ByErin Estes, writer at
I am an aspiring novelist with a love for movies and anything Marvel. Writing is my passion, and movies are my obsession.
Erin Estes

This is my personal opinion on which are the best Marvel films. You all may have different opinions and that is awesome! In this post, I thought I'd list my favorites out in their respective order and eventually do my own personal reviews on each one, leading up to the Avengers 2!! (Yes, I think I am a little too excited about it.) However, I may not make it through all of them, since we only have seventeen days before the premiere. What I may do is finish the most recently made movies after Avengers 2, and instead, do those while leading up to Ant-Man.

I do know that there are a couple of more Marvel films out there, such as the Amazing Spider-Man movies, but I decided to base my list off of the Disney Marvel Studios' movies.

So, number 10.

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

I had to choose one to be in this last spot, and I decided on the Hulk. Whereas I loved certain elements of this movie, Edward Norton isn't my favorite Hulk, and the Hulk is not my favorite of the current Avengers. Also, I do like Mark Ruffalo's Hulk a little bit more. This movie, however, does have some of my favorite moments and quotes in it!
Such as the great crunch we get from:

Is that it? Is that all you've got?

I do love how we get to see a bit more of the 'other guy' and his personality, and also how Betty could communicate with him.

I do think that they need to make another one, just because Betty Ross isn't even mentioned in The Avengers, and I loved her story line that went with Banner's.

This is probably my top reason for this movie being at the bottom of my list. His story line just seems unfinished when we get to the Avengers.

But more of that later, when I get to my personal review of The Incredible Hulk!

(And yes, I know, The Incredible Hulk is technically a Disney film. He is a Universal Studios movie. However, Disney Marvel now has movie rights to the Hulk, as we can see in this article. Since he is part of the Avengers, I decided to add him.)

Thor (2011)

Thor, the god of thunder.

So, in the Avengers, I like Thor. However, his first movie is not my favorite. Elements are good, and it is definitely prevalent in the MCU, but there is one thing about it that I just can't stand.

The chemistry between these two.

It seems very forced. That first kiss?? Definitely not one that makes you melt. Natalie Portman is not that great of an actress, in my opinion.

Other than that, I like the movie. Mostly because I like Thor in the future movies, and this guy!

I don't know. Guy never tells me anything.

Phil Coulson. We get to see a lot of him in this movie! A lot of interaction.

Also, a nice introduction to Clint Barton, Hawkeye.

I do like this movie, it just isn't at the top of my list.

Iron Man 2 (2010)

It is so hard to put my favorite movies in a line. Some of them, I don't really like more than the others, such as Iron Man 2 and Thor.

What this movie does have going for me, is Black Widow and Tony Stark's continuing character development.

I still dislike Stark's tendencies towards women and drinks, but his overall development is what I like.

The reason this movie is in this spot is because I realized that most of my favorite parts have nothing to do with Iron Man.

More Nick Fury and Phil Coulson, and also the introduction to one of my favorite heroes, Natasha Romanoff.

And War Machine!!

Another thing that I appreciate about the Iron Man movies, is how his 'villains' are always people the old Tony messed up in some way. Whiplash is included in this.

And then, finally, my ship sails.

I love their relationship and how it continues to grow throughout the entire series.

Even when it began.

Iron Man (2008)

Ah yes...Iron Man. In spot number seven of my top list.

Once again, I just don't like Tony Stark, but he is changing.

I think the reason I like the first Iron Man better than the second is simply because there is a little less "Stark" in this one.

Plus, there is this whole scene:

I do anything and everything Mr. Stark requires. Including occasionally taking out the trash. Will that be all?

I love Pepper. Pepper is amazing.

I don't necessarily love the bad guy, since he was just your typical power hungry man, but I think it was a great start to Iron Man.

I loved watching Tony's face as he realized what the doctor in the cave was doing for him. The dawn of realization that this guy was sacrificing his life so that Tony could make a difference and survive was, I believe, the turning point.

But, once again, I am getting into my reviews. This is just my top list that leads into my reviews!

