5 best Marvel movies and series of 2022 ranked | Popgen Tech
In many ways, 2022 has been a mixed bag for Marvel when it comes to the movies and series the studio has released this year. While there have been surefire hits from the studio, there have also been some misses, like Thor: Love and Thunder and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. But on the other side of the coin are offerings that resonate well with fans and critics. Below we take a look at the best releases from the Marvel Cinematic Universe this year.
5 best Marvel movies and series of 2022 ranked
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
The latest entry on this list is also one of Marvel Studios’ most heartwarming offerings in a while. Directed by James Gunn, the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special aired on Disney Plus and revolves around Mantis’ plan to make Peter Quill happy this Christmas by enlisting Drax’s help in getting him Kevin Bacon. What follows is an impromptu trip to earth to innocently abduct the Footloose actor and bring him to Star-Lord in Knowhere.
Happy Holidays from the Guardians 🎄
Marvel Studios Special Presentation: The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is now streaming #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/WM6oe9LmDb
— Marvel Studios Canada (@MarvelStudiosCA) December 18, 2022
As expected, Quill is surprised and disappointed in the two for kidnapping Bacon against his will. For his part, the actor realizes what’s going on and returns to give Knowhere a kind of holiday spirit that can only be found on Earth. In the end, the short special manages to deliver a final surprise to Star-Lord where Mantis reveals that she is his sister as everyone gets into the Christmas spirit.
What makes Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday so special is that it manages to deliver laughs and emotions while driving the story forward. With Volume III just a few months away, Gunn’s final film for the MCU is carefully set up without adding too much baggage to the plot or deviating from what makes the Guardians so relatable to fans. All in all, this special succeeds in many ways where Marvel’s other offerings for 2022 fail.
4. Werewolf In The Night
In all the years of its existence, the Marvel Cinematic Universe revolved mainly around the existence of superheroes and their struggle against the forces of evil. But lately, the overall franchise has tried its best to steer clear of the usual formula by dipping into other genres. While the outcome was questionable for Multiverse of Madness and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Werewolf By Night certainly passed the test with flying colors.
Just watched Werewolf by Night, and holy shit what a movie! It’s about time the MCU dipped their toes into horror, and it’s a perfect project that showcases some awesome characters. Elsa, Jack and Ted (Swamp Thing) would be an awesome trio to expand on. pic.twitter.com/1uXLsqICNg
— Doctor Mammoth | Doctor Fate Era (@MammothRick) December 14, 2022
Billed as a special presentation, Werewolf By Night revolves around Jack Russell’s quest to save the Man-Thing after a competition to kill the mystical creature begins to obtain the mysterious Bloodstone gem. This competition was won by Elsa Bloodstone, the daughter of the man who once owned the gem, and the reason why said competition even started.
What makes this show a gem among Marvel’s offerings this 2022 is how it embraces the classic horror genre and still manages to include these comic-based characters. It just goes to show that the MCU can achieve something new and compelling just by going for a new story and the vision to pull it off.
3. Mrs. Amazing
Before showing Ms. Marvel on Disney Plus, almost everyone has no idea what the character is about or how the story will develop. However, what is known is that the teenage superhero with Pakistani roots is somehow related to Captain Marvel himself in the MCU. After six episodes of its first season, the series was able to introduce fans to Kamala Khan and how her story would play out in the Marvel Universe.
Mrs. Marvel Season 1 (2022) was really fun and had great scenes and also added the first official Mutant in the MCU I don’t think the last episode was that great but this show is still good I am giving it a 9/10 pic.twitter.com/soJnLWsWqJ
— Movie News for Fun (@MovieNewsforFun) December 14, 2022
This Marvel series on Disney Plus accomplishes this feat by developing a creative storytelling approach that resonates well with fans. Along with its efforts to include other cultures in the story, Ms. Marvel to introduce a relatable hero in Kamala, one that mirrors the journey of Peter Parker when he started as Spider-Man in the comics. While there were some noticeable plotholes in the story, the first season succeeded in introducing Kamala to the MCU while building hype for her upcoming appearance in The Marvels.
2. Moon Knight
With Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight was another series that landed on Disney Plus in 2002. However, this one eschews the teenage superhero formula of the first one by going for a mix of Indiana Jones and a surprising dive into some issues. on mental health while mixing Egyptian mythology into the mix. Of course, this wild blend of elements wouldn’t work without Oscar Isaac’s amazing performance as Marc Spector and Steven Grant.
IMDb listed “Moon Knight” at number #7 on their Top 10 Best TV Series of 2022. pic.twitter.com/aWvjyb7Qtm
— Mcu Content (@mcucomfort) December 12, 2022
What makes Moon Knight one of the MCU’s best offerings this 2022 is how it delivers a typically heroic journey with a complex character suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder at the center. The result is a fun first season that doesn’t lack action, mystery, and somehow, some kind of family tragedy that will tug at the heartstrings of most fans. While it remains to be seen if Marvel will greenlit season 2, Moon Knight’s first appearance is already a win for the studio.
1. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
At the top of Marvel’s best offerings for 2022 is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Unlike Multiverse of Madness or Love and Thunder, Ryan Coogler is able to deliver a story that wins over fans and critics without getting too bogged down in nostalgia or the usual tropes. Right in the middle of this MCU film is Shuri’s journey to overcome the loss of her brother, the late T’Challa, just in time to save Wakanda from Namor. In the end, Shuri accomplishes this feat without giving in to her inner demons while becoming her country’s new Black Panther. Plus, the neat post-credits scene ties in the late Chadwick Boseman’s arc in the Marvel Universe while opening up new opportunities for his story to move forward.
we’re not talking about Letitia Wright’s PERFORMANCE in #WakandaForever enough…the way she masterfully portrays anger and sadness to step up as The Black Panther while still having Shuri’s comedic energy and charm that we loved from the first movie, GIVE HER HER TENS! pic.twitter.com/Pl1doYKIka
— you’re a bad person (@thescarletprint) December 11, 2022
While 2022 was a mixed bag for Marvel, 2023 is shaping up to be an impressive year for the studio. With Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.III on the horizon, next year is shaping up to be a good one for fans of the cinematic universe.