Which superhero movie won 2011?

Pretty much everyone has made their prediction for which movie will come out on top this year, but who won last year?

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By BIGBMH - 4/25/2012


I meant to do this quite a while ago, but better late than never. I'll provide some of the details in writing for those of you who do not want to watch the video, but I go into much more detail with the video, so watching is highly encouraged. The written version is bare bones with no explanations or justifications.

Box Office
1) Thor- $$449,326,618
2) Captain America: The First Avenger- $ $368,608,363
3) X-men First Class- $353,624,124
4) Green Lantern- $219,851,172

Critical Reception
1) X-men First Class- 87%
2) Captain America: The First Avenger- 79%
3) Thor- 77%
4) Green Lantern- 27%

Best Action: Thor

Best Comedy: Thor

Best Love Story: Captain America: The First Avenger

Best Casting Choice: Chris Evans as Steve Rogers

Best Hero: Steve Rogers

Best Villain: Sebastian Shaw

Best Supporting Actor: Tom Hiddleston as Loki

Best Overall: X-men First Class


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TheMyth - 4/25/2012, 7:12 PM
This is a tough one, but I'm gonna go with Cap since it provoked the greatest emotional response from me.
Praetorian - 4/25/2012, 7:15 PM
Ive gotta go with xmen because it wad an awesome reiteration
BIGBMH - 4/25/2012, 7:18 PM
Thanks for commenting EsseXFactor. As I was making this and thinking about the journey of Steve Rogers and the love story with Peggy, I really was thinking that maybe Cap deserved the top spot. The thing that probably held it back the most for me was that they dropped the ball in terms of delivering quality action scenes. The montage was pretty meh, and the Red Skull fight was a major disappointment.
Knightrider - 4/25/2012, 7:24 PM
I would have given best action to X-Men first class and the best villain is a tough one as I agree with your choice, but Fassbender was great as Magneto, but I guess he wasn't really evil for most of the film, but I would have given Fassbender best casting award. But hey it is all personal opinion and can see why you made your picks the way you did.
JDUKE25 - 4/25/2012, 7:31 PM
Didn't like Sebastian Shaw at all. I thought Loki was the best antagonist.
aurorsand147 - 4/25/2012, 7:35 PM
i think the best casting should be Michael Fassbender but i guess i can see why you picked Captain America since Magneto wasn't the comics Magneto
BIGBMH - 4/25/2012, 7:35 PM
Thanks for commenting Knightrider. Since it was the story of Fassbender's Erik becoming a villain and he wasn't actually an antagonist, I didn't find it appropriate to consider him for best villain. As for casting, I think he was great too. Thing is, he was really able to invent the character and do what he wants because that point of Magneto's life hasn't really been shown. We don't have a feel to judge if he was able to capture the character's personality or not because X-men First Class is not about the Magneto we know. Evans, Hemsworth, and Reynolds were in the position of having to portray characters that we're definitely able to judge from the standpoint of capturing that familiar essence. They're supposed to be live action versions of the characters we know.
BIGBMH - 4/25/2012, 7:38 PM
@JDUKE25, If you have time, please check out the video. I give a pretty thorough explanation as to why I gave Shaw best villain and Hiddleston best supporting actor.

@aurorsand147, yeah. that's pretty much the reason.
Spidey91 - 4/25/2012, 7:56 PM
Batman won,somehow :P
Ghostt - 4/25/2012, 8:09 PM
Yeah, bud, I was with with you until you chose Chris Evans for best casting choice. My pick is Fassbender for Magneto (or if you were talking about hero, then Hemsworth for Thor)

Also, Best Villain clearly goes to HIddleston as Loki. I did not like the Sebastian Shaw.

solid article though!
BIGBMH - 4/25/2012, 8:30 PM
Thanks for reading Spidey and Ghostt. As I said to Knightrider, Fassbender is good, but he really wasn't playing the comic book Magneto. Chris Evans brought Steve Rogers as I know him from the comics to life. Hemsworth was good too, but his role was less challenging. IMO, portraying both the underdog sickly Steve Rogers and the heroic super soldier as well as Evans did was impressive.

Nobody seems to be watching the video, so I'll give the sparknotes version for why I chose Shaw over Loki. Shaw as a character is pretty decent. Evil, powerful, manipulative etc. The thing that pushed him over the edge and made him best villain for me is how he was used. Shaw's most important function is as a tool to forshadow the character Erik becomes. He's set up at the beginning as the person Erik focuses his hatred towards. When we reach the end and Erik has taken Shaw's helmet and assumed control of his group, we see that Erik's hatred has turned him into the person he hates the most. That's my main reason for choosing Shaw. He wasn't just a villain, but an important factor in one of the main character's internal struggle.

