#1 Thor Ragnarok (2017)
My all time guilty pleasure. What a masterpiece Taika Waititi created with the fantastic Thor 3- Thor Ragnarok. By far the best out of the trilogy, this film brings a whole new side to Thor, Hulk and Loki along with creating an incredible villain, Hela which I'm sure we'll be seeing again soon. The comedic aspects of the film are perfectly timed with the wonderful Jeff Goldblum's Grand Master being a personal favourite character of mine. The whole movie is an experience and one that never gets old, the music, the style and tone are what-for me- makes it my favourite Marvel movie to date.
#2 Black Panther (2018)
Now this is how you make a cultural phenomenon. Marvel along with Kevin Feige and director, Ryan Coogler pulled out all the stops to make Black Panther the most detailed, diverse and indiscriminate comic book movie ever made. Coogler did a fantastic job at portraying Wakanda as a citadel of technological advances previously unseen by the public and audience. The world building, the character development including villains with believable motives and protagonists with flaws are what makes Black Panther arguably the most complex and intricate Marvel movie- and that's why it's my 2nd favourite.
#3 Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Perhaps one of the hardest hitting Marvel Cinematic Universe movies as of yet, Captain America Civil War certainly delivers on (most of) it's promises. We are treated to some incredible action scenes, namely the Airport Battle and final battle between Captain America and Iron Man which was a fantastic experience to witness on the silver screen. The Russo Brother's second installment of a Marvel film after the wonderful Winter Solider proved to be a masterpiece with great action intertwined with political aspects and of course great comedic moments from the likes of Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark. This film certainly is paving the way for Infinity War as the characters are going to have to work as the Avengers one final time in order to defeat the Mad Titan.
#4 Avengers (Assemble) (2012)
Joss Whedon's crossover event that changed cinematic history was by far one of the best cinematic experiences you could have... well.. experienced. Every character from the past 4 years of films are coming together to fight Loki the brother of Thor. We had Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Nick Fury- oh and Hawkeye. It was an event that shaped the way that Marvel was going and has lead to bigger bolder events since, including the upcoming Avengers 3, Infinity War. By far one of the best scenes of the movie was the 'Ring Of Avengers' scene with the bombastic score by Alan Silvestri was a spine-tingling experience.
#5 Iron Man (2008)
The one that started it all. Jon Favreau's incredible first MCU installment set the bar high for what came next. I have personally always adored Iron Man/Tony Stark, he was the very first superhero I watched and I just immediately fell in love with the character. The movie holds a special place in my nerdy heart as it was the one that begun this immense journey to Infinity War and without this, we wouldn't have what we have now. One of my favourite scenes being the very first MK-1 Version Iron Man emerging from the caves was superb and I'll always treasure it.
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Welcome to the second post of this our Infinity War Week. Today I, Josh, will be counting down my Top 5 MCU films before Infinity War.
#1 Captain America: Winter Soldier- 9/10
Ever since I first watched this film in the cinema I fell in love with this film. It is a political spy thriller filled with twists,turns and shocks. It becomes emotional for the characters on screen. I find this film nearly perfect. This film made me fall in love with Bucky's character becoming one of my favourites. The return of Nick Fury was certainly a treat and the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D was depicted really well. This film created a new found respect towards Captain America for me, as it truly shows how great of a hero he is. The Russo Brother's first entry into the MCU is certainly one to remember.
#2 Captain America:Civil War-8.8/10
To this day I remember watching the first trailer for this. I was so hyped for this film more than any other film before it (that mantle has now passed to Infinity War). Ironically Captain America is my least favourite Avenger but his 2nd and 3rd films are my favourite in the whole MCU. This type of film has never been done before in the superhero genre (unless you count BvS that was released earlier that year). What makes this film so unique is that two people can view the film in an entirely different ways. One person can be wishing for Iron Man to succeed and the other Captain America. Personally I was team Iron Man and that final fight was one of the most emotional fight scenes i have witnessed. The airport scene is my favourite fight sequence in the whole MCU as it pitched hero against hero and only ended when there was a fatal injury . The inclusion of Black Panther and Spider Man was amazing as both newbies gave great performances and created more excitement for their solo movies. The Russo Brothers did another incredible job with this film, I have complete faith in them for Infinity War.
#3 Thor Ragnarok 8.5/10
Taika Waititi's installment into the MCU was outstanding. Following up on probably the weakest films in the franchise was hard. Thor Dark World is arguably the worst MCU film, so a change of formula was needed. Changing Thor from a serious hero to a comedic one was a breath of fresh air. Chris Hemsworth's performance was his best yet and Mark Ruffalo's performance was also amazing, heck every character in this film did such a great job that it's hard to choose one singular stand out performance. Hela is one of the best villains to date and her screen presence was something else. The humour was mostly great, however there were points where it didn't land for me. If Thor does the impossible and lives after the events of Infinity War and its predecessor I would love to see a Thor 4 with Taika Waititi as the director again.
