Nothing says business in movies like Marvel Cinematic Universe does. Not only they have successful comic book universes but their on-screen adaptations have been entertaining us for about half a century now. In 1944 we saw the first adaptation of Captain America in the form of a TV series and since then we haven't looked back and neither has Marvel. Even on the brink of bankruptcy, when they had to sell rights to some of their characters, the movies never stopped coming and although the Marvel Cinematic Universe might just seem like a big money-making move, for us fans, it's all our wildest dreams coming true.
We know that after reading the Phase I of Marvel's worst-to-best, you have been eagerly waiting for the Phase II. So here you go.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Edward Norton as the green-bodied smashing machine wasn't a smashing success at the box office with the actor's own displeasure at doing the movie, which was apparent and probably one of the reasons it wasn't the usual Marvel success.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Although the villain didn't actually scare us very much, the introduction of War Machine, who is now a part of Avengers, could not have happened at a better time. Also, Black Widow was introduced for the first time in this movie.
X-Men The Last Stand (2006)
With X2 raising the bar very high, it took a lot for The Last Stand to match up to the expectations and they did so by unraveling the depths of the characters.
X2 can easily be called another Wolverine movie with the battle intensifying between two warring sections of the mutants. With the introduction in X-Men, this movie just took a step forward in setting the benchmark in everything a sequel should be.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
It is very difficult to match the combination of action and story the predecessors of this series have achieved. But they have still done a decent job of it with multiple characters and plot lines with everyone getting decent screen time.
The first movie that introduced us to what today is a popular and successful franchise. The world of mutants who might live among us in secret is enchanting and at the same time frightening regarding the prospect. Not only this movie gave a boost to the superhero movie genre but it gave the idea that a series can be made from these characters.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
If you have doubts about how awesome this movie is, even the Academy thinks this was one of the best and awarding it with an Oscar. We see a darker side to what the Spider-Man can be, thus reiterating the fact that with great power comes great responsibility.
The movie that put Spider-Man on the global map has been the best of the series and nothing has surpassed it. While we wait for the Homecoming, the sweet nostalgia factor of Tobey Maguire still remains.
The Asgardian saga that started with this movie not only gave us two adorable brothers (one is adopted) but the whole concept of realms and the Gods was expertly handled, paving way for out-of-the-world characters that were introduced later.
X-Men: Days of the Future Past (2014)
You do not mess with time until it is absolutely necessary. After X-Men First Class, our wishlist included seeing the older actors and younger ones in one movie. Guess what? Someone heard us and delivered this on a platter, which was appetizing and heart-filling.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
More of a war movie than a superhero one, this story was required not only to explain what Steve Rogers is made of but also to understand the havoc Hydra can wreak, which leads to the events of the later movies. The whole Captain America – Peggy Carter angle that made way for another series makes us want to watch more of Steve Rogers in his time.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
The first movie in a franchise, which was introduced as a prequel and with a bunch of new actors. Not only it pleased the comic and animated series fans very much (we finally got to see the X-Men in yellow suits) but it was also a wonderfully made movie.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
With its own share of surprises that we did not see coming, not only did the movie gave an explosive finale to the series (if you get what we mean), it also was one of the highlights of the MCU.
X-Men Apocalypse (2016)
One more addition to the franchise and exploring the glimpse of mutants we saw in the First Class with a new timeline and a very formidable foe, this movie was a treat to watch.
This Paul-Rudd starrer might or might not be a series of its own but it is certainly one of the better Marvel ventures.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Only Marvel can take the risk of introducing this band of misfits and making it the comedy-action extravaganza, which did not take itself. With 80's music and traveling through the deepest realms of space, we wish other space sagas take a leaf out of this movie and work on the humor factor.
The Avengers (2012)
The first mega team-up, which we were all waiting for, delivered exceeding our expectations and concluding the Phase I of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a finale that was filled with action, wit and all our favorite superheroes.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2011)
This is the movie where everything changed and to introduce surprises which were groundbreaking in a movie which affects multiple storylines is no easy task. But this movie delivered and set the tone for Phase II.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Concluding Phase II with this epic battle with a foe, which needed some new team-mates and the return of the old favorites. Not only did this movie move the story forward but it also did an excellent job of it.
Iron Man (2008)
On the shoulders of Robert Downey Jr. rested the beginning of Marvel's most ambitious and successful project and boy did he deliver! Not only the snappy dialogs and awesome action scenes but also the level to which Tony Stark was humanized makes us shower love not only on the series but also on the whole franchise.
Doctor Strange (2016)
One word for this movie – magical (pun intended, obviously). Right from the effects to the storyline, everything screamed magic and the real star of the show is certainly Doctor Strange's cape.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
This is the unofficial Avengers movie and it was a treat to watch them fighting among themselves going easy and yet not-too-easy on their opponents.
The merc with a mouth is the first R-rated movie by Marvel and they have done such a wonderful job that it actually tops our list. This fourth-wall breaking superhero is certainly someone we want to see more of.
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