Spoiler Alert! Info about these movies will be stated as I debrief my top ten. Here it goes.
10. Ant Man
This movie was actually a lot better than I expected it to be. My friend Sam told me it was great and he was right. It was super funny with a great story line. Honestly, though I wanted to see more of his best friend turned side kick Luis. He was the best part of the movie with his rambling explanations and incredible comedic delivery. I don’t really have many complaints with this film. There were no huge plot twists other than the fact that their heist didn’t work when trying to steal the yellow jacket suit from the villain, but since we knew that it couldn’t possibly be that easy I don’t know if we can even call that a plot twist. But still I thoroughly enjoyed this film and if I had more personal attachment to the comic book characters I would probably be ranking this a lot higher.
9. Captain America: Winter Soldier
I’m not going to lie, I forgot about this one and about how great it is. It wouldn’t have even made my top 10 but my brother Blaze reminded me of how amazing it is. In this movie we get to see Steve Rogers struggling to find his place in the world in modern day, since he is originally from the world war 2 era. My favorite thing about this movie is that it features some of the best hand to hand combat out of any of the Marvel films. Some super hero movies use so much effects that you can't actually tell what is going on during the fight. Winter solider has great fights that you can appreciate what is happening, plus captain America takes one a whole squad of soldiers in an elevator. The Antagonist is this film is a twist in and of itself with the grand reveal that Bucky Barnes is the Winter Soldier and makes it difficult for Captain America to fight his brain washed war pal who is still his companion from years ago. I guess the only reason I have this film ranked so low on my list is because amongst all the other flashy MCU movies this one gets lost and can be forgettable. But it should be remembered, because it is fantastic!
Obviously this movie had amazing cinematography and stunning visual effects. But that’s about all it had going for it. The movie seemed to drag out as if we were struck by Dr. Strange’s Eye of Agamotto and stuck in some infinite loop of long movie plot. Ironically, for how long they dragged out the plot it felt like Dr. Strange evolved too quickly to become one of the most powerful heroes in the MCU. It was also a little too mystical and un-relatable, but that isn’t the movie’s fault, that’s just how the character is designed. But I did love the costumes. My friend Thanh helped me re-rank this one up a few slots pointing out that this movie presents the unique ideas of folding space and combat within it. The protagonist is different too, being both unlikable and unapologetic.
Spider Man Homecoming
The best spider man since Tobey Maguire’s Spider Man origin film. I felt like this movie really captured the essence of the young teenage boy spider man from the comic books. The villain in this movie had a good back story, motive, and was believable. The best part of the movie was the twist that had Spiderman’s prom date turning out to be Vulture’s daughter. Great movie!
Something we haven’t seen in a long time, a really good stand alone Marvel movie that doesn’t rely on cameo appearance of other known characters. This story had good back story and even if you have no idea who Black Panther is before the movie starts, you know what is going on by the end. This is very much unlike Guardians of Galaxy which failed to explain anything. You watch a movie about 5 characters and hardly know any of them. They use words and phrases that is never really explained and leave the audience feeling lost in space wondering if they missed something. Guardians also desperately needed a laugh track to cue the audience when to laugh. You know they were trying to tell jokes but the poor delivery just made the audience feel awkward rather than happy. I call them the wanna-be-Avengers. Dr Tim Brookes reminded me of one good thing the Guardians movie did, which was help advance the Thanos story-line. But anyway, back to black panther. Michael B. Jordan did an amazing job as the main antagonist in the film. It was one of those villains who you loved and hated at the same time. Even though I knew he was evil I found myself having a hard time picking who to root for. There were some great twists and awesome action sequences. Visually stimulating and fun. Overall great movie.
5. Thor Ragnorok
This movie accomplished what Guardians of the Galaxy failed to do. While Guardians constantly mocks itself and relies on childish comedy, Ragnorok is genuinely funny. A big part to this is the relationship Loki brings to the films. He is my favorite Villain within the Marvel Universe. I feel like he is the most believable being both selfish and real. He struggles with the relationships and occasionally does the “right” thing, but mostly when it will benefit him. This movie has great action sequences, good music, good plot twists, and advances the MCU storyline. As my friend Dr. Namihas pointed out, “Thor was not only hilarious and had great action scenes, but it re-wrote who Thor’s character was without us even realizing it. This is very hard to do in film, but they nailed it.”
