12. The Incredible Hulk
Sorry Ed, we have no choice but to place The Incredible Hulk last. The movie boasted a great cast (a reoccurring theme in the the whole franchise) but fails to utilise them as Hulk smashes. Probably for the best that we resign this movie to the cinematic graveyard and let Hulk live on with Mark Ruffalo.
11. Captain America: The First Avenger
What’s the best thing about Captain America? The fact he’s trying to live in a world that is so different to the world he grew up in, a culture clash that makes the incredibly strong, incredibly athletic jock loveable. So what does The First Avenger do? Shows you Cap before he is frozen and the results are dull. Dull, dull, dull. So dull. Dull.
10. Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2 is an odd movie, you could argue that it’s not a movie at all. It’s an episode. If the Avengers world was a TV series IM2 would be a great penultimate episode before a season finale. It lays a lot of ground work in relation to the Avengers program and S.H.I.E.L.D organisation in general, however that mythology building is to the detriment of the movie you have paid to see.
9. Thor: The Dark World
The Marvel Cinematic Universe suffers from 1 huge problem, Thor: The Dark World is case in point. The issue is a lack of memorable villains. Anyone remember the name of the big bad in The Dark World?
8. Iron Man 3
I think 8th position is a safe place for Iron Man 3. Oh boy, the third instalment of the Iron Man movies caused a stir online. Towards the end of the movie, the evil villain “The Mandarin” is revealed to be an actor and a façade for Guy Pierce’s Aldrich Killian… and that’s the worst thing ever for some people. Don’t worry fanboys, I get it. The Mandarin is Iron Man’s greatest foe in the comics, he deserves to be immortalised on screen but Sir Ben Kingsley performs the reveal so well it’s hard not to enjoy it.
7. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Following the cultural phenomenon that was the original Avengers movie was always going to be tough ask. And with Age of Ultron, Marvel didn’t so much bomb as failed to impress. There’s so much going on, it’s only a repeat viewing that the reason for Thor’s splashing in a pool is uncovered. There’s a fantastic 4 hour version of this movie hidden on the editor’s room floor.
It took forever but, in 2015, we finally got the Ant-Man movie very little amount of people were waiting for. And it was pretty damn good. The plot would have been fresh when the movie begun production in 2006 but the addition of a lot of comedy makes this movie worth watching.
This movie, I like it. ANOTHER! *Throws DVD on the floor*
4. Iron Man
It started everything off, the first instalment. But we should count our lucky stars that this movie came out as well as it did. It’s well documented that Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr. and co. started filming Iron Man without a full script and had to improvise many of the scenes. Thank heavens Marvel got the casting of Tony Stark right or it’s very unlikely we’d have been able to make this list all these years later.
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
I wasn’t a fan of the first Captain America but I certainly loved his second solo outing. Gaining strong critical reviews with it’s good mix of all American action and political undertones, The Winter Soldier pushed the boundaries of what superhero movie can be.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
Like most of the world my reaction to the announcement of Guardians of the Galaxy movie in 2012 was “huh?” but come Summer 2014, I was sold. The antics of Star Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket and Groot captured the imagination of the paying public and turned a small, relatively unknown comic book series into one of the biggest movies of the year.
1. The Avengers
It was never in doubt. Joss Whedon’s superhero masterpiece and 5th highest-grossing movie of all time, The Avengers sets the bar so high for the genre it’s hard to think of what flick could possibly beat it in the future. Bringing together so many larger than life characters was a task that was deemed almost impossible but Joss and crew pulled it off with aplomb.