I think the court case stuff is being driven more by the NFLPA and their desire to check some of Goodell's power than it is Brady actually wanting to defend himself. It's an easier poster boy to sell than Greg Hardy would have been.
To clarify, the actual story says that he's not out yet but that the deal is falling apart. It mentions some stuff about wanting time carved out for a project he wants to direct but I think his people saw the reported budget and looked at his salary and something didn't add up so they're trying to negotiate a new deal and using the press to do it.
Mine is something like this. I'm not terribly sure what the individual rankings would be beyond The Winter Soldier but the tiers they're grouped into are about right. Cap 2 > Iron Man = Guardians > Avengers = Avengers 2 = Ant-Man > Cap 1 = Thor: The Dark World = Thor > Iron Man 2 = Iron Man 3 = Incredible Hulk
Agreed. I enjoyed season one but this season just blew it out of the water. I just couldn't stop watching, especially in the second half of the season. The guest stars they've gotten for it are impressive as hell, too.