Marvel: The Worst to Best.

Good morning, Good evening, Goodnight. No matter what time it is for you at the time of reading this, I hope you are all having an absolutely wonderful day! That being said, if you are anything like me, then you’ll be indescribably excited for Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, releasing just a couple of days. With that in mind, along with my parents, as I’m sure many of other fans have been doing too, we’ve been slowly watching the movies one by one in the definitive order. Naturally, favourites soon began to form… but least favourites forming just as quick. Here’s my personal order of worst to best, of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Enjoy!

17. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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Controversially, ‘Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ just so happens to be my least favourite amidst the entirety of the spectrum… when it was first released in 2017, I was baffled upon going to see it as to what all the fuss was about… the film began by reintroducing us to the star-spangled cast of loveable aliens on an assignment by the ‘Sovereign’ to protect their batteries. The battle that ensues is bright, whimsical and the music is almost like an instant instrumental bridge between this film and its predecessor, setting… what I thought would be the theme for the entirety of the movie…

Despite the first twenty or so minutes being colourful, bright, and adventurous, the movie’s ‘sinister’ twist comes off more completely perverted and creepy instead of villainous… The comedy? sure was there in places… but the well-written comedic quips sadly just weren’t enough to save this movie. Ego ‘the living planet’ is a Celestial seeking cosmic offspring, ‘implanting his seed’ all over the Galaxy… as if that’s not bad enough, the final battle is a long, unnecessary, overdrawn out action piece which seems to never end. At least there’s now the prospect of Adam Warlock? Ever so sorry Guardians’ fans.

16. Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Unlike the bottom place on the roster, ‘Age of Ultron’ will come as no surprise to even the most casual filmgoer for being one of the worst films in the series. To put it simply, the movie pales in comparison to its predecessor in almost every way! The villain? despite being advertised as dark, an ominous force ready to be unleashed across the digital world, in all reality has a forced ‘devil may care’ attitude in a desperate attempt to bring back audience’s loving impression of Loki in the prequel.

A few saving graces: the introduction of ‘Scarlett Witch’ was a seriously a welcome addition to the cast. From her role in ‘Civil War’ to the powers she possesses going forward, a truly strong, likeable character. The same couldn’t be said for her brother, however. Personally… I wasn’t a big fan of Quicksilver in the movie. Neither his actor nor the role he played in the movie stood out to me in the least… on those grounds, his presence disappeared just as quickly as it came. Much like Ultron himself, there are seriously no strings that can save this movie…

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15. Iron Man 3

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Maybe, to this movie I was a little biased. ‘Iron Man 3’ was ALREADY my least favourite in the series and despite not being as bad as I remembered it, the movie was still far, far away from being even slightly mediocre. Much the same way as ‘Age of Ultron’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’, you are so devilishly teased into a story you think could be so, so compelling… but it is then revealed that the ‘World-threatening terrorist’ is actually, for whatever reason, a boring, fire-breathing, copy and pasted villain the same as the first two movies… (without the fire-breathing, of course.)

On top of that, there is only but a couple of highlights… those being the chemistry between Tony and Rhodey ‘n’ the final action piece… but even that descends into pure, unwarranted chaos. For no reason.

14. Thor: The Dark World.

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Before I begin, I thought I’d state for the record that ‘Thor: The Dark World’ doesn’t necessarily offend me as such… it’s not the worst movie in the world, it’s just an excruciatingly boring. The plot is a little overdone, with a villain who follows the most basic motivations… there isn’t much particularly going for Dark World… it’s just okay.

We all know we came for Loki, anyways.

13. Thor.

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Six years later, it’s hard to imagine that all the way back in 2012 that Thor was my absolute favourite Avenger. Yet alone one of my favourite movies. Back then, Thor’s idiocies were quirky, out of this world and funny… yet the older you get? The older it gets. Thor starts funny and delightful, with the introduction to the vast cosmic universe of the MCU. We meet everyone’s favourite villain Loki, but as time goes on the film just seems to drag on a little!

12. Guardians of the Galaxy.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ was one of Marvel’s riskiest gambles… fortunately for them, it paid off. Guardians were one of the funniest, most colourful, bubbly movies to be released; playfully orchestrated by a score so perfectly-formed you couldn’t find a fault if you tried! We were introduced to the loveable rogues of Peter Quill, Groot, Rocket, Gamora and the comically-clueless Drax… but it’s just too long. Of course, this could just be my own opinion, but I really think that the movie does drag out in places. In particular, the section between Knowhere and the Ravagers’ section, not helped by an ending which is so, so, so anti-climactic… just the way you expect one big fight ‘n’ instead you’re treated to some awkward dance moves and an essential one hit knockout! It’s a funny movie… I only wish that there were a better ending.

