It's all too easy to take the MCU for granted. Since this franchise is so huge many are no doubt a bit sick of it. The films do have their issues but at the same time, it shouldn't be forgotten how accomplished the MCU really is.
There have been 24 films released in just over a decade that are all part of the same franchise, yet very few of them have been failures and that shows an impressive level of consistency. As well as this, the films have brilliant casts, strong production values and most importantly of all, excellent storytelling.
This is a tentpole franchise that pays a huge amount of attention to character development and that's not something to be sniffed at.
All of the MCU joints - yes, even the likes of Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World - have awesome things in them. But what's the best part of each one? It's time to find out.
From masterful screenplays to scene-stealing performances, amazing visuals and a certain earth-shattering cliffhanger, here are the best things in each MCU film to date.
25. Iron Man - Iron Man's Journey
Iron Man, the MCU's excellent debut film, is a hugely effective superhero origin story that really stands out among other superhero films of the 2000s. Why is this?
Well, the film has many other qualities such as strong production values, thrilling action and an outstanding lead performance from Robert Downey Jr, but the thing which takes this up another level is the film's terrific character development.
The film's script does a remarkable job of making Tony Stark evolve from an arrogant and amoral weapons dealer to a loveable hero, and his growth throughout the film is done in an incredibly satisfying and touching manner.
Much of the time Iron Man is fairly light on action and focuses instead on character-building, making this movie often feel more like a character study that just happens to be about a superhero - and that is a great thing.