Marvel’s Cinematic Universe: Ranking The Films From Worst To Best

Ranking the MCU

In a few weeks the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be rocked to it’s core and changed forever as sides will be chosen and a Civil War will commence. Captain America Civil War hits theaters on May 6th and to celebrate its release it is time to look back at the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and see how they stack up against each other. It’s time to rank the MCU from the worst film to the best. With any of these lists opinions vary so if you feel like you don’t happen to agree with mine please write your own lists in the comments. Now on to the countdown!

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Christian Michael Stoic

Christian Michael Stoic

Christian Michael Stoic is a writer, filmmaker, and comic lover from Los Angeles, CA. Heroic Hollywood is his introduction into the world of Journalism which...

  • JA_Media

    Your list sucks

  • Adam Clay

    For the love of all things holy, give us an option to read all of this on one page. I’m running Ad-Block anyway, I couldn’t care less about your ad revenue.

    • Jake Bucsko

      And maybe a little more than like 50 words on each movie. If there’s 12 different pages to click through, bare minimum provide content that takes longer to read than it does to click through.

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  • ScottyB608

    Mine is a little different but I understand.

  • Jake Bucsko

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

    There are three tiers here, the top 6, next 4, bottom 3.

  • alcatsar

    The list is about right though I wouldn’t rank A:AOU so high and Winter Soldier would be above GOTG.

  • Irishhguy

    1. Iron Man
    2. Guardians of the Galaxy
    3. Winter Soldier
    4. Avengers
    5. Thor
    6. First Avenger
    7. Age of Ultron
    8. Ant Man
    9. The Incredible Hulk
    10. Iron man 3
    (I Haven’t seen Civil War yet).

  • Ranking Age of Ultron over Captain America: The First Avenger is a sin. It’s a freaking SIN. Go punish yourself. 😉

    Age of Ultron is an absolutely TERRIBLE film. You know all the critics losing their collective minds over BvS? That’s what they should’ve done for this complete mess of a film. I know Whedon is now walking back his earlier comments, but that’s just damage control. He knew it was a bad movie before he released it. He knew.

    Here’s a better list (just based on the fact that AoU is where it belongs). Also… the Thor films are highly underrated.

    The bad films that will rarely get rewatches:

    12. The Incredible Hulk
    11. Iron Man 2
    10. Avengers: Age of Ultron

    The good, but not great movies, that will get some rewatches:

    9. Iron Man (watch it again; really doesn’t hold up as well as we thought it would)
    8. Thor
    7. Thor: The Dark World (more time on Asgard pushes this over Thor)
    6. Iron Man 3 (Shane Black is the mf-ing man; and Brian Tyler’s score is amazeballs)

    The fun movie that will get a surprising amount of rewatches

    5. Ant-Man

    The great comic book movie

    4. The Avengers

    The creme-de-la-creme, not just great comic book movies, but great FILMS

    3. Captain America: The First Avenger (best of the Phase 1 films)
    2. Guardians of the Galaxy (second best of the Phase 2 films)
    1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (not only the best Marvel film, but it’s Dark Knight-Man of Steel-level great, in my humble opinion… the pinnacle of the genre)

    • Doctor Doom

      “Age of Ultron is an absolutely TERRIBLE film. You know all the critics losing their collective minds over BvS? That’s what they should’ve done for this complete mess of a film.”
      Completely agree, after thinking about it I don’t think the version we saw of BvS was great however I think it’s easily better than AoU.

      I also think The First Avenger is highly underrated.

      • batghost

        You guys are nuts. I hated Age of Ultron when I saw it in the theaters. But I saw it again a few months ago, and actually just a third time very recently, about a few days ago – and it actually holds up really well. It’s got a whole bunch of flaws, but I was honestly surprised by how much I liked it this time around. BvS on the other hand is not just bad, but bad bad. Like X-Men Origins: Wolverine bad.

        • I feel about BvS the way you do about AoU.

          I came around.

          AoU remains terrible to me.

          Agree to disagree. :-)

          • batghost

            Good spirit man! No problem in respectful disagreement. For all I know my opinion of BvS may change over time, but I refuse to pay to see that movie in theaters again.

          • Stranger things have happened, right? :-)

    • Alboone

      No argument there.

    • Craig Cafaro

      T-12: Avengers age of ultron: massively lesser repeat of Avengers
      T-12: Iron-Man 3: Felt like i was watching a “funny” attempt at TDKR
      10: Iron Man 2: More good then bad but not a movie I actually sit down and watch
      9: Thor 2: Great the first time, not great just good after many viewings
      8: Ant-man: Look i’ll get killed for this, but the movie just made me feel blah, needed more of Paul Rudd’s humor, felt like a sillier Iron Man
      7: Incredible Hulk: Really dug this movie, I know alot of people hate on it but I dug it
      6: Avengers: beginning was good, the whole middle of the film; bogged down crap. The third act great
      5: Iron Man: The original
      4: Captain America First Avenger: Love this movie, it was great and it should have only been ok, great flick
      3: Thor: Love it Loki was amazing, Odin, you name it dug this flick
      2: GOTG: Not just a great flick but perhaps the greatest sci-Fi movie of all time?
      1. Winter soldier: Number 2 comic movie of all time in my humble opinion(btw craig’s top 3 comic movies of all time: 1) MOS, 2) WS, and 3) BvS suck it haters!) lol

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  • ROCHpikey

    Below is my personal ranking – cannot wait for Captain America: Civil War!!!

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

  • Dasoman

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

    I’m hoping to set Civil War at spot 1 or 2 next week.

  • Thanostic

    Age of Ultron and Hulk should be higher; the first Captain America and Ant-Man should be lower. I actually enjoyed Ant-Man quite a bit when I first saw it, but it doesn’t wear well, and is one of the least rewatchable of the films now that I’ve seen it a few times. And GotG, which I liked a lot, should probably be about 4th on this list.
    1) Avengers
    2) Winter Soldier
    3) Age of Ultron
    4) Guardians of the Galaxy
    5) Iron Man
    6) Hulk
    7) Thor the Dark World
    8) Thor
    9) Ant-Man
    10) Iron Man 3
    11) Iron Man 2
    12) Captain America the First Avenger

  • Carl

    My top 5 align here, but my bottom 4 is way better. lol

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

    For fun, my DCEU ranking

    1) Suicide Squad (based on trailers, crew and talent)
    2) Wonder Woman (based on set photos and crew)
    3) Man of Steel
    4) BvS: DoJ

  • Fro

    Civil War #1 HANDS DOWN!!!

  • Dustellar

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

  • Paul Hennen

    if Iron Man 3 and Age Of Ultron can get in anyone’s top 10 MCU films they should probably be ignored for eternity.