11. Doctor Strange.

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‘Doctor Strange’, despite falling back on any and all morales Stephen may or may not have had the first opportunity, Doctor Strange is truly a visual masterpiece. The effects, the props, the everything was simply amazing to see. A visual marvel if you will. Aside from the visuals, Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance of the Sorcerer Supreme was absolutely fantastic. From comical scenes with Benedict Wong’s Wong to rivalry with Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo or Mads Mikkelsen’s Kaecilius to me the movie was definitely a good movie…just not anything too, too out of the norm.

Here’s to hoping that Doctor Strange’s cosmic tales appear in abundance over the next few years!

10. Captain America: The First Avenger.

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Set all the way back in the Second World War, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ is the star-spangled soldier with heart. He’s kind, with a heart as good as gold! The true definition of a hero, really. Another thing I can say I love about this movie is that like its sequel, Captain America is a wonderful representation of the dozens of potential genres Marvel could delve into. Captain America is the traditional ‘War’ movie ‘n’ this year’s ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ being Marvel’s first rom-com- there could even be a horror movie… though I’m not sure how X-Men could pull off a horror movie, all the same, this movie is the antithesis of all they can do. Captain America is a solid movie all around, particularly for being one of the first.

9. Iron Man 2

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Let’s be honest, following the first ‘Iron Man’ could have been no easy task… returning billionaire playboy Tony Stark back to the silver screen just two years after his first appearance demanded something golden. And to me? It definitely delivered in terms of a sequel! The movie is funny, returns the same RDJ-charm as the first movie, introducing (or re-introducing) wonderful characters from ‘Black Widow’ to Don Cheadle’s rendition of ‘War Machine’, Iron Man 2 to me is great to follow up to the movie’s predecessor! Though, I will agree that the villain of the movie wasn’t all that extraordinary? But it seriously wasn’t as bad as most would suggest.

8. Ant-Man.

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Paul Rudd’s ‘Ant-Man’ is a wacky ‘heist’ movie of sorts, filled with comedy and all sorts of brand new characters from the Ant-Man himself, to Hank Pam and Hope! It’s a wonderful adventure… if you suspend your disbelief to the rather un-plausible foundations of the plot that is… you will indeed have an amazing time with Ant-Man! From the way, Scott goes about playing with his powers to the child-like fun of the ending fight scene all come together to have a wonderfully fun and enjoyable movie!

7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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Personally, I make no secret of the fact that I believe Captain America’s trilogy is unquestionably the best trilogy by far. The Winter Soldier is released the same year as the first Guardians’ movie served almost as a polar opposite to that movie- possibly the grittiest Marvel movie at that point, a film of espionage and phenomenal action centred to Chris Evan’s ever-growing portrayal of Captain America growing better every minute. As an audience, we meet characters like Agent 13 ‘n’ Sam Wilson, incredible additions to the overall cast, as well as a twist to the once friendly Bucky Barnes’ very nature! It’s an incredible movie all around… I suppose that’s evidenced by the fact how, when accidentally having started watching it for the third time in a short time period, I didn’t mind. It’s an all around great movie!

6. Thor: Ragnarok

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Now, moving down to this end of the spectrum, it breaks my soul to have to place a number on most of these movies! ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ releasing late last year was truly, truly hilarious. Much to my father’s disagreement, Thor Ragnarok to me was one of the absolute best in the series. Each movie getting better and better every single time, introducing characters like Valkyrie ‘n’ Korg whilst repainting classic characters such as Thor, Hulk and Heimdall to the core.

To me? What makes this film weaker than the rest which follows deeper on the list, is the villain Hela… the time spent on the planet ‘Sakaar’ is the best in the entire movie, the villain is ultimately disappointing to me. The scenes ‘Darling. You don’t know what’s possible.’ And ‘what are you the God of again?’ Send enough cringes down my spine to simply send me into jitters! Compare that to Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster and there’s absolutely no comparison… The third Thor finally takes the cake, compared to a mediocre prequels, minus the villain is a masterpiece.

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5. Iron Man.

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Ten years ago, the idea of establishing a cinematic, interconnected universe seemed absolutely unfathomable! I’d be willing to wager that back then, there wouldn’t have been a soul to even consider the possibility of the titan that we call ‘Infinity War’, culminating a vast expanse of eighteen movies all into one, but it’s Iron Man that started it all.

