The Most Epic Film Universe Ever! what will be Number 1?
Marvel’s Phase 3 has come to an end. The biggest film franchise of all time; with arguably some of the best superhero movies of all time. I did this list nearly two years ago: MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE FILMS RANKED and I thought as the third phase has now ended, that it would be a perfect time to redo this list with all the recent movies. Some movies on that original list may stay in place, some have moved. So without further ado let’s start.
SPOILERS FOR ALL FILMS HERE
23. Thor: The Dark World
It was the bottom of my last list and still is my bottom now. It’s not a terrible film, but just incredibly average. The plot is thin, the villain forgettable, Endgame kind of redeemed it, but not enough for me.
22. Iron Man 2
After the huge success of Iron Man 1, the anticipation for this sequel was very high, but it was a huge disappointment. Very average, with some good performances, but a lacklustre villain and thin plot (like Thor: Darkworld) it really hurts this movie.
21. Incredible Hulk
The forgotten movie in the MCU. Incredibly Hulk is a pretty fun action movie, with a very good third act, but there’s really not much to latch onto other than the fun action. Edward Norton gave a nice performance but compared to what the MCU became, this film is easily forgotten.
I like Paul Rudd and I like him as Ant-Man and I find his films very fun, but I just don’t get the same level of enjoyment compared to any of the other MCU films. I like that it feels more like a heist movie, but it’s just a forgettable experience for me.
19.Ant-Man and the Wasp
Similar to Ant-Man I liked this movie, but just found it very forgettable and as the follow-up movie after Infinity War found it very uninteresting. Again, Paul Rudd is great, there are some funny scenes, but that’s it. I personally prefer him as a side character in the big event films.
18. Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3 is a far better movie than Iron Man 2, there’s Shane Black’s signature style behind the camera and Robert Downey Jnr. gave a great performance. But like a lot of the early MCU movies, the villain was quite poor and the plot twist really annoyed a lot of fans.
17. Avengers Age of Ultron
Avengers Age of Ultron has grown on me quite a bit through the years. This was very low rated two years ago, but since then I have rewatched it a few times and I can honestly say I enjoy it now. I believe that I expected something very different when I first saw it and on the second or even third rewatch was still annoyed because of it, but walking in a few years later knowing what to expect, I can say it is a fun movie. Ultron could have definitely been a lot more menacing and the tension could have been set up further, but it’s still an enjoyable film, just nowhere near as good as the other Avengers movies.
I really like the first Thor, the Asgard scenes are great, it’s actually quite funny and it introduced us to one of the best MCU characters Loki. Could they have made the film a lot more cosmic and epic? Yes. But at that time it came out we were still stuck in the dark and gritty stages, so I don’t think the audience was quite ready just how crazy Marvel could get. (They would be later on though, as we will see)
15. Captain America the First Avenger
This is a very underrated movie. It has such a distinctive style, which sets it apart from any other Marvel movie. The casting is great, I really like the Red Skull, although they could have done more and it’s annoying that the montage skips over some of the best scenes. That being said it is a great origin story and when you watch Endgame it ties the ending so neatly with this movie you can’t help but look back on it fondly.
14. Doctor Strange
When I first saw this movie I loved it a ton, it was super stylish, reminded me of Inception mixed with The Matrix and had one of my favourite Marvel villains of all time: Dormammu! Could it have gone even further with the mysticism? Yes, could the main villain be better? Yes, but it is still very entertaining and the more I’ve seen Doctor Strange in the later Marvel films, the more I love Benedict Cumberpatch as this character.
13. Spider-Man: Homecoming
I really love Tom Holland as Spider-Man, he is the perfect casting, I loved his relationship with Tony Stark throughout the movie and of course, Miachel Keaton as the Vulture was great. There are also a lot of gripes about the movie too though. There is hardly any tension in the movie, apart from the awesome scene in the car, it feels more like a comic of the week story and I’m not a fan of Spider-Man having a suit that does a lot for him. Similar to Ant-Man, I actually prefer Spider-Man in the Avengers films and he actually steals a lot of scenes in those movies. Far From Home fixed a ton of these problems though, which we will get onto later.
12. Captain Marvel
I really wasn’t expecting much from this film, I liked that it was going to be set in the 90s and the Skrulls were going to be in the movie, but the trailers just didn’t look good. I was completely wrong though, this was a fun Marvel movie with a ton of nostalgia (being set in the 90s), with genuine twists and good characters. The villain was a bit meh, but overall I really liked this film.
11. Black Panther
Just missing the top 10 spot is Black Panther, the movie had a different feeling to most of the other Marvel movies, the villain had a genuine heart and the cinematography was gorgeous! It’s a true testament how good the MCU is that this film didn’t make the top 10. A couple of reasons why it didn’t though is that I felt like Kilmonger should have had more screen time, some of the effects (particular the last fight between Black Panther and Killmonger) didn’t look too great and the other films on the list I just personally prefer.
