Every movie from the MCU team, ranked by review
Movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are divided into solo and group films. Kevin Feige recently announced that in the future of the MCU, team-up movies will be saved for the end of the sagas. Some of these teams, like the avengers movies, bringing together heroes from their own stand-alone adventures to unite against a common threat. Others, like eternal and the Guardians of the Galaxy films, form their teams immediately.
Team-up films with star-studded superhero ensembles tend to be more rewatchable than solo films that follow a standard “hero’s journey” structure. But some of them, like Avengers: Infinity War and the original guardians movie, deserve more reviews than others.
7 Eternals (2021)
One of the most polarizing MCU installments, eternal is disappointed by its excessive runtime. A running time of two and a half hours would be forgivable if more happened in the film. At the beginning of the film it is established that a threat of the end of the world is a week away. The Eternals then just spend the rest of the movie sitting around, waiting for that threat to appear.
eternal features 10 main characters, which are too many for any one of them to be developed enough to connect with the audience on an emotional level. The saving grace of the film is that it looks beautiful. Chloé Zhao used real shooting locations with natural light to give eternal a more authentic look than most MCU entries.
6 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The second team of Earth’s mightiest heroes, Age of Ultronis widely regarded as the weakest avengers movie It doesn’t really stand on its own terms, acting mostly as a stepping stone between other MCU films. Age of Ultron it sets up Thor’s next adventure, establishes Wakanda’s place in the universe, and gives the audience a lecture on the Infinity Stones. After all that, there isn’t much time for Ultron himself.
Ultron is a promising villain, an evil AI that can hack any system on Earth, but he doesn’t live up to his potential. The final battle is just another showdown with an army of faceless soldiers.
5 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
The sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy it’s not as tightly scripted as its predecessor. It takes a while to get up and running. The humor doesn’t come as often in the second film as it did in the first, but the dramatic storytelling is arguably even more effective this time around. Quill meets his biological father, only to discover that he already had a loving father all along.
Yondu’s redemption arc doesn’t forgive him for his unstable parenting years, but it’s clear that he always loved Quill as his own son. In the shocking finale, he gives his life to save Quill. The intergalactic funeral set to Cat Stevens’ “Father and Son” ends the sequel on a wonderfully bittersweet note that breaks fans’ hearts with every viewing.
4 Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Three-hour movies don’t usually get re-watched, though Avengers: Endgame is one of the rare exceptions. There is not a single dull moment in the film. It takes a while to get to the action with “Time Heist,” but the chilling thrills still land in the subversively understated opening act as the Avengers unfold from their worst failure in their own way.
As its title suggests, end game culminates in the mother of all battle sequences as all the heroes from across the MCU join forces to defeat Thanos and his armies. This is by far the longest film in the MCU, but iconic moments like Cap lifting Mjolnir and Iron Man saving the universe endure countless viewings.
3 The Avengers (2012)
The first avengers The movie, the grand finale of Phase 1, is the movie that proved that the bold blockbuster experiment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe could work. the avengers brought together six superheroes from five pre-existing interconnected solo films. On paper, it shouldn’t have worked. A Norse god, a government-trained black ops agent, and a World War II supersoldier are from such different worlds that they don’t belong in the same movie, but the avengers develops a tangible team dynamic between them.
The film follows a well-constructed three-act narrative that sets up the characters nicely and succinctly, then raises the stakes throughout the Helicarrier’s midsection, then brings it all together for a spectacular climactic battle on the streets of Nova York.
2 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Original by James Gunn Guardians of the Galaxy The film is a tight-knit action-adventure with an awesome soundtrack full of late 60s/early 70s. guardians strikes a perfect balance of heart and humor. It’s remembered as the MCU’s first straightforward comedy, but none of the usual Marvel bathos.
Dramatic moments are allowed to be dramatic, like Quill flying into space to save Gamora and Rocket drunkenly fighting the insults he’s faced his entire life. Guardians of the Galaxy it’s a quintessential “found family” story that stands up to countless revisions.
1 Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War it is a cinematic tour de force. The star-studded trio focuses singularly on Thanos’ quest to acquire the Infinity Stones as the Avengers make futile efforts to stop him. infinite war charges full steam towards its inevitable tragic end. The script’s brisk pace moves from action sequence to action sequence, perfectly balancing its massive ensemble.
The film still needs plenty of time to explore quieter emotional moments, like Quill’s tearful farewell to Gamora and the dusting of all beloved heroes at the heartbreaking finale. infinite war is a masterclass in action-driven blockbuster cinema that never gets old.
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