21. The Incredible Hulk
For me, it’s almost better to just leave out The Incredible Hulk when talking about the MCU. It just doesn’t feel like it belongs does it? The fact that Edward Norton doesn’t return for any other movies and the fact that director Louis Leterrier has never directed a movie that has done better 70% on Rotten Tomatoes don’t do anything to help its case. I have only seen this movie once and I don’t have any desire to see it again
20. Iron Man 3
Probably the most disappointing movie in the MCU in my opinion, Iron Man 3 just goes way too trippy sci-fi for me. Glowing mutant military dudes, Nah I’ll pass. I will admit that there were some neat scenes in this movie, but when Pepper starts glowing and taking out Iron Man suits I was pretty much done.
The original Thor movie wasn’t bad but it didn’t age very well in my opinion. It’s hard to believe that it’s only 7 years old because the effects feel even more out of date than that. This movie has a few funny fish-out-of-water type scenes but for the most part, it is a pretty dark film.
18. Iron Man 2
This is probably the only MCU movie that I would expect some people to have lower than The Incredible Hulk on their list. I have it a few spots up mainly because it is actually the first Marvel movie that I ever saw. Iron Man 2 is really what got it all started for me in terms of my love for the MCU. The story isn’t great and the villains suck but we get introduced to Don Cheadle as James Rhodes and Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff.
17. Thor: The Dark World
Apparently not learning their lesson from the original Thor, Marvel went even darker for Thor: The Dark World. Malekith is easily one of the worst villains in the MCU but I did find pretty much all of the other performances to be better than the original.
16. Captain Marvel
This movie had ambitious ideas to introduce the most powerful character in the MCU, but poor execution and sloppy writing proved to be too much to overcome. The film never really could decide what kind of style it wanted to take on and in the end, I felt like it truly belonged in Phase 2 of the MCU. The best thing that Captain Marvel did was connect the dots and get audiences excited for Avengers: Endgame.
After the original Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge success, James Gunn hastily threw together a second one to capitalize on the popularity. Though the movie was hilarious, it had a sloppy plot at best and really had nothing to do with Thanos or the rest of the MCU at all.
14. Avengers: Age of Ultron
As the most expensive movie in the MCU, Avengers: Age of Ultron really sets the ball rolling on some of the important issues that lead to Captain America: Civil War. It is where the rift really starts between Tony and Cap. The problem is, with all that goes on in this movie, it really isn’t that compelling. There are some storytelling problems and I don’t think anybody really fell in love with Ultron as the villain.
13. Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America: The First Avenger is a solid movie with a lot of good characters. The only thing that holds this movie back is that it is very slow for the first hour or so. Even so, it serves as a great origin story and can be a real tear-jerker at the end.
It’s not easy taking a character with little popularity (no pun intended) and making a successful stand-alone film. With the help of some great comic relief from Paul Rudd and Michael Pena, Ant-Man does fairly well with that endeavor. It is a very enjoyable, low commitment watch for just about any audience.
11. Iron Man
This is where it all started, the original Iron Man. It is 10 years old now but still a very watchable film. We learn a lot about Tony’s origins (Spoiler: no parents….per the usual). Furthermore, I found Obadiah Stane to be a surprisingly intimidating villain for an origin story.
10. Doctor Strange
I found Doctor Strange to be a surprisingly solid movie. Similar to Ant-Man, it accomplished the difficult task of making an enjoyable origin story about a character with little following. It is a funny, exciting, action-packed movie that does a good job trying to make a little sense of some of the really confusing aspects of the mystic arts. Benedict Cumberbatch shows why he is a favorite of fans everywhere with a great performance here.
I really had a great time with this movie. It does a great job mimicking the same fun energy that it had in the first film at actually improved some of the other aspects of the film. It is still hilarious but it has a better story arc. I also am a big fan of the enhanced role of The Wasp and hope to see more of this duo in the future.
For whatever reason, I can’t shake the feeling that Captain America: Civil War fell short of expectations for many people. I think many viewers expected this movie to be bigger and better than anything that they’d seen to that point. The problem was that the conflict in the movie was an inner conflict. Like I guess that German dude that re-programs Bucky is sort of the villain but the real conflict is found within the team. Superhero movies without a strong villain typically don’t perform as well as films with a clear and threatening villain, and you can see that effect in this movie. It is a great movie but it just doesn’t the same impact as some of the more recent movies.
If I were to guess, I am assuming most of you have Black Panther in your top 4. I absolutely love this movie. In fact, I just purchased it on Blu-ray last week. I mentioned in my review of the movie that I didn’t think they did a great job with the CGI or the dialogue writing. If not for those couple of nit-picks, I am certain Black Panther would’ve made my top 5.
As a big fan of Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man movie, I was a bit nervous that I may not be able to enjoy Spider-Man: Homecoming as much as I should. However, Tom Holland absolutely owns the character of Peter Parker. Even though the villain is really not a big threat to the world or the rest of the Avengers, it was a super fun movie that is extremely re-watchable.
5. Marvel’s The Avengers
This movie is somewhat of a classic now even though it is only 6 years old. It set the standard for huge blockbuster superhero movies by combining the story arcs of 4 characters that audiences had already gotten to know through their own stand-alone films. They also added more background to characters like Black Widow and Hawkeye. Loki is what really made this movie so great in my opinion.
4. Guardians of the Galaxy
How can you go wrong when you put together actors like Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and Bradley Cooper? They just have such an interesting and funny dynamic in their group that it’s impossible not to have fun while watching Guardians of the Galaxy.
Marvel finally learned from their mistakes on the first two movies in the Thor franchise and produced an extremely fun and exciting movie in Thor: Ragnarok. It really has a completely different feel to it than the other two movies and Chris Hemsworth shows he can not only be huge and intimidating but also pretty funny as well.
Talk about an earth-shattering movie. Avenger: Infinity War literally wrecked my world and everything I thought I knew about the MCU. I am so stoked to see where they go from here with Captain Marvel. Thanos is everything I wanted him to be and I think the movie did a solid job managing the screen time distribution between all those characters. It very well could be the best movie I watch all year, but it still wasn’t quite enough to knock off the number one movie on my list.
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
There is just something about Captain America: The Winter Soldier that has always captivated me. First of all, the story is phenomenal. I love the fact that it has more of like a suspense/mystery feel to it and it has some of the best hand-to-hand combat scenes of any MCU movie. The idea that Hydra had infiltrated shield and no one can be trusted really cultivated a suspenseful aspect to the film. Falcon is introduced in this film as well. All of those things are great, but my favorite parts of the film were actually the fight scenes between Bucky (The Winter Soldier), and Cap. It is just a fantastic movie all-around and probably one of my top 10 favorite movies of all-time.
What is your favorite Marvel movie? What rankings from my list do you really disagree with? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments or on Facebook!