Top 10 Marvel Cinematic Universe Films
With 22 films over 10 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to bring us spectacular movies. These are the top 10 Marvel Cinematic Universe films of Thomas J. Bellezza. After being a fan since the first Iron Man film till coming home after Tuesday night watching Spider-man Far From Home, it was time to put this list to the challenge! Not including the newest spider-man film, let’s see if you agree with his choices. Are your top 3 films listed below? Let us know your opinion in the comments!
10. Iron Man 3 (2012) [LINK]
Plagued with worry and insomnia since saving New York from destruction, Tony Stark, now, is more dependent on the suits that give him his Iron Man persona. So much so that every aspect of his life is affected, including his relationship with Pepper. After a malevolent enemy known as the Mandarin reduces his personal world to rubble, Tony must rely solely on instinct and ingenuity to avenge his losses and protect the people he loves.
My thoughts: I was a huge fan of this film coming out hot off the tail end of Avengers. Marvel handled Tony’s PTSD in a very respectful way. His relationship with Pepper was moving forward outside of what we saw in the first two Iron Man movies. On first viewing, I was upset we didn’t get the real The Mandarin. Hail To The King cleans that up. On second and third viewing, the twist in this film was a welcome changeup to what was presented beforehand. Ultimately this movie was much better than Iron Man 2 and takes the tenth spot on my list. It stands out beyond other films in this series because of its change in pace to the Iron Man series itself.
9. Avengers (2012) [LINK]
When Thor’s evil brother, Loki, gains access to the unlimited power of the energy cube called the Tesseract, Nick Fury initiates a superhero recruitment effort to defeat the unprecedented threat to Earth. Joining Fury’s “dream team” are Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, the Black Widow, and Hawkeye.
My thoughts: The Disney company invited me to be a guess for one of the first screenings. I’m not gonna lie, I was already happy this movie was made. It fulfilled a childhood dream of seeing quality comic book films being treated with respect. Yes, Batman Begins and Dark Knight both did that job too. But bringing in all the characters to connected the universe, unlike anything before took it to another level. I could break down every scene of this movie into what I loved about it. But I don’t think there is enough internet space for that. Why is this number 9? It was number one for a while till Captain America Winter Soldier came out. It shows Marvel really has continued to up their game. To see that moment when they circle the Avengers makes the child in all of us stand and shout!
8. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2016) [LINK]
Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker embraces his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine. Distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.
My thoughts: Spider-Man [Sam Raimi] will always carry a place in my heart. That movie mixed things up and gave us a compelling story of inner conflict, love, friendship, and most of all redemption of self. With that said, Spider-Man Homecoming really captured the essence of who Spider-Man is. Tom Holland brought a sense of nervousness to Peter in all his high school moments. as Spider-Man you felt his confidence, humor, and really believed his life could be mundane and basic. “Do a flip Spider-Man!” The superhero life for a teenager comes with it the smaller moments. And this film really brought those smaller moments up front.
7. Iron Man (2010) [LINK]
A billionaire industrialist and genius inventor, Tony Stark, is conducting weapons tests overseas, but terrorists kidnap him to force him to build a devastating weapon. Instead, he builds an armored suit and upends his captors. Returning to America, Stark refines the suit and uses it to combat crime and terrorism.
My thoughts: This film was not even close to my favorite superhero movie. Because to me, it was more than a superhero movie. This was the first comic book movie I watched that was NOT a comic book movie. Marvel took this film seriously. The actors, directors, and the whole team working on this project took it seriously. The 1978 Superman film came out and was an amazing film. It showed us a man could film. This film, once you get to the city, looks like a comic book film on the screen. The fun of the characters, the troupes are all there. I loved this movie. To me, Iron Man was not this movie. I loved that about the first Marvel film. I had my doubts, as Iron Man is a B character. I saw set-photos and BHS video. It wasn’t until the first trailer I knew I was in.
6. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) [LINK]
Brash space adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the quarry of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by Ronan. To evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with four disparate misfits: gun-toting Rocket Raccoon, treelike-humanoid Groot, enigmatic Gamora, and vengeance-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when he discovers the orb’s true power and the cosmic threat it poses, Quill must rally his ragtag group to save the universe.
