The Films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked, 2016 Catch Up Edition

We’re continuing to shake off the dust around here at Awesome Friday HQ, and one easy way to do that is to update the Marvel Fanboy Marvel Cinematic Universe Rankings. Last year there were two additions to the canon of films, Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange. Each were good, but where do they fit? Let’s take a look.

Last time I did this I grouped the films into three categories, this time I’m doing a straight up ranking. Feel free to agree or disagree with me. In fact, I encourage it.

Now let’s get to it.

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The Films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked, Ant-Man Edition

Marvel

It’s been a while since I made one of these lists! There have been two new Marvel films since last time so it’s time to see where they fit into the mix. I rewatched all the Marvel films in the lead up to Avengers: Age of Ultron so the films are still pretty fresh in the mind.

While the movies here are ranked from worst to best, I’m also grouping them into three categories: The ok ones, the good ones, and the great ones. If you’re wondering why there’s no “bad” category it’s both because I still enjoy the “ok” ones and because I can still appreciate the bad ones for the development of characters, story, and themes that run through the entire MCU (even if they’re pretty thin at times). Also also, it’s an exercise in being less negative.

Anyway, let’s get on with this.

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Matt’s 2014: The Best Dozen

Best of 2014

Best of lists are hard. Choosing the films I liked best isn’t hard, but keeping it to a reasonable number and ranking them is. One thing that’s not so much hard as it is annoying: coming up with something to say other than “I loved this and you should watch it”.

I saw a lot of films this year but there are plenty I missed. I didn’t see Birdman, Whiplash, or Mommy, all of which are on many other best of lists for the year (and in the case of Whiplash I can guess it would have made mine) but I also did see Boyhood, Gone Girl, 22 Jump Street, and a host of others that didn’t make my list.

All in all I saw over 75 of the movies released in 2014. Not a huge percentage when you think about it but certainly more than the average person.

So with all that in mind here are my favourite dozen movies from 2014.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Is Up For A Grammy

Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack

You’re already aware that Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is the best sound track this year but just in case you were unsure it’s been nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media category, which is category 58 out of 10,006.

To be fair it does have some good competition in the American Hustle soundtrack and Wolf of Wall Street soundtrack as they’re both chock full of good tunes however neither they nor Frozen or Get On Up speak to the story of the film or the hearts and minds of the audience in quite the same way.

The 57th Grammy Awards are being held in LA on the 8th of February.

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Awesome: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Animated Series Poster

Guardians of the Galaxy

It’s weird to think that Guardians of the Galaxy was another B-list Marvel comic that no one had heard of just a year ago, and now they’ve starred in the biggest film of the year. They aren’t stopping there though, they’re getting an animated series.

And now that series has a poster. Let’s take a look!

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Podcast Episode 70: Southern Reach Trilogy, Lollipop Chainsaw, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Guardians of the Galaxy

Awesome Friday

It’s time for another episode of the Awesome Friday Podcast! In this episode we’re joined by our new contributor Kat to talk about _The Southern Reach_ Trilogy of novels, the game _Lollipop Chainsaw_, and the movies _Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles_ and _Guardians of the Galaxy_.

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Watch This: Chris Pratt Takes Us On A Cribs Style Tour Of His Ship The Milano From ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Chris Pratt

You know how awesome Star-lord’s ship in Guardians of the Galaxy is? Here’s a video tour of the set with Chris Pratt. Spoiler alert: it’s totally awesome.

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The Films Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked, Guardians of the Galaxy Edition

Marvel

Guardians of the Galaxy finally hit theaters this week and absolutely no one should be surprised that it’s really good. The first question I was asked this morning was “how does it stack up compared to the other Marvel Cinematic Universe films?” So here’s my shiny new updated list which not only adds Guardians but also mixes things up bit from last time after a recent re-watch of all the movies.

Fair warning: minor spoilers for all the Marvel movies, including Guardians of the Galaxy, to follow.

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Read a Heartfelt Thank You To Everyone From ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn

James Gunn

Guardians of the Galaxy has opened huge this weekend. After being embraced by, well, everyone it is now on track for nearly 100$ Million in North America and 160$ million worldwide which makes it the biggest august opening weekend ever.

Writer/Director James Gunn posted a heartfelt thank you on his Facebook page this morning and you should totally read it.

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This Week Behind the Scenes

 

@narcissusholmes - My incredible Guardians of the Galaxy makeup. See it!
@narcissusholmes – My incredible Guardians of the Galaxy makeup. See it!

One of the most fun parts of twitter is getting to see the pictures the actors take of what goes on behind the scenes.  In addition to Nick Holmes’ photo of the great makeup job on Guardians of the Galaxy here’s some of what you may have missed this week…

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

The marketing for Guardians of the Galaxy has basically been omnipresent for the last few months. Hardly a day went by without a new poster or image or teaser or whatever. The reason for this is simple: this is the first real test of Marvel’s brand. Guardians, like it or not, is a lesser known property and while this film connects with the over reaching continuity of the established Marvel Cinematic Universe it doesn’t actually feature any characters that we’ve already met meaning that they can’t trade on the popularity of Iron Man or Captain America they have to rely on the corporate brand. In this world of “new things are risky let’s remake something from the 1980s” that’s kind of a big deal.

So it’s a good job they knocked it out the fucking park with this movie otherwise they’d be in trouble. Yes, it’s great and you should see it. No need to even finish reading this review. Just go. Or finish reading this review and I’ll give you a few reasons why.

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Podcast Episode 69: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Snowpiercer, A Good Day to Die Hard, And Others

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It’s that time again folks! After nearly a month without an episode we’re back to talk about all the news that is the news from July and the lead up to Comic Con 2014. We also have _Dawn of the Planet of the Apes_ and _Snowpiercer_ to talk about as well as _A Good Day To Die Hard_ which Simon saw for the first time this month (spoiler alert: he didn’t like it).

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