With “Suicide Squad” receiving such terrible reviews, I thought I’d focus on something that makes me happy: the MCU. To be clear, I haven’t seen David Ayer’s new film yet. I’m going tomorrow. I can’t wait to see Jared Leto as The Joker, I don’t care how many of his scenes got cut. I’ll take what I can get.
Anyway, back on topic: the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I decided to focus on it because even the worst films in this universe are enjoyable. The most “Iron Man 2” does is make me disappointed it wasn’t better. “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” makes me want to scream at whoever is responsible for making that film such a muddled mess. WHY DOES SUPERMAN CALL HIS MOTHER BY HER FIRST NAME?!?!?
Sorry, I got off track again. Let’s get into the top five, so that doesn’t happen again:
#5: “IRON MAN”
There can’t be a top five list of this variety without the film that started it all. I remember reading the casting announcements and production updates for this, and getting hyped. Robert Downey Jr. playing Tony Stark in a film directed by Jon Favreau? Say what?!?! Then the cast expanded with Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, and Terrence Howard (replaced by Don Cheadle in the sequel).
There are a lot of films that helped contribute to the current landscape of superhero films, but this specifically started the MCU. That’s all that needs to be said. Look at the state it’s in now. We’re about to get Doctor Strange, The Vulture, more Spider-Man, etc.
#4: “THE AVENGERS”
The hype! I can’t even begin to describe how excited I was for this film when I first saw it. The whole thing was an orgasmic feast for the eyes. My brain could barely compute a lot of it. I remember when Iron Man and Captain America did the unibeam into the shield. My brother lost it, screaming in pure ecstasy. I was right there with him.
All of this applies to “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” as well, but it wasn’t the same. The first film was the culmination of something many people never actually thought would happen. I also love Joss Whedon, and he crushed it here.
#3: “THE INCREDIBLE HULK”
This has to be the most underrated film in the MCU. Edward Norton especially doesn’t get much credit, thanks to Mark Ruffalo’s great performance in the same role. He brought something entirely different to Bruce Banner, but he also got the opportunity. Norton had to play the broody Banner, who was out there, alone, trying to stay out of the grasp of the US government. He couldn’t let The Hulk become a weapon.
It’s that simple premise that makes up the whole flick. Tim Roth is a great villain, playing Emil Blonsky (The Abomination). The film also ends with an absolutely brutal fight between monsters. Truly great stuff.
They break Harlem!
#2: “CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR”
I talked about “The Avengers” being an orgasmic feast for the eyes. This film belongs right in that same category. I mean, come on, we got to see Spider-Man, Iron Man, and War Machine fight GIANT MAN! Let me get that across again.
In a live-action film, we were treated to a fight that saw Giant Man take on War Machine, Spider-Man, and Iron Man, and it didn’t look like a pile of shit. In fact, it looked amazing. Especially when Spidey did that trick from that really old movie…Empire Strikes Back.
Not to be outdone, we also got to see Black Panther, who was a stone cold badass. Then there was Iron Man taking on Captain America and Bucky at the same time. This movie is packed to the brim with awesomeness.
#1: “CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER”
I can’t compliment this film enough. That’s why it’s number one on the list. It’s a taut political thriller wrapped up in one of the most visually stunning comic book films ever made. The hand to hand fight scenes are beautiful, the special effects are top notch, everything is there. The Falcon also gets introduced, and he’s proven to be a more than worthy addition to the universe.
The speech Cap gives at the end is one of my favorite moments from Chris Evans’ acting career. He’s so great as Steve Rogers/Captain America. He changes his very being. He’s a man ripped straight from the 1940s.
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