I like the Marvel Cinematic Universe as much as the next person, but with each film I see I cannot help but gain more and more distrust. Black Panther only stalled that growth. Contrary to popular opinion, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not free of error. Behind-the-scenes is just as messy as the DCCU if not moreso. Quite frankly, its mistakes go all the way back to Phase 1.
I wanted to make this a lot longer with an actual discussion on these movies but I kept procrastinating and now I don't think I'll ever finish this in what I originally intended it to be. Instead I'll lay down my verdict plus some information on the movies. On another note, the original idea was to give an ever-increasing amount of sources using the links, which you'll be able to find here:
Iron Man: Good.
The Incredible Hulk: Good.
Iron Man 2: Bad.
Captain America: The First Avenger: Bad. Cap's WWII story should have been two movies instead of one.
Avengers: Bad, at least compared to how we all felt about it back in 2012.
Iron Man 3: Great.
Thor: The Dark World: Bad.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Bad.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Good.
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Somewhere between bad and terrible.
Ant-Man: Bad. Marvel should have stuck with the Edgar Wright version instead of trying to impose. On an interesting note, this was the last film to have involvement from Marvel Studios Creative Committee.
Captain America: Civil War: Terrible, the worst MCU film that the Russos have directed.
Doctor Strange: Terrible.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Good but not as good as the first.
Spider-Man Homecoming: Terrible, the worst Spider-Man film I have ever seen, and I've seen all of them. Ironically, despite a CGI crash course, the CGI in this movie is as subpar as many of their other films.
Thor Ragnarok: Terrible, the most cringe-worthy comedy of 2017.
Black Panther: Bad; terrible if you factor in the hype surrounding it.
Avengers: Infinity War: Bad. To quote comicbook.com, in reference to a review roundup, "Avengers: Infinity War
comes to us looking like a buffet banquet, but is only as filling as a some cocktail party appetizers." Furthermore, "Despite Marvel's claim that Avengers 3 & 4
are both standalone films, Infinity War
is definitely the first half of a two-part story. The nature of that setup, plus the overabundance of characters, makes it hard for any particular characters or character arcs to get much depth."