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

And once again, the Norse god of thunder. Now also in my sixth ranking!

Thor: The Dark World has many perks, but some of the same downfalls as the first one.

However, I do like this one more than the first because this one actually made me cry. Twice, actually.

And also incredibly angry, but in a good way. I suppose....

Anyway! I liked the bad guy, Malekith, the introduction to the Aether, and also how they addressed the fact that Thor did not go see Jane during 'The Avengers'.

I love the slapping...

However, the part still remains that Jane and Thor have horrible chemistry. It's passable at certain times, but just plain awkward most of the movie. This is why it remains in my sixth spot in the list.

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Something that I do really like about the Iron Man movies is that his bad guys tend to be people that the 'old Tony' messed up in the past.

However, I don't like the Mandarin. Sometimes, I forget he was actually in the movie.

Once again, just like the others, Pepper and Tony's relationship is my favorite part! This is why it is in my fifth place.

Reasons it isn't in my top place are not really, I suppose, the best reasons in the world. The top just being that Tony Stark is no Captain America.

He still has his problems, and still working through his mistakes while he makes new ones. However, seeing that he is tackling these things is why I do like him by the time this third installment ends. There is a lot less of that 'old Tony' in this movie and that's why I like it. His character has grown so much over these two phases of the MCU.

I am really looking forward to seeing how the rest of this plays out.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

If you can't tell by my my banner, then there is something you must know.

Captain America is my favorite superhero.

He's the small guy who wanted to make a difference, and fight for what he believed in.

He understood what power was before they gave him the serum, that is why he was the perfect candidate.
He is the cool-headed leader that was needed to take down Hydra.

He is respectful when other people aren't. He steps up when other people don't.

What makes him a hero is that he is a good man, not because he has muscles or a great throwing arm.

So why isn't this movie at the top of my list?

One word.


I know that in the comics he looks like this, but no...
He was great until he pulled his face off.
Just look at that face!!

I do like what he lead to, but him as himself, I just don't know...

So that is why Captain America: The First Avenger is in spot four.

The Avengers (2012)

This movie was great. I loved how they didn't just throw everyone together and everyone was happy.

That doesn't happen in real life. It takes a while for a group of people to figure out how to work well together. It takes longer when you have someone like Tony Stark in the mix.

I loved how they finally started working together because of the faith of one man in them.

Agent Phil Coulson.

And finally beating that pretty faced villain, Loki.

The reason that once again, this movie isn't in my top spot, is because a few of the characters did not get a good representation. Thankfully, I think that's going to be fixed in the new Avengers 2 movie!

Hawkeye definitely did not get enough screen time in this movie.

And Hulk's story seemed unfinished. It didn't affect the movie at all, I just would have preferred a bit more.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

My second favorite Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. There is just so much that I really love about this movie!! I know, not part of the Avengers at the moment, but it is a great movie!

There are puzzle pieces that get put together, and other mysteries for my brain to try and wrap itself around.

It has a talking, gun shooting, raccoon.

It has Zoe Saldana as Gamora, a great assassin.

Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star Lord. I do like Chris Pratt and loved his portrayal of the hero.

And then, there is this scene.

If this scene doesn't put a smile on your face, then I don't think we can be friends. Baby Groot is ADORABLE!!!!

So why isn't this in my top spot? I don't have any huge reason of it not being there.

Just one, semi-small one.

It doesn't have Captain America in it.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

On your left.

Yes, so maybe I'm a bit biased.

But everyone should have a favorite superhero, and Steve Rogers is mine. I think this is because he reminds me so much of my boyfriend. He is kind and thoughtful, though gets the work done when he needs to.

But there are other reasons I love this movie.

I love Black Widow's involvement in the movie. Black Widow is another one of my favorite heroes, so I was excited to see her in this movie.

And the introduction to the Falcon! The wings are amazing.

My favorite scene is when Natasha and Steve throw that guy off the building and just stand around talking until Sam brings him back.

I don't want to go into grand detail right now, just because I do want to have new things to tell you about when I do my reviews on each of my favorite movies!
I hope that you have enjoyed my top list.


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