It’s finally Friday! Which means 6 more days until Captain America: Civil War comes out! I thought I’d take the time to list my top 5 personal favorite movies in the MCU thus far! Right now, there are a total of 12 films. Captain America: Civil War will make it 13. Marvel has released some of the best movies to date because they know how to recruit good directors and actors as well. Some movies didn’t live up to its expectations while some were instant hits after their release. So, counting down, here are my top 5 marvel movies.
- Captain America: The First Avenger
I know most of the critics were pretty harsh when this movie came out but this movie is one of my favorites. The reason why this is one of my favorites is because it’s the world’s first avenger and it was set in a time period before the U.S. was technologically advanced. Dr. Erskine, along with Howard Stark, would push that barrier with the Super Soldier Serum. Erskine elected Steve Rogers to be a part of this program because even though he had limitations, he would still remain the good person that he is today. Steve Rogers doesn’t see himself as a super hero. He sees himself as a kid doing his duty to defend his country. I just found that element in this movie so compelling.
- Iron Man
The movie that started it all. When Marvel announced that they would start their own cinematic universe, there was some skepticism because they didn’t own the rights to some of their popular characters. Some of those characters were Spider-Man (didn’t own the rights at the time), Fantastic Four and X-men. I think what made this movie so great was casting Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. I believe that he was made for this role because Downey has that personality Tony Stark has in the comics. The story, the action and cameo by Nick Fury came together so flawlessly that it’s no surprise how Marvel got to be so huge today.
- Guardians of the Galaxy
Before this movie came out, I honestly believed that this would be Marvel’s first mess up in their phase 2 line up. Marvel proved me wrong. The comedic, space “Avengers” team was just so incredibly put together that when I walked out of the theater, I said to myself “never doubt Marvel again.” James Gunn did the impossible and delivered a fun, action packed film and I’d never thought a talking raccoon would make me die laughing and a talking tree that would make me so emotional. Comedy and great actors made this movie so great that it’s no doubt on my top 5 list.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Russo Brothers did an AMAZING job with this movie. This felt like a real espionage, political thriller movie rather than a super hero movie. What made this movie click was Steve living in this new world and finding out that his long lost friend, Bucky, is alive but turned assassin. That emotional realization turned to horror when Cap and co. finds out Hydra infiltrated Shield and climbed through the ranks within the government. It was a well written story along with great action sequences and emotional character interaction. The Russo brothers definitely deserved to direct the 3rd Captain America installment and as well as the 2-part Infinity War saga.
- Marvel’s The Avengers
My favorite movie was a tossup between this movie and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But, I have to go with Joss Whedon’s excellent work on bringing the team together. I had my doubts on this movie as well because you have all these characters with big egos, how could you possibly get them into 1 room and work together? But, Whedon pulled it off. The final battle scene (Battle of New York) is probably my favorite fight scene in the MCU thus far. Every character had a moment to shine and the story flowed very well and every action had a reaction. It made sense to kill off Agent Phil Coulson (even though he’s not dead) because he’s been the glue in the MCU showing up in every movie since Iron Man. His death impacted the avengers, made them come together and save the world.
There you have it! My top 5 favorite MCU movies. I’m sure this list will probably change once I see Captain America: Civil War but we’ll have to wait and see!
Thanks for reading!