The agonizing wait for Avengers infinity war is over and we have re-watched the entire saga. And with that in mind we thought we’d go through Marvel’s back catalogue with a view to ranking our favorite movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yep all the 18 films since Iron Man; we tallied everything up and this is our definitive ranking of the MCU. Naturally if you’ve got a different opinion definitely let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
So here is our ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
So Let’s Take A Look At 5 Worst Marvel Movies Of All Time!
1. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
We kick off our list with one of Marvel’s few misfires, The Incredible Hulk coming hot on the heels of Iron Man’s success. The Incredible Hulk was a huge letdown despite a Pacey setup, satisfying action and Lou Ferrigno himself returning to voice the Giant Green Monster.
2. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
So slightly ahead on the second spot is ‘Thor: The Dark World’. While the dark world brought Loki back into the mix post Avengers and featured this absolutely stellar cameo of Captain America, Thor 2 was a disappointing experience. Poor character development, sloppy writing, and one of the MCU worst villains in Malekith didn’t exactly help either.
3. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)
While low down on our list is Avenegrs: Age of Ultron. James Spader was on menacing form as the main villain, we got our first glimpse at Paul Bettany’s vision and even Hawkeye got some time to shine with a meaningful character arc. But the rest of the film was bit of an unsatisfying mess. Ultron’s major downfall was the fact that the film had the unfortunate task of balancing a lot of characters and their accompanying storylines and that resulted in well…it failed.
4. Ironman 2 (2010)
Following the breakout success of Ironman, there was a lot of pressure on the sequel to deliver but Iron Man 2 just didn’t hit the mark. All the ingredients were there to make a winning sequel; Robert Downey Jr., director Jon Favreau and Gwyneth Paltrow all returned and the cast was graced by Scarlett Johansson’s first appearance as Black Widow, but the end result just didn’t have the same freshness as the original. The action sequences felt stale, the characters weren’t meaningfully developed and Mickey Rourke was an uninteresting villain.
5. Thor (2011)
Thor was a fun early entry into the MCU that introduced us to Marvel’s take on Asgard and north mythology. Chris Hemsworth then a relatively unknown actor gave us a suitably arrogant Thor and Tom Hiddleston was perfectly cast as the mischievous Loki. It didn’t hurt that the cast was rounded out by the likes of Sir Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Idris Elba and a cameo in Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.
So Let’s Take A Look At 5 Best Marvel Movies Of All Time!
5. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Avengers 2.5 Civil War saw Marvel finally cracking their villain problem. The answer make your heroes fight each other and what a fight it was. You might remember civil war for the iconic central set piece, but the Russo brothers also did a perfect character development throughout the film’s nearly three hour long running time. Civil War gave characters like Vision, Scarlet Witch and War machine the room to breathe alongside successfully introducing newcomers like spider-Man and Black Panther.
4. The Avengers (2012)
The Avengers succeeded for many reasons, but at its core its success was down to Joss Whedon. Love him or hate him, he’s one of the few writers in Hollywood who can successfully balance an increasing ensemble of characters. For a film about bringing together Earth’s Mightiest Heroes the Avengers start pretty lowkey and works up slowly towards its big moments. The film carefully balances quiet character moments including this heartbreaking scene with Agent Coulson and with its action scenes especially the Battle of New York, the MCU might just have its finest set piece to date.
3. Captain America And The Winter Soldier (2014)
In third place we’ve got the MCU shattering events of the Winter Soldier. After the old school adventure of the First Avenger, the Winter Soldier pivoted cap into a story of paranoid politics and espionage while the film offered up some of the MCU’s greatest action scenes. Cap also excelled in some of its more understated moments and even gave characters like Black Widow and Nick Fury the room to develop. Reminiscent of seventies classics like all the President’s Men, a vibe that was helped along nicely by the introduction of Robert Redford to the cast. The Winter Soldier was a superb thriller with some great action set pieces and one hell of a twist.
2. Black Panther (2017)
It’s only been out a couple of months, but Black Panther is already at the top end of our list. Bringing Wakanda, the absolutely awesome Durham Malaysia and the wisecracking princess Shuri into the mix. Black Panther offered at one of the MC used best standalone stories. Not only did the film feature a fantastic in Samba love African American talent, but we also got one of the greatest villains in the MCU in the form of Erik “Killmonger” Stevens brought to life via muscular performance from Michael B Jordan. Erik “Killmonger” Stevens was a villain with purpose, charisma and one hell of a motivation for his actions. Black Panther wasn’t absorbing an engaging film that gave the MCU the shot in the arm that it died early needed.
1. Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
As amazing as black panther was, it wasn’t quite good enough to edge pass the clear winner among the game swinging of his team, Guardians Of The Galaxy. Guardians Of The Galaxy was Marvel’s biggest risk to date, but boy did it pay off. Guardians Of The Galaxy was an immensely enjoyable cosmic adventure that introduced us to Starlord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and of course featuring soundtracks of 80s classics. It had a witty script full of standout one liners and a star making performance from Chris Pratt. Guardians is a more than worthy number on our list.
So do you agree with our list of worst and best films?