The Big Picture: Ranking the Marvel Movies

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Ranking the Marvel Movies

MovieBob breaks down all the Marvel movies from worst to best.

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Heh, funnily enough there was this exact topic in Off-Topic last week, coincidence or were you inspired by it? Either way interested to hear your thoughts on the matter, not that it really changes my own list which is approximately as follows:

Iron Man
The Avengers
Thor
Iron Man 3
Iron Man 2
Captain America: The First Avenger
Thor: The Dark World
The Incredible Hulk

Yeah, I think Iron Man's interesting lead and humour puts it way above most of the others, whereas the first Captain America started interesting but seemed to descend into a lot stuff happening by the second act. It did end well though, so I'll give it that. I haven't seen the second CA movie yet, so I can't judge that.

Hmm if I had to rank them I think it would have to be:
1. Thor: The Dark World/Avengers
3. Iron Man 3
4. Winter Soldier
5. Iron Man 2
6. Thor
7. Iron Man
8. Cap: First Avenger
9. The Incredible Hulk

Iron Man 3 your 4th really? the worst Marvel film is your 4th "facepalm"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3r4FklA4gI

C'mon everyone do your own lists :)

Captain America: The First Avenger
Iron Man 2
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Marvel's The Avengers
Iron Man
Thor
Thor: The Dark World
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man 3

For me, it's:

1) Winter Soldier
2) The Avengers
3) Iron Man 3 (seriously, we are only judging movies as if they where movies, and it's a great one)
4) The first Avenger
5) Iron Man
6) Thor The Dark World
7) Thor
8) The Incredible Hulk
9) Iron Man 2

I gotta disagree on Iron Man 3. That felt more like a Brett Ratner contribution to me. The child sidekick dragged that entire part of the movie down. The Mandarin story line could have worked if that had been the plan all along (ie introduce Killian as a minor character in the first two movies) but just came off as a massive let down. It was especially disappointing because they already introduced the alien angle with Thor and The Avengers, having the Mandarin using alien technology would have been a better (ie more gratifying) shock to audiences not expecting it. I mean they were setting up an Iron Man vs Mandarin throwdown since the first movie and then... a fart joke. Fuck you Brett Rat... Shane Black.

I don't know, I mean, I largely agree with the list (though I would put Iron Man 1 a bit higher to be honest) but I just can't help but feel that Bob's love for the 'The winter soldier' is a bit hypocritical.

I have been watching Bob's videos for a good bit of time (a couple of years at least) and it seems like the common thread that he has latched on to as of late is his dislike of "gritty", "edgy" and "dark" movies that "take themselves too seriously" when compared to their source material, especially in comic book/geek targeted films, now, when I look at that standpoint at face value, I can't help but find some serious logical flaws (comics being oftentimes darker than the films based on them, characters like Superman being handled with less levity and "joy" in comics than they are handled in films, etc, etc).

Now, to get back on track, 'Winter soldier' is doing the exact same thing as films he often rails against ('Man of steel', The Nolan Batman trilogy) but he gives it a free pass because he enjoyed it personally, this is why I can't really take his reviews or opinions on films without a pretty significant chunk of salt.

N ow, I know, a film critic relies on opinions as part of the job but that needs to be tempered with a understanding that they are not the only audience, that there opinions should always be balanced with some degree of objective observation, he does this in some films but only ones that don't really fit into his specific interest set, when you get a comic book movie, he goes in with a set of expectations that are not always based on "is this a good film?" and more "does this fit my personal vision of the character?"

So, when he gives 'The winter soldier' not only a free pass but a top spot on his list, I wonder if perhaps it is time for him to get a partner (think Half in the bag, Siskel and Ebert, etc) that can keep him on track, someone that can balance out the bias a bit and provide a means for actual discussion about the films and not just "this movie did not do exactly what I wanted it to do!".

Seriously, Bob, if you are reading this, I think you have reached a point with your reviews (at least your comic book franchise film reviews) where you need someone else to keep you on track.

Bob your 100% wrong about the first and second Ironman movies. The entire 3rd act of the first movie was about Tony having to face his dead fathers oldest friend who had formerly been like a doting uncle but had secretly been betraying him on every fundamental level the entire time. The third act also height-lights that the arc reactor Tony Stark makes to power the Ironman suit is ultimately more important that the suit itself. As Obadiah Stain put it "Looks like you had one last golden egg to give". This is an idea that is ALL IMPORTANT in the greater marvel movie-verse as we see that objects that generate power are fought over much more then the tech that it powers, like oh say I don't know the infinity gems?