10. The Avengers
Avengers was most people’s number 1 for a long time when the MCU was young. Since then Phase 3 has happened, which is easily their best phase and a couple of the Phase 2 movies just beat it. The movie still holds up as a great Superhero team-up movie and if it wasn’t for this film the MCU would not be where it is today. This is what brought everyone and their grandmother on board for the MCU, not just the fans. It used to be higher on my list, but I just believe that the later films did all that this movie did and much more.
9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 reveived a lot of mixed reviews when it came out. I get their concerns, but to me this movie was brilliant. I absolutely loved where they brought all our characters and the development they gave our Guardians. I am a big fan of James Gunn’s sense of humour and it truly shines in this movie and let’s not forget this movie has Kurt Russel playing Ego the Living Planet!!! Every time I rewatch this movie I love it more and more and I cannot wait for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
8. Iron Man
The movie that kicked off the MCU is still one of the best films in the franchise. Robert Downey Jnr. was born to play Tony Stark and he truly shines in this first movie. It’s a small, tight origin movie, which a lot of the other MCU films have tried to do, but never to the calibre of this first film. Iron Man perfected the MCU formula from the first movie! Sure the villain isn’t fantastic, but it works for this movie and I still love it 11 years later.
7. Spider-Man: Far From Home
If you saw my review for Spider-Man: Far From Home Review (Spoilers at the end) you’d know that I love this movie. It’s easily the best live-action Spider-Man film in years and they did Mysterio perfectly. I’m not sure how they are going to continue with that crazy end credits sequence, something tells me it could be Kraven the Hunter, but this is easily one of the best MCU films and a great end to the fantastic phase 3.
6. Captain America Civil War
Civil War has grown on me a lot in the last three years. Do I believe that there could have been a lot more tension and friction in the whole team rather than Cap, Iron Man and Bucky? Yes, but it was still a thrilling film with one of the most heartfelt superheroes fights ever at the end between our 3 heroes. I’ve always believed the airport sequence is quite overrated as there was zero tension, but it’s an excellent film still and a brilliant follow up to Winter Soldier.
5. Avengers: End Game
The most hyped sequel probably since the Lord of the Rings and the highest-grossing movie of all time came out a couple months ago. I did a review on it here: AVENGERS: ENDGAME REVIEW if you want to see my more in-depth feelings about it. Endgame was a perfect ending to the story we have been following for 11 years, every character’s ending felt warranted and everyone gave their best performance. Saying this, this film is not perfect, the time travel has quite a lot of plot holes when you think about it enough and the beginning was a little slow. With that all said though, I still love this movie and maybe on multiple watches it may get higher on this list and let’s not forget this is one of the only movies ever to make me cry with happiness when Cap says: Avengers Assemble… truly amazing.
4. Guardians of the Galaxy
We can thank Guardians for just how crazy phase 3 got. No one knew if the public was ready for the insanity which was the Marvel Cosmic universe, but James Gunn made such a fantastic movie that no one could resist it. Guardians sticks out as a movie which doesn’t need to be in the MCU to be great, its a great space opera with a fantastic bunch of main characters and one of the best movie soundtracks ever put together. The movie was hilarious and proved that Marvel could surprise us with different genres in their universe, not just superhero movies.
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
This was my number one on the last list and for a long time. The 70s spy thriller aspects of this film truly set it apart. It’s one of the most thrilling MCU movies with great action set pieces and excellent performances from every member of the cast. This is also the movie which cemented that the Russo brothers knew how to make a perfect Marvel movie and they would later go on to shape what phase 3 would be. 2 films have since came out which has taken this from the top spot, but it’s still one of my favourite comic book movies of all time, not just MCU.
2. Thor: Ragnarok
This may be controversial, but I absolutely love Thor Ragnarok, more than any other film in this franchise (except for number 1 of course). I am a sucker for the 80s style, in particular, the Heavy Metal, He-Man style. Thor Ragnarok delivered this in spades with some of the craziest action set pieces ever, the best Hulk, an amazing villain and it also finally showed just how great Thor could always be. Thor went from the sideline Avenger to most people’s favourite in just one movie, it showed how good Chris Hemsworth’s sense of humour was also. The soundtrack rivalled Guardians of the Galaxy and I cannot praise this film enough, but it’s still not number 1, which is obvious what it is…
1. Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers Infinity War. The movie we were waiting 10 years to see came and conquered. It is perfect, enough said. Yes, characters make annoying choices, yes it’s not a complete movie, you need to know the MCU and watch Endgame to find out what happens, but this is the Empire Strikes back of our generation, I’ve never had a cinema experience like it and probably won’t again for a very long time. The ending of this movie is one of the best endings I’ve personally ever seen and it is all crafted perfectly. Who knows that maybe phase 4 could top this, but I really don’t know if anyone has a chance, we grew up with the characters we were watching and I don’t know if there will be a feeling like we had for these characters ever again.
So, there we have it my ranking of every MCU film. What do you think? What films are your favourites and least favourites? Comment below, like my post and follow my blog for some more similar posts and my Instagram for whatever I want to post @the-12thdimension2019.