Top 7 Theatrical Posters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Avengers Assembled collageBy now, most of you have probably seen the official theatrical poster that Marvel Studios released this week for Avengers: Age of Ultron. So I thought what better way to celebrate this milestone in the film’s marketing plan than to take a look back at some of the best posters Marvel has released so far? Please note that the two Avengers collage images (one of which can be seen above) don’t count, since they are technically a combination of multiple character posters and were used primarily on the internet rather than in theaters. But, they are both so awesome I just couldn’t leave em out completely. You can find Age of Ultron‘s after the list!

In case you need a refresherWith Phase Two of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe wrapping up after this summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, we decided it was a good time to take a look back at some of the best moments Marvel Studios has brought to the silver screen. Between now and Age of Ultron’s release we’ll be counting down several Top 7 lists that celebrate many of the greatest moments from the MCU so far. For reference, this includes every movie released to date (Iron ManThe Incredible HulkIron Man 2ThorCaptain America: The First AvengerThe AvengersIron Man 3Thor: The Dark WorldCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy), as well as all the straight-to-video Marvel One-Shots (The Consultant”, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer”, “Item 47″, “Agent Carter”, and “All Hail the King”), and also Marvel’s ongoing foray into television (as of print date: Agents of SHIELD up to the mid-season break in Season 2, through the entire first season of Agent Carter, and before Daredevil has aired). Finally, this should go without saying, but: SPOILERS AHEAD!


 

7) Iron Man 3 Main Theatrical Poster

It was hard not to get excited when seeing all those Iron Man suits rising up in the background. It signaled that the stakes were about to be raised for Tony, and he was going to need to throw the kitchen sink at his problems. And the new, gold-infused suit looks pretty rad, too.

It was hard not to get excited when seeing all those Iron Man suits rising up in the background. It signaled that the stakes were about to be raised for Tony, and he was going to need to throw the kitchen sink at his problems. And the new, gold-infused suit looks pretty rad, too.


6) Guardians of the Galaxy IMAX Poster

This poster has a certain confidence in its style that most movie posters don't (it helps that it's a IMAX-specific poster, so it doesn't have to pander to the lowest common denominator). The bright pinks and purples are certainly reminiscent of the movie's obsession with the 80s. The silhouettes look appropriately awesome, and the Milano hovering above is a nice touch.

This poster has a certain confidence in its style that most movie posters don’t (it helps that it’s a IMAX-specific poster, so it doesn’t have to pander to the lowest common denominator). The bright pinks and purples are certainly reminiscent of the movie’s obsession with the 80s. The silhouettes look appropriately awesome, and the Milano hovering above is a nice touch.

 


5) Iron Man 2 Teaser Poster

Iron Man and War Machine. The image says it all, as evidenced by the confident, solo "2" logo. War Machine was hinted at in the first movie, but seeing his armor next to Iron Man's is was hard to hold back the excitement heading into this movie.

Iron Man and War Machine. The image says it all, as evidenced by the confident, solo “2” logo. War Machine was hinted at in the first movie, but seeing his armor next to Iron Man’s just added to the excitement heading into this movie.


 4) The Avengers Main Theatrical Poster

For the first time, all of Marvel's Cinematic heroes together on one poster. I admit that Tony looks a little goofy without his mask, but that doesn't change the facts that we could never picture this in our wildest dreams 10 years ago.

For the first time, all of Marvel’s Cinematic heroes together on one poster. I admit that Tony looks a little goofy without his mask, but that doesn’t change the fact that we could have never pictured this in our wildest dreams 10 years ago.


3) Guardians of the Galaxy Main Theatrical Poster

What a classic sci-fi poster for a movie that felt like a throwback to the grand sci-fi epic. The vibrant colors of the poster perfectly capture GOTG's unique identity, and we also get a good shot of each of our new heroes in cool action poses.

What a classic sci-fi poster for a movie that felt like a throwback to the grand sci-fi epic. The vibrant colors of the poster perfectly capture GOTG’s unique identity, and we also get a good shot of each of our new heroes in cool action poses.


2) Captain America: The First Avenger Teaser Poster

This poster is absolutely beautiful in its simplicity. The single word emblazoned across it of course hints at the impending team-up. But the confidence in Captain's iconic shield and outfit underscores the heroes harrowed place in the public psyche. The splattered dirt of course alludes to Steve's struggles to acclimate to his new status in the midst of the grittiest war of the century.

This poster is absolutely beautiful in its simplicity. The single word emblazoned across it of course hints at the impending team-up. But the confidence in Captain’s iconic shield and outfit underscores the hero’s harrowed place in the public psyche. The splattered dirt alludes to Steve’s struggles to acclimate to his new status in the midst of the grittiest war of the century.


1) Captain America: The Winter Soldier IMAX Poster

Now this poster is truly a piece of art. Being another IMAX exclusive, it only saw a limited use, but it perfectly captures each of the major players in the film (minus Falcon) and presents them all in a stylish design that  makes heavy use of negative space and uses Cap's signature iconography to hold it all together.

Now this poster is truly a piece of art. Being another IMAX exclusive, it only saw a limited use, but it perfectly captures each of the major players in the film (minus Falcon) and presents them all in a stylish design that makes heavy use of negative space and uses Cap’s signature iconography to hold it all together.


Want more Marvel? Be sure to check out our other articles in the series, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @RaggySays!
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