Since the MCU just debuted its new entry Captain America: Civil War I decided to take the time to rank all thirteen of the films. So let's get started.
13) Guardians of the Galaxy
I am aware that this movie is typically in everybody's top 5 of the MCU, but please don't stop reading because this is my least favorite. The reason this movie is at the bottom of my list is because nobody really knew who they were until this movie came out. Don't get me wrong, as a standalone movie it's really good, but in this particular marvel series it doesn't fit as well as the others do. I know it connects with Thanos and the Infinity Stones, but this movie didn't draw my attention the way the other movies did.
12) Thor: The Dark World
Thor's second entry in the MCU is much weaker than his first. This movie is very boring and dull. It comes across this way because not much happens. The plot is not exciting whatsoever, and it is kind of all over place and makes you lose interest in the movie. The battles scenes at first were somewhat eye-catching, but they eventually just became overkill and strange. There were a few good scenes such as discovering the Aether and Thor and Loki's relationship, but overall it's a very boring movie.
11) The Incredible Hulk
As a kid, I really enjoyed watching this movie. I loved Hulk's fight scenes and watching him throw big objects and his end battle scene with Abomination. As years went by, I became a bigger marvel fan, and this movie gets less enjoyable every time. Edward Norton was not a very good Bruce Banner. As well as the rest of the cast wasn't great at their comic book portrayals. The only one who was decent was General Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross. The movie, in my opinion, could have done a better job with Hulk's origin story than it. Another problem was Bruce Banner and Betty Ross. There wasn't much chemistry between them, and their relationship was very awkward. Also, marvel never expanded with their relationship in any other movie Bruce was in. The best part was the fight scenes because they were really cool.
10) Iron Man 2
Even though this movie is not at the bottom of the list, this movie is definitely the least memorable of the thirteen films. The reason it's higher than Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World, and The Incredible Hulk is because I enjoy watching this movie better than any of those three. Plus, Robert Downey, Jr. is a fantastic actor, let alone Tony Stark/ Iron Man. Another reason I like watching this movie is because we get to see War Machine for the first time. I loved the car racing scene that Whiplash destroyed, and the last fight between Iron Man and War Machine vs. Whiplash and all of the robots. Other than that, nothing else is very memorable.
9) Iron Man
Iron Man may be one of the greatest origin story superhero films of all time. This was the first entry in the MCU, and the one that started it all. Without this movie, the Marvel Cinematic Universe wouldn't be here. The first thirty or so minutes were fantastic. It was really cool to see Tony Stark get captured and build Mark 1 to escape. Obadiah Stane was a really good villain, and Gwyneth Paltrow was a really good Pepper Potts. And you can't forget about Robert Downey, Jr. He was born to play Tony Stark.
8) Captain America: The First Avenger
This movie is very interesting as to the setting, plot, time, and how it connects to the others. Steve Rogers was a scrawny man who wanted to fight in World War II, and then a doctor approached and allowed him to become the Super Soldier. It was really cool to see that transformation. Chris Evans did a great job of portraying Steve Rogers. The movie had a great tone, and the acting was fantastic, such as Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter. Red Skull was a great villain for the first Captain America movie. Also, I thought it was a smart idea how the end picks up right after the present day scene in the beginning when they found Captain America.
Besides the Avengers, I really like Thor the best of the Phase 1 movies. I enjoy seeing Thor interact with humans because they are unfamiliar to him, and he doesn't act normal around them. The beginning is cool when they fight the Frost Giants and Loki realizes that he was born a Frost Giant. Speaking of Loki, Tom Hiddleston did a phenomenal job of playing Loki. Also, the ending scene where the bridge was destroyed was really cool. Overall, this is a fun, comical, and action packed movie that is enjoyable to watch.
This movie was much better than I expected it to be. I have always loved Ant-Man and this movie made me a bigger Ant-Man fan. I didn't think it was going to be all that good because he wasn't a hero people tended to like. Plus, they were going with the Scott Lang story instead of Hank Pym. I liked the way Marvel did this, but sometimes, not all the time but sometimes, I wish they went with the Hank Pym story. This movie was very funny and family-friendly throughout. Also, Paul Rudd was a fantastic Scott Lang, and I like the wittiness he brought to the character, and Michael Douglas was a great old Hank Pym. The final battle was interesting because it was on a child's train play set, and also exploring the quantum realm was a nice touch.
5) Iron Man 3
Phase 2, in my opinion had an extremely strong entry with Iron Man 3. I remember leaving the theater after the ending wondering whether Tony Stark would ever put on the suit again. This movie had great cliff hangers. This movie had a fantastic plot, cast, and humor. I loved the adaptation the brought about the Mandarin in this movie and using Trevor the actor as a decoy pretty much. I liked Tony Stark's relationship with the boy in Tennessee and he mandarin fights there. Also, it was interesting to see Tony Stark's PTSD caused from the events of the Avengers. Even though this movie doesn't have many connections to the others it still remains in the top 5 on my list because it's funny, action-packed, and will have you on the edge of your seat.
4) The Avengers
I will never forget the day I saw this movie in theaters. I was so excited to see this movie, and it met my expectations. I was amazed to see Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black a Widow, and Hawkeye all in one movie. It was a dream come true. All of the funny one liners, to exploding buildings, to moments that had me want to jump up and down were outstanding. This movie is will definitely go down as one of the greatest superhero movies of all time.
3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
After seeing the Avengers, I didn't think that any superhero movie could top it. Boy was I wrong. I was never a huge Captain America fan. His character never interested me all that much. But this movie made me like him a lot more. I was really underestimating this movie, and I left the theater mind-blown. I loved seeing Falcon on screen for the first time, and the return of Bucky Barnes. Nick Fury's story was also very interesting too in this film. All of the action sequences were flat out awesome. This movie is just an awesome movie.
2) Avengers: Age of Ultron
Not even knowing what the plot was, I was already excited for this movie after seeing the Avengers. I wasn't sure if it was going to be better, but all I knew was that I was ready. I loved how they used Ultron, one of the Avengers greatest villains, and new superheroes Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and The Vision. This film had great humor and fight scenes. This movie also gave the cast a chance to expand on their roles, in which they all succeeded. This movie also set up many movies in the future for Phase 3 including Civil War. This movie also at times caught me off guard such as (SPOILER IF YOU HAVENT SEEN THIS MOVIE EVEN THOUGH YOU SHOULD HAVE BY NOW!!!!!!!) Quicksilver dying and saving Hawkeye. This movie beat my expectations and I left the theater thinking it was awesome and that marvel only keeps getting better.
1) Captain America: Civil War
I don't even know where to begin on this one, but I know I'm not going to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet. Captain America: Civil War has so many things that audiences had to look forward to and it doesn't disappoint. This film was based off of my favorite comic book series, 'Civil War.' Even though, it was entirely different, I still loved it. This movie was exciting, funny, and action- packed. Black Panther was awesome and his fight scenes were really cool. I'm really glad they were able to put Ant-Man in the movie and also turn him into Giant-Man. Baron Zemo was different, but I loved this version of him. And Spider-Man was perfect. Tom Holland was an amazing Spider-Man (No pun intended.) He totally best Maguire and Garfield's versions of Spider-Man. He nailed the comic book Spider-Man. This film also set up the rest of Phase 3 and I can't wait to see what Marvel is going to do next with Earth's Mightiest Heroes.