This theme is repeated in the second movie as Tonys greatest frustration is embodied in Wiplash who serves as a type of post cold war disheveled Soviet reflection of Tonys 'Merican privileged and opulent life. Wiplash is able to construct his own version of the arc reactor from his fathers work. This sets up two important things. The first is that Tony realizing that his father may have stolen (at least partially) the invention that gives his suit its power and the second being a parallel to the afore mentioned Soviet/America cold war tech stand off. The former leading to character development for Tony Stark as he has to reacquaint himself with who he thought his father was and the later serving as a subtle reminder that once the arc reactor genie (read nuclear) has been let out of the bottle its shadow is a haunting presents that can only lead to an arms race and escalation of conflict.

Kumagawa Misogi:
Iron Man 3 your 4th really? the worst Marvel film is your 4th "facepalm"

Did you actually watch any Phase One movies? Because apart from fanboys who are in the "unappeasable" part of comic book fandom, there isn't much reason to dislike Iron Man 3 while still liking any other comic book movie. Sure it had its problems, but like hell the Mandarin was one of them.

Now that I have seen The Winter Soldier I can post a complete list, which I wasn't able to in the recent thread.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Avengers
Iron Man
The Incredible Hulk (yep, you read that correct)
Captain America: The First Avenger
Thor: The Dark World
Iron Man 3
Iron Man 2
Thor

Yep, The Winter Soldier has rocketed to the top. Such a great film. Apart from that and the Avengers though, my list is very different to Bob's... Which is actually a frequent occurrence so whatever. Different tastes and all.

Still, Iron Man that low? Criminal Bob!

Iron Man 3 was fucking horrendous. Pass me some of that fine kush you are smoking Bob.

I've yet to see IM3, don't ask I suppose I just wanted it all to play down. After this and Winter Soldier I might watch it this weekend.

1.Iron man - Most well acted well written of the films. Exists on it's own just fine. If you're randomly watching cable and this comes on it's like human instinct to sit down and watch it. The final fight was just awesome.

2.Captain America - Well acted well written, fun nod to george lucas/johnston (indiana jones)films

3.Thor - superbly acted, well directed, Hated the 3 buddy gods casting and design.

4.Incredible hulk - well acted well directed needed more something (gotta rewatch it)

5.Winter Soldier - Bond film with Captain america. Somehow the whole police state thing felt tired. I'm just not that into espionage films I can predict the ending of it trailers. I liked it but rewtaching it is iffy.

6.Avengers - I liked this film but I was forced to rank it low because I hated mark ruffalo as hulk and damned if I can remember anything poignant about it and I saw it a few times. Stuff got smashed.

7.Thor 2 - I think they needed to make malak more sympathetic. I think they could have done more with Thor settling the 9 realms. Natalie portman started to get on my nerves. She obviously did not want to be in this film.

8.Iron Man 2 - Micky rourke kept this film out of last place. It was just kinda blah. Black Window was forced(sidenote I think I finally started being ok with Scarlett as black widow in Winter soldier. She was window dressing in the rest of the films.).

9.Iron Man 3 - maaaaaan this film bored me to tears and I really like shane black. It was a complete rehash of Ironman getting his shit together in Iron Man 2. Hated the mardarin twist. They ripped off the Zeke Stain storyline which was a million times better. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeke_Stane I wish they'd just made that film instead.

Hmmm... so marvel is 9 and almost 10 films in to it's extended universe.

DC is....huh.. maybe 1 film in perhaps 2...

I'm not saying DC is lagging behind buuuut...

Iron man three was a frustrating film, it kind of fell apart pretty spectacularly in the 3rd act.

For me the list is;

Avengers Assemble
Cap; The Winter Blah
Iron Man
Cap: the first Blah
Thor
Iron Man 2
Thor; The Dark World
Iron Man 3
The Incredible Jack's left kidney.

Here's my ranking.

1) Iron Man
2) The Avengers
3) Iron Man 2
4) Thor The Dark World
5) Thor
6) Winter Soldier
7) Iron Man 3
8) The First Avenger
9) The Incredible Hulk

Iron Man 3 was a huge and terrible disappointment. Not worth of 4th, in my opinion.