#4 Avengers Assemble- 8.5/10
I will never forget my first showing of this film. I watched this film in the cinema the weekend before my sats 6 years ago this weekend (wow that means I watch Avengers 3 exactly years to the date of me watching Avengers 1). This film blew all of my expectations. Joss Whedon did such a great job bringing together all the members. The divide throughout the film, before they join together at the end was really well done and the fight in the forest was spectacular. The scene with them all joining forces and the camera panning around them as they stand in a circle still gives me chills to this day. Everyone's arc throughout this film is great. This film made cinematic history as for the first time ever characters from different film franchises came together in one movie, and we're so glad it worked as it set up the events for the upcoming Infinity War.
#5 Black Panther- 8.4/10
Ryan Coogler's 'Black Panther' only hit theatres this February and it is already number 5, unfortunately I have only watched it once ,but when I finally manage to watch it for a second time it could possibly climb a couple of places as Black Panther is slowly becoming one of my favourite MCU heroes. The whole cast in this film is amazing, from Klaue to Shuri to M'Baku to Okoye and T'Challa. This film is heavily political like winter soldier which I really like and Killmonger uses it to his advantage. This is one of the only times where I have agreed with the villains motives over the hero's, the only downfall he has is the way he executes his plan. For me Killmonger is by far the greatest MCU villain , however he could be knocked off by Thanos (I see Loki and Bucky as more Anti-heroes rather than full on villains). The only downfall I have with this film is the lack of action, for a superhero film there simply wasn't enough and the final fight between T'Challa and Killmonger was all CGI. That is the part of the film that lets it down for me. If there was a greater scale of action this could easily be challenging Civil War or Winter Soldier. The world building, the music, the people, the colours everything about this film is stunning, I will never forget the boat ride to the waterfall near the start as it's such a visual and audio masterpiece. I love how each tribe got their own colours and sections of the waterfall. I cannot wait to see T'Challa and co back in action in Infinity War and hopefully Black Panther 2.
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We begin our epic week of 'Infinity War' related articles with our rundown of the famous four that make up Thanos' sinister Black Order in Avengers III.
The Black Order
The first appearance of the full team was a part of Infinity, the first big crossover of Jonathan Hickman's epic comic book run. They were Thanos's generals, sent to Earth at the head of his invasion force to find the Infinity Stones and also his son.
In the comics, they were also known as The Cull Obsidian, though that's been changed for the movie. In the film, they're being referred to as the Children of Thanos which is odd considering the fact that they were sent to kill Thane, Thanos's son, in the comics; and because Thanos already has a couple of adopted children- Gamora and Nebula.
Now, let's talk more about the individual characters.
Corvus Glaive. The leader of the Black Order and the most trusted general. Glaive is the only member of the Order co-created by Jim Cheung, he has enhanced strength, speed, agility and endurance, and is functionally immortal as long as his signature glaive (visible in pictures and trailers) is unbroken. He's married to Proxima Midnight, and a brother to Black Dwarf.
Proxima Midnight. She was co-created by Hickman and Jerome Opena for Infinity. She has all the powers of her husband, Corvus Glaive, but her spear can turn to light and it almost never misses- anyone think her and Hawkeye should battle it out?
Cull Obsidian (Black Dwarf)
Cull Obsidian. Or should we say Black Dwarf? In this months Avengers: Infinity War movie, the indestructible beast is named Cull Obsidian- the original name of the Black Order in the comics. Again created by Hickman and Opena, Black Dwarf was similar in weight to the Hulk and had unbreakable skin- much like Luke Cage, and yet he was still defeated trying to invade Wakanda in Infinity.
Ebony Maw. The Kilgrave of the PG Marvel Movies. The Meddling Monk who is able to manipulate his victims with the whisper of his voice. His true power, as presented by Hickman and Opena in Infinity, appeared to be "lying." We aren't entirely sure of any physical abilities: just the ability to manipulate anyone and anything into doing what he wants. In the trailers we've seen him manipulating Doctor Strange's powers against him- so we are intrigued as to where the Russo brothers take this devilish being.
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With Infinity War just around the corner (Yes, somehow it gets a mention), it seemed only appropriate that the second installment of the 'Jurassic' franchise get's an epic trailer to be shown before it. The final trailer teases horror, humour and high stakes as Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that's about to erupt. We see that they soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinosaurs while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stars James Cromwell, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, and Isabella Simon. BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum will also return to reprise their roles from the previous films.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits UK cinemas 6 June, with a review to follow shortly after.
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