All Marvel Cinematic Universe movies ranked worst to best

We have grown used to quite a lot of issues up to now decade-plus, with one of many best being big-budget, high-quality superhero movies.

Marvel began its multi-phase film takeover in 2008, and since then has shelled out dozens of movies and now TV reveals about Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, the Hulk, Physician Unusual, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel – and typically all of them, as with Avengers: Endgame.

With a lot to select from, how do the movies stack up? To have a good time the discharge of Avengers: Endgame, we have up to date our rating of all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Take pleasure in.

27. Iron Man 2 (2010)

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, metal suit and all, reclining with some doughnuts.

Get out of the doughnut.
Credit score: MARVEL

A tepid followup to the smooth brilliance of Iron Man, the sequel gives us a sinister yet funny Mickey Rourke however does the franchise no favors with its artistic selections. We meet Black Widow, however not with out some basic 2010 misogyny, which is the basis downside with Iron Man 2; the primary movie was all about Tony’s development as an individual, and the second does not let him mature practically as a lot. There’s nonetheless an extended highway earlier than that is the Tony we see in Endgame, but it surely’s too sluggish on that path.

26. The Unimaginable Hulk (2008)

Positive, it is a part of the MCU canon, however The Unimaginable Hulk was so aggressively meh that its title character bought recast and was solely made palatable by The Avengers. Since it isn’t an origin story, we don’t get to watch Edward Norton as Bruce Banner becoming the Hulk; he already is. We do not watch him fall in love with Betty (Liv Tyler), as a result of he already is. What we do get is quite a lot of the large inexperienced man getting offended, which can have been cool in 2008 however pales in contrast to the visible results that adopted.

25. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Ultron has a lot of good moments but is not overall a good movie. It is sloppy and it drags, even with bold motion sequences in Sokovia, and struggles to construct Ultron’s disdain for humanity. The principle Avengers have a enjoyable dynamic – look no additional than the occasion scene at Stark Tower – however the brand new characters do not slot in (particularly since X-Men: Days of Future Past mainly owns Quicksilver). Black Widow, on the time robbed of a solo film, will get a disproportionate comfort prize of changing into Hulk’s girlfriend and a lady outlined by her biology.

24. Thor: The Darkish World (2013)

The Darkish World brings again Natalie Portman as Jane, but even because the bodily host of a literal Infinity Stone, she’s someway underutilized. There’s quite a lot of levity, significantly between Thor and Loki, and a shocking quantity of gravity in Loki’s “demise” – which is as soon as once more undone earlier than the film ends. Oh and a few dude named Malekith is mad… don’t be concerned about it.

23. Physician Unusual (2016)

Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in a dark room, wearing his blue superhero outfit and signature red, collared cape. His face bears several cuts and scrapes.

This man used to be an actual dick.
Credit score: Marvel studios

Iron Man minus the charisma, it took 5 years for Marvel to retread this territory and make Unusual fascinating in time for Part 4. Benedict Cumberbatch is great, but he’s always great, so let’s not give out free brownie factors. Unusual obtained applicable flack for whitewashing Asian characters and lore for the story, and tragically sidelines Rachel McAdams in each manner. Visuals: Sure. Every part else: Meh.

22. Eternals (2021)

With no acquainted faces and little connection to the broader MCU, Eternals had a gargantuan process set forth from the beginning. Helmed by Oscar-winner Chloé Zhao, the movie introduces a minimum of a dozen new characters, a rushed historical past of their cosmic presence on Earth, an apocalyptic menace within the type of Earth changing into a Celestial, and an evidence for the way all the Marvel Universe was created. It is typically sluggish, typically muddled, and a bit too enthralled with its white male antihero — but it surely’s additionally a visible feast, an enormous victory for illustration, and a banger of a soundtrack.

21. Thor (2011)

Thor is not a high Marvel film, but it surely’s a basic fish-out-of-water story that teases how a lot enjoyable this character shall be in time. The movie additionally offers us our first dose of Loki, certainly one of Marvel’s best villains to at the present time. It is simple to overlook the magnetism and subtlety of Hiddleston’s unique efficiency, and Thor is certainly one of Loki’s best arcs: The delicate sibling rising up in Thor’s shadow and coming to phrases with the reality about his previous.

(Additionally Chris Hemsworth’s eyebrows are blonde and it is horrible.)

20. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Hope (Evangeline Lilly) and Scott (Paul Rudd) talk while wearing in futuristic metal armor.