I mostly agree with this list I would go

The Avengers
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Thor: The Dark World
Iron Man
Captain America: The First Avenger
Thor
Iron Man 3
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man 2

The big problem I had with Iron Man 3 is that the Iron Man armor seemed to be nerfed simply so the House party protocol could be put in. This is armor that went toe to toe with Thor and alien laser guns but the extremis guys were ripping it apart like paper? Way to make Iron Man armor alot less badass Marvel.

I've always liked Chris Evans as an actor, ever since Not Another Teen Movie. When he took the role of Human Torch, I was disappointed, and thought it was a waste of talent. But he has really nailed the Captain, because despite his looks, he has this dopey, even dorky nature that he is not afraid to let shine through in the character, and this is what really makes the Captain work in the Marvel Universe and really grounds out what could have been the most problematic member of the Avengers to get right.

I completely disagree with you putting Iron Man 3 so far up there. In fact, I would put if way down there. The movie completely drops the ball in the end, with the 3rd act just being an absurd spectacle with zero stakes or interest. Removing Pepper's power and Tony's heart shrapnel in the end neuters both of them, and leaves the characters with no where to go. Tony's "arc" in this movie comes to an abrupt end when he solves his panic attacks by "just building something" under the advice of the kid... Wait, isn't that what he was doing the whole time?!

I'm not going to get into the whole Mandarin thing, but whether you like it or not, it's still just as much of a waste to a villain as Malekith in in Thor 2; serving no purpose within the struggles of the characters, rather just an obstacle to overcome with a "twist" because "why not".

Tony's interaction with the kid remind me that Stark is actually an awful person, and turned me against the character. His attitude and self-righteous behavior are charming when he's doing it to people who can take it and even give it back, like Pepper does. But pit it against a pretty much defenseless and nauseatingly Disney child, and it comes off as cold and cruel, which is the reality. Whether or not that was meant to be the point, Tony lost me at that point and never got me back.

And with this movie, the character of Tony Stark has nowhere else to go, losing his suits, and more importantly, his HEART. The character hits a dead end with Iron Man 3, and after seeing it, I agree that he needs to ship on out and not come back. I DON'T want Tony Stark anymore.

startrekmike:
I don't know, I mean, I largely agree with the list (though I would put Iron Man 1 a bit higher to be honest) but I just can't help but feel that Bob's love for the 'The winter soldier' is a bit hypocritical.

I understand what you are saying here, but I agree with Bob because I think that the difference is that Cap never felt to me like he was changed to fit inside the new darker world. I fact his motivation seemed to be standing against that change and trying to keep to more idealist character. This Cap as basically a paladin standing against the darker world. Basically they put Cap in a darker world without affecting the character and his deals and the fun of the movie to me was him trying to live up to his standards but still be effective in the new world. Where as Superman, well I just felt that the only character development he got was the three or four lines from the trailer about hope and better humanity. I know that they tried to develop him by connecting the events of his childhood to the struggles of his adult life. It was an admirable attempt but it felt flat for me and lost my interest. This lead into a boring third act beat em up where I cared more for Zod than Superman.

Its interesting to see so many divergent lists for these nine movies, I tend to agree with the ranking of one or two movies on each list. I guess that is what makes lists like this interesting is you get to see how people feel about the different movies, its been a while since I have seen the "Phase 1" movies I don't think I would be able to compile an accurate list for I would be remembers more of the good then bad in those movies.

1. Iron Man 3
2. Avengers
3. Captain America
4. Iron Man
5. Thor: Dark world
6. Iron Man 2
7. Thor

Still none of them are bad movies.

Fappy:

I think it is called The Winter Soldier because they had to base the marketing around something and the Winter Soldier was the only thing they could feature prominently in the trailers without spoiling everything.

I completely agree with number 1. Winter Soldier was amazing. I wish it had more of the Winter Soldier in it, but the scenes he did have he completely stole from the rest of the characters.

Number 4 is the spot I most strongly disagree with. Iron Man 3 felt plot-hole-y, could have done without the kid sidekick, and made the Iron Man suits look fragile and disposable.

