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  1. Avengers Infinity War
  2. Black Panther
  3. Captain America Civil War
  4. Captain America Winter Soldier
  5. Spider-Man Homecoming
  6. Thor Raganarok
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy
  8. Avengers
  9. Iron Man
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  11.  Dr. Strange
  12. Avengers Age of Ultron
  13. Captain America First Avenger
  14. Thor
  15. Iron Man 2
  16. Ant Man and the Wasp
  17. Incredible Hulk
  18. Ant Man
  19. Iron Man 3
  20. Thor the Dark World

My 20 Marvel films were in response to a tweet by Jon Rettinger which you can find on his page here.

I will explain only my Top 5 below for brevity:

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Topping my list was Infinity War. Since seeing the tesseract in the first Avengers movie we have been waiting for this. And it didn’t disappoint. It combined humor, magic, space, and had its moment of seriousness all done perfectly. With all the pressure on this movie it truly lived up to the hype.

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   At the #2 spot was Black Panther. This movie was literally a movement. Majority black cast with a black director that brought dignity to black people in Hollywood. My mama saw this movie and she can care less about Marvel or heroes. This truly was both an amazing movie and experience that brought up some deep philosophical issues. My one gripe was the CG at the end of the movie. Other than that this could have easily been #1 if it wasn’t for how great a movie Infinity War was.

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    The 3 & 4 spot were Captain America movies. Now the first Captain America movie I was not much of a fan. In fact I did not see it in theaters and only saw it a few months before the Avengers so that I would be in the loop. But Civil War and Winter Soldier are a different story. Civil War brought us our first glimpse of Spider-man and Black Panther to the MCU and that was what gave it the edge over Winter Soldier. I loved Winter Soldier, “Hail Hydra”, that reveal was awesome and the fighting and action amazing. The Winter Soldier reception helped the Russo brothers in being signed on for both Civil War and Infinity War.

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   Spider-man Homecoming finally saw a Spider-man solo movie connected to the MCU. True to the comics this movie put Peter in high school as we follow his journey on what it means to be a hero. After Amazing Spider-man 2 this movie was definitely a breath of fresh air for fans.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has done a great job working its plan. Yeah there were a few hiccups along the way but they did such a great job connecting the universe that it left people wanting more. And Marvel gave it to them in a number of flavors. Spy, heist, space opera, comedy, and more. 10 years of movies that kept people running to the theaters to see more. They literally changed the movie industry forever. Before Marvel movies it was a given to leave once the credits start to roll. Now people are almost demanding to see a stinger or two and will feel cheated if it is not there. They managed to take characters that people never heard of and make them household names. Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and the Guardians of the Galaxy went from no names to baby groot being found on office desks around the country.

Even if you take your least favorite Marvel movie into account. You may have only seen it once but you had to see it to know what was next and so you can know the characters in the universe. And this is a testament to the great job they did over at Marvel studios connecting their universe. Meanwhile a company that had the benefit of heroes and stories that had a history of success all the way to Super Friends managed to fail at putting their universe together. So cheers to 10 great years of keeping people glued to their seats until the last credit rolled, screens were black, lights were on, and it was clear that the movie was truly over.

 

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