All 13 Marvel Cinematic Universe Films Ranked From Worst To Best

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It's a perennial love of pop culture lovers like ourselves (and many other outlets) to celebrate Marvel's latest cinematic offering with another thing we love: ranking their films. With Captain America: Civil War behind us and Doctor Strange right around the corner, it's that time of year again. The only difference here is that this list is definitive. No more lists needed, friends, you can call your people and bring them home. I got this.

13. Iron Man 2

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The worst film in the MCU is a hodge-podge of elements bumping into each other. While almost every Marvel film has at least some trouble balancing the needs of the film vs. the needs of the MCU, Iron Man 2 is the most egregious. Characters come and go as they please. Black Widow, so a fundamental part of the universe today, doesn't seem sure what she is doing there while Mickey Rourke just wants his bird. Just give him his bird, dude. (Rourke out Leto-ed Jared Leto in irrelevant method acting for a comic book film by visiting a Russian prison for this role. One wonders if the actual Rourke is still over there).

You can see the desire to go darker, to perhaps attempt the famous "Demon in the Bottle" storyline of Iron Man comics past. But whether corporate mandate or creative choice, the most we get is "Stark's Arc reactor? Turns out it's killing him LOL" and a couple bad hangovers. The early days of Marvel were glorious but every giant trips once in a while. It's probably best they worked out the kinks early.

12. Thor: The Dark World

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Well, kinda.

See, they ran into the same problems on The Dark World, which saw director Alan Taylor's post-production hijacked to insert more Loki scenes. My appreciation for this lackluster sequel has actually increased since my negative response at its release; a Twitter conversation with BMD's Siddhant Adlakha illuminated to me there was more than meets the eye originally, such as the use of color.

Plus, Hiddleston is a joy to watch as he inhabits the trickster role rather than outright villain. Loki is a great character precisely because of this contradiction: his arc is straight but he is a different character in each of his three appearances (Thor, Avengers and here). And proper villainy is tough for the MCU. Nonetheless, that this film has truly the worst villains of the MCU in the Dark Elves is an understatement (poor Christopher Eccleston). So, sorry Alan Taylor, you got Edgar Wright-ed before even Edgar Wright did.

11: Avengers: Age of Ultron

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In case it was not clear at this point, Marvel has problems with its second films. Part of the reason is the inherent "lightness" of the MCU. It's mainstream, it's popular, it's funny and it can't ever stray too far from that path. I wrote a column on Westworld yesterday comparing it to Game of Thrones and it struck me how the androids-run-amok narrative, given a slow burn there, is reportedly so effective. Contrast that with the same artificial intelligence theme here except that Ultron, despite director Joss Whedon's best attempts, is another flat Marvel villain. There simply isn't enough time in this film to do all it wants to do.

There are high points. The Hawkeye farmhouse sequence is a joy, (one Whedon fought tooth-and-nail to keep in), especially for Hawkeye/Jeremy Renner fans like me (all three of us). But the Thor cave sequence is borderline incoherent and there is just so much action, any sort of narrative structure melts away. It's just BOOM-BOOM-BOOM. The farm scenes stand out mainly because it's the one part of the film where it slows down to process.

10: Thor

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Now we start getting into the nitty-gritty, because Marvel's films generally have a baseline, for what stories they tell and to a degree, the quality they are. The question becomes, does the individual do what it set out to do well or is is compromised in some way? That's the issue when it comes to Thor, two films attached together at birth. In the first film, there is the epic Shakespearan drama of Asgard, where a genuine dick gets his comeuppance from his morally-ambiguous but sensitive brother. In the second, there is some boring Earth stuff in a New Mexico town that looks suspiciously like a studio backlot and some arbitrary lesson learning.

Whether through budget or script problems, the film loses much of its momentum at that point and becomes more like Iron Man 2, serving future narratives. Still, there is something to be said for director Kenneth Branagh taking the previously "realistic" world of Iron Man and the Hulk and adding Norse Gods-who-are-actually-aliens without skipping a beat. For whatever reason, The Dark World deigned to spend more time on Earth  while the upcoming third film Ragnarok appears to have learned this lesson, keeping Thor in outer space.

