With the arrival of Black Panther a couple of days ago there are now 18! Marvel movies that have come out in the last decade. Not only is that amazing but the majority of the films are actually really enjoyable. Marvel has become a franchise juggernaut. In fact, they’re starting to make Star Wars look kind of weak in comparison when you think about how many more films they have compared to the science-fiction franchise (but Star Wars is still the best, in my opinion, so far.) So today, since I have now officially seen the groundbreaking superhero film, Black Panther, I want to share with you where I rank it among nine of its other predecessors. Enjoy!
Three years ago Ant-Man debuted and while it definitely wasn’t one of the best Marvel movies I’ve ever seen it is a fun film to watch. Scott Lang brings the laughs, Hope van Dyne is an awesome heroine, and the movie is entertaining. Now is it anywhere close to the quality of the nine other films ahead of it, no, but against the eight movies behind it I happen to like this film more.
9. The Avengers
I still remember when I saw The Avengers for the first time. It completely changed my view on what a superhero movie could be. I mean seeing six superheroes fighting together to save the world was really amazing and it immediately turned me into a Marvel fan. Now I saw this movie the other day and I was laughing at how lame it was. In 2012 this movie was the best you could get from Marvel but now after there being so many movies that are light years better than The Avengers it just looks old. And there’s nothing particularly wrong with that. In fact, it makes me happy to see that it’s so ancient. That means the Marvel films have gotten much better since then and that’s always a good thing.
8. Avengers: Age of Ultron
While The Avengers is a better made movie than its sequel I happen to like this movie a lot more simply because the original Avengers’ stories are much more developed and the addition of Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Quicksilver makes the movie that much more enjoyable.
7. Doctor Strange
When I first heard Marvel was going to debut a new character to the MCU named Doctor Strange and that he was going to have his own film I was definitely interested. And then finding out that Doctor Strange was going to be played by none other than Benedict Cumberbatch was stunning. Cumberbatch is an amazing actor but could Marvel really take the Shakespearian actor and turn him into an awesome superhero? The answer was yes.
Doctor Strange is such an amazing character. He was surprisingly funny and I loved that he was a different type of superhero. Because he was a doctor he didn’t want to kill his foes to save the world, he strived to save Earth in another way and it led to him still defeating Kaecilius without having to kill him. That’s pretty awesome. And that cloak! His cloak is so cool that it’s basically another character. And he’s such a powerful character too. His mind bending powers are some of the coolest I’ve ever seen from a superhero and helped make me an instant Doctor Strange fan.
And the great thing is the movie isn’t solely enjoyable because of Doctor Strange. The characters around him were just as engaging as well and helped elevate the story. While the movie isn’t perfect it was the perfect way to bring Doctor Strange into the giant story that is the MCU and I can’t wait to see him alongside The Avengers in Avengers: Infinity War.
6. Guardians of the Galaxy
The Guardians of the Galaxy are basically the exact opposite of The Avengers. They’re criminals, they’re selfish, conceited, they don’t exactly care about anybody except themselves, but they are also surprisingly heroic. This band of misfits ended up coming together and in the process became, well, the guardians of the galaxy. It’s a beautifully told story and has one of the best musical scores of the Marvel films. This movie set such a high bar that its sequel unfortunately couldn’t live up to its original standards but even though that is the case I am beyond excited to see these characters’ strong personalities clash with those of the Avengers. I mean can you imagine what Tony Stark would say if he saw Rocket? It would be hilarious. And Drax, gosh. It’s going to be an absurdly funny mess. 🙂
5. Spider-Man: Homecoming
When I saw Spider-Man for the first time in Captain America: Civil War I immediately liked him a lot. He was funny, adorable, and he was the best version of Spider Man that I’d ever seen. When he got his own film I was confident that it was going to be good but I didn’t realize it was going to be as enjoyable as it ended up being.
