Captain America: Civil War comes out in a couple of days, so in honor of the movie's release, I am releasing a personal ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Is it biased? Duh, it's a personal list. However, I hope you all can agree on at least some of my choices. Some of them may cause some uproar in the comments section, but that's part of the deal. So now, I present to you, my ranking:
- 12) Iron Man 2
I haven't seen this entire movie, since it stopped being free OnDemand halfway through, but I did like what I saw. It seems to be the consensus thought that this is the worst MCU film, and for now I can't place it any higher. That may change in the future, though. I think I liked Whiplash more than I should have, maybe because of the suit from the final battle, but I think he might get a little too much flak. Anyways, the story is kinda all over the place, but it wasn't by any means a bad movie.
- 11) Thor: The Dark World
Again, this is not a bad movie, at least to me. None of the MCU films are legitimately bad, it's just that some are better than others. My gripe is the same as many other people's: Malekith is just an underutilized villain. The action is pretty good, especially the final battle. However, I just don't get pumped the same way when I sit down to watch this one as I do for, say, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- 10) The Incredible Hulk
This movie is above those other two for pretty much that end fight alone. If there is one thing this movie did very well, it's that. Abomination vs. Hulk, two giant behemoths wrecking Harlem and battling with brute strength, it's a real spectacle to behold. This rest of the movie is pretty good. It's not the best movie ever, but it's still pretty good.
- 9) Thor
This one is better than the second one because it introduces us to the cosmic side of the MCU. Loki is a good villain, though he's better in The Avengers. The story is fun and has a lot of funny moments. I especially like the sly introduction of Hawkeye that only keen-eyed fans would have noticed, since he was in the movie for, like, six seconds. All in all, just a fun entry in the series.
- 8) Captain America: The First Avenger
It pains me to put this movie so low on the list, but that's just a testament to how good the MCU really is. I like this movie a lot, with it's classic vibe and one of the MCU's better villains in Hugo Weaving's Red Skull. It's a fun period piece that starts off with a guy who just wants a chance to do the right thing, and he definitely gets to fulfill his dream. Just a good, fun movie.
- 7) Iron Man
I haven't seen this entire movie for some reason, either, but I don't want to anger people too much, so I'm putting it around halfway. I like what I saw so far, but I don't want to put it much higher until I half a complete opinion. However, Robert Downey Jr. was pitch-perfect casting, and without this movie's success, there would be no MCU, so there's that.
- 6) Iron Man 3
This is my favorite Iron Man movie, due to it just being a fun adventure with some pretty cool villains. I absolutely love Ben Kingsley's Mandarin video scenes, because he is so completely menacing in the role. Even though he turns out to be an actor (which didn't bother me like it did to many others), I still like the Mandarin character. As for Aldrich Killian and A.I.M., he's 'aight. This would have been even higher, but I just really like the rest of the movies on the list.
- 5) The Avengers
This movie was the culmination of all the movies that came before it. I don't think I'll ever forget seeing this for the first time, like when I saw The Force Awakens. This was an extremely well crafted, fun, and funny movie. There is never a dull moment, at least after the first act. Every character gets their moment in the spotlight, and nobody is a boring character (even you, Hawkeye). I just like this one a smidge less than the second one.
- 4) Avengers: Age of Ultron
Like I said, I like this one just a little better than the first, due to James Spader's Ultron, the expansion of the universe, and the introduction of Vision and Scarlet Witch. The stakes felt bigger here, with the Avengers going around the world to battle Ultron instead of being almost exclusively in New York (bar the scene in Germany). There was just something about this one that I really liked, and though many people would put it lower, this is where it stays for me.
- 3) Ant-Man
There's something about this one that just instantly made it one of my favorite Marvel movies. Whether it's the clever humor, interesting characters, or exhilarating action, this movie has something for everyone. It has some gut-busting lines and scenes, and the some serious and heartfelt ones as well. This is an all-around good time at the movies.
- 2) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
This movie is just...wow. An interesting, twisting story mixed with some of the best choreographed fight scenes in the MCU make this movie a must-see for any Marvel fan, or action fan in general. My eyes were glued to the screen during the attack on Nick Fury's car, the highway fight, and the Arnim Zola computer scene. There were so many cool moments and characters, injected with some legitimate humor, making this an incredible action film. Top-notch stuff, and it's not even the best Marvel movie.
- 1) Guardians of the Galaxy
Well, 2014 was one heck of a year for Marvel. They released two of their best-reviewed movies that year, and my two personal favorites. This is ultimate popcorn entertainment. It has heart, humor, and crazy fun action. Who thought that one of Marvel's riskiest projects yet would have become one of it's most successful and entertaining outings? I love this movie and it's awesome, relatable characters. Who can deny the charm of Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Star-Lord, Gamora, and Drax? This movie absolutely deserves the #1 spot on my list.
So that's my ranking of the current MCU movies. I'll probably update it shortly after I see Civil War, but until then, this is what I've got. Thanks for reading, and let me know what you think in the comments! EXCELSIOR!