So I, a film critic, should tell you guys something, watching everything in the MCU simply made me depressed, noticing mostly their repetitious predictability, accompanied by hardly subliminal racism. I mean, I can certainly respect what they get right, that is, the ability to keep fans of the franchise pleased over the years. I acknowledge that these movies are not intended to be Citizen Kane, just a mode of escape from daily life. But I am going to critique these films as art, which means I am going to say things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe that you’re probably going to hate reading. Thus, I have lots of unpopular opinions that are focused more on storytelling quality than entertainment.
So, let the list commence!
#20. Thor: Ragnarok 2017
#19. Captain Marvel 2019
#18. Doctor Strange 2016
#17. Ant-Man and the Wasp 2018
#16. Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015
#15. Black Panther 2018
#14. Captain America: The First Avenger 2011
#13. Avengers: Infinity War 2018
#12. The Avengers 2012
#11. Thor: The Dark World 2013
#10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014
#9. Ant Man 2015
#8. Iron Man 3 2013
#7. Thor 2011
#6. Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017
#5. Captain America: Civil War 2016
#4. Iron Man 2008
#3. Iron Man 2 2010
#2. Guardians of the Galaxy 2014
#1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017
Now, before you get out your pitchforks and torches, I want to explain more of what I learned from ranking these films.
I learned how the series is all about the worship of the American dream: get rich, get laid, make everyone else feel bad for what they don’t have; demeaning impoverished countries like Iran and Russia in the process, painting them as the villains that want to destroy the American dream. This sort of message aims specifically to the vulnerable minds of kids in the form of physically advanced people. It is specially designed propaganda encouraging a future American government mentally equipped to fight terrorism, seeing the enemy less as human and more as alien. Considering that today’s youth market are receiving this mentality as we have just now progressed into the Trump era, this terrifies me.
I’m not trying to stop you from watching the MCU. Several of these characters, including Ant-Man and Thor, have the right motivation to fight against certain enemies: they want to protect their loved ones. Especially when the whole Avengers team unites, they overcome personal grudges to understand the greater crisis at hand: the safety of the people they are assigned to protect. In real life, there are always people that we are called to protect, and you don’t have to be in the army or wear a metal suit to fight. You can be a hero just by “doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy's shoulders to let him know that the world hadn't ended.” -Batman
So you can still believe that Winter Soldier or Civil War is the best of to pack, that just means its values personally speak to you in a way that makes you want to take action against what makes you pound your fist on the table. You can keep watching these movies despite all I said, just acknowledge both the good and bad that exists in whatever you watch. I already did so, now you can go do the same.