As for Loki, while he is the primary antagonist of Thor, he is somewhat in a position similar to Erik in First Class because he is not full on evil. This is the story of him fully becoming the Loki fans know. Hiddleston was able to portray him as a very sympathetic character. He feels out of place, unappreciated, and unloved. We're able to understand why he's jealous of Thor and would lash out at him. However, most of what Loki does isn't really the work of a cold, evil character. At the end, we see that he's seeking the approval of Odin through his actions. I might be wrong, but his initial plan was to just get Thor on Earth and out of the way. He wanted to wipe out the Frost Giants, but Thor seemed to want the same thing at the beginning of the film. I don't think any one would label Thor evil at that point though. Just brash and stupid.

Bottom line, Loki is a more interesting character than Sebastian Shaw, but the role Shaw played as a villain in relation to Erik (one of the film's main protagonists) is more well thought out. The role Loki played in relation to Thor's journey as a character is somewhat insignificant. He put major events in motion, but the lessons Thor learns on Earth that define who he is at the end don't have much to do with Loki.
incrediblesuperbatspider - 4/25/2012, 9:03 PM
What about best Easter egg?

1.sinestro turns yellow
2. Infinity gauntlet or whatever it was in Thor at the beginning
3.the original human torch in captain America
incrediblesuperbatspider - 4/25/2012, 9:04 PM
Beat comedy shouldve gone to green lantern, I loled at some of the acting and the entire film was a joke:p
incrediblesuperbatspider - 4/25/2012, 9:04 PM
*best
BIGBMH - 4/25/2012, 9:04 PM
Nice addition DROMEO. Does the Sinestro thing really count as an Easter egg? It wasn't really hidden.
Tainted87 - 4/25/2012, 9:18 PM
"...set up as a very sinister character..."

I saw what you did there...

I agree. Matthew Vaughn led a great cast and when I went to the midnight showing, I told myself that I was going to enjoy it for what it is, not for its faithfulness to the source material. Ironically, the best CBM of 2011 was one that had little semblance to the comics. I can live with that. In fact, I think it's best to not even consider it an X-Men film, but just an awesome sci-fi movie.

I think I have to disagree with the best action scene being the Frost Giant battle towards the beginning of Thor. It was thematic, sure, but I think the overuse of CGI was a detriment just as the Howling Commandos using energy guns when they're escaping. There was no getting past it, and it's still a pretty nice scene, but I'm still a bit partial to X-Men First Class. The duel between the Hellfire mutants and the X-Men, Banshee and Havok working together, Erik abusing Charles' trust and killing Shaw - then pushing the rockets back at the warships... the way that scene ended was beautiful. Could it be called a single action scene? Maybe, maybe not.

Good video - I really liked your analysis of the romance in the films and I agree completely about Peggy and Steve.
l0rdleg0las - 4/25/2012, 9:20 PM
Captain America was flat out the best of last year.

X-Men was a vast improvement over the rest of the X-Men movies. However, Magneto goes bad entirely too soon in the story in my opinion. His turning bad should have been something that went on over the course of at least 1 more movie if not a complete trilogy. Also the timelines of characters established in prior movies was also a real mess.

Thor was good, and the casting of Hemsworth and Hiddleston was spot on perfect. But overall the story was lacking for me. It all happened too quick. Thor is without his powers for a weekend. In that time he is banished from Asgard, Odin falls into his Odin sleep and awakes from it, he completely changes his ways and attitude to become the type of man Odin wanted him to be, he dies, his brother turns full evil, he is returned his powers, meets and kicks the ass of a lot of SHIELD agents, is offered a job by Coulson, destroys the Destroyer and he falls deeply in love. The fact that this happens over 1 weekend is just a little too unrealistic.

Green Lantern was such a disappointment. It had the potential to be so much better. The scenes on Oa were great and the supporting characters on Oa, especially Sinestro were awesome, but so underused that you forget all about them. Reynolds wasn't bad in the movie either, it was just such a mess of a movie.

