The MCU Tournament: Info Thread


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Now that Episode 1100 is live -- in which Ian, Chris, and Donovan Flickchat Forumed all 23 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- we can finally announce that our next tournament will be deciding which movie the forums believe to be the best film in the MCU!

With 23 movies, there were two options on how the tournament would play out:

  1. Nine movies receive byes to the Quarterfinals
  2. One movie receives a bye, but the semifinals on both sides of the bracket are triple-threats

The second is the option I went with. One film getting a bye is fine. Nine, however, takes the fun out of the entire first round.

Speaking of the first round, it will be split across three groups, with each poll being open for three days each. Polls will open and close at or around noon on the selected days. The brackets have already been selected via random draw, and they are:

Round 1, Group 1: July 24-27

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron v Black Panther
  • The Avengers v Captain America: Civil War
  • Guardians of the Galaxy v Iron Man 3
  • Thor v Avengers: Infinity War

Round 1, Group 2: July 27-30

  • Captain America: The Winter Solider v Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Thor: The Dark World v Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Doctor Strange v Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Captain Marvel v Spider-Man: Far from Home

Round 1, Group 3: July 30-August 3

  • Avengers: Endgame v The Incredible Hulk
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. v Ant-Man
  • Iron Man 2 v Thor: Ragnarok

Round 1 Note: By random draw, Iron Man won the bye to the Quarterfinals. Seems fitting, what with it having the honor of being the first movie in the MCU.

Information about the Quarterfinals and Semifinals will come once those rounds are upon us, so please check this space.

As for the voting process, we're looking for the best film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So please keep that in mind while voting. The best may not be one's favorite. Also, I would like this tournament to result in some hearty conversations. If you can, please consider explaining your votes in each round.

If you have any questions, please drop them into this thread.

And, let's not forget the brackets. Click for a larger image.

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UPDATE 1:

Round 1, Group 1 has come to a close!

  • To no one's surprise, Black Panther trounced Age of Ultron in a near-sweep.
  • The Avengers just barely won out over Civil War. One vote decided that contest!
  • Guardians of the Galaxy advanced past Iron Man 3 with nearly 80% of the vote.
  • And with an 83-point lead, Infinity War proved to be mightier than Thor.

Round 1, Group 2 is live with:

  • Captain America: The Winter Solider v Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Thor: The Dark World v Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Doctor Strange v Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Captain Marvel v Spider-Man: Far from Home

UPDATE 2

Round 1, Group 2 is closed!

  • Captain America: The Winter Solider handily beat Spider-Man: Homecoming with nearly 89% of the vote.
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp laid waste to Thor: The Dark World.
  • Captain America: The First Avenger gave us our first sweep. Bye bye, Doctor Strange!
  • And what's this? Spider-Man: Far from Home beat Captain Marvel? Interesting!

Round 1, Group 3 is now active:

  • Avengers: Endgame v The Incredible Hulk
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. v Ant-Man
  • Iron Man 2 v Thor: Ragnarok

UPDATE 3

Round 1, Group 3 is closed.

  • Avengers: Endgame proved to be stronger than The Incredible Hulk.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. squashed Ant-Man.
  • Thor: Ragnarok ran over Iron Man 2 with ease.

We're moving on to the quarterfinals!

Round 2, Group 1 is live and will close August 6 at noon CST:

  • Black Panther v The Avengers
  • Captain America: The First Avenger v Spider-Man: Far from Home
  • Avengers: Endgame v Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

UPDATE 4

Round 2, Group 1 is over!

  • Black Panther walked over The Avengers.
  • Captain America: The First Avenger sent Spider-Man: Far from Home packing.
  • Avengers: Endgame said "I am Groot" to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Round 2, Group 2 has begun. It will close on August 9 at noon CST:

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier v Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Guardians of the Galaxy v Avengers: Infinity War
  • Thor: Ragnarok v Iron Man

UPDATE 5

Round 2, Group 2 has closed!

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier swatted away Ant-Man and The Wasp.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy took down Avengers: Infinity War.
  • And in our closest outing yet, Thor: Ragnarok beat Iron Man by two votes!

It's time for part one of the semifinals! This three-way match-up will close August 13 at noon CST!

  • Black Panther v Captain America: Winter Soldier v Avengers: Endgame

UPDATE 6

We're halfway through the semifinals!

  • To very little surprise, Captain America: Winter Soldier bested Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame.

The penultimate poll is on hand, and will close August 15 at noon CST.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy v Captain America: The First Avenger v Thor: Ragnarok

UPDATE 7

The semifinals are over!

  • Captain America: The First Avenger took down Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok.

Meaning, the finals are set! Tomorrow we will begin to decide the greatest MCU movie, and it has come down to:

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier v Captain America: The First Avenger

The poll will open at noon, and will close August 19 at noon CST.

FINAL UPDATE

And there we have it! Captain America: The Winter Soldier defeats Captain America: The First Avenger by one vote to become the Earth-2.net forums' choice as the greatest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Thank you to Ian, Chris, and Donovan for the inspiration; thank you to everyone who voted; and thank you to everyone who added to the conversation. If you would like to keep the talk going, please use this thread to do so.

Edited by The Master
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I will say, I personally have maybe one tough choice in all of Round 1 and that's only because  one match-up has two films I really don't care for one way or the other and I doubt either make it past Quarter finals anyway.

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The Round 1, Group 1 results are in! Please check Update 1 in the original post.

The brackets have been updated to reflect the winners, too.

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3 hours ago, The Master said:

While I know Ragnarok has its detractors, I'm thinking that contest will be rather heated.

This assumes Ragnarok beats Iron Man 2.

If it doesn't beat IM 2 there is no justice in the world.

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18 hours ago, Dread said:

If it doesn't beat IM 2 there is no justice in the world.

 

16 hours ago, Donomark said:

I think Ian's flogging of Ragnarok is my favorite rant of episode 1100. And we had a lot of them.

Those are the bottom 2 of my list! But yes, Ragnarok beat Iron Man 2 - I'm not insane.

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The right side of that bracket is super interesting. Every single one of those has a legit case to make the finals. If it comes down to Winter Soldier and Ragnarok, I will be doing complete rewatches of both before I vote. Hell, I might rewatch everything on that side to be sure.

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There's some snarky leftist commentary to find in saying that Chris Evans perfectly embodied the physicality of both Johnny Storm and Steve Rogers by being a blonde haired blue eyed white guy, but whatever, he was great.

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