With Infinity War less than two weeks away, I figured this would be a better time than ever to rank all of the MCU films so far. Please keep in mind that this is my personal list, which is probably different than yours, and I’m ranking these more from my personal preference standpoint rather than being strictly merit based. INFINITY WAR IS ALMOST HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!
18. The Incredible Hulk
To be honest, I was like 10 when I saw this movie, and I don’t remember much of it other than it wasn’t that good. It’s not always considered part of the MCU anyway, but I threw it on the end of list anyway so whatever.
17. Thor: The Dark World
Thor: The Dark World or as like to call it Thor: The Dark Thor isn’t that great, and is a rare miss for Marvel. If anything it does mange to be enjoyable, and did introduce us to the reality stone so that’s pretty cool I guess.
16. Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3 is kinda weird, it’s like they felt that the character was firmly established in the first two, and decided to take it in a bold direction. I really like Shane Black, and it does pain me to admit this is one of the worst Marvel films. I still don’t know if I like the twist with the Mandarin or not. At the current time, I don’t but that’s subject to change. I know that I don’t like how Guy Pearce’s character and Pepper Potts turn into human torch like people either, that was weird.
Thor was the first Marvel film to have anything to do with space, and it does pretty well with introducing all of that stuff. I think what bogs it down is all of the stuff on earth that gets old after awhile.
14. Doctor Strange
So like, I enjoy Doctor Strange but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as most of the others. It feels a bit dull, and lifeless. It doesn’t help that Doctor Strange’s origin felt the same as that of Tony Stark. Overall though, this movie isn’t bad, and I like it…just not as much as others.
13. Captain America: The First Avenger
What I love about this movie, is that it feels so much different that the other MCU films before and after it. Most of that stems from the fact that it takes place in the 1940s. It also manages to set up the rest of the Cap films, both of which are awesome.
12. Iron Man 2
Okay so hear me out, I love Iron Man 2. I don’t see why people don’t like it honestly, other than the fact it does that whole thing where the villain has the same abilities as the hero. I think Mickey Rourke’s villain is great though along with Sam Rockwell who I often forget was a part of the MCU. So yeah, maybe I’m crazy, but I like Iron Man 2 a lot.
11. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
The second Guardians movie isn’t as good as the first, and has some issues, but its super fun. It also has some of the best humor, and heart of any MCU film.
10. Avengers: Age of Ultron
This is the weaker of the two Avengers movies, but it does introduce some really great characters and has a lot of memorable moments. I think it sometimes plays to much into those big moments, and forgets about other important things like pacing.
9. Black Panther
Black Panther is Marvel’s newest addition, and also one of its best. Once again, the villain is the same as the hero, and you know that’s not good. I don’t think that Black Panther is the best MCU movie to date like a lot of people do, but I did enjoy it.
Ant- Man is one of Marvel’s more surprising successes, but maybe it shouldn’t have been considering Edgar Wright was involved. (although he never ended up directing) Overall it suffers from the whole villain has the same abilities as the hero thing that I mentioned earlier. Honestly though, this would make the top 10 just based on how they made Michael Douglas so realistically young.
7. Iron Man
This is the movie that invented the villain is the same as the hero thing that I’m now realizing is all over the MCU, but more importantly it also invented the entire Marvel Cinematic universe, and it is arguable that these other movies wouldn’t exist without it.
6. Thor Ragnarok
When I was making this list, I was kinda shocked Ragnarok didn’t make my top 5, but it was close I guess. This is the wildest MCU movie to date, and only could come from the mind of Taika Waititi. I think that Marvel realiazed that Thor’s current gimmick wasn’t quite working and decided to switch it up, making him more of a comic relief. This was successful, and this movie is an absolute blast.
5. The Avengers
This was easily the movie that defined my childhood, like Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas’ films did for previous generations. Loki is a great villain, and seeing all of these heroes together for the first time was just crazy to me as a kid. I saw this movie like ten times when I was younger, and maybe it’s just some sort of early nostalgia for me, but I still love it.
4. Spiderman Homecoming
Okay so I love John Hughes movies, and Spiderman Homecoming is like the child of the MCU, and John Hughes. They get the high school dynamic right, and make the smart decision of not boring us to death with the death Uncle Ben for like 20th time. That was an exaggeration, but Homecoming is the best Spiderman movie…at least that’s what I think.
3. Captain America: Civil War
This should have been called Avengers: Civil War instead, but other than that it’s nearly perfect. The airport scene in this movie is probably my favorite in any MCU film so far. Its political debate is a smart one, other than the fact that Iron Man feels its necessary to lecture everyone else about what happened in Sokovia, when in reality it was all his fault. #TeamCap
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Winter Soldier is one of best entries in the MCU for a number of reasons. Most notably, the very adept political commentary it has, and its awesome narrative that features more twists and turns than any other Marvel film. I still understand how Zola was able to upload his mind into a computer, but whatever I’m just gonna ignore that.
1. Guardians Of The Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy is my favorite Marvel movie. I love the fast pace and quick action that this movie has. The characters are all fully flushed out in a short amount of time, and it has some great humor. Out of all the films in the MCU so far, Guardians is the most fun.
What is your MCU top 5?