As we’ve been doing our Marvel Avengers Re-Watch series, I’ve been thinking about ranking the individual movies from the Marvel Avengers Cinematic Universe after each film we watch and review on our podcast.
So, for a current list of the films we’ve already reviewed on our podcast, here you go:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: Civil War
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Captain America: The First Avenger
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man 3
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Thor: The Dark World
Iron Man 2
Pending Reviews: Dr. Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther
It’s hard to rank the films at the top, as they are all good and depending on my mood at the time, they could switch places with another film. Plus, with some of these films I haven’t seen them in a few months and perhaps years. That’s why I suspect as I watch them and review them, they might start switching places.
Check out our review and re-cap of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Join the Credulous Nerds, Marc and Justin, as we break down the second Avengers film and how it advances the overall story and prepares us for Avengers: Infinity War! We discuss “Who is Ultron?” We also break down Captain America and Iron Man’s agendas for world peace.
The Credulous Nerds cover Thor: The Dark World, the second film in the Thor movies and the 2nd film in Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We discuss the mythology of the the Infinity Stones and how this Thor movie stacks up against the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Join the Credulous Nerds, Justin and Marc, as Random Angst reviews Thor, the 5th movie in our Marvel Avenger’s Re-Watch series! Listen in as we break down this otherworldly Asgaardian adventure, and how Random Angst believes this is one of the better MCU movies.
Starting Jan 1, 2018 Random Angst will be starting the Avengers re-watch in anticipation of Avengers: Infinity War coming out in May. Here is the order of movies and TV shows to watch chronologically if you want to follow along. We’ll just be focusing on the Movies and one-shots, as it would be hard to watch a whole TV Season, or more, in a week. Titles listed in italicized bold text are movies, while the others are TV shows.
If you can watch one movie per week, you will be able to see all released feature films prior to Avengers: Infinity War being released. Although you’ll have to watch the upcoming The Black Panther out of order as it is due to be released on Feb. 16th and it is at the end of this list, being one of the movies to watch right before Infinity War.
1. Captain America: The First Avenger
2. Agent Carter (season 1)
3. Agent Carter (season 2)
4. Agent Carter (one-shot on Iron Man 3 DVD)
5. Iron Man
6. The Incredible Hulk
7. Iron Man 2
8. The Consultant (one-shot on the Thor DVD)
9. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer (one-shot on the Captain America: The First Avenger DVD)
12. Item 47 (one-shot on the Avengers DVD)
13. Iron Man 3
14. All Hail the King (one-shot on the Thor: The Dark World DVD)
15. Agents of SHIELD (season 1, eps 1-7)
16. Thor: The Dark World
17. Agents of SHIELD (season 1, eps 8-16)
18. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
19. Agents of SHIELD (season 1, eps 17-22)
20. Guardians of the Galaxy
21. Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2
22. Daredevil (season 1)
23. Agents of SHIELD (season 2, eps 1-10)
24. Jessica Jones (season 1)
25. Agents of SHIELD (season 2, eps 11-19)
26. Avengers: Age of Ultron
27. Agents of SHIELD (season 2, eps 20-22)
28. Daredevil (season 2, eps 1-4)
29. Luke Cage (season 1, eps 1-4)
30. Daredevil (season 2, eps 5-11)
31. Luke Cage (season 1, eps 5-8)
32. Daredevil (season 2, eps 12-13)
33. Luke Cage (season 1, eps 9-13)
35. Agents of SHIELD (season 3, eps 1-10)
36. Agents of SHIELD (season 3, eps 11-19)
37. Iron Fist (season 1)
38. Captain America: Civil War
39. Agents of SHIELD (season 3, eps 20-22)
40. The Defenders (season 1)
41. The Punisher (season 1)
42. Agents of SHIELD (season 4, eps 1-6)
43. Doctor Strange
44. Agents of SHIELD (season 4, eps 7-8)
45. Agents of SHIELD: Slingshot (season 1, eps 1-6)
46. Agents of SHIELD (season 4, eps 9-22)
47. Spider-Man: Homecoming
48. Thor: Ragnarok (concurrent with Spider-Man: Homecoming)
49. Inhumans (season 1)
50. Runaways (season 1 – on Hulu)
51. Agents of SHIELD (season 5) – January 2018 (on ABC)
52. Black Panther – February 16, 2018
53. Jessica Jones (season 2) – March 8, 2018 (on Netflix) Upcoming MCU projects:
54. Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018
55. Cloak and Dagger (season 1) – June 7, 2018 (on Freeform)
56. Luke Cage (season 2) – June 22, 2018 (on Netflix)
57. Ant Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018
Daredevil (season 3) – TBA (on Netflix)
Iron Fist (season 2) – TBA (on Netflix) Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019 Untitled Avengers film – May 3, 2019 Untitled Spider-Man sequel – July 5, 2019 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – TBA
I have been a Thor movie fan since the first Thor film, I wasn’t one who bashed Thor and how it was a weak entry in the MCU as many others did. I enjoyed the first movie and thought it had the right mix of action, love story, humor, and comic book elements to make it an enjoyable movie. Thor tied in well with the existing MCU at the time and helped with the expansion of the SHIELD storyline which was important in the beginning of the MCU.
