Marvel Cinematic Universe movies ranked

18. The Incredible Hulk It’s better than the Eric Bana version, even if it doesn’t have Jennifer Connelly. It’s jarring that Edward Norton was replaced by Mark Ruffalo.

17. Thor: The Dark World A convoluted plot dragged down interesting characters.

16. Iron Man 2 The introduction of several interesting characters, namely Black Widow, makes it worth watching.

14. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 While it’s not nearly as good as the first, especially because of the predictability of Kirk Russell’s character, it has several important elements moving forward.

14. Avengers: Age of Ultron If you’ve rewatched “Game of Thrones” or “Breaking Bad” this is like one of those episodes that you don’t remember so fondly, but it has incredibly important stuff in it and is more enjoyable than you remember.

13. Thor A very good, well-paced origin story with a Shakespearean bent.

12. Captain America: The First Avenger In many ways, it doesn’t fit in, thematically and visually, with the other movies. The filmmakers were wise to do that and keep Captain America as a man out of time.

11. Doctor Strange This one is a darker character study about abilities/powers and responsibilities that pairs up well with Iron Man 3 and Ant-Man.

10. Marvel’s The Avengers The first team-up movie was a raging success and is still a wild, fun ride.

9. Ant-Man This one is a fun, smart and snappy ride that is very well told. One of the universe’s biggest problems though, shines through here: Cory Stoll is great as the villain, and they off him too quickly.

8. Thor: Ragnarok The title character finally gets a fantastic movie.

7. Iron Man The one that started it all is always worth a rewatch.

6.,Guardians of the Galaxy Blockbusters this grandiose often fail, but it has the fun and awe of a Star Wars movie. The title sequence is one of the best scenes in the entire universe.

5.,Iron Man 3 We know that Iron Man can save the day, but can Tony Stark be a hero without his suit.

4. Spider-Man Homecoming: The best Spider-Man performance in the best Spider-Man film

3. Captain America: Civil War It’s amazing they crammed this many heroes into one film and pulled off a coherent plot.

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier The MCU shines when it turns a comic book movie on its head by fusing it with a different genre (See the heist movie that is Ant-Man). Taking Cap and making him disillusioned by putting him through a noirish 1970s spycaper was fantastic. This is the McU’s “Empire.”

1. Black Panther Star Wars likely never tops Empire. Marvel topped its Empire with a movie that was somehow drenched in timely and timeless social commentary. The story is fresh and fantastic.


  1. Good list. My top three — and I wouldn’t know how to rank them — would be Winter Solder, The Avengers & Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m kind of lumping quality & importance together. Agree with you that Ultron has been SO derided that it’s going to actually improve with age, once the weight of expectations is lifted from it. It has plenty of enjoyable set pieces, and is still better than anything DC has produced, possibly with the exception of Wonder Woman. … I think GotG is just as crucial a turning point for the series as Winter Soldier. They were greatly rewarded for taking a huge chance, and it gave them the confidence to starting turning more aggressively to new voices and templates (or lack thereof) for some of the recent movies. There’s no Ragnarok or Black Panther without Guardians of the Galaxy.


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