Marvel Comics could make Newsarama’s list of the best Marvel Comics stories even better.
Marvel has been setting up Judgment Day as its next big event story, which is said to put the X-Men and Eternals in a fight with the Avengers in the middle. This sounds like the recipe for a fight for the ages.
Besides, Marvel has a lot of experience with making epic stories that last for a long time. Stories like Civil War and the Infinity Gauntlet have become well-known stories outside of comic books.
But what are the best Marvel Comics stories of all time, and which one is the best? The best Marvel Comics stories of all time have been put together by Newsarama, so don’t be afraid to ask them!
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past
Today, there are X-Men stories with more than 200 issues, but the original “Days of Future Past” story was just two issues of Uncanny X-Men #141 and #142. People who are mutants have been put into concentration camps, but only those who haven’t been killed.
To save a high-ranking government official from being killed, adult Kitty Pryde’s mind goes back in time to stop Mystique and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants from killing him.
While she is able to avoid the world in one timeline, there are some long-term effects. Rachel Summers, a well-known character in today’s X-Men comics, came from that future. Isn’t that the Nimrod Sentinel, which has been a big baddie in the current X-Men era, too?
The storyline was used in the 2014 movie, which is one of the best-known in the Fox X-Men series.
In 2006, Marvel Comics decided that they were going to start a fire in the cosmic corner of the Marvel Universe. This is what happened. Writer Keith Giffen was asked to write a limited series and a set of tie-ins called “Annihilation,” which was meant to make both new and old characters important in the Marvel universe.
As a result, a new version of the Guardians of the Galaxy was formed. This new group was the inspiration for the popular MCU version of the team. The story was told without the help of heroes like the Avengers and X-Men, allowing more obscure cosmic heroes to shine.
Annihilation changed Star-Lord, Groot, and Rocket and brought them together in the first place, so the Guardians of the Galaxy movie series wouldn’t have been possible without Annihilation at all.
3. Fantastic Four: The Coming of Galactus
Galactus was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee long before anyone thought of making a whole section of the Marvel Universe just for cosmic threats. Galactus may still be the ultimate cosmic threat.
As soon as Fantastic Four #48-50 came out, a godlike being from beyond the stars came crashing through our solar system and the lives of Marvel’s First Family. This widens the entire scope of Marvel’s universe.
Silver Surfer and The Watcher also made their debuts in “The Coming of Galactus.” The latter has become a big part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to the animated “What If…?” show on Disney+.
4. Daredevil: Born Again
Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli used to be able to do no wrong, and 1986-1987 was a magical time for the pair. They reimagined major street-level vigilante heroes for both Marvel and DC in that time, including Marvel’s Daredevil.
During their time together on Daredevil #227-231, there is romance, intrigue, religion, as well as a lot of action. This is a summary of their story arc. Ben Urich and Nuke are also there. Captain America is there. That’s what happens in this story: It takes Daredevil to almost nothing and then lets him come back, “Born Again,” as a better, stronger hero.
For its upcoming Punisher relaunch, Marvel even uses the phrase “Born Again” as an example. This means that there will be a lot of new things for Frank Castle.
5. Secret Wars
No, not this year’s Secret Wars. This is the first one!
Back in 1984, Marvel Comics and Mattel came up with the idea to make a toy line and comic book series together that would feature all the best superheroes and villains from the Marvel Universe in one story. This led to Secret Wars, the first major Marvel crossover event.
In Secret Wars, there was a 12-issue limited series and ten tie-in stories in ten other comics. This set the stage for other Marvel events. Secret Wars pitted a who’s who of Marvel heroes and villains against each other, with the end result being a sometimes silly but still exciting and even defining story that had a big impact on the whole Marvel world.
On the Fantastic Four, She-Hulk and the second Spider-Woman. There were even more story lines and character changes that continued to happen in a sequel that came out a few years later. Julia Carpenter: They all started out in Secret Wars.
6. X-Men: Age of Apocalypse
In the late ’90s, Marvel said they were going to cancel the entire X-Men line, which was at its peak of popularity at the time, and start over with a whole new set of titles. And so they did, reimagining the entire X-line in a different world with a very different status quo.
After four months of comic books called “Age of Apocalypse,” the X-Men franchise was turned upside down with new roles and relationships for almost all of the characters.
People who read “Age of Apocalypse” saw Nightcrawler, Cyclops, Wolverine, Magneto, Rogue, and many, many more in very different ways. Charles Xavier died before the X-Men were formed and Apocalypse is the undisputed ruler of the world.
Fans loved “Age of Apocalypse,” even though there were some problems with the story. Some of the new characters even made their way into the mainstream Marvel Universe after the story was over and the X-Men timeline was restored.
7. Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1: Gifted
The X-Men have been through a lot in their Marvel Comics history, and this first volume of the new series started with the idea that Cyclops and Emma Frost would form a new team. As a result, their plans to do so are put in jeopardy by the prospect of a “mutant cure” being found by a scientist. This intrigues a very mutated Beat.
This first arc reintroduced some of the X-most Men’s important characters to set them up for the rest of the story. It also saw the return of Colossus. Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1: Gifted was praised for its story and for being a good place to start for a new era of comics.
8. Civil War
It’s one of the best movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War. It was based on the Civil War comic crossover arc, but not very much. Ironically, the comic book series written by Mark Millar and drawn by Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines had a mixed reaction when it ran from 2006 to 2007.
The story was about the U.S. government passing the Superhero Registration Act, which made superheroes work under official rules like law enforcement. This put Captain America’s rebels against Iron Man’s supporters, with the X-Men in the middle. This made the X-Men neutral. However, over time, the meta-commentary in Civil War made the comic a hit again.