Only one more week until the release of ‘Captain America: Civil War’. Early viewers hailed it as Marvel’s best movie ever. But wait, didn’t something similar happen to DC’s ‘Batman v Superman’ only a month ago? And we all know how that turned out *bwah bwah bwah*. But for better or worse, Civil War is bound to have an impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). So before that happens, time reminisce on what we got so far. Here are the worst and best movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
 Iron Man 2
Considering this was only the third entry in the shared universe, Iron Man 2 was remarkably ambitious. But unfortunately the overload of new characters and the convoluted plot failed to pay off. Not to mention the awful and utter waste of the presence that is Mickey Rourke. That’s like buying an iPad to play Candy Crush. Not to say the movie was without merit, Don Cheadle’s character was probably Marvel’s best idea for Iron Man since…well, Iron Man.
 The Incredible Hulk
The entire movie feels like an overcorrection of Ang Lee’s Hulk in 2003. Sure, they improved the play-doh looking CGI. But now we get a third act that looks like a video game war zone. I can’t say I hated Edward Norton as the Hulk, but I’m not so sure Norton himself felt the same. Sloppy and emotionless. By many fans not even considered a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Incredible Hulk has cemented its position on this list.
 Thor: The Dark World
At this point I’m afraid Marvel Studios is coming down with a severe case of sequelitis. Symptoms may include: one-hit villains, lazy writing and shameless reliance on its predecessor. The first Thor was a flawed movie but at least it was fun. The Dark World abandons its own identity and goes down a “darker” path that eventually leads to nothing at all. If anything, this movie was a blatant confirmation that Loki is still the best —and only— villain we have…for now.
 The Avengers
Obviously, we’re starting to take these super team-up movies for granted. But not so long ago, it was hard to even imagine a project like this ever seeing the daylight; let alone succeed like it did. So in recognition of this—and also just because I’m stuck in the past—I’m giving The Avengers a microscopic point lead over Iron Man. Also, it’s the ultimate summer blockbuster. It’s great entertainment, well executed and you can bring the entire family *yaaaaaay*. But only if you saw all five MCU movies that came before this of course. I see what you did there, Marvel.
 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
“Hey audience, how about we give you a medium-hero with an obnoxious moral compass and named literally after the most arrogant country in the world?” It seemed like such a silly idea at the time and even though I really liked Captain America: The First Avenger, most people didn’t share my opinion. The winter Soldier is the one that converted the nay-sayers into Captain fanboys. It’s not just a great superhero movie, it’s a friggin’ great movie in general. The action scenes and especially the fight choreographies are sublime, it works as a spy action thriller AND it sets up future movies. Kudos to you, Russo brothers (directors). Honestly, the only reason Captain America: The Winter Soldier isn’t sharing the first spot on this list is because my OCD won’t permit me to skip a number.
 Guardians of the Galaxy
The great underdog, the dark horse and THE biggest sleeper hit of 2014. Forget the billionaire philanthropist or the Norse God. Our superhero team now consists of a narcissistic thief, a walking tree, a trigger-happy raccoon, an ali—well, you get the point. It’s a band of misfits. A band of misfits that took the world by surprise. Guardians of the Galaxy was the most fun I had had with a movie in a long long time. Plot-wise it might not have been Marvel’s best, but there is not a single film in the MCU roster that showed this much heart and passion. It’s funny, loud, colorful, and it takes some surprising risks considering it is still a Marvel/Disney production. The soundtrack alone is worth more than Marvel’s worst 3. But seriously guys, stop wasting good actors on throwaway villains. please.
Captain America: Civil War will be followed by: Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018;Ant-Man and the Wasp– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans– July 12, 2019 (US release dates)