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All Sixteen Marvel Movies Ranked (Including Spiderman Homecoming)

Updated on July 14, 2017

Marvel Studios is the undisputed king of the cinematic universe, but some of their films are undeniably better than others, so here are my picks from worst to best. (I know its been done before, but my opinions actually seem to differ from most of the internet, so I thought I'd give it a go.)

16: The Incredible Hulk

Bland, unmemorable, and boring. The Hulk just doesn't work well in a stand alone film. Not much else to say here... moving on.

15: Thor

I know there are people who like this film, but it has never really done much for me. It just feels like nothing really happens for two hours, and I always end up felling disappointed after watching it. It only has the slight edge over Hulk because it has slightly better SFX.

14: Thor the Dark World

People generally pick this as the worst MCU film, but I think that it needs to be given credit for its use of practical effects, and its creative introduction of the third infinity stone (plus it has a special place in my heart as the second Marvel movie I saw in theaters.)

13: Iron Man 2

This movie is kept from diving beneath the previous two films is on the strength of Robert Downy Junior alone. It has far too much CGI, far too little story, and fell far below the golden standard set by its predecessor. It does however feature RDJ, and that alone carries it to the thirteenth place.

12: Captain America

While it may not be a popular opinion, I don't find the first Captain America particularly enjoyable. It's a decent origin film, When it uses them, the SFX are OK, and Chris Evans does a passable job as the first avenger, but It combines two film genres I find particularly snooze worthy: War films, and Period pieces, and that just doesn't work for me.

11: Avengers: Age of Ultron

This certainly isn't the worst Marvel movie, but it also isn't anywhere near their best. The CGI was pretty good, it does a good job setting up the conflict in Civil War, and Vision KILLS IT, but the color pallet is pretty bland, and its version of Quicksilver doesn't hold a candle to the one in Days of Future Past.

10: Ant Man

This one is kind of strange, it's not a bad movie by a long shot, but it doesn't really feel like a MCU film. It's a great heist film, but to call Ant Man a superhero movie... it just doesn't feel right. Ant Mans biggest strength is its comedy, and Paul Rudd absolutely brings as the films lead, it just falls short when it comes to exciting action scenes.

9: Avengers

Great film, and the first Marvel movie I saw in theaters. The characters are amazing, and its great too see them team up in the climactic final battle. It is held back by only two factors: the first act is unbearably slow, and looking back, the CGI becomes quite dated.

8: Iron Man 3

This is actually one of the films that most people choose for their lowest spots, but I don't mind it as much. I really love that they learned from the mistakes of Iron Man 2, and kept Tony out of the suit for as much of the film as possible. It also contains two of my favorite Marvel action scenes of all time, the free fall rescue from the plane, and the climactic battle with all versions of the Iron Man suit to date.

7: Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Another one of those good... just not great films. There were pacing issues in the first half of the movie, and the overuse of CGI was incredibly noticeable in my opinion. Once the film entered its third act however, it was pretty much perfect, beat for beat. Peter's realization that his father killed his mother is shot perfectly through a dolly zoom, the action becomes more adrenaline packed, and Yondu's death, well it might be the best funeral in all of cinematic history.

6: Spider-Man Homecoming

If you read my Spider-Man Homecoming review, you know what I'm going to say about this one. It was enjoyable movie with faun action set pieces, and pitch perfect acting, but it is held back by the fact that it's plot is incredibly formulaic. Don't get me wrong, its great that they ditched the traditional origin story and tried something new and creative for once but just by watching the trailers (incredibly revealing as they are,) I could guess every story beat before it even happened.

5: Doctor Strange

Fun. Fun is the one word I would use to describe this movie if I had to. The cinematography isn't amazing, but what it lacks in that department, it makes up for in impressive SFX, creative action scenes, a vibrant color pallet, and a great sense of humor. Many people will say that this movie is too similar to the plot of Iron Man, but to that I would say "So What?" They figured out what works, and what doesn't, and replicated it. If it gives us a fun popcorn flick, than why on earth should I care?

4: Iron Man

Ah, the original origin story that started it all. Iron Man is a great movie, period. Tony's journey from from irresponsible playboy to... well, slightly more responsible superhero is gradual, and (while it seems silly to say this about a superhero movie) very believable. The dialog is natural, and the movie gives the viewer time to bond with each of the characters which further draws you into the world this movie creates. The SFX, while slightly dated, still hold up today, and helped to show the world that Marvel were the top dog in this business. Marvel has made better, but not by a lot.

3: Captain America: the Winter Soldier

I actually disliked this one on my first viewing if you can believe it. However, each time I watch Cap 2, it gets better and better. It has some of the most intense action in the MCU (car chase anyone?), and falcon is one of my personal favorites, with one of the best intros to a superhero ever, and this was the movie that changed Fury from a plot device into a full fledged character. Actually, I think that character is what makes this movie so great. While it uses its action scenes supremely well, the reason it works so well is that it gives us a deeper look into the heads of some of our favorite heroes.

2: Captain America: Civil War

It's like watching your friends fight, you don't want to enjoy it, but sometimes you just cant help yourself. I don't care what anyone else says, I will fight you if you didn't like the airport battle. It was amazing to see all of the characters we have gotten to know and love over the past decade duke it out in an all out brawl. Also, Spider-Man... Just Spider-man. His intro was fantastic (pun absolutely intended,) and left us all thirsty for more. I'm super interested to see how they work past their problems so that they can fight Thanos in Infinity War.

1: Guardians of the Galaxy

The best marvel movie by far, and one of the best action movies of all time. The color is vibrant, the action is blood pumping, the characters are believable and sympathetic, the stakes are high, and the soundtrack... well it speaks for itself. Every element came together perfectly to create a movie that I could watch over and over again without ever getting bored.

Final Thoughts

I love the MCU, even their worst films are fairly entertaining, and when they bring their A-Game, the audience is in for a spectacular treat. That was my list of marvel movies ranked, but this shouldn't be all about me. Whats your favorite MCU film? vote below and see what others think!

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    • Nathan Kiehn profile image

      Nathan Kiehn 

      11 months ago

      I generally agree with this order. There are a few that I would place differently (I'm ones of those guys who didn't like Iron Man 3 all that much), but your assessments are spot-on regarding Ant Man, Dr. Strange, Iron Man, and Civil War. At least, spot-on with what I think. Thanks for putting into words what I typically just let roll around in my head.

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      Kira Critchlow 

      14 months ago

      Ant-Man definitely tops my list of favourites, Paul Rudd did a fantastic job and the whole film combined the Marvel superhero with something a little bit different. Loved it. - Although I definitely agree with the bottom few films, not really pleased with Hulk or the Thor films for that matter.

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      Pat Mills 

      14 months ago from East Chicago, Indiana

      There isn't a film I dislike on the list, but I would put Thor on the bottom because it seems more like Shakespeare (King Lear, specifically) than Marvel. Iron Man and The Avengers would be at the top, primarily because I like Downey as the brash Tony Stark, who backs his brashness with ability. Marvel may not top what they've done to date, but they've set a high bar for action heroes.

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      Ryan Fuller 

      14 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      I would have to say that I agree with this order. Some may could switch but most all, pretty much the way I would rate them. GOTG is just too awesome not to be put number one. And Civil War was like no other Marvel film. Dr. Strange was way better than I expected. So good to see it towards the top of the list.

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