9: The Incredible Hulk

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This is probably higher on the list than most people would place The Incredible Hulk, but as the red-headed stepchild of the MCU, I find it endearing. First off, I like how it begins with Banner already on the run (the redone origin in the credits nonwithstanding). It's a thematic link to the 2003 Hulk (a reviled film that, like Daredevil, I also find endearing) and a good starting point for our hero: hunted and seeking to rid himself of the Hulk.

Norton is a good Banner in a different way than Ruffalo, whose awe-shucks attitude makes the character lovable. Rather, Norton is tormented but modulated, in control and yet a live wire. The balancing act that came off as dull surprise in Eric Bana is electric with Norton. The film has a small number of characters, which keeps it focused. Tim Roth is an entertaining if simple villain while William Hurt and Liv Tyler class up the joint. While the climax is certainly just a CGI slugfest, I was invested in Banner's decision to become the Hulk to fight the Abomination. That can make all the difference.

8. Iron Man 3

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Iron Man 3 is a good movie mainly because it's a Shane Black movie. The dialogue is snappy and the plot idiosyncratic. But there's just one too many things keeping it from its potential. The Mandarin twist draws a lot of ire but I liked that aspect. It seemed a sensible and funny take on the over-the-top, all-powerful and vaguely racist character and Ben Kingsley is such a joy, as is Downey, Jr. (that goes without saying). Despite my personal dislike of Gwyneth Paltrow, I also liked seeing Pepper Potts get in on some action, if only briefly. I would've like more from Don Cheadle as War Patriot or Iron Machine or whatever too.

But Guy Pearce as Formerly-Geeky, Now-Sexy, Then Dragon-Tattooed Fire Guy Who Is Really The Mandarin (Except He Isn't)? Yeah, wasn't a fan of him. The film is weighted down by the necessity of its tropes. "We need villains to match Iron Man and co. so how bout ex-soldiers with fire hands? Sure, why the hell not." "We need a guy villain to sell toys because girls are allergic to toys or something!" The last hypothetical shout by the hypothetical Marvel exec is a fact. Supposedly, a much more interesting previous script draft featured Rebecca Hall's character as the villain instead of Pearce but was nixed because #toys. Kinda symbolic of the whole situation here.

7. Ant-Man

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Ant-Man is the Little Engine That Could of the MCU, announced in 2006, dated in 2012 and still in flux when filming began in mid-2014. At that time, the project's pitchman and director Edgar Wright abruptly departed after nearly a decade of involvement. Another director's unique vision, swallowed by the Marvel machine? Perhaps, but regardless of Wright's vision, director Peyton Reed and star Paul Rudd whipped up a quirkier Iron Man.

I'm glad Evangeline Lilly is still getting work and it's always a good thing to have Michael Douglas around. But it's Corey Stoll very nearly steals the show as the wounded, unstable and psychotic Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket. Ant-Man, like the other Marvel films, displays an uncanny ability to create niches-within-niches i.e. within the general tone of the MCU, there is a Captain America tone, a Thor tone and, now, an Ant-Man tone. It's a pleasing indie heist comedy through the blockbuster lens and it more than lives up to its long path to the screen.

6. Iron Man

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The film that started it all. What can be said that hasn't been said already? Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark may have been the casting masterstroke of the 21st Century thus far, rocketing the formerly-troubled star right to the peak of Mount Hollywood (next door to Money Mountain). Jon Favreau set the stage for everything that comes after with his witty tone and clean filmmaking. There are miniature versions of MCU staples, call-forwards to War Machine, shout-outs to villain monikers like Iron Monger and the infamous credit tag with Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. For what he was saying, he might as well have been portending the future of the movie industry itself.

"You think you're the only superhero in the world? Mr. Stark, you've become part of a bigger universe. You just don't know it yet."

5. Captain America: Civil War

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The world will remember when that future came to pass: it was May 6, 2016 upon the release of the most comic booky comic book movie yet. A massive, sprawling crossover event featuring almost every big superhero in their repertoire duking it out, Civil War more than illustrated this was a company in complete control. Yes, the same flaws that plague every Marvel movie are still here but the ones that aren't turned into strengths (the introductions of Black Panther and Spider-Man stand out) are downplayed by the sheer emotion on screen (Zemo's plan doesn't hold up super well to scrutiny but damn if he isn't awesome and the final fight scene worth it).

