For a long time I wondered if I should write an individual review for each film, but then I decided against it. Everyone at this point has done that. So instead of me analyzing each film I thought I could make a list and rank them. Please note that this list is based on my opinions only. Feel free to comment if you disagree with me, I would love to hear your opinions. The only film that won’t be ranked is Guardians Of The Galaxy vol. 2 since I have not seen it yet.
The ones I Don’t Like
Those are the films I just cannot stand for one reason or another.
The Incredible Hulk
This movie is just boring from start to finish. We get the origin story in the first few minutes through opening titles. After that we follow Bruce Banner as he runs from the government. I love Ed Norton, but his performance here is underwhelming. There is no connection to the character for me. When we first see Elizabeth with another man I know I should care, I should be sad, angry and feel sorry for Bruce, but the movie didn’t do anything to make me care about their relationship. Little montage at the beginning of the movie simply won’t do. The Hulk looks ugly, every time he’s on-screen the movie gets somehow more boring and I always get a headache while watching it. I really, really hate this movie.
Guardians of the Galaxy
I know, this movie is usually at the top of everyone’s list and I know why. The movie is good, the performances are great, it is funny, the visuals are amazing, but I still don’t like it. It is a mystery for me, because it has all the things I love: set in space, Chris Pratt, humor, action, superheroes. I just don’t like it. I’ve seen it twice, each time it was really difficult to get through to the end. I didn’t connect to any of the characters and by the time Groot sacrificed himself at the end I simply didn’t care. Unlike Incredible Hulk this movie is good I just can’t get into it.
Iron Man 3
You know it’s funny that two Iron Man movies are in this category, Iron Man being my favourite MCU superhero. This movie is just pointless. If you watch all of the MCU movies and skip this one, nothing will happen. Tony deals with PTSD, that is the only interesting part of the movie. RDJ’s performance is perfect as always and the highlight of the movie. So Tony decides to quit being a superhero and destroys all of his suits. Except he doesn’t, he’s right back saving lives in the next Avengers. The movie changed nothing. The action without the suit is okay, but doesn’t stand out. Pepper is annoying as fuck and we see her again in Spider – Man: Homecoming, so clearly their relationship wasn’t really damaged. Tony says they are on a break in Civil War, but couple of months later they’re back together again. I am so angry with this movie, because if done right it would be a major break for the character. Instead it fell flat.
Iron Man 2
This one is between the two categories as I genuinely enjoy parts of this movie, but absolutely can’t stand some. This movie is not as bad as some people say. It has some great moments in it like: Tony suiting up at the race track, Fury and Romanoff interference at the diner and Tony watching his father’s tape. This movie helped us to understand Tony’s relationship with his father as well as his desire to help others and be a better man. But then in the same movie Tony invents a new element by using lasers. I’m sorry, no amount of explanation will ever validate this. It is stupid and it takes me right out of the movie every time. Pepper is annoying, again. The villan is laughable, Justin Hammer is just pathetic. although I am a fan of Don Cheadle as Rhodes there’s something annoying about him in this one.
The ones I Like
Thor: The Dark World
I don’t understand the hate for both Thor movies. I mean, they are not perfect, but they’re also not so bad as everyone would have you believe. Yes the villain is bad, the worst in the MCU. If you look past that The Dark World has so much more to offer. We explore Thor’s relationship with his parents and his brother. The scene with Loki dying is one of the best and most emotional scenes of the franchise. Loki is perfect, stealing every scene he is in. Jane is used properly and Hemsworth has never looked better. This movie does not have the ambitions to be great, but it is a lot of fun, sometimes that’s all I need.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Ok, I do not like origin stories, even the great ones like Iron Man or Deadpool. I find them boring. That’s just my opinion. This movie is good, the acting is good, the action is good, the story is interesting enough to not fall asleep while watching it. You see what’s the problem? Good is just not enough to get me invested in a movie. The relationship Cap has with Peggy is good, but pointless in the long run, cause he’s gonna wake up in the future anyway. The relationship with Bucky is however the high point of this movie. In cap’s storyline Bucky is a major player and it is nice to see how it began. This movie is my husband’s favourite and we watched it many times together, maybe that’s what keeps me from ranking it any lower.
Paul Rudd is one of my favourite actors. He carries this movie on his back with ease. Scott Lang is likeable, charming and funny. The movie itself is a lot of fun. Marvel changed the genres a little and alongside a typical origin story we got a heist comedy. I love that the movie doesn’t take itself too seriously and the final battle is a proof, set in a kid’s bedroom our hero running from toy trains and other “dangerous” items. One thing I still cannot get out of my mind is wondering how much better the film would be had Edgar Wright directed it.
