So I've heard a lot of the praise for Guardians of the Galaxy going around and with it I've heard "the best marvel movie" a lot. Which got me thinking, what is the order of quality in marvel's current "Avengers" universe?
10) Iron Man 2
Down at the bottom is the trailer for the Avengers. It has some fun action scenes but they're too short. The villains are underdeveloped (get used to that phrase folks) and while the idea of Tony Stark being poisoned by the thing saving his life is a good one, I just feel that the solution is too easily/conveniently solved and the pacing of the movie is really quite fractured. Still, it does have its moments, i'll give it that.
9) The Incredible Hulk
This movie went through all kinds of production problems, and it shows. It's not BAD per say, it can just be a slog to watch at times and the Abomination just doesn't have enough screen time or stuff to do. Meaning that he doesn't come across as much of a threat at the end. Tim Roth was pretty good but Liv Tyler, not so much. I'm lukewarm towards Norton's Bruce Banner and i definitely fee Mark Ruffalo was an upgrade. I mean seriously, where the hell is my Ruffalo solo outing guys?
8) Captain America: The First Avenger
Oooooh, controversial. This is going to upset some people, so I'm just gonna say that i get this film. I get the patriotic vibe and i can respect you liking the film because of it. But I'm Scottish, so that holds no water for me when it comes to this movie, and the fact of the matter is that it just isn't all that good. In fact, if it wasn't for the aforementioned patriotism, this could well be at the bottom. The action scenes aren't very well directed, no character gets enough development, the Red Skull is uninteresting, the plot is a touch overcliched (enjoyable though, to be fair) and the humour is hit and miss, though the hits are often big hits coming from Tommy Lee Jones. One thing i'll give this movie is that i love Chris Evans as Cap. He's just a perfect fit and i don't feel he gets enough credit for that. I don't dislike this movie, i've just forgotten it.
I'll give Thor the fact that i enjoyed watching it. Maybe that was because me and my friends were laughing at it but upon revisit for this list, i felt it still kinda held up. It's simple, it's targeted at kids and its solid. There's not much more to say honestly. I mean, we all know how great Tom Hiddlestone's Loki is so why talk more about it? It's funny, it's well directed and acted, the script is for the most part good and it just looks great. It just doesn't have any kind of unique flavour to make it stand out. It comes under a list i like to call JAMM: Just Another Marvel Movie. But hey! I like marvel movies, so i ain't complaining.
6) Thor: The Dark World
Every scene where Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddlestone are together on screen is golden. Almost every other scene is... meh. There's interesting ideas thrown around but none are capitalized on. Malekith is the worst villaain of any movie marvel have made, purely because he's got so little screen time (how many ways can a guy paraphrase "underdeveloped villain"). But it's an enjoyable watch in its own right, but i'd kinda like to see a director's cut.
5) Guardians of the Galaxy
Ok, so i've already done a full length review on this movie here so i don't want to just repeat that. Basically, it's a beautiful, hilarious ride, with really likable leads but lacking in the deeper department of character development and themes. Ronan the Accuser is barely there and one thing i didn't mention in my review is how out of place Thanos is. I know we need him introduced *cough* "infinity gauntlet" *cough* and all but he doesn't fit in the film. BUT, i did really enjoy GotG, it just didn't have any lasting impact.
4) Iron Man 3
Ok, i know a lot of people didn't like this film but i have to say that I did. It has its flaws yes, but i think it gives a good character arc to Tony, and everyone acts it out really well. It also has one of the best villains in the series. Ok, ok, i was looking forward to the Mandarin too guys, but the twist worked and was absolutely hysterical, and while Killian is basically Syndrome, if you're gonna steal, steal from Pixar. (Also, how awesome was the house party protocol?)
3) Iron Man
This movie is here not so much because it's better than all the other ones but because of how fresh a breath of air it was at the time of its release. I was pretty young when it came out and i just loved it. Robert Downey Jr. was incredible, the suit looked stunning and watching it again, it's still a great film with good characters, good character development, good themes and awesome visuals. It just works for whatever mood you're in.
2) Avengers Assemble (cause thats what it's called here)
Cheesy? Yes. Dumb? Yes. Done before? Yes. Over the top? Yes. Awesome? Oh hell yes! I mean, who doesn't love the Avengers? It's funny, it's stunning to watch, it's action packed and it's the damn avengers in a movie together!!! Watching it in the cinema for the first time was just so damn insane as a comic fan. And they nailed it. It's a faithful depiction of comics, but tweaked to work as a movie. No more need be said.
1) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Every problem i had with Cap's first outing is fixed here. In terms of villains? Yeah, the titular winter soldier doesn't get enough screen time, but the time he does have is capitalized on at least and Robert Redford's turn as Pierce is more of an embodiment of the idea that SHIELD actually is Hydra by another name, and he does it fantastically. The Russo brothers created a gripping, intense, action packed and relevant spy thriller with this and again, Chris Evans just nails every beat. Scarlet Johansson fleshes out Black Widow more, Anthony Mackie's Falcon is a guy i could just watch all day too. I could keep going, but like with Guardians, i've already done a review which you can check here. In terms of its place on this list, it's the better movie than the Avengers on most counts, though if i'm honest, nothing compares to that first ever watching of the Avengers.
So that's my opinion of the ranking of movies in the MCU. You are of course completely entitled to a different opinion, so if you disagree, feel free to let me know below in the comments, thanks for reading guys, enjoy your lives!