Rankings: Marvel Cinematic Universe

Many times we talk about where a movie ranks with the rest of them, especially after a new film is released.  Well, with anything, I think most of do this.  And in the world of Facebook and Twitter, we see so many people with so many opinions on where movies are ranked.  So, today, the day Avengers: Endgame is released, we are sharing a list.  Now, this one is completely bias on my own views, maybe one day we can do a list with the group ranking, like we do at The Horror Syndicate, but for now…this time it’s personal.

In 2008, I seriously doubt we knew what we were in for.  I honestly did not know Marvel was building a giant share universe, like their comics.  Of course some of our favorite heroes have been absent, Spider-man, the X-men, Fantastic 4 and Deadpool.  Of course in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, Spider-man came home to Marvel.

This is insane to even think about, Endgame will make it 22 movies that all connect.  It is something others are trying to do and failing at doing so.  DC Comics was a little late and Marvel has had its grip on fandom 5 years before DC go its start.  Really, DC’s misstep was not starting with the Dark Knight movies.  But that is another article that I will gladly write.  I am a lifelong DC comics guy, who has given up on Marvel Comics numerous times, the movies are easier to follow.

So, should we just go?  Yeah, I think so.  Just remember, this list includes everything through Captain Marvel, Avenger Endgame will be added later.  Also, I will not waste your time, this list is on ONE PAGE and I will not be explaining the movies or why they are ranked where they are…on second thought…

21. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

The Incredible Hulk is a good movie.  It is much better than the film we got in 2003.  While Eric Bana was a good fit for Bruce Banner, the movie was bad.  But this movie was damn good.  CGI looked good, the Bruce Banner was on the run and it was just really fun to watch.  The final fight was pretty awesome and we hear the Hulk say…”HULK…SMASH!”

20. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Again, I don’t think any of these are bad, it is unlucky to be low on the list, but this is a list of really awesome movies.  The Dark World was good, Thor is still learning and cleaning up a few messes.  I think the Dark Elves and Malekith was, well one of many lame Marvel villains, possibly the worst.

19. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron Man 3 fell flat for me.  It was cool seeing Tony Stark work without his suit and deal with post-Battle of New York.  But, I want to see Iron Man, in his suit.  The scene when he rescues all of the people from Air Force One was cool, until, we find he was droning the suit.  The end was pretty damned awesome, seeing all the different suits and Tony Stark suit hop.  It is a still very good, but I prefer…

18. Iron Man 2 (2010)

Yes, I know, most people think Iron Man 2 is not as good as Iron Man 3.  Well, like I said, this is my list and I had way more fun.  Whiplash wasn’t great, but seeing War Machine and Iron Man working together was great.  They were also able to play on the classic Iron Man story, “Demon in a Bottle” a little which was short but pretty cool.

17. Thor (2011)

I feel like I have to explain myself, why some of these are low on the list.  This was a great jumping point for Thor, but it is kind of flat.  Thor, over the course of Avengers and his other movies, has become a more lovable character and possibly more of a fan favorite.  This movie did have a good mix of humor and action.

16. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

The first movie was a huge surprise and amazing.  The second one, well…wasn’t as good.  The soundtrack was one of the big things in the first, it was kind of lacking in Vol. 2.  Kurt Russell was awesome in the movie as was Rooker, but the entire film felt flat compared to the original.  I think splitting up Rocket and Groot from the rest of the team was part of the issue.  Although, Yondu and Rocket were good together.

15. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

The comedy felt forced for sure and so did some of the relationships.  But, seeing things like Captain America and Iron Man’s relationship start to crumble, makes me really think about Civil War and the line Tony says about Cap being his friend…Yeah, they had beef from the beginning.  But, I loved Ultron and being voiced by James Spader was perfection.  But, I was not a fan of straying away from Ultron’s actual origin, but it worked for the film.  We got so much, mentions of Wakanda, Hulk vs Hulkbuster armor, X-men characters and Vision.  But, the final battle may have been too close to the Battle of New York, Avengers vs robots, rather than Avengers vs Aliens.

14. Ant-man (2015)

I wasn’t surprised by this movie, I got about what I expected, which was awesome.  Paul Rudd is an American treasure and I think I would watch him do anything.  But, the problem, he is Paul Rudd and it is hard to look past that fact at times.  But, after his first go as Ant-man, he was solidified as Scott Lang/Ant-man.  I only wish the villain wasn’t wasted, because Yellow Jacket is cool and looked awesome.  Overall a great movie, fun cast and I loved Michael Douglas as an older Hank Pym.

13. Captain Marvel (2019)

Captain Marvel was…ok.  It was nice to finally see a Marvel film with a female lead, that isn’t just a part of a team.  The movie’s opening was kind of dull, but once she meets Nick Fury and they go on their adventure it got better.  I will say the ending was pretty awesome and the effect the movie had on my daughter is only rivaled by Wonder Woman (2017).

12. Spider-man Homecoming (2017)

For all the fuss, this movie was just ok for me.  Spider-man just felt too small.  It was fun and Michael Keaton was so good.  Tom Holland may be the best, no, he is the best Spider-man we have seen for sure.  But, I do think the movie lacked a few things, mostly web swinging through the city.   The omission of Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy bothered me too.  But, it was a fun movie and it was cool that Tony Stark, Iron Man were in the film as well.

