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I think being quarantined is beginning to make people a bit stir crazy. Over on Twitter, people have been debating for the last week what the worst movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was. But the conversation started after two specific installments of the popular franchise were pitted against one another as the two contenders. Those movies were Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3.
I’ll give my own opinions on the matter below, but while I can see The Dark World being at the bottom, Iron Man 3‘s inclusion is mind-scratching. These moves aren’t even comparable in quality. Iron Man 3 is vastly superior for a number of reasons, but the main one is that Shane Black knows how to tell a story.
Yet, the Twitterverse debated and there are a lot of people who view Iron Man 3 as hot garbage (and worse than Iron Man 2!!!).
So the question I ask today is: what is the worst movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
It’s Thor: The Dark World followed by Iron Man 2 and Captain Marvel. The Thor franchise was in trouble until Taika Waititi came along and injected it with some humor. Although, don’t get me wrong, I like a darker, more brooding Thor. However, The Dark World just feels like a missed opportunity in terms of storytelling potential. We already saw Thor on Earth, what we wanted to see was Thor in space. And that’s what we ended up getting in Ragnarok.
Iron Man 2 doesn’t deserve the hate it gets, but it is the worst installment of Iron Man’s trilogy. And Captain Marvel has its moments, but I think the film’s amnesia muddled origin story was its biggest hindrance. However, whoever decided that Carol Danvers and Nick Fury were going to be paired together as loose allies (or buddy cops) deserves all the money in the world. Those interactions were the best part of the whole film.
So what about you, folks? Which installment of the MCU is by far the worst?
I’ll see you in the trenches.