Ranking the Marvel Movies: from Worst to Best

23 movies, 23 rankings, which movie will be on top?

23. The Incredible Hulk

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With every updated ranking post that I have ever written The Incredible Hulk will always be in the last place.

22. Thor: The Dark World

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While Thor: The Dark World has become somewhat more interesting since its inclusion in Avengers: Endgame, this movie’s still pretty terrible.

21. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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I wish I could say I love this movie. Unfortunately, I can’t. (But I do love Mantis, and the very beginning of the film with Groot dancing to that song, and I do like the credits and all of the fun post-credit scenes. Still…this film was a major disappointment.)

20. Thor

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The only reason why I have this movie here instead of beneath Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is that that’s how much I don’t like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

19. Iron Man 3

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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.

18. Captain Marvel

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I love Captain Marvel but her solo film could’ve been better. Its’ 90s’ theme was inviting but felt a little forced at times with the song choices. The story was simple and concise but was honestly a bit boring until the second half of the film. What I can say about the film that I do like is the music (which is off the chain) and those awesome action scenes which were legitimately entertaining.

17. Iron Man

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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, eleven years later, with so many Marvel movies to enjoy? Probably not, so I thank this movie very much for beginning a journey I won’t soon forget.

16. Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun, entertaining film that leaves one ultimately satisfied and pleased for its quality as a sequel but after a year is has grown to be one of my least-watched Marvel films that I own. Yes, it’s clearly a good movie but unfortunately, it isn’t as enjoyable as these other movies in front of it.

15. Iron Man 2

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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.” 😂

14. Ant-Man

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Fun, funny, and with a legitimately epic battle between Ant-Man and Yellow Jacket, this movie delights on all sorts of levels.

13. Avengers: Age of Ultron

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

12. Doctor Strange

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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 his sequel.

11. Captain America: The First Avenger

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Over the years, this movie has become greater and greater. After Endgame, it feels like the perfect origin story. Clearly the greatest origin story in the MCU, The First Avenger is absolutely fantastic. There’s an emotional depth to this film that leaves me invested in the movie and yeah, it makes me cry like a baby.

10. The Avengers

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After watching Endgame this movie has actually grown more special. Seeing that this was the first film in the MCU that brought our heroes together in an epic collaborative event it’s become a movie of nostalgia and happiness more than anything.

9. Spider-Man: Homecoming

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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.

8. Spider-Man: Far from Home

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Spider-Man: Far from Home is actually a really good, engaging movie. It starts kind of slow and then takes off, leaving you riveted as you follow Peter Parker on his insane summer trip adventure. There are stunning plot twists, plenty of humor, some hilarious teenage drama, and this film’s villains definitely stands as one of the top five antagonists in the MCU. And Jake Gyllenhaal was absolutely incredible!

Loved this movie.

7. Captain America: Civil War

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Captain America: Civil War is a remarkable film, through and through. It takes these heroes, pits them against each other in a legitimate way (unlike Batman vs. Superman which forced Batman and Superman to fight for practically no reason at all), and delivered a powerful conclusion that actually left some serious repercussions for these characters. This is a good movie.

6. Thor: Ragnarok

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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.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy

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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. Even after five years, this movie has seemed to only get better!

The timelessness of this simple but impeccable storytelling is going to be hard for James Gunn to top.

4. Black Panther

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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.

3. Avengers: Endgame

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Despite being such an incredible film it lacks the surprise that these four other films were able to provide in stunning abundance. But what saves this movie is undoubtedly the final battle which is nothing short of outstanding. And anything that makes me cry as much as this movie makes me cry deserves a thumbs up.

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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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 Steve and Bucky’s arc manages to bring to the movie, The Winter Soldier shines in ways most superhero films can’t.

1. Avengers: Infinity War

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Avengers: Infinity War is one of those movies that you watch and then watch again and then watch again! and find yourself just absolutely blown away. I knew this movie was going to be good but dang I didn’t know it was going to be this good!

With so many surprises and well, Thanos, Infinity War stands as the pinnacle of Marvel’s storytelling.

Where do you think Spider-Man: Far from Home should fall 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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