Ant-Man and the Wasp shrunk into theaters a little over a week ago and I’m SO glad I went to see it. It was not only a ridiculously funny and fun movie to watch but its light tone was so perfect after the heartbreaking events of Avengers: Infinity War. But where did it land in the Marvel pool? I had Ant-Man ranked 12th overall in my list but did its sequel get a higher spot? That’s what I’m here to share with you and I hope you enjoy.
1. Black Panther
Black Panther is such a brilliantly made movie because I’ve watched it, I’d say, at least seven times now and surprisingly it’s getting better with every viewing. The music is so good I can’t help bumping to it and the story is so perfectly woven throughout the film that it still resonates with me as if I’m seeing it for the first time. Black Panther ultimately deserves the praise it received and that’s why it’s my favorite Marvel movie so far.
2. Avengers: Infinity War
As it stands Infinity War is still my second favorite film mainly because it delivered on all of its promises. It gave us tantalizing character development, Thanos was a villain worth getting afraid of, there were some unexpected and remarkable superhero team-ups, but most importantly of all the heroes finally lost. After years of prevailing over various antagonists in one way or another, the heroes were soundly defeated and it was a horrifically beautiful thing to watch.
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Like Ant-Man and the Wasp, this movie excelled because of its simplicity. There aren’t any special cameos that tie it to other franchises in the MCU. It’s a perfectly contained movie that focuses solely on Captain America and his fight against Hydra and it was GREAT. This was my favorite Marvel film for years and it’s only because Infinity War and Black Panther were so great that it was dethroned.
4. Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy could’ve easily been a colorful flop but with the genius of James Gunn’s vision (and the classic 70s’ music) this movie was destined to become a winner. This movie’s wacky set of characters were immediately lovable and unique and its simple storyline is the reason why this movie is still so much fun to watch four years after its debut.
5. Thor: Ragnarok
Like Guardians of the Galaxy vibrant colors and heavy humor were the elements that made this movie so great last fall. Thor is a fantastic character but he was always involved in movies with poor storytelling and terrible characters. Thor: Ragnarok changed that by teaming him up with The Hulk, a half-drunken Asgardian warrior named Valkyrie, and his mischievous brother, Loki to save Asgard from the clutches of his evil sister, Hela. Brilliant! 🙂
6. Captain America: Civil War
Civil War will always have a special place in my heart for several reasons. One, it was Black Panther’s impeccable debut into the MCU. Secondly, it was Spider-Man’s debut as well which still resonates so strongly with me because Tom Holland is the perfect Peter Parker. He actually feels like a kid (which he should) and his interactions with the other superheroes is spot on. This movie also ultimately changed a lot for these characters and while there were no permanent casualties the aftereffects of Civil War can still be felt two years later, as was evident in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
7. Ant-Man and the Wasp
Ant-Man and the Wasp was a BIG upgrade from Ant-Man in every way possible. The characters were all perfectly incorporated into the movie and shined in their own individual ways. The story was contained and perfectly concise without the need of any outside distractions. The humor was brilliantly placed throughout the film. And the Ant-Man/Wasp dynamic was a pure joy to watch.
So this is where I think Ant-Man and the Wasp sit amongst the twenty Marvel films so far. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.