Thor: Ragnarok has hit the movie theaters and is taking the world by storm but while it is one of the best and funniest movies in the MCU where does it really stack up against its predecessors? I’m here to find that out. Let’s see.
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a delightfully rugged film. There aren’t any superheroes with fancy abilities, the action isn’t pretty, the scenery is grounded and real, overall the Captain America films are way more down to Earth, literally, than most Marvel movies. And the story is spot on. There are shocking plot twists, suspenseful moments, and stunning reveals that make this film one of my favorites. Even though this came out three years ago it still shines because of its flawlessness. This is still, to me, the best Marvel movie ever made.
2. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Spider-Man: Homecoming is one of those films that just make you smile. It’s cute, it’s fun, it’s hilarious, and it’s the best rendition of Spider-Man made so far. The casting is also brilliant. Michael Keaton as The Vulture helped elevate this film to a status most of the Marvel films weren’t able to reach. This also is a rather grounded film compared to some of the past movies because Spider-Man is still so amateur with his abilities. And I loved that Iron Man’s involvement in the film wasn’t overexploited. He was there but he was more of a presence throughout the movie than an actual tangible character in the movie. All in all, this is hands down a close second in the ranks of the Marvel movies.
3. Captain America: Civil War
When I watched Captain America: Civil War last year I was off my rocker for about a week because of the brilliance of this film. The Russo Brothers brought twelve characters together in one scene and it never felt jumbled or unable to follow. The story was impeccable, the action was top-notch, Black Panther and Spider-Man, two of my new favorite additions to the MCU, debuted in this film, and the shocking revelation that Bucky was the one who murdered Tony’s parents was a stunning twist that I didn’t see coming. Overall Captain America: Civil War is truly the best Marvel movie so far but due to the unnecessary and mainly icky relationship between Steve Rogers and Agent 13 I have to say this is definitely my third favorite film.
4. Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange wasn’t a perfect movie but the world of Doctor Strange was absolutely marveling to me. The realms, the magic, it was, by far, the coolest creation Marvel has brought to the big screen so far. And the casting for Doctor Strange was also brilliant. Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordu, Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, and of course Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange was a genius move. He brought life to the character of Doctor Strange so well that this caped superhero became an instant favorite of mine. In fact, he’s so great that just seeing him briefly in Thor: Ragnarok made my day. And his debut movie was very enjoyable. The story was easy to follow and never dwindled and there were some unpredictable moments in the film. I also loved the ingenious idea of him not killing Kaecilius and instead finding another way to defeat the villains in the movie. That’s the reason why I still love this film so much. It’s a beautiful movie, it’s a very enjoyable film, and I can’t wait to see him again Avengers: Infinity War.
5. Thor: Ragnarok
While Thor: Ragnarok was a great film and perhaps the funniest Marvel movie to date it still lacks what these other four movies do have, a story. Thor: Ragnarok is like a rollercoaster with no direction. The main basis of the film is that Thor has to stop Ragnarok, the end of the world as he knows it, from happening to Asgard but this foundation of the film is lost in a wildly comedic, colorful burst of energy that the movie turns out to be. If the characters weren’t so enjoyable and engaging this film probably wouldn’t have been as good as it was.
It definitely isn’t better than the likes of Captain America: Civil War and so forth but it did do a better job at taking that sort of Guardians of the Galaxy vibe and making a very eclectic, laughable, fun film. And I’m definitely going to enjoy owning it about 3-4 months from now.
Well, I thank you for reading this post and I hope you have an absolutely gorgeous day.