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  1. This was done a while ago but seems the topic has disappeared. Or I can't use search. Anyway... Everyone loves a ranking topic and as the MCU is heading into the new Phase proper soon this seems a decent time to do one (...again) Infinity War - immense. Not much more to say really. Avengers Assemble - a special movie. Not perfect - it takes too long to really get going, it's second act is overly indulgent, it's a bit too Whedon-y in parts, it has some awful art design (...Cap...) but fuck, it's great. I saw this in the cinema in the day it came out, at a lunchtime showing, alone. During the Widow intro the film broke. I didn't care. To this day I can recall, during the Tony/Thor fight, seeing in the corner of my vision a disabled man with 2 carers sat in the front row getting so into it he was waving his arms around, which makes me smile in a slightly sad way. Civil War - great. Just great. Excellent intros for Black Panther and Spidey, series peak action, everyone on top form, and a genuinely good villain unlike anything else in the series. Superb. Endgame - an incredible finale and some brilliant moments but it's messier movie than it's predecessor. And I hate fat Thor. Captain America - the Winter Soldier - well. It's kinda great. Fun plot. Great action. Good villains - that fight is a series highlight. It's brilliant. Thor Ragnarok - excellent. Funny, beautiful, great performances... It kinda succeeds in ways Black failed with IM3. It's clearly it's own thing but it also fits in the series perfectly well. So much great about it - piss off ghost, friend from work, get help, Des and Troy, are you the god of hammers, Hopkins playing Loki playing Odin... Iron Man - the one that started it all and still at the top end of things. Iconic casting, decent action, a good origin. It even still looks good - the tank scene is still an awesome moment that wouldn't stand out in a blockbuster today. Guardians of the Galaxy - it shouldn't work. But it does. Wastes its villain and Thanos is crowbarred in, but who cares. It's funny, beautiful, has moments of incredible emotion (that opening.. I saw that film about a month after losing a parent, and that moment felt very real). Great. Spider-Man: Homecoming - so good. Just a really good take on a simple Spidey story. Takes a easily done badly villain and makes him both scary but also relatable and somewhat down to earth. And the twist, and the scene in the car... Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. Captain America: the First Avenger - Saturday afternoon fun embodied. It's silly, it's simple, but it's great. It's a brilliant origin story of a character, that endures through the series. It's big problem is basically it's very light on action, to the extent they basically jog through the near of what would be the action in a montage. Weaving is a good Red Skull, Hayley Attwell one of the best female characters in the series, Tommy Lee-Jones chews through every scene. Good fun. Spider-Man: Far from Home - a clever take on Mysterio and basically good fun start to finish, the big failing I think is Stark looming over it. I 'get' it but it feels like time for Spider-Man to come into his own. Doctor Strange - the most 'normal' origin they'd done in a while and it's a bit too easy to call this 'Iron Man but it's magic', but it's a decent film. Suffers from a bad villain, a basic part filler to give Strange something to battle against. Still fun though and again, some nice emotion - the Ancient One has a very touching moment. Thor - I like the first Thor film. It's not incredible and it's absurd how much of it is shot in near darkness (the Jotunheim stuff is stupidly dark at times), and it leans heavily on the Sword in the Stone and the faux Shakespearean gag, but it's fun. I even like Hopkins performance - the moment he disarmingly growls at Loki in anger is a moment I think only someone with Hopkins gravitas could pull off. Black Panther - unusual in the series in that it's basically saved by it's villain. It has an excellent one. But beyond that it's a fairly simple film with some ropey CGI and some Bond inspiration. It's a better film in its importance than it is in its merits as a movie I think. But that's a top tier villain from Michael B Jordan. Ant-man - a side story really but just a fun ride. Still has elements of the Edgar Wright take and has some brilliantly fun stuff (the Disintegration gag is top tier). I even like the casting and portrayal of Pym, with Michael Douglas playing an older, cantankerous version of Hank superbly. Ant-man and the Wasp - a less good sequel with a crap villain and less brilliant action. It's fine. Avengers: Age of Ultron - it's not the great earth shattering film the first was. It's trying to do too much and ends up kinda fluffing it's lines. Ultron is a decent villain but he's one were to do the most with him, it has to be his film, and it's not. It's his film, Wanda and Pietro's film, and Visions film, as well as acting like a development piece for the other secondary cast members. A missed opportunity that is perfectly fine, but should have been spectacular. GotG V2 - I always feel conflicted on this. There's bits of this film that are some of the best things in the series. Theres incredible moments of tender emotion - the scene where Mantis feels Drax's pain while he sits quietly with a wistful smile is top tier. The moment where Quill finds the truth of his mother's fate and INSTANTLY starts to shoot, brilliant. 'He may be your father, boy, but he wasn't your daddy', brilliant. The Father and Son ending, excellent. But then it's got this weirdly cruel streak in it too - baby Groot being tormented, the meaningless killing of the crew by Taserface. And i don't like where they take Peter and the whole ending sequence is a bit naff. Eh... On another day I'll adore it but today there's something that just taints it. Captain Marvel - a fairly weak origin story. The 90s thing is cool, the 'twist' is decent, and the inspirational 'falling through life' stuff is very well done, but Danvers isn't a great character and I'm not sure Larsen's performance is much cop. Iron Man 3 - the most divisive of the series. I don't really like a lot of it. It's not that it's a bad film, it isn't, but it doesn't really fit the series very well. It's an odd outlier. A Shane Black movie in a series where it kinda just...is. it was obviously meant to be a possible end point for RDJ if talks went bad, and it's probably the most obviously retconned in the series. Incredible Hulk - an awful, awful Hulk design, and nothing really outstanding in any of it, it's not terrible but has ended up being one the most forgotten of the series - the only thing carrying over being Ross and even he is basically a different character now. Should have been so much more. Thor the Dark World - the film that most belies there being a mess behind the scenes. There's things to like - Loki's dropping his glamour in the cell is one of the greatest emotional moments in the series - but it's a mess otherwise. It's a weirdly small movie, it completely throws characterisation of its villain in the bin, the humour is all over the place... It was said that during the making they struggled for a director and ending giving it to Alan Taylor to just get it done. Still fun but not good. Iron Man 2 - holding pattern of a movie, it's got a good scene and that's it, nothing else of worth happens, which is particularly shameful because it's got Sam Rockwell in it. The most clear moment in the series of it spinning it's wheels. Maybe can do the Netflix and Disney+ stuff as well...
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