With the small amount of Twenty-Two films, the first story arc of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come to a close. Some are beloved, others are hated. Personally I think every film has some value. But at the end of the daysome are just better. Here is The Snappening’s official MCU movie rankings list (*subject to change whenever the hell I want)
1. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
- The most real and emotional MCU movie. It touches the audience in ways we didn’t know were possible in a superhero movie. With a story ending no one saw coming. Read about the very human stakes here.
2. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
- This movie was able to bring all the MCU heroes together while also making a masterpiece that can stand on it’s own. It is a worthy climax for the franchise. Read about the theme of Sacrifice here.
3. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
- After multiple interpretations of the character, MCU and Sony worked together to bring us the most authentic film featuring a teenage superhero struggling with homework and heroism.
4. Iron Man 2 (2010)
- This is the movie that started to unfold the cinematic universe. Not only was it a great sequel that gave us War Machine. But it also introduced Black Widow, Nick Fury, and the organization of S.H.I.E.L.D.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017)
- Probably one of the weirdest MCU movies. It might not have been as loved as the first GotG, but it has a rich story full of real emotions. Read about how James Gunn made the Guardians we love here.
6. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
- An epic event that changed the industry as a whole. A sequel to four movies in one. The Avengers Assembling for the first time will always give us goosebumps.
7. Ant-Man (2015)
- A fun filled heist movie that brought the interest of many people back to the MCU after Age of Ultron. Paul Rudd is America’s sweet heart. The movie was easy to follow and at the same time just weird enough.
8. Captain Marvel (2019)
- When superhero fatigue started kicking in, we got amovie that broke the mold. Carol Danvers and a young Nick Fury go on a sci-fi, super spy, war driven adventure. A review if you haven’t seen it yet.
9. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
- The finale of the Infinity Stone’s story arc was a gigantic swan song of a movie that gave the fan’s all they wanted. But will it last the test of time and be seen as a good movie on it’s own.
10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
- A movie about a tree, a raccoon, some green chick, a wrestler, and the guy from the office. A team no one knew about made us all fans over night. With a soundtrack that broke the charts.
11. Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)
- The movie that changed what the MCU could be once again. No one knew a political thriller spy movie could exist with the characters. And some of the coolest fights in the franchise.
12. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- It has some issues and one giant change from the comics. But also some of the greatest moments of the MCU comes from this movie… Hulkbuster fight!
13. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
- A great origin story with the most honorable superhero in the MCU. It was a great period piece and gave us one of a pretty sad ending, showing us all that these movies can make us feel.
14. Iron Man (2008)
- The first movie in the MCU. It was a huge gamble and it paid off. It set the standard for a lot of movies in and outside of the franchise. As well as made everyone love Robert Downey Jr. again.
15. Thor: Ragnorok (2017)
- Basically a reboot for one the hardest character to sell. The neon techno themes were a lot of fun and made people actually like Thor. But I liked it when Hulk is angry instead of childish.
16. Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018)
- Ghost is probably one of my favorite villains in the MCU. The movie builds on the universe and has a lot of laughs. But I would have liked to see it try harder to be connected to the rest of the universe.
17. Doctor Strange (2016)
- One of the most interesting characters in the MCU. The movie had a lot of cool visual effects. But it would have been nice to see more risks with the story.
18. Thor (2011)
- The least entertaining movie in the first phase of the MCU. The introduction of Hawkeye and Loki, along with a decent heroes message keep this movie from being on the bottom.
19. Iron Man 3 (2013)
- There is a cool bonding moment for Tony and a child, as well as some nice moments with, and without his suit. But the movie took the character backwards after the events of The Avengers.
20. Black Panther (2018)
- One of the biggest disappointments in the MCU. After T’Challa’s introduction in story in Civil War, the solo film robs the character of his development as well as his fighting skills.
21. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
- Aside from a scene where Thor teams up with Loki to break him out of prison, the movie is pretty forgettable. Especially if you were a fan of Malekith from the comics.
22. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
- The most useless and easily dismissable movie in the MCU. If it wasn’t for the Thaddeus Ross character returning in later film, I might not even think this film counts.
Every single movie watched and ranking generated by: Troy Smith