My Top Marvel Cinematic Movies Based on Year of Release From 2008-2020

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  • Iron Man

    Iron Man
    The year 2008 gave us our first two MCU movies, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. Out of the two, Iron Man has to take the cake because this was the movie that started the whole franchise. Not only did it perfectly portray Iron Man through Robert Downey Jr., but it also set the tone for all MCU movies to come after it. Here's a link to the trailer for the movie to showcase what its all about: Link text
  • Iron Man 2

    Iron Man 2
    Two years after we got the masterpiece of Iron Man, we were blessed with more cinematic greatness in Iron Man 2. This film added a well known iron man villain, Whiplash, into the fold which made for a good rivalry. Additionally, we got to see Tony struggle with taking being a hero seriously and got the introduction of War Machine to the MCU, both of which added depth to Tony's character.
  • Captain America: The First Avenger

    Captain America: The First Avenger
    In 2011 the MCU put out both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. While both movies are great, I have to put Captain America above Thor. Seeing the story of a regular guy gain superpowers through extraordinary means has always been fascinating to me, and this movie captures that well. Additionally, we get to see the birth of the leader of the Avengers and the introduction of a power that will greatly affect the avengers in the future.
  • The Avengers

    The Avengers
    After a few years of setting up the main members' personal story arcs, we finally get to see them team up in one movie. Seeing the Avengers all interact for the first time and figure out how to be a team was simply awesome. The movie had great action, plenty of jokes, and even foreshadowed a villain that we would not see until 2019. Check out the trailer for this turning point in the MCU: Link text
  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3
    After the success of the Avengers, Iron Man 3 was another hit in 2013. We also had the second Thor movie, Thor: Dark World, but I found this movie to be shallow and not really interesting. Iron Man 3 on the other hand really dove deep into Tony's personality as Iron Man. Here we see Tony's struggle with relying on the suit and technology too much and how it affects everyone around him. I also enjoyed seeing how many suits he had actually made for specific scenarios.
  • Captain America: The Winter Solider

    Captain America: The Winter Solider
    The second Captain America movie is honestly one of my favorites in the MCU. Not only was the action phenomenal, but we also saw Cap have to fight against hydra destroying S.H.I.E.L.D. Additionally, seeing Cap have to fight his former best friend Bucky as the Winter Soldier made for good character development and drama. Also, Cap got a new stealth suit which looked so clean compared to his normal red, white, and blue one.
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron
    2015 gave us Ant-Man and the second Avengers movie. While both were good, Avengers Age of Ultron trumps Ant-Man in my opinion. This movie introduces classic Avengers villain Ultron who is notorious for giving the Avengers an excellent run for their money. Not only was he outsmarting the Avengers at every move, but he was also very cunning and had a "matter of fact" vibe which made him a joy to watch. The movie also sets up the premise for Captain America: Civil War, another fan favorite.
  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War
    In 2016 Doctor Strange and Captain America: Civil War were the newest additions to the MCU. For me Doctor Strange was not as important as Captain America: Civil War. This is because this movie essentially divided the team in two and rocked the MCU. On one side we had Captain America and his team fighting for the right to freely be heroes, and on the other we had Iron Man and his team fighting for hero regulation. This story introduced new characters like Spider-Man as well which was a treat.
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming
    It's fitting that my favorite Marvel hero's movie is on this list. Tom Holland perfectly portrays Spider-Man as a quirky kid with these amazing abilities trying his best to be a teen and protect his neighborhood. We see Peter grow into the hero role a bit more and we also get a lot of good Spider-Man one-liners as well. This movie made me and probably so many others fall in love with the character even more.
  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War
    2018 shook the MCU once again with Avengers: Infinity War. While there were other great movies like Black Panther, nothing compares to what this movie did to the community. The big bad Thanos came into play and essentially ripped apart the Avengers in a way that made Civil War look like a kiddie fight. He truly made the Avengers look inferior and this was interesting to see. Also, I know that final snap that took away some of our favorite characters hit us to the core.
  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame
    A fitting end to the 22 movie run of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame tied up so many loose ends and left us feeling good about everything the Avengers had accomplished. Watching the team figure out how to reverse what Thanos did and try to rebuild their broken team was fantastic. The plot, action, and directing was done so well that I have to say it's my favorite MCU movie. Here's the trailer so you can see it's glory: Link text