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Thursday 26 April 2018

Ranking the MCU Movies

Avengers: Infinity War is released this week and it will be the culmination of 10 years and 19 movies (as well as 6 TV shows on Netflix). Leading up to the release me and my son Harry have been rewatching all of the MCU movies and have decided to rank them from worst to best.

18. Thor: The Dark World

Thor returns and this time is battling some ancient elves lead by the 9th Doctor. They're trying to get The Aether, which is the Reality Stone and want to turn the universe back into the darkness that existed before. I don't dislike this film, it just never seems to get going.

17. The Incredible Hulk

Bruce Banner has already been involved in a Gamma Radiation accident and is on the run from the US Government when he is tracked down and turns back into the Green Goliath. This is the film that first showed there is a shared universe across the Marvel movies. The Incredible Hulk was my favourite when I was a kid and I've been disappointed with the Hulk solo movies. Hopefully there will be more and can do Hulk justice.

16. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America's second outing sees him uncovering a plot by HYDRA to take over SHIELD and kill a large percentage of the population. The titular Winter Soldier is a weapon of HYDRA and an old friend of Cap who has been brain washed. This would have implications in future MCU movies. This was not as bad as I had remembered from the first time I watched but as with Thor: The Dark World it just never seemed to get going.

15. Iron Man 2

Tony Stark is back as Iron Man this time he is taking on Whiplash, a baddie with a grudge against the Stark family. There seems to be a pattern with the original avengers' follow up movies. Again I don't not like this film but with first film being so good I was left disappointed. The highlight of this film is the fight between a drunk Iron Man and Rhodey, who has just nicked the MK II version of the Iron Man Armour.

14. Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Avengers team up again this time to take down an AI that was created by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner using some jiggery pokery with an Infinity Stone. I liked a lot about this film. it introduced a few new Avengers in Vision and Scarlet Witch and I thought Ultron was a pretty good baddie. But alas there were just better films in the series so this is why it features so low.

13. Iron Man 3

Tony Stark is back in the Iron Man suit for his final solo film. This time is is trying to stop a terrorist from blowing shit up. When I first watched this I didn't really like it but watching it a second time i really enjoyed it. I liked the baddies as The Mandarin was great (I've come to terms with the twist) and Killian was good smarmy dickhead.

12. Captain America

The first origin story on the list. Steve Rogers is a weedy kid from Brooklyn who wants to join the army to protect people from the Nazi's. He is given the chance with the help of a Super Soldier Serum and becomes Captain America. I didn't think I was going to like this when it came out as I thought the American patriotism would be too much for me but I really enjoyed it. Cap is great and the villanous Red Skull is now one of my favourite bad guys in the MCU.

11. Thor

Thor is the God of Thunder, son of Odin King of Asgard. Thor is banished to Earth when he is set up by his brother Loki and has to prove he is worthy the wield the mighty hammer Mjolnir. I really love Norse Mythology and new I would enjoy this when it was announced. The MCU humour is really prevalent throughout this film but the action is great too.

10. Doctor Strange

Stephen Strange is a brilliant neurosurgeon who, after a car crash, is unable to work goes on a spiritual journey to heal himself. Learning some mystical powers and becoming the Sorcerer Supreme to protect Earth from Magical and Mystical threats. I was actually in two minds about whether to even go to see this when it came out at the cinema. I just didn't get how it would work with the other MCU films but boy am I glad I did. I've written a full review of Doctor Strange here.

9. Avengers Assemble

The first big team up of Earth's Mightiest Heroes sees them defending Earth against attack from the alien race of Chitauri lead by Loki. I love this film and apart from the first Iron Man this was my favourite MCU movie up to that point. The scale of this film is huge, the battles are great and it teases the first mention of Thanos

8. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The Guardians of the Galaxy are back for more mischief in outer space. This time they meet Peter Quill's Dad, Ego, The living planet who is not all he's cracked up to be. This is the film where I finally got Mrs. Cool to start coming around to the MCU movies. The humour is spot on all the way through and the soundtrack is perfect. I've written a full review of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 here.

