After watching the kickoff of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe cash cow, I resurrected a list of mine I was playing with on how the first 22 movies fall out. It’s not easy. I don’t know how a sports writer can rank 32 teams. Usually the top few are either obvious or bubble up, and the same with the bottom few bubbling down. But the middle 20+? I suppose they do it the way I did…start plugging in a somewhat rational order and then bounce each off of the higher and lower adjacent movies. Most of them have huge script problems…okay, almost all. Yes, these are comic book movies and I need to alter my expectations. And yes, the second time through they tend to fare a little better with me… I can’t help that my mind recoils at the materializing of suits and masks out of nothing. Or ordinary human bodies taking killing punishment and getting up for more. Or…ordinary humans processing unrealistic amounts of data and reacting with unrealistic, if sometimes augmented, reflexes.
Anyway, starting with the bottom of the proverbial barrel… Continue reading