Ranking ALL of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies (So Far)–PART 2


Alright, alright, alright.

I shall now rank the Top 7 MCU movies! (If you haven’t seen my rankings for #14-#8, you can read part 1 here.)



#7: Ant-Man (2015)

Of Marvel’s many superheroes, Ant-Man seemed like the silliest and most unlikely candidate for a big screen live-action adaptation. Though Ant-Man (the Hank Pym version, at least) had always been a core Avenger, very few people outside of comic book aficionados knew who he was.

Ant-Man’s relative obscurity and perceived silliness turned out to be its greatest asset. The Ant-Man movie embraced the inherent goofiness of a character who can shrink and talk to ants and turned it into a funny, heartfelt, lovable heist film. It also helps that our main character Scott Lang is portrayed by the always likable Paul Rudd and is surrounded by a colorful cast of supporting characters (like Michael Peña’s Luis, Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne, and Michael Douglas’s Hank Pym).



#6: Doctor Strange (2016)

Marvel’s most recent superhero film is a doozy. I remember watching Doctor Strange in the theater with my dad last November. I already had a general idea of who Doctor Strange is and what he does because of all the Marvel animated shows I watch but my dad was 100% unprepared.

“What is even happening right now???” He’d whisper to me. Indeed, there are moments in Doctor Strange that need to be experienced to be believed. I could tell you about the FOLDING CITIES or the dimension with HANDS GROWING OUT OF HANDS or the TIME LOOPS but simply describing some of the trippier sequences would not really do this film justice. You need to just go watch it. Go watch it right now.

(General non-spoilery review: Much like all the other MCU films, Doctor Strange has a great cast, an interesting central protagonist, a redemptive story-arc, and thrilling action set-pieces but has a somewhat underused central villain. The fantastic, innovative visuals are what sets this movie apart from the rest of the pack.)



#5: The Avengers (2012)

Like a red carpet for superheroes, The Avengers showcases Marvel’s finest crime-fighters (except for Spider-man, the Fantastic Four, and X-Men) as they battle Loki and his Chitauri army.

The Avengers tapped into that little fangirl inside of me that was just waiting to come out. There was that surge of happiness that came over me, watching all my favorite superheroes come together on the big screen to fight a battle they were never prepared for.  Filled with action, humor and heart, The Avengers has redefined what a comic book movie should be and has set a pretty high standard for all the next superhero flicks to come.

You have a problem with the movie? We have a Hulk.



#4: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

In all honesty, I’ve never heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy before I saw the film so when Marvel first announced that they were making this movie, I didn’t really have high expectations. When I did see it, I ended up falling in love with every single Guardian (especially Groot. Groot is love, Groot is life).

If you had asked me, before seeing the film, whether a movie that heavily featured a gun-wielding raccoon and a walking tree that can only say 3 words would be good, I’d have been skeptical. But Guardians of the Galaxy managed to make a seemingly bizarre premise work! Guardians is more of a light-hearted space opera featuring a lovable band of misfits rather than a straightforward ‘superhero flick’. This is a superhero story that even non-superhero fans could enjoy.



#3: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

What makes the Captain America movies stand apart from the other MCU movies is that it is not afraid to make statements and observations about the political, social and cultural landscape of the world we live in. Captain America: The Winter Soldier does not deal with the more fantastical elements of the Marvel world and plays out more like a 70’s era spy thriller.

It has a clever plot that manages to feel somewhat realistic despite its more comic book-y ties, along with fantastic performances from Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sebastian Stan. The Winter Soldier is definitely one of Marvel Studio’s best films. (I actually had a lot of difficulty deciding where to place these last three films.)



#2: Iron Man (2008)

Ah, yes. The one that started it all. This one has a very special place in my heart. A lot would argue that The Avengers or Winter Soldier would be better candidates for the #2 spot in a ranking of MCU flicks and I don’t exactly disagree. The Avengers is amazing in every sense of the word but I find that after watching it repeatedly, the magic slowly fades (not completely, of course). The Winter Soldier, on the other hand, has a lot of brains but I also feel like it isn’t as balanced as this film.

Iron Man, which I’ve watched more times than I can count, still brings me the same joy I felt when I watched it onscreen for the first time. Not only is the movie funny and entertaining but it is also deeply moving.



