ByKevin Haldon, writer at Creators.co
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So Marvel and Dc came out over the last few weeks and announced their entire slates till 2020... Which to be fair is a huge bold statement, especially for a company like Disney Marvel who for the most part like to see how the movies pan out before announcing the next phase. Personally I am of the opinion that DC had nothing to lose by doing this though because they where getting there arses kicked in the MovieVerse.

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Looking forward at Marvel it would seem that they have a great deal of work to do and seen as it now looks like they are trying to shoehorn the entire epic story of Civil War into one movie... Well as excited as I was, I find myself being slightly skeptical now. For me though, I am all about Guardians 2 that is the movie I am most excited to see going forward. However for a moment I would like to look back at the Avenger Marvelverse and I rank these movies how I personally rate them. This is purely my opinion and would love to know yours so, so lets do this, starting with my least favorite....

10. Iron Man 3 (2013)... Some Lazy Ass Film-making/Story-telling

UGGGGGGGGH
UGGGGGGGGH

Okay this could be potentially controversial considering it was a monster at the box office, however this movie does very little for me. It had to live up to the greatness of Avengers Assemble but for me Marvel knew they could play it safe so they bring in RDJ's buddy Shane Black and he made an awful movie in which Pepper Potts was the savior, Tony Stark decides he doesn't wanna be Iron Man, Guy Pearce shows us why he should of been Smaug and let's not forget the worst twist in movie history that Ben Kingsley (the most bad ass villain in ages) is actually a pissed up British actor... **SPOILERS** Shit sorry. Moving on...

You Can Read My Post on How They Could Have Saved Iron Man 3 HERE

Or My Debate With Fellow Writer ChrisDDS HERE

9. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)... Thank God For Those Russo Brothers

Not Gonna Lie Though Evans I Kick Ass...
Not Gonna Lie Though Evans I Kick Ass...

I think of the entire phase 1 this was the one I held no real hope for. Steve Rogers was never a character I felt I could relate to, and when I sat in the cinema watching this movie I had to keep reminding myself there was an Avengers trailer after the credits. Hugo Weaving was wasted in this flick "Tragically". Yes I get it he is Captain America so it is all going to be Star spangled banner-y but the whole 'Merica during the war thing... Just plain annoyed me. Thank god they replaced Joe Johnston with the Russo's. It's not too bad from here...

8. Thor: The Dark World (2013)... What A Bloody Mess Of A Flick

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PIIIIIIIIIIIIIMP

I actually almost forgot I had watched this movie. After having seen Thor and watch him kick arse in Avengers I was looking forward to seeing this sequel. However it was short lived excitement when it became clear to me they hired Christopher Eccleston purely for his name and gave him nothing to do in the movie whatsoever. I don't think Brannagh should have left this flick and it suffered because of the change. My biggest problem though was that Marvel where beginning to put too much faith in Loki as the big bad, don't get me wrong I love Tom Hiddleston but come on already...

7. Iron Man 2 (2010)... Should kept Terrence Howard Yo

HELLS TEETH...
HELLS TEETH...

This movie suffered from what I like to call Sin City Syndrome, by this I mean Mickey Rourke was back on the map after having made Sin City so people where trying to snap him up left right and center for their flicks. His portrayl as Whiplash was a personal low for me. Also they replaced Terrence Howard with Don Cheadle which I found ridiculous. I think the less said about Iron Man 2 the better so I will leave you with this. Sam Rockwell was maybe the bright star of the flick...

Now for when Marvel have got it all right...

6. The Incredible Hulk (2008)... Not The Bana Version Hahaha

I liked this version a lot...
I liked this version a lot...

They took a gamble rebooting this one so soon after that Ang Lee mess, but let's be honest they were flying high after Iron Man and after the surreal yet superb casting of RDJ they tried to emulate that stroke of genius by casting Edward Norton. Infact look back at this movie for a second and take note of it's cast. Norton we all ready covered, Liv Tyler as Betty Ross, William Hurt playing General Ross. Bloody Tim Roth as a pretty credible Abomination, Tim Blake Nelson in a small role and lets not forget RDJ makes a cameo which set off the whole Marvel universe. The biggest shame of this movie was that Norton would not get to reprise his role.