The airport fight is almost a contained short film itself, another huge indication that we are indeed in the Heroic Age of Hollywood, where splash pages from youth are now realized on screen. The character moments are proportional and earned, from Hawkeye to Ant-Man to Scarlet With to Vision and more. While certainly Avengers 2.5, it also concludes the Cap trilogy satisfyingly, maintaining the tight focus on Steve and Bucky's friendship as the core through-line of the films

4. Captain America: The First Avenger

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Here's an anachronistic propaganda figure from the 1940s, both inside and outside of fiction. Captain America the character shouldn't work in a post-9/11 world of distrust and paranoia. And yet, director Joe Johnston doesn't get enough credit for The First Avenger, which had just a difficult task as Thor: set up a different world than the MCU present with its own characters and circumstances and contextualize it as a throwback Indiana Jones-esque pulp adventure. It works like gangbusters. Any worry that Cap would be a sanctimonious or naive idiot hero went away. My favorite bit is when Cap's initial role as a propaganda tool is shown to be literal.

Chris Evans is phenomenal, completely embodying the role of Steve Rogers before and after his super-soldier transformation. It is because of Evans we see that, powers or no powers, Steve Rogers is a fundamentally good guy, in the tradition of selflessly standing up for others because you can empathize with what it is like to be knocked down. Hayley Atwell took the typical female lead and made the character, and herself, emblematic, earning her own TV series. Hugo Weaving might not want to return as Red Skull (Sad!) but he's delightful here, hamming it up just right. This is just a fun movie that's about not a superhero, but a regular guy who does heroic things. It's the antidote to cynicism.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy

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Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's stab at an old-school space opera, is so delightfully strange, so wonderfully weird, that the mere fact that it exists counts as a victory. James Gunn can't be thanked enough for all of it, from casting the Parks & Recreation guy, to making two of the main characters a talking tree & a raccoon to making Michael Rooker a blue-man alien. Then there's the blond Benicio del Toro, the Celestial's floating head, twin badasses Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan, an absolutely bonkers villain by Lee Pace plus John C. Reilly and Glenn Close. There's so much goodness stuffed into this movie.

It is occasionally bursting at the seams. In particular, the Thanos scenes are rather obviously inserted and serve little practical purpose. That the film is a mad dash for another MacGuffin of All-Powerful Glowing Light also falls into this category. But these flaws are easily overcome by the emotion of the performances and the subtly of Gunn's writing and direction. He is a free and uninhibited storyteller.

2. The Avengers

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Marvel's magic trick, its signature crossover. You know the guy who wrote the previous entry and said "the mere fact that [Guardians of the Galaxy] exists counts as a victory?" Screw that guy, that guy doesn't know what he's talking about. This is the real existence=victory article. Joss Whedon descended like a geeky Nick Fury to unite the disparate elements of the nascent MCU at its most volatile moment and arguably changed modern blockbusters doing so.

Here's just a few things Whedon juggled successfully: the Hulk recasting and rebranding, Cap's entry into modern society, Loki's evolution into grand villain, Black Widow and Hawkeye, Iron Man's big hero moment, the epic Battle of New York (which he was mandated to write). The list goes on. Whedon worked the Marvel machine as best he could to produce the best work he could and the meeting of the minds here pays huge dividends. It is full of Whedon's signature witty repartee plus a few genuinely excellent gags. This film was the moment the MCU self-actualized.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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The crown jewel of the MCU as far I'm concerned, by virtue of a beautiful confluence. Let's start with Cap himself. He's transported to the 21st Century, an old-fashioned guy out of his time. The directors and writers here make full use of that idea without losing sight of who Cap is. Just like in The First Avenger, he could so easily be a condescending caricature. Instead, he's thrust into impossible situations to see if he'll bend or break, if his moral righteousness, his very identity as a hero, can sustain (this is an idea The Dark Knight also tapped into so strongly). Robert Redford is genius casting, as is putting the seemingly-omniscient Nick Fury through the wringer, to communicate exactly how dire the straits are.

Importantly, the consequences match the stakes. This is the movie where Marvel said, "We're not only going to blow up S.H.I.E.L.D., but we're going to reveal they were HYDRA all along." This is the movie where they said "We're going to bring back Bucky with almost no lines and you will still tear up when Cap tells him 'I'm with you to the end of the line.'" Those consequences are felt The Winter Soldier ends with our hero at his lowest point, in his life, possibly. And yet, Bucky ultimately saved Steve and, now, he remembers his old life. It's an affecting film with big ideas about government surveillance and proper use of power. But it's also a simple film about two best friends trying to live with the scars of the past. Who just happen to be America's superhero and a brainwashed assassin.

