Each MCU phase one finale, ranked

Every movie needs a good ending. If the audience is happy with the last moments before the closing credits, they will forgive any missteps that have been made throughout the film. Issues of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have often ended on a high note. The very first entry in the first phase, iron Manfeatures one of the most memorable movie endings of all time, when Tony Stark ignores S.H.I.E.L.D.’s request because he can’t help but take responsibility for his superhero antics.

Subsequent MCU films have had some memorable endings, with Bruce Banner teasing a controlled transformation at the end The incredible Hulk Steve Rogers, thrown into a futuristic world he doesn’t recognize at the end Captain America: The First Avenger.


6 Thor

The first Thor the film ends too neatly for it to be spectacular. Nobody has to give up anything to save the day. Loki sacrifices himself in the final battle but somehow survives. Thor confesses to Odin that he is not yet the king of material, resuming the status quo from the beginning of the film.

The ending Thor does not portend anything significant for the future. Jane Foster begins working on opening a portal to Asgard from Earth, but this plot point ultimately goes nowhere. By the start of the next Thor In the film, Jane moved on from her romance with the God of Thunder and only revived him when he opened a portal back to Earth, rather than the other way around.

5 iron Man 2

final battle for iron Man 2 culminates in an all-too-convenient “deus ex machina” when Tony Stark and James Rhodes attempt a Hail Mary by firing their repulsors at each other and hoping it will defeat Whiplash, and lo and behold, it happens. For bravery in this battle, Tony and Rhodey are awarded a pair of Senator Stern medals. Introduced at the beginning of the film, trying to convince Tony to give his Iron Man armor to the US government, Stern rather reluctantly hands him the medal in the final scene.

It’s not as memorable as the ending of the first I’m Iron Man movie, but the late great Harry Shandling captured the envious smile that Stern puts on in a photo shoot.

four Avengers

In the final scene from Avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes part ways after the Battle of New York. Thor returns to Asgard with an imprisoned Loki, the Science Brothers set out in a sports car to make bold new discoveries, and Cap, Black Widow and Hawkeye return to S.H.I.E.L.D. This ending ends the current story, leaving the door open for future adventures. At the time, it was unclear whether the ambitious crossover would pay off. But, of course, it paid off handsomely, and Avengers Collaborative films have become some of the highest grossing films ever made.

The first Avengers The film ends with a teasing shot of Stark Tower with the letters S, T, R, and K burned out during the skirmish, leaving a prominent “A” for The Avengers. This image opened up a bright future for the team.

3 The incredible Hulk

To date, this is the only solo Hulk film in the MCU. The incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton as Bruce Banner – culminating in the green villain’s uncharacteristically quiet, gentle, peaceful moment with Betty Ross following his Harlem brawl with the Abomination. The Hulk quickly leaves New York, and the final scene shows Banner hiding in British Columbia a month later. With a smirk on his face, Banner begins his controlled transformation into the Hulk.

This final twist laid Banner’s arc in Avengers (when the role was recast with Mark Ruffalo). On the eve of the decisive battle in AvengersBanner admits that he is “always angry” which allowed him to take control of the Hulk.

2 Captain America: The First Avenger

Final scene Captain America: The First Avenger completes the origin story of Steve Rogers. Much of the film is a meaty WWII action movie. Throughout the first and second acts, Steve takes the super soldier serum, gains superpowers, and becomes a war hero who frees prisoners of war and defeats Hydra’s bases. In the third act, he takes control of a plane full of weapons of mass destruction and crashes it into the ice to save the world.

Before the plane hits the ice, Steve finally works up the courage to tell Peggy Carter how he feels. Steve and Peggy arrange a date right before his apparent death. When Steve wakes up in the present day and runs out into modern-day Times Square, Nick Fury informs him that his time is up by 70 years. It’s a huge bombshell for Steve, but the only thing he thinks about is that he “had a date.”

one iron Man

The very first movie in the MCU, iron Man, has not only the best ending in the first phase; it is still one of the most memorable endings in the entire franchise. To cover up Tony’s superhero antics, SHIELD asked him to hold a press conference in which he claims that the armored superhero is his personal bodyguard.

But because Tony is Tony, he can’t resist the confession. He steps out in front of reporters, discards the script that SHIELD gave him, and boldly declares, “I’m Iron Man.” According to IndieWirethis line was improvised by Robert Downey Jr., wiping out secret identities from the MCU (Who is Donald Blake?) and making superheroes the celebrities of this world.

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