Ranking the Series: The Marvel Cinematic Universe

With the recent release of the second Captain America film and the upcoming release of Guardians of the Galaxy, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe and rank the films from worst to best. To some degree I enjoy all of the films so far but some are definitely more entertaining and better made than the others. So without further ado here is how I would rank the nine films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

9. Iron Man 2 (2010)

After the surprising success of the first Iron Man everyone was highly anticipating its sequel. While there is some fun to be had here it doesn’t reach the quality that its predecessor set before. Robert Downey Jr. is great once again as Tony Stark and both Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell work well as the villains. It’s also great to see Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow and Don Cheadle as War Machine, although neither are given much to do. The downside is that the action scenes aren’t all that great, there are times when the film lags and there is a little too much time spent connecting it in with the Avengers.

8. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

The first Thor film did something that a lot of people thought couldn’t be done – take a character like Thor and convert his world from the comics to the big screen. This sequel is a slight step down from the first film but does have some redeeming qualities. Our villain this time around, Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), is extremely weak with almost none of the scenes with him working, except the action scenes. Thankfully, Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki and does a great job once again. There is also just a little too much humor thrown in when there didn’t need to be. Despite its shortcomings Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman are both good in their roles once again and the action scenes are better than in the first film, especially the final battle.

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Captain America’s first venture in the present day by himself worked better than I ever thought it would. Bringing in the character of the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) makes for one of the best villains in this universe. At first this turning into a spy film was a little off putting but it ends up working out very well and makes the film all the more interesting to watch. Adding in Anthony Mackie as the Falcon was a great choice as he does a fine job and the character is extremely likeable. Almost everything works here from the storyline to the performances to the action sequences which include a long awaited badass sequence involving Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). If it wasn’t for the next film this one would surely be my number one pick.

1. The Avengers (2012)

This is the film that Marvel fans have always been wanting. Bringing together four heroes and teaming them together for one ultimate film is without a doubt the best thing that Marvel has done so far. Director Joss Whedon is able to work his magic and get some great performances from his actors, push the story along at a smooth pace and give us one of the best action sequences in any superhero film to date. There are so many fun moments that the film never lets up from start to finish. The Avengers is what future films from Marvel need to aspire to be because it gives you everything you could want out of a superhero film.

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How would you rank the MCU ontd?