*WARNING: May be slight spoilers ahead, but nothing too drastic…
Now to me, The Incredible Hulk doesn’t necessarily feel like part of the franchise and that’s because I see Mark Ruffalo as MY Hulk. Edward Norton isn’t an awful Banner, but Mark Ruffalo is a much better version of the character altogether. Sadly, I just don’t think the film was exciting enough, and actually, it’s quite unmemorable. I also feel like Hulk is a character that works better in a group performance, rather than in a stand-alone film.
17. THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2008)
16. THOR: THE DARK WORLD (2013)One of my main issues with this film is that it takes far too long to find its energy. The films villain, Malekith, is incredibly weak and there are no real exciting moments with him at all. Nearly all other MCU films have a great supporting cast, but there are problems in Thor: Dark World. Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster is uninteresting and serves as nothing more than Thor’s love interest/a damsel in distress, and I find absolutely no comic relief in Kat Dennings’ Darcy at all.
15. IRON MAN 2 (2010)Iron Man 2 is a very busy film. There’s quite a lot going on in in here, and the film focuses too much on setting up The Avengers and the future of the MCU that the main plot gets sidelined. I also find Tony incredibly rude and unlikeable. There are some good points in the film though, like Sam Rockwell’s Justin Hammer who I thought was a very good character, and the introduction to Black Widow and War Machine too.
14. THOR (2011)Chris Hemsworth is a brilliant Thor, and Tom Hiddleston is a fantastic Loki. In my personal opinion, they’re two of the strongest characters in the MCU. It’s a fine first outing for both characters but there are times when the film is slightly boring, with Thor spending most of it without his powers. It’s also a shame that there’s no real character development with Thor’s friends, either. However, the casting was really great with Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard and in particular, Sir Anthony Hopkins as Odin.
13. DOCTOR STRANGE (2016)Doctor Strange is very different to the other Marvel films, which makes it quite refreshing and I’m excited to see what the future holds for the MCU with this mystical side. Benedict Cumberbatch was a great shout for the part, though there are times when I find the character a little too arrogant, and it stops me from caring about his story. The film has a great supporting cast, mind, especially with Tilda Swinton. Also, I know the visual effects were amazing…but I couldn’t help feeling it was a slight rip off of Inception in parts.
12. IRON MAN 3 (2013)Iron Man 3 is quite divisive amongst fans, but I really enjoyed it. It’s the first post-Avengers film so it spends a lot of time showing how that affected Tony, which gives us more insight into his character. The film also proves that he’s still a hero even without his suit and I really like that. This film made me like him a lot more as a character, especially after Iron Man 2. I for one also really enjoyed the Mandarin twist!
11. IRON MAN (2008)Iron Man is where it aaaaaall begins, which makes it a special film. Robert Downey Jr was born to play the role of Tony Stark, and he certainly doesn’t disappoint in this. He manages to make an arrogant man rather charming. The film gives a great introduction into the MCU, and sets the standards for everything moving forward
10. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)I personally think that Age of Ultron gets more stick than it deserves. Don’t get me wrong it didn’t live up to the standard of its predecessor, but it’s still a really enjoyable film with great casting, and great action sequences – especially that Hulkbuster V Hulk fight! I love that the film looks deeper into the characters emotions when Wanda plays with their minds, and we see their fears. It adds a nice touch to the film. It also has one of my favourite scenes out of all Marvel films when, after the party, they’re all sat around attempting to lift Mjolnir. It’s BRILLIANT!
9. ANT-MAN (2015)
For a start, I think Paul Rudd was the PERFECT choice for Ant-Man. He gives a brilliant performance, is hilarious, and is surrounded by a really great cast too, with Michael Peña, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly. The film has a lot of heart, focusing on father/daughter relationships with Hank Pym and Hope, and of course Scott and his little girl. His story, and the way that it plays out in the narrative, really makes me care about why he becomes a superhero. I loved it.
8. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014)
Guardians is an incredibly fun, energetic and hilarious film that takes you on a real adventure. Having five misfits come together to save the world could have been awful, but James Gunn made sure that each character was strong, and that they all had chemistry. He nailed it, and the casting is brilliant. Also, HOW great is the soundtrack?!
7. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (2017)
Once again, Marvel have nailed it with their casting choices. Tom Holland portrays both Spidey AND Peter brilliantly, and Michael Keaton is a real strong villain. I love that the film picks up perfectly where Civil War left off, leaving Peter juggling all aspects of his life like high school, friendships, family and of course, trying to become an Avenger and impress Tony. It was a great build up for the character, and I definitely think big things are to come with him!
6. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2 (2017)
This was a perfect sequel for me, and once again I thought James Gunn nailed it. There’s a lot of character development in this film, and with a strong theme of family, there’s real emotion especially between Yondu and Peter and Gamora and Nebula. It’s a fun film, with some great comedy from all of the characters, especially Drax. Also, that opening scene with ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ and Baby Groot is one of the best scenes EVER! All hail Baby Groot.
5. THE AVENGERS (2012)
I love The Avengers as we finally get to see the whole ‘gang’ together. We get to see them all trying to work together which is great, and the way they bounce off each other makes for an amusing watch. It’s a brilliantly quotable film, and it wears its heart on its sleeve. I’m also a big fan of the fact that they made Loki the villain in this – he’s GREAT!
4. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2011)I think The First Avenger is perfect on every level. It’s a wonderfully unique film and really is the full package with action, laughs, romance, a strong villain, a great sense of adventure and real heart. The supporting cast is brilliant, and I think Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter is a great strong female role! Chris Evans’ portrayal of Steve Rogers/Captain America is absolute gold and cements him as my favourite character in the MCU.
3. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (2016)
What’s brilliant about Civil War is that the Russo Brothers managed to have nearly all of the Avengers in this film and at the heart of it, still have it remain a Captain America movie. There’s a lot of emotion in here, and personal relationships come to the forefront of the narrative like Tony with his parents, Steve and Bucky, and Tony and Steve. There’s also that relationship between Zemo and his family, which pushes him into the decisions that he makes (without trying to say too much). We also get a brilliant introduction to both Spider-Man and Black Panther, which is incredibly exciting. The fight scenes in this film are spectacular, especially the airport scene. I also love the car/bike chase early on in the film with Steve, Bucky and Black Panther! I adore this film.
2. THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)
Only released this week and it’s already flown up top to my second favourite film in the MCU! Thor: Ragnarok is FINALLY a worthy Thor film. If we’ve learnt anything from the previous two it’s that they need a sense of humour and Ragnarok certainly brings that, and then some! The casting is brilliant – Jeff Goldblum is wonderful (obviously), Cate Blanchett is a great villain as Hela, and Tessa Thompson is a brilliant addition. Chris Hemsworth really shines in the film, and proves himself to be a fantastic comedy actor. He and Hiddleston have truly outdone themselves here, and I’m so happy to see that they’re finally getting the film they deserve! It’s hilarious, it’s charming, and it’s one of those that I think will probably get funnier with every single watch. Taika Waititi is a genius.
1. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (2014)
SO, my number one film! I can watch The Winter Soldier over, and over, and over again and never get sick of it. For me, the Cap films always feel like a real adventure and this is no different. It’s a thrilling plot, with twists and turns, and amazing action sequences. That fight scene in the lift is one of the best. There’s some really interesting characterisation with Cap, Fury and Natasha, which I like. It’s also a great introduction to Falcon – Anthony Mackie was BORN to play the role of Sam Wilson for sure. Sebastian Stan also gives a brilliant performance as Winter Soldier.
So there we have my ranking of the films in the MCU. What would yours be?