Marvel Movie Rankings
Since Ant-Man was the official end to Marvel's Phase 2, it seems like a good time to look back and rank all the Marvel movies. It's hard to believe that Marvel is twelve movies in to their cinematic universe. This crazy ride we have been apart of as fans started eight years ago with Iron Man and the hits keep on coming. From tech movies, to World War II, to science fiction, to mythological, to spy thrillers, to the most recent heist movie, Marvel has found a way to keep it new and fresh. There is something for everyone. With so many skeptics in the beginning, it's amazing to see how far Marvel has come and built. In my opinion, they have yet to make a bad movie. Don't get me wrong, I think some are a lot better than others but I've enjoyed them all. I know some people who's list are totally different than mine and I think that is what makes what Marvel is doing so great. With out wasting anymore time, lets get into the list starting last to first. 12) Iron Man 3
Although I still enjoyed the movie, Iron Man 3 missed it for me in a few key areas. Story was okay at best. I think we all wanted to see Tony in the suite more and the scenes with the boy I didn't much care for (I really wanted to like that part). The PTSD part that carried over from Avengers didn't quite do it for me. And for time sake, we won't get into the Mandarin. I will say that the best part of the movie was the ending fight scene with all the suits. Going from suit to suit and seeing different types was really nice. I was also happy that Iron Man didn't have to fight another iron suited villain.
The Incredible Hulk was a movie I really liked, but I have grown to not care for it as much. I get tired of seeing Bruce run around trying not to get excited and turn in to the Hulk. And fighting the Army gets old as well. It's a good story and it was a huge upgrade from the 2003 Hulk movie. I want to see the Hulk as a hero like in the Avengers. Maybe that's why I have grown to not like The Incredible Hulk as much because I like Mark Ruffalo's Hulk much better.
Thor: The Dark World isn't that bad. Even though is way down the list, I enjoyed this movie for the most part. The story needed more help and I don't think it had to take place on Earth as much as it did to be successful (cough... cough... Guardian's of the Galaxy). I wanted an Asgard, multi-world movie that didn't include Earth. The Dark Elves could have been better, maybe.... darker. It seems like Thor: The Dark World was trying to be too funny and goofy at times. Should have been a more serious movie. Some good parts in the movie were the Loki and Thor interaction, the Asgard battle, and the the visuals throughout the movie.
Following the massive success of the first Iron Man, Iron Man 2 had a lot to live up to and sequels always seem to struggle and fall short. Iron Man 2 did fall a little short and seemed to want to ride the coat tales of the original but it wasn't all bad. We got introduced to Black Widow who has been huge in the Marvel Cinematic universe, War Machine, and some great acting that really helped. I really loved the cast. Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer and Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko aka. Whip Lash, were great villains and perfectly casted. But I didn't like that Iron Man was fighting iron suits again. A good movie over all just falls down the list compared to the other hits with Marvel. And I do want to add I love Jon Favreau directing.
Ant-Man fell down to number 8 on my list, which I hate but it lacked the epic, cinematic universe changing drama that most of the others had. This was mostly a feel good movie that sits in its own little corner of the Marvel Universe. I think the casting was great and it had a great story with purpose. One complaint I did have was that Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket, could have been developed a little better. I did love how Hope was a strong female and held her own in the movie. The Marvel Universe needed another strong female character.
Here is another one I can't believe is so far down the list. Avengers was a great movie. The first to ever attempt a team-up movie of this magnitude. The balance of characters and screen time seemed to be on point. We did get a lot of hero fighting hero, which was done well and fun but that's all we got until the end. Loki was great again in Avengers after we get introduced to him in Thor. Tom Hiddleston is the perfect casting and really stands out among the rest of the cast. And with out a great villain, we can't have great heroes.
Thor was the movie I watched that made me want to get into comic books. I didn't care to much to read Thor books but it just got me interested in the rest of the comic world. Thor was a great movie that visually captured me and the cast of characters were great together. Loki, like i said before, was great. Chris Hemsworth plays a great Thor and I love that Marvel got Anthony Hopkins to play Odin. I still love the scene when Thor goes to Jotunheim and faces the Frost Giants. That was one of Marvel's best fight scenes until Avengers.
I'm a huge Captain America fan but I was really nervous about Captain America: The First Avenger before it came out because I knew it could be really cheesy if they let it. I was pleasantly surprised how well they made Captain America. I wasn't a fan of Chris Evans being cast as Cap but he did a great job and makes a great Captain America. Haley Atwell was great as Peggy Carter as well. I really liked that character and I love how Marvel has found ways to bring her back in other movies and in her own TV series. Although it wasn't a great movie over all, the first half of the movie, when they were telling the origin story, is probably my favorite part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The special effects making Chris Evans so small and skinny was amazing. They did a great job making Steve Rogers a likable character and one the audience could get behind.
This may be a lot of peoples number one because of the impact it had and the standard it set as the first Marvel Cinematic movie, but for me, there have been other movies to elevate the MCU. Iron Man was an epic start. Marvel went against all odds in bringing Iron Man to life on the big screen and with the amount of success was unbelievable at the time. Another great casting was with Robert Downey Jr. who is Iron Man in real life I believe. The rest of the cast was great as well. The origins story told in Iron Man was fantastic. Just a great movie that still holds up after eight years.
Guardians of the Galaxy was the biggest surprise of all the Marvel movies as far as success. This had the lowest expectations with the highest success. We expected ones like Avengers and Captain America to be great but Guardians was a great surprise. The movie started off slow in the box office but as people went and saw it, the word got out how great it was people kept going out to see it. Chris Pratt was amazing as Star Lord and the visual effects were top notch. Even though Guardians of the Galaxy didn't take place on Earth, it still felt like it fit nicely in the Marvel Universe.
I'll admit, at this point, I've still only seen Avengers: Age of Ultron once but it made a huge impression on me. Each movie in the Marvel Universe needs to push the franchise forward and I believe Age of Ultron made a huge leap. We get new characters and new power types that we hadn't seen before. The way they introduced Vision was great and done so well. I didn't think they would ever bring Vision to the big screen so I'll give props to Marvel for pushing the limits. Loved Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver as well and James Spader doing the voice of Ultron was perfect. Joss Whedon did a great job directing and giving each hero a fair amount of screen time while moving characters forward. The one thing I didn't like was the love interest with Bruce Banner and Black Widow. But overall a great movie and it will have a lasting impact on the rest of the MCU.
Aww man, this was a great movie! Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit a home run on so many levels. Like I said, I'm a huge Cap fan but it wouldn't have mattered for this one to be my favorite. The spy thriller style of the movie was very enjoyable. Cap's new fighting style here was awesome. Love the fluidity of his hand to hand combat. Although I knew the secret of who the Winter Soldier was, It didn't take away from the enjoyment of the movie. I remember my wife sitting next to me in the movie theater and letting out a big gasp when she found out Bucky was Winter Soldier. Also the impact this movie had on the MCU bringing down all of S.H.I.E.L.D. was huge. I could watch this movie all the time. Just talking about The Winter Soldier makes me want to watch it right now.