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Disney + has some cracking content, and one of it’s 5 main categories is the stellar and rather comprehensive collection of Marvel films. Today, I’m going to focus on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the collection of 24 films (so far) that tell the collective story of The Avengers. Choosing a top 5 was too tough, so here is Joe Blogs Film’s top 6:

6.Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man was the very first MCU film, and when I first saw that in the cinema, I, like many Marvel fans, had no idea what we were in for. The film was quirky, funny, gripping and had plucked Iron Man out of obscurity to make an incredibly entertaining film. Although it spawned several sequels of it’s own right, I think out of all the Iron Man films, this takes the win.

5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

The First Avenger does a great job of introducing Cap’, but this film makes its mark at the very end, when he wakes up in the headquarters of SHIELD before meeting Nick Fury, who informs him of The Avengers. The confirmation that The Avengers would be 100% happening made people applaud in the cinema, and that doesn’t happen often in Glasgow, Scotland.

4. Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)

Who doesn’t love Spidey? I genuinely have yet to meet someone who doesn’t. Tom Holland shines as Spiderman in this original re-imagining of a film that has had enough shoddy re-inventions over the years. This film breathed new energy into the Spiderman franchise, and into the MCU in general, after a few films that weren’t up to the usual standard.

3. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

With the exception of Age of Ultron, all the films with “Avengers” in the title – were of a very high standard. I do think, however, that when there are too many characters involved, the main story can get diluted, and it can be a bit much. Despite this, Endgame was so phenomenally heart-wrenching, and concluded the “Avengers” series so perfectly, that it has to be mentioned in the list.

2. Black Panther (2018)

Wakanda movie not only moves, entertains and excites, but also disrupts the landscape of diversity in film, and paves the way for Black filmmakers, actors and creatives to make film history? Black Panther does. This film was groundbreaking on so many levels, and has been instrumental in giving the film industry the shake-up it needed. Since the release of Black Panther, thousands of creatives that were previously under-represented in film were given the chance to make movies, and play character’s beyond typical type-casts and stereotypes, and that is so, so important. What’s also important, is that the movie was absolutely brilliant in every way.

1.Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Ragnarok was simply spot-on. It turned the flailing Thor franchise – that felt more like a series of Shakespearean plays than superhero movies – and injected some much-needed humour and self-awareness. Taika Waititi came in and revamped this series to create a truly brilliant movie, and solidifying himself as a world-class director in the process. Ragnarok is a truly brillaint film, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you know what to do.

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