We'll find out together where Doctor Strange stands when it hits theaters November 4, but I'll say this: I'm looking forward to it more than I was for Civil War.

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  • Maximillian Pegasus

    The First Avenger at #4 is my only gripe with the list.

    • Maximillian Pegasus

      1- Winter Soldier
      2- Avengers
      3- Civil War
      4- Guardians of the Galaxy
      5- Iron Man
      —————————————– Good
      6- The Incredible Hulk
      7- Age of Ultron
      8- Thor
      9- Ant-Man
      10- Iron Man 3
      11- Captain America: The First Avenger
      ———————————————————– Okay
      12- Iron Man 2
      13- Thor: The Dark World
      ——————————————Bad

    • Thanostic

      A million “likes” to you for this. That was a terrible movie; probably last on my list.

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      • Matias Gagliardone

        I wouldn’t say last, IMO it was better than any of the thors

  • Daniel

    The Winter Soldier
    Iron Man 2
    Civil War
    Age of Ultron
    Avengers
    The Incredible Hulk
    Captain America
    Iron Man
    Iron Man 3
    The Dark World
    Ant-Man
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Thor

    I honestly have no idea what people see in GOTG. Not. Funny. At. All.

    Avengers is good but overrated.

    Both Thor movies are a drag but I like the slightly dirtier, grimier visual stylings of Asgard in the second one.

    Iron Man 2 is extremely underrated (I think the people who hate BvS (which I loved) are the same people who hate Iron Man 2 because structurally they are almost identical (IM2 plays it for laughs while BvS plays it more seriously)).

    I liked Ant-Man quite a bit when it first came out but my estimation of it has fallen considerably since then.

    Iron Man is good but, like Avengers, extremely overrated (and has one of the worst musical scores I’ve ever heard–it loses a full letter grade just for the music alone).

    Iron Man 3 is clever but inconsequential.

    Age of Ultron is better than the Avengers, it’s just kinda flat narratively.

    The Captain America films are generally the best of the MCU series (although the main characters in Civil War acting completely out of character takes me out of the film every time I see it).

    I know I’m going to get crucified for this but The Winter Soldier is the only MCU film that even approaches the quality of the DC films (The Snyder films, the Nolan films, the Burton films, and Singer’s Superman Returns). They may get slammed by the critics and not make as much money, but the DC films (at least the good ones) are head and shoulders above the quality of the MCU films.

    • Carl

      You should be slammed for that. The DCEU movies would rank 14, 15 and 16 if you included them on this list. The are narratively, structurally, and creatively inferior to all the MCU movies.

      I do agree that Iron Man 2 is under rated though.

      • SAMURAI36

        LMAO, listen to you hating. He should be slammed for his opinion? This says a whole lot.

        • Carl

          He said he would be. LMAO, yes I do hate the DCEU, it’s awful. In 3 movies all they got right was the action in MoS.

          • SAMURAI36

            Yep, you’re a hater.

          • Carl

            Nope, you don’t understand the meaning of the word. Hating one particular thing doesn’t make one a hater. A hater usually hates something that is popular and well received in a blind zombie like manner. I think your name is listed next to hater in the dictionary.

            I can’t wait for Supergirl and Flash to start! I love those shows.

          • SAMURAI36

            Hating one particular thing doesn’t make one a hater. A hater usually hates something that is popular and well received in a blind zombie like manner. I think your name is listed next to hater in the dictionary.

            Why Carlene, did you just make up your own definition for “hater”? Hmm, I think you did:

            http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hater

            Since we both know that “hater” is a slang term, & not in the real dictionary (the way you tried to pass it off as being), In all the pages of definitions that I flipped thru, not a single one matches what you said (even though several match you to a T).

            So, not only are you a hater (as you do hate the entire DCEU, as you admitted earlier), but you’re also a liar.

            ¡¡Buena trabajo, Carlos¡¡ ?

          • Carl

            The 2nd definition is you to a T.

            Hater:
            Overused word that people like to use just because someone else expresses a dislike for a certain individual.

            No, I still haven’t looked up slip. How’s your slip? Is it slippery? You’re such a fool, I love laughing at your pathetic comebacks. Can’t wait to see you top the last one.

          • SAMURAI36

            So…. You’re a still a DC hater and a liar?