I'd have gone with:

Winter Soldier
Avengers
Iron Man
Captain America
Thor
Iron Man 2
Dark World
Iron Man 3
Hulk

I haven't seen Winter Soldier, Thor: Dark World or Iron Man 3, so with those in mind (Might hate them, might love them, not going to guess which right now), here's my list:

Best to Worst:
1. Iron Man 1 - This is the best written Superhero movie, personally. RDJ feels invisible to me, and I only see Tony Stark. It kicks off the Avengers initiative but most importantly, it feels well rounded. Tony Stark has personality and character development, even with just sarcasms and wit. Iron Man 2 had more development of Tony's background, but was more a reason to set up Thor.
2. Captain America: First Avenger - This was just a lot of fun. Cap could have been boring, and to some people, he was, but to me, he's an amazing hero that I liked more than I had any reason to. Chris Evans plays the character so honestly, I really wanted to believe a soldier like Captain America actually existed, and the Red Skull is badass.
and.... they all go downhill to me after this...
3. Thor - Thor is just a fun movie. Loki is a wonderful villain, but Thor is just a bore. The things that save the movie are the fact he's so silly in parts, otherwise the movie would be much lower on the list.
4. The Incredible Hulk - This movie was just boring. Barring the last few minutes, and with the fact I like the cast so much (Tim Blake Nelson, Edward Norton, Tim Roth, William Hurt and Liv Tyler. Yes, Liv Tyler was actually a good actress in this to me), This movie is almost the worst of the Marvel franchise, if not for...
5. Iron Man 2 - Bob has my opinion of this movie on the video, no need to duplicate why.

and why I didn't include Avengers: Honestly, I'm almost certain I need to watch it again. I go love/hate with it all the time and so often, I should watch it again on Netflix, just to see why it soured on me so bad. Who knows, it could be better then I previously thought. As for where it stands now, it's probably better than Thor, but for now, it's out of the running.

I like Thor the best for some reason. Maybe because I like TV series more than ow-shit-look-mega-big-budget blocbuster movies and Thor felt more like a piece that actually had a story to tell rather than just blow everything up.

Next is probably Iron Man together with CapAm for basically the same reasons.

Next Iron Man 2 where it was beginning to fall apart with needing to make more blockbuster movies but it was still funny.

Next the Avengers, for the same reason.

And last, the sequels: Iron Man 3, Thor 2, CapAm 2 which are just disappointing combination of comic book campiness and more need to blow everything up in the big summer movies. So forgettable.

Hulk I didn't see.

startrekmike:
Now, to get back on track, 'Winter soldier' is doing the exact same thing as films he often rails against ('Man of steel', The Nolan Batman trilogy) but he gives it a free pass because he enjoyed it personally, this is why I can't really take his reviews or opinions on films without a pretty significant chunk of salt.

Huh? What are you talking about? He praised Nolan's trilogy. Yes, he called TDKR's the weakest of the three, but not because of grittiness. He criticized MoS aping Nolan's trilogy for a character that doesn't exactly fit the hero. Is Superman supposed to be a mix of Batman and Hulk?

Don't agree with some positions on his list, but what's with IM3 "hate" from people?

danimal1384:
[Iron Man 3] Removing Pepper's power and Tony's heart shrapnel in the end neuters both of them, and leaves the characters with no where to go. Tony's "arc" in this movie comes to an abrupt end when he solves his panic attacks by "just building something" under the advice of the kid... Wait, isn't that what he was doing the whole time?!

I'm not going to get into the whole Mandarin thing, but whether you like it or not, it's still just as much of a waste to a villain as Malekith in in Thor 2; serving no purpose within the struggles of the characters, rather just an obstacle to overcome with a "twist" because "why not".

You're missing a few big points here. MCU spoilers in general, including IM3, CAtWS, Hail to the King, and forward speculation:

It's a been a while since I've seen some of them but my list goes as follows:

9) Iron Man 2 - Not a bad movie, but not really one I feel like I need to see again for my own enjoyment. Only watching it if it's part of a marvel Marathon before the 2nd Avengers.

8) The Incredible Hulk - Pretty much the same as IM 2. I think Edward Norton was miscast, Mark Ruffalo was a good replacement.

7) Iron Man 3 - I enjoyed the movie, but I don't love the Iron Man movies as much as some others.

6) Thor: The Dark World - Pretty good, not great. It was fun to catch up with Asgard.

5)Iron Man - This was a nice opening movie, I think it set the stage pretty well for what Marvel eventually wanted to do.

4)Thor - I enjoyed it quite a bit. Good balance of the fantastical planes along with the earthly.

3)Captain America - Felt like a fun throwback to times when superheroes didn't need to be edgy.

2)Avengers - Kicked so much ass, good humor, tied the characters together well.

1)Captain America: Winter Soldier - I think they transitioned well from Captain America being a boy scout to him being a boy scout that has some serious questions about the morality of SHIELD's actions.

