Best of: Avengers Movies

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Written by: Shelleah Pedersen

This week the highly anticipated "Avengers: Infinity War", a Marvel masterpiece that took nearly a decade to complete, will finally hit the big screen! Expected to be one of the biggest blockbusters in years, we decided that all content on Fried Plantains this week would be dedicated to the Avengers. First up, a list of the best Avengers movies, from best to worst:

We realized that choosing just one movie for the number one spot was rather difficult as there were three movies that we felt could be ranked as #1. With that said, here are our top three picks:

"Black Panther" - 2018
As said by many before, "Black Panther" was truly the first of its kind in the Marvel Universe. Backing away from the typical superhero stereotype, Marvel successfully gave fans what they've been waiting years for. The special effects, action-packed scenes and the storyline were extremely well-received by viewers and critics alike, making this one of, if not the best Marvel movie.

Tom Holland stole the hearts of many as the new Spider-Man in "Captain America: Civil War" so it only made sense to give him a movie of his own. When "Spider-Man: Homecoming" released, families and Marvel fans flocked to cinemas to get an inside look at the life of the new Spider-Man. If you saw the blockbuster, then you know that Tom Holland is here to stay and casting him was, hands-down, one of Marvel's best decisions.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" (Vol 1. and Vol 2.) - 2014 & 2017
The Star-Lord and his crew serve as the perfect example of #friendshipgoals. If you ever wanted to be friends with a group of alien butt-kicking superheroes, this the group for you. "Guardians of the Galaxy" was one of the first Marvel movies where audiences actually laughed out loud for a majority of the movie rather than just sitting on the edge of their seats anticipating the next big action scene. Action and humour were perfectly combined in both "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies which made us even more excited when we saw that they will be joining the fight against Thanos in "Infinity War". 

"The Avengers" - 2012
When "The Avengers" released 6 years ago, the world got a taste of what was to come in terms of Marvel's future "Avengers" movies. Bringing together popular superheroes proved to be a good move on Marvel's part as the movie grossed over $1.5 billion at the global box office.

The third "Thor" movie was by far the most successful as brothers Thor and Loki reunited, viewers met their evil, estranged sister, the Hulk made an appearance and Thor had viewers laughing for nearly the entire 130 minutes. While this was the movie in which Asgard was destroyed, viewers were left hopeful that Thor and his entourage would find their way to a new planet that they could, eventually, call home. Meaning, there will likely be a fourth "Thor" which is fine by us after "Thor: Ragnarok"...well, that is if Taika Waititi will be directing it.

Surpassing its predecessors, "Captain America: Civil War" was the Captain America movie that finally delivered. Action-packed scenes, character development and the bringing together of various Marvel superheroes made the third Captain America the only must-see in the trilogy.

While controversy on whitewashing brewed for several months following the release of "Doctor Strange", fans of Benedict Cumberbatch were delighted to see him in a Marvel movie. Cumberbatch, known for his cunning nature and impressive ability to remember even the slightest of details in "Sherlock", was hands-down the best pick for Doctor Strange. Arrogant, entitled and in dire need of a spirtiual awakening, Stephen Strange proves his worth as the big screen's newest Marvel superhero. 

We can't forget to mention all of the entertaining interviews between him and Spider-Man, which has us even more excited to see them together on the big screen!

"Iron Man" - 2008
When "Iron Man" released in 2008, Marvel fans were overjoyed that there was finally a superhero movie that wasn't focused on Spider-Man or the Hulk. Charismatic, innovative and witty, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man was an excellent casting choice by Marvel. With his Iron Man suit and a variety of superpowers previously unseen on the big screen, "Iron Man" was a smashing success, both visually and story-wise, for Marvel in the late 2000s. 

"Ant-Man" - 2015
Maybe it's just us but we didn't see Paul Rudd as an appropriate fit for a Marvel superhero. While the concept is interesting, the actual story and Rudd's portrayal of a superhero who can shrink to the size of an ant is subpar at best. Overall, "Ant-Man" was a movie that you wouldn't think twice about after leaving the cinema. So, what can we expect from the sequel? We can't say yet but we hope it's something bigger and better than "Ant-Man". 

While the intention behind the second "Avengers" was to bring together everyone's favourite superheroes and create an epic story, the movie turned out to be a big mess, short of a disaster. Viewers welcomed a plethora of superheroes on the big screen but with more than a few plot holes in the story, they left the cinema with one too many questions to make this a successful, well-received Marvel movie.

"Thor" - 2011
The world welcomed Chris Hemsworth as Thor with open arms, because who else could so excellently portray a buff, blonde superhero with a hammer than Hemsworth? That's right, no one. Delivering just the right amount of action and comedy, Thor is one of the more light-hearted, fun superheroes of the Marvel bunch, making him instantly likable.

As they say, try and try again. Unfortunately, for the Captain America sequel, the mark was missed, again. Well, we can only say this after "Captain America: Civil War". However, the sequel to "Captain America: First Avenger" was times better than its predecessor. The action-packed sequel proved that Chris Evans could grow as an actor and deliver a greater all-American superhero the second time around.

"Iron Man 3" - 2013
Oh, Iron Man, what happened? "Iron Man 3" is your typical superhero movie with nothing substantial to set it apart from the rest. Well, that is except for better cinematography and special effects. Otherwise, the only other thing we can say about the third "Iron Man" is that it was better than the second but worse than the first but that's to be expected, right?

"Iron Man 2" - 2010
The sequel to 2008's extremely well-received "Iron Man" was quite a let down for Marvel fans. While Robert Downey Jr. continued to charm audiences, the story didn't sit well with viewers and critics as it felt that it was desperately trying to rake in the same reviews and praise as its predecessor.

Set during World War II, Marvel took a leap of faith and ended up a bit of mud. While "Captain America: The First Avenger" set the premise for all things Avengers and introduced fans to Captain America, the overly proud sense of American nationalism was hard to ignore. In fact, in many countries, the movie was called "The First Avenger" in order to attract more viewers.

After the excitement "Thor" brought in 2011, fans were expecting much more with the sequel. Unfortunately, they didn't get it. "Thor: The Dark World" wasn't horrible but it wasn't anything close to being a good Marvel movie, thus landing it in the second to worst spot on our list.

Edward Norton is a great actor but he was not a great Hulk. Marvel did the right thing replacing him with Mark Ruffalo for all future Hulk appearances but with Edward Norton at the forefront of 2008's "The Incredible Hulk", it was anything but incredible. Thus, earning itself the last spot on our list, making it the worst Marvel movie to date.

Do you agree with our list? Which Marvel movies were your favourite? What about least favourite? Let us know in the comments below!


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