By Stephen Ippolito | June, 3rd, 2021
The MCU has become the most popular film franchise in the world. Its combination of entertainment and quality is like no other film series in history. I’ve always said that the MCU’s worst films are not actually bad in terms of quality. They are just not as good as the better ones.
Figuring out this list was the toughest I’ve had to do in my Top 5 series so far. But after a lot of thinking and brainstorming, I was able to come up with my Top 5 favorite films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Like many fans, going into Guardians of the Galaxy, I knew very little about the characters. I knew that they were a team like the Avengers, only they operated in space. After seeing the film, I immediately fell in love with it. It’s style of comedy, great characters and chemistry between them had not been seen to that point in the MCU. Most of its success was due to director James Gunn, who also wrote the script. For him to take characters from a series that no one really heard of, and turn them into a cult phenomenon, was really something.
I also loved how it used famous rock songs from the past throughout the whole movie. I’m usually not for this because I think it’s overdone in Hollywood, but Gunn did it just right. So right that after seeing the film, I downloaded “Hooked on a Feeling” on my iPhone.
4. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
One of the boldest and best decisions Marvel Studios ever made was hiring Taika Waititi to direct Thor: Ragnarok. Before it’s release, the studio didn’t know yet how to make a good Thor film. It was tough to do because the comic book version of the character’s personality was not really a good fit for the big screen. He was too noble, provided cheesy dialogue, just to one dimensional for the film. By bringing in Waititi, he was able to add a comedic side to his personality, and it worked perfectly.
I also loved the villain of the film, Hela. Played by Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, her entrance into the MCU was like no other. Right off the bat, she destroyed Mjölnir, killed the Warriors 3, and slayed all of Asgard’s army. These two things are just some of the reasons it’s number four on my list.
3. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
From start to finish, Avengers: Infinity War has more action than any other film in the MCU. It’s a two and a half hour thrilling roller coaster ride with action scenes taking place all over the place. Infinity War, in my opinion, is the most exciting movie in the history of the MCU.
Before it’s release, I was worried that too much was going to be cramped into it, and it would feel messy. To this point, other than Captain America: Civil War, there had never been so many characters involved in a single MCU film. However, Marvel Studios rose to the occasion and delivered. Everyone, including writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and the directors, the Russo Brothers, did a fantastic job on the much-anticipated film. This is why it’s number three on my list.
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
I have seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier more times than any other movie in the MCU. When it was airing on Starz, anytime it was on, I would tune in to watch. I could watch that film a million times, and it would still be good.
The film has it all. Non-stop exciting action, great story, cool villains, and an awesome kick-ass scene in an elevator where Cap kicks the crap out of a bunch of guys. The film was so good that it helped make the directors, the Russo Brothers, the top choice for who should helm Infinity War and Endgame. All these things are why it is my second favorite film in the MCU.
1. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
My favorite film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe just had to be Avengers: Endgame. I could have easily picked Winter Soldier or Infinity War, but in the end, I could not find a way to convince myself that Endgame is not my favorite.
From start to finish, the film does not nearly have as much action as those other two. But where it makes up in that is emotion. The movie is a three-long emotional ride that I don’t know how any true MCU fan doesn’t cry the first time they see it. There are just so many scenes that I just can’t get over. The portal scene, Captain America’s “Avengers Assemble” line, Iron Man’s sacrifice and death. All are just one of many reasons why I just had to make Avengers: Endgame my favorite MCU film.