Guardians of the Galaxy was the tenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Definitely Marvel Studios-Disney are the ones doing the better job with their comic book properties and even when their movies aren’t the best, they are still pretty good. So, this is my ranking, I’m interested in knowing yours!
#10 The Incredible Hulk
Director: Louis Leterrier
Cast: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, Tim Blake Nelson, Ty Burrell, William Hurt
Bruce Banner tries to find a cure for his condition which causes him to turn into a giant green monster under emotional stress. On the run from the military which seeks his capture, Doctor Banner will have to face another creature whose powers match the Hulk’s own. This is the only movie that wasn’t done by Marvel Studios-Disney and even though it’s still entertaining, the story here isn’t that good. Also, I prefer much better Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner than Edward Norton. I hope he would get the chance of a solo movie in the near future.
#9 Iron Man 2
Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson
With the world now aware of his dual life as Iron Man, Tony Stark must contend with his declining health and face the pressure from the government, who wants him to share his technology. Meanwhile, a man with ties to his father’s legacy seeks vengeance. Even though the story and the villain wasn’t a match for the first Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. was just as good. I loved the introduction to the Black Widow and didn’t mind at all the replacement for Terrence Howard with Don Cheadle as War Machine.
#8 Iron Man 3
Director: Shane Black
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Ben Kingsley
The events from New York has left Tony with post traumatic stress disorder and when his world is torn apart by a terrorist called The Mandarin he embarks on a quest where he would have to rely in his ingenuity to survive and find the answer to the question that has been haunting him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? After The Avengers this movie felt a bit like a step back. I didn’t mind the plot twist regarding The Mandarin as many did but I just wasn’t too invested in the story.
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Anthony Hopkins.
When the powerful but arrogant Thor is cast out of Asgard by his father Odin and forced to live on Earth he starts to learn humanity by falling in love with the scientist Jane Foster. This new-found strength comes into play when his adopted brother Loki usurps the throne of Asgard and sends the Destroyer to Earth. physically, Chris Hemsworth was made to portray this character and is so good at it. Still, the true star of this movie is Tom Hiddleston, who simply eclipse everyone else when he’s on-screen. The dynamic between the two brothers is fantastic and showing the realm of Asgard allows some great CGI.
#6 Thor: The Dark World
Director: Alan Taylor
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Eccleston.
When Jane Foster gets cursed with a powerful object wanted by the Dark Elves and their leader Malekith, Thor must join forces with his brother, the war criminal Loki, to head to the Dark World and destroy the Aether to save both Asgard and Jane. Not many people did but I liked this movie better than the first one. I found it funnier and the action was better, though the villain wasn’t much developed to make him interesting. I liked that it wasn’t scared to go to the next level and kill off some characters. Tom Hiddleston was again a scene stealer and you root for him more than ever.
#5 Captain America: The First Avenger
Director: Joe Johnston
Cast: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Stanley Tucci
It’s 1942 and after being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers takes part in a top-secret research project that turns him into the super soldier Captain America. Along with his best friend Bucky Barnes, the agent Peggy Carter and his group of Howling Comandoes, he will have to confront the Nazi organization known as Hydra and its head, the Red Skull. I loved how this movie captured the style of the 40s. Chris Evans was simply made for this role, he makes you love Steve as much before as after the serum. It’s a great origin story and it was quite a risk for Marvel given that it deals with an actual historical event as World War II and its consequences, rather than simply focus on a hero with superpowers.
#4 Iron Man
Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges.
The billioner Tony Stark, owner of a weapons manufacturing company, is seriously wounded on the chest and captured by a group of terrorist. In order to escape he develops a powerful metallic armor powered by the battery that keeps him alive. Once back home and seeing what his weapons are being used for, he stops the manufacturing and focus on perfecting his Iron Man suit. This movie represented the beginning of an era and Robert Downey Jr. has basically become the face of the MCU since then. Tony Stark may have a lot of imperfections but his wits, charisma and humour makes it impossible not to love him and is always a pleasure to watch.
#3 Guardians of the Galaxy
Director: James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan,
After stealing a mysterious orb, Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain kree Ronan the Accuser. He will have to join forces with a group of misfits in order to save the galaxy. As Robert Downey Jr. did with Iron Man, Chris Pratt channels his own personality into the character of Peter Quill making him iconic and charismatic. The villains are not a strong point in the movie and the story is quite basic, but the dynamic of the team is so good and, let’s be honest, anything with Groot and Rocket Raccoon is meant to be awesome. Definitely the funniest movie in the MCU.
#2 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford
Steve Rogers struggles to adapt to the ideals of the modern world. Working now for S.H.I.E.L.D. and discovering that it has been corrupted and he can trust no one, he will have to team up with Black Widow and Falcon to face a threat that comes directly from his past. Very different in every way to Captain America: The First Avenger, and a definite improvement. Breath-taking action scenes, a fantastic car chase sequence and a great story. I love how the Captain America movies always take chances at exploring the actual world and are more serious in tone, still conserving part of the smart humor that is so characteristic of the MCU.
#1 The Avengers
Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson
Nick Fury, director of S.H.I.E.L.D. reunites the most remarkable heroes: Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye, to defend the Earth that has been threatened by Thor’s own brother, Loki. This group of very different people will need to learn to work together and rely in each in order to save the world from an alien invasion. What can be better than having all your favourite superheroes thrown into one movie and seeing them arguing over every tiny detail? The chemistry between the cast is fantastic and Joss Whedon managed to find the perfect balance between the action, the comedy and even the drama. Loki, always fantastic in the Thor movies, makes again an excellent villain that can hold himself against the earth’s mightiest heroes. Phase 1 couldn’t have culminated in a more brilliant way and now that Phase 2 is nearly over its time to eagerly await Age of Ultron.