So, my holiday weekend camping plans fell through and I found myself home with nothing but time and no plans so I decided that this would be a good time to start my long planned complete MCU movie rewatch. Since Friday morning I have binged the first 13 movies and a smattering of other material and I need to take a break from viewing and wanted to express a few thoughts before moving on. Note that I am watching things based not on release order, but rather my preferred viewing order based on continuity and story flow. YMMV. Captain America: The First Avenger-- I have to say that I love this movie. I love the WW2 Captain America stories and felt that they captured the tone of the stories told in that era perfectly (And Phineas Horton's "Synthetic Man" always makes me wonder what happened at the Expo in the days that followed ). Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell have amazing chemistry and their farewell scene always makes me tear up. Hugo Weaving is perfect as the Red Skull and I wish that we could have seen more of Tommy Lee Jones as Chester Phillips. All in all, a very strong debut effort for the second most important character in the Infinity Saga. Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter-- A fun little short that led to Hayley Atwell getting her own show. While it may not technically be considered MCU canon any more (it's not 100% compatable with the TV show) it still tells a tale of how Peggy ascended to the top spot in the newly formed SHIELD. I wanted Peggy's rise to be a apart of my re-watch, but wasn't interested in re-visiting the show at this time. I considered watching Captain Marvel here for continuity reasons, but decided to watch it as released for story flow reasons. Iron Man-- The one that started it all. It still holds up as strong as both an introduction to Stark and the MCU. Robert Downey Jr and Jon Favreau set the tone for the MCU moving forward. From beginning to end, RDJ sucks you in as Stark and makes you root for him despite the fact that Stark starts out as a bit of a douche. Almost all of the characters begin journeys here that are unique to the character and compellingly told--even JARVIS! Tony's inability to rest when there is hero work to be done is established, as is Pepper's desire and inability to get Tony to stop risking his life. Particularly relevant to Tony's journey to me post-Endgame is Ho Yinsin's assertation that despite his wealth, his lack of a family and roots makes him a man with everything... and nothing. Iron Man 2-- I watch this before Incredible Hulk because in TIH, Stark is already a SHIELD consultant, but he doesn't obtain that position until this movie. A little better than I remembered, but it absolutely has it's flaws. Even a strong performance from Mickey Rourke can't make his Anton Vanko an interesting villain and Sam Rockwell's Justin Hammer was more comic relief than threatening. Apparently, a lot of character work for Vanko wound up on the cutting room floor, which is a shame. Scarlett Johannson makes an impressive debut as Natasha Romaov and RDJ and Gwyneth Paltrow continue to work very well together. This movie doesn't come together as well as the first one. I think that a little too much effort was put into planting seeds for future stories rather than tell the story at hand. As much as I love the Phil Coulson character (and he gets the best line in the movie), his part in the movie is solely to point the audience in the direction of the Thor movie. This movies post-credit scene with Mjolnir is perhaps my favorite of them all. When Mjolnir appeared, there were genuine gasps from the comic nerds in the audience. For the first time, the thought of an Avengers movie seemed 100% real. The Incredible Hulk-- Meh. The story is predictable, the performances of Ed Norton and Liv Tyler are nothing note-worthy and it doesn't really bring anything (other than Thaddeus Ross) to the larger MCU. Tim Roth was enjoyable enough as Blonsky but they really didn't give him much to work with. It is a shame that the Sam Sterns/Leader thread never got developed. Maybe on the She-Hulk show coming to Disney+... Thor-- A solid introduction to the character and mythology of Thor that nicely introduces the more fantastical elements of the MCU. The chemistry between Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman seems legit enough, but not nearly as much as the Downey/Paltrow or Evans/Atwell pairings, but Portman's Jane Foster is a strong female lead that you can see standing beside Thor despite her mortal nature.Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins are both perfectly cast in their respective roles and both bring life to sometimes clunky dialogue. Asgard looked as if it jumped right off of Jack Kirby's drawing board. The seed planting in this movie (Coulson and Hawkeye) is less intrusive than in IM2. Overall, an entertaining, if not spectacular entry in the MCU. Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant-- A very short (4:00) tale with Coulson and Jasper Sitwell utilizing footage from TIH to explain away discrepancies between Hulk's recruitment into the Avengers between TIH and the Avengers. Avengers-- Ah, Avengers. While I can objectively say that it's not the best movie in the MCU, I can say with confidence that it is my favorite. The super-hero team-up movie was something that I wanted to see my entire life but it always seemed like a pipe dream. Not only did Joss Whedon pull it off, he pulled it off masterfully. The various characters with differing tones and feels meshed together in a way that many people, myself included, had doubts about. It brought all of the characters together from their various franchises for an adventure, and then sent them all back into their various sequels. IMHO, simply the best super-hero movie ever made. YMMV. Iron Man 3-- This movie gets a bad rap due to the Mandarin twist but once one gets past their nerd-rage, one can realize how clever the misdirect was and appreciate Trevor as the brilliant character that he is. The scenes with Harley inform the character moving forward in a way that I never realized pre-Endgame. Also established is the post-Chitauri PTSD that motivates him for the rest of his arc. Better than IM2 and well worth re-visting. Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King-- A fun epilogue to IM3 that brings back Trevor and establishes that there is a real Mandarin out there lurking in the shadows. Included for it's relevance moving forward beyond Endgame. Am I the only one who wants to see Trevor show up in "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings"? Agents of SHIELD: Pilot-- I wanted my rewatch to acknowledge Coulson's resurrection so I popped in the pilot. Those characters have come so far in their six seasons on television and it was fun to go back and see how it all started. This is my last non-cinematic diversion. I thought about watching "The End of the Beginning", "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "The Beginning of the End" (1.16, 1.17 and 1.22) along with Winter Soldier, but decided that a dedicated AoS rewatch would be more fun. I am further long than this, but need to take a break. More later.