Guardians of the Galaxy is the Greatest Comic Book Movie of All Time (…so far)
One month ago we asked our fans the ultimate question…What is the GREATEST Comic Book Movie of ALL TIME (…so far)? We picked 64 of the top grossing box office comic book based movies from the past almost 40 years and put them head to head, in the style of the NCAA Tournament. We had four “divisional” brackets, named after Comic Book greats (Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Bob Kane and Siegel/Shuster) and over the past month we had our fans vote to declare a winner. You chose GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY over Captain America: Winter Soldier as your winner. Let’s take a look at what it took for GOTG and Winter Soldier to make it to the finals…
At first glance, GOTG’s run to the finals against CA: Winter Soldier looks pretty impressive. But when we base the comparison of the movies faced in the GCBMoaT by historical US Box Office dollars, the feat is a bit more impressive. GOTG had to defeat The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 2 in order to make it to the Finals vs. CA: Winter Soldier. The worldwide box office for all GOTG opponents totaled $1,642,146,754.00. Guardians of the Galaxy, in terms of both US Box Office numbers well as fan reception well deserves the title of Greatest Comic Book Movie of all Time!
Similarly, Cap’s run to the finals against Guardians looks less impressive when we put it into the context of the box office. The biggest box office numbers come from GOTG, with Iron Man second in the bracket. Both of these films were the greatest competition to Cap during the tournament. The worldwide box office for all Captain America opponents totaled $988,065,053.00. That is a 1.6x difference in GOTG’s favor…Wow.
However, this tournament was not based on Box Office numbers in any way…the movies were not seeded but rather placed in the brackets by random number generator. What this does say for Captain America: Winter Soldier is that even though it made less than Iron Man, or an inflation adjusted Superman II ($294,360,393.94 in 2015 dollars), it is a very compelling superhero comic book movie that deserves to be counted as one of the very best.
What if the superheroes actually fought?
Interesting… what if our little podcast based tournament was a Battle World fight to the death? Well, I think that the Guardians path to the title would have gone down like this:
- Guardians of the Galaxy v. Green Lantern
Green Lantern materializes giant death ray to destroy the Guardians. Rocket hits Green Lantern over the head with a yellow prosthetic leg that he tricked Star-Lord into stealing. Green Lantern is weak against yellow, Star-Lord blasts him into a nearby sun. Guardians win!
- Guardians of the Galaxy v. Incredible Hulk
Guardians stumble upon Hulk while flying over the Pacific Northwest in the Milano. Gamora and Drax jump out to attack Hulk and while they put up a good fight, Hulk is still standing… as Drax and Gamora continue to fight. After a long a brutal battle, Rocket grows tired of the shenanigans and creates a dimensional portal gun out of items laying around in the Milano and fires it at Hulk, sending him to another place in space and time. Guardians win!
- Guardians of the Galaxy v. Big Hero 6
Groot pops him. Guardians win!
- Guardians of the Galaxy v. The Dark Knight
Batman interrupts Rocket from stealing parts from within Wayne Enterprises Applied Sciences Division which begins the fight. Rocket is immobilized via Batarang deployed electrical net and Star-Lord jumps in to free his furry friend. Batman attempts to stun Star-Lord with his cape, Star-Lord dodges and throws a Gravity Mine to slam Batman to the ground. Drax jumps in to attack the Dark Knight as Groot goes to free Rocket. Batman uses his grappling gun to extricate himself from the twin bladed attack of the Destroyer. Batman throws a smoke grenade to mask himself against his foes and begins a shrouded assault on the Guardians. Groot senses this and grows flowers and leaves which clear the air. As the smoke quickly dissipates, Drax finds his mark and attacks the Bat. Noticing her opportunity, Gamora swoops in from the side and deals a painful shot to Batman’s upper body, knocking him unconscious. Guardians win!
- Guardians of the Galaxy v. Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man is swinging on his web through Manhattan when his spidey sense begins to tingle… a large alien ship is coming in over Atlantic Ocean! An epic battle ensues (translation, it’s late and I am running out of pseudo-clever situations) and Spidey is defeated. Guardians win!
- Guardians of the Galaxy v. Captain America: Winter Soldier
Captain America beats up Star-Lord, Gamora defeats Black Widow, Groot grounds Falcon, Rocket dismantles Bucky’s robot arm and Drax and the rest of the team subdue Cap. Guardians win!
Well, that is how I see it. It was a lot of fun interacting with our fans, and interesting to see how everything pans out in the end. It came down to Jlo vs. Shawn. And Shawn lost… but this guy isn’t bitter (yes he is). Because really, doesn’t EVERYONE win with polls on the Internet? You betcha! EXCELSIOR!
Shawn & JLo
Posted on August 24, 2015, in Comic Books, GCBMoaT, Marvel, Podcast, Poll, Pop Culture and tagged Big Hero 6, Blade, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Comic book, comic book movies, DC Comics, GCBMoAT, great comic book movies, Green Lantern, Guardians of the Galaxy, Incredible Hulk, iron Man, Marvel, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Podcast, Spider-Man 2, Superman II, The Crow, The Dark Knight, Watchmen. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.