When I put in my two cents on Thor: Ragnarok, I mentioned that I was questioning if it were my new favorite Marvel Studios movie. Ultimately, I decided it just couldn't be. When The Avengers came along, it was my every comic book fanboy dream come true on the screen. The magic from that movie hasn't gone away. Yet.
But then I had somebody ask me... How would you rank the rest of the Marvel movies then?
Well, this is how... at this moment, anyway...
- The Avengers (A+) — My comic book fanboy dream come true. Not much else I can say.
- Thor: Ragnarok (A++) — Hilariously funny while staying true to the character. A complete surprise.
- Captain America: Winter Soldier (A+) — Technically Marvel's #1 movie because it was just so flawlessly put together.
- Captain America: Civil War (A++) — If The Avengers was my fanboy team-up dream come true... this... this is the cherry on the top.
- Guardians of the Galaxy (A+) — A D-list team given one of the best Marvel movie treatments.
- Captain America: The First Avenger (A+) — Brilliant origin story that plays on nostalgia rather than blind patriotism.
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (A+) — Everything you want a Spider-Man movie to be.
- Doctor Strange (A) — Mind-bogglingly brilliant, beautiful, and fun.
- Iron Man (A+) — The movie that started it all. Still holds up today.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (A) — A terrific follow-up to the original made great by Baby Groot.
- Ant-Man (A) — A complete home-run for a character that doesn't seem movie-worthy.
- Iron Man 3 (A+) — A great Shane Black spin on the character that pays off because Robert Downey Jr.
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (A) — Though I enjoyed it, this was not the movie I was hoping for. Ultron was not made at all scary enough of a villain to take on The Avengers.
- Thor (B+) — Timing issues aside, this is an underrated gem of a movie.
- Thor: The Dark World (B) — I actually liked this movie a great deal, it just has a hard time when pitted against the others in this list.
- Iron Man 2 (A-) — Again... I really liked this movie (hey, it introduced us to Black Widow and Rhodey!), but it just falls short in comparison to the others.
- The Incredible Hulk (B) — A decent-but-not-great movie that feels divorced from the rest after the role was switched to Mark Ruffalo.
Interesting to note how some movies rank higher when I grade them, but lower when compared to other movies in the list. Iron Man 2 with an A- rating, for example, comes in below Thor: The Dark World with a B rating. On its own merits, Iron Man 2 had so much to love with Black Widow and Rhodey coming onboard. But it's just not as good a story as what we got with Thor: The Dark World (though, admittedly, not by much).
But what's even more interesting to note? There is not a clunker on that list. I love all the films. Marvel is firing on on cylinders, and the movies they release just keep getting better and better and the universe they're building continues to grow.
And they show no signs of slowing down. Still to come? Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Captain Marvel, Avengers 4, Spider-Man 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3.
And, if rumors are to be believed, we may actually finally get a Black Widow movie after 2019, so.... bonus points.