31 movies, 31 rankings, which movie will be on top? Let’s see what the critics and the audience decide.
31. Eternals: 6.3/10
I understand that there are people who didn’t like this movie but this seems kind of extremely low for a film that isn’t nearly as bad as this score would let you believe. However, with review bombing and an overall dismal reception, this is the score this movie has been burdened with.
30. Thor: Love and Thunder: 6.3/10 stars
Between the review bombing and the dismal reception of this movie this score isn’t surprising in the slightest.
29. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania: 6.5/10 stars
Peyton Reed said his third Ant-Man film was going to have a “more serious” tone compared to his other movies. What people weren’t expecting was an epic Spy Kids movie. Hence, this score.
28. The Incredible Hulk: 6.7/10 stars
Even among IMDb voters, this movie will always be one of the worst films in the MCU.
27: Black Widow: 6.8/10 stars
The fact that this movie is lower than Captain Marvel seems absurd but once people realized Taskmaster had been gender-swapped and that the film had a lot of feminist messages in it, the movie was bombarded by people determined to give the film a bad review.
Hence, its a shockingly atrocious bad score despite being, in my opinion, one of the better MCU movies.
26. Thor: The Dark World: 6.8/10 stars
Thor: The Dark World is convoluted. On one side the film tries to stay in the same epic/romantic narrative sense as Thor but then it veers away from the seriousness and tries to be as comical as Thor: Ragnarok, producing a movie that is both fun and forgettable at the same time.
25. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: 6.8/10 stars
Well, this score is definitely affected by review bombing because there is no way this movie is worse than Captain America: The First Avenger. In fact, this film is phenomenal. It almost got nominated for Best Picture and it managed to garner five Oscar nominations as well as plenty of other acclaimed nominations and wins during this award season.
Not only is it one of my favorite Marvel movies but it’s also widely considered the best film in Phase 4.
24. Captain America: The First Avenger: 6.9/10 stars
I love this movie but apparently, there aren’t a lot of people who perceive it with as much love as I do. And it’s understandable. When I first watched it I wasn’t a fan either but after the conclusion of the Infinity Saga, this film feels so much more poignant and lovable.
I’m an unapologetic fan of this movie.
23. Captain Marvel: 6.9/10 stars
Captain Marvel is a cool character but her debut film is BORING…until it isn’t. The last twenty-thirty minutes are rewarding but unfortunately, those last minutes aren’t enough to save this movie.
22. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: 6.9/10 stars
This movie had a lot of expectations riding on it, especially after Spider-Man: No Way Home. When those expectations weren’t met people weren’t happy, hence this score. Sure, I don’t think this movie deserves a score this low but I get it.
21. Thor: 7/10 stars
Thor is okay and funnier than I remembered but its mediocre story leaves one a bit underwhelmed. It’s easy to understand why this is so low.
20. Iron Man 2: 7/10 stars
I like this movie but a lot of people thought it was one of those sequels that didn’t exactly live up to the standards its first movie highlighted with such skill.
19. Ant-Man and the Wasp: 7.1/10 stars
Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun, entertaining film but it is just one of those MCU movies that come and goes without really impacting anything or being anything other than forgettable.
18. Iron Man 3: 7.2/10 stars
This movie has its ups and its downs but apparently, people liked it better than Iron Man 2 so…
17. Avengers: Age of Ultron: 7.3/10 stars
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.
16. Black Panther: 7.3/10 stars
I’m of the opinion that this is undoubtedly one of the top 5 best MCU movies but its IMDb does not translate that fact. Whether the score is affected by prejudiced voters, I’m not sure, but at least it is in the top 15.
15. Ant-Man: 7.3/10 stars
The idea that this movie is better than Black Panther is laughable but oh well.
14. Spider-Man: Homecoming: 7.4/10 stars
Fun, cute, memorable, and a successful outing for the teenage hero’s first standalone film, this score is not surprising at all.
13. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: 7.4/10 stars
This used to have a much higher score but alas, review bombing made this film’s score drop from 8 to 7.4. Yikes.
12. Doctor Strange: 7.5/10 stars
This movie was a genuine surprise when it theaters four years ago. This was a hero that had never been brought to the big screen and his debut film was electrifying in all of its weirdness. I’m just waiting for that sequel!
11. Spider-Man: Far from Home: 7.5/10 stars
With a better villain in Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio, a super cute relationship featuring Peter and MJ, and some legitimately surprising moments, this movie deserves its top 10 entry.
10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: 7.6/10 stars
Yeah, this comes as a wee bit of a shock for me. This movie has its fun moments and it is visually spectacular but it just doesn’t hit my happy button in the way that the first film did. However, the IMDb voters have deemed this worthy of the ninth spot on this list and that’s…interesting.
9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier: 7.7/10 stars
#10! Honestly, anything lower and I would be truly ticked off. I mean, this is undoubtedly one of the best superhero movies of all time but at least it’s not under Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
8. Captain America: Civil War: 7.8/10 stars
I can’t exactly argue with this place. I mean, I have it in the same spot in my personal ranking of all 23 MCU movies. And yeah, it makes a great argument to be better than The Winter Soldier because it is very good. And its storylines impact the state of the MCU in a way that will still be felt in the likes of the upcoming The Falcon and the Winter Soldier show.
7. Thor: Ragnarok: 7.9/10 stars
Thor: Ragnarok is such a good movie! It revitalized the God of Thunder in a way that reinvigorated Chris Hemsworth’s love for the character and it’s just plain fun.