The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) are each pretty individuals.
Credit score: Ben Rothstein / Marvel Studios

In some methods, Ant-Man and the Wasp is extra even-keeled and sure-footed than its predecessor. It delivers zippy motion, tons of snickers, and the nicest forged of characters we have ever seen within the MCU. Largely this film is simply so candy, whether or not it is Scott bending over backwards to impress his darling daughter or Hope and Hank going to nice lengths in reminiscence of Janet. Oh, and talking of Hope, she greater than holds her personal because the MCU movies’ first true main woman. – Angie Han

19. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron Man 3 lets Tony get weak as he faces his post-Avengers PTSD. The movie offers ample time to visitor stars Rebecca Corridor, Man Pearce, and Ty Simpkins, all of the whereas remaining true to Tony’s inner wrestle and getting in a couple of CGI-battles. The Mandarin reveal is enjoyable (extra enjoyable as of 2021), even when Killian remains to be a boring baddie.

18. Captain Marvel (2019)

Carol (Brie Larson) standing in a field, wearing her red and blue Captain Marvel suit, with a distinct gold star over the chest.

Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, the primary feminine superhero to headline a Marvel film.
Credit score: chuck zlotnick / marvel studios

Even with the burden of Avengers: Endgame on its shoulders, Captain Marvel is primarily an origin story, and the MCU does these rattling properly, even when this is not the best one. We meet the staggeringly highly effective Carol Danvers, a Kree warrior with the facility to save the universe. Brie Larson and a wonderful forged make Marvel’s first solo feminine superhero outing one for the ages – a movie that additionally doubles because the Nick Fury origin story we didn’t know we would have liked, and a star-making debut for Goose the “cat.”

17. Black Widow (2021)

Scarlett Johannson as Black Widow, dressed all in black and mid-combat.

Helena (Florence Pugh) makes enjoyable of Natasha’s (Scarlett Johansson) combat poses in “Black Widow.”
Credit score: Jay Maidment/ marvel studios

Marvel’s surprising two-year film draught ended with a long-overdue solo outing for Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) that takes place between Captain America: Civil Struggle and Avengers: Infinity Struggle. After years of grand-scale alien battles and CGI battle set items, Black Widow was a welcome throwback to human beings simply beating the heck out of one another, with nary an alien, wizard, or android in sight. Natasha’s surrogate household (Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, and an completely charming Florence Pugh) depart a long-lasting impression in a movie worthy of the MCU’s first heroine.

16. Ant-Man (2015)

Kudos to this movie for bringing us Paul Rudd within the MCU, the factor you did not know you wanted. Rudd lends dimension and coronary heart to his efficiency as Scott Lang, a reformed prison and father to an lovable little woman. His chemistry with Evangeline Lilly crackles (even when they saved her great things for the sequel), and Scott’s everyman persona makes him an irresistible addition to the hero roster. Michael Peña shines as Scott’s best pal and Corey Stoll appears born to be a villain, regardless that it is Michael Douglas as Hank Pym who steals the present together with his embittered quest for revenge.

15. Spider-Man: Far From Dwelling (2019)

Spider-Man holding MJ (Zendaya) on the streets of New York City.

A visit to Europe adjustments every little thing for MJ (Zendaya) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in “Spider-Man: Far From Dwelling.”
Credit score: marvel studios / Sony

Far From Dwelling formally ends the Infinity Saga with a smaller-scale story about Peter Parker discovering his place in a put up–Tony Stark world. Highlights embody Tom Holland hitting one more Spidey efficiency out of the park, Jake Gyllenhaal as a pitch excellent Mysterio, and the best trippy CGI battle but seen within the MCU (sorry, Physician Unusual). It’s not the best solo Marvel film ever, however Far From Dwelling does quite a lot of good work by closing one door and opening a brand new universe of prospects.

14. Spider-Man: No Method Dwelling (2021)

Probably the most bold team-up since Avengers: Endgame sees Peter Parker tangling with house and time, solely to have Physician Unusual unleash a spell that unintentionally rips open the multiverse. Spider-Man followers obtained an unimaginable deal with, with resurgent villains from Sam Raimi’s early 2000s trilogy and Marc Webb’s The Wonderful Spider-Man movies — in addition to earlier incarnations of the heroes themselves reprising their web-slinging roles. It is not larger on this record due to some obtrusive plot holes, but it surely’s the place it’s as a result of every little thing else sticks the touchdown.

