Ranked: The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase One


It’s crazy to think that Marvel Studios began its cinematic universe eight years ago. Throughout these years, the studio brought Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the rest of the Avengers to the big screen, to unprecedented success. Even films based on more obscure characters, such as Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy, did very well critically and financially.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far will culminate into next month’s Captain America: Civil War, which will officially kick off Phase 3 for the studio. Everything that has happened so far has been building up to this moment. With that said, I wanted to take the time to look back at Marvel’s previous films.

In this article, I will be ranking all six films in Marvel Studios’ Phase 1.

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Editorial: Dear Fanboys, Just A Reminder…

Dear Fanboys,

This weekend, we’re finally going to see Batman and Superman duke it out on the big screen. Pretty exciting, huh? These two beloved characters are going to clash and while we’ll have to see the film to see who wins – the real winner is you. Yes, you. We live in a generation where our favorite characters are leaping off the pages of comics and graphic novels, and getting their own films. How cool is that? Pretty cool, if you ask me. And these aren’t just small half-assed versions of these lauded stories. Continue reading

Why I Love ‘Man of Steel’


Man of Steel is one of the most dividing films in recent memory. People either love it (like myself) or hate it. And most people’s opinion of the film are already set in stone, so I’m not here to change the minds of its critics, I’m just here to share with you why I don’t have a problem with some of its widely-agreed “flaws”. Spoilers obviously abound.

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Are the Early Months of the Year Still a Dumping Ground for Movies?

For years now, months like January, February, and even March have been considered dumping grounds for movies. When studios have no faith in their films or just know that they are terrible, the movies are thrown into that range of months and are forgotten soon after. Movies like Man on a Ledge or even this year’s Dirty Grandpa are films that, like them or hate them, were sent into the dumping ground because the studio knew that nobody would really want to see them. But why has it taken so long for Hollywood to start putting their big tentpole films in that range when there is literally no competition?

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It’s Never Too Early: My 2017 Oscar Predictions

The 2016 Oscars have just come to a close with some people going home happy yet more people going home unhappy. Nonetheless, now that this years Oscars are officially come and gone, it is time to starting looking ahead. Through Sundance biggies and just plain guessing, I have come up with my official 2017 Oscar predictions. While it is safe to say that many of these choices will be wrong, if ANY are right, that would be sick, right?

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Not Yet Rated’s Official 2016 Oscar Predictions

The Academy Awards are this weekend and it is a great time to be a movie fan. While many are outraged by the lack of diversity, it is hard to say that the movies nominated are not great. Even if you disagree with the choices the Academy made with their nominations, it is always interesting to see who wins, who loses, and what controversial thing the host will say. So before you watch the Oscars this weekend, check out Not Yet Rated’s Oscar Predictions.

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‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’: Boom or Bust?

Hard to believe, but we’re just a mere month away from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The anticipation for Zack Snyder’s superhero showdown has been building since three Comic-Cons ago, and fans will surely appear in droves. But what about the general public? Does your Average Joe really care that much that Batman and Superman will fight each other onscreen for the first time? The marketing for this film has been problematic, with a clear struggle to find the right tone, while revealing too much footage at the same time. There’s reason to believe that Warner Brothers’ attempt at another Marvel Cinematic Universe may blow up in their face. Continue reading