My initial take: A solid "A" (5 stars), though it will take more viewings to determine its place in my MCU list. (Winter Soldier, Iron Man, and Avengers are also solid "A"s in my opinion, and my top 3 before Civil War).
GREAT setups for the next set of solo MCU movies (Black Panther, Spidey, etc.), and everyone gets at least one "wow" moment.
Can't talk about anything/anyone in the movie without spoiling it.
The action is some of the best ever in a super hero movie, especially the big teased fight.
I felt the story had meat, and the stakes felt real. We'll have to see how it effects the MCU going forward.
There were some brutal violent moments in the film. Not sure if my younger kids are ready for that.
I thought I'd finish this by making a quick list of the MCU movies in order of my favorites. I left off Civil War as I need to let it sink in before I decide where in my top 5 it will go. I will also say that I enjoy all of the MCU films. Ranking one low doesn't mean I think it's a bad movie.
I rank them based on how good a film each is and how much I enjoy watching it again. Some movies are better the first time than others but don't continue to excite me on future viewings.
- Captain America: Winter Soldier
- Iron Man
- The Avengers
- Incredible Hulk
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Iron Man 3
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Thor: The Dark World
- Iron Man 2
There's my list. What's yours? :)