Marvel has been on a role haven’t they? We’re now a hefty 10 films into the Marvel cinematic universe, but they aren’t stopping anytime soon. We’ve still got years and years of planned Marvel films ahead of us. However I figured now would be as good a time as any, as phase two comes to a close, to rank the Marvel films….at least the Marvel films so far. For this list I’m only including films created by Marvel Studios, so Spider-Man and X-men don’t count!
10. The Incredible Hulk
The incredible Hulk is the red headed step sister of the Marvel cinematic family. Unlike all the other Marvel films, this one doesn’t even really connect to the bigger cinematic universe. A new actor was chosen to play Hulk, a new Hulk design was chosen, none of the other characters were ever heard from again, and the only things tying this to the rest of the series is a Tony Stark cameo and a “I kind of broke Harlem” line in the Avengers. The film is still good, not great, but good. However it’s disconnection is why I’ve only put it at 10.
9. Captain America: The First Avenger
And now we arrive at what is probably going to be my first controversial choice….don’t worry…there’s more to come! I’m going to be honest here: I wasn’t the biggest fan of this film. It was “okay” but really nothing more. It just moved a little too slow for my liking, I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was just a quick effort to introduce Captain America so he could be in Avengers. There I said it. It’s a decent film, I just wasn’t a fan.
The fact that a Thor film even exists is cause for rejoice. I actually enjoyed this film, it had quite a few aspects I thought worked splendidly. For example, all the sequences on Asguard, the relationship between Loki and Thor, Thor’s journey to worthy-ness, those were all great. However, the fact that most of the film is spent on earth with the “Earth Crew” (as I like to call them), brings the film down a few pegs. The relationship between Thor and Jane is utterly unconvincing and forced, just like the film’s humor! BURN!
7. Iron Man 2
Even a “not as great as the others” Iron Man film is still a great film in my opinion. It’s no secret that quite a few people didn’t like this movie, but I did! It’s a genuinely enjoyable action flick. Maybe it lacks some of the the emotion and heart of other Marvel films, but that’s not what this movie is about. I found it to be very enjoyable, even if it wasn’t quite as good as the other two.
6. Thor: The Dark World
If just a few things were handled differently in this film, it would have been way higher on my list. I absolutely adore the combination of sci-fi and mythology in this film. The film’s visual style is one of the greatest in the series. There are several sequences in this film that are just awesome, but unfortunately it suffers from the same issues the first had. Jane and the “Earth Crew” are back….and just as annoying and unnecessary as before. The Jane/Thor relationship is still forced, and still unbelievable, and the dorky “scientist people” humor is still around. Not mention they’re a little heavy on exposition and plot in this movie….I lost track of how many times “the convergence” was explained to me. Still, I really enjoyed the better half of it!
5. Iron Man
Wait a minute….if he has Iron Man 1 here….then that must mean….
4. Iron Man 3
….he put Iron Man 3 higher! The outrage! I warned you I may have a controversial opinion or two here! Despite a few of it’s bad decisions, Iron Man 3 was favorite Iron Man film. Why? I felt like it was the best Iron Man story yet, or perhaps more appropriately, the best Tony Stark story. The film actually dug into the issue brought up in Avengers by Captain America, “You’re a big man now, but take off the suit what are you?” I loved the fact that Tony had to make due without his suit for a decent portion of the film, I thought it was a highly entertaining story and actually moved him forward as a character.
Ahhh, the Avengers. In terms of sheer excitement factor, this film was probably one of the most anticipated super hero films of all time. I don’t really think I need to go too in depth to explain my choices here! Sure the movie may take a little longer than necessary to build up, but the second half of this film is worth the wait.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
I’m hooked on a feeling! Guardians of the Galaxy was probably one of the most surprising super hero films ever. Instead of taking a long time to explain how much I loved this film, I’ll just link my review instead! Click here! To summarize: The combination of humor and heart was just perfect. Not to mention almost every character was a show-stealer whenever they were on screen.
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
I was very tentative upon watching this film….after all I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first one. I would have never guessed this sequel would end up being my favorite Marvel film! It’s such a cool movie! The action is brilliant, the plot is gripping, and the characters are heartfelt and dynamic. I don’t know what more you could ask for.
So that’s my list! I know I had an odd choice or two in there, but what did you think? Agree or disagree? Let me know your personal ranking of the films!