Sorry IM3 completely fails in third act, it's a great movie up to that point but it just fails. They've been setting up all movie that Tony is suffering from some form of post-traumatic stress and it's directly linked to his worry that something will happen to Pepper. Which is handled brilliantly until the point he thinks he's lost Pepper you'd expect some level of crisis of confidence or the stress to inflict him during the final battle which he then overcomes however there's zero hint of that within the film he just acts his normal self and 'saves the day'.

Also added into the fact the final act special effect's montage with tons of different suits has very few individual suit moments and just is a bunch of blur's hitting one another. Great set up very poorly executed.

@Startrekmike:

I think I might have to side with Bob here for the following reasons (Spoilers Heavy discussion, warning):

1. With respect to the source material, I think Ed Brubaker's run on the Winter Soldier story arc is pretty dark as it is. In fact, I dare to say that Ed Brubaker's run circa Marvel Civil War is one of the very serious, conspiracy thriller comic book run with Cap that can almost be ported into a Batman story arc without skipping a beat. In my view, I don't think the movie is taking itself too dark and too seriously compared to Man of Steel, as I will discuss next.

2. With Man of Steel, Bob pointed out so many good points on why the movie is flawed as a whole. Man of Steel simply failed to grasp Superman as a character. If you read Superman comic books, you'll see that there's many Superman stories where Superman becomes a dark character and it works as a whole. See Superman: Red Son and the Injustice Year One & Two (ongoing).

3. Captain America: Winter Soldier works because the movie consistently gets Cap as a character: idealist hero archetype, lost in time, physically superhuman, but mentally young idealist (Cap is 95, but probably physically 25-26 yrs old when he was frozen in '45). You can see Steve being playful with Sam Wilson, awkward/odd couple moments with Natasha, and deferential as a soldier yet stern on his principles with Nick Fury. Last not least, cares and totally bro with Winter Soldier once he realized who he is. Even if the source materials and the movie are dark, in both cases the dark nature of the materials contrast nicely with Cap's bright ideals.

4. Now look again at Man of Steel. Clark is a scared and confused kid. Pa Kent had one of the most pointless sacrifices in superhero movie history, and Clark is a brooding individual (not even superhero) throughout the movie. Jor-El was more of a father figure as a computer AI in roughly a day than Pa Kent in 18 years of raising Clark. Zod was killed because Superman ran out of options on what to do with his "eye beams", even when he could have blocked his eyes with his hands and fly away to the moon or something. Man of Steel is disappointing not because it's taking itself too seriously; it's a failure because the movie fails to connect on a fundamental level with its source material.

5. I give credit where it's due, however. I agree with you on Bob's short-hand conclusion of "taking itself too seriously" is not a viable blanket term when a movie deviates from the source material and becomes bad as a result. Too many times when I see his reviews, I feel like the terms is being used to criticize things that don't work well in the movie because it took a wrong turn from the original source for the worse.

6. If you like, we should wait and see how Bob sees both of Michael Bay's movies this year: Transformers 4 and TMNT. Both have their own interpretation of the source material, and both are prime candidates for "taking itself too seriously." From the trailers, I can say TMNT "takes itself too seriously" when it's trying to be a dark, realistic action movie from what originally meant to be a dark parody of '90s hyper-violent and dark comics (dark knight returns, spawn, etc.) and playing it straight. The original animated series (adapted from the dark comic book) realized that the strongest market at the time was the kiddie demographic, went running in that direction and totally worked as a result. Subsequent TMNT runs hover in between, and find different successes accordingly. We'll see how this one turns out. But if Bob says "takes itself too seriously" as a short hand, call him out on that.

startrekmike:
I don't know, I mean, I largely agree with the list (though I would put Iron Man 1 a bit higher to be honest) but I just can't help but feel that Bob's love for the 'The winter soldier' is a bit hypocritical.

I have been watching Bob's videos for a good bit of time (a couple of years at least) and it seems like the common thread that he has latched on to as of late is his dislike of "gritty", "edgy" and "dark" movies that "take themselves too seriously" when compared to their source material, especially in comic book/geek targeted films, now, when I look at that standpoint at face value, I can't help but find some serious logical flaws (comics being oftentimes darker than the films based on them, characters like Superman being handled with less levity and "joy" in comics than they are handled in films, etc, etc).

Now, to get back on track, 'Winter soldier' is doing the exact same thing as films he often rails against ('Man of steel', The Nolan Batman trilogy) but he gives it a free pass because he enjoyed it personally, this is why I can't really take his reviews or opinions on films without a pretty significant chunk of salt.

