Here we go...
None of you asked but considering I have been doing plenty of reviews regarding actors and their performances, I thought it only fitting to review one of the greatest franchises of all time. As the title indicates, I am going to narrow all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the top 10 best films. This has been difficult in the most part, particularly in finding the order, whilst the exemptions were never in question for me. Please remember this is one nerd's opinion being shared with others, this is definitely not the final list, and I'm sure it will change with the future movies to come. However, for now, this is what I have drawn it down to...
10. Doctor Strange (2016)
'Doctor Strange' is perhaps one of the biggest leaps cinema has seen in visual effects, it is incredible on that front. The whole film is absolutely beautiful to watch simply because of this, never mind the stellar performance from Benedict Cumberbatch. It ranks tenth because it falls short of keeping up with the story. Yet another origin story from the MCU that doesn't quite stick the landing but lands better than almost any other out there. Personally, I think that this was introduced at the right point in the MCU arc, and from this, helped films such as 'Infinity War' become so, so good. This sets up his character well, although it could have been even better.
9. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Before you shoot me, hear me out. 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is absolutely fantastic. It is actually the only Avengers movie, in my opinion, that tells the entire story perfectly. We are presented with three very distinct acts to the movie, a fantastic addition of new Avengers and a sublime performance from James Spader as Ultron. Ultron is one of my favourite Marvel villains, and what I like about this iteration of him is that he makes sense. Everything he does and says is comprehendible, and not entirely idiotic, the way some MCU villains have been. I know this film has flaws, is hated on the most of any Avengers movie (I don't know why), and the cringe scenes between Black Widow and Hulk make those moments unbearable, but it really has some of the best action sequences in the entire franchise, and how they set up the future of the MCU so, so perfectly.
8. Iron Man (2008)
This is where it all started, and they started well. I remember going to the cinema to watch 'Iron Man' way back when and I remember coming out with a beaming smile and obsessed with becoming a genius, billionaire, playboy and philanthropist. That is the effect this movie had and has on so many people around the world, and that is exactly why it made this list. I'll be honest, this is the only good Iron Man film as the other two are rubbish, but this isn't anywhere close to being fantastic either. However, as far as introductions go, they don't get any better than this in the MCU.
7. Black Panther (2018)
This is how it's done. This is how to introduce yourself to the world with your first movie. 'Black Panther' is exactly how to balance an origin story and an expansion story. We see Chadwick Boseman take the helm for the first time in 'Civil War', and he was incredible in that, but here he is on another level. Let me just say that this is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen, it is so vibrant and rich. The film, for me, is a bit short though. The length of the film really determines how well this performed, and despite it being one of the most successful films in history, the story suffers because of this. I feel like there are things missing, not essential things but things that really would push this from an A to an A+ movie.
6. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
This is my favourite live-action Spider-Man film to date. Spider-Man: Far From Home' is a film that finally feels like a Spider-Man film. It powers together the youthfulness of Peter Parker, his immaturity compared to other superheroes, as well as some fantastic visual effects, one of the very best villains there is and a jaw-dropping ending. This was always going to be the hardest film for MCU fans to enjoy with it being released so soon following 'Avengers: Endgame', but it stuck the landing, it performed a tuck 'n' roll and celebrated afterwards because it is awesome. This, for me, proves that Tom Holland is the best Spider-Man yet (sorry Maguire and Garfield fans) as well as perhaps the best Peter Parker. This movie feels as if it was taken straight from the comics and in a world of adapted screenplays, the fans have been screaming at Marvel for this for a long time.
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Now, this is where things started getting difficult. I must say, between the top five, I believe all of them arguably deserve the top sport, with each being a magnificent picture and thrilling journey. 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' marked the birth of a new era for Steve Rogers, under the helm of the Russo Brothers, and this is perhaps my favourite action movie in the MCU. It is fun, it's energetic, it's well-paced and it has enough to satisfy any Marvel fan. It is also home to the elevator scene which has to go down as one of the greatest movie fight sequences of all-time. From start to finish, this is a Captain America film, it has no intentions of leading you to think it's setting something up or it's a filler film. It is not meant to feel like a sequel, it's meant to be the first movie of the new Captain America.
4. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Just outside of the podium spots sits 'Thor: Ragnarok'. Let's face it, the first two Thor movies were abysmal and it's no surprise that this didn't do well at the box-office because nobody was expecting this to be a breath of fresh air and bring Thor into the 21st Century. Gone are the days of boring, too serious and questionable acting. Taika Waititi absolutely nails his MCU debut and makes a film that anyone can enjoy, whether they are a fan of Thor or not. The transition was being set up in 'Age of Ultron' with the hammer lifting contest to make Thor a friendly, household name in the MCU. This propels the direction of Thor and future movies into such a positive direction, one that I can't wait to see more of. In addition, Loki is back, woohoo! Get help.
3. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Taking home the bronze is 'Avengers: Endgame'. Don't get me wrong, I know there are flaws in this movie, but not a single one of you can deny the impact this has had on the film conversation. Not only that, the emotional aspect of the film left many of us in tears to see how it ended and the journey it took to get there. All in all, this feels more of a homage to the rest of the MCU with an epic ending. The hour-long fight scene has to go in the record books, the lifting of Mjolnir by Cap', the "I'm Iron Man" was just awesome. The whole film really does resonate so well with me, and despite the weak ending for Cap' (something I will discuss at a later date), this may well be one of the most important movies ever made. It broke every record going and I'm glad it did because it deserved to. The world was dying to see this phase come to a close and it did in a way none of us could have ever expected.
2. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
So, we have reached our top two, and this was almost a flip of a coin to decide which took the crown. 'Captain America: Civil War' is, and I stand by this, THE GREATEST MOVIE IN THE MCU. However, it is not the best MCU movie. This really gets so many things right, and very little wrong. Zemo's plot is brilliant and I can't wait to see more from him on Disney+ very soon, the truth behind Bucky's past and how it affected the entire stability of the Avengers is awesome. Then we have the addition of Spider-Man and Black Panther, two of my all-time favourite superheroes. What more could I have asked for? I mean I wish the film didn't end, for one. It really is brilliant and it doesn't get the attention it deserves because it's not an Avengers film, despite the vast majority of them being in it. What it does best is complete Captain America's trial in the modern world, and it makes you really think who is right, Stark or Rogers?
1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Well, well, well. Look who we have here. It's only 'Avengers: Infinity War' isn't it! This is hands down the best MCU movie, and what a movie it is! It's an emotional rollercoaster for one, and I predicted it, just have to say. It goes on for so long and it feels as if it's over so quickly. This movie could and should have been four hours long at the very least and people would have sat still and patiently throughout because it is storytelling at its best in the MCU. I have no idea how they managed to get all of their franchises together for this epic showdown against the Mad Titan, but it worked and it worked magnificently. I sat there on the opening day watching this and when it said: "Thanos Will Return" I was questioning why that was the end. It is the biggest suspense I have ever felt, and it was just perfect. This is without doubt one of the best Marvel movies but one of the best comic-book movies too, falling only behind 'The Dark Knight' in my opinion. Thank you, Marvel, for this amazing film, I hope they remember you...
That brings us to the conclusions of JRF's Top 10 MCU Films (so far), which films make your list?
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