Ever since their first comic was released way back in 1939, Marvel have entertained millions of fans all around the world with their loveable characters and gripping storylines. But in the last 15 years, the company has gone on to release some of the most successful films of recent time. Here are the top 5 grossing characters that have been hits on the cinema screen.
5) Wolverine – $311m
Although his work in with the X-Men may be more popular with comics, Wolverine’s solo films have performed exceptionally well at the Box Office. Hugh Jackman has played the character on the silver screen ever since the first X-Men film in 2000, but it is widely expected that he will step aside and allow Channing Tatum to take over the claws.
4) Thor – $385m
Thor’s gender has recently been changed from male to female in the comic book series, so will Chris Hemsworth carry on in the lead role? His third film Thor: Ragnarok is to be released in 2017, so expect to see him move up the rankings in the next two years.
3) Captain America – $475m
It seems everything that the Captain touches turns to gold, with The First Avenger, The Winter Solider and his part in Avengers Assemble all being Box Office smashes. With Chris Evans expected to portray the character on screen for years to come, his next solo release will hit our screens next year.
2) Ironman – $1.1bn
Each instalment of the Ironman series has gained in more money at the Box Office than its predecessor, so if Ironman 4 is produced, expect Tony Stark to top this list. Portrayed on screen by the fantastic Robert Downey Jr, Ironman is loved for his comical whip, as well as taking on anyone who dares to challenge him.
1) Spiderman – $1.37bn
Rightly taking his place in the number one slot is Peter Parker, aka Spiderman. The character made his silver screen debut back in 2002 and since gone on to star in five films, with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield both playing Marvel’s most successful film star.