It’s been 10 years and Marvel has released 20 films in that time. It’s time to celebrate this achievement and what better way to do so than rank them all! For more of my detailed thoughts on the films, check out my full reviews linked in the titles. Without further ado, this is my ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
The weakest film in the MCU thus far, Dark World doesn’t add much to the overarching story. It meanders from start to finish, with its characters struggling to muster the charisma for the entire runtime. Points to my boy Tom Hiddleston for trying to create some fun in this.
Incredible Hulk missed out on Marvel’s golden touch. It’s often the forgotten one of the bunch with good reason. The film suffers from a slow pace and bland, uninteresting characters. Not a great follow-up to the likes of Iron Man.
Favreau had too much crammed and not enough time to flesh it all out in his sequel. For every well-executed element of the film there was another two elements that did nothing to help (Mickey Rourke, Tony ‘dying’, etc.). Luckily this movie has Robert Downey Jr. and the returning cast helping to keep this film afloat.
There was so much potential riding on this film Every returning element Joss Whedon brought back to the Avengers table feels stale. Age of Ultron feels as robotic as the villain they are tasked to fight. Not without its highlights, AOU is a mixed bag that doesn’t add much to the evolving MCU.
Thor was our first journey into the cosmic realms of the MCU and it does a great job giving us a tease of what is beyond Earth. Kenneth Branagh humanizes the gods by staging a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare. It just needed a little more heart behind its story to make the God of Thunder worthier in my eyes.
The doctor prescribed a strange new world for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, dazzling us with so many new realities. Despite these eye-popping effects, a by-the-books plot was not able to bring Doctor Strange higher on the list. And Benedict Cumberbatch’s American accent needs some work.
Shane Black puts his own definitive stamp on the conclusion to the Iron Man trilogy. Tony Stark undergoes a rich character study, exploring the man beyond the suit of armor and giving us some fun action sequences to boot.
The Star-Spangled Man’s first outing is upbeat, fun, and full of nostalgia. Chris Evans makes Cap feel relatable and a little bit naive. Aside from some pacing issues, First Avenger is a solid foundation of an iconic hero for future MCU films.
Vol. 2 is a lively, colorful adventure romp with our favorite heroes. Is it a little too all-over the place? Yes. But the family-centric heart of the film and the catchy soundtrack is what makes it worth watching.
Ant-Man is a successful retooling of the Marvel formula, resulting in a surprise hit for 2015. Peyton Reed delivers some big action pieces on a tiny scale. Paul Rudd is a perfect choice for Ant-Man. What else can I say but, ants…ants…ants… ANT-MAN!
In order to save the day, Ant-Man is going to need all the backup he can get. Luckily, the Wasp is the perfect partner. This movie ups the stakes from the original and keeps its distinct tone all the way through. Seriously, where else can you find a giant ant drumming on an electric drum kit?
A welcome addition in the MCU, Homecoming does away with an origin story on the webbed warrior and creates an exciting one-off adventure. All in all, a fun way to solidify Spidey into the Marvel world.
Fast-paced action, quick quips, and excellent chemistry abound in the first blockbuster team-up. Whedon brings six incredibly different superheroes and successfully meshes their different tones. The Avengers was the movie to officially cement the MCU as the real deal.
The Godfather of the MCU shoots off like a rocket, starting the franchise on the right foot. Robert Downey Jr. set the perfect example as the Marvel hero archetype for the rest of the series, leaving us all wanting more.
The product of ten years of blood, sweat and tears, Infinity War is the Marvel Universe’s epic masterpiece. It soars with action, adventure, great team-ups and amazing payoffs. Truly a blockbuster spectacle for the ages.
Black Panther is the superhero MVP of 2018. A true celebration of Black pride with fantastic direction by Ryan Coogler and amazing performances by Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Leticia Wright, and more. Black Panther will be talked about for years to come.
Taika Waititi breathes some new life into the mightiest Avenger with one of the funniest Marvel movies to date. It’s one Marvel movie I can watch again and again and still laugh as loud as when I first saw it.
The final Cap movie develops a very human conflict between two characters we love, creating an action-packed character study. Under the Russo’s guidance, Civil War tears our heroes apart and tests them for future films.
Guardians of the Galaxy changed the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It meshed comedy and action to make a hilarious romp through space. And all it took was a raccoon and a tree teaming up.
Winter Soldier is my favorite Marvel movie because it showed the Marvel could be more than a comic book movie. It could go beyond the tights and explore its characters in meaningful ways. Steve Rogers has to deal with a changing world and it gives his character more depth. Add some amazing action, and you got a near-perfect Marvel film!
Well, there you have it! Thank you for sticking through and looking at my ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Keep checking back, as this list will be updated! As always, thank you for reading. Please like, share, and subscribe. How would you rank the Marvel Cinematic Universe films? Let me know in the comments below! Until then, have a MARVELous day.