For those that know me, I am without a doubt the BIGGEST MCU fan around as well as just a movie nut in general. I’ve read the comics, haven’t missed a premier since Iron Man, and have watched all the movies more than I’d like to admit. It’s a healthy obsession.
With Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 hitting theaters soon, I felt this was the appropriate time to cover, what I’m currently feeling, as the top 10 MCU movies to date. Now again, this list is what I’m CURRENTLY feeling, so for those that get upset that I missed out on their favorite movie, rest assured there’s a strong likelihood that it’ll be on my list next time around.
10. Doctor Strange
The Master of the Mystic Arts is well introduced in this 2016 blockbuster starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The cinematic excellence is revolutionary with introductions to the mirror dimension along with the dimension fight scene against Dormammu. Plus, it’s our first true introduction to the quantum realm… AMAZING!
9. Spider-Man: No Way Home
As any Spider-Man fanatic will agree, having Tom, Toby, and Andrew share the screen was something I’ll never forget. Along with the reappearances of Green Goblin, Doc Oc, Electro, Sandman, and Lizard? Sheesh. While the movie felt like a lot at times it was a beautiful conclusion to the Tom Holland Spider-Man trilogy. But is it the conclusion?…
8. Spider-Man: Far From Home
My favorite Spider-Man movie, FFH is Peter Parker’s moment where he finally comes to terms with who he is while trying to keep the ones around him safe. I remember being introduced to Mysterio as a kid and was in ah of his illusions. To me, the casting of Jake Gyllenhaal was the greatest choice. Plus, the CGI effects were unbelievable.
7. Iron Man
You can’t have a top 10 list of MCU movies without including Iron Man. That’s just sinful. Robert Downey Jr. plays the most PERFECT version of Tony Stark which we all came to know and love. His witty humor, sarcastic gestures, and douchebag personality was everything and more.
6. Black Panther
Wakanda Forever Chadwick, Wakanda Forever. I remember being on a party bus back in college when the news broke that Boseman had passed away. I was tipsy, yes, but the feelings still hit as strong as they would’ve had I been 100% sober. Black Panther brings a new world to life with incredible visuals, heartbreaking loss, and incredible meaning. The introduction of the strongest metal in the world and showing how desperate parties are to obtain vibranium is nuts. Shows how ignorant and how far people will go for what they want… power.
5. Thor: Ragnarok
Without a doubt the best Thor movie made, Taika Waititi takes the God of Thunder to a whole new level. A level filled with love, strength, and most importantly… humor! Chris Hemsworth yet again excels at the title character while the introductions of Cate Blanchette (Hela), Jeff Goldblum (Grandmaster), and Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie) help make this movie as strong as it is. Also, having Loki and Bruce Banner aka the Hulk is an added bonus!
4. Guardians of the Galaxy
A great soundtrack + a phenomenal cast + an amazing director = PERFECTION.
Guardians of the Galaxy is typically seen on the top of my MCU lists but with the new movie coming out, I had to place it down a little to help ease my anticipation. That makes no sense but I’m just going to go with it. I could go off on this movie but for the interest of viewership, I’ll keep it short and sweet. The cast was put together so perfectly for this movie and while I was VERY hesitant with Dave Bautista playing the role of Drax… it couldn’t have been better.
3. Captain America: Winter Soldier
If you’ve made it this far you may be wondering, “Didn’t Austan have Civil War here on his recent Twitter post?” Yes, yes I did and that was indeed a typo. Next time I’m making a salad I’ll be sure to wait to tweet until after the last crouton is devoured.
See, I’ve always been a fan of Captain America. Steve Rogers was the kid that had nothing going for him with the exception of his friendship with Bucky. They always had each other’s backs. That friendship is truly put to the test in Winter Soldier where Steve has to go to great lengths to free his friend from the brainwashing powers of Hydra.
2. Avengers: Infinity War
I truly don’t think there’s a bad or slow scene in this incredible part one of the conclusion of the Infinity Saga. Truth be told I saw this movie not once nor twice but SEVEN times in theaters. It’s that good?
With the Avengers spread across the galaxy, Thanos is one step closer to the snap which will lead to the loss of half the universe. He’d need to go to great lengths to reach his ultimate goal which leads to decisions that hold devastating consequences.
1. Avengers: Endgame
Here we are. Number one. A movie that would go on to break multiple records, break the hearts of millions and become an instant classic. Avengers: Endgame.
With half the universe now gone and fast-forwarding five years, all seems to be lost for Earth’s mightiest heroes. The Avengers are no longer together, Thanos rests in his garden and there’s nothing they can do to change what happened. Or is there?
Zipping through 3 hours of cinematic brilliance courtesy of the Russo brothers, Scott Lang introduces the Quantum Realm and time travel which ultimately leads to victory, however, with great loss. A beautiful ending to an unforgettable adventure.
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