6. Iron Man: 7.9/10 stars
Ever since it entered theaters in 2008, Iron Man has been considered one of the greatest superhero movies ever made.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy: 8/10 stars
Utter perfection. This movie could’ve been a disaster. Instead, it’s a superhero film that you can’t quite forget. It’s hilarious, has some truly heartfelt moments, and turned the Guardians of the Galaxy into a household name.
4. The Avengers: 8/10 stars
The Avengers was another one of those risky MCU films that could’ve been terrible but ended up becoming incredible! Its story and enjoyment still hold up today and thanks to this movie we have The Avengers theme. 😊
3. Spider-Man: No Way Home: 8.2/10 stars
No Way Home was a cultural phenomenon, a comic-book fan moment, unlike anything that’s happened in cinema before. To take three generations of Spider-Man fans and put together a movie as good as this is not only mind-blowing but historic. It’s a theater experience I’ll never forget and I’m glad to see this film’s score as high as it is.
2. Avengers: Endgame: 8.4/10 stars
This movie is the highest-grossing movie of all time! Is it a surprise it’s got the second-best IMDb ranking? I don’t think so.
1. Avengers: Infinity War: 8.4/10 stars
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. Apparently, I’m not the only one who feels that this is undoubtedly the best MCU film to date…because it just is.
It subverted our expectations, it left our jaws on the floor, and it made Thanos nearly as iconic as Darth Vader. It’s a undeniable masterpiece.
Well, there’s the IMDb ranking of the MCU films. I wonder where the upcoming MCU movies will rank on this list (and I’m hoping Black Widow will be in the top 10.)
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.
6 thoughts on “The Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies, Ranked by IMDb”
Black Widow’s score is actually based largely on having a huge majority of 7s given to it. It didn’t suffer from “review bombing” and has very few 1 or 2 star ratings. So the score is basically saying almost everybody thought it was good, and almost nobody thought it was bad or great.
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That’s true. I think I often get distracted by reading the User Reviews which are largely unfavorable in those first few pages.
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I decided to compile the Rotten Tomatoes audience ratings to compare to this one. I sorted this list by the rating, but left the percentage score in there also. Black Widow does a whole lot better on this list. Overall, the RT ratings seem to have a stronger bias to more recent movies than the IMDB ratings, but Black Widow does so much better that alone doesn’t seem to explain it. Otherwise, the lists are pretty similar.
The biggest difference aside from Black Widow is Captain Marvel, which is clearly a victim of some very successful “review bombing” on RT. Captain Marvel got a fair number of 1-star votes on IMDB, but it didn’t seem to be enough to cause the kind of damage it got on RT. It does seem to have dropped another tenth of a point since you made this article though. Black Widow’s numbers problem on IMDB, compared to something like Guardians 2, is a lot less 8 and 9 ratings, and a lot more 5s and 6s in particular.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Scores:
1. 98% – 4.8 – Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
2. 95% – 4.6 – Spider-Man: Far from Home
3. 91% – 4.5 – Avengers: Infinity War
4. 91% – 4.5 – Black Widow
5. 90% – 4.5 – Avengers: Endgame
6. 92% – 4.4 – Guardians of the Galaxy
7. 91% – 4.4 – The Avengers
8. 92% – 4.3 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
9. 91% – 4.3 – Iron Man
10. 89% – 4.3 – Captain America: Civil War
11. 87% – 4.2 – Spider-Man: Homecoming
12. 87% – 4.2 – Thor: Ragnarok
13. 87% – 4.1 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
14. 85% – 4.1 – Doctor Strange
15. 86% – 4.0 – Ant-Man
16. 83% – 4.0 – Avengers: Age of Ultron
17. 79% – 4.0 – Black Panther
18. 78% – 3.9 – Iron Man 3
19. 76% – 3.8 – Thor
20. 75% – 3.8 – Thor: The Dark World
21. 74% – 3.8 – Captain America: The First Avenger
22. 75% – 3.7 – Ant-Man and the Wasp
23. 71% – 3.7 – Iron Man 2
24. 70% – 3.6 – The Incredible Hulk
25. 45% – 2.8 – Captain Marvel
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Wow! You really did your research. Awesome!
Yeah, Captain Marvel was review-bombed like no joke. That’s why I felt that Black Widow was review-bombed on IMDb because considering its company on RT it should be at least 7.5 on IMDb.
Once again, that is a fantastic list!
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You keep referring to “review bombing” as the reason for films that have a lower rating than you agree with. The opposite is likely. The people who set their expectations so high and rushed out to see it were wearing rose colored glasses and rated it too high. The fans who thought “I can wait to catch this on the couch” then saw it and gave it a slightly lower ranking than it might have deserved to counter those that were too high. The ratings are all fair, IMO.
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Yeah, it’s plausible, but the movie did seem to face some kind of a malaise with MCU fans, and the IMDB ratings seem to reflect more of a death by a thousand cuts than a bombing. I don’t think ScarJo ever faced the kind of personal scrutiny or criticism that Brie Larson did from some quarters, so I think it was that on top of a reaction to the movie itself that led to the targeting of Captain Marvel. I think we saw the same thing with The Last Jedi and Ghostbusters 2016, where a definite opposition to the movie spiraled out of control when squabbles erupted between the fan community and the actual filmmakers and actors.
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