Ranking the Movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Updated

Now that I’ve seen Captain Marvel it’s time to update my ranking of the Marvel movies in the MCU ahead of Avengers: Endgame. Enjoy!

21. The Incredible Hulk


The Incredible Hulk is terrible, pure and simple. The CGI is bad and Edward Norton’s version of Bruce Banner definitely needed recasting.

20. Thor: The Dark World


Thor: The Dark World lacks a compelling storyline and has hands down the worst villain in the MCU.

19. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2


I LOVED the first Guardians of the Galaxy film. The second one? Not so much.

18. Thor


The first Thor was also not that great. It left me not a fan of the character and I was really glad when it was over.

17. Iron Man 3


The Iron Man movies are pretty good but Iron Man 3 is easily the trilogy’s weakest entry. I’ve seen it a few times and while it manages to entertain it’s just…not that great.

16. Captain Marvel


I wish I could say Captain Marvel was higher on this list than this but unfortunately, I can’t. It’s definitely one of Marvel’s weakest installments, which is also kind of sad considering that it’s the first female-led Marvel film. But it’s better than the Thor movies so that’s a relief.

15. Iron Man


The first Iron Man film is clearly written very well and manages to be an engaging superhero origin story but for me, eh, I’ve seen better movies. But without it would we be here today with Avengers: Endgame? Probably not, so I thank this movie very much for beginning a journey I won’t soon forget.

14. Captain America: The First Avenger


While this isn’t one of the best superhero movies ever made I actually enjoy it because I love Captain America so much. There’s an emotional depth to this film that leaves me invested in the movie and yeah, it makes me shed a tear or two.

13. Ant-Man


Ant-Man is just a straight-up good movie. There’s nothing exactly special about this film but the humor is spot on and every time I watch it I end up having a huge smile on my face.

12. Iron Man 2


I know there’s a whole lot of people who think Iron Man is way better than Iron Man 2 but I’m not one of them. Iron Man 2 is easily my favorite film in the Iron Man trilogy for so many reasons but I’ll just list a few; Black Widow, recasting War Machine with Don Cheadle, and a simple quote: “I want my bird.” 😂

11. Avengers: Age of Ultron


Avengers: Age of Ultron is a fun midday flick but it’s nowhere near as good as its predecessor nor the sequel that follows it.

10. Doctor Strange


I loved Doctor Strange after the first time I watched it and even now, in 2019, it still manages to carry a bit of the same magic that it once did. This movie is a perfect origin story for the “wizard” named Doctor Strange and I can’t wait to see what his sequel will look like.

9. Captain America: Civil War


Captain America: Civil War is a remarkable film and has a resounding conclusion that left me utterly shocked but it isn’t very easy to rewatch over and over again, leaving it at #9 on this list.

8. Ant-Man and the Wasp


Ant-Man and the Wasp is a great sequel, adding a new character in Ghost that could play a major role later on down the line, and increasing the fun elements of the first film perfectly.

7. The Avengers


Even though The Avengers came out seven years ago this movie is still one of the best in the MCU. Its simple storyline is timeless, the heroes are, well, heroic, and the Battle of New York is still one of the greatest action scenes in the franchise.

6. Spider-Man: Homecoming


Spider-Man: Homecoming is easily one of the best superhero movies I’ve ever seen. It’s fun, it’s packed with humor, Spider-Man is awesome, and I just love this movie. Especially the film’s conclusion. So, so very fantastic.

5. Thor: Ragnarok


Thor: Ragnarok is such a good movie! Thor’s makeover is amazing and truly was a genius move on Marvel’s part. Every character in this film is fun to watch and helps make the movie that much better. And the action scenes in this film are pretty good too.

4. Guardians of the Galaxy


Look at these characters. This could’ve been such a flop and yet it would become one of the greatest superhero movies ever made. The humor is spot on, the characters are all very lovable, and the music is stellar. I love Guardians of the Galaxy.

3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier


Who would think Captain America’s sequel would end up becoming one of the best superhero films of all time but it’s very true. This movie is amazing! From the stunning plot twists and stellar action scenes to the emotional depth this movie manages to bring with Steve and Bucky’s arc in this film this movie has it all.

2. Black Panther


Black Panther has a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes score and it totally deserves it! This movie is amazing for all of the above reasons. Black Panther is awesome, Wakanda is awesome, and this is easily one of the greatest cinema achievements of all time.

1. Avengers: Infinity War


Is this even a surprise? Thanos, over twenty superheroes, fantastic action scenes, this movie has it all. I love, love, love this movie and I can’t wait to see Avengers: Endgame. It’s going to be so good.

Where would you rank Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.



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