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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is mostly loved by everyone for their enjoyable comic book movies. The MCU has made some fantastic films, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few hiccups along the way. If you haven’t already, please read my “Top 5 Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies” article since this serves as a part two to that. Also before I begin, I would like to say these movies aren’t necessarily bad; they’re just not as good as the other MCU movies out there. I enjoy all of these movies, so just consider them the worst of the best. So let’s begin!
#5 - 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' (2018)
This is the most recent installment and the 20th film in the MCU. Now this movie isn’t bad at all; in fact I think it’s a great movie, but it just feels like filler. Ever watch a tv show and one of the episodes is just there for the sake of having an episode, yet it does nothing for the overarching story? A movie should never feel like that, but this one most definitely does. Rather than standing on its own, it wants to be as light hearted as possible because Avengers: Infinity War came out a few months before and was heartbreaking. Again, the movie is fun and definitely extremely funny. Paul Rudd as Ant-Man is always great to watch and Evangeline Lilly is amazing as the Wasp. But when you’re after credit scene is more impactful than your actual movie, there’s something wrong. The villain isn’t as interesting as the story wants you think and her arc is resolved sloppily. I know the stuff involving the quatem realm will come to play in Avengers 4, but the quatem realm was already introduced in the first Ant-Man, making this irrelevant to a certain degree. It’s a shame putting Ant-Man and the Wasp on this list, but it’s a filler movie with a lot laughs.
#4 - 'Thor' (2011)
The first Thor is almost like Ant-Man and the Wasp in the sense of not being a bad movie at all. This movie mainly suffers from a slow pacing, making it boring at times. Asgard is a great fictional world that was introduced here, but our time there is short as most of the movie takes place on boring old Earth. I know a lot of people dislike this movie because Thor is powerless, but I really enjoy that aspect of the film a lot. It allows for some interesting development for Thor and provides a great message by the end of it. Other than Thor, the characters on Earth seem mildly annoying and although the romance between Thor and Jane Foster works, it also comes across as cheesy. Overall, if I had to pick which MCU movie to watch, I wouldn’t be too enthusiastic about this one unless I was marathoning the series.
#3 - 'The Incredible Hulk' (2008)
This is where we start to get into the more flawed movies of the MCU. The Incredible Hulk is like an odd cousin of the franchise. A lot of people mistake it as a sequel to 2003’s Hulk, which it isn’t. Universal Studios also co-produced this movie. Edward Norton plays Bruce Banner, but quit so they replaced him with Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers and so on. Besides a cameo from Robert Downey Jr. at the end, you wouldn’t even realize it’s an MCU movie. It’s also the second film in the franchise, so it should get a pass for its mistakes. In fact, the movie really has no impact on the MCU and seems to be forgotten by most. The pacing is really slow. The CGI isn’t all that great during big action set pieces such as the Hulk, Abomination Harlem fight scene towards the end. I do think if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a watch, but I wouldn’t go crazy for a rewatch anytime soon.
#2 - 'Thor: The Dark World'
Besides a few great action scenes plus fantastic performances from Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Thor: The Dark World is a bland movie. The villain, Malekith, is by far the worst MCU villain and really isn’t menacing at all. The characters on Earth are annoying due to the fact they’re trying so hard to be funny, but it comes across as forced and awkward. They reuse the same twist involving Loki’s powers more than once which also makes you roll your eyes eventually. The romance is worse than it was in the first movie and it’s a huge aspect of the plot, meaning there’s a lot of scenes that I personally don’t care about because the romance isn’t believable or engaging. Other than introducing the Reality Stone, there’s nothing impactful that happens here. To be honest, the Thor set of films gets revamped in Thor: Ragnarok, making Thor: The Dark World all the more irrelevant. Surprisingly, despite ripping this movie apart, I actually enjoy it in some weird way. There’s a lot to like, but sadly there’s a lot more to dislike.
#1 - Iron-Man 2
Finally, the worst MCU movie goes to Iron Man 2. The first Iron Man started this cinematic universe off and is overall an iconic movie. So following that up can be extremely tricky. This movie tries to balance multiple things at once and really falls apart due to an over abundance of storylines that don’t really mesh well together. You have: Tony dying, Tony being reckless, the government wanting the Iron-Man armor, Pepper becoming the CEO of Stark Industries, Rhodey becoming War-Machine, Justin Hammer wanting to be better than Tony, Whiplashs’ vendetta against the Stark family, the introduction to Black Widow, S.H.I.E.L.D wanting to recruit Tony for the Avengers, Tony dealing with his daddy issues, and Tony’s redemption at the end. Now was that annoying and a lot to read? That’s how the movie feels, except the only difference here is it probably took you a few seconds to read rather than a whole two hours to watch. Enough said...