Ranking and Analyzing the Marvel Cinematic Universe (as of June 2016)

Around this time last year, this blog experienced more traffic in one weekend than it did for the entirety of 2015.  I could take personal affront at that, but I won’t.  Obviously, you liked what you saw.

With that in mind, here is my updated countdown of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Several new chapters have been added since last year’s countdown, and my opinions have, slightly, changed as to how I want to rank these chapters.  I hope that you enjoy what you read.

(If you read this special last year, feel free to skip to the bottom of this page to begin the countdown.  That’s because I’m just going to recycle the same article from last year.)

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Ranking and Analyzing the Marvel Cinematic Universe (as of May 2015)

As I always do, I am taking a quick break from my current curriculum to have some fun.  With the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron a couple weeks ago, as well as the season finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season Two just days ago, I have decided to indulge myself and whomever else would like to join me as we talk Marvel.

Of course, this is the Film Sage, not Cinema Blend or ScreenCrush.  Which means that we first have to address some observations and analyses that I have made of this popular genre.  Then, I’ll try to rank the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or, MCU) for your reading pleasure.

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87th Annual Academy Awards

It’s that time of year again….awards season.  Like last year, I will take you on an adventure through 2014’s best films as I make my selections for each Academy Award.  I will first list the movies that were nominated by the Academy, and then mark the ones that I feel didn’t deserve nomination as well as the ones that got snubbed.  I will then select the film that I feel should win the given award.  I reiterate a point that I made last year: these are not predictions!  They are selections.  You may even find that some of the movies that I select weren’t even nominated by the Academy for a given category.  If that is the case, I will let you know.

Just like last year, I will list the Academy’s nominees, then I will put an asterisk by the names that I don’t feel deserved a given nomination.  In a subcategory labeled “Snubbed”, I will put the film or individual who should have been nominated, in my opinion. I will put my pick for the winner in the given category in boldface.  This year, I will add a little bonus detail: I will also select a runner-up for each category, which will also be in boldface.

My general observations for this year’s crop: the movies this year weren’t as good as they were last year.  But that’s okay, there will still some certifiable masterpieces in my opinion.  Among them stands one supreme: Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.  Don’t be surprised to see it mentioned a lot in the coming lines.

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