Marvel Cinematic Universe Ranking

Over the past four months or so I have rewatched all of the MCU films in order. There were many highs and a few lows. I have a ranking of certain films (probably Iron Man most notably) that many would disagree. Nonetheless, here is how I would breakdown the 19 MCU films:

  1. Avengers: Infinity War
  2. Thor: Ragnarok
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
  4. The Avengers
  5. Black Panther
  6. Guardians of the Galaxy
  7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  8. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  9. Captain America: Civil War
  10. Doctor Strange
  11. Iron Man 3
  12. Ant-Man and The Wasp
  13. Ant-Man
  14. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  15. Iron Man 2
  16. Iron Man
  17. Captain America: The First Avenger
  18. Thor: The Dark World
  19. The Incredible Hulk
  20. Thor

Looking at this list, it becomes obvious that while the films of Phase 1 (IM, IH, IM2, Thor, CA) did a solid job of building towards The Avengers, they simply do not hold up against the stiff competition of the latest the MCU has had to offer. Marvel’s latest films have been knocking it out of the park for the most part and that certainly continued with Infinity War.

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2018’s Top Films

All rankings are strictly based on my opinion. If a 2018 film is not listed here it just means I have not yet seen it. Like many awards shows, I will now be considering Netflix original films among the movies that I see theatrically from now on when considering my ranking of films. In general I do not necessarily watch a lot of original films from Netflix, Hulu or Amazon, however The Cloverfield Paradox immediately peaked my interest with their surprise release after this year’s Super Bowl.

  1. Avengers: Infinity War
  2. Incredibles 2
  3. Annihilation
  4. A Quiet Place
  5. Black Panther
  6. Ocean’s Eight
  7. Ant-Man and The Wasp
  8. Tomb Raider
  9. Deadpool 2
  10. Ready Player One
  11. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  12. Tau
  13. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  14. Kodachrome
  15. Game Night
  16. Super Troopers 2
  17. A Futile and Stupid Gesture
  18. Brain on Fire
  19. The Cloverfield Paradox

Marvel Cinematic Universe Villain Ranking

  1. Thanos
  2. Loki
  3. Killmonger
  4. Winter Soldier
  5. Vulture
  6. Ultron
  7. Zemo
  8. Ronan
  9. Ego
  10. Red Skull
  11. Kaecilius
  12. Hela
  13. Ghost
  14. Iron Monger
  15. Mandarin
  16. Yellow Jacket
  17. Whiplash
  18. Abomination
  19. Malekith

Loki ranks so highly primarily for his contributions in The Avengers, not Thor.

I made the decision to only choose one villain per film. If there was ever a question of who it would be, I generally chose to select the one who is the primary opponent of the hero in the third-act.

As of right now, you can clearly see they have gotten better over the years, as most of the bottom-ranked are from earlier MCU films. Hopefully that trend continues and we will see more compelling villains throughout the latest phase of the MCU.

2017’s Top Films

All rankings are strictly based on my opinion. If a 2017 film is not listed here it means I simply have not yet seen it.

  1. Blade Runner 2049
  2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  3. The Shape of Water
  4. Logan
  5. The Disaster Artist
  6. Get Out
  7. It
  8. Thor: Ragnarok
  9. Logan Lucky
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
  11. Happy Death Day
  12. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  13. Justice League
  14. John Wick: Chapter 2
  15. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  16. The Fate of the Furious
  17. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  18. Pitch Perfect 3
  19. Baby Driver
  20. Wonder Woman
  21. Death Note
  22. Power Rangers
  23. Beauty and the Beast
  24. The Greatest Showman
  25. The Dark Tower
  26. Life
  27. Kong: Skull Island
  28. Alien: Covenant
  29. Jigsaw
  30. Transformers: The Last Knight
  31. Rings
  32. The Bye Bye Man

Cloud Atlas Disappoints

Cloud Atlas has received mostly positive reviews and while it provides some entertainment value, it is a failure in a number of areas. The film tells a number of stories over different periods of time, that are supposed to in the end come together to form a cohesive set of events. Even after its nearly three hours, you are still left with more questions than answers and the story never bonds as one would hope.

Some of the best scenes of the CA stray far away from its serious, epic storyline. Particularly the escapades of Timothy Cavendish, played by Jim Broadbent, provide some much needed lighthearted moments in a movie that is otherwise trying to be much too ambitious for its own good. Directors Andy and Lana Wachowski, the minds behind The Matrix, failed to put anything to screen here that can hold a candle to their sci-fi trilogy.

There are some great individual performances in the movie and there are certainly memorable moments, however in the end you are still feeling like you are waiting on the punchline of a joke that is sadly never coming. The original novel by David Mitchell may provide more insight, but unfortunately you are left not caring enough about the characters that you want to know more of them.

Resident Evil Movies Getting Further Off Rails

MILD SPOILERS BELOW:

Sony’s Resident Evil film franchise is getting further and further away from the game series that it is supposed to be based upon. The creators of these films have decided to arbitrarily throw in characters and ideas from the game series without explaining who and what they are.

In this fifth film, titled Retribution, Paul W.S. Anderson, who has written all five films and now directed three, proved once again he knows very little of the game series. He seems like he must grab a character list and synopsis of each game and just grabs pieces from them without even having a true understanding of them. Anderson has seemingly never played the games, and if he has, he is truly failing to bring the tone and spirit of them to the big screen.

In Retribution, former Raccoon City police officers Barry Burton and Leon S. Kennedy, originally from Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2, respectively, have been thrown in without giving the audience even a clue of who they are or that they have a history with other characters present, such as Jill Valentine.

I have been scratching my head since the original film in 2002 as to why they have chosen to base the series around Alice, portrayed by Milla Jovovich, a character who was never in any of the games to begin with. Her character, along with overly stylized martial arts sequences and plenty of other cheesy moments, can make these films difficult to watch at times. I was one false step away from leaving the theatre halfway through Retribution.

With a sixth film completely evident going by the ending of this one, it seems I may have to endure one more of these films.