Well, [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) has now arrived and it's simply another box office booming success from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There's almost nothing Marvel can't do on screen. Guardians also marks their 10th film inside this grand universe of heroes. Now, that we are breaking the double digits with these films I think it's time we go back and reflect on them all. Let's take a look at a full list and ranking of all 10 Marvel films so far. Don't worry I'm not going to spoil any films in case you were afraid. By the way if you want to check out my review of Guardians you can click on that right here below!
Remember in these rankings I honestly don't think Marvel has ever made a bad film. It's just in order to make a ranking some films need to be ranked higher than others.
10. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Honestly, I feel this is Marevl's weakest offering because they were just getting started. Iron Man just hit theaters a month prior and people were going crazy after seeing Samuel L. Jackson show up after the credits to speak those magical words "Avengers Initiative". It had a lot of hype to live up to after Robert Downey Jr. made audiences want nothing more than for him to team up with Marvel's other greatest heroes. Edward Norton did the best he could but it felt like there was just something missing in this.
The Incredible Hulk it isn't a bad film at all. I honestly think it's one of the best Hulk movies we can get. Personally, I don't think the Hulk/Bruce Banner character is interesting enough to be in a standalone movie. I honestly feel the main reason everyone loved him again in The Avengers wasn't only because he was being portrayed by Mark Ruffalo. It's because we only saw Hulk in a supporting role. If we are going to see Hulk in a Black Widow movie or Captain America 3 I'd be game. Rumors are always running another Hulk standalone movie will come around and it probably will. I hope Marvel proves me wrong and blows me out of the water with the next one.
9. Iron Man 2 (2010)
Just two years after the groundbreaking Iron Man Jon Favreau gives us a sequel. After our first Nick Fury sighting 2 years ago audiences were dying to see where this would all go. I feel this hurt the writing a little as they tried to jam in these reasons to have Fury, Black Widow and S.H.I.E.L.D around when they didn't quite need to be. RDJ was great again in the lead role while Mickey Rourke was a bit strange. Sam Rockwell was a villain I feel should return someday because he was hilarious and had amazing potential.
Again, I don't think this film is awful by any means but the amazing battle sequences couldn't save it. The final battle with Rourke and RDJ was so anti-climactic as it was just more Iron Man taking on other suits. Didn't he already do that with Jeff Bridges in the first one? Oh well. The film had a tremendous Monaco Grand Prix action piece that was so much fun to watch.
8. Thor (2011)
When I heard they were making a Thor movie I was extremely skeptical. The first Iron Man film gave us this realistic take on superheroes and now we are going to be dealing with the God of thunder? How can they pull that off? Well, they did. Thor was interesting to see sort of a Shakespearian piece meets comic book movie blend. Chris Hemsworth was great and of course fans started their love for his brother Loki (Tom Hiddelston) who would become Marvel's only great villain so far.
The story and arc of Thor is good but I couldn't help but feel so disappointed in the final battle with the Destroyer. Natalie Portman felt like she was phoning in her performance as her love with Thor was rushed. The supporting cast of Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba and even Ray Stevenson felt so perfect. Marvel was also better about incorporating the S.H.I.E.L.D presence but the odd ending of "closing the portal to Earth" felt so odd as we all knew he was going to join the Avengers eventually. This is a fun watch but just simply isn't as good as the 7 entries ahead of it.
7. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Amazing to see how much these two actors grew from the first Thor to the sequel isn't it? Thor returned to the big screen in the second film of phase 2. I really enjoyed this film as Marvel upped the comedic writing a ton. There were so many more fish out of water jokes with Thor on earth that left me cracking up in theaters.
The action and overall spectacle upped from the first film in every way possible. Fans demanded one thing ever since The Avengers and that was more Loki. They sure did get it as the filmmakers even added scenes later due to the high demand. Honestly, that was one of my biggest beefs of this film. The movies are supposed to be about Thor not Loki. It's fine to have Loki be supporting but you shouldn't forget your main guy who is supposed to be carrying the Thor franchise as well as be a top player in the Avengers franchise. Marvel continued one of it's worst habits of making a villain we didn't care about. The dark elf seemed to be evil just because he was evil. This Loki mistake on top of the bland and forgettable villain Thor: The Dark World couldn't help but fall to #7.
6. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
The final film before The Avengers would hit the big screens the next year. Joe Johnston did a great job of pulling off an exciting period piece that would introduce us to Chris Evans as Captain America. We also got to see some fun supporting performances from Hayley Atwell and Tommy Lee Jones. Hugo Weaving seemed like the perfect choice for the Red Skull but the writing didn't make him very interesting to watch on the big screen.
