Lily Guilbault

Lily Guilbault, Paw Print Reporter

1) Captain America: The Winter Soldier

2) Avengers: Infinity War

3) Spider-Man: Far From Home

4) Avengers: Endgame

Before I even begin to talk about this list, I have to put out a quick disclaimer: I have not yet seen Spider-Man: No Way Home, and based on the reviews regarding this movie, it will most likely be added to my ranking eventually. 

I, as many others did, began binging the Marvel movies during quarantine. I had seen a few of them here and there but had never taken the time to sit down and watch them all in order. I soon began watching a movie almost every night and, of course, formed some very strong opinions on some of the films. Now, onto the list. 

After careful consideration and contemplation, I have finally decided on my list. Coming in at fourth place is none other than Avengers Endgame. Like it or not, as the final movie in this “phase”, all Marvel fans can applaud this film for its incredible viewing experience, filled with twists and turns that left all of us devastated and hooked at the same time. In my opinion, the final few scenes are enough to land this movie a place on my list. Getting to see all of the characters come together for a few final, monumental scenes was really something special for the audience, especially after seeing all of the characters learn and grow in their own movies. And of course, you can’t talk about Endgame without mentioning the deaths of a few very beloved characters that left even the fans grieving. 

The number three spot is secured by Spider-Man: Far From Home. Following Endgame, this movie did an incredible job with continuing the plot and showing how characters (Peter Parker in particular) were affected by Iron Man’s death. This movie, unlike Endgame, is full of a lot more “feel good” moments, as the Spider-Man movies always have. Between the growing romance of MJ and Peter, the friendship with Peter and Ned, and the complicated storyline between Spider-Man and Mysterio, this film really has it all. I personally love a good cliffhanger so when Spider-Man’s identity is finally revealed at the end of the movie and everyone was left on the edge of their seats, eager for No Way Home to come out, I was extremely excited.  

I couldn’t help but put Avengers Infinity War in my number two spot. Based on the sheer feeling of exhilaration I got when watching this, I knew Infinity War had to be put high up on this ranking. I truly think the character “highlights” in this movie were some of Marvel’s best. As one of my favorite characters, I was beyond excited to see a new combination of emotion and power in Wanda Miximoff that we hadn’t gotten as much of in previous movies. Other moments, like Captain America’s iconic entrance, sealed the deal for me. Infinity War is when the ending of this “phase” was really kicked off and the plot began to get really riveting. Thanos begins to create intense problems and the storyline becomes something it never has before. 

Coming in at number 1 (probably the most surprising choice of all) is Captain America and The Winter Soldier. In my opinion this film had the perfect ingredients to make a great marvel movie. Of course, a huge part of the marvel franchise is their ability to capture great action sequences, and Captain America and The Winter Soldier has some of the best. The lack of green screen and highly choreographed fight sequences made the stunts even more raw and impressive to watch. Aside from the action, this movie’s plot is one of my favorites. As a big Bucky Barnes fan, getting to see him come back as more of an “anti-hero” and challenge some of Captain America’s “super powers” was really intriguing. Captain America and The Winter Soldier is one movie I can watch over and over again and not get sick of, and for that, it has earned my top spot.