Super Binge

How my sister and I used pandemic lockdown to re-watch and review of all 23 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Senior Riley Sharp and her sister tackled the massive world of Marvel movies during the pandemic and created a rating system to rank the feature films.

Riley Sharp, Reporter

The first Marvel movie I saw was The Avengers in 2012 when I was only ten, and I was hooked.

From then on I would see each one as it was released in theatres, and I read all the fan theories.

These movies have become an important part of who I am.

Last March, the whole world changed. Quarantine was boring everyone was searching for interesting ways to occupy themselves. Well, my sister and I decided to re-watch all 23 Marvel movies and review them.

Why? Well, I never fully remembered everything about each movie, and the timeline of events can be a little confusing. So since the Infinity Saga just ended, I figured why not take this extra time and watch all of them in order. 

But which order?

What order to watch the Marvel movies is always a debate. Sharp chose to watch in the order that the action takes place, not the order in which they were released in theaters.

For the order, we decided to go with when the movie takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), rather than the order they came out in.

For example, even though Captain America: The First Avenger came out in 2011 and Captain Marvel came out in 2019, we watched both of them before Iron Man which came out in 2008, because the events of those two movies take place before the events in Iron Man.

When we started watching them, I’m not going to lie, it was a little tedious. You could tell that the writers had a plan of making the big cinematic universe they created, but there were certainly a lot of plot holes along the way.

Especially when watching movies like The Incredible Hulk, the dark sheep of the MCU, I had to remember that my favorites were only a few movies away. I’m actually a little amazed my sister and I managed to get through them all, I assumed we’d quit after five.

Then we had to decide just how to rate them.

We made a huge Google Sheet and gave them scores out of ten in a series of categories. We added all the numbers up and gave each movie a final score.

Some of the categories were serious like cinematography, plot line, etc. Some were sillier like the use of witty banter and the amount of costumes that included a trench coat or cape, because obviously that greatly affects my viewing pleasure.

The later movies definitely did not disappoint, Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame got perfect tens in both. Even though these are action movies, I love the humor tied in so they’re not all serious all the time, *cough cough* DC.

We also felt the need to include whether the movies pass the Bechdel and DuVernay tests for representation. We felt it was important to not only judge them based on the movie itself, but also on how well BIPOC (black, indigenous and other people of color) and women were shown.

The Bechdel test asks if the movie has two named women characters and whether they have a conversation about something other than a man. The DuVernay test asks if the movie has a character of color and whether that character is well developed outside of the white characters storyline.

I was honestly sad to see how many totally failed either or both of those tests.

Out of all 23 only six, including Black Panther and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, passed both and four, including Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor: The Dark World, didn’t pass either of them. It made me look deeper into these movies that I hold so dear.

When we finally finished Spiderman: Far From Home I was really sad. Not only was I bored again, but I had so much fun watching them it made me sad that we were done.

The graphic on the left shows the results of the spreadsheet scoring of the films, which differs from the list of personal favorites. (Photo Submitted)

Overall, my top scores for movies were Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War.

Honestly, I don’t think that those scores really reflect my favorites. Personally, my real top movies are Thor: Ragnarok, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Avengers.

I can’t wait to see in what direction the MCU goes, and I’m excited to watch all the new, fun adventures they have planned. I’ve been watching since age 10, and I can’t see me stopping anytime soon.