30. X-Men: First Class (2011)- A semi-reboot of the X-Men movies, First Class was a breath of fresh air for the franchise. Fox somehow was able to perfectly recast Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) again. The origin of their friendship carries the movie and makes their eventual demise even sadder.
29. Thor (2011)- The one thing that I love about the original Thor movie is the Shakespearean like atmosphere. It’s the first time in the MCU you see a non-Earth setting in Asgard and it’s beautiful to look at. Plus it’s a great introduction to the Thor/Loki relationship and it shows how their brotherly rival begins.
28. Incredibles 2 (2018)- While not as good as the original, Incredibles 2 was well worth the 14 year wait. The best part about the movie, like the 1st, is the relationships the Incredibles’ super family has with one another. Plus it was cool to see the role reversal from the original. Elasta Girl takes the lead in the superhero department while Mr. Incredible looks after the super kids.
27. X2: X-Men United (2003)- The 1st great superhero sequel of the 21st Century, X2 is considered by many the best X-Men movie to date. X2 does what a sequel should do. It expands upon the characters from the original and it raises the stakes from the 1st.
26. The Lego Batman Movie (2017)- I’ve never had more fun with a single movie more then I did with The Lego Batman Movie. In this day in age, we hardly get any good parody movies, but this was a GREAT parody movie. The make fun of Batman while taking him seriously as well. That’s really hard for a movie to do and succeed.
25. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)- By far the most underrated of the MCU movies, The First Avenger tells the origin of Steve Rogers. Taking place during WWII, Chris Evans perfectly portrays the man who becomes an American legend. Not only does it have a great supporting cast with the intro of Bucky Barnes and Peggy Carter, but it also has one of the best villains in the entire MCU with Hugo Weaving’s Red Skull.
24. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)- Age of Ultron is a huge movie in more ways than one. It feels blotted at times but it’s still fun as hell. Ultron is an awesome villain and has some of the best dialog of any character in the series. But by far the standout is Paul Bettany as The Vision, who becomes the Ying to Ultron’s Yang. The final scene where the two of them just talk is incredible to witness. It felt how God and the Devil would talk to one another.
23. Batman (1989)-The 1st film to take Batman seriously, Tim Burton’s Batman holds a special place in the hearts of millions. This film has a unique look at Gotham and Michael Keaton’s performance as Batman and Jack Nickolson’s performance as The Joker is legendary.
22. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)- It’s an underdog movie about a group of underdogs. Not only is it one of the funniest movie in the entire MCU, it’s by far the most unique. As for the Guardians themselves, they all became fan favorites. While Star-Lord and Gamora are great as the leads, the standouts have to be Rocket Raccoon and Groot. That’s right, two characters of a blockbuster are talking raccoon and a walking tree. Got to love Marvel.
21. Watchmen (2009)- Like many of Zack Snyder’s films, this one was controversial. Watchmen is based off of the critically acclaimed graphic novel of the same name and I really liked it. It’s true that the film does take some drastic liberties, but I thought Snyder nailed the tone of the film. The film is worth seeing alone for Jakie Earle Haley’s outstanding performance as Rorschach.
-Steve Santoro (SVS_1993)