Ranking All 18 MCU Movies. Which is best?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been Hollywood’s most successful movie studio since the release of The Avengers and has revolutionised modern filmmaking. After the recent release of Marvel’s Black Panther and with the anticipated release of Avengers Infinity War, I have decided to make a king sized special on the MCU movies, ranking all the movies from 18 right through to number 1!
18. “The Incredible Hulk” (2008)
The main reason The Incredible Hulk is in the dreaded 18th position on my list is because we can all agree that it was forgettable. It may have a been a decent movie at the time but after the casting change no-one remembers Edward Norton as The Hulk. Will we, however see a Mark Ruffalo Hulk movie? That most definitely won’t be forgettable!
17. “Iron Man 2” (2010)
Iron Man 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed “Iron Man” that kicked off the entire MCU. The sequel was disappointing compared to the first installment however was action packed. It also gave us the epic introduction to the ultimate bad-ass super heroine, the Black Widow. Marvel have plans for a solo Black Widow movie which she throroughly deserves!
16. “Thor: The Dark World” (2013)
Thor the Dark World wasn’t as bad as people said it was in my books, but still it wasn’t as good as the first Thor movie. Its best moments were the post-credit scenes confirming the existence of the 6 infinity stones, Frigga’s death, Loki slicing Thor’s hand off (but not really) and the epic ending of Loki sitting on the throne of Asgard.
15. “Ant-Man” (2015)
Ant-Man isn’t meant to be an “Avengers” scale movie where the entire planet is in peril. Instead Marvel introduces the everyman hero. A down on his luck good guy trying to do the right thing, even though he messes up most of the time! It was and still is definitely one of Marvel’s most humorous movies.
14. “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011)
Captain America The First Avenger take us back in time to WWII. The origin of Cap is actually the origin of the Avengers, hence the title. It is the only MCU movie set in the past and is a faithful retelling of Cap’s origin. A very good start to a movie series that gets better and better! i
13. “Iron Man 3” (2013)
Iron Man 3 delivers the typical “Tony Stark” humour with typical Iron Man style action. It is much better than the second installment but still doesn’t reach the heights of 2008’s Iron Man. It has one of the MCU’s most shocking plot twists!
12. “Thor” (2011)
The first Thor movie is one of the most underrated MCU offerings. It gives us great character backgrounds, a new tale for the MCU and beautiful scenes in Asgard. Thor ranks as one of the MCU’s best origin stories without a shadow of doubt.
11. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015)
Avengers Age of Ultron was probably the MCU’s most anticipated movies (sorry Thanos!). Although it didn’t really live up to expectations, it was still a fantastic sequel with a new threat created by the Avengers themselves.
10. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” (2017)
After the unexpected success of the first Guardians film, the second one was written in the stars…literally. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 was a great addition to the MCU. Its key theme was the idea of family, whether it was Gamora and Nebula, Peter and Ego and even Yondu and Rocket, we truly feel for each and every one of the Guardians in this film.
9. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017)
Probably the most unique Marvel film, Spider-Man Homecoming is for the 1960’s comic series fan who grew up reading about Peter Parker’s school life as well as his superhero life. It is also a more personal movie than some of the larger scale MCU movies. It focuses on Peter’s relationship with his mentor Tony Stark and his desire to gain his trust and acceptance. Spidey’s nemesis in this move is The Vulture who is played perfectly by Michael Keaton. Keaton delivers a performance oozing with menace and is a truly intimitading figure for the teenage Spider-Man. However as menacing as he is, his motivations does lend the character some sympathy and the audience is swayed by his powerful arguement in defence of the “little guy”. The best interpretation of Spider-Man since the Tobey Maguire run.
8. “Iron Man” (2008)
The one that started it all! Iron Man was always going to rank high on this list. Iron Man delivered a new kind of superhero flick with not a cape to be seen…not even an alter ego! Marvel stayed true to its comic roots and superhero tale rooted in the real world. The casting of RDJ as Iron Man was arguably the best decision Marvel have made.
7. “Doctor Strange” (2016)
Visually stunning. This movie had the best special effects I have ever seen and gave us yet another unique tale and introduced us to the mystical parts of the MCU. Doctor Strange is one of the best Marvel movies out there and has proved to be a significant character in the run up to Infinity War.
6. “Thor Ragnarok” (2017)
Taika Waititi completely changed the character of Thor, and it was for the better. This action-comedy is tonnes of fun to watch and gives us great scenes, characters and settings. It also gives us a truly threatening villain in Hela who kills the warriors three just like that. Thor has never been more awesome!
5. “Captain America: Civil War” (2016)
“A movie where The Avengers fight each other, this is the end of the MCU!” screamed every fan after hearing the title. However Civil War delivered storytelling in the most compelling and meaningful way. It was action packed and introduced two beloved new characters. After this, the MCU and the world they know will never be the same.
4. “Black Panther” (2018)
The latest installment of the MCU, Black Panther has had critics applauding its success. Whether it’s the cultural and political aspect, the non-stop action and effects, the beautiful location, the awesome soundtrack or the all-star cast, Black Panther ranks as one of the best ever MCU offerings. For me, Erik Killmonger ranks as one of the MCU’s greatest ever villains with Michael B Jordan stealing the show.
3. “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)
Who ever heard of the Guardians of The Galaxy? How could they be a success?! Marvel took another huge gamble by taking this little known band of inter-stellar adventurers and putting them onto the big screen. GOTG turned out to be a riotous cosmic adventure with hilarious characters, a great soundtrack and lots more information on the infinity stones. We also got to see more of the big, bad Thanos and how the infinity stones are shaping the future of the MCU. Guardians of the Galaxy deserves to be right next to the big guns.
2. “The Avengers” (2012)
This was the big one! The first team-up movie that the MCU was building up to ever since the relase of Iron Man. This is the film that truly made Marvel into the phenomenon it is today. An amazing plot, with a great villain and some of Marvel’s best loved characters. Avengers Assemble!
1 . “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014)
Whether you agree or not, Captain America the Winter Soldier was the best MCU movie in my opinion. It had the best action scenes I had ever seen in a movie. The characters were brilliant, my favourite being the Winter Soldier, and finally the plot had a huge impact on the MCU. In fact, it turned the MCU upside-down. The second Captain America movie beats all others to become the diamond of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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