What’s Your Favorite Marvel Studios Origin Story?

Another week has passed and that means it’s time for another Who’s Your FavoriteThis week I’m tackling the origin stories in Marvel Studios. Enjoy!

Iron Man

Jeff Bridges, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Leslie Bibb, Terrence Howard, Sayed Badreya, Paul Bettany, Peter Billingsley, Clark Gregg, Bill Smitrovich, Faran Tahir, and Shaun Toub in Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man was the first film to grace the Marvel Cinematic Universe and boy did it take the superhero world by storm. With so many Marvel movies getting less than favorable reviews in the decade of the 2000s’, Iron Man was a win for everyone. It was also the jumpstart to a new generation of superhero mania that is still in effect to this day. Incredible!

The Incredible Hulk

Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk (2008)

It’s real easy to forget The Incredible Hulk is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, considering that Edward Norton wouldn’t return to portray Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the other movies.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Derek Luke, Sebastian Stan, and Hayley Atwell in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Captain America’s origin story showcases the true heroic spirit of this patriotic hero and the purity of his heart. He will always be an incorruptable hero and it is this movie that displays why.


Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Chris Hemsworth in Thor (2011)

Marvel took a turn, introducing a hero not of Earth but of the stars in Thor, Asgardian God of Thunder. But, to humanize him and to make him a hero worth caring about, the writers took him down to Earth, letting him discover what it meant to be a good person who didn’t lust for war. By the end, he seemed ready and prepared to one day take the mantle of king.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

The Guardians of the Galaxy didn’t come together on purpose as heroes united to save the universe. Instead, it was simply an accident that led to these space rascals joining one another in good conscience to fight a great evil. It’s a wonderful story.


Michael Douglas, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Paul Rudd, Corey Stoll, Mark Knapton, and Evangeline Lilly in Ant-Man (2015)

Fun and filled with humorous moments, Ant-Man isn’t a dark origin story by any means. It instead is a movie that highlights a father and his determination to try and become a better person for his daughter, Cassie. This leads to him eventually becoming the Ant-Man and boy is it a satisfying adventure.

Doctor Strange

Benjamin Bratt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tilda Swinton, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, and Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange (2016)

Strange is in the title and it totally fits because this hero is anything but normal. In a world of realms and odd beings hidden in secret worlds, Doctor Stephen Strange steps into the fold to help combat a supreme being called Dormammu that could literally bring about the end of the galaxy as these characters know it. There is, however, some humor along the way, making this undoubtedly one of the most interesting origin stories in the franchise.

Captain Marvel

Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Clark Gregg, Brie Larson, Stan Lee, Rune Temte, Gemma Chan, and Algenis Perez Soto in Captain Marvel (2019)

How do you make the most powerful superhero to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe relatable? You give her the Thor treatment, taking her from the stars to have an adventure on Earth where her story is fleshed out gradually. And then she eventually realizes her power and becomes the hero that will one day become an Avenger. It’s a very predictable and safe origin story but it is also very entertaining as well.

So, of these eight origin stories, which is your favorite? For me, Guardians of the Galaxy stands tall above the competition with its jig-inducing musical choices, its bold colors and hilarious and fascinating characters, it’s easily one of my top five favorite films in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.

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