What a perfect start to the MCU. This movie stands to this day, and it will for another ten years as the MCU continues on with Iron Man's legacy. It doesn't focus so much on universe building, so this allows for a self contained story that includes one of the most perfect castings in history, aside from maybe Hugh Jackman as Logan.
Alright, this one may be the worst MCU movie. Not because its a bad movie, it isn't, but because it feels so disconnected. While all the other MCU movies havea similar tone throughout, this one feels so off. That, along with the recasting of Hulk make it feel like a weird movie when you try to include it into your MCU marathon. As a movie though, it's fine. Edward Norton is a good Bruce Banner, and you get some good action scenes with Hulk. Otherwise, not much to see here.
I like this movie more watching it now and appreciating some of the stuff it was doing to set up future movies. It is the worst Iron Man by far, and probably the worst MCU movie, but it still gives us the incredible Robert Downey Jr. while also introducing some new faces. Overall, it moves the universe along and is fun enough to sit through.
Thor isn't my favorite character. Well, at least he wasn't until Infinity War. Thor at this time wasn't all that great of a character, but his movie has charm. It's got a unique Shakespearean tone that fits well with the setting and it provides enough heartfelt moments and comedy to make it a good entry to start Thor off. Still could have been much better.
I like this movie a lot. It's a great period piece that feels unique to the MCU. Steve Rogers is a great protagonist, played by the amazing Chris Evans. Along with him he gets a strong supporting cast that really elevates this movie despite the lack of action. That's the one thing that bugs me here. All of the Hydra base raiding is mainly done in a montage, and even the action we see isn't all that great. Still, a great first movie for Captain America.