OH BOY here we go.
Iron Man - (You’ve got to love the original, even if it’s formula was overdone a little in following movies).
Winter Soldier - The film that turned Captain America into a badass. Also gets kudos for really mixing things up irreparably.
GOTG - Gonna miss you James Gunn, but who would have thought we would be in a universe a decade ago where Guardians of the Galaxy made MORE than Justice League. To this day that fact blows my mind and Marvel’s trust in Gunn pretty much saved them here as GOTG was coming off of the back of a series of films with progressively duller colour palettes.
Other big favourites:
Avengers Assemble - Honestly this could be the spinning shot for an hour and a half and I’d still love it.
Iron Man 2 - Controversial, but this film is so much better now that we know where it’s plot threads go.
Iron Man 3 - Again, controversial. I hate that they didn’t make Rebecca Halls character the villain as I think that would have really saved the movie in some peoples eyes (especially due to the reasoning which is horrific). I actually loved the Mandarin twist but wasn’t a huge fan of the comics.
Infinity War - What’s not to love?
Ragnarok - The reason this is knocked from the top 3 is the last big Korg joke after the big… Event. Completely undermined the emotional impact for me in an otherwise crazy, amazing, hard hitting film.
I just can’t get into the Netflix series, I’ve tried with Daredevil twice and Defenders as well but they suffer way too much from the Netflix <nothing for half the series, then everything> season structure. I did watch all of Jessica Jones S1 though that I really enjoyed, but I’m a life long David Tennant fan.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Seriously watch this. Season 1s start is abysmally slow, so I’d recommend watching the pilot and skipping a few episodes personally but you do leave some important context out so, at your own risk.
However, it adds so much to the events of Winter Soldier especially and has some great tie ins with The Dark World, Age of Ultron and Infinity War.