Number 15: Thor
As far as introducing mainstream audiences to Thor, Kenneth Bragnagh’s approach was smart. Stripping Thor of his powers made his eventual return to godhood all the more satisfying. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston establishing themselves as key players in the Marvel Studios’ universe with star-making performances.
Add in some major acting cred with Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman and Thor is hardly a lower tier superhero film. And a meatier role for Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson helped make this a fun third entry in the MCU.
But why is it so low? Thor is a universe and galaxy spanning hero with fantastic realms and characters worthy of exploration. This origin installment tones down the more unique aspects of Thor to make him more palatable for mainstream audiences to understand and appreciate. That catering mindset made Thor more accessible, but also makes his first film play out a little too familiar.