When the critics watched the first four episodes of Moon Knight the consensus was that episodes 1 and 4 were the best, with Episode 4 being the best of the series so far. And that actually makes a lot of sense considering the narrative structures of these Disney+ series.
WandaVision‘s fifth episode was absolutely outstanding with Wanda showing us more of her villainous side, Vision beginning to break free of her control, and that jaw-dropping plot twist of Evan Peters’ Quicksilver arriving to pretend to be her brother. It was undoubtedly the most surprising episode in the series and also my second favorite episode just behind the saddening penultimate episode.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier‘s fourth episode was stellar. From involving a fight scene featuring the Dora Milaje to that gobsmacking ending where John Walker took a man’s head off with the Captain America shield. It was, without a doubt, the best episode in the series.
Even though we’re a few weeks removed from the Hawkeye era I’m finally getting around to ranking it in the MCU. Once again, this will be a slightly different ranking because it’s always shifting for me but, yeah, here we go. Let’s add this thirty-second installment to the list.
32. The Incredible Hulk
Eternals isn’t the worst MCU film. This is. It’s so bad it isn’t on Disney+ and I don’t care.
It’s got one of the best-acted scenes in the franchise between Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins when Loki’s birthright is revealed but…that’s the only great thing about this movie. Oh, and the first thirty minutes are pretty fun to watch. The rest is a snoozefest.
30. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
There’s too much hollering, the jokes aren’t as funny, Ego is an okay villain, Yondu’s death is corny, and Gamora gets sidetracked for this story a bit. The only thing that keeps me coming back is how visually stunning this movie is.
I’m just going to say it bluntly; this finale wasn’t very good. It had some fun moments…basically every good scene had Yelena in it but there was just something unbelievably underwhelming about this episode.
The MCU has found a way to get so many things right but they’re still struggling big time with these finales. And the post-credit scene is not cool at all. You’ll know why when you see it.
All in all, that finale just made Hawkeye the worst MCU show of the year…unfortunately.
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I knew this show was going to be good but I still don’t think I was quite ready for how emotional this show was going to be. This latest episode was fantastic from start to finish, delivering emotional blow after blow until by the show’s conclusion I realized I needed to let the episode digest before I decided to write anything.
I think the thing that has impressed me the most about Hawkeye is how connected to the MCU it feels. The other series felt like they were trying too hard to be individual entities in this massive franchise and yet Hawkeye is embracing the movies wholeheartedly. Every episode provides a reference to a past Avengers movie, the relationship between Clint and Natasha, the aftermath of Endgame, or Ronin’s violent past. And it’s fantastic!