Again, not many people like this movie which is a shame really, because this instalment is one of the best origin stories MCU has to offer. Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hiddleston give absolutely terrific performances. Loki is the best villain in the Marvel cinematic universe and this movie is the reason why. He wants to impress his father and we understand why he does bad things, we watch his transition from a son just wanting his father’s love to a man willing to do anything to achieve his goals. Thor’s change from cocky prince to god of thunder is fun to watch. Overall this movie is one of the greatest emotional experiences of them all.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The second Avengers film is not very popular among fans and I kind of see why. The film feels overstuffed at times, but that’s the price you have to pay when the movie is part of such a big universe and you need to introduce new characters. I actually might be one of the few people who don’t mind Bruce and Natasha being (kind of) together. Scarlet has a chemistry with everyone and I actually enjoy the pairing with Bruce. I did not enjoy Hawkeye’s family reveal, for me it takes a lot of mystery from the character. On the other hand the scenes at the farm are one of the best from the movie, it gives us a sence of calm and helps us re- connect with our heroes and understand their minds a little better. I didn’t mind Ultron, he is no Loki sure, but he has his great moments. I enjoyed the action, the scene with all of them trying to lift Thor’s hammer is a great character study.
The Ones I Love
Finally a Spider-Man done right! I grew up watching Sam Rami’s trilogy and the first two movies are perfect. Homecoming however feels authentic, for the first time Peter acts like a kid, he interacts with his best friend like any other high schooler. He is funny, constantly talks to himself and wants to help the ordinary people. That’s how Spider-Man should be. Michael Keaton is perfect as the Vulture creating one of the best villains of all time. I absolutely love when Peter gets trapped that the first thing he does is shout for help, he is scared, i love that because Peter Parker is 15 years old, he should be scared. Another thing I absolutely adore is how New York is portrayed. In the other movies we got the “swinging across downtown Manhattan” scenes. In Homecoming we see Queens through Peter’s eyes, we see a sandwich shop, ordinary apartment buildings, the train. NYC was always a big part of Spider-Man comics. Finally this film portrays the feel of Peter’s city to screen.
I love Benedict Cumberbatch. That is just a fact. Doctor Strange is so much more than its leading actor’s amazing performance. The cinematography is excellent as the whole movie looks beautiful. Strange’s visions are bright, colorful and mesmerizing. Our hero’s transformation from arrogant surgeon to powerful sorcerer is similar to Thor’s but described more in-depth here. I cannot describe how happy I was about the ending, for a first time the hero saves everyone by out smarting the bad guy. Strange’s biggest power is his intelligence. Doctor Strange has the best third act in the MCU. I cannot wait to spent more time with the character in Infinity War.
Captain America: Civil War
Civil War gave me so many feelings. You know how I said that Doctor Strange has the best third act? Well, this one is a very close second. Tony’s reaction to learning about his parents death is amazing, Robert Downey Jr. gave his best performance yet. The airport scene is a thrill- ride from the beginning. Every scene with Spider-Man in it is great, I left the theater exited about Tom Holland’s take on the character. Bucky and Sam interactions are priceless. Black Panther looks cool as hell, Giant-Man was just awesome and the action was unbelievably entertaining. The Russo brothers did an amazing job and I cannot wait for Infinity War.
Marvel’s The Avengers
We are now at number three. The Avengers have such ease and lightness like no film after that. It is a typical summer blockbuster, it’s fun, the action’s amazing and it is the first time we see what Marvel has been leading up to in Phase One. Avengers manages to give all the characters their own screen time without the movie feeling overstuffed. Every interaction between them is entertaining. Tom Hiddleston as Loki holds his own in the huge cast. I just love watching this movie.
The original. The one that started it all. You know for someone who hates origin stories I can’t seem to hate this one. I fell in love with Tony Stark almost instantly. Pepper is not that annoying as she is in the later movies, Obediah Stane is a decent villain. But this movie is about Tony, his fall from the grace and following redemption. Jarvis is charming and the developing montage is one of my favourite moments on film ever. Also this post- credit scene is the best one.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Not only is this one the best MCU film, it’s one of the best movies ever. It’s not simply a super hero movie, it’s an engaging spy thriller. Sam Wilson is a great character, biggest part of that is Anthony Mackie’s electric personality transcending into the film. The film is amazingly written and directed. Sebastian Stan gives an amazing performance, totally stealing all the scenes he’s in. Chris Evans is perfect as he delivers Cap’s struggle to adjust to the modern world. I’ve seen this movie many times and it entrateins me every single time. Plus the elevator scene is super cool.
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