7. Spider-man: Homecoming

Peter Parker is buzzin' after helping Iron Man in Civil War but then he is dropped back into his normal life in New York. He discovers The Vulture has been stealing weapons that were developed using the alien tech left behind from the aftermath of Avengers Assemble. Spider-Man is one of my favourite superheroes of all time (and probably my favourite of all Marvel heroes) so when I found out he was joining the MCU I was super excited and I can't wait to see what happens with our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man next.

6. Ant-Man

Scott Lang is a thief who after being released from prison is persuaded back to a life of crime by one of his friends. He breaks into a safe owned by Dr. Hank Pym, but the only thing inside is a suit, The Ant-Man Suit. Now with the ability to shrink to the size of an ant while at the same time increasing his strength he helps Dr. Pym to stop a mad scientist from creating a weapon. It sounds ridiculous I know but this film is so good. As with most of the MCU movies this gets the mix of action and comedy spot off. Paul Rudd is not someone you would expect be play a superhero but he is perfect as Ant-Man.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy

The Guardians of the Galaxy are a ragtag group of miscreants who come together not out of a sense of honour or duty but because a madman known as Ronan is trying to destroy the galaxy and they don't want to die. This one came out of nowhere, I had never heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy before this film was announced but my god is it good. The battle scenes are visually stunning and it's funny, not just a smirk here or there but it is laugh out loud funny. This film also started the trend of the soundtrack being an important part of the story which has been followed not just by MCU movies but by movies in general over the last few years.

4. Captain America: Civil War

In the aftermath of Age of Ultron the governments of the world are concerned by the lack of accountability the Avengers seem to have. This causes a rift between the Avengers when Cap goes off on one to help his friend the Winter Soldier and leads to the civil war Team Cap and Team Ironman. This is more like Avengers 2.5 and brings a lot of the team together along with some new faces and then tears them apart. I've written a full review of Captain America: Civil War here.

3. Black Panther

T'Challa returns to his home country of Wakanda after Captain America: Civil War. He is crowned King but then faces a challenge from a pretender to the throne and has to prove he is worthy of being The Black Panther. There was a lot of hype around this film it is by no means unwarranted, Harry wanted this to be number one but I overruled him. I've written a full review of Black Panther here.

2. Iron Man

Tony Stark is the billionaire genius owner of a weapons company, when he is kidnapped in Afghanistan he has to use his brains to build and armoured suit to get out. In doing so realises he has a responsibility and the power to help those who have been the victim of the weapons his company has created. The film that kicked off the MCU is still one of my favourites, Robert Downey Jr. just is Tony Stark and this film is just about perfect.

1. Thor: Ragnarok

The final outing for the God of Thunder sees him abandoned on a junk planet and forced to fight The Hulk in gladiatorial arena before escaping and returning to Asgard to avenge his fathers death and prevent Ragnarok (which is the end of all things). As near perfect Iron Man is this just pips it and is perfect in every way. Although this is a Thor movie it could equally be a Hulk movie and that earns it extra point. The supporting cast are great too with Jeff Goldblum being the highlight. I've written a full review of Thor: Ragnarok here.

How will the next phase of movies change my list we can only wait and see. Do you agree with my list? Are you completely outraged by it? What would you have as your number 1? Look out for my review of Avengers: Infinity War which I will be posting next week.

Well, that's all for now.




  1. Interesting! Mine would be a bit different to this. I'd have The Winter Solider and Avengers Assemble higher and drop Ant-Man and Black Panther down a bit. I saw Infinity War last night and it's definitely slotting into my top 3 at least! AMAZING!

  2. Winter Soldier is way too low! The top 5 are pretty solid but I would ditch Iron Man from it for Winter Soldier.

  3. We more or less completely agree on this list! Although I'd switch Civil War and Guardians round! We're off to see Infinity War this afternoon, I really hope it's everything we want it to be!

  4. Interesting list! I defo agree at Thor: The Dark World. This list has really got me thinking now where I'd place them for my own list haha! I'd probably have Infinity War up there somewhere now but before that I know my top 3 at least would have been: Guardians of the galaxy (the only one I've watched multiple times and I agree awesome soundtrack!) , Black Panther and possibly Capitan America The First Avenger (purely for sentimentality as it was the first MCU I ever watched). So hard to decide haha!


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