Cap was great. Had comedy, emotion and was casted perfectly. the relationship between Steve and Peggy was beautiful and so heartbreaking at the end. Steve's relationship with Howard Stark was great at it perfectly shows how Cap could be disappointed in the ways of Tony Stark in The Avengers, and will lead to great tension between the 2.
It also sets itself up for the possibility of a Winter Soldier storyline
CorndogBurglar - 4/25/2012, 9:56 PM
Im surprised ledger's joker didnt win. I know he wasnt in 2011but still, he wins everything. I once saw a poll asking what your favorite condiment was: ketchup, mustard, or mayo. Ledger's Joker won. It was crazy.
CorndogBurglar - 4/25/2012, 9:59 PM
Anyway, loki was clearly the best the villain. Shaw was a terrible representation, and red skull didnt seem as evil as he should have. Skull is one of tbe most evil and sadistic villains in all of comics, and he just felt a little watered down in the movie.
BIGBMH - 4/25/2012, 10:04 PM
Thanks for watching the video, Tainted87! I'm a sucker for exciting choreography, so while Thor's CGI gave it a very artificial look, once I just decided to go with it, I really enjoyed the fight. First Class from a fighting standpoint was just decent. The climax itself as a scene was probably the best, but I wasn't that impressed by what the characters were doing.

l0rdleg0las, I agree with your assessment of Thor and the idea that Magneto's turn to evil should have been drawn out over multiple movies. However, if we pretend that they had to do it in one, they did a good job of telling that story in one movie.

You seem to go pretty easy on Cap though. The movie definitely has its flaws. For starters, the action was lacking and Red Skull as a villain was pretty uninteresting.
marvelstudios - 4/25/2012, 11:28 PM
1. Thor
2. Captain America: The First Avenger

the other 2 dont matter to me at all
marvel72 - 4/26/2012, 3:56 AM
it was out of thor & captain america for me,x-men first class was good but it pissed me off not having the original members & as for green lantern well that was the most dissapointing cbm of the year.
BIGBMH - 4/26/2012, 6:50 AM
Thanks teabag! Thor had the worst action though? Worse than the Parallax fight?
Irons - 4/26/2012, 7:29 AM
I didn't like the third acts of any of them, but to me X-Men First Class was miles ahead early on.
BIGBMH - 4/26/2012, 8:51 AM
@teabag, but Hal Jordan just made a hotwheels race track and a turret.

i will admit that the destroyer fight and the loki fight were pretty weak.
headlopper - 4/26/2012, 11:44 AM
Thor
X-men First Class
Cap'n 'merica
Gerrit - 4/26/2012, 2:29 PM
First Class is so overrated. I hated McCoy, he has all those amazing abilities and is bitching out because of his funny feet. There are people with mutations that cause real problems out there and he hates himself because of his feet, his feet! The discussions between Magneto and Xavier were so superficial. In short, what I liked was the relationhip between Magneto and Xavier overall, and that was it. The rest was pretty mediocre.
That being said, the best CBM last year was Thor, although Captain America is a close second.
sonofsamadams - 4/26/2012, 9:26 PM
Best villain? Sebastian shaw? Really? He came off as a cheesy generic villain.

The honor goes to either Sinestro or Loki.
BIGBMH - 4/27/2012, 7:32 AM
sonofsamadams, Sinestro? Really? Loki is understandable, but Sinestro wasn't a villain at all. He was a poorly developed supporting character.
I believe I justify my choice of Shaw pretty well in the video and I've written about it in the comments so I really feel no need to continue to defend it.
marvelguy - 4/28/2012, 9:24 AM
Good article!

My only real problem with Sebastian Shaw was the lack of explanation why he didn't age or how he appeared to be a Nazi scientist before all the Hellfire stuff.

"Cap" was a great movie. You just couldn't beat "Thor" proving how fun and open to a general audience comic book movies should be. Also, great that it showed he's Marvel's Superman.
BIGBMH - 4/28/2012, 9:00 PM
@marvelguy, Thanks for reading! Interesting that you call Thor Marvel's Superman. I tend to think of Cap as filling that role.
marvelguy - 4/28/2012, 10:17 PM
Big,

Cap is the inspirational and moral equivalent to Superman. Thor is the majestic and powerful equivalent. The segment wherein he destroys the Destroyer was everything DC/Warner should have done with Superman in the last movie. Thor unleashed all of his powers at once. It's more impressive than the Frost Giant battle since he was on Earth--a more human scale.
BIGBMH - 5/16/2012, 6:56 PM
@marvelguy, IMO, the Destroyer "fight" was way too quick and easy. It was a somewhat impressive display of his abilities, but as an action scene, it wasn't very interesting. The float up in the air within the tornado, Thor bats a few blasts away, then manages to push it back into the destroyer. To me, the two most impressive things Thor did in that movie were the lightning ground pound during the frost giant fight and the flying monster take-down.

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