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: Black Panther
Release Date: February 16, 2018
Rotten Tomato - TOMATOMETER: 97%
Rotten Tomato - Audience: 79%
Opening Weekend: $202,003,951
Gross US: $700,059,566
Gross Worldwide: $1,347,071,259
Synopsis: T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.
Analysis: This film paces out beautifully. If you plotted out the action sequences over the 2 hour and 14 minute run they would be spaced out almost perfectly. This resulted in an enjoyable ride that kept the audience glued to the screen for the entire viewing.
Analysis: After seeing an awesome teaser of the T'Challa in Civil War fans couldn't wait for the character to have his own solo movie. He did not disappoint. His only downfall was that his scenes were routinely stolen by the strong supporting cast led by Killmonger and Shuri. This isn't necessarily a knock on Chadwick, but more so a compliment to the film's amazing casting.
Name: Erik Killmonger
Bio: N'Jadaka, also known as Erik Stevens, was a former Navy SEAL soldier of Wakandan origin through his father, Prince N'Jobu. His savagery while serving in the US military black-ops unit, earned him the nickname Killmonger.
Evil Plan: T'Chaka had killed his father for betraying Wakanda, Killmonger then planned to forcibly dethrone his son and heir T'Challa in order to accomplish his father's plan to seize control of the world using all of Wakanda's Vibranium technology and stop the oppression of people of African descent all across the world.
Analysis: Michael B. Jordan crushed this role. He backed up the physicality from coming off of the Creed films with bringing out the emotional weight of the character with his overall acting ability. This deadly combination turned Killmonger into one of the best villains in the MCU.
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Analysis: This film was stacked with entertaining side characters, but Shuri stole the show. MCU side characters are usually pretty one dimensional and are leveraged as either a fight companion for the protagonist, or leverage comedic elements throughout the plot. Shuri was a full-fledged triple threat bringing the brains, the laughs, and could throw down when needed.
Analysis: There are so many great action sequences in this film. This one took the top spot, because of the weight behind it. No fancy suits. No special powers. The audience was on the edge of their seat knowing that any blow could be the last.
Analysis: From a film aspect, there are many approaches that we could have included in this category. None of these hold a candle to the cultural influence that this film had. #WakandaForever became the anthem of fans everywhere that finally got to see a mainstream superhero that they could relate to.
Analysis: This film quickly became a powerhouse in the MCU's lineup. Not only did they do a great job executing the overall plot and characters, but this film transcended the overall franchise, earning a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars.
Image Credits: Disney