4. Avengers Age of Ultron
The best part of this movie was once again seeing all of our favorite heroes unite on the big screen. We also see the creation of Vision, the introduction of Scarlet Witch, and the new and improved hulk-buster ion suit. I also loved learning more about each of the characters which is sometimes hard to do when you try to fit so many stars on one screen. But they didn’t let the big names overshadow anyone, and one of my favorite storylines was learning more about Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye. He is the most human of the Avengers and gives us a daily dose of reality checks throughout the film that make us laugh at how over the top certain action sequences are. My favorite is when he jokes about it to Scarlet Witch, saying, “None of it makes sense… We’re on a flying city… and I’ve got a bow and arrow.” Amazing action sequences, especially at the end when they are all fighting Ultron. As my friends J-may and Lindsay stated it had some good points for reflection on humanity, but, not the best super villain of all time.
Captain America: Civil War
This movie is incredible and so much more important than most people realize. The ignorant discount this movie not realizing the importance of what this script is really saying. I don’t blame you if you didn’t love the movie the first time. To be honest, the first time I watched this movie I thought, “this is a fun movie to watch with some great action sequences but the plot line was pretty terrible.” I would watch it again and again because it has so many of my favorite characters but if I actually stop to think about why they are fighting, it seemed pretty silly. However, I was missing the point entirely. This movie is crucial to the MCU story line that helps lead us to the division right before the infinity wars. This movie is the glue that ties together all the other story lines that have been developed over the past decade. This movie brings in Ant-Man and introduces us to the noble character of Black Panther. It rebirths spiderman giving him a new face and a more comic accurate personality. It brings Hawk-eye out of retirement and shows the relationship between all the characters we have seen teaming up throughout the last several films. We see Iron man develop a conscious through his thickened suit of pride. He is finally broken down to realize that while they had been saving lives they were also taking innocent ones in the process. It is almost as if Tony’s blind arrogance had to be shifted elsewhere and Captain America promptly assumed that role. Distracted by his old war pal Bucky Barnes, Captain America was willing to break up the Avengers rather than be held accountable. The question became is it better to have free reign to save the world but lose some innocent lives in the process, or be under the authority of the United Nations, have more accountable but be susceptible to not being allowed to fight when they feel necessary, or worse, locked up when they are seen as too dangerous as we see happen at the end of the film. Quickly stated it may seem trivial but this argument could be debated for life with no real answer as to what is best. And I appreciate that this movie is fighting against people and powers that are believable rather than just weird alien creatures and demi-gods. It made it seem more real and brought more emotion to the film seeing the action heroes battle each other and other misguided foes rather than metallic underworld beings. And once again the Villain is more believable, being someone who is seeking vengeance after having his wife and son murdered by the aftermath of the Avengers, rather than just some freak trying to take over the world. This movie has comic relief, incredible action sequences, and depth. It dives deeper into Tony Stark’s past and gives us a glimpse of what is to come in future movies. And how can you not love seeing all your favorite heroes on screen together at the same time. That alone makes this one of the top films. Even though I didn’t think so initially, after much analysis this movie now will go down as one of my favorite Marvel movies of all time.
The movie that kicked off the Marvel Series and bought Marvel to a whole new level. It literally put Marvel on the map. My friend Keenan reminded me that this movie was the biggest risk out of all the Marvel movies because this was in a period when super hero movies weren’t seen as crazy money makers for studios. Prior to this, as my friend Eric pointed out, Marvel had failed several times with other movies such as the Hulk and without the success of this Iron Man we would likely be without all the other movies listed on this list. Certainly there would be no infinity wars. Robert Downey Jr. played the role perfectly and with a good balance between action and comedy it was a real crowd pleaser. Plus the story telling was fantastic.
My childhood fantasy come to life. I grew up reading the comics and to see all my favorite childhood heroes come together on the big screen was like a dream come true. There was definitely a feeling of nostalgic triumph as the heroes came together to take down one of the best acted villains in the MCU universe, Loki. This movie also gives us one of the most iconic Iron Man quotes of all time… Steve Rogers: Big man in a suit of armor. Take that off, what are you? Tony Stark: Genius billionaire playboy philanthropist.”
And again Keenan reminded me that like Iron Man, this movie was a pioneer of sorts because there had never really been a successful movie featuring such big cross overs. After the success of this movie several others have tried to copy the style with the DC universe being the biggest copy cats currently.