My thoughts: James Gunn. That’s all I have to say about that. No seriously, he brought a new flavor to the MCU. The interaction of these characters felt new and different from what we were used to. I loved the dynamic of this story from the smallest aspect of its narrative to the growth of their bond. Honestly, I was ready to see this movie when they announced it. James Gunn is a wonderful director who turns unique into the mainstream. Plus that first trailer… perfect introduction for those who never heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy! Plus, who didn’t love everything about Groot… We are Groot… that was a fantastic moment. I cannot wait for Vol. 3!
5. Thor: Ragnarok (2017) [LINK]
Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his homeworld and the Asgardian civilization.
My thoughts: I checked out with Thor from the first film. And I love Thor from the comics. He never once says “For Asgard!” Beyond that, the first two Thor movies really should have been called Loki. I’m not complaining about Tom Hiddleston’s performance taking over the film. I’m complaining that Thor was a complete let down in Thor, Avengers, The Dark World. When I heard they were making a third one I was not even interested. Then I heard Taika Waititi was directing. I would watch a film about flies mating if he was directing. I love all his projects from television to film. Then that first trailer came out and Marvel got me to spend money on this film. Not only did they give Thor personality, but they also gave him a story.
4. Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)
After the cataclysmic events in New York, Captain America lives in the nation’s capital as he tries to adjust to modern times. An attack on a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague throws Rogers into a web of intrigue that places the whole world at risk. Joining forces with Black Widow and a new ally, the Falcon, Captain America struggles to expose an ever-widening conspiracy, but he and his team soon come up against an unexpected enemy.
My thoughts: Full disclosure, I wasn’t a fan of Captain America. Not for the comic books or Chris Evans being cast. Captain America: The First Avengers didn’t interest me. I saw it for the lead up to the first Avengers movie. I did like the smaller moments in CA: TFA. I did. The grenade part, the flag moment, that montage of “Captain America” selling “war”. Overall, I didn’t enjoy the film. Then I saw The Winter Soldier coming out. I wasn’t interested. He’s the worst part of The Avengers. Chris Evans is great as this character. Joss Whedon did an amazing job on the film. But I feel he missed the mark with Cap. With that said this became my favorite Marvel film.
3. Captain America: Civil War (2016) [LINK]
Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud.
My thoughts: As my least favorite character, the 2nd and 3rd Captain America films quickly became my favorite MCU movies. I loved everything about The Winter Soldier. But then this movie came out and became my number one favorite film of all the MCU projects. So why is it number 3? Two reasons… they are coming up. But for this film, they turned a hero into the villain and the main villain into a secondary character. The turning arc in this film’s narrative was convincing. Bringing the history of Marvel into one single moment. The last fight was intense, not because of how brutal it was, and it was, but the emotional pulse of action coming through both Iron Man and Captain America. Black Panther was perfect in this film.
2. Avengers Infinity War (2017) [LINK]
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet [the evil Thanos]. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.
My thoughts: This was Thanos’ movie. A film we needed; Marvel’s Empire Strikes Back. I loved how we looked through the philosophies of our main antagonist. I was okay with some of the main heros being more pushed back in the narrative. We had a chance to take a ride with Thanos. We understood who he was. After seeing and hearing about him in small moments we finally get a chance to walk alongside him. This movie blew me away for a few reasons. Two of which it was a comic book movie through and through done right. As I stated Iron Man wasn’t a comic movie. This was a great comic book movie. And that ending…… damn. Plus the Titan fight. Also watching Dr. Strange in all his glory.
1. Avengers: Endgame (2019) [LINK]
Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers [Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, and Bruce Banner] must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos [the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.]
My thoughts: Um… I could sit here and list all the parts I loved. Captain America with his hammer. Everything about Thor [Thor from Ragnork to now is perfect]. The trinity of Marvel all brought their A games. There is never a moment I am not enjoying what my eyes were seeing. I even liked the whole “time heist” second act. But what blew me away was all the fan service, and I don’t care what anyone says. I was a child again watching cartoons or reading comics. Who I am today came from my passion for drawing. My first “job” was drawing comic books. Thank you, Marvel, for making this film! This is the number one film because, to me, it was everything I wanted. Also… professor hulk!
Do you agree with our list? Let us know in the comments below. What are your top 3 favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe films?