Others have done this kind of article and I figured I should as well. Let's just get right into it.
10. Iron Man 3
With trailers that had me really hyped, a villain that I have been anticipating for many years, and coming right off of the Avengers, I had such high hopes for this movie. What I got was a terrible rehash of Iron Man 2 that actually managed to be worse than that movie. Not only that, the main character was a pompous and irresponsible idiot who acted like he was the best hero in the universe but yet every five minutes he would fail. The two side characters are better heroes than the main hero. Oh and then we have plenty of inconsistencies and plotholes to go with it, subplots that just vanish from the plot, and an annoying kid character. Joy. Finally there are the villains...what the hell did you do Shane Black? First we have overracting and unintentionally hilarious Guy Pearce who's plans make no damn sense and then there is the Mandarin...well everybody by now knows what they did to this character who was in my opinion the best villain Iron Man ever had. Now some of you are probably saying, "Oh, you only hate this movie because of the Mandarin twist." No, the entire movie is filled with problems. Do I hate what they did to Mandarin? Oh hell yes. But it is one of the TINY problems with the film.
Iron Man 3 is the lowest point Marvel dropped to. It is an awful movie which proves my point of, "Don't change writers and directors to people who have no idea what the hell they are doing!"
9. The Incredible Hulk
People thought the 2003 Ang Lee Hulk film was boring? Try watching a movie that is the same several scenes over and over and over and over and over. Bruce tries to find a cure, military comes, chase scene occurs, becomes a terrible CGI Hulk, less than impressive action scene. Rinse and repeat. Along with the occasional drawn out romance scene featuring Liv "I show no other emotion other than sadness" Tyler as Betty Ross. Yeah, Liv there is a reason why you only have a career because of your dad. I know this film went under a lot of behind the scenes problems with the studio changing so much of the script that Edward Norton wrote and such but that doesn't mean anything to me. You know what had a lot of behind the scenes issues? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and I loved that movie. The only thing this movie had going for it was the climax with Hulk VS Abomination. Plus this movie FINALLY had the "Hulk. Smash!" line that I have been waiting for. Yes it was epic.
A problem I had with The Incredible Hulk is something I usually never give a crap about but this time I have to say it. The Hulk and Abomination looked HORRIBLE. Did they run out of time to polish the CGI? I mean when Hulk or Abomination are on screen with real actors, it doesn't even look close to being real. So because of this, the movie has a little trick. When the terrible CGI is on screen it will cut to a different shot of the real actors reacting to the situation or they will just put the audio of the actors in the shot with the Hulk and have him react to it.
I know there are a lot of people who enjoy this movie and all power to you but this movie was a huge disappointment.
8. Iron Man 2
Hey, another Iron Man film that sucked. Well this one isn't as angering as Iron Man 3 but this movie suffered from the same big problem as the Incredible Hulk: it is incredibly boring. Look I'm not one of those guys who ask for nothing but explosions and hot chicks thrown at my face AKA Bayism. I love story and characters as much as the next guy but this movie has a singular character that does NOTHING for about forty five minutes of the film's runtime. When it's not that it's very underwhelming action scenes or unnecessary drama. Although the drama in this movie makes more sense than Iron Man 3. Oh and this movie has the worst anti-climatic fight with a villain I have ever seen. Iron Man and War Machine throw a few punches, they combined their attacks into one blast, the villain blows up. Wow how incredibly boring...just like this movie. Best part about this movie is seeing Iron Man and War Machine work together against the waves of enemies before fighting the main boss...I mean villain.
Okay now we start getting into the GOOD movies.
I was shocked by the fact that this movie was actually good because even I will say that the character of Thor is extremely hard to pull off and wouldn't you know, they did. This is one of the example of comic book movies that don't really follow the comics at all but manage to be good like the Punisher (2003), Blade 1 and 2, and X-Men Days of Future Past. At first I thought Chris Hemsworth was going to blow chunks in the titular role but now I can't really picture anyone else to play him. Hemsworth owns the role of Thor just like actor Tom Hiddleston owns the sympathetic villain known as Loki. Everyone makes a big fuss about how great Hiddleston is and yeah I'm one of those people so I won't go into detail about it. The visuals are beautiful to look at, they designs for Asgard are amazing, the Destroyer is one of my all time favorite designs for an automaton, and Thor's suit is lack of a better word: perfect, the Asgardian side characters are really fun to watch (keep that in mind), Anthony Hopkins is Odin to a T, the music was great like most of the MCU scores, and the action was fantastic
Does this movie have problems? Yeah a few. Remember when I said the Asgardian side characters were good? Well I should have said that the Asgardians were the ONLY good side characters. On Earth we have Jane Foster and Darcy...oh boy do I hate these characters. First we have Natalie Portman (who is one of my all time favorite actresses by the way) who is given nothing to work off of, she is just the bland love interest that we don't give a crap about so she's the opposite of Pepper Potts. Then there is Darcy...okay Jane Foster may be bland but at least she isn't annoying to the point that your ears will be torn off by themselves. This is literally all her dialogue, "Wow.", "Cool.", "So lame.", "Insert cliche teenager dialogue here." And her dialogue gets even worse in the sequel but we'll get to that later. Eric Selvig was the only human that saved the Earth scenes for me. The chemistry between Thor and Jane Foster is practically non existent, they share screen time for maybe five minutes and they fall in love. Seriously, what is with movies constantly doing that cliche?