Watching it back not so long ago, Robert Downey Junior’s portrayal of the billionaire playboy Tony Stark was enough to ignite a worldwide franchise AND change the very way an iconic comic book character created almost fifty years before and was perceived ‘n’ written in general. The creativity ‘n’ intuitiveness that poured into the beginning of the saga was incredible. You’ll just have to recap it for yourselves!

4. Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is by far the greatest Spider-Man movie of all time. Though you may disagree with that viewpoint, I completely adore this movie for so many reasons. It’s got heart, it’s got comedy, it get’s Spider-Man right and most importantly for me finally manages to get one very simple concept right: Teenagers.

Be it from the simple things like Flash’s roast at Liz’s party to all sorts of things, Spider-Man Homecoming introduces countless of loveable characters like Zendaya’s Michelle, Jacob Batalon’s Ned surrounding the next generation’s Peter Parker with dozens of incredible friends and on the opposite side of the spectrum, there’s the villain, Michael Keaton’s Vulture playing an incredible foe for Spidey in the latest instalment, giving even deeper depths to the events following the first Avengers, with both Iron Man and Captain America making wonderfully suited appearances.

3. The Avengers.

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Much the same way as ‘Iron Man’, Avengers was the first of its kind; compiling the first four years of the MCU into Joss Whedon’s 2012 masterpiece ‘The Avengers’, the world’s fifth-highest-grossing movie of all time well and truly solidifying Marvel’s Cinematic Universe as a tycoon in the world of the box office. Starring: Chris Evan’s Captain America, RDJ’s Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor… Hawkeye… and the brand new, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk to face the oh so devilish Loki.

For as long as you can ignore Cap’s old, rather extravagant costume, this movie would be one to remain a masterpiece for a long time to come.

2. Captain America: Civil War.

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So, if you’ve made it this far? Then the placement of this movie on the roster should come as no surprise. ‘I believe Captain America’s trilogy is unquestionably the best trilogy by far’ and this, the movie’s peak. It’s funny now, being less than eighteen hours away from seeing ‘infinity war’ for myself to say that ‘Civil War’ was the biggest crossover in Marvel Cinematic history seems like child’s play now, but even so, Civil War was an incredible movie. There were so many depths, with arch’s to every character, and an interesting plot to keep the action-driven, in spite of the dozens of characters, the movie is incredible.

1. Black Panther.

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All hail the king. 👑

At the number one spot, coming as a surprise to absolutely none of you I’m sure, ‘Black Panther’ is a truly, truly amazing spectacle. From the beautifully illustrated world of Wakanda; with beautifully detailed everything from ships designed to masks ‘n’ dragonflies, every piece of the world is woven so wonderfully. The characters just the same way! A cast so filled and wonderfully talented, I just wish I had the space to dedicate this post to them alone; but we’ll keep it brief.

Most obviously, Chadwick Boseman elevates his portrayal of T’Challa to whole new levels beyond respect (try watching Black Panther right after Civil War, to not notice that solid difference is impossible!) with incredible performances from talents such as: Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright and so, so, so many more… all opposed by Michael B. Jordan’s astounding Erik Killmonger! An incredible villain whom single-handedly defeats Marvel’s very own villain problem… to the future. Wakanda Forever!

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For the record.

With legalities being as complicated as they are, not only in Marvel but superhero movies in general, if I’ve managed to misplace the rights to any of these images, please note that I have the rights to absolutely none of these images. All rights remain to Marvel, Disney and any other respective owners. Thank you.

Also, I didn’t include the ‘Hulk’ movie, because that movie is just terrible and really shouldn’t be canon at all. ‘Iron Man 2’ with its subtle nod to the Hulk is really all you need. Sorry.

A happy note to end on.

I am so, so, so sorry this post is so late! For as long as we’re being honest, this post was supposed to be released on TUESDAY for Christ’s sake! In truth, I have probably been writing this since Sunday! A large portion of time dedicated to making the images and writing different bits and bobs, but if we’re being honest? This post would have definitely been a little all over the place to read.

This is because, for a start, I have never written one of these types of posts before in my life! On top of that, because of the start again, stop again nature of my attempt to write this, various parts may feel a bit like they have a different feel or anything along those lines.

Anyways, in spite of that, I’d like to thank you all so much for reading this! If you’re a fan of the MCU and just as excited for ‘Infinity War’ as I am, regardless of whenever you’re seeing it, I do truly hope the movie lives up to every spec of your expectations and you love it just as much as you should ❤ now if you excuse me, I have spoilers I need to go and avoid… Enjoy!

Stay happy,

Josh.p

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