Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe Countdown – Part 1

With Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe coming to a close, it’s a good time for a look back at all of the previous films. This month, we’ll be counting down the best of the best of the MCU leading up to the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

10) The Incredible Hulk


The Incredible Hulk should have been great. It featured a talented cast and was helmed by a director who knows how to do action. Unfortunately, nothing in the film really works. Edward Norton and Liv Tyler’s chemistry is never any good and the supporting cast doesn’t fare much better.

While The Hulk had a good design, Abomination didn’t fare so well and ended up looking like a rejected Goomba design from the Mario Bros. movie. The action was just as embarrassing and coming from Louis Leterrier, was a huge letdown.

The only good thing I can say about Incredible Hulk is it has the best Stan Lee cameo of the MCU and, no, I’m not talking about him drinking the infected energy drink.

9) Thor: The Dark World


The Dark World is the only film in the MCU that I consider to be a bad movie. While the final fight was creative with its use of transporting Thor and Malekith through different dimensions, the film as a whole was just bland.

Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston continue to shine as Thor and Loki but the rest of the supporting cast were either incredibly bland, or downright terrible in Kat Denning’s case, or had so little screentime that they didn’t matter. Hemsworth and Natalie Portman have zero chemistry and their story arc rivals the Star Wars prequels in terms of bad love stories.

The biggest issue is that Loki outshines Thor in every scene they share. He’s just a better overall character despite Hemsworth bringing his A game as the God of Thunder himself. While it was a good business movie, including more scenes of Loki hurt the film.

8) Iron Man 2


I often consider Iron Man 2 to be the best of the worst MCU films. Following the film that launched the entire universe was no easy task and despite the best efforts of everyone involved, it just didn’t live up to the hype.

The original Iron Man struck the right balance of action, comedy and drama, a feat that the sequel fails to hit. It felt like Jon Favreau was trying to do something completely different rather than improving on the original’s faults.

What really elevates this film is the, once again, spot on cast. At this point, Robert Downey Jr. naturally fits the bill as Tony Stark. He continues to give the character a likeable persona despite Stark’s natural tendency to be cocky and arrogant. Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow continue to show amazing chemistry as Tony and Pepper’s relationship matures.


That’s part one of the MCU Countdown. Do you agree/disagree with any of these choices? Give us your countdown list in the comments and tune in next week for part two!

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