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All 23 Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)

How does “Spider-Man: Far From Home” measure up within the pantheon of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies? Read on, true believer. TheWrap’s Film Reviews Editor Alonso Duralde take his personal stab on the topic — and no, he’s not getting paid by anybody at Disney to love (or dislike, for that matter) any of those movies. 23. “The Incredible Hulk” (2008) Released simply 5 years after Ang Lee‘s “Hulk,” this second attempt to make a leading man out of the big green Gamma-radiated creature proved to be similarly disappointing. If we’ve discovered something from the Avengers films, it’s that Bruce Banner works finest when he’s a supporting character (and when he’s performed by Mark Ruffalo) 22. “Ant-Man” (2015). While this film deserves credit score for not placing the destiny of mankind on the road — the stakes are extra youngster’s-toy-train-sized — the movie’s stabs at humor appear overplayed, and little of Paul Rudd‘s natural charm comes to the forefront of what should be a breezy caper. We can only wonder what Edgar Wright‘s original version might have been like. 21. “Thor” (2011). Director Kenneth Branagh nails the thee-and-thou of the Asgard segments, but the small town where the climax plays out is one of the screen’s cheesiest faux cities for the reason that horrible 1980s “Supergirl” film. On the upside, actor Chris Hemsworth demonstrates a twinkly wit on this thunder god journey, matched with spectacular brawn. 20. “Iron Man 2” (2010). The finest MCU films do a very good job of distracting you from all of the setting-up of future franchise entries; this one presents a lot empire-building that it’d as nicely have a “Pardon Our Dust” signal on it. Still, the primary look of Scarlett Johansson because the Black Widow, dispatching a hallway’s price of opponents, made an unforgettable impression. 19. “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011). Much as he did in “The Rocketeer,” director Joe Johnston excels at portraying the gloss of the 1940s, though the characters aren’t nearly as vivid because the USO bunting. But fear not, true believers — Cap’s onscreen adventures acquired approach higher in his subsequent solo and group films. 18.”Thor: The Dark World” (2013). Firmly common, sure, however an enchancment on its predecessor and a straight-up good time, skillfully balancing superheroics, second bananas, entertaining villains and the occasional killer one-liner. By no means a cornerstone of the MCU, however this one, principally, works. 17. “Iron Man 3” (2013). Director and co-writer Shane Black doesn’t at all times have the tightest grasp on the story — what does the nefarious Extremis do once more, and why? — however he reveals off his ability at witty banter (which Robert Downey, Jr. can carry out inside an inch of its life) and breathtaking motion (a mid-air rescue of a dozen passengers who’ve simply tumbled out of Air Force One). 16. “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015). It’s at all times enjoyable when the band will get again collectively, nevertheless it’s additionally troublesome to recapture the magic of that first time. This sequel presents loads of pleasure and Joss Whedon-scripted badinage, nevertheless it’s additionally a little bit overstuffed with supporting characters and set-ups for the subsequent spherical of MCU films. Lovers and haters of superhero films can each discover bolsters for his or her arguments right here. 15. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017) The band is again collectively, they usually’re as bristly hilarious as of their first outing, however general this sequel feels prefer it’s simply vamping (entertainingly) till the subsequent main plot shift within the MCU. Kurt Russell pops up as Ego the Living Planet, who claims to be the long-lost father of Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), and whereas the film is extra involved with character and emotion than plot, not the entire transferring moments ring true. 14. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) This sequel has a greater sense of its personal silliness than its predecessor, as Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) run from the feds, battle the dimension-phasing Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) and thwart the plans of a mobster (Walton Goggins), all whereas planning a rescue of The Wasp’s mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) from one other dimension. Feels extra Disney — within the Kurt-Russell-as-Dexter-Riley sense — than Marvel, however nonetheless enjoyable. 13. Captain Marvel (2019): The self-fulfillment and the 1990s retro are each performed with a reasonably heavy hand, however there’s plenty of enjoyable available right here, from Brie Larson’s heroine, each ebullient and haunted — nothing like amnesia to boost yet one more origin story — to one of many best feline second bananas in cinema historical past. 12. “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018): It’s a little bit robust to guage this one by itself deserves because it’s so clearly half a film; we gained’t actually know the way this movie involves fruition till we get the sequel. But within the meantime, it does a reasonably spectacular job of juggling some 25 main MCU characters and preserving its humorousness even within the face of mass destruction (and intense scenes involving torture and genocide). 11. “Avengers: Endgame” (2019) You get all of the requisite T-crossing and I-dotting you’d count on at this stage of the sport, however the capper for the primary chunk of the MCU saga is a principally satisfying season finale that gives uncommon moments of catharsis amongst entertaining character moments that can immediate laughter and even, possibly, a number of tears. 10. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (2019) This second outing from director Jon Watts and main man Tom Holland maintains the larkish tone and emphasis on characters that makes these movies really feel like such a novel nook of the MCU. This time, the post-snap (or “blip,” because the movie calls it) Peter Parker and his buddies head to Europe in a film that appears like a street comedy which often busts out some superheroics. 9. “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017) Director Taika Waititi (“Hunt for the Wilderpeople”) strikes a fragile steadiness between breathless motion and fate-of-the-universe stakes on one hand and tongue-in-cheek silliness and snappy banter on the opposite. Luckily, he’s acquired Chris Hemsworth, who excels at each, surrounded by the witty likes of Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and franchise newbies Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum and a gloriously over-the-top Cate Blanchett. 8.”Captain America: Civil War” (2016) The plotting and pacing aren’t as tight as in “Winter Soldier,” however when you’re on the lookout for darkish human battle and rousing superhero-on-superhero motion, this film does an entire lot proper that “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” did fallacious. 7. “Iron Man” (2008) It all begins right here — a superhero origin story for literalists who can’t get behind exploding planets or radioactive spiders. Jon Favreau, then most well-known for steering “Elf” and writing and co-starring in “Swingers,” appeared an odd alternative for the fabric, however he is aware of find out how to give us each the characters (performed by Downey and Gwyneth Paltrow with panache) and the ka-blam. 6. “Black Panther” (2018) While Chadwick Boseman’s titular African king-superhero takes one thing of a again seat to a troika of fascinating feminine characters — performed by Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright — the film nonetheless overflows with pleasure and wealthy backstory. (And Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger ranks among the many franchise’s best villains.) 5. