9. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
Landing at number nine, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a fun and refreshing addition to the MCU - one that perfectly marries the finesse of martial arts with the superhero shenanigans we watch Marvel movies for.
This movie is a breath of fresh air in the MCU, giving us a blend of action, culture, and storytelling. The protagonist, Shang-Chi, portrayed perfectly by non other than the charismatic and insanely talented Simu Liu, brings a new dimension to the archetype of a Marvel hero. He's not just a fighter - he's a son dealing with his legacy and the weight of familial expectations. The dynamic between Shang-Chi and his best friend Katy, played by the ever-charming and hilarious Awkwafina, is a highlight, providing not just comic relief but also a heartwarming portrayal of platonic friendship. Also, the fight sequences in this are a visual spectacle. Choreographed in a way that pays homage to classic martial arts cinema, these scenes are a dance of agility and strength, seamlessly integrated into the narrative.
Also, Michelle Yeoh is in this. That's literally all I have to say - she's fantastic as usual and such a badass.
But, despite its strengths, Shang-Chi ranks ninth in the top 10 because, while it introduces fantastic new characters and lore, it doesn't quite match the narrative depth or the emotional resonance of the MCU's higher-ranked heavyweights.