Just going to publish this for future reference:
IM: 7. Strong start, reasonably faithful adaptation, though it falls into the common character trope of “careless asshole has a change of heart”. Tony should be much deeper a character. A weak antagonist, but you can’t expect too much.
IM 2: 2. Trash. A textbook example of how to disrespect good source material (in this case Demon in a Bottle), especially the way they tried to justify it (didn’t need justification) with the “I’m dying” bull – which just weakened the tragedy that was Tony’s alcoholism in the comic, and was an easy cop-out for him to get better when he “solved” his energy problem. Throw in some lazy universe-building, a poor script, uninteresting antagonists… A disgrace of a movie. The only reason it gets a 2 is because something worse is coming.
Thor: 4. Just meh. The Thor-Jane Foster interactions were especially laughable. Very straightforward, forgettable, overall meh plot.
CA:FA: 7. Strong introduction to Steve, and the classic origin is done justice. However, we’ve seen WWII-era plots, and the film doesn’t offer much that we haven’t already seen before.
Avengers: 8. Strong film, tight plot, very well done. Each character gets his own moments of development, along with some nice fights between each other. Further, (and I can’t emphasize this enough), regarding interactions that develop the characters, the interactions feel natural. All that mixed with a stunning ensemble shot right before they leap into the climactic battle, just wow. If it has faults, it’s in the typical horde nature of the Chitauri.
IM3: 0. Scratch that, -1. Fuck this shitstain of a collection of videos. Fuck. Fuck. No, I’m not talking about the Mandarin twist, although that was pretty dumb. I’m talking about Extremis. Just as its predecessor was a weak half-assed adaptation of Demon in a Bottle, IM3 is a disgrace of a failure of an adaptation of Extremis, which I consider the greatest Tony Stark character piece ever done. Jesus. Fuck. Remember the Tony-Maya-Sal friend triangle? The brilliantly crafted character foils? The movie scraps Sal Kennedy. It turns Maya Hansen into a weak underling of Aldrich Killian. The villain, Killian, is a weak, upset nerd looking for revenge. Extremis itself is different – wtf was with that “Extremis soldiers blow up” bullshit? And worst of all, Tony doesn’t even get Extremis and technopathy and the new Extremis armour in the end. Oh, and the whole side-plot with his anxiety, and his time with the little kid, completely wasted. What a shitfest.
Thor:DW: 4. Another meh movie. Same old Asguardian story. They add an infinity gem to the plot, and intertwine it with Jane Foster in an attempt to make her relevant. Just meh overall, again. lol
CA:WS: 10. Brilliant political thriller. Particularly relevant for its time. Very well done, Steve Rogers as the man out of time, serving as a foil for the changing values of our times. A brilliant plot, characters, all combined with thrilling action sequences, absolutely the best.
GOTG: 8. Overall, a fun flick. No real faults. Very fun.
AoU: 5. An insufferable villain in the form of Tony Stark. His character is worse than it was in IM3. Overall meh, but at least had some spectacular early action sequences.
Ant-Man. 6. Decent fun. Pretty peeved in the choice to relegate Hank Pym to a has-been. His character deserves fleshing out, but no, they chose Scott. Meh. As least it was fun.
CA:CW: 7. An insufferable villain in the form of Tony Stark. Again. At least the film focuses more on Steve, and he wins in the end. Black Panther was great, the fight sequences were thrilling, Steve wrecked Tony in the climax, pretty fun. Only problem was too much Tony.
Doctor Strange: 8. Good fun, and with magic too. Strong introduction to another great character.
GOTG 2: 4. Meh. Gunn attempts to focus on character development, but it falls flat due to poor delivery. Character interactions felt forced and unnatural. At least Groot was cute.