The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the greatest display of a weaved together universe of different franchises we’ve ever seen. Before Iron Man, the idea of introducing a handful of characters in their own solo movies and then bringing them together in a team-up adventure had never even been heard of. Of course, now cinematic universes are the popular craze, with almost every major studio attempting to emulate the success Marvel has found with its comic book universe. Looking at the fifteen films Marvel has released within this universe, I have narrowed down my top five MCU movies and dropped them below.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is the follow-up to James Gunn’s smash hit and see’s the original group of misfits launched onto another adventure, but this time things are even more personal and emotional. This is the perfect example of a Marvel sequel that doesn’t quite live up to the original but is still a lot of fun and a great instalment of a growingly iconic franchise. The reason Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 lands at the number five spot is because it is simply the most personal film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and develops the characters in a really interesting and emotional way. Also, it’s pretty hard to not fall in love with Baby Groot!
4. The Avengers
Putting Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The HULK, Black Widow, and Hawkeye into one movie together was a stroke of genius from Marvel Studios. Like I said before this kind of universe building had never been done before, and it was a massive risk but director Joss Whedon brought enough comic book geekiness to the project that The Avengers instantaneously became the new standard for the modern comic book movie. The reason The Avengers is at the number four spot on this list is because it was so original and entertaining. A film that could have failed miserably became one of the most influential movies in recent history and without The Avengers who knows what the film industry would have become.
3. Captain America: Civil War
While The Avengers made it onto this list for being the first film to put these characters together, Captain America: Civil War is here because it perfected that model. While Joss Whedon’s follow-up to The Avengers didn’t quite hit the mark, the Russo brothers created the ultimate Marvel team-up movie with Captain America: Civil War. The film maintained the serious Captain America storyline and themes but managed to create the fun, entertaining spectacle that we’ve come to expect from Marvel’s team-up movies. The reason Civil War is at my number three is simply because it took a risk and didn’t just tell another formulaic storyline. There were real impacts to the universe that will continue throughout the MCU. Also, Spider-Man and Black Panther were pretty cool.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1
Admit it, you never thought this movie would work. One of my fondest Marvel memories includes walking out of the cinema with a blown mind after watching Guardians of the Galaxy. Like a lot of people, I never imagined the talking Raccoon and walking tree film to be a success but dammit I love this movie. The reason this film lands at number two is because Guardians of the Galaxy introduced some of Marvel’s most unique and entertaining characters that were a nice change from The Avengers heroes. Not that I don’t love Iron-Man, Thor, and Captain America but it was nice to step away from earth and go on a new adventure with a different team.
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
I’ve got to admit that I found it difficult to choose between Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier for this top spot, but the second Captain America movie, at least in my opinion, is just the ultimate display of storytelling from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is the movie that made Marvel more than a studio that makes superhero movies. The Winter Soldier was much more than just a comic book movie, it was a thriller and a classic spy film all wrapped into one. This was the first time that Marvel seemed to really experiment with style and genre within this universe and the payoff was really great. Ultimately the reason Captain America: The Winter Soldier is at the top of this list is because it added depth to the universe that none of the previous Marvel films had managed to add.
Agree with my Top 5 Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies? Be sure to let me know in the comments section below! But don’t be a douche! If you don’t agree all you need to do is let me know what your Top 5 is because that’s how a civilised society works!