Marvel Cinematic Universe Ranking
With the release of Endgame, the second part to Infinity War, it sort of bringing some closure to the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the universe is by no means ending, with the release of Endgame it brings the conclusion of a few of the main characters over the course of the last ten years of Marvel films. And so I will be ranking all of the films released to this date, all twenty two of them, excluding the new Spiderman film which won't be released until July of 2019. And just as a warning now End-Game Spoilers!
22. Thor: The Dark World
While I did see this in theaters. I ended up falling asleep during some of this movie. It is a very dull but also somewhat important movie, introducing the Aether on screen for the first time.
21. The Incredible Hulk
So yeah, this movie. It's really bad. While I have only seen this once, I think I have seen it enough. The CGI doesn't age well, as well as it just seems like a throwaway movie that most people forget about.
This film isn't bad, its just that there are so many better ones.
19. Iron Man 2
This was the second MCU movie that I saw in theaters, after seeing the first Iron Man film, I was very disappointed with this film. It just didn't seem to fairly portray what I thought a great sequel would be to an amazing first film. It just failed to live up to expectations.
18. Ant-man and The Wasp
While I really enjoyed this film, I just don't see it having any substance to it. The power dynamic between the "good guy" and "bad guy" which I don't even know if I can call it that, in this movie the whole plot is just very weak and all a misunderstanding, personal for me it just sounds like plot convenience inorder for Marvel to work time traveling into the MCU.
17. Captain Marvel
I was only able to see this online a few nights ago, and I am very happy I did not watch it in theaters. Uhh, I didn't like the acting it seemed just like a subpar marvel movie, but it is doing well in the box office so what can I say...
16. Black Panther
While I did enjoy watching this movie, I just thought some of it seemed very rushed. And some of the CGI was very cliche for a very large budget production Marvel movie. At the same time it wasn't bad....
15. Captain America First Avenger
I hadn't seen this movie when it first came out. I actually did not see it for a few years later. However, I thought it was a great opening to the character of Captain America. A very good way to tell the origin story and the self sacrifice. But the ending is probably the funniest, with Captain America waking up in modern day times square and just mad about the date he missed.
14. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
I loved the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, it is one of my favorite films. This one is also an awesome film not only with the awesome soundtrack of all kinds of amazing songs but its also just a great story expanding on the first guardians film and diving more into the magic of the MCU.
13. Captain America Winer Soldier
I thought it was a decent origin story to the film, I didn't like how similar it was to the Iron Man film but it was still a great film!
11. Avengers: Age of Ultron
I know a lot of people hate this film, but I rather enjoy it a lot. It was more of a fun film to see some of the characters joking around for some of it but also it was a fun action packed adventure, and yes the villain was very cliche but it was still a great film .
10. Spiderman Homecoming
Just a great film. I didn't really like the Andrew Garfield films but this film with Tom Holland its just awesome, he acts very naturally in comparison to Garfield, like a kid. It was a great way to tell a superhero movie but also show that its still a kid in highschool behind all of it. It reminded me of the first series though, the first trilogy of films with toby mcguire, still one of my favorite trilogies.
9. Doctor Strange
I loved this film, one of the greatest marvel origin story films they have made. I think they did an amazing job introducing magic into the Marvel Universe! And Benedict Cumberbatch acting is just spot on in this film.
8. Iron Man
Talking about origin stories, the first film that started it all, the first Iron Man film. Such a great way for a franchise to kick things off, also establishing its, I hate to say formula but yes a formula for how they would tell the basics of the arc of most of their stories.
7. Thor Ragnorak
This film, I think its the greatest redemption film especially about the character Thor, who definitely needed it.
6. Iron Man 3
While I loved that film
5. Captain America - Civil War
It could be pretty hard to ....
figure out the best thing to say about this film....
Like its really hard to decide....
4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1
This film is just so well built.
The first film that started the rest of the avenger films. One of the most successful marvel film.