I also enjoyed Thor: The Dark World and again, it actually has some implications that moved the whole overarching MCU storyline forward with the introduction of the aether as another Infinity Stone. The cast from the first movie was back together with some new additions and it had a good mix or humor, love, and action.
So bring on Thor 3 – Thor: Ragnarok! Right?!
THOR: RAGNAROK SPOILERS BELOW:
Well, despite the early 98% Rotten Tomatoes score (currently sitting at a 93% critic review and 90% audience reviews) and gushing reviews of “the best comedy movie from Marvel“, “Might leave you ‘Thor’ from laughter“, “The best, silly superhero yet – it is thunderful!“, “Thor is basically a blast!“, blah, blah, blah; I didn’t find Ragnarok as enjoyable as the first two Thor movies. Overall, I enjoyed Ragnarok and felt it had some great moments and introduced some great new characters – Kurg (voiced by the director, Taika Waititi) and Valkyrie, as well as the inclusion of Doctor Strange (however, that was more eye candy than anything), the addition of these great new characters was refreshing to the overall Thor storyline. The new director, Taika Waititi, also brought a new vision to the MCU that is appreciated by Random Angst.
I wasn’t very impressed with the action in Ragnarok, as outside of the Thor/Hulk gladiator sequence, all other action sequences were unimaginative and unmemorable. While the introduction of the long lost sister Hela is a great idea, I felt that she was underused and in the end she has gone the way of most other MCU villians (dead after one movie and therefore, not very powerful – or interesting). The most used and interesting MCU villian (at least up until this movie), Loki, also made an appearance in Ragnarok. However, at what point do we stop calling Loki a villian? Loki is always defeated, Thor (and the audience) knows his tricks well enough to the point that he isn’t a threat, and Thor won’t kill him (even though Loki has threatened and destroyed just as many beings as Malekith the Dark Elf, and Hela, who have both been killed off), and he has become less intimidating with each movie he has appeared in.
It’s interesting that with as many villians as Ragnarok has, I never felt that Thor was in jeopardy. Throughout the film, we are introduced to Surtur, Hela, Grandmaster, Hulk, and Loki all of whom tried to thwart, kill, or destroy Thor during the story. With this many characters trying to take out Thor, one would think that there would be large amounts of tension and conflict. For me, I didn’t get that because of the comedic beats and jokes that were prevalent throughout the movie and I think that this is a big part of the problem that I believe this film has. Again, as with the rest of the MCU, the fate of the world, universe, and our heroes lives are at stake but you wouldn’t know it as everyone is too busy cracking jokes and therefore alleviating any angst or sense of danger that would arise with our heroes being put into these dangerous situations. With a title of Ragnarok, which is the Asgardian apocalypse, I never felt a sense of urgency or that the fate of the world was at stake due to an impending doom. Which is ironic, because as we see at the end of the film Asgard as a world, nation, and people is what’s at stake and in danger of being destroyed. However, the being that allows Asgard to eventually be destroyed isn’t one of these villians – it’s Thor, the protector of Asgard, himself.
While there were a lot of average things about Thor: Ragnarok, something I enjoyed a lot was how this movie has expanded the Thor part of the MCU. I feel that in expanding the character lineup and spending time on other world’s besides Earth or Asgard, that the Thor movies and the MCU as a whole are better off. Outside of that though, there were a lot of average things about Ragnarok that dragged down the film as a whole. The most common element from the critic reviews was that it was hilarious, lots of laughs, and the funniest MCU movie yet. For me, this movie was average at best – average action, average humor, and an average storyline. I give it a C, a 7 out of 10, or a 3.5 out of 5 – take your pick.
*One thing this movie needed more of? Natalie Portman. It’s interesting how this is the least interesting Thor movie, and it’s the only movie without Jane Foster.
Thor: Ragnarok seems to have fallen into the typical, all too familiar, and now predictable, Marvel trope of telling non-stop jokes to sell movie tickets. Apparently just like every other Earth-ending, Universe-ending, event that we’ve seen in Marvel movies – the Apocalypse (Ragnarok) is just as hilarious!
“There’s a lot more to the bloated story, but honestly, none of it is very interesting. In fact, it’s endless. You don’t care what’s happening or what’s going to happen next. We’re just led from place to place for a hash of foggy reasons that no one will ever remember 10 minutes after leaving the theater. But that’s not really the point of this movie. Ragnarok is basically a Joke Delivery System — and on that score, it works.”
“Back in the day, audiences had to wait a few weeks for Mad magazine to skewer the latest self-important Hollywood blockbuster. These days, Marvel sequels arrive as parodies of the earnest, self-respecting entries that launched each character (cf. “Iron Man 2’s” undoing of all that “Iron Man” established). If only that were an indication of the genre’s own impending Ragnarok — a sign that the entire phenomenon is about to implode, only to be reborn as something more worthy of the audience’s time and intelligence.”
Rotten Tomatoes has it at a score of 98% from the hand chosen critics who’ve seen the movie up to this point in time.
Random Angst will post our review soon after seeing the movie when it is released.