I recently watched all of the The Infinity Saga (minus the Ed Norton Hulk film which I would think is a debatable inclusion). Here are my thoughts on all the films and a poorly constructed tier list where 5 is the top tier and 1 is the lowest. The films aren’t ordered within tiers.
So good. Comedy and action tied together really well. The whole film seemed to play to the cast’s strengths. All the arcs ended nicely and left lots open for the future. Anthony Mackie’s beard at the end is an absolute disaster.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Great fun. Great cast. Really helped escalate the scale of what Spider-Man deals with.
My favourite. Great cast. Reinvented Thor to make the best of Chris Hemsworth. Not as much is said about the reinvention of the Hulk but this film does make the Hulk work much better than previous films.
Class. I could write a full essay on it. There are so many cool details to discuss. Probably the film I would recommend to get anyone into superhero films.
Avengers: Infinity War
Very busy but really good. Probably groundbreaking in terms of the genre and generating emotional response.
A little underwhelming. Still good and a solid intro to the Spider-Man world.
Paul Rudd is the Marvel man I would want to be. Very fun film. Michael Douglas is an alien.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
One of my favourites from my original viewings.Seems a little wooden having seen what is to come but still a big move in the right direction
Guardians of the Galaxy
A classic. Doesn’t age particularly well. This was the beginning of Chris Pratt’s rise but watching it after his stock has dropped so much is a strange experience
Marvel’s The Avengers
A little bit of quantity over quality but good fun.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Good but forgettable. A little out of place in terms of magnitude.
Something about it is slightly off. There’s actually too much music. I wonder if joining the franchise this late meant that Brie Larsen was supposed to be like some of the existing characters. Mostly good though
Captain America: Civil War
I felt like this was a plot driver more than an independent film. A bit forgettable other that the introduction of some characters
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2
Felt a bit like this was trying to recreate the first one without doing anything new. Great opening scene.
Captain America: The First Avenger
More fun than I remembered. Hydra are mad goofy. I like young Tony Stark. On this watch through, Captain America became one of my favourite characters.
Good. At this point, Tony Stark is very annoying. He wears a lot of flared trousers which is a serious red flag
Iron Man 2
A bit forgettable. Sam Rockwell is a gem as always. Rewatching it, it’s interesting to see all the prep that is going in for later films.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Fake former Russian republics are a cringe idea and the fake accents make me sad. Decent villain and in hindsight better than I gave it credit for at the time.
The highlight of the film for me is the car dealership that Jane Foster uses as her lab. The lowlight is Chris Hemsworth’s dyed eyebrows.
Iron Man 3
Not great. Pretty forgettable. More flared trousers
Thor: The Dark World
I think this is probably the low point of the series. Boring, forgettable
So that’s my list of reviews. I think the full series is pretty solid and you can see from the graph that the standard of films improves over time. That’s the big development of this series. The first films are good films in the superhero genre, but by the end, the output from Marvel is at a whole new level. The best indicator for this to me, is probably comparing Iron Man and Captain Marvel. The public feeling on both films is drastically different but in the rewatch, they’re at a similar level in my opinion. The big difference is what we had come to expect from the series.
All together, this was a really enjoyable film watching project, rewatching a great journey with a great cast and it has reinforced the nostalgia that I will always have for the series.