          • Carl

            No and no.

            I love The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow and many other DC comics / cartoons. You are clearly the liar here, as I just proved you to be one.

      • Alvaro Canabal

        Dude if you are talking about DC movies, even if you are a Marvel fanboy should accept that none of the UCM movies are as good as the Nolan triology

        • Carl

          I specifically said the DCEU movies would all rank below the MCU movies. That does not include the Nolan trilogy. Those are great movies but I’d put movies like Iron Man, Avengers, GotG, Winter Soldier and Civil War right up there with them.

    • rogbngp

      Comparing DCEU and MCU films is to me kind of like apples and oranges because they are so different tonally. I like MoS and BvS better overall because they’re more based on what would it look like it these characters inhabited our real world?–and that is just inherently more interesting and engaging to me. The dark tone of MoS and BvS (and SS as well, I guess, although that film is kind of a mess because of the studio overreaction to the reception that BvS got) stems from the fact that if this stuff was really happening it would be very emotionally disturbing to the world. I think that is actually a genius thing for Snyder to have done. Imo many a viewer don’t appreciate just how much thought Zack put into that premise in those two films. Historically speaking, it usually ends poorly for tremendous power to be concentrated into the hands of a single individual. The scariness of godlike meta-humans hidden among us and looming aliens with malicious intent dominates the tone–it is ominous, eerie, grave, and dark. I’m totally drawn in by the drama that flows from that, mythically and psychologically. But at the same time I also love the way that the MCU, in its own right, has done such a fantastic job of making me care about its characters as well, even though the tone is much lighter by comparison. The MCU is great at storytelling and character development–and in showing us the relationships that form between its principal characters. So I love both. It always pains me to see fans get into a kind of tribal warfare about the two film studios’ approaches.

      • Another wall of text. :(

        • rogbngp

          Sorry man, you’re right. I forgot that this is one of those sites where we can make paragraph breaks in the comments. Fixed!

  • Takaruichi

    totaly disagree with you list. Seriously, winter soldier better than every marvel?…

    • That is a commonly held opinion, so I’m not sure why you’re surprised by it.

      • Takaruichi

        yeah, and i imagine that this is because “winter soldier is so dark”…
        If a super hero movie is dark, everyone likes it

        • That’s not what the movie generally gets praised for at all. The article makes its own case, but (like everybody) I love the action, the tight script (probably the best of any Marvel movie), Cap’s well-developed camaraderie with Black Widow and Falcon, and the relatively strong villain. Who cares if it’s dark?

          • Yep, and the film’s story about how powers-that-be can’t really be trusted gave it “stakes” or more dramatic weight than the usual “villain of the week” thing that we often see in CBMs (very much in the tradition of the comics and TV series, but for a blockbuster films something on a grander scale feels more satisfying usually).

      • Supporter

        I’ve found most lists and according to Rotten Tomatoes, most reviewers ranking Iron Man and The Avengers at top of MCU rankings. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Captain America: Civil War are usually after them.

        • I didn’t mean that this particular list order is the inarguable ranking of the movies. I just meant that people really like that movie, so it’s not unusual for it to be someone’s favorite. Also, I don’t think Rotten Tomatoes is a good tool for this sort of comparison because it doesn’t rank the movies against each other.

          • Supporter

            Ah okay. I know this ranking was your opinion, but know I understand that you listed The Winter Soldier at the top because many people like that movie as well as your own opinion of it.

            I get a little apprehensive when I see these lists because I can almost always guarantee Iron Man 2 will be considered the worst film. I think it’s such an underrated movie. It’s not terrible.

            If I had to pick the worst MCU film, I’d go with Thor: The Dark World, mostly because it’s lack of character development. It was a fun movie though.

          • Oh, I’m not the author. That’s Sam Flynn, one of this site’s best authors. I am a games journalist though. I’ll step up for Winter Soldier because it probably is almost objectively the best Marvel movie, from a script and action standpoint. A very tight movie with few flaws.

            I mostly agree with this list, although I’d rank Ant Man a little higher. I think Darren Cross is only half developed, and I wish Scott Lang had done more wrong to redeem himself from. But the Ant Man himself, the family themes, the characters, action, and humor all scratch a big itch for me.

