Can you believe that it’s been over a year since the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been on the big screen? Me either! Over the past ten years the MCU has become a staple in the film industry and every few months a new blockbuster would come out. Join me as I rank the MCU films released so far!
Number 23: Thor – Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Released in 2011, Thor has always remained at the bottom of my lists. While there are a few positives in the film, such as the production design and effects, the negatives distract and detract from my over all enjoyment due to the dyed blonde eyebrows and dutch angles as well as a bland script.
Number 22: The Incredible Hulk – Directed by Louis Leterrier
Considered by many the black sheep of the MCU, The Incredible Hulk feels more like a continuation rather than a beginning. The dated effects, messy script, and video game-esque action sequences all SMASH this Hulk down.
Number 21: Thor: The Dark World – Directed by Alan Taylor
Argued by many as the worst of the franchise, Thor: The Dark World, is a bland adventure that (in my opinion) somehow keeps my attention throughout. Even if I have to watch it while playing on my phone.
Number 20: Captain Marvel – Directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden
In my eyes this is the most mediocre film of the entire MCU. Ben Mendelson and Sma Jackson both give fun and energetic performances that are blown away by Brie Larson wooden stares. The action is fun and the story is average but Captain Marvel herself features none of the complexities or charm that every single other Avenger has.
(Also, why are the Avengers named after her? It takes away from the TITLE of Captain America: THE FIRST AVENGER! And, Fury losing his eye to a cat/alien? Really, is that the best you got Fiege?)
Number 19: Thor: Ragnarok – Directed by Taika Waititi
I always get a lot of flack for this hot take but I don’t enjoy Taika Waititi’s humor, and unfortunately because of that this film doesn’t work for me.
Number 18: Black Panther – Directed by Ryan Coogler
Although groundbreaking in its social impact, Black Panther, is a typical becoming king story that we have seen a thousand times and because of this falls short of the potential that this film had.
Number 17: Avengers: Age of Ultron – Directed by Joss (scumbag) Whedon
Screw Joss Whedon, but hey, at least Ultron is cool.
Number 16: Iron Man 2 – Directed by Jon Favreau
Iron Man 2 suffers from the same problems as the DCEU, it tries to do too much in one movie! In this film we have: 1. Tony dealing with his alcoholism, 2. The introduction of the Avengers Initiative, 3. The introduction of Black Widow and Fury, 4. Rhodey becoming War Machine, 5. A.I.M attempting to become the worlds biggest weapons dealer, and finally, 6. Whiplash wanting revenge. If this film only could have picked ONE or TWO of those plot lines it would have been much higher up.
Number 15: Doctor Strange – Directed by Scott Derrickson
Doctor Strange wastes Mads Mikkelsen and for that I’ll never forgive it. But hey, at least it looked trippy.
Number 14: Ant-Man and the Wasp – Directed by Peyton Reed
Ant-Man and the Wasp takes everything the first film did but did it worse. However, this film introduces Wasp and boy is she a badass. She deserved her own film.
Number 13: Spider-Man: Far From Home – Directed by Jon Watts
The last of the films to hit the big screen, Spider-Man: Far From Home, takes Spidey globe trotting as he deals with the ramifications of the Blip and being the love child of a greedy corporation and a desperate one. This film fails to capture the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man even when it tries. Thankfully the cast and action sequences save this average film.
(Just so you guys know, I like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 more than this… maybe I just have a screw loose)
Number 12: Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo
Featuring the most stylized action in the entire MCU, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, gives fans the least and most insane comic book film ever. The realistic approach clashes with the source material and could have used a few more weeks in the oven.
Number 11: Ant-Man – Directed by Peyton Reed
Put Paul Rudd in anything and I swear I’ll eat it up. No lie. He could be on the box of Pop Tarts and I’d eat the box.
All jokes aside, Ant-Man is one of the safest films in the MCU while also being the most ambitious.
Number 10: Spider-Man: Homecoming – Directed by Jon Watts
The biggest issues in Spider-Man: Homecoming is the writers inability to make Peter Parker capable of being Spider-Man on his own. Too often in the film is Peter reliant on Iron Man or his high-tech suit to save the day that it struggles to show what makes Spider-Man, Spider-Man.
(Yes, I know that’s his character arc but come on, is this the plot line he needs?)
Number 9: Avengers: Endgame – Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo
Filled to the brim with truck loads of CGI, too many characters to count, plot holes that die hard fans refuse to admit, and the most misleading posters of all time, Avengers: Endgame is the perfectly meh movie ever. But, Cap got the hammer and a scaled suit so of course I’m going to rank it high.
Number 8: The Avengers – Directed by Joss (piece of garbage) Whedon
Once again, because of Joss Whedon and his disgusting behavior I struggle to compliment this film. But the action, humor, and characters force me to praise it.
Number 7: Guardians of the Galaxy – Directed by James Gunn
James Gunn’s first outing in the MCU was nothing but a home run, introducing use to some of the most relatable and fun characters brought to the big screen in a long time. And who are we kidding, the soundtrack is INCREDIBLE.
Number 6: Captain America: The First Avenger – Directed by Joe Johnston
Being final film released during Paramounts run on the Marvel films, Captain America: The First Avenger, is the turning point in the MCU. Featuring gripping characters, strong emotional beats, and a friendship that has taken the ship community by storm, this film requires the recognition that it deserves.
Number 5: Iron Man 3 – Directed by Shane Black
The most underrated of the universe. Shane Black delivers the most fleshed out script of the series, digging into the PTSD of Tony’s encounter in New York and getting to the core of what make Iron Man work. Filled with dark humor, suspenseful action, and a plot twist that 90% of the world hates (I’m not one of them), Iron Man 3 definitely deserves the fifth place.
Number 4: Avengers: Infinity War – Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo
Perfectly handles juggle dozens of characters while introducing one of the most visually impressive and deep characters in cinema history, delivers thrilling action sequences, and left the world on the edge of their seats for a year.
(But who really believed that anyone was dead.)
Number 3: Captain America: Civil War – Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo
Fast paced and engaging, Captain America: Civil War takes the best elements of the Marvel Formula and creates an action packed adventure that changes the Marvel Universe as we know it. Unfortunately the ugly cinematography and noticeable use of CGI prevent this film from the runner up spot.
Number 2: Iron Man – Directed by Jon Favreau
The one that started it all. The definition of an underdog. Robert Downey Jr. embodies the character of Iron Man and through him reinstates his career along with kickstarting the most popular film franchise of all time.
Number 1: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Directed by James Gunn
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ranks among my favorite comic book films of all time. The striking visuals, energetic performances, complex and emotional narrative, and nostalgic music makes this film one of if not the best Marvel movies ever made.
Well everyone, thank you for reading my list. I hope you guys had as much fun reading it as I did making it. Agree? Disagree? Leave your comments below, let me know what you guys think. And remember, keep it civilized.
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