I can't say very many bad things about this film besides a few complaints about effects here and there. Also, the fact that right when the film was getting interesting Johnston hit the montage button and skimmed past some potentially entertaining stuff. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a film that a lot of people forget about and people for some reason will rag on but I honestly think it was a great telling of the origins of Cap.
5. [Iron Man 3](movie:24391) (2013)
WHAT? Why isn't this lower? What about that terrible twist that didn't obey the comics? Oh my god! Oh my god that was terrible! Blah blah blah guys. Everyone needs to get over the twist in this movie. Does everyone forget that not EVERYTHING has to go exactly like the comics? These are movies people. Anyway, now that I got that off my chest I can tell you that I really enjoyed this movie. After The Avengers I was worried how can Marvel ever top that? Well, they figured out a way to slow things down in the stories to focus on just Tony but still keep the action amped.
Who can say that action sequence of the people falling out of Air Force One wasn't thrilling? Not to mention Shane Black's writing with RDJ's acting made for some absolutely hysterical scenes. Sometimes this film felt like a comedy when it wasn't having me say 'holy sh*t' to the action. The ending felt odd at first and Guy Pierce is a little forgettable as the villain but overall I enjoyed this film a ton. Comic book diehards need to just unbunch their panties and accept a little change.
4. Iron Man (2008)
The film that started it all. Whenever everyone talks about the best Marvel films it still holds up as one of the top few. Jon Favreau gave us a story that made us actually believe an Iron Man suit was possible with the Afghanistan war back drop. It's hard to ever imagine anyone else ever playing Iron Man after Robert Downey Jr. stepped into that suit. He brought such charisma to the screen it was obvious that even if a Marvel Cinematic Universe wasn't possible a great Iron man franchise was on their hands.
Favreau was able to deliver a film that had both gritty action as well as light-hearted fun. I can't say many bad things about this movie except maybe that it was totally obvious Jeff Bridges was going to turn on RDJ. I'm totally reaching though. When Marvel is still cranking out movies ten years from now I'm sure Iron Man will still be in the talks of the top 5.
3. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
The first of two 2014 Marvel movies to make the top 3 is Guardians. Guardians of the Galaxy is breaking records and unlike movies like Transformers: Age of Extinction it's actually deserved. Guardians is a wonderful story about a group of misfits putting their differences aside and coming together to save the galaxy. Guardians had an all star cast of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.
It was so difficult to not make this my #1 movie. This top 3 was the hardest part of this ranking. Guardians of the Galaxy is most definitely one of the most fun moves I've ever had the pleasure of seeing in theaters. Sure, the film isn't perfect there were flaws such as the recurring Marvel one of a generic bad guy villain that is forgettable and Glen Close and del Toro being underused. There are countless other tremendous things about this film though so go and see it if you haven't! For my full video review you can check out the video here:
2. The Avengers (2012)
This was just extremely difficult trying to rank these last few. The Avengers was something that was being built from 2008 until it's release in 2012 that had comic book fans clamoring on the edge of their seat wondering if it could be done. Luckily, Joss Whedon was writing and directing and nerds were wetting themselves over it. If anyone could finally do this. It's him.
When the four year build up finally came to fruition I was astonished. Almost every character was given their awesome moments from Captain America to Iron Man to Thor to Loki to the new and improved Hulk. Some of my favorite scenes were just all the totally different personalities clashing with one another between the almost non-stop action. This is one of the few films out there that I couldn't help but go to theaters twice to enjoy it. Much like the way Guardians of the Galaxy was, The Avengers was just extremely fun. There were only tiny problems like Hawkeye being barely used and the beginning that was accused of being a bit boring. [The Avengers](movie:9040) was anything but a bomb. It was like dynamite of entertainment blew up on the screen.
I'm sure you guys can do the math and figure out what was #1 so I won't waste your time any longer.
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier was something that I knew would be good. I even knew it would be great. I had no idea it would be absolutely freaking tremendous! I'm sure a lot of fans doubted how a Captain America adventure could be entertaining considering how huge The Avengers was. Anthony and Joe Russo directed Winter Soldier in a way that it can be considered more of a political thriller than an actual "comic book movie". We got to see Captain America adjust to the modern world more and form a pretty awesome buddy partnership with Black Widow and Falcon.
The Winter Soldier also shocked me in how hard-hitting and intense some of the action pieces were. The Russo brothers showed that they can not only kill it directing the TV comedy world but also the intense political spy world. Chris Evans stole the show as an undeniable hero who you rooted for the entire way. Just like the previous few entries Captain America: The Winter Soldier had villain flaws and that's almost it. I personally wished Hawkeye could've been in it too but you can't have everything. For my full video review you can check it out here as well:
After finally giving you my complete ranking of all 10 Marvel films what do you think? Do you totally disagree with something? Do you agree on how hard some of these are to compare to one another?
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