Stories of superheroes have been a popular form of entertainment ever since comic books were introduced into the mainstream, but these days, it is the numerous comic book films produced annually that are making the greatest impact. Marvel has benefit from this popularity the most, releasing up to 3 films a year, the most recent being Guardians of the Galaxy. Comic book franchises have some of the highest grossing films of all time, but here are the top 5 featuring their superheroes.

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1) Spiderman – $1.37 billion

Originally hitting the big screen, the Spiderman series has gone on to climb the dizzy heights of this list with its 5 releases. Tobey Maguire was the first to don the latex suit in the film’s initial trilogy; Andrew Garfield has since taken the lead role for the Amazing Spiderman editions of the series. With Garfield’s third appearance set to be in 2018, this franchise may reign supreme for years to come.

2) Ironman – $1.1 billion

Perhaps the best loved Marvel character of recent years, Ironman, played by Robert Downey Jr., is depicted as an intelligent, humorous and charismatic Tony Stark. If the Mel Gibson-directed fourth installment hits the box office, Ironman might challenge Peter Parker for top spot. Ironman has also been selected as the top Marvel pick for online slots games which you can find at any mobile casino.

3) Captain America – $475 million

Both Captain America films, The First Avenger and The Winter Solider, have performed admirably in cinemas. Although many will prefer the Captain’s performance when shown within the Avengers Assemble, he is set for a third film of his own in 2016.

4) Thor – $385 million

In a similar vein to Captain America, Thor’s popularity stems in part due to his membership in the Avengers. His storylines entwine with his fellow team members, but his two solo films alone have returned a massive $385 million at the box office.

5) Wolverine – $311 million

The rebellious Wolverine is up there as everybody’s favourite Marvel character, especially given Hugh Jackman’s fantastic portrayal of him over the last 14 years. If this list was including his work with the X-Men, he’d undoubtedly be much higher up on the list.

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