How Lead Actors Can Influence Marvel Movies

If you are a fan of movies that are based upon Marvel comic books, you are certainly not alone. The popularity of these movies featuring some of the most beloved superheroes of all time have been doing very well at the box office. They are so popular, a Marvel-based movie is actually considered to be a failure if it is not able to break the 1 billion dollar mark with combined domestic and international sales. This is a very high bar that has been set, one that is there because of how influential certain lead actors can be in making these movies a raving success. Let’s look at a few of the best Marvel movies that have been created, as well as a few of the worst, to show you why can influence the success or failure of one of these superhero-based movies.


Top Marvel Movies

Although many people will have their opinion as to which movie is actually the best, the sales that a movie makes typically represent its overall popularity. Some of them are popular due to the existing popularity of a particular superhero like Spiderman or Superman, whereas others are actually made very popular because of the lead actor in the movie. Some of the more popular ones that have come out in recent years include the Incredible Hulk, Thor, The Avengers, and of course the blockbuster Iron Man trilogy. Some of these superheroes were highly regarded prior to the movies, but as you will see, the success of some of them is almost solely based upon the lead actors popularity.

Popular Marvel Movies That Owe Their Success To The Lead Actor

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Robert Downey Jr, in Expo 2011 by Mingle MediaTV [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A movie that has become iconic, one that is representing a superhero that was not very popular until the movie, was the movie Iron Man. Very few people that were outside of comic book fanatics actually understood the background of the superhero, what his powers were, or what the personality of the comic book hero actually was. It was not until the actor Robert Downey Jr. took on the role of Tony Stark who creates the Iron Man suit that the world was introduced to one of the most iconic superheroes in history. It is because of the personality and acting skills of Robert Downey Jr. that this movie became a worldwide sensation that it is. In fact, it was also his presence in the movie The Avengers which made it into one of the top grossing movies of all time. To prove this point even more, the Captain America movies that have been created starring Chris Evans have been popular, but the latest one, Captain America: Civil War which also features Iron Man may actually eclipse the first two movies as a result of Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as Iron Man once again. Although both of the prior movies have made an average of $200 million at the box office, three of Downey’s movies have grossed over a billion dollars in sales worldwide, prompting many to believe that this third Captain America installment will be the most successful.

See also: Box Office History for Iron Man Movies

Other Popular Lead Actors In Marvel Movies

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Hulk of Marvel Movies

Although Robert Downey Jr. is a favorite with many Marvel movie fanatics, there are also notable actors that also have their own following. Chris Evans who plays the role of Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America has done well with both the Captain America series of movies, and also in his role on Marvel’s Avengers. The lead female actor, Scarlet Johansson has also done very well for herself in movies, but has cemented her role as Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. the Black Widow. Other notables that have had good success in movies, but primarily in the Marvel movies include Mark Ruffalo who plays the Incredible Hulk, Chris Hemsworth who Thor, and probably the most prolific actor of all time, Samuel L Jackson, as the enigmatic Nick Fury.

In conclusion, all of the Marvel movies to have excellent special-effects, storylines, and incredible actors that make these movies as fantastic as they are.

Millions of people are fans of the multitude of actors that portray the different superheroes that are in these movies, but it is the lead actor that tends to make these superheroes movies a success. Although the Spiderman movies have also done well, grossing billions of dollars due to the lead actor Tobey Maguire, Robert Downey Jr. stands apart from all other actors as the most successful and influential of all lead role superheroes playing Iron Man, a character that has literally changed the way that we all look at superhero movies today. Although there may be an actor in the future that may be as popular as Iron Man in the near future, these examples clearly show how important it is to have an exceptional actor at the helm of Marvel movies portraying the superheroes that we all know and love.

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