As we get closer to the release of Avengers: Infinity War, I decided to rank my favorite MCU films and it was harder to put together than I thought. But here is my list (and it is subject to change):
Honorable Mention: Thor Ragnarok (2017)
I tried really hard to fit Thor: Ragnarok into my Top 5 because I love the director, Taika Waititi – he’s one of my favorites – and I did really love the film, but I just couldn’t do it because I feel like there was a lack of serious moments that would have elevated the film if they were there. But I loved the Thor/Hulk dynamic, I love Valkyrie, and the tone of the film. Here is a link to my full review here: Thor: Ragnarok review
5. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Captain America: Civil War not only introduced Black Panther and Spider-Man, but it also had the main two heroes – Captain America and Iron Man pit against each other. It raised valid and reasonable questions about keeping superheroes accountable and in check. It was great to see (almost) all the Avengers back together and see how the characters and the team have evolved. But the airport scene is what really made the film awesome.
4. Black Panther
Black Panther introduced us to Wakanda and the rich characters that lived there. It gave us one of the best (if not the best) villains to date and incorporated social issues that many African Americans go through through the character of Kilmonger. It has a ton of African (and African American) culture in it which is really refreshing. It was also a huge milestone to have a black superhero film with an almost all-black cast. Here’s my full review of the film, if you want know more of my thoughts: Black Panther review
3. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy is a quirky but charming film about a group of misfit heroes that includes a talking raccoon and a tree. All the heroes here are great and they work well together. It has a great soundtrack and is overall just a fun movie. It’s pretty hilarious and introduces us to the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe. It has a weak villain but makes up for it by having a ton of heart.
2. The Avengers (2012)
Seeing The Avengers in theaters for the first time was an event to remember. We got to meet a bunch of superheroes through their own solo film and see them come together for the first time. And there’s nothing quite like that. We see personalities clash, have high stakes, and some great quippy banter. I was 14 at the time this movie came out and the MCU just keeps getting better and better. Without this movie the Marvel Universe would not have a high impact on me or the rest of the world like it does today.
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier has some of the best action I have ever seen in the MCU. It took the character of Captain America, who before I thought was fine, and made him my favorite superhero in the MCU. Captain America is a man out of time and we get to see him struggle adapting to modern day. We get to see him realize that the government is corrupt, his foundation is corrupt, and his best friend is corrupt – and all that he does to try to fix it. The world around Captain America is falling apart and his bravery, nobility, and resolve really shows here and proves that he’s more than a goody-two-shoes. This film is a deep character study about Steve Rogers as Captain America and I must really commend the Russo Brothers for shaking up the MCU with this film.