After reading BUZZFEED’s rankings of all the Marvel Universe films, I decided I wanted to do my own. I just did not agree with their list. Not to mention, I figured it’d be kinda fun to have a go at it. I just finished watching “Captain America: Civil War”, AND IT WAS AWESOME. So, now is the time to rank all the movies.
Honestly, I think all the movies are pretty good. All D+ or better. I don’t have much of a basis for how I ranked them. If I own it or wanted to watch it several times, I must have liked it a lot.
AND!!! Before I start, I have to say, I wish all Marvel films would just find their way under the Disney umbrella. The X-men movies are good but not great, Spider Man needs consistency, and The Fantastic 4 franchise is a disaster. How cool would it be to see The Hulk, Spider Man, and Wolverine in the same movie? Oh well, a middle aged casual comic book fan can dream.
13. Iron Man 2 (2010) D+
I understand that it was rushed, but I wasn’t that impressed with a guy in a suit Vs. another guy in a suit… again. Didn’t they do that in the first one? This is probably the only one I didn’t bother to watch a second time. However, I did enjoy the opening scene and the introduction of Black Widow.
12. The Incredible Hulk (2008) C
The Hulk is probably my favorite comic book character. Along with the comic, I grew up watching the show with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno on the TV show. It’s a huge bummer that they can’t seem to get the movie right. I hope they make at least one Hulk movie with Mark Rufalo as the lead. Maybe then they can redeem the story and move on to the grey Hulk.
11. Iron Man 3 (2013) C+
I loved the performance by Guy Pierce as Aldrich Killian. He always does well, and his super powers were pretty cool. My love for the film pretty much ends there. The action was good, but the story was forgettable. Not to mention, the massive disappointment in The Mandarin being a cowardly stoned goober-head. Pepper Potts gets super powers? Lame.
10. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) B-
I could watch the first half of this film over and over again. The Cap’s origin story is one of the best. I don’t know what happened somewhere in the middle of the film, but it got kinda hokey. I didn’t love the montages of him running around with his little gang. Still a solid movie, though.
9. Thor: The Dark World (2013) B-
Not as good as the first one, but still good. It had a very sleek look to it. I actually thought Loki was more important throughout the movie. Maybe that was on purpose.
Kat Dennings was funny as usual. (For some reason, she is dirtier on TV than she is in the movies, where she is allowed to curse. What’s that about?)
8. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) B
If I had made this list last year, Age of Ultron would be much higher. I don’t know, but when I watch it now, I tend to skip scenes. Maybe it’s because it drags in certain areas, or maybe there were too many side stories going on. This mostly felt like a bridge movie that was meant to get us to the next few related films. It didn’t have it’s own heart.
However, I will say that I enjoyed James Spader as the voice of Ultron. There were some good one-liner jokes, too. Over-all, it’s still highly entertaining.
7. Thor (2011) B+
Kenneth Branagh directing a comic book film? Has he ever read a comic book? Doesn’t he stick to classic British writers? Either way, I thought he did a fantastic job with Thor. Not a ton of action, but they told a great story that didn’t require a lot of thought. From the look of the costumes to the dialogue, the entire cast was pretty much perfect. What more can you ask for in a comic book film?
6. Iron Man (2008) A-
The movie that got the ball rolling. Right off the bat, it was considered the best comic book movie since Batman(1989), and probably the greatest of all time. They have topped Iron Man a few times since then, but it’s still one of the best ever. You also have to tip your hat to Jeff Bridges for nailing the villain role.
5. The Avengers (2012) A
I have always been a Joss Whedon fan. Mostly because he knows how to make action movies extremely fun and exciting. As perfect as the cast is in this movie, I don’t think enough can be said about the direction. It was a lot of fun watching the Avengers figure out how to work together. Who cares if they destroyed an entire city in the process? They still managed to save the world.
Side note: I thought The Hulk had the best lines. “Puny god.”
4. Ant-Man (2015) A
I didn’t know squat about Ant Man growing up. He didn’t appear much in any of the comics that I read. After seeing the movie, though, now he’s one of my faves. I probably watch this one more than any other. It’s the perfect combo of action and comedy. Oh, and Michael Pena as Luis, almost steals the show with his story telling scenes.
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) A
The fight scene in the elevator is one of the top 10 best fight scenes ever. Loved the concept of Captain America having to adapt to the modern world. His side kicks were great. The return of Bucky and his awesome metal arm was pretty cool too. It created a whole new dynamic for the big fight between Bucky and Captain America. In no way did he want to hurt his friend, but he still had to stop him.
Captain American: Civlil War (2016) A+
Holy Fight scenes!! So freaking good. The action will be hard to top moving forward. The only reason this isn’t my number 1 is because the story took a slight back seat to the action. That, and the got Spider Man wrong for me. I liked Andrew Garfield. This kid? Too young and his aunt is too young. His dialogue was fantastic, but the CGI on the Spider Man suit was a big let down.
The rest of the movie… WOW!!! It was impressive how they were able to balance so many characters and well known actors. I am excited for more, especially when it comes to the Black Panther. That guy was cool!
1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) A+
I love every minute of this movie. The cast is not as well known as they are in the other movies, but I think that is part of what makes this movie so good. Every character has a painful backstory, they are unbelievably flawed, and yet they are all relatable and sympathetic to the audience. In the real world, we would be happier if these folks were in space prison, and not “guarding the galaxy.” (See what I did there?)
This movie takes number 1 for me mostly because of the great use of humor. The action was not as over the top as it could have been. Every scene is important, nothing ever drags, and I was left wanting more. The soundtrack? Forget about it. Best Marvel movie, hands down in my book.