            Regrettably, Iron Man 2 is easily the worst of the MCU films in my eyes. It has some cool scenes (love the suitcase armor), but they started shooting without a finished script and it just never came together. Black Widow was especially botched. She’s not a character at all and doesn’t fit well in the movie. Nor is he action scene at the end at all believable. And the final boss fight against Whiplash is so unbelievably rushed and anticlimactic, I can’t believe they released the film with it as-is. Other stuff too, but I hate to bag on something you like a lot more than me.

            Dark World definitely has its problems. The studio interference and poor editing are glaringly obvious, and Malekith is just totally wasted (and dumb looking). The actual action is good though, and it has a high quantity of good jokes that at least make it go down easier.

            The one in which i really disagree with the masses is Incredible Hulk. I love it, and it seems to me that audiences really just didn’t respond to a comics-accurate Hulk story.

          • Supporter

            Sorry about that mistake. I should’ve checked to see the author of the list’s name.

            Anyway, I respect your opinion. I agree with your thoughts on Ant-Man.

            As for Iron Man 2, so many people seem to imply it’s of similar quality to films like Catwoman and Fantastic Four (2015). That’s why I get upset. It’s flawed, but nowhere near that bad. I remember people praising Black Widow’s fight scenes or the humor when I saw it. So at the very least, I still think it’s entertaining.

            I also agree with your opinion of Thor: The Dark World and The Incredible Hulk. One movie was lacking, the other is overlooked and quite well-made & thoughtful.

          • chaburchak

            I really appreciated the nods to the series, like showing Bill Bixby on the TV or using the Lonely Man theme. Nice touches. And Roth facing the Hulk by himself was cooler than the all-CGI fight at the end…

          • Glad you appreciate those elements as well. :)

  • Thanostic

    This list has MAJOR flaws. Age of Ultron is way too low. Civil War is way, way too low (as much as something ranked #5 can be way, way too low). CA: the first Avenger is way, way, way too high (should be 12th or 13th). Partial credit though for talking up an underappreciated Incredible Hulk.

  • Maximillian Pegasus

    1- Winter Soldier
    2- Avengers
    3- Civil War
    4- Guardians of the Galaxy
    5- Iron Man
    —————————————– Good
    6- Thor
    7- The Incredible Hulk
    8- Ant-Man
    9- Iron Man 3
    10- Age of Ultron
    ———————————————————– Okay
    11- Captain America: The First Avenger
    12- Iron Man 2
    13- Thor: The Dark World
    ——————————————Bad

    • Carl

      —————————————– Great
      1- Winter Soldier
      2- Avengers
      3- Civil War
      4- Guardians of the Galaxy
      5- Iron Man
      —————————————– Good
      6- Thor
      7- The Incredible Hulk
      8- Ant-Man
      9- Iron Man 2
      10- Age of Ultron
      11- Captain America: The First Avenger
      ———————————————————– Okay
      12- Iron Man 3
      13- Thor: The Dark World
      ——————————————Bad
      none

      *fixed it for you*

  • Christian

    I keep forgetting how terrible the Avengers Cap suit was. I agree with the list for the most part, but Cap 1 is a little too high to me.

  • Carl

    1. Civil War
    2. Winter Soldier
    3. Guardians of the Galaxy
    4. Avengers
    5. Iron Man
    6. Ant-Man
    7. Captain America: The First Avenger
    8. Thor
    9. Age of Ultron
    10. Iron Man 2
    11. Incredible Hulk
    12. Iron Man 3
    13. Thor: The Dark World

    • Matias Gagliardone

      OMG I think almost exactly like you, except I personally preferred Avengers over Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Magnetron

    1. GotG (a no brainer..easy #1)
    2. The Avengers
    3. Winter Soldier
    4. Ant-Man
    5. Civil War
    6. Cap First Avenger (it took a few views to truly respect this movie)
    7. Iron Man
    8. Thor

    Garbage pile: Ultron, Dark World, Iron man 2 and 3, Hulk

  • SAMURAI36

    LMAO.

  • Jax Maxton

    Winter Soldier is the only thing that the list gets right. Incredible Hulk isn’t just a bad Marvel movie, but a bad movie in general. Iron Man 2 gets criticized worse than it deserves, but it is still a fun movie that mostly works. I was disappointed in Civil War and really need to see it again to give it another chance.

