20. Thor: The Dark World
This movie dropped one spot lower because its only contribution to the larger MCU is the introduction of the Reality Stone. It's bland, forgettable, and overall, you can just skip it if you marathon the series.
Worst Scene: Jane Foster in any scene because she's so laughably bad.
Best Scene: The movie's opening is still fun.
19. The Incredible Hulk
Like Thor 2, this one changes nothing. Yes, it establishes Hulk, but he's recasted with the much better Mark Ruffalo in his next appearance anyway.
Worst Scene: The movie tries to win over comic fans by having Bruce hold a giant pair of purple pants.
Best Scene: Hulk vs Abomination is still a fun, dumb action scene.
18. Iron Man 2
Like Thor 2 and Hulk, this one is just filler. All it does is introduce Black Widow and set up Avengers.
Worst Scene: Don't get me wrong, RDJ is perfect as Tony Stark, but this movie just wastes his performance.
Best Scene: Iron Man fighting Whiplash on a racetrack is still fun to watch.
Get comfortable because the next three movies, starting with this one, all suffer from the same problems. Thor is nothing more than an Iron Man clone but with Loki, so that's one thing it has going for it.
Worst Scene: Anything that happens in New Mexico.
Best Scene: Thor redeems himself and earns Mjolnir by fighting the Destroyer.
Again, this one is a carbon copy of Iron Man. The protagonist and antagonist are both bland, and the only good thing to come out of it is Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, who should've been used instead of Scott Lang.
Worst Scene: Darren Cross sucks.
Best Scene: Thomas the Tank Engine destroys part of a house.
15. Doctor Strange
Again, this one completely copies Iron Man. Stephen Strange is literally a copy/paste of Tony Stark but with a different job. Kaecilius is another throw-away Marvel villain, although I love this film's whacky visuals.
Worst Scene: Stephen Strange's car crash is just like Tony getting kidnapped by terrorists.
Best Scene: The original shooting stars meme.
14. Ant-Man and the Wasp
This is the worst Marvel sequel. There's no character development, the color pallette is terrible, and it changes nothing. It's really only worth it for the end credits scenes. After Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, this was a disappointing follow-up.
Worst Scene: The end's car chase has bland camerawork and terrible color grading.
Best Scene: Luis is still the best character in these movies except for Hank, and he's great in all his scenes.
13. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
I still don't like this film. The humor is way too excessive, the action scenes are just Michael Bay chaos, and it recycles the same character arcs from the first movie, minus Gamora and Nebula's relationship improving. I do like the emotional beats though.
Worst Scene: The Guardians bickering is just recycled from the first movie.
Best Scene: Yondu's funeral still hits me hard.
12. Captain America: The First Avenger
The first half of this movie is really good and it just loses its sh*t in the second half. Still, it has a strong cast, and everyone from Evans to Stan to Atwell delivers. It's pretty good overall.
Worst Scene: The second half of this movie is a giant mess.
Best Scene: The birth of Captain Wide.
11. Avengers: Age of Ultron
It's a fun movie with good character depth and a fun villain, but it does get distracted by setting up future films.
Worst Scene: Thor's spa treatment should've been cut.
Best Scene: The Avengers protect the church in Sokovia in a breathtaking shot.
10. Iron Man 3
This movie is actually kinda great. Tony Stark gets excellent character development in this movie, and with him out of the suit, it focuses more on his panicking mental state.
Worst Scene: Tony Stark refuses to let Pepper leave their house when a missile is about to hit it.
Best Scene: Iron Man summons all his suits to fight Aldrich Killian and his goons.
9. Thor: Ragnarok
Marvel embraced the pure goofiness of Thor after the abysmal Thor 2. It was vibrant and weird, and it worked in the same way Guardians of the Galaxy worked. This is the first time Chris Hemsworth really shines as Thor.
Worst Scene: Sometimes, the movie suffers from tonal whiplash because of some misplaced jokes.
Best Scene: Thor's reunion with the Hulk is much less than warm.
8. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Finally, my favorite superhero came to the MCU. Tom Holland is the best version of Spider-Man and it's one of the more grounded movies in the franchise. It's absolutely hilarious and Michael Keaton makes the Vulture a villain I can take seriously.
Worst Scene: When the Vulture accidentally kills an employee, he brushes it off even though he's been shown to care about those close to him.
Best Scene: Spider-Man truly becomes a superhero when he lifts the rubble on top of himself.
7. Black Panther
This movie has some of the best world-building, introducing us to Wakanda. All the characters are likeable, and Erik Killmonger is one of the MCU's best villains. It's fun, funny, and enjoyable.
Worst Scene: Shuri revives a dead meme.
Best Scene: Killmonger showcases his raw strength when he beats T'Challa in a fight.
6. Guardians of the Galaxy
This movie works for the same reason Ragnarok worked; it knows that it's silly and isn't afraid of that. The humor was well-placed while still balancing it with emotion and heart.
Worst Scene: Ronan the Accuser is a broken shadow of his comic counterpart.
Best Scene: The Guardians hold hands when they share the Power Stone.
5. Iron Man
The one that started it all. Robert Downey Jr. is perfect as Tony Stark and this film has the best character development of the series. Most of the film is a character study that explores Stark and shows him tinkering in his lab.
Worst Scene: Obadiah Stane taking Tony's Arc Reactor comes out of nowhere and happens because the plot needs it.
Best Scne: Iron Man destroys a bunch of terrorists in Gulmira.
4. The Avengers
This is the movie that changed everything. It made the MCU the dominant force in the box office and the MCU owes so much to it. Joss Whedon's direction is perfect for these characters, who all get their moments to shine.
Worst Scene: Loki isn't used to his full potential in this movie.
Best Scene: The money shot of the Avengers standing together still gives me goosebumps.
3. Captain America: Civil War
In third place is the movie that tore apart the Avengers. Tony and Steve's dynamic changes when the Avengers are forced to work under the supervision of the UN. The characters all have their moments to shine and their interactions are great.
Worst Scene: Zemo's plan is just as bad as Lex Luthor's plan from BvS.
Best Scene: The emotional final battle between Steve, Tony, and Bucky is still heartbreaking.
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America has the best solo movies, peaking with his second outing. Steve is truly put to the test, being taken out of his original time period. His loyalty to the government is tested when he finds out that HYDRA has been growing inside SHIELD and the rediscovery of Bucky tests him even more.
Worst Scene: I can't really think of anything. That's how good this movie is.
Best Scene: Steve refusing to fight his friend is completely in line with the character of Captain America.
1. Avengers: Infinity War
Just like The Avengers in 2012, this movie changed everything. It raised the stakes like never before, and it does a phenomenal job at letting all the characters shine, considering how many are in this movie. It's funny yet sad, perfectly balanced. It's one of the few movies that actually made me cry and one of my favorite movies of all time. It's a worthy competitor for The Dark Knight.
Worst Scene: Nothing. The whole movie is a blast from Thanos attacking Thor's ship to the finger snap.
Best Scene: The entire third act is amazing as it's essentially a war on two fronts, with battles taking place on Titan and in Wakanda.
"Part of the journey is the end..."
This list is great, but Black Panther is second for me and Infinity War is number 1 as all should be.
Whatever it takes.
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