2. Avengers - Endgame
The greatest hits of the past ten years.
1. Avengers - Infinity War
While I do think of Endgame and Infinity War as one film. It is Infinity War which takes the top spot for me.
Dream Theater - Images And Words
Dream Theater's second album Images & Words is one of the defining periods in the bands history. For those who do not know Dream Theater, they are a progressive metal band from New York, who have been around since 1986. The album was released on July 7th 1992, through ATCO Records. This record is one of the greatest albums the band has created and their first album to feature their current vocalist James Labrie. The album contains eight tracks tracking in around 1 hour. This album also contains the bands biggest single to date "Pull Me Under". I remember I was introduced to this band, and this album specifically. I first heard of the song "Another Day" by a classmate in high school from jazz band. After I looked it up I gave it a listen and found the song before "Pull Me Under". I was immediately hooked. This album, while it is not my favorite of their discography, always has a special place for me and is the one I see myself coming back to the most. The production on this album is amazing everything sounds so together, not to mention the steller musicianship. Even-though this record lacks a concept, this whole album is an experience within itself. The first note from the album is from the massive Pull Me Under, with a large instrumental buildup expanding over almost two minutes building from a single guitar line to this massive section with keyboard synths and heavy distortion guitars and bass lines and different time signatures, just a masterful way to start an album. The rest of the song lyrically is a nod to Shakespeare play Hamlet, with the lyrics being told from the Prince's point of view. However, there is only one line of direct dialogue in the song towards the very end of the eight minutes, "O, that this too, too solid flesh would melt", quoted from the second scene of the first act of the play. The next song after the triumphant beginning is the first song I heard by this band, Another Day, this one is more of a mellower slower song after the anthemic Pull Me Under, featuring a mostly piano ballad, softer section for the first section of the song continuing to a saxophone in the chorus, with a large buildup in the bridge with a beautiful guitar solo by John Petrucci. Ending the large climax with the similarity to the first part of the song, with the piano ballad with the saxophone solo over it. The next song, Take The Time, is one of the faster paced songs, while the vocal performance is spot on, the real part that makes this song special is the chemistry between the instrumental section of the band, with its long solos and its seamlessly flawless transitions between keyboard, drums, and guitar solos. The next song is a very interesting song for the band, Surrounded, starting with just vocals and keyboards/synths. After a build up in this section there is an immediate transition with a guitar solo and the drums coming in. Later going into a total different section of the song with the song having more and more of a similar anthemic feel around the solo section of the song with a massive buildup with all that later fading into just keyboard and vocals at the end of the song, just another masterpiece of not only instrumentation but also vocals. The next song Metropolis Part I - The Miracle And The Sleeper, while it is not my favorite song on the album, I think it is the most important song on the album because the ideas of it would be later expanded into what I consider is Dream Theater's greatest album, Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory, even referencing the title of the album in the song of Metropolis Part I. This song also containing one of the greatest instrumental sections in most Dream Theater songs. The next song Under The Glass Moon, is probably the one song I haven't listened to really, however it is still an amazing song and great piece to the album, with it just being a great song of Progressive Metal, with an insane guitar solo and lots of crafty drum works. The last couple songs on the album lead into each other, them being Wait For Sleep, and Learning to Live, Waiting For Sleep, the shortest Dream Theater song clocking around over two minutes, however this song is a very different song on this album with it being almost entirely piano and synth based, but still a very great song lyrically as far as both delivery by Labrie but also the topic of the song, sort of the avant-garde style of lyrics discussed throughout much of the album. Learning To Live, is the longest Dream Theater song on the album, their first to being over 10 minutes, a staple they had stayed with for years on several of their albums showing a massive closure to the album and wrapping up coming full circle from the first note of Pull Me Under, to the end of Learning To Live. Overall, while this isn't my favorite album by Dream Theater, it is certainly one of their greatest works and something I still listen to constantly.
Cameron E. Narimanian