Endgame gets the best showdown , but a baggier middle and weaker last gut-punch puts it just behind Part 1. Less of a superhero movie and more of an old-school Disney fairytale, Marvel’s first Asian-led outing has some of the franchise’s best action scenes. Partly because the special effects are so slick (dragons!), partly because they were edited to let you actually see what was going on (the bus fight!), but mostly because Awkwafina was in them. Is this really a Captain America movie or just Avengers 2.5?
Fresh from web-slinging through Civil War, Tom Holland, the MCU’s Peter Parker, gets his own movie. Everyone’s favourite friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, hellbent on becoming an Avenger, learns balancing heroism with being a decent student isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Speaking of frivolous, William Hurt’s Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross reappearing later is just about all that still ties this to the MCU as a whole. Studio politics mean we may never see Mark Ruffalo get to lead a Hulk movie like Edward Norton does here, which is a shame, and any further significance has been downplayed since this came out. Chris Evans isn’t wearing that awful Avengers costume anymore? The promise of almost every other Marvel movie paid off here.
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Directed by Shane Black, there’s barely any Iron Man in it. Instead, it’s about Tony Stark learning that he’s still a hero factory-publishing even without his armour. The PTSD storyline also nicely sets up some of Tony’s more extreme behaviour in later films.
- Ultimately, it’s all for naught when the Mad Titan manages to gather all the Infinity Stones, ripping the last from Vision’s head, and performs the Snap, removing half of all life in the Universe.
- Depends where you fall on the line, but at a time when comic book superhero movies were falling into a formula, Iron Man 3 was willing to take an enormous gamble.
- Characters flow in and out of cascading realities, and physics becomes a kaleidoscope, controlled by those who have done the appropriate training.
Taika Watiti’s take on Thor is widely considered one of the best Marvel movies ever made and a necessary reinvention of the Thor character. The idea of Marvel ever pulling off a successful adaptation of Civil War would have seemed absurd when Iron Man was first released. The storyline was simply too big and controversial to ever make it to the silver screen. Very, because not only did Marvel adapt the story, they did it in style. We’ve officially crossed the rubicon now from not very good to just about OK with Black Widow.
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Here, then, is a definitive list of the best Marvel movies, the movies to catch up on if you haven’t yet ventured into the MCU. Kamala Khan’s grand induction to MCU, starring Iman Vellani, also takes place in 2025. She lives in a world that celebrates the Avengers, where their accomplishments are well remembered, and commodified. Marvel has been reluctant to put an exact date on it, but we surmise this happens around the same time as Multiverse of Madness. The second Doctor Strange movie is set after the events of No Way Home, in 2025.
Sure we still get the snark, action, and over the top superhero fun. Still, you can never shake the feeling that Thanos’s big purple sausage fingers are about to pull the joy right out of your head while watching it. Conversely, if I’m feeling a bit too chipper, I pop on Infinity War and watch all my favourite heroes die.
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Had this been the last Iron man movie, it would have been a fitting send-off to the character that started the MCU, but as it stands, Iron Man 3 is like the last chapter of a book that doesn’t realise it’s over. It’s also important to remember how the look of the fantasy movie’s mirror dimension and the magic Strange wields became part of the visual grammar of the MCU. We love each, and every one of these movies , and hard choices had to be made along the way – thankfully, we didn’t have to push anyone off a cliff to finish the list. So know that even if we’ve put your favourite MCU film is towards the bottom, there’s no judgement here anyway; here is our list of the MCU movies ranked. If you’ve watched all of the above, you’ve processed over nine days worth of Marvel movies and television. And there’s still more to come – which we will add to this chronological list as soon as it’s released.
The MCU’s first animated show returns for another series of hypothetical stories that explore alternate realities created when the timeline branches off in another direction. A trailer shown at SDCC showed many classic characters returning, as well as a glimpse of Marvel 1602, a Neil Gaiman-penned story set in the 17th century. Officially the first movie in the Marvel Universe timeline, there was no better director than Joe Johnston to take on the origin tale of America’s ass.