Marvel Cinematic Universe Ranked

It’s become a tradition at this point: whenever a new entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is released, everyone ranks the movies. And now that everyone on the /Film staff has had a chance to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and spend a few days digesting it, it’s time to completely refresh our list.

We invited the site’s core staff as well as our various contributors to rank all 15 movies in the MCU, with each movie earning points based on its placement in each list. This resulted in a ranked list that reflects the site as a whole rather than the opinion of Just One Person. So here it is: the world’s most accurate ranking of Marvel Studios’ output.

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avengers infinity war set photo

Those frustrating nightmare visions from Avengers: Age of Ultron may finally pay off in Avengers: Infinity War.

The visions implanted by Scarlet Witch in Age of Ultron acted largely as reflections on the various Avengers’ psyches, except for Thor’s. His vision was an explicit move to set up the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it’s one that has yet to come to fruition. Though we may finally see what his vision was teasing in Infinity War and even perhaps in Thor: Ragnarok, if this set photo from Infinity War is anything to go by.

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Stan Lee

Greetings, true believers. There’s yet another Marvel Cinematic Universe film tearing up the box office – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. As with all MCU films, there’s world-building, in-jokes, action, adventure, and of course, the prerequisite Stan Lee cameo. For more than 40 years now, Lee has been the most recognizable public face for Marvel properties, even the ones he had nothing directly to do with. Much like the Marvel post-credit sequence, a cameo from Lee is expected from fans; fans who will inevitably lean over to their theater mates and loudly whisper, “That’s Stan Lee!” when the moment arises. 

Because I’m committed to doing world-changing, issue-driven film writing, I’ve decided to rank every single Stan Lee cameo to date from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For the sake of brevity I’ll only be dealing with the MCU films, and not the wealth of other Marvel-related films and TV projects, all of which Lee appears in one form or another. Excelsior!

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Ranked

In less than a decade, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone from an ambitious pipe dream to an inescapable box-office juggernaut. Now, as Doctor Strange kicks off the first major new sub-franchise of Phase Three, we wanted to take a look back at the fourteen films released so far. Which soared? Which fell flat on their faces? After the jump, get our rundown of all fourteen films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ranked.

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X-Men ApocalypseWhy does Robert Downey Jr. says Captain America: Civil War is like his little Iron Man 4? What does Henry Cavill have to say about the destruction in Man of Steel and his take on Superman? Which movies will play for Fandango’s Captain America marathon leading up to Civil War? All that and more on this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

2016 mtv movie awards nominations

It’s easy to make fun of the MTV Movie Awards. I know this because I did so in the headline of this very article. And yet, when you really break it down, they’re no more ridiculous than the Golden Globes – if the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association can come together to nominate a bunch of movies for statuettes, then why not allow the people running MTV to hand out buckets of golden popcorn to people they like?

So I hold no strong opinions on the 2016 MTV Movie Awards nominations. Are these the movies that I would have nominated for awards? Nah. But these most certainly are the movies MTV executives and producers think their audience wants to see nominated. In other words, welcome to an awards ceremony dominated by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Deadpool, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Joss Whedon directing The Avengers

Considering Avengers: Age of Ultron basically broke Joss Whedon, it shouldn’t come as any big surprise that he’s tapped out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But in case there was ever any doubt, Whedon has now confirmed that yes, indeed, he is done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As he put it, he and Marvel have made “a completely clean break.” Read the Joss Whedon Marvel Cinematic Universe comments after the jump. Read More »

What Are the Most Pirated Movies of 2015?

Furious 7

Generally speaking, studios, filmmakers, and stars are happy to see their films land on awards shortlists or critics’ top 10s. But then there are the lists they’d probably rather not be on, like this one of the most pirated movies of 2015.

To be sure, most of these movies did just fine even without the pirates’ box-office dollars. This year’s #2, Furious 7, was a favorite of pirates basically from the moment it opened, and it still managed to set records. (Records which were later broken by Jurassic World and then Star Wars, but never mind that.) Still, it’s gotta be annoying to think of all the money they didn’t make because some people didn’t feel like paying. Especially since a couple of these titles could’ve used that extra boost. Find out what the most pirated movies of 2015 are after the jump.

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avengers 2 deleted scene

I’ve gone the record many times that I’m a big fan of Avengers: Age of Ultron and will do so again here: I am a big fan of Avengers: Age of Ultron. I like its weird energy and how jam-packed with stuff it is. I love the banter between these characters and I love watching their relationships put through the grinder. Marvel’s name may be above the title, but this is a Joss Whedon movie thorough and through – you come out of this shiny, colorful, pop culture extravaganza feeling a little roughed up. It’s his way.

Any yet, I’ll be the first to admit that it feels like there are pieces of the story missing and important beats excised. This is especially evident on repeat viewings, where you can really start to see unnecessary, studio-mandated scenes (like Thor’s dumb cave adventure) butting heads with the stuff that actually matters. A new deleted scene from the film has been revealed as part of that new Marvel Cinematic Universe phase 2 box set and it feels like the kind of thing that really should have been in the final cut… and not just because it’s a fight scene between Thor and Vision.

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Avengers Age of Ultron - Natasha and Bruce

Iron Man’s got his high-tech suit, Captain America’s got his super-soldier serum, Hulk’s got his gamma ray-induced rage powers, and Hawkeye’s got his Katniss Everdeen-level archery skills. But the Avengers’ true secret weapon might be bromance.

Any blockbuster can offer city-destroying CG mayhem, and these days most of them do. What makes the MCU the MCU is all the stuff that happens in between — the quips, the bickering, the friendship, the flirting. Take away the superpowers and high-tech gadgets and megalomaniacal robots, and you’re left with the foundation for a solid ensemble romcom.

Watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe romantic comedy remix after the jump.  Read More »