my rankings of the MCU movies

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So there’s a new Marvel movie out today, as you might have heard……..

Often when this happens, I rank the previous ones, which gets harder and harder. I’m not going to bother with commentary this time, especially since I’ve been rewatching the MCU (and every other live-action movie based on a superhero comic) for Tor.com. I’m just gonna provide the rankings, along with a link to either the rewatch article (for Phase 1 and Phase 2 films) or my review on Patreon (some of the Phase 3 movies).

  1. Avengers
  2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  3. Captain America: The First Avenger
  4. Iron Man
  5. Captain Marvel
  6. Thor
  7. Black Panther
  8. Captain America: Civil War
  9. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  10. Avengers: Infinity War
  11. Doctor Strange
  12. Ant-Man & The Wasp
  13. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
  14. Thor: The Dark World
  15. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  16. Guardians of the Galaxy
  17. Thor: Ragnarok 
  18. Iron Man 2
  19. Iron Man 3
  20. Ant-Man
  21. The Incredible Hulk

The first three are pretty much interchangeable. Iron Man‘s solid at #4, but you could arrange #5-9 in pretty much any order and I wouldn’t argue, though I rate Thor slightly ahead of Black Panther only because the latter movie has pretty much the exact same plot as the former. #14-18 are also interchangeable and all share the same trait: flawed in many ways, and either much better (#14-15, 18) or worse (#16-17) than their reputation. #19-21 are also interchangeable, the dregs of the MCU.

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