This movie is not only one of the funniest Marvel films that there have been but it was the perfect debut film for the teenage Peter Parker. Seeing him gradually become a smarter hero and eventually become an Avenger was so exciting and I’m absolutely ecstatic to see him in Avengers: Infinity War. It’s going to be awesome!
4. Thor: Ragnarok
When I went to watch Thor: Ragnarok I was hoping it would be good but I wasn’t sure exactly how enjoyable the film would be. Oh my goodness, I love this movie! Not only was it refreshing seeing Thor basically get a makeover but this movie also wiped away what had come before in the other two films and it was beautiful to watch.
Taika Waititi took Thor’s humorous side and made a movie that not only was gorgeously crafted but it also helped Thor to shine. It also established the first female villain in the MCU with Cate Blanchett’s Hela who was the perfect villain for the movie. And Tessa Thompson’s spunky Valkyrie was beyond awesome. This movie also helped give the spotlight to the Hulk/Bruce Banner, a character who’s been kind of sidelined since The Avengers. This movie helped make me love Thor and now I’m counting down the days until I can own this movie because it’s truly that good and it’s making me smile just thinking about it.
3. Captain America: Civil War
This movie is off the chain! The story is perfectly told, it’s the movie that debuted the two newest superstars in The Avengers, Spider Man and Black Panther, and it led to the greatest reveal in the MCU so far. This movie left things so fractured that even in the trailers for Avengers: Infinity War you still see that divide. I mean will we even see Captain America and Iron Man in the same area at any point in the movie? Who knows but if there is a point where they’re forced to be around each other the atmosphere is going to be very icy. That’s what Civil War did to their relationship and I’m beyond excited to see if after the events of Infinity War will bring them back together again.
2. Black Panther
This was a very, very hard decision for me figuring out whether Black Panther is my favorite Marvel film so far or not. And while it is one of the best Marvel stories ever told I have it placed as my second favorite Marvel movie simply because I don’t know if it has longevity or not. I mean I can watch The Empire Strikes Back right now after having seen it hundreds of times and it’s still just as enjoyable as the first time I’ve watched it. Same thing with The Force Awakens. I’ve seen it countless times but its quality hasn’t diminished in the slightest. Will Black Panther be able to do the same? Will I still love Black Panther as much as I do now after having seen it over two dozen times or it will start getting a little boring after a while? I don’t know and so for that reason I have this as my second favorite film.
Now if I’ve watched this movie over twenty times and it’s still as good as it is now it’ll definitely be my favorite Marvel movie. This is an undoubtedly incredible film and really places a high bar on the Marvel movies this year that if broken will be astonishing.
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
I have been waiting for a Marvel film to beat Captain America: The Winter Soldier but there still hasn’t been one yet. I love this movie so much that when it was in theaters four years ago I watched it four times! The only movie I have watched more times in the movie theater was The Force Awakens at a whopping five times and that is saying something.
This is my favorite Marvel film because it’s such a simply made movie but it’s done so impeccably that it still, to this day, can’t be beat. And I love how grounded this film is. The superheroes and villain don’t have super special abilities. Captain America is simply a super soldier with a bullet deflecting Vibranium shield, Black Widow is an assassin, Falcon is a soldier who uses a flying exo-skeleton, and Bucky is basically the exact same as Steve Rogers except he has a metal arm.
These characters aren’t nearly as powerful as the likes of Thor, Doctor Strange, or even Black Panther for that matter after his suit upgrade but that’s why this movie is so wonderful. It’s Mission Impossible meets The Avengers. It’s a perfect movie. And the music is fantastic. Now I’m happy to say Black Panther’s musical score was the first Marvel movie to beat The Winter Soldier‘s score but The Winter Soldier‘s music still has a very special place in my heart. And the action scenes in this movie are some of the best so far out of all of the Marvel films.
All in all, it’s going to take a really fantastic Marvel story to dethrone this one because this movie is still very much off the chain. 🙂
Well, these are my ten favorite movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a magical day.