Marvel’s Cinematic Universe Films Ranked
by Charles J Hines
Ant Man marks the twelfth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is also the final film in Phase two. So a perfect way to spend waiting for Phase three is two rank the films we have now. Let’s jump into it.
UPDATE 7/23 Now including Ant-Man
12. Captain America: The First Avenger – While the first Cap movie isn’t a bad one, it is definitely the worst of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s plot is forgettable and the film comes off as cheesy. Luckily Chris Evans is the perfect Steve Rogers and is fun to watch. We also get a more fleshed out universe with this release.
11. Iron Man 2 – The second installment of Iron Man does very little to improve on it’s predecessor and ends up being a mindless action film, a good one though. I also believe this is the film that took the biggest leaps to start connecting all the Marvel films, but maybe that’s why the film felt so stuffed.
10. The Incredible Hulk – Yes, the most forgotten of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This incarnation of the Hulk was fun to watch and Edward Norton was perfect in the roll. While the Hulk scenes are very exciting, the story of Bruce Banner on the run is an interesting take on the character.
9. Thor: The Dark World – Thor’s second outing was a huge letdown considering how much I loved the first one. But seeing Thor and Loki on the screen again together is a highlight. A forgettable villain and too much reliance on comedy boggs down the overall experience though.
8. Avengers: Age of Ultron – The second Avengers is a blast to watch, but the novelty of all these heroes on the screen certainly wore off. Ultron is a fun villain and the plot takes us all over the world, but Age of Ultron lacks any emotion. We also get a few new characters that we are supposed to care about, but it’s very hard in such a huge movie with so many moving parts.
7. Iron Man 3 – Iron Man 3 may have tricked us all into think we were getting one of the best villains the franchise has had to offer. Sadly we were totally caught off guard. I was fine with the twist, but was amazed that Marvel and Shane Black had the balls to do it. There is a very fun action film and a personal story for Tony Stark to watch though.
6. Thor – I was pleasantly surprised with Thor. I loved the shakespearean way the story was presented and it is one of the best shot films in the series. The Asgard scenes were also fantastic to watch. We also got Loki out of this movie, who has turned out to be one of the most loved characters in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Add in the funny humor when Thor gets to Earth and Thor ends up being a very entertaining flick.
5. Ant-Man – The final film in phase two delivers on a pure entertainment level and Ant-Man feels like a traditional superhero film in the vein of Spider-Man 2, it’s that good. Taking a step back from the high stake action from previous Marvel films was an excellent idea, as the heist esque plot worked very well.
4. Iron Man – Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man is the film that started this whole thing and still holds up today as the benchmark for these films. It set the tone for everything to come after it and gave us the best character the series has to offer. The only complaint I may have is that the story is very cookie cutter.
3. The Avengers – Probably the biggest superhero film to ever be released, Joss Whedon knocks it out of the park. It brings all these heroes together in their biggest adventure to date. Boasting awesome action with funny dialogue to accompany the par story, The Avengers isn’t to be missed.
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a superhero movie that does what only a few before it has done. It’s transcends the genre and is something more. The Winter Soldier is a spy thriller with the best action in the franchise. We also get treated to what I think is the most intricate in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy – Chris Pratt stars in the best film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that just so happen to be it’s biggest risk. Whether it’s the stars, action, story, scenery, or soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy is an absolutely fun time and one of the most entertaining films I’ve ever seen ever.
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