Doctor Strange, the most-recent film in Marvel Studios’ Phase 3 story arc, recently hit theaters and concluded the movie house’s 2016 cinema offerings. I enjoyed magic’s introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the trippy visuals, and all-around solid performances, but the story felt a bit rushed in places (particularly in regards to the not-so-good doctor’s origin and mystic training) and the humor fell on its face. In short, Doctor Strange is a movie that tried to dabble in the dark recesses of the MCU, but suffered from Disney’s family friendly movie constraints.
Now that the Doctor Strange #content is out of the way, I’ve decided that it’s time to update my Marvel Cinematic Universe Power Rankings. I’ve watched every Marvel Studios joint (the films, not the television properties), and placed each flick into one of three categories: Main Eventers, Mid-Carders, and Jobbers. No complex mathematical formulas, no deep thoughts. This was all based off feels.
Here’s how things turned out.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: Civil War
Iron Man 3
Guardians of the Galaxy
Captain America: The First Avenger
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Iron Man 2
The Incredible Hulk
Thor: The Dark World
My take away: I really like superhero moves that are small in scope. The Iron Man and Ant-Man movies aren’t about world-ending threats from deep space; they’re about scientists trying to retrieve their tech from bounders. Even Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which features human-hunting flying fortresses, feels smaller in scope than, say, Avengers.
Other observations: I’m not a huge fan of the Avengers flicks. The first one nerfed Cap, while the second one was a bit of a mess; a mess with fun parts, but still a mess. Also, Iron Man 2, with all its world-building sub-plots, may be the most-important MCU film in term of connecting dots, despite having zero tension, non-threatening villains, and bloat.
Image courtesy of Marvel Studios.