As an intense and devoted Marvel fan, there are so many of these films that I enjoy that it's very difficult for me to choose a favorite out of this multitude of great cinema. However, today I will attempt to choose a top 5. It's no easy task, but I will certainly attempt to do my best.
1. Avengers: Age of Ultron
While I know this may be a controversial pick for one of my favorite movies in this genre, it has been intensely meaningful to me over the last year. It's a stark reminder of our own emotional fragility in the face of life. Being on a team is literally the furthest thing from easy that exists, and you can already see the seeds of discontent being sowed that only further erupt in Civil War.
But I think the most important thing about this film is how large and, at the same time, small it is. The darkest souls and the brightest souls are slowly uncovered, and the relationships woven throughout become colorful like the brightest tapestry. The quiet home life of Clint and the sadness so evident behind Bruce's eyes are what made this movie for me. It felt real.
This film is pure comedic brilliance. I am the hugest fan of wacky comedy, and this film gave me all I wished for and more. But even with the comedy, I didn't lose sight of the relationships. I saw the love Scott has for his daughter and the gentleness he wished he had. Scott is fueled by his need for revenge on the system, but he also learns how much more important his family is. His daughter needs her dad, and he ultimately learns that through all of the chaos.
3. The Avengers
This is such a very solid film. It combines some of the most brilliant aspects of movie-making I've ever seen: great character development, wonderful characters, a well-developed conflict... I could go on and on. It pretty much just rocks. I love it to pieces.
4. Captain America: Civil War
In conclusion, great art was given to us through the inception of these films. These movies display humanity at its greatest and lowest and remind us of our follies and failings. There are triumphs and quiet moments and utter joy, along with the pain, and we must always remember that.
What is your favorite Marvel movie? Why?