2. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Thor: The Dark World is a movie that even the most die-hard Marvel fans admit is, well, not exactly the crown jewel of the MCU. Imagine settling in for a Marvel movie, expecting that classic mix of epic battles, snappy one-liners, and characters who feel like old friends but instead being greeted with a story that feels like it was scribbled on a napkin during a very boring lunch. We've got dark elves (who are more snooze-inducing than spine-tingling), a plot that's more tangled than your earphones in your pocket, and a villain who's about as memorable as that sandwich you had last Tuesday.
The movie tries to take us on a fun and exciting adventure across the galaxy, but it ends up feeling like a long, confusing road trip with someone who can't read a map. Our hero, Thor, seems to have misplaced his charm somewhere in the nine realms, leaving us with a version of the God of Thunder that's more God of Ugh. And then there's the romance – oh boy, the romance.
It's supposed to be this epic, interstellar love story, but it ends up feeling like two people who matched on intergalactic Tinder and can't get past the boring and predictable small talk. Jane Foster, played by the usually amazing Natalie Portman, seems like she's wondering what she's doing there half the time. Honestly, Nat, we were all wondering the same thing.
Thor: The Dark World feels like that one guest at a party who just doesn't get the vibe. It's a mix of meh action, yawn-worthy villains, and chemistry that fizzes out faster than a cheap soda. The only light in this dark void was Tom Hiddleston's performance as Loki - though this was definitely not the best Loki movie we've seen, he is incredibly amazing at lighting up any scene he was in. And, you know, cheating death.
TL;DR - While Thor: The Dark World has its moments (because hey, it's still Thor swinging a hammer and Loki being Loki), it's often ranked as a not-so-Thor-rific chapter of the MCU saga.