Ah... that makes more sense.
Next we got a problem directing-wise. I think Kenneth Branagh is a brilliant director...but he made a pretty bad choice here: "Hey guys, I'm going to film 90% of this movie on a forty-five degree angle." Look Dutch angles can be cool but only when used sparingly, this movie makes me feel like the Marvel Universe is on a freaking tilt. Also it gives me flashbacks to Battlefield Earth...yeah not the best of flashbacks.
Despite those problems this was a really good first attempt of Thor as a big budget blockbuster.
6. Thor the Dark World
I have a weird opinion about this movie. When I first saw it, I thought it was really bad but it's grown on me...don't get me wrong it still has huge problems. This movie gave us more of Asgard and the culture of the alien worlds which I really liked, the Dutch angles are gone so I don't get flashbacks to Battlefield Earth half the time so that's an improvement along with the movie being very well shot. The action was improved by adding more of it and while I did understand the lack of action scenes in the first one because of the situations, it was great to see more of the hammer kicking alien ass. In terms of problems? Two words: Terrible comedy. Oh my god, did you really have to bring back Darcy and make her even MORE annoying? What next you got Eric Selvig running around with no pants because it helps him think better? Oh...you did that...joy. I love comedic relief but the jokes and banter in Thor the Dark World from Darcy and Eric are just cringe worthy. However the banter between Thor and Loki is VERY enjoyable and funny. Oh yeah there's something I wanted to talk about: this is not a Thor movie. This is "The Loki Movie feat. Thor sometimes." It's as if Feige was like, "Hmm women love this guy, let's milk his popularity even more." Still I enjoy Thor the Dark World as a decent science fantasy film and even though I technically consider this equally as good as the first Thor I will put it above it for this list because of a few things: Loki is a badass anti-hero and we get to see more of the nine realms/ So that's a plus.
5. Iron Man
Talk about a shocker of a superhero film. First off I didn't think this movie would work, I just thought to myself, "Really? Iron Man? Never thought he'd be a movie." But then I sat down in the Carmike Cinemas and after two hours I said, "HOLY CRAP THIS IS ONE OF THE COOLEST THINGS EVAH!" Even though I thought this movie wouldn't work I didn't deny that the casting of Robert Downey Jr. was genius on Marvel's part. Wonderful story telling, amazing directing, of course brilliant performances considering 75% of the movie was improvised by the cast, and a great adaptation of this hero. It's a shame the series went downhill because it had great potential to be the single greatest superhero franchise. Oh and let's not forget that this movie has one of my all time favorite female characters in cinema history: Pepper Potts. Oh my god, do I love Pepper. She's funny, smart. quirky, beautiful, tough, and has a great chemistry with Tony Stark. I've had a crush on Pepper and Gwyneth Paltrow since 2008 because of this movie.
4. Captain America The First Avenger
Some say that boy scout heroes are bland and uninteresting but you know what I say to those people? BULL! Captain America the First Avenger was freaking amazing. Talk about adapting a character perfectly while making a great film along the way. Now true I can understand why folks from foreign countries might not get into the character so I respect that, but me I feel like a true patriot watching Cap do his thing. Chris Evans sounded like a horrible choice for Cap but he really sold me and he wasn't even big yet, his performance as scrawny Steve Rogers who really wants to fight bullies in the war just made me grin.
3. Captain America The Winter Soldier
Just when I was starting to think: "Wow, Phase 2 is actually pretty disappointing." Look what came around blew my mind. Yep, Captain America the Winter Soldier was even better than The First Avenger. Amazing directing, great performances by all the actors, Falcon is one of my favorite supporting characters of 2014, the action was excellent, and there are plenty of messages about big government that should open people's eyes a bit more (hopefully). I cannot wait to see what the Russo brothers give us in Captain America 3 and hopefully the up the ante. Now I was tempted to put this above the next one...but can't deny that I enjoy the next film a little better.
2. The Avengers
What can I say about this movie that hasn't been said already? This movie was a spectacle from beginning to end. Fun, light hearted, funny, action packed, amazing visuals, great villain, etc. You've heard it all before, it is going to be the definitive superhero movie until something like Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice or the Justice League usurps that spot. Great movie and I always smile when I catch it on TV.
So we've gone through every Marvel movie which means the next one if pretty obvious.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
Oh yeah, Guardians of the Galaxy is not only my all time favorite Marvel movie but it is in my Top 10 favorite movies of all time. This movie got me to cheer with joy, cry three times, had me bursting with laughter, have a big grin going from ear to ear, got me to dance and sing to the music, and fall in love with these characters. I said this in my review, "What Star Wars did for teens in the 70s is what Guardians of the Galaxy did to me." I cannot find a single flaw with this movie. It was a perfect blend of sci-fi and comedy, it blended the two even better than the Avengers did considering I laughed three times as much with this movie. You will leave the theaters saying one of a several things:
"I am Groot." ~Groot (Duh)
"We're like Kevin Bacon!" ~Gamora
"I'm distracting you, you big turd blossom!" ~Star-Lord
And much, much, much more great quotes from this fantastic movie.
This movie is one of only a few movies that deserve a 10/10 rating. I cannot recommend this movie enough. Please go and watch it if you have not.
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