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Marvel Movies Ranked From Worst to Best13 min read

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Most of the movies in the Marvel Universe are relatively new, but they still make huge impacts at the box office. They also get a lot of attention because they’re critically acclaimed. All these factors contribute to Marvel’s popularity among viewers.

Marvel’s movies are popular due to their unique storylines and well-developed characters. People love seeing superheroes in real life; it fulfills an innate human need for good versus evil. Furthermore, the actors who play the superheroes are often admired for their roles.

Another reason for Marvel’s popularity among viewers is the fact that they’re critically acclaimed. Some Marvel movies, like Black Panther and Captain America: Civil War get a rating of over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. And there are so many new Marvel movies in the works! In 2022-23, there’ll be 7 Marvel Universe movies. That’s a lot of superhero action to keep you entertained.

As of right now, there are 27 movies Marvel has released and all of them have a place in people’s hearts. Here, we try our best to rank them from worst to best. Disclaimer before we jump to the list, due to the nature of “ranking system”, this is by no means a fair and absolute ranking, as it is also highly influenced by personal references and emotional value each movie brings.

Well, now that it’s out of the water, let’s jump right in:

27. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Critics: This second installment of Thor has failed to live up to the first film expectation. While it still offers plenty of humor and high-stakes action, the overall plot and character development fall short compared to other Marvel movies.

Director: Alan Taylor

26. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Critics: It might not be the smashing success fans were expecting, but it’s still a fun ride filled with puny narrative and much of the big green action.

Director: Louis Leterrier

25. Iron Man 2 (2010)

Critics: Again, due to the success of the first movie, this second one has big shoes to fill. It is not as revolutionary as the first movie was, and the hype is outshined by fans’ expectation to see more armor. Still, all the casts manage to deliver solid performances and the plot is also action-packed.

Director: Jon Favreau

24. Black Widow (2021)

Critics: The first sequel (and most likely the only one) are solid action-pack movies. Though that is also the reason why it scored so low on this list. The deeper themes of this movie are drowned in it, even with the stellar performances and the introduction of the many new characters.

Director: Cate Shortland

23. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Critics: This does not say that Avengers: Age of Ultron is bad. It’s just Marvel made so many great movies and some of them are worthy of higher ranking. This movie is surely a satisfying sequel, reuniting the OG Avengers and some new and interesting characters. The only complaint is that the main villain is so undercut and does not show enough menace to its original character. Hope Marvel will do Ultron the justice he deserves and appear again sometime in the future.

Director: Joss Whedon

22. Thor (2011)

Critics: The first installment of the Thor series is a great combination of world-building and character development, filled with wit, humor, and family drama. Just like the catchphrase, this movie is mighty.

Director: Kenneth Branagh

21. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Critics: Fans finally get what they want in this movie. An impressive action sequence with so many surprises (read: new suits) and intense adventure.

Director: Shane Black

20. Captain Marvel (2019)

Critics: In terms of the overall plot, this does not live up to the hype. But, in terms of world-building, this is by far the most interesting one because it set the groundwork for the Secret Wars with many many Skrull characters.

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

19. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Critics: While so many Marvel movies are set in the dystopian future, this one is firmly planted in a more classic era and is not afraid to showcase the retro vibe and journey down the memory lane. This first Captain America movie is a solid old-fashioned blockbuster movie.

Director: Joe Johnston

18. Ant-Man (2015)

Critics: This movie delivered an interesting “variable” to the superhero movie. The Pym particles are surely one of the more interesting properties of the MCU that has so much potential and would be a bummer if not explored thoroughly.

Director: Peyton Reed

17. Guardian of The Galaxy Vol.2 (2017)

Critics: Just like the first movie, the humor is on point and the witty characters make it so much better. This is a perfect blend of an old retro-vibe style in a distant future setting, making the overall themes stand out from other Marvel movies.

Director: James Gunn

16. Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)

Critics: A more refined version of the first movie, with more brighter and cheerful vibes. This movie is like a breath of fresh air from the already existing movies.

Director: Peyton Reed

15. Doctor Strange (2016)

Critics: This is a masterpiece of mystic arts and a blockbuster theme of Marvel movies, making it one of the more interesting origin stories of superheroes. 

Director: Scott Derrickson

14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Critics: One of the more “grounded” superhero movies with suspenseful and politically astute plots. A staple of Marvel action sequences. 

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

13. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Critics: This is another milestone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Packed with blockbuster-level actions and thought-provoking themes. It’s a wild ride for the die-hard Marvel fans.

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

12. Eternals (2021)

Critics: The introduction of a higher entity of the Marvel Universe is surely a fun adventure. With the first installment bringing so many positive reviews, the second movie has to be as good, if not better.

Director: Chloe Zhao

11. Spider-Man: Far From Home

Critics: A nice blend of teen romance and superhero action, this new character surely helps bring a new era to the Marvel Heroes. 

Director: Jon Watts

10. The Avengers (2012)

Critics: This is the first milestone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The unity and amazing teamwork of the OG Avengers is such classic callbacks to any new Marvel movie going forward. 

Director: Joss Whedon

9. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Critics: This is one of the most packed Marvel movies. A thrilling, funny, heartful plot in a dystopian world with many stunning settings.

Director: James Gunn

8. Spider-Man Homecoming (2017)

Critics: The reboot of the Spider-Man franchise surely delivers what its predecessor is all about. A colorful and fun adventure fits perfectly in a more down-to-earth web-slinger action.

Director: Jon Watts

7. Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings (2021)

Critics: This exciting Marvel’s origin story helps expand the cinematic universe even more. The catchy action sequences and stunning choreography blend nicely with the folklore of Asian heritage.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

6. Thor : Ragnarok (2017)

Critics: A very exciting, fun, and full of surprises. This movie sets a new standard for all Marvel movies franchises going forward. 

Director: Taika Waititi

5. Iron Man (2008)

Critics: The movie that started it all. This is an amazing movie to set the ever-growing universe of Marvel.

Director: Jon Favreau

4. Black Panther (2018)

Critics: Black Panther is one of those movies that bring a new refreshing theme while also still following the main plot of the Earth Superheroes. 

Director: Ryan Coogler

3. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Critics: The latest installment of the Marvel movie franchise, with many amazing reviews it surely deserves. This movie is both fun and heartwarming to watch with many callbacks to the Spider-Man franchises across all studios.

Director: Jon Watts

2. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Critics: This is the resolution of decade-long plot points of many Marvel movies. A closure for all of our beloved characters, giving them one last chance to redeem all their wins and losses.

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Critics: This is the peak of success of all Marvel movie franchises. Action-packed sequences, filled with a gritty and serious tone, set up the highest point of both disappointment and hope. 

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

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With all of the movies already out, Marvel movies surely have an even brighter future. This list does not include the Marvel TV series which is also filled with many popular titles such as Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and many more, 

The world-building of the first three phases of MCU has been an amazing journey for fans and the next phase is guaranteed to be even wilder than this.

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