#1: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

I really ,really love this movie. It feels like both a continuation and a culmination of all the movies that had come before it. It manages to make a story that, in the wrong hands, could’ve felt overstuffed and overcrowded. Thankfully, the Russo brothers (who directed the film) knew what they were doing. Civil War feels both epic and personal.

I won’t give away any more details. Just go see the film. DO IT! DO ITTTTT!


Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my personal ranking of all 14 MCU films! Did you agree or disagree with the way I ranked them? Feel free to let me know! Bye!


Ranking ALL of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies (So Far)–PART 1


Anyone who knows me knows that I am a HUGE fan of superheroes. I just love them. I can’t fully explain why. Maybe it’s because I grew up watching superhero cartoons like Justice League Unlimited, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Teen Titans, etc. Or it could be because the Spider-man, Batman, and X-Men movies were so popular when I was young.

For whatever reason, watching men and women in colorful costumes battling villainous threats, overcoming impossible odds, and saving the lives of countless innocent people brings me great joy. So, while I’m waiting for the next batch of superhero movies to come out this 2017 (There are SIX superhero movies coming out this year!), I thought I’d take a look back at all the movies in my current favorite superhero franchise (until the DCEU catches up–which I’m hopeful it will *fingers crossed*).

Let’s rank all 14 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies!



#14: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Though I’ve enjoyed all of the MCU movies I’ve seen, there are some that I’ve liked a lot less than the others. I wouldn’t call it a bad movie but compared to the other films, The Incredible Hulk is probably the weakest link in an otherwise solid chain.

Don’t get me wrong. There’s lots to enjoy in the movie. Edward Norton is a solid Bruce Banner (though I do prefer Ruffalo in the role), Tim Roth is effectively menacing as the power-hungry Abomination, and the action sequences are fairly thrilling. The story was a bit too bland and generic for my taste, though.



#13: Iron Man 2 (2010)

What went wrong with Iron Man 2? Well, its plot was all over the place. The main plot was about Ivan Vanko, a man whose father had been wronged by Tony’s dad Howard, who wanted revenge. Then there was that other main plot about Tony being poisoned by his own arc reactor. Then there were various other subplots like Pepper becoming CEO of Stark Industries, Black Widow’s introduction , Justin Hammer’s greedy plot to best Tony in the arm’s race, Rhodey becoming War Machine, etc.

I guess what I’m saying is that the movie had no focus. There were a lot of great elements but they just never seemed to mesh well into a coherent movie. Anyway, it’s still pretty fun… as long as you don’t think too hard about the story.



#12: Thor: The Dark World (2013)

It’s hard for me to put this movie at the lower end of the list because I like it a lot. Anyway, it had to be done FOR THE GREATER GOOD!

Thor: The Dark World‘s greatest assets are its two leads Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. Whenever the two are on-screen together, the movie is excellent. Thor and Loki’s complicated, tense, conflict-ridden, volatile but ultimately loving brotherly bond is a lot of fun to watch. It’s too bad that the rest of the movie couldn’t replicate the giddy energy that Thor and Loki’s interactions brought to the table.

Also, Thor: The Dark World has, in my opinion, the blandest villain ever. Christopher Eccleston’s considerable talents (see: Doctor Who) were wasted in his role as Malekith, the Dark Elf with insanely vague motivations.



#11: Iron Man 3 (2013)

What I loved most about this movie is that we actually got to see Tony Stark mature… a bit. His character development was one of the many things Iron Man 2 lacked. Instead of acting like a selfish jerk all the time (anyone up for dancing drunk in the Iron Man suit?), we actually see him feeling bruised and vulnerable for the first time since his days in the cave. Left with practically nothing, he had to rely more on his intelligence and creativity than on his not-fully-functional Mark 42 suit in order to complete his mission.

Good character development aside, the movie itself is a bit more hit-or-miss. The first act was rather bland. The middle part was a mixed bag with some parts being incredibly entertaining and others being a tad bit confusing. The third act was fun but failed to wrap up certain plot points in a satisfactory manner.



