Recently refinished Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier on the road to Infinity War.
Iron Man 3 - It's been a while since I've seen IM3. It's better than I remember. (even though I never hated it) As much as Tony needs Pepper, she really drags a lot of the IM movies down. I still like the Mandarin twist (even more so with the "All Hail the King" One-shot on the Thor 2 Blu-Ray), although I wish they had used IM2 and IM3 to do the real Mandarin/Ten Rings. It was nicely introduced in the first movie. The "Agent Carter" One-shot was a great way to set up the tv pilot.
Thor: The Dark World - much like IM3, I liked this movie to begin with, but it is better than I remember. Like a lot of MCU movies, the villain is the flick's biggest problem. Malekith and the dark elves are simply forgettable. It's the interaction between Thor and Loki that drives much of this franchise. As much as I like Natalie Portman, she's reduced to a damsel in distress. I would have like Marvel to wrap up their story instead of footnoting it, but oh well. Sadly, "All Hail the King" would be our last true One-shot.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier - I always think this movie is great, then I sit down to watch it and I realize great is an understatement. This movie still arguably holds up as Marvel's best film. This is the movie that really altered the MCU in a big way. I love how they made Black Widow a crucial part of the Avengers/MCU. I really have to hand it to Marvel - Cap is still a boy scout, but also a bad ass that resonates. I really wish I had no idea who The Winter Soldier was beforehand. My only gripe: the editing makes it look like Zola turned Bucky into The Winter Soldier after he fell from the train in The First Avenger, but Zola was captured on that mission.
"As they say in China, 'Arrivederci'!"
*For the creation of the Golden Deuce Award.