It’s no secret that I’m quite a superhero nerd and with Avengers: Infinity War looming, I thought it to be high time to get up close and personal with the last ten years of MCU and everything they have had to offer for cinema. Having recently binged through phases one to three (up to, and including Black Panther), I am now ready to share my (somewhat flippant) rankings of all eighteen films so far. In no way is this list set in stone; I may look back at it in a week and complete disagree but for now, these are my thoughts.
18. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
17. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
16. Iron Man 2 (2010)
15. Thor (2011)
14. Iron Man 3 (2013)
13. Iron Man (2008)
12. Ant-Man (2015)
11. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
10. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
9. Doctor Strange (2016)
8. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
6. Avengers Assemble (2012)
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Now some may think its blasphemous to rank Age of Ultron higher than its predecessor Avengers Assemble, but I genuinely enjoy watching the second coming for the Avengers every time I watch it. This epic sees the introduction to the Twins and an truly action-packed conclusion. Yes, it is all Tony Stark’s fault; but when is it not?
4. Black Panther (2018)
As a very recent release, this film is still firm in my memory as quality superhero action film unlike any other. Not only is the world of Wakanda brilliantly portrayed and revealed as the prestigious place to find the powerful vibranium everyone has been talking about. This film allows everyone to see the King in a totally different light to the brief glimpse we saw of him in Civil War. He is so much more as a character than just the guy who is out to avenge his father. T’cholla has a troupe of strong characters supporting him at every step, from the Panther’s very own bad-ass sister Shuri to the loyal Okeye.
3. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
There is nothing I don’t love about the Guardians of the Galaxy. The characters themselves are completely diverse and brilliantly portrayed (thumbs up for Chris Pratt of course). The soundtrack is incredible and such a wonderful addition to the storyline throughout. With some great sci-fi qualities while still maintaining firm ties to the MCU universe, there isn’t much I could fault about James Gunn’s mis-mash of unlikely superheroes.
= Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 (2017)
Having already established my love for the Guardians of the fricken’ Galaxy, it is no surprise that number two is also high in my rankings. In the sequel, we not only see even more comedic values from the likes of Drax, Rocket and the beloved Baby Groot, but we also are greeted with tonnes of emotional value from Yondu; a character we previously didn’t give enough credit to. There are epic fight scenes that make you want to laugh and hold onto your seats at the same time. In my opinion, it is everything you could ever want in an MCU addition.
1. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
This was a difficult list, to say the least. But there was no way I could put just one film in the top one spot. They all make me happy and I would watch them every day but for different reasons. Civil War was a complete step up from every previous Captain America/Avengers franchise addition. It brought together masses of superheroes but still managed to maintain a balance, which would have seemed near impossible to achieve. It shows off the obvious mix of opinions and beliefs between two very strong Avengers – Iron Man and Captain America – and produces some amazing plot that will soon transform into Infinity War.