The Films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Ranked, Simon’s Edition

Marvel Studios' BLACK WIDOW

Matt loves a list way more than I do, not through any sense of my own hatred of them, but more than I find it hard to find the time or energy to rate art against itself. But Matt’s ranking of the Marvel movies was too interesting to resist texting him my own (very different list), which he then encouraged me to put up as a companion post. So here it is!

Please remember that A) lists aren’t facts, art is subjective and B) my value starts and stops at “is it creative/fun?” these days, so feel free to disagree. We’re both right.

Anyway, here’s my list of Marvels.

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The Films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Ranked, Black Widow Edition

Marvel Studios' BLACK WIDOW

Well, here’s a thing that I haven’t done in quite a while. The last time I wrote out a full ranking of the films in the MCU there were only 14 entries in the franchise. Only. Now, there are 24, plus the three limited series on Disney+, and if that doesn’t sound like a lot? There are ten movies and ten series on deck in the next two years.

If you had any doubts about the Marvel money train slowing down? Think again!

For the purposes of this list I am only looking at the films, and thinking back on how they all work (or not). This list is obviously my opinion, but feel free to agree or disagree with me here or on the social medias.

Without any further ado, here are all the Marvel films ranked from worst to first, according to Matthew.

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

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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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The State of the Universe: The Current State of, and Speculation on What’s To Come In, The Marvel Cinematic Universe **Updated**

Marvel

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Marvel Cinematic Universe lately. There has been nine feature films to date as well as five short films and sixteen episodes (out of twenty-two) of the television series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. That’s a lot of storytelling right there so as much for my own benefit as for yours I’m going to run down the current state of the universe as it stands right now, immediately post Captain America: The Winter Soldier and after episode 16 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as I see it and offer some speculation as to where things are going.

This is obviously going to contain spoilers for, well, everything in the MCU so far so my recommendation is to get caught up before you read this. Either that or no complaining. I’m also making predictions about what I think is going to happen moving forward so if I’m right, and I all but know that I am about one thing in particular, then consider this your spoiler warning.

Also go get yourself a cup of coffee or something because this is going to take a while.

Ok? Ok. Let’s do this.

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Awesome: Next Marvel One-Shot ‘All Hail The King’ to Feature The Mandarin in Prison

All Hail the King

The Marvel One-Shot films have all been pretty great, and each one has been better than the last. EW has the news that the next one will feature Ben Kingsley reprising his role from Iron Man 3. Beware: Iron Man 3 spoilers ahead.

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Matt’s 2013: The Best List

Best of 2013

2013 was a good year for the movies. It had its ups and downs, but in the end there was a pretty good crop of films and more than a few great ones.

I’ve already revisited the films I was most looking forward to and the films I liked the least and now it is time to look at the films I liked best.

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Matt’s 2013: Most Anticipated Revisited

Most Anticipated 2013

At the start of this year I posted a list of what were then the films I was most looking forward to in 2013. The list was a bit of a mixed bag, everything from Shakespearean comedy to superheroes to complicated generational drama.

Over the course of the year I managed to see all of the films on that list and review them. Here’s a rundown of which were hits and which were misses.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E04 and S01E05 Discussion

Agents of SHIELD

Ok it has been a while since I wrote about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s been nearly a month actually and in that time there have been two new episodes.

There are a few reasons for this. The first is that I was on holiday. The second is that, as much as I hate to say it, I haven’t been enjoying the show. So here’s a brief recap of the episodes we missed and the some discussion about the state of the show and where it’s going.

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Something for the Weekend: Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 is one of the better Marvel Cinematic Universe movies so far, with a great outing from Robert Downey Jr. and a new tone and directorial style from Shane Black, it really does stand out from the growing crowd of Marvel films.

So why not pick yourself up a copy? Below you’ll find links to buy it on iTunes, or on Blu-Ray or 3D Blu-Ray from Amazon. The Blu-Ray isn’t technically released until Tuesday the 24th but if you buy on iTunes you can have it right now.

Full disclosure: these are affiliate links and if you use them we get a cut, and us getting a cut means that it’ll be easier to keep the site running. So, you know, please do that.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Will Rewrite Ultron’s Origin and Some Speculation On What It Might Be

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Yesterday you read that Avengers 2 is officially going to be called “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. This raised quite a few questions, especially regarding Hank Pym, aka Ant Man, who in the comics created Ultron.

MovieWeb spoke to Joss Whedon about it and now we have some answers and also a few more questions.

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Nagging Feelings About Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

The more I think about Iron Man the more I am of two minds on the movie. For all the reasons I previously stated the movie works, but there’s a lot of things nagging at me.

I’m going to talk about a few of those things and this is going to contain spoilers. Pretty massive spoilers actually so if you haven’t seen the movie stop reading right now. Go see it. It’s definitely a movie you should see in theatres. Once you’ve seen it come back and read this.

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