about the crossover, highlighting the dynamics between the different Defenders.
On combining elements from the individual series to craft the tone of The Defenders, showrunner Marco Ramirez said: “There’s a recurring theme here with people who are orphans or people who don’t understand this urge but feel the need to do good and are constantly fighting inner turmoil…We didn’t think about it in terms of how we’ll combine all the tones.”
The Punisher revolves around Frank Castle, who uses lethal methods to fight crime as the vigilante, with Jon Bernthal reprising the role from Daredevil. After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his family, the first season finds former Force Recon Marine Frank Castle, known throughout New York City as “the Punisher”, uncovering a larger conspiracy beyond what was done to him and his family. The second season sees Castle, who has been living a quiet life on the road, drawn into the mystery surrounding the attempted murder of Amy Bendix, forcing him to decide if he should embrace his life as the Punisher.
On how Castle resonates with him, Bernthal said, “He ain’t got a fucking cape. He ain’t got any superpowers. He’s a fucking tortured, angry father and husband who’s living in this unbelievable world of darkness and loss and torment.” However, Bernthal did study all the previous portrayals, saying, “once you devour and eat up as much as you can, my way is to make it as personal as possible”.
The second Spider-Man film reboot and the 16th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Tom Holland starring as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, alongside Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Zendaya among others. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker tries to stop the Vulture from selling weapons made with advanced Chitauri technology while trying to balance his life as an ordinary high school student.
It received praise for the light tone and focus on Parker’s high school life, and the performances of Holland and Keaton, grossing over $880 million worldwide, becoming the second-most-successful Spider-Man film and the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2017. Holland took inspiration from previous Spider-Man actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, but also hoped to deliver something “new and exciting” with his take on the character, the first to focus on Parker as “dealing with everyday problems that a 15-year-old deal with as well as trying to save the city.”
Marvel’s Daredevil is rightly considered to be among the best works on any superhero character. It follows the life of Matt Murdock, who manages to overcome the challenges that he faces due to him being blind since childhood and fights criminals as a lawyer and the masked vigilante – Daredevil. It is the first in a series of shows that lead to The Defenders crossover miniseries.
Creator Drew Goddard pitched a new Daredevil film to Marvel, but Marvel was not looking to create an R-rated film, and Goddard did not want a “watered-down version” of the character, as he also explained in 2015: “I went into Marvel and talked to them about making it as a movie a couple of years ago, long after the Affleck movie. But what we all sort of realized is that this movie doesn’t want to cost $200 million.
“The thing about Matt Murdock is, he’s not saving the world. He’s just keeping his corner clean. So it would feel wrong to have spaceships crashing in the middle of the city. But because of that, Marvel on the movie side is not in the business of making $25 million movies. They’re going big, as they should.”
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