Regardless of the spectacle of returns and reunions, No Method House is an emotional powerhouse, its nice duty resting on the shoulders of Tom Holland however shared with Zendaya’s MJ, Marisa Tomei’s Could, and each Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as older, wiser Peters. Willem Dafoe’s Inexperienced Goblin is a standout, and whereas the film’s stakes are a bit questionable, the ending undoubtedly raises them for Peter Parker’s MCU future.

13. Avengers: Infinity Struggle (2018)

Wide shot of Captain America (Steve Rogers) in a dark, rugged super soldier suit, leading battle forces including soldiers from Wakanda, Bucky Barnes, and Black Widow. They assemble in a field, awaiting an attack.

A teamup of epic proportions.
Credit score: chuck zlotnick / marvel studios

For years, all of it led up to this: Nearly each Marvel hero you’ll be able to consider, joining forces against the biggest threat this universe has ever faced. Infinity Struggle is big in scope and spirit, with the finances to match its astronomical ambitions. And in its ultimate moments, it packs a punch worthy of Thanos’ golden-gloved fist. If now we have one grievance, although, it is that this looks like half a film – and many people had to wait a yr till Endgame. – Angie Han

12. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

A close up of Baby Groot, an anthropomorphized tree creature.

Cheer up, Groot, we have got some excellent news for you.
Credit score: marvel studios / disney

Followers did not have any exorbitant expectations of GotG Vol. 2, particularly when low expectations yielded such pleasure for the primary movie. Right here we get Peter assembly his organic father Ego, combating together with his associates over stated father’s intentions, and mocked by those self same associates for his crush on Gamora, as uncovered by Mantis. We additionally get a great deal of Child Groot, who thawed many a stone chilly coronary heart, and the shock emotional gut-punch of Yondu on the finish.

11. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

A close up of Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) flanked by his sister and best friend (Meng'er Zhang and Awkwafina), all dressed for battle.

Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Katy (Awkwafina) battle for the way forward for humanity in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
Credit score: Courtesy of Marvel Studios

Cynics anticipated Marvel’s first theater-exclusive movie in over two years to fail. It launched brand-new characters, dense mythology, an unknown lead, and a very good chunk of it’s in Mandarin. The film ended up shattering field workplace information and being one of many best MCU standalones in a very long time, with enormous stakes, wealthy characters, and transfixing household drama. Its jaw-dropping motion sequences flex a few of the best combat choreography within the MCU and Hollywood at giant (bus battle, anybody??). Simu Liu belongs within the MCU and we will not wait to see extra of him in future Phases. Can we discover a manner to get extra Tony Leung too?

10. Captain America: Civil Struggle (2016)

Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) glare menacingly at each other.

Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) face irreconcilable variations in “Captain America: Civil Struggle.”
Credit score: marvel studios

Civil Struggle could possibly be a tighter film, but it surely’s doing a hell of quite a bit. Choosing up with the fallout of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, this film completely interrogates the toll of our heroes’ adventures and divides them harshly on how to transfer ahead. Black Panther and Spider-Man make epic MCU debuts, whereas secondary Avengers like Imaginative and prescient, Scarlet Witch, and Ant-Man nonetheless get their moments. The ultimate combat is brutal as Cap and Tony come shut to really killing one another, and do not even reconcile earlier than the credit roll.

9. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

It’s crazy to think that early trailers of Guardians looked silly when its rock ‘n’ roll comedy thrill journey mannequin is now the template for motion film promos. We did not anticipate a lot from Guardians in any capability; we had our avengers, our non-MCU Spider-Man reboot, but right here was this group of ragtag house trash in a film that was so a lot better than it had any proper to be. Chris Pratt could have debuted his six-pack, however extra importantly, he and the forged set a brand new normal for comedy and chemistry within the MCU and all superhero movies.

8. The Avengers (2012)

The primary Avengers was and all the time shall be a very stellar teamup. The movie does not waste time on expository baggage, with loads of witty banter and interesting face offs as a substitute (Mjolnir vs. Vibranium, anybody?). Tom Hiddleston does a powerful job as Loki per typical — even with out the plausible motivation he had in Thor — working for some man named Thanos who we do not have to fear about but. The Avengers additionally ends with shawarma, thus unintentionally creating the best sub style: Avengers-not-avenging. When can we inexperienced gentle that franchise?