5. Iron Man (2008)... The Gamble

Risky Move But Soooooooo Worth It...
Risky Move But Soooooooo Worth It...

When Marvel cast RDJ as Tony Stark it was a complete suprise to most, but from the second that AC/DC tune kicks in and we see the man, HE IS Tony Stark. this would be the first of many risk taking pay offs for Marvel and I would like to think this was the one that gave them the confidence to cast outside the box. Who knew Jon Favreau (Swingers, Made) could cut it as a box office action director??. Who knew Gwyneth Paltrow could stop being annoying for the length of a movie?? Well my friends Marvel knew. If there is one thing Marvel always do well, Its... Cast...

4. Thor (2011)... The Best Solo Movie Of Phase 1, In My Humble Opinion

As good as Iron Man was, when they offiacilly announced Thor I was pumped. I didn't even know a great deal about the cannon but it just seemed so massive, Grand and dare I say it Epic. Then the news started coming, Kenneth Brannagh to direct "PERFECT" I screamed what with his semi Shakespeare gigs of the past. Anthony Hopkins confirmed, Rene Russo confirmed. However they announced Hemsworth and Hiddleston and I was left scratching my head. How wrong was I, by far the two brightest shinning lights of the franchise so far. The finished product... Story well told, Excellent casting and Asgard looked bloody brilliant...

3. Avengers Assemble (2012)... It Loses Points for Complacency

This Is How you Do A Team Up Movie...
This Is How you Do A Team Up Movie...

Dont get me wrong this was the perfect way to end a stellar phase 1, you can forgive the mis-haps along the way when this is the end product. Joss Whedon pulled out his entire box of tricks and made an Avengers movie like we could never have even hoped for, it was better than perfect. However this movie loses points in my eyes for what Marvel did with that monster success. The two movies that came next, IM3 and Thor: The Dark World were both below what we had come to expect. This does not take away from Avengers Assemble it is still a great flick you can watch over and over. Also the choice of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner has every Fanboy/Girl screaming "WHERE'S OUR HULK STANDALONE... Something I dont think even Marvel could of Predicted...

2. Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)... Just WOW

I was sold from the instant I heard about this movie. A galactic superhero team-up movie... Jesus. If Iron Man was a gamble this movie was like going All In on a pair of 3's. The cast was unconventional to say the least. Marvel, although they had touched on space in the flicks they had not really been into space and this movie was to be set in space. It's a riot of a movie, it is so much fun to watch. Chris Pratt is amazing in the lead and the band of rejects around him are just as superb. The story is so basic you could liken it to Star Wars when you strip all the bells and whistles back. I loved this movie and fills me with faith going forward... I can't wait for a Avengers/Guardians crossover that is gonna be soooo much fun. Oh and that soundtrack... Flawless. Again though James Gunn as director, who could have called that???.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier... Worst of Phase 1 Best of Phase 2

How It's Done LIke
How It's Done LIke

I don't want Whedon to leave this franchise because he looks to have done the impossible with Ultron, but when he does I want the Russo Brothers to take over the Avenger movies. Cap2 restored all the hopes I had in Phase 2 which by this point seemed impossible. The story was excellent, The baddie was a supreme Bad Ass, They somehow got Robert Redford into it and the twist was brilliant as all hell. I could not rave about this movie enough, they took my least favorite character of phase 1 and turned it on its head. I am firmly Team Cap after this flick. My only worry is that they set it up beautifully for Cap3 with Bucky and then went and announced Civil War which... Well... Cap2 has got me excited again for Avengers Ultron and they have already started embedding the dis-trust for government authority into Cap.

Read My Full Review Of Winter Soldier Here

Thats us up to date with how I rank the movies so far and to be honest Marvel are smashing it so far it is just when they drop the ball they start messing with things they don't need to. Going forward I am back on-board after the announcements. Looking forward to Cap3: Civil War although if they are squeezing all that into one movie it could be a mess, I cant wait for Guardians 2 and even Inhumans to a degree. Then of course you have all DC's stuff. My cinema trips are planned out till 2020 anyway. Starting with Age Of Ultron, Why not have a listen to what the lads over at 365 thought about the Ultron Trailer...

What do you guys think have I been a bit cruel to some of your favorites remember these are just my opinions but I think im mostly right.

Thanks for reading...

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