In the modern world, the only faction tending to entertainment that has franchises within franchises today is the MCU, and for right reason. You’ll understand this better if you’ll come to understand the very well-structured composition of the MCU. Well, we all know how it started, with a clank on a piece of metal sheet inside a cave by a man with an arc reactor inside his chest. The MCU literally owes it all to him, since the saga that spanned 11 years and 22 films spawned right here, with ‘Iron Man’ in 2008, with RDJ proving to be pivotal in setting the franchise up even further. So, going forward, the MCU can be befittingly broken down into phases and tiers of characters.
Phase 1 of the MCU involve origin movies of all tier 1 superheroes that would go on to become the founding members of the superhero team The Avengers. So, each of the tier one superheroes have a trilogy of films, with each film spread across in one of the phases, with the exception of Iron Man whose success prompted Marvel to release a second solo within Phase 1 only. The first tier 2 superheroes were introduced in Phase 2 with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, followed with ‘Ant Man’ in Phase III, Doctor Strange, another GOTG movie, a mini team-up that wrapped up Captain America’s trilogy, and a spider man film, who already got a small cameo to set him up in ‘Civil War’.
The end of each phase is marked by the release of a team-up MCU film, culmination of a small arc and adding to the larger, sprawling infinity saga, called the Avengers films, typically placed three years apart. The first one in this series would be the first team-up film, ‘The Avengers’ released in 2012, followed by ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ in 2015, and capped up by ‘Infinity War’ in 2018. One can consider the recently released ‘Endgame’ to be the culmination to not just the entire MCU’s current leg, but also the ‘Avengers’ franchise in its own.
The first two films in the franchise have each been billion dollar grossers, with ‘Infinity War’ taking in $2 Billion, the first MCU film to do so. Even by conservative figures, ‘Endgame’ will surely go on to gross much more, maybe even break the remaining records it hasn’t until now. If that was enough trivia, we now go on to rank the all ‘Avengers’ movies based on various factors. Since this is a rather short list, I will try to explain what made the film stick at the spot that it did. Even if the third and fourth are pretty obvious entries, it’s a whole new war for the first spot. You can read an entire breakdown of that, here.
4. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Before completely butchering ‘Justice League’ for DC, this was Joss Whedon’s last film before the MCU and Disney thought it better to have the reigns in the hands of the Russo brothers instead. Well, I am not saying that it was a bad film, per se. In fact, it was quite consistently entertaining to be honest, and did a good job introducing two recurring Avengers, the Scarlet Witch and Vision, who are also due to make their television debut with Disney+, the new streaming service from Disney. The Avengers assembled in style and took down their foe by the end of the day, along with battling a few internal conflicts along the way. In that, it was essentially made on the same blueprint as the first, with the exception of probably the opening sequence.