MCU: All 33 Marvel Cinematic Universe films ranked from worst to best

Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron..L to R: Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel 2015
Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron..L to R: Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel 2015 /
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“Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier”..L to R: Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) & Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)..Ph: Zade Rosenthal..© 2014 Marvel. All Rights Reserved. /

4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

There’s something to be said for taking a film about the world’s most star-spangled super soldier and turning it into an edge-of-seat espionage thriller. Captain America: The Winter Soldier isn’t just your average superhero sequel and, having said that, it rarely feels like anything other than its own entity. That’s how good the world that Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely built is.

An soldier out of time and with no desire to be there, Steve Rogers is thrust into the midst of a war between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the resurgence of Hydra and, after failing to comply with the corrupt rules of either organization, is declared Public Enemy No.1.

The film was very specific about its supporting characters, adding only those who would thrive in this surprisingly more realistic world such as Black Widow and Falcon, and the whole narrative built towards the reveal of Bucky’s fate beautifully. And it all served as the perfect vehicle for Chris Evans, who really came into his own here as the modern day iteration of Captain America.

Thrilling, suspenseful and, at times, unnerving, if the MCU had an equivalent to The Dark Knight, then it would undoubtedly be this one. The fact that Markus, McFeely and the Russo brothers managed to take Cap, who had literally just battled freakin’ aliens in The Avengers, strip him down to his core values and make him a believable protagonist in a gritty tale of corruption and backstabbing is something that really should be, well, marvelled at.