Hidden Remote’s ultimate Marvel Cinematic Universe movie rankings

Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR..L to R: Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Drax (Dave Bautista), Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018
Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR..L to R: Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Drax (Dave Bautista), Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018 /
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#19 Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Main Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson and Idris Elba.

As a character I absolutely love Thor. As a sequel Thor: The Dark World is a very hard movie to love. Before making movies Alan Taylor was mostly known for his work on Game of Thrones, which that in itself sounds like an inspired choice for someone to direct a Thor movie. What resulted was one of the most inconsequential films from Marvel since The Incredible Hulk. This is not to say the film was not enjoyable because honestly who doesn’t enjoy watching Thor interact with Loki for two hours? That said, this is probably the most forgettable effort from Marvel since its kickoff in 2008.

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Thor: The Dark World is a screaming example of everything that works about the character and everything that doesn’t. When the characters go to Earth nothing really works and everything either feels forced or silly without purpose. When the film explores Asgard that is when this franchise always finds its heart. Marvel is at its best when they are exploring new worlds and universes, and this film has shining moments that prove that when it is not getting bogged down by Earthly elements. Seeing the people of Asgard, their culture, their technology, and even their science are what makes the minds of the audience light up. Sadly, this sequel continued to step on itself in being truly imaginative due to its need to keep things on Earth.

Luckily, despite a successful box office return, Marvel heard the complaints and changed the course for the character later by removing the romantic subplot of Jane Foster. Based on reports it was clear even Natalie Portman knew the character wasn’t a long-term fit for the franchise. Thor’s wings were meant to spread further beyond the stars, much like the Guardians of the Galaxy.

John Dotson, Hidden Remote contributor