  • Antonio

    I recently watched Winter Soldier on DVD and it’s without a doubt the best MCU film thus far

  • Marquis de Sade

    1) AVENGERS *sentimental reasons* (IT represents something that I’d never thought I would see in my lifetime)

    2) THE WINTER SOLDIER *A honey of a movie, and Marvel’s best effort thus far*

    3) CIVIL WAR *Hits all of its story beats perfectly; and it was just flat-out fun!*

    4) AGE OF ULTRON *Some great witty Whedonesque dialog, and it gave us our first taste of The Vision*

    5) THOR *Great humor and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki was money!*

    6) IRON MAN *The one that started it all!*

    7) ANTMAN *Breezy and fun*

    8) GOTG *Even though some of its humor was forced and flat, its overall daring and execution was downright commendable*

    9) INCREDIBLE HULK *Totally underrated, but unlike Ang Lee’s effort, this at least honored the source material and had superior action beats.*

    10) CAPTAIN AMERICA *Fun, but the action scenes lacked “OOMPH”*

    11) IRON MAN 3 *Entertaining, but tone-wise it would’ve been better suited as a stand alone, as opposed to being part of Phase 2*

    12) IRON MAN 2 *It was okay, but seemed rushed*

    13) THE DARK WORLD *Not a good movie*

  • rogbngp

    This is my own personal favorite list for my own subjective reasons, not an objective list:

    1. Guardians of the Galaxy
    2. The Avengers
    3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    4. Captain America: The First Avenger
    5. Iron Man
    6. Thor
    7. Captain America: Civil War
    8. Ant-Man
    9. Avengers: Age of Ultron
    10. Iron Man 2
    11. Thor: The Dark World
    12. Iron Man 3
    13. The Incredible Hulk

  • rogbngp

    I’m going to advocate for First Avenger deserving a high spot on the list. Film appreciation is ultimately subjective to me so I’m framing this with that in mind, but for me I loved First Avenger because I was shocked at how much the movie got me to buy in to the character at the time. When I was growing up my friends and I viewed Captain America (and Iron Man) as old fashioned characters from the WWII era, and we were into the traditional DC characters and cooler Marvel characters like Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Doctor Strange, and Silver Surfer. So I didn’t really know the Captain America character beyond glancing at a comic or two as a kid. To my pleasant surprise, when I watched the First Avenger for the first time I found myself caring about this character even more than most characters in great traditional dramas. FA is a great origin story! And watching Steve Rogers transform from the 90 lbs weakling ~while~ maintaining all the noble character traits he had when he was socially marginalized was fantastic. It was a great character study in the same way that Iron Man did with Tony Stark. As we know, Marvel sold the rights to most of its best characters to other film studios to avoid bankruptcy, so all they had left was the Avengers. Most of the GA (and even CBM fans like me) did not really know who Iron Man and Captain America were. Marvel did just a phenomenal job at making these characters relatable and fascinating–i.e., at making us care about them and what happens to them. FA is a surprisingly intimate character study, and it is flawlessly performed by an actor who was born to play the role. At my first viewing my expectations were rather low going in to see the movie. But I came out completely won over and could not wait to see what they did with Steve Rogers next.

    • I’m advocating for paragraph breaks!

      • rogbngp

        Sorry, I forgot you can do that here unlike some other comments sections. Fixed!

    • chaburchak

      Well said! Er, I mean, typed.

  • Grant McCollister

    Thank you for ranking The First Avenger so high. That movie is so underrated

  • Maxi Iroh

    —————————Good
    1- Winter Soldier
    2- Avengers
    3- Civil War
    4- Guardians of the Galaxy
    5- Iron Man
    6- Dr.Strange
    —————————————– Okay
    7- Thor
    8- The Incredible Hulk
    9- Guardians of the Galaxy 2
    10- Ant-Man
    11- Age of Ultron
    12- Iron Man 3
    ———————————————————– Bad
    13- Captain America: The First Avenger
    14- Iron Man 2
    15- Thor: The Dark World

    I’m watching Spiderman tonight

  • Vegas82

    I’ll rank mine after seeing Spider-Prom.

  • Matias Gagliardone

    As soon as I saw The Dark World higher than Iron Man 2 I knew this was crap.

  • SJ1986

    Spider-man: Homecoming better than Winter Soldier?

  • Grey Winters

    I still can’t believe Civil War is so high upon this list. It was slightly better than Age of Ultron.

  • Qthetar .

    I hope this infinity thing is not just hype. Cuz being this high on the list is not really believable.