Next week, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will stretch into deep space once again with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which could be an even bigger hit than the first one. I’ll be going in depth on the sequel at some point next week, but today is for something a bit broader. Yes, right now is going to be a new ranking of the films in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (the MCU). It’ll include Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, of course, so you’ll have a tease of my larger thoughts still to come. Where does it stack up overall? Find out below…
Here now is an updated (15 strong) look at the MCU so far, from the passably entertaining to the near brilliant:
15. Thor: The Dark World – If this is the worst that Marvel can do, we’re in a good place. Thoroughly acceptable but without much of a spark, this sequel has Thor pretty much doing the same thing as in the first one. The enjoyably larger role for Loki saves it from turning into a slog. Again, if this is the bottom of the barrel, things are just fine over at the Marvel offices.
14. The Incredible Hulk – More a byproduct of not knowing how to use Hulk properly than anything else, this shows Marvel as a studio still finding their footing in the world. The fact that it’s more or less not referred to at all in the canon of the MCU should be telling, though it’s not unenjoyable at all. Still, this and the title above are the clear weak links to date.
13. Iron Man 2 – The one film in the series that got too concerned with setting up The Avengers, there’s plenty to like here with Tony Stark/Iron Man just as fun as always. At the same time though, it’s a bare bones plot where the sequel building is unfortunately the prime focus. It’s middle of the road for Marvel in just about every way (though by proxy fairly low on this list), and definitely should have been better.
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