Super Specific | Diana’s MCU Movie Rank List

Did I copy and paste most of these from the Notes app on my iPhone? Maybe, but I cleaned up my ramblings for everyone and pulled out all the Chris Evans pictures.

The MCU is now approaching the 30-film mark, a fantastic feat for a company that in the early 2000s struggled to make money off of its big-name properties and characters. While the MCU might face recent competition from DC, like “The Batman” received at the box office and to critical acclaim over the past month, there’s no doubt in my mind that it’ll be going strong for another 10 years. So to celebrate their success, I’m going to copy what almost every other comic book website has done and rank the MCU movies.

There are 27, with two more on the way this year. I’ll leave the Disney+ streaming series out of these rankings for consistency, but you should definitely go give “WandaVison” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” a watch if you haven’t already.

I’ll list them in ascending order, to keep you all waiting. If you’ve ever read any of my Marvel reviews, it shouldn’t come as a surprise which movie I ranked number one, but I have my reasons – and I swear I held back some of my favoritism.

  1. “The Incredible Hulk” (2008)

Yes, it’s an MCU movie. No, you don’t need to see it. “The Incredible Hulk” is tied to the movie universe by the thinnest thread, and while that might be refreshing to some, this film has no real MCU interest.

26.” Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2″ (2017)

This movie is really really bad. The villain just gives Starlord a few unnecessary daddy issues, the jokes only land about half the time, and there’s not a whole lot of information you need to figure out for future movies. Mantis is cool, though.

  1. “Thor: The Dark World” (2013)

Dark Elves and Natalie Portman possessed by an Infinity Stone in liquid form? Skippable, unless you’re interested in banter between Thor and Loki.

  1. “Captain Marvel” (2019)

I totally agree with Brie Larson, but I haven’t seen this movie more than two or three times because of the boredom I’m used to watching it. The ’90s nostalgia is nice, but the villains are forgettable and there are far better origin stories to watch in this universe.

  1. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018)

I would rename this movie “Pre-Endgame”. It’s a fun movie, like all Ant-Man appearances, but the main plot of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” has little substance. All you need to know is that Scott and the Pym family are beginning to experiment with the “quantum realm,” which sets up time travel shenanigans in future movies.

  1. “Iron Man 3” (2013)

Before Marvel fixed his Mandarin in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” he completely butchered him in “Iron Man 3.” If you don’t know how he’s handled in this movie, “Iron Man 3” is an intriguing post-Avengers adventure with a PTSD-riddled Tony Stark. Robert Downey Jr. is the saving grace of this film.

  1. “Iron Man 2” (2010)

It’s better than the third, just because Black Widow is introduced. the hallway scene rocks and the rest is more average.

  1. “Ant-Man” (2015)

Honestly, I’ve forgotten most of this movie except for the cool battle at the end where Scott Lang and the Yellowjacket guy fight in miniature on Hope Lang’s train. Nothing bad, but nothing to brag about either.

  1. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (2019)

I, for one, am a fan of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man who sticks to the five boroughs of New York on his solo outings, so his European vacation didn’t catch my attention.

  1. “Black Widow” (2020)

A movie released too little, too late, Natasha Romanoff and breakout star Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) have time to shine in a misplaced midquel that should have been made a decade before.

  1. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015)

Justice for Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver! “Age of Ultron” isn’t as bad as some people might make it out to be. Ultron is intimidating, we’re introduced to the oddly lovable Vision, and we see Chris Evans ripping through a piece of wood with his bare hands. Win-win!

  1. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017)

An origin story that isn’t quite an origin story, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is a cute little interlude in Peter Parker’s daily life, and Tom Holland excels in the role as always.

  1. “Thor” (2011)

It’s nice to see the great god of thunder humbled! While some might knock “Thor’s” debut off the list of pacing issues, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston’s debut performances in their iconic roles are still a treat for me to watch.

  1. “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011)

The MCU’s main period track, “Captain America: The First Avenger” has a lot to offer once it picks up speed in its second act. A little campy, but it gives Star-Spangled Man an emotional origin story.

  1. “Doctor Strange” (2016)

The Marvel movie most likely to emulate an acid trip, “Doctor Strange” introduced a supercharged new playground to the MCU. The Sorcerer Supreme has powers beyond our imagination, and his debut would be ranked higher on the list if it weren’t for such a bad, forgettable villain.