N ow, I know, a film critic relies on opinions as part of the job but that needs to be tempered with a understanding that they are not the only audience, that there opinions should always be balanced with some degree of objective observation, he does this in some films but only ones that don't really fit into his specific interest set, when you get a comic book movie, he goes in with a set of expectations that are not always based on "is this a good film?" and more "does this fit my personal vision of the character?"

So, when he gives 'The winter soldier' not only a free pass but a top spot on his list, I wonder if perhaps it is time for him to get a partner (think Half in the bag, Siskel and Ebert, etc) that can keep him on track, someone that can balance out the bias a bit and provide a means for actual discussion about the films and not just "this movie did not do exactly what I wanted it to do!".

Seriously, Bob, if you are reading this, I think you have reached a point with your reviews (at least your comic book franchise film reviews) where you need someone else to keep you on track.

I don't know if I've said this here before, but if so, I'll say it again.

Do not like Loki in these movies. Nope, not a bit. Oh, he's got a good actor for him, I'll give you that, but I cannot take him seriously as a bad guy because he's just a mopey twerp with daddy issues. Loki is based on the god of mischief. He is a trickster. Tricksters are supposed to be really fun. They break social norms, break wind in the halls of the mighty, and turn themselves into nurse-maids so they can trick their stupid older brothers into drinking twenty doses of a laxative and then stick a cork up his butt. Loki is no fun at all. He doesn't come across as clever - if you really think about it, his plans never make any sense and only work as far as they do because the heros are written to be conveniently stupid when he needs to trick them - and he doesn't feel threatening. That scene where Hulk beats Loki with ease could have been a way to show just how much of a powerhouse the Hulk actually is, but because Loki never feels like a real threat, all it does is thoroughly reinforce him to be a powerless, whiny loser.

Do not like Loki. At all.

This would be my list:

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier-Quite possibly the first and only Marvel movie to actually have a brain.

2. The Avengers-Come on, we all know why this is so high on the list.

3. Iron Man-See above.

[It should be noted that everything below this point was pretty meh and nothing special, so ranking them is basically splitting mediocre hairs]

4. Thor: The Dark World-Not exactly a miracle of filmmaking, but it embraced it's own universe and I had fun watching it.

5. Thor- Basically just a lesser version of it's sequel.

6. Captain America: The First Avenger- I don't know, I guess this one had just a little too much wide-eyed, simplistic black-and-white moralizing for me. Cap just didn't really interest me as a character (not until his sequel, anyway)

7. Iron Man 3-This movie was bad. The whole "kid" subplot felt like it was pulled from a different movie, the new Mandarin was no more interesting than the old one, so the bait-and-switch is kind of meaningless, no matter how great Ben Kingsley was. Also, this movie takes all the awesomeness of the Iron Man suit that the first movie established and literally tears it apart. Remember when he could take a hit from a tank and shrug it off?

8. The Incredible Hulk- Saw it a long time ago, don't remember much about it. But it's been longer since I saw Iron Man, and I still remember that movie.

9. Iron Man 2- Come on, you know why this is so low on the list.

The thing about The Avengers though, is that it gets you to a place of pure stupid glee. It's a tsunami of talent with the entire audience in the theater laughing and cheering in complete marvel of the spectacle projected on the giant screen.

On the other hand, just as rare, The Winter Soldier had me gripped to my seat, intensely involved in the plot and enjoying so much the physical action and creativity in storytelling devices.

On such a list, number 1 and 2 can fluctuate depending on your mood; The Winter Soldier is technically more impressive on account of the rawness of the action. The Avengers is less concerned about elegant structure than about being the greatest show in the history of cinema.

I'm one who didn't mind the Mandarin controversy, so without taking that into account I greatly enjoyed Iron Man 3. In retrospect I'd say that, like Thor 2, it didn't really advanced of gave us more insight into the Marvel Universe in a way that felt game-changing, I liked them both, but they felt like nice isolated romps, adventures. And it seems rather pompous or arrogant to demand such a thing, but Marvel has really spoiled us with their success at crafting a Cinematic Universe with so much care and love for the subject matter.

I can't wait for Guardians Of The Galaxy, I can't believe it's going to be out so soon! I've been reading the comics, to see why everyone says "Everything about that is weird!" and I can only say that everything about that is weird. And it's so awesome that it's getting a movie with all the bells and whistles. If Guardians Of The Galaxy is any good, I'll support it by going to the theater 4 times. FOUR!

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