Last year, Crooked Table made the somewhat controversial decision to declare Pacific Rim the summer movie event of 2013. That Guillermo del Toro film, of course, secured enough of a response from fans to warrant development on a sequel, but it was far from the universal slam-dunk that Legendary Pictures was likely hoping for. However, this year has been perhaps best defined by one studio and one studio only: Marvel.
The 2014 release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy has proven to be the biggest one-two punch for Marvel Studios thus far. Both films have earned more than $700 million worldwide and stellar reviews of over 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Guardians has particularly been the big story this year (and we’ve hashed out our thoughts on the film), considering its impressive feat of transforming a relatively obscure title into this generation’s Star Wars, but is The Winter Soldier actually the better film?