#10: Thor (2011)

I love this movie with a passion. It is invariably fun and entertaining. I’ve watched it a gazillion times and it still doesn’t cease to amuse me. But *sigh* some sacrifices must be made. Storywise, Thor is regrettably on the lower end of the totem pole. The scenes on Earth were considerably less captivating than the Asgard scenes, which is sad because a huge chunk of the movie takes place on Earth.


Captain America: The First Avenger

#9: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

It seems, dark and gritty superheroes are in these days (hullo, Batman). Cap, on the other hand, is probably the opposite. He’s just a regular kid from Brooklyn who wants to become a soldier. He doesn’t have some deep, wounded past that drives him to become a superhero. He simply wants to help because its the right thing to do…

Steve Rogers in himself is already remarkable, in my opinion. Captain America: The First Avenger benefits from its well-structured story and cool, retro vibe. The movie may be a little old-fashioned but hey, quoting Agent Phil, “maybe the world needs a little old-fashioned”.



#8: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

There’s lots to love in our Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ second outing. The ensemble cast is still top-notch. Every single team member gets a moment to shine, even new additions like Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver, and Paul Bettany’s Vision. The main villain Ultron (voiced by James Spader) is given a few more layers than the average MCU villain. The action is thrilling and the dialogue is as fun and quippy as ever.

However, Age of Ultron made the mistake of cramming too much into one film. A few subplots felt like they belonged in a different film or that they were only there to set up future movies (i.e. Thor’s magical jacuzzi).


(The Top 7 MCU films will be covered in part 2, which I will post soon. Stay tuned!)

Writing About Writer’s Block


I made a personal commitment to write at least one blog post a day in order to hone my writing skills. I wrote two posts yesterday so I guess that may be one reason why I couldn’t think of anything to write about today. With that said, I am still sticking to my plan. So, here I am… a writer who cannot think of anything to write about besides my writer’s block. Bear with me, folks, this post is completely free-written.

Have you ever had one of those days wherein you had the urge to write but your mind refused to cooperate with you? For me, this is one of those days.

At about 10 this morning, I opened my laptop and immediately opened up my blog site. I then proceeded to stare at a blank screen for what felt like an eternity. My hands would move to the keyboard and type the word “The”. Then, since I couldn’t think of anything to type, I’d smash my backspace key.

I’d think to myself “Okay. Maybe I’m stressing myself out a bit too much. Just chill. Take a break.” I’d then try to think of anything–ANYTHING!!!–that would get me to calm down. BUT my anxious mind would go “NOOOO! If you take a break, you’ll lose your writing mood. Then, you’ll end up not writing anything!”

And then I’m like, “Oh no. The Anxiety Monster has a point. MUST. NOT. PROCRASTINATE.” So, then, I stared at the screen again.

You know that saying “When you stare too hard at the abyss, the abyss may end up staring back”? I think that may have happened to me. I sat there hypnotized, mesmerized by this glorious blank screen. The screen was sitting there–taunting me, mocking me, laughing at my inability to type a single coherent sentence.

Then, I’d fall into a deep depression. I’d say to myself “WHYYYY? Maybe I’m just not a good writer. Maybe this is why I can’t think of anything to write about today.”

*FLASH-FORWARD* Hours later, after I’ve taken a nice shower, had a nice meal and took some time to think things over, I realized… Hey! Why don’t I just write about writer’s block? Surely, many people will enjoy reading about the ramblings of an anxiety-prone, semi-neurotic young woman.

And so here we are now. *waves at my imaginary audience* 

I learned two things today:

  1. Do NOT stare into the abyss, folks.
  2. When you can’t think of anything to write, STOP THINKING.

Seriously. I cannot stress the importance of the second point enough. STOP THINKING.

To quote the movie Finding Forrester, “The key to writing is to write, not to think”. When I stopped stressing over what to write about, the words just came.

Sometimes I think we writers just think a bit too much. We fuss over every single little detail. We endlessly read and re-read sentences we’ve  written just a couple of seconds ago. We criticize every single phrase we use. We think to ourselves “No. This isn’t good enough. I’m not good enough.”

But the thing is… sometimes, the words just come. Art just happens. Sometimes, we just have to sit back and listen to our guts (or, in this case, our hands).

Try it out sometime. Who knows? You may end up surprising yourself.