Black Widow is out and having seen it twice, once in IMAX and once at home on Disney+, I can honestly say it’s one of the best Marvel movies. But where does it stack up against the other installments in the MCU? Let’s find out, shall we.
26. The Incredible Hulk
It’s still at the bottom of the list and most likely, always will. But at least we will be getting Abomination’s return in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and She-Hulk, meaning this ugly duckling of the franchise is finally starting to become a bit more relevant again.
25. Iron Man 3
I can’t tell you the last time I enjoyed this movie. Oh, actually I can. In 2013 when I saw it the first two times in theaters. Since then, Iron Man 3 has become a pointless sequel that barely adds any value to the MCU. But the Ben Kingsley-plot twist with The Mandarin is still one of the more hilarious surprises in the franchise.
24. Thor: The Dark World
This movie had almost every opportunity to be better than the first one but Marvel hadn’t figured out how to juggle the humor this movie sometimes highlights and the seriousness of Thor’s world.
Ultimately, the only highlight of this film is Loki (he’s great) and that time Thor smiled at a lady on “The Tube” in London (hilarious.)
23. Ant-Man and the Wasp
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 three years it’s become something that I never want to sit down and watch.
I’ve acquired a slight fondness for this movie since the last time I watched it. It’s got one of the most emotional and best acted scenes in the MCU between Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins and it’s funnier than expected too.
21. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
It isn’t the worst Marvel movie but it is one of the worst sequels. It just never lives up to the standard that I was hoping for and while it is drop-dead gorgeous there’s just something about this movie that I can’t quite latch onto emotionally.
20. Iron Man 2
It’s good but not great. But I do love that it introduced Don Cheadle’s War Machine and ScarJo’s Black Widow to the MCU. And Sam Rockwell is a hilarious villain. I hope he returns for Armor Wars.
With a legitimately epic battle between Ant-Man and Yellow Jacket, this movie does manage to delight but unfortunately, it’s bogged down by a boring story that doesn’t get interesting until the Falcon cameo appearance.
18. Captain Marvel
Even though this movie is kind of bland I have found this to be one of my most frequent MCU films I watch recently because it’s easy to watch, the story is kind of good, and I like the characters enough to get invested in the movie. Plus, the action scenes aren’t too shabby either.
And what it’s setting up for The Marvels with Carol Danvers and Monica Rambeau is going to be so good!!!
17. Avengers: Age of Ultron
The more I watch this movie the more boring it becomes. I can’t put it beneath Captain Marvel because that would be ridiculous but honestly, it’s a good thing they got rid of Joss Whedon when they had the chance because this opening sequence, along with the scene where The Avengers are trying to life Mjolnir, are the only true highlights of the movie.
16. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a good movie with one of the best plot twists in the MCU but it’s twenty minutes too long. After a while, the film gets exhausting and I lose all interest. But if it’s on television I let it play in the background.
15. Iron Man
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.
14. Spider-Man: Far from Home
Spider-Man: Far from Home is good but it isn’t spectacular. It’s ultimately Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio that keeps me coming back to see this film over and over again. I hope he returns for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
13. Doctor Strange
I loved Doctor Strange after the first time I watched it and even now, in 2021, 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’m ridiculously excited for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness next year.
12. Captain America: Civil War
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.
11. Captain America: The First Avenger
This movie has aged very well! When it first came out, I thought it was pretty lame but now, it’s undoubtedly one of the MCU’s best origin stories. Plus, it gave us some of the best musical moments that were reused to perfection in later Avengers movies so…yeah, this movie is great and a must-watch if you’re new to the franchise.
10. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
A couple of months ago I couldn’t stop watching this show. Now, I’ve tried to watch it again and it’s a bit difficult to get through. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has its highlights; great action sequences, John Walker being the lovable psycho that he is, Sam and Bucky’s friendship, the Dora Milaje, Zemo being a hilarious Sokovian Baron with his own equally hilarious butler, Sharon Carter becoming a villain. Yeah, its got its moments.
But what this show lacks is a great villain (Karli and her band of Flag Smashers are 100% lame) and a tad bit more levity to make the show more fun to watch on repeat viewings. Plus, while the racially-motivated content was essential to the story, it can be a bit heavy-handed at times and ultimately distracts from the overall enjoyment.
But it’s still a worthy addition to the MCU.
WandaVision was fun, fresh, and new. Plus, the way it shined a light on Wanda’s evolution into becoming the Scarlet Witch was pretty fantastic. Despite its pros it had a lot of cons and that was brought on by a story that didn’t feel as cohesive as it could’ve been by rushing things toward the end. But yes, it was still far better than I could’ve possibly imagined.
8. Black Panther
Black Panther is great but over the years it has become one of the Marvel movies that I don’t tend to watch as much. But it still has its charm; the Oscar-winning musical score is legitimately fantastic, Killmonger is still one of my favorite Marvel characters, and the world of Wakanda is still just as fascinating as it was three years ago.
7. The Avengers
This is another one of those Marvel movies that has aged exceptionally over the years (well, Captain America’s suit is still awful but we can deal with that.) It balances great action scenes with a phenomenal story that brings these incredible heroes together in a way that was cohesive and profoundly enjoyable.
6. Black Widow
I was not expecting to have this movie this high in the rankings. I thought it was going to be more of a mediocre-Captain Marvel-type film with better action sequences but to my great surprise, Black Widow is one of the best movies the MCU has given us for a while.
I think what I love the most about this movie is that it’s not all about action but instead focuses primarily on heart, emotion, and the relationships that Natasha solidifies. It also connects to her story in the rest of the movies in a really profound and exciting way and yes, her death means so much more now than it ever did.
5. Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Endgame would be lower on this list if wasn’t for its final hour which is so darn great. There are so many lovable and iconic moments in that final battle; from Cap wielding Mjolnir to Spider-Man meeting Captain Marvel for the first time to Tony’s final heroic moment, this movie delivers where it counts and that’s why this film will always have a special place in my heart.
4. Thor: Ragnarok
Wacky in almost every way, Thor: Ragnarok decided to take things in a drastically different direction for Thor and it paid off big time. There’s so much to love about this movie it would take an entire post to list all of my favorite things so I’ll just leave it to this: “Get help.”
3. Guardians of the Galaxy
This was the first Marvel movie to take things outside of the box and offer viewers something they would never forget. It was a risk, for sure, but it was well worth the reward.
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Even though this movie is seven-years-old now it’s still a masterpiece in superhero movie making. It’s perfect from start to finish while also establishing Captain America as one of the best superheroes ever to be put on the big screen.
1. Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War is one of those movies that you watch and then watch again and then watch again and it just never gets old. In fact, it’s getting better. With so many surprises and well, Thanos, Infinity War stands as the pinnacle of Marvel’s storytelling and it’s going to take something truly brilliant to surpass it.
Well, there’s my updated ranking.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.