Here we go, the top five MCU movies are here! These are the absolute best of the best, the films that have made the MCU the most popular and financially successful franchise ever. Let’s get to it!
5. The Avengers (2012)
I still remember going to see this movie with a group of friends way back in 2012, and the incredible impression it left on me. The Avengers is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in the theater. Seeing all of these characters up on the screen brought a smile on my face from start to finish. We’ve been spoiled the last few years with big action and tons of superheroes, but we can’t forget where it started.
4. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
There a still a few MCU movies that are better, but I would argue none of them are as FUN as Thor: Ragnarok. Funny, colorful and filled with great performances, the third Thor entry added some much-needed flavor to an otherwise dull franchise. Though some people may say it was too over-the-top, credit must be given to director Taika Waititi for having a vision for this film, and executing that vision flawlessly.
3. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Captain America: Civil War was the best film in 2016 about superheroes punching each other in the face (sorry, Batman v. Superman). The third Captain America film is basically Avengers 2.5, with many of the Avengers returning to choose sides after the government issues the Sokovia Accords, a document that would make the heroes act only on behalf of the government when they are ordered to. With the team split, the Russo brothers did a good job of crafting character motivations, and a complex story that pits hero against hero and friend against friend. The film is comic book nerd’s dream, and the airport fight sequence is one of the coolest in the MCU.
2. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
This film. Holy smokes. The Russo brothers had to balance a ton of superheroes, give them each a certain arc, and introduce the main villain, Thanos. And my, did they pull it off. The action scenes are again great, the special effects have been nominated for awards, and Josh Brolin’s performance as Thanos is undeniably great. Few movies have had me shouting and cheering in a theater, and little emotional moments sprinkled throughout makes this a superhero classic, and a tremendous feat in the art of filmmaking. I can’t wait to see where Avengers: Endgame will take us (Go buy your tickets now, they’re going fast).
1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
I refused to see this movie when it came out. I thought “oh that looks so dumb! Who are those characters? Is that the fat guy from Parks & Rec?” Then my friend, after some convincing, finally showed me the film nearly two years AFTER it was in theaters, and it absolutely blew me away. It was funny, the characters were great, and it was a touching story about a group of misfits. And it has a talking tree. What’s not to love? Infinity War is spectacular, but the pure nostalgia of this film, and the fun times that I associate with it, AND the fact that it’s just a really good movie, puts it at the top of my list, and I have no regrets.
This concludes my series! I hope you all enjoyed. Be sure to let me know your ranking of the MCU films!
Until next time!