We polled our entire team and ranked every MCU film across six categories. We weighted each category based on their overall value to the success of the movie.
Plot - 25%
Character Development - 20%
Villain - 20%
Action - 12.5%
Intangibles - 12.5%
Supporting Cast - 10%
Film: Avengers: Infinity War
Release Date: April 27, 2018
Rotten Tomato - TOMATOMETER: 92%
Rotten Tomato - Audience: 88%
Opening Weekend: $257,698,183
Gross US: $678,815,482
Gross Worldwide: $2,048,709,917
Synopsis: The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Analysis: The best aspect of Infinity War is that every character was given something to do that advanced the plot and was important to the story. No pointless side quests. The film is engaging from start to finish. The culmination of 10 years of storytelling. That has to get you a score of 10.
Analysis: These characters had been built up for 10 years, so the one with the most development strictly in Infinity War is Thanos. In many ways, this is Thanos' movie. Our heroes are along for the ride trying to stop Thanos as he pursues his mission.
Bio: Warlord from the planet Titan that went through a massive extinction. All of us may not have known who he was when he popped up in the Avengers end credit scene, but we had 6 years to read up on him while he sat around in his favorite La-Z-Boy.
Evil Plan: Collect all 6 Infinity Stones so he will have the power to instantly eliminate half of all life. In doing so, Thanos will "save" the universe by keeping life held in check with the finite resources available. Afterwards, he plans to retire to a quiet, pleasant community with a golf course where he can sip margaritas and catch up on his reading.
Analysis: At long last, the villain we had been teased about since 2012 finally decides to get up out of his chair and do something. We can sympathize with Thanos to an extent because of what happened to his planet, which makes him the most compelling villain we've seen in the MCU. On top of that, he wins in the end! Obviously this acts as "part one", with Endgame to continue the story, but it's still rare to see a villain victorious at the end of a superhero movie. We were all speechless when the end credits hit.
Remember The Name - Fort Minor
Dark Steve Rogers
Snap Crackle Pop
Blondes Have More Fun
[Space left intentionally blank for Hawkeye]
Agamotto Is A Hell Of A Drug
The Panther King
Which Witch Is Which?
Sorry, Blame It On Me - Akon
Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
The Giving Tree
There Was Supposed To Be An Image Of Drax Here, Not Sure Where It Went
The Night King
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These Eyes - The Guess Who
The Wakanda Dead
Analysis: Murderers' Row.
Analysis: You almost have to slow the final fight down and watch it frame by frame to really appreciate everything that's going on. So many great heroes using their abilities in creative ways to work together just to contain Thanos for a minute. It's too bad that Star-Lord ruined it for everyone.
There are plenty of other worthy action scenes, which is why we had no choice but to give Infinity War a 10 in this category, so we also have to include the Wakanda battle and Thor's epic entrance with Stormbreaker alongside Rocket and Groot.
Analysis: There are so many epic and hilarious character interactions that fans had been dying to see for years. Infinity War also acts as a great tribute to the first 10 years of the MCU and shows off the characters who carried it from the beginning. Tony and Steve holding their own against Thanos, even if just for a second or two, and Thanos showing respect for them was perfect to give them the recognition they deserve.
Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
The Greatest Conversation In Cinematic History
Analysis: Our absurd expectations were somehow exceeded. Thanks Russos, now just do that again, but even better with Endgame. No pressure.
Image Credits: Disney