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.
I would like to thank you for reading my opinions on my favourite MCU movies and hope you are enjoying this Infinity War Week!! Come back tomorrow for Ollie's Top 5 along with a breakdown of the brand new Venom Trailer! :)
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