11. Ant-man and the Wasp (2018)

The Ant-man movies have to follow up Avengers movies, both times.  That kind of sucks for them.  But Ant-man and the Wasp was so fun.  We continue the story from Civil War and the first Ant-man and everyone is there.  The villain was super cool and I just love to see what they shrink or enlarge.  Paul Rudd was great again as Ant-man, but my favorite thing was Wasp, she was kick-ass!  I really hope we get another Ant-man movie.

Do we need and intermission? Yeah, lets do it!  Then we will move on to the top 10!  Joking…

10. Black Panter (2018)

Black Panther was a good movie, but it falls short in a few ways.  If you look at the film as a film and a super hero film, it is kind of by the books.  I loved Wakanda, such a cool place visually.  Michael B. Jordan was awesome and he could have stole the show, but the entire cast was pretty awesome.  The CGI effects in some places were really bad, but it is a good movie.

9. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

It is kind of ballsy to go back in time when developing a team in the present day.  But Captain America’s story had to be told and it had to be set during World War II.  Everything was great, from the super soldier serum, to the Captain America costume on stage for the USO.  They were able to squeeze in, the first Ultimate costume.  So cool, great cast and seeing

8. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

As I mentioned before, the connection Iron Man and Cap was not very strong, so the emotional part didn’t work for me.  But there are many things that really make this one great.  The budding relationship between Falcon and Winter Soldier and the airport scene.  The Captain America vs Iron Man Fight was pretty awesome, something a lot of us waited for since 2006’s Civil War comic.

7. Doctor Strange (2016)

I was honestly surprised to see how this movie turned out.  I never had much interest in Doctor Strange in the comics.  But with more brilliant casting Benedict Cumbrbatch, the movie was really, really good.  Doctor Strange gave us…possibly the best origin movie for a single character since, Iron Man.  I want more Doctor Strange, it was great seeing him in Thor and Infinity War, but another Doctor Strange movie would be great to see!

6. Thor: Ragnorak (2017)

How much fun was Ragnorak?  We have gotten to see Thor grow as a character from the first movie and his personality has changed knowing his Avenger friend and he has become a big time fan favorite.  This movie had a little bit of everything, including Planet Hulk, which we all wanted.  Jeff Goldblum enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Grandmaster and was simply amazing.  This was the second most fun Marvel movie of all, great action, good humor and a killer ending.

5. Iron Man (2008)

This is where it all started.  No one knew going in to Iron Man in 2008, what we would get.  2008 was the year of the Dark Knight and DC was arguably the bigger movie powerhouse, that has changed.  Iron Man was a risk that paid off in a big way.  Iron Man is probably more popular than ever imagined, thanks to Robert Downey Jr.  Such a great movie and the perfect way to kick off the MCU.

4. The Avengers (2012)

Never, have we ever seen a big time super hero team up on the big screen.  This was a movie for all comic book fans, DC, Marvel and others unite in joy as we saw something never done before.  It was brilliant and has brought us so much more and more heroes.  The Battle of New York was out of control, seeing the Avengers all working together, made my geek heart melt, especially as a fan of Marvel Ultimate Alliance, the video game.  When Captain America and Iron Man team up and use Cap’s shield and shoots his repluser blasts, tears.

3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

In my person, bias opinion, this is the best movie.  A great story, that doubles as a good action, espionage movie.  There are scenes pulled directly from the Civil War comic in this movie.  Captain America was at his finest.  The reveal of the Winter Soldier as Bucky, well I knew who it was, but others, I am sure blew them away.  But, one of my favorite takeaways, Falcon introduced to the MCU. Growing up reading Captain America, Falcon was mostly there, and seeing those two together made me happy.

2. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Unexpected!  This was probably the most fun and emotional time I have had in a movie, outside of Star Wars!  Peter Quill’s mother’s passing hit my family hard for personal reasons.  The open sequence with Chris Pratt dancing and singing was amazing.  The building of the team was very akin to a role playing game and even if it ended in a dance off, the movie was just damn near perfect.  Such a fun movie.

1.Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

All out war…This movie covered so much and so well.  At the time, it was the culmination of 10 years of movies and so many character and it was done right.  I do not think they missed a beat with Infinity War at all.  Why is it the best, because it was the best comic book movie ever.  It was a living comic on the big screen.  It gave screen time to everyone and almost even fashion.  I would argue, this movie is only a part 1 of 2, Endgame being the part 2, when Endgame is over, if it does what it is supposed to, will be the perfect comic book movie.  I could be wrong.

So, that is the list for now. I am sure it will change, and well, there are two more movies to add to this list when 2019 is over.  But for now, we are in the Endgame and we will see if Endgame changes the way we feel about the rest of the series.

Everyone, enjoy Endgame and keep spoilers to yourself.

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About Ray Marek III 20 Articles
My fandom started early, I saw Star Wars at a young age and I was off and running. Growing up in the 1980s was probably the best decade to grow up in. We had the best cartoons, music and movies. I also read comics, Batman, Star Wars and many more. Oh, by the way, I write comics for Unparalleled Comics

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