Marvel Cinematic Universe Ranked! (#7-1)


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7. Iron Man (2008)

As highlighted in the "Death Battle: Best Superhero Casting" article, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man is arguably one of the most accurate portrayals for a character from the comics. Iron Man is arguably the most revolutionary amongst the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it perfectly modeled what a superhero movie should be by providing a blueprint for success leading to the production of the rest of the beloved films. The film had a exquisitely crafted hero's journey concept for Iron Man sparking hope in the hearts of comic fanatics all over.

6. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

With Guardians of the Galaxy ranked as the 6th best adaptation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on our list, this may be one of the more controversial picks. The extraterrestrial group of misfits' film is possibly rated the best Marvel movie so far by casual moviegoers. The film showed how Marvel can still find success even with characters that most of the audience would have never heard of before and marks Chris Pratt's breakthrough into overwhelming fame. This movie also possessed one of the best soundtracks ever that complimented the events all throughout. Marvel successfully implemented many comedic scenes that supported the entire tone of the movie.

5. Ant-Man (2015)

Ant-Man is a smaller yet brilliantly crafted film produced with a comedic entertaining plot. The casting of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man was an excellent move as his reputation and acting ability suited the tone Marvel wanted to achieve with the film. It showed how Marvel can make standalone films that don't need to be explicitly connected to the bigger picture of the MCU and leaves fans wanting more with their teasing sneak peeks of Wasp.

4. Doctor Strange (2016)

As the most recent comic book adaptation in the MCU, Doctor Strange is a very intimate and admirable as a standalone film without having to watch other films to understand its events. The film acts as a origin story of Stephen Strange and proves successful by taking inspiration from highly praised film of Iron Man in terms of the journey and development of a character's arc. The highlight of Strange's debut appears in the intriguing visuals and special effects and Wong's humorous scenes balanced the film effectively against more dramatic moments. The movie would've been rated higher on the list if the Sorcerer Supreme's interaction with Dormammu was more compelling.

3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

In the simplest description, Captain America: The Winter Soldier highlights the complicated relationship between Captain America and The Winter Soldier - an iconic friendship in the comics. Marvel did an excellent job on the breathtaking action sequences and the revelation of the infiltration of Hydra into S.H.I.E.L.D. was a complimentary plot twist. The film had an impeccable balance between previous plot points like the relationship between Cap and Peggy and the introduction to newer plot points like Sam Wilson's debut as The Falcon. Arnim Zola's return to the big screen was also an interesting move by Marvel making him a sentient computer. Steve Rogers' attempt to fit into the modern day society was entertaining to say the least as he struggled to cope with change.

2. The Avengers (2012)

The end credit scene of of Iron Man referencing "The Avengers Initiative" left comic book fans counting the days until the release of the most anticipated superhero film. The Avengers was the first live action superhero movie on the big screen and became a fan favorite due to overwhelming success. Marvel perfectly orchestrated the screen time between "Earth's Mightiest Heroes." The relationships between characters were well thought out with a significant purpose for the future. Tom Hiddleston's rendition of Loki is one of the many highlights of the movie as he became a villain that fans hold near and dear to their hearts. Mark Ruffalo's performance as the Hulk left fans impressed and satisfied as Hulk castings didn't seem to work out before. The battle against the Chitauri invasion and Iron Man's heroism and bravery left fans on the edge of their seats. 

1. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, Captain America: Civil War keeps fans on the edge of their seats for the most anticipated showdown. The film is a sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier and is far from disappointing! The deep relationship between Cap and Bucky is the foundation of the film as it builds up to the greatest superhero royal rumble showdown on the big screen to date. The well balanced construction of contrasting ideologies between Team Captain America and Team Iron Man left fans split on their favorite heroes. Due to the main conflict originating between the protagonists, the overall concept of the opposing team becoming antagonists proved entertaining as fans highly rated this blockbuster. Also, Black Panther and Spider-Man were given minimal screen time, but just enough to give fans a glimpse of how bright the future is. It's safe to say that the Captain America solo franchise trumps the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well played, Marvel.

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