DAR Films: Rating The 5 Highest Grossing MCU Films

By @TrueGodImmortal

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the most successful series of films in history, as they have spawned a number of blockbusters, lining the pockets of Marvel and Disney through the years. Today, I wanted to look back briefly at their 5 highest grossing films and grade them on quality. Of course, this is merely my opinion, so if you disagree, feel free to share that opinion on your own time and away from me. Now, let's get into it.

5. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
(Domestic Earnings: 408 million)

-The consensus on this film is that it wasn't good by the most ridiculous of Marvel "fans". While there are some scenes in the film that miss the mark, for the most part, the war that takes place between the heroes is an intriguing watch. This is more so a glorified Avengers movie than a true standalone Captain America film, and compared to Winter Soldier, this isn't better, but the tension and battling between Captain America and Iron Man, alongside the introduction of Black Panther and Spider-Man, with the continuation of Bucky and his story made this a movie that is somewhat all over the place, but has enough action to keep you engaged. The storyline that breaks apart The Avengers is honestly what drives the movie and the fight scenes are some of the best in the entire MCU, perhaps the best. When you factor in Ant-Man, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Hawkeye, Cap, Vision, and every hero included in the biggest fight scene of the movie, you'll begin to understand why I actually enjoyed this movie more than most. It was a decent end to the Captain America trilogy and a better Avengers film than the actual sequel, with only a few minor miscues throughout the movie.
Rating: B

4. Iron Man 3 (2013)
(Domestic Earnings: 409 million)

-I have never been a big fan of the Iron Man movies, despite the first one being a top tier MCU movie. The second one was pretty subpar and the third one nearly falls into the same category as well. This film deals with the fallout from The Avengers through the eyes of Tony Stark and the trauma he experienced as a result, while handling his everyday work and investigating attacks that would lead him to an old enemy. The story weaves around Aldrich Killian and his plots with the Extremis being a central piece of this. However, I honestly felt that the final chapters of the film fell a little flat, especially the death of Aldrich. Still, for the most part, Iron Man 3 excels where the second one failed, but couldn't quite surpass the quality of the first, which remains the king of the trilogy.
Rating: B-

3. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)
(Domestic Earnings: 459 million)

-I'll be honest, I didn't hate this movie like some of the overly particular fans of the MCU did, but I can see the flaws in it heavily. There are moments in this movie where the chemistry between the Avengers shines bright, including the infamous scene with Thor's hammer that is one of my favorites, but something about the execution of the film is off. When the film was released, many felt Ultron was an excellent villain, and in theory he should have been. Yet, there was something missing, as Ultron and his quotes teetered on laughable and corny instead of profound and aggressive. Not to mention, the ending left the viewers feeling slightly dissatisfied as we all knew Ultron would meet his end, but the way he does is underwhelming in execution. Still, the post credit scene featuring Thanos and the inclusion of Wanda as a new Avenger makes this an important film in the MCU, even if it didn't quite hit the mark we hoped.
Rating: C

2. Black Panther (2018)
(Domestic Earnings: 502 million)

-If you ask me, Black Panther is the best MCU film with only The Winter Soldier challenging it for the top spot. Of course, this is simply an opinion and there is no right or wrong choice with preference in comic book movies (a reminder for the "diehard" and "casual" fans). However, the movie that has taken the world by storm is an excellent watch, and visually it was one of the best looking films in the MCU. Ryan Coogler is an amazing director and the fact that this film has made 500 million in just 17 days is a testament to the power of Black Panther within the MCU. For many, the movie represents more than just a comic book film, but in reality, even as just a comic book film, it is nearly flawless. Chadwick Boseman is excellent in his role once again as T'Challa, and surprisingly, his role might be the most underappreciated in the film. While many have praised Michael B. Jordan for his solid role as Killmonger and of course, Lupita N'yongo, Letitia Wright, and Danai Gurira deserve praise for their roles as Nakia, Shuri, and Okoye, Chadwick carries the film as T'Challa with another excellent role to add to his already ridiculous resume. I would rank this an A or A+, but there are two small elements that took away from the movie for me. One, the pacing after Killmonger becomes king feels rushed, and their final fight feels a bit rushed in itself. Two, the dialogue at times feels slightly forced, but for the most part, this movie works beyond my expectations. You identify with the characters, you understand their motivations, and most of all, you'll be amazed visually at the scenery. Black Panther is the best movie on this list and it isn't really close.
Rating: A-

1. The Avengers (2012)
(Domestic Earnings: 623 million)

-The first Avengers film was a huge success, and for good reason. Bringing Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor together for one movie was such a draw and to make things even better, this is a very well executed film. The story revolves around Loki and his plans to subjugate earth, which prompts Nick Fury to gather the team up. For Thor, who is Loki's brother, there is a bit of resistance to going after him initially, but once an important death rocks them, Thor comes around and so does the rest of the team. The ensuing battle to save the day is a fun one, and once Loki and his cohorts are defeated and he is sent back to Asgard, all seems well once again. For me, this film has great pacing, and the action is solid throughout. It is the highest grossing MCU film so far, and is the best of the Avengers films (until of course, Infinity War in 7 weeks).
Rating: B+



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