DAR Films: Ranking The Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies

By @TrueGodImmortal 

Since 2008, there's been a wave of films coming out under the same guise essentially of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These films have tied into each other mostly, telling the story that will eventually lead to the Infinity War and beyond. However, after about 9 years of films and more huge ones on the way (Black Panther, Spiderman, the next Avengers), we wanted to look back at the 14 films that have been released and rank them from the worst to the best. Keep in mind, this is all opinion, so if you disagree, that's fine. Make your opinion known on what you'd rank them in our comments section below if you'd like.

14. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

-There is something about the Thor movies that don't seem to do it for me. Honestly I couldn't explain why, but there is something about this movie that doesn't really work for me. The action is good, the story itself is a bit boring, and while I can't consider this a particularly bad movie, it just lacks in the areas that the best of the best have succeeded. Of course, it didn't stop the film from being a commercial hit, but overall, this is probably the worst of the MCU movies.

13. Iron Man 2 (2010)

-Some people love this movie. Some people hate it. I hate it. I'm not the biggest fan of Iron Man as it stands anyways, but this movie really just seemed to be poorly executed. After replacing Terrence Howard with Don Cheadle in a controversial move to some, but Mickey Rourke was really what did the movie in for me as Ivan Vanko. He just doesn't work in this role and the whole arc just fell flat to me.

12. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

-I didn't really find this movie to be great or bad, it just seems to exist. Hulk is my least favorite Avenger, so I guess I'm slightly skewed towards disliking this film, but I thought Edward Norton did a decent job here. He didn't necessarily fit the Bruce Banner role to me, but he still managed to do a pretty good job here, before being replaced by Mark Ruffalo. Due to him being replaced later on, I think this movie is more on the forgotten side in the MCU.

11. Iron Man 3 (2012)

-I was not a big fan of the movie. For one, I get they were trying to to implement the PTSD that Tony experienced as a result of the Avengers movie and had to overcome a number of things, including the Extremis virus and Aldrich Killian, but the film itself just left a lot to be desired. Iron Man, IMO, is a trilogy that was best left at the first, and though this film has its share of good moments, it falters a lot as well, thus the ranking. Also, I wanted to see Pepper Potts used a little more efficiently here.

10. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

-I think this movie is slightly underrated in a sense. The other two Captain America films are so good that this one tends to brushed slightly under the radar. It's not a bad film by any stretch, it just lacks the extra pizzazz that made the other two so great. The story of Red Skull and everything surrounding him was quite intriguing, but the movie has quite a few dry spots and perhaps the back story of how we got to a more modern Steve Rogers just isn't as appealing perhaps?

9. Thor (2011)

-While I'm not the biggest fan of the Thor movies, I'll give this one some credit for a nice bit of action throughout. I can't speak for many other than myself, but while the action was solid and the pacing was decent, something just felt off about this one slightly. It's hard to describe, but the film just felt a little flat in the middle and though the final scenes ramped up as always, it's hard to put this film anywhere near a MCU Top 5 and it just barely makes the top 10.

8. Ant Man (2015)

-I was genuinely surprised by this movie when I watched it. I expected it to be pretty dull and lackluster, but I was really into this one. Paul Rudd as Ant Man wasn't a bad choice at all, and considering the role he had to play, I think this film flowed quite smoothly. Michael Douglas was pretty solid as Hank Pym, and the fight between Ant Man and Falcon was fun to watch. All in all, this was actually a pleasant addition to the MCU.

7. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

-I remember being extremely excited to see this film and I wasn't necessarily disappointed, but in a way, I was. The creation of Ultron was pretty cool, but watching Ultron turn heel (or evil if you will) wasn't as exciting as I expected. When it finally happened, I felt almost let down, but as the destruction continued, I managed to get more invested. Still, the best part of this film remains to be Ultron's quotes and his fatalistic views. The action was good and the pacing was decent as well, but this wasn't as solid as the first one IMO.

6. Doctor Strange (2016)

-I finally had the pleasure of catching this film (I will not say if it was in the theater or not for reasons), and I was blown away by it honestly. I really didn't expect such an awe inspiring movie, with great pacing and solid storytelling throughout, but this film was truly something special.

5. Iron Man (2008)

-I'm not the biggest fan of Iron Man or Tony Starks, but I definitely think they executed this first film better than I expected. I debated putting this one higher, but I think right in the top 5 sums it up perfectly. Robert Downey nails this role as Iron Man and he's at his best in this one. Maybe it was because it was the first time we had seen him in this role, but regardless, it just clicked and everything worked. This is definitely one of the best MCU films and it just so happens to be the first one released.

4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

-I debated putting this higher than the Avengers for a number of reasons. One, I remember my expectations being in the middle for this one after I witnessed the first Captain America. I expected a slightly better movie, but this one was beyond that and more. The story of Bucky as the Winter Soldier, Nick Fury and his alleged death, Robert Redford and his role, along with the epic elevator scene all made for a great spectacle to witness and one of my personal favorite Marvel movies EVER, not just in the Cinematic Universe.

3. The Avengers (2012)

-The highest grossing film of all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies has received mixed reviews from people throughout the last couple of years. Me personally, I love it, and I think it was everything you wanted to see in an Avengers film from top to bottom. Perhaps it was the allure of seeing them all together, or maybe it was the pacing and the story, but something about this movie just felt special. Every scene, every turn, every twist, I was invested. That's the mark of a true classic.

2. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

-Perhaps it's too soon? Well, for me, this one is right there with GOTG as the best and while some have said this movie wasn't that great, I beg to differ. The story, the action, the dichotomy displayed, plus the inclusion of Black Panther and Spiderman made this film an amazing watch and the final breakdown between Captain America and Iron Man with Bucky in the middle just made for an exhilarating finish to a very solid film.

1. Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

-If you disagree, cool. I don't care. I went into the movie expecting something watchable and pretty decent, but what I was treated to was the best blend of action, comedy, and a solid story that I've seen in these films. The more I watch this film, the better it gets to me. I think every character is played perfectly and the action is more fun than the other MCU films.



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