Captain America: Civil War
The first appearance of Black Panther and Spider-Man in the MCU was groundbreaking. While for years it was unanimously decided that placing too many heroes in one film was cinema suicide (Spider-Man 3 is a good example of this), the Russo brothers pulled it off miraculously. Captain America and Iron Man draw lines in the sand after a government initiative forces the heroes to either sign up to be controlled, or be labeled as a criminal.
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight was an epic masterpiece. Batman's best film was completely reliant on the villains, who became cultural icons. Heath Ledger's Joker is the pinnacle of villainy and artist dedication, while Aaron Eckhart's Two-Face had gripping character progression and a tragic ending. When the Joker turns Gotham city upside down, Batman is pushed to his limits as the Caped Crusader.
Robert Downey Jr. made the comeback of a lifetime and jump-started the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he filled the shoes of Tony Stark. The first Iron Man is arguably the best in the trilogy. There were no expectations, just pure vision. Tony Stark is an arms dealer who is kidnapped and injured, causing him to create the Iron armor he wears to keep him alive. Stark seeks retribution for all the lives he affected selling weapons over the years, and becomes Marvel's leading superhero.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Arguably one of the best Marvel films to date, Winter Soldier turned the same old "hero saves the world" plot into a smart political thriller. Bucky Barnes, who "died" in the first Captain America film, is discovered alive and well, and is brainwashed into being a soldier for a cunning terrorist group. Things get complicated once Cap decides to help his friend, who is a murdering psycho-path, putting him on what will be a collision course with the government and his own team.
This superhero film is fun for the entire family. After society turns on their heroes, the once worshiped icons become boring civilians. All that changes when a new villain makes himself known and threatens to destroy the peace that has lasted since the age of the heroes ended.
Marvel's first original Netflix series set the bar high, and kept it there. The fight scenes in Daredevil are so intricately choreographed that you'll forget you're watching someone get the snot kicked out of them and just view the battle as a work of art. After a young Matt Murdock loses his eyesight as a child, he gains super sensitive hearing, smelling, and touch that makes up for his blindness a million times over.
Luke Cage plays like a hip-hop epic meets a blaxploitation film, and it works like magic. Besides the fact that each episode of the show is named after a Gang Starr song, the series is based in Harlem, the birthplace of a cultural Renaissance. Cage is wrongfully convicted of a crime and experimented on in prison, which leads to him gaining superpowers. A black guy wearing a hoody who's bulletproof is a statement all by itself.
Rewriting Batman's origin was a risky move, but Fox and DC pulled it off perfectly for this television series. Focusing on Detective Gordon, before he becomes the fabled Commissioner, Gotham shows how the city that made Batman came to be such a villainous cesspool. All your favorite bad guys make an appearance, and a young Bruce Wayne learns what it means to become a hero.
Black Lightning is one of the better DC shows on television right now, and the plot is both engaging and emotional. Jefferson Pierce is a high school principal who retired from being a vigilante, but is forced back into a hero role after a local gang threatens the safety of his community. Cress Williams kills it as the titular hero who can control electricity.
Jon Bernthal puts his all into The Punisher, which is the most brutal Marvel series to date. This father and husband is left in an emotional hole of grief after his family is murdered in a plot that traces back to his time in the military. Stubborn as hell and impossible to kill, The Punisher will not stop until he avenges the death of his loved ones. Punishment has never been so entertaining.