  1. “The Eternals” (2020)

I know someone might pick me up since I rated this movie so high, but I don’t care. I cried the first time I saw “Eternals”. It doesn’t get enough credit for the character building it gives its cast. Its slower pace allows for a deeper exploration of the Eternals team dynamic, and it introduced my favorite new couple in the MCU – the magnificentmagnificent Drukkari.

  1. “Captain America: Civil War” (2016)

This movie can be summed up like this: “Damn, can Bucky take a break?” – and no, no, he can’t. “Captain America: Civil War” is the only third film in the original trilogies – Thor’s, Iron Man’s, and Cap’s – that lands on solid thematic feet, tying Cap’s story together with a nice little arc.

  1. “The Avengers” (2012)

It’s hard to beat this movie’s standard for future superhero movies, the debut of the multi-film character team. “The Avengers” is where the success of the MCU really began. It hasn’t aged the most gracefully, but there are plenty of moments to enjoy.

  1. “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (2021)

The film is a feast for the eyes, one of the most visually stunning and well choreographed in terms of fight scenes. The second-best MCU origin story, after the next film on this list, Shang-Chi makes an unforgettable debut in the multiverse.

  1. “Iron Man” (2008)

The Godfather of the MCU indeed. Here, Robert Downey Jr. heralded the rise of an empire, and more than a decade later, the film still holds strong with its repertoire of ACDC songs and RDJ’s return to Hollywood form.

  1. “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017)

Everyone is praising Taika Waititi for his redesign of Thor. “Thor: Ragnarok” is one of the funniest in the MCU, and the chemistry between the actors is absolutely simmering – it’s probably one of the best lineups in the movies.

  1. “Avengers: Endgame” (2019)

The reason it’s not higher is due to poor writing decisions. While I understand how the expiration date of acting contracts can affect scripts, there is no universe in which I will ever agree to Steve Rogers jumping back in time leaving all his friends behind for a wife. whom he only kissed once.

That being said, “Endgame” was overall a punchy, triumphant ending to the Infinity Saga, and I actually sobbed to the end when I first saw it in theaters. Alan Silvestri’s “Portals” theme and scene almost make up for the film’s flaws.

  1. “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)

It’s by far the funniest movie in the MCU, and one of the best examples of the “misfits get together and start their own family” trope. Who would have thought that Marvel would take D-list comic book characters and turn them into a multi-million dollar franchise?

  1. “Spider-Man: No Coming Home” (2021)

Peter 1, Peter 2, Peter 3 – there will never be enough Maguire, Garfield and Holland Spidey trio for me. Months later, the internet is still obsessed with the film — and rightly so. A love letter to Peter Parker and all of its multiversal iterations, there’s not a moment in this film where you won’t laugh, smile or cry.

  1. “Black Panther” (2018)

A landmark film, Black Panther decidedly put aside the racist idea held by many that black-led movies don’t make money. Directed by the much-missed Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther” is an unapologetic celebration of black culture that leaves audiences feeling warm and contemplative by the end of the film.

  1. “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018)

“Infinity War” is better than “Endgame”. I hate to tell you this, but it’s the movie that excites me the most and keeps me engaged throughout. We’re treated to a buffet of battle scenes and character interactions in the film, whether it’s feuds between Bucky Barnes and Rocket Racoon on the fields of Wakanda or an Infinity Stone-fueled showdown with Thanos. and Doctor Strange on the alien planet Titan.

Nothing can compare to what I and many others felt at the premiere of “Infinity War” when all of our characters were blown to dust by Thanos and left the dark theater full of anguished screaming fans.

  1. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014)

A film that I could quote by heart, and a film that really captures the essence of Steve Rogers. It’s not as flashy as ‘Civil War’ and not as campy as ‘The First Avenger’ – and it’s way better than both in introducing Steve to the modern world as a lost soldier not knowing how to handle his grief.

Many MCU characters have come face to face with the skeletons in their closets, but nothing is more heartbreaking than watching Steve come face to face with his closest friend in the world – who barely remembers. him. It’s something we can all relate to at some point, feeling lonely and unattached, when the world seems to be fine without you. The MCU’s most serious film is by far its best, and every watch has something new to say.