7. Iron Man (2008)

As each the daybreak of the MCU and the second coming of Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man shocked audiences who forgot superhero movies could be good (this was a yr after Spider-Man 3). Downey is the right hubristic Tony Stark, an smug billionaire sobered by changing into a prisoner of warfare. It was a enjoyable model of 2005’s Batman Begins with intercourse and costly gadgetry to supplant the masks and the brooding, and it holds up.

6. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Tom Holland as Peter Parker, standing on a roof and wearing the Spider-Man suit, except for the mask which he holds in his hand.. A blurry New York City subway train speeds by in the background.

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man debuted in “Captain America: Civil Struggle,” however “Spider-Man: Homecoming” actually lets him shine.
Credit score: marvel studios / sony

Homecoming is, merely put, a goddamn delight. Tom Holland is a born showman and a flawless Peter Parker; the forged is gifted, humorous, and numerous; it is a view of New York we have ludicrously by no means seen and Vulture was the best villain since Loki when this movie premiered in 2017. Not an thrilling film to be a feminine character, however Zendaya crushed each scene she had and has solely gotten higher within the sequels.

5. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

The ultimate chapter of the Infinity Saga and of three phases, 22 movies, and 11 years of the MCU caught the touchdown and made it look straightforward. We’d spend years griping about time journey or lamenting the final moments between Steve and Bucky, however the easy details are that Endgame hit a powerful variety of emotional beats, together with near-perfect conclusions for a number of O.G. Avengers. It is a heist, a love story, and every little thing magnificent concerning the MCU, and we like it 3000.

4. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

A man (Steve Rogers played by Chris Evans) and woman (Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell) from the 1940s. He wears army uniform and sits at a table, while she perches hire and watches him speak.

“Captain America: The First Avenger” introduces us to a child from Brooklyn who by no means backed down from a combat.
Credit score: Marvel / Paramount / Kobal / Shutterstock

The Star-Spangled man with a plan was as soon as a scrappy child from Brooklyn, till a organic experiment made him swole extraordinarily sturdy. With the Assist of Peggy Carter, Abraham Erskine, Howard Stark, and his day one pal Bucky Barnes, Steve turns into the form of hero individuals keep in mind for many years, even whereas he is off actually cooling his heels within the Arctic. From Purple Cranium to the Howling Commandos to Bucky’s heartbreaking fall and that adrenaline-fueled first kiss, The First Avenger hits all the best marks.

3. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

A close up of Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson, with short hair and red war paint on his face.

Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” is a big tone shift for the character — and it is excellent.
Credit score: jasin boland / marvel

It took the higher a part of a decade, however Marvel lastly found out who Thor was with Thor: Ragnarok. Director Taika Waititi places Chris Hemsworth’s appreciable comedy chops to good use, leading to a model of the character that feels brisker and looser than something we have seen earlier than. Toss in some stellar work by Jeff Goldblum, Cate Blanchett, and Tessa Thompson, plus the return of Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Mark Ruffalo because the Hulk, and you have probably the most entertaining Thor film but.

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Bucky Barnes (Sebatian Stan) as the winter soldier; masked, armed, and holding Captain America's shield to use against him as a weapon.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” works as a result of it is a style film at its core.
Credit score: zade rosenthal / marvel

The MCU had S.H.I.E.L.D. infiltrated by Hydra and utterly modified the sport for the Avengers’ alliance. Winter Soldier units the stage for Cap and Iron Man’s feud in Civil Struggle, and for Steve and Bucky’s love affair renewed friendship. It charmingly and assuredly introduces Falcon and has a minimum of 4 combating feminine characters, none of whom features as a love curiosity. Winter Soldier is not trapped in a single style; it is a spy thriller disguised as a superhero film and higher for it.

1. Black Panther (2018)

A man (Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa) in a sleek black superhero suit walks confidently with his arms out, the horizon behind him.

Chadwick Boseman offers an unforgettable efficiency as T’Challa in “Black Panther.”
Credit score: Movie Body Marvel Studios 2018

Even the worst MCU movies are form of good, which implies that the best ones are really distinctive — none moreso than Black Panther. Ryan Coogler, alongside together with his gifted forged and crew, crafted a movie that has one thing to say, that feels distinctive in its type and viewpoint – whereas additionally delivering on the standard superhero film items, like lovable heroes, thrilling motion, and a compelling villain. Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa feels fittingly regal, surrounded by admirable supporting gamers like Michael B. Jordan, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, and Danai Gurira. Although it took far too lengthy for Marvel to guess on a Black superhero on the field workplace, it paved the way in which for the form of illustration we wish and want in future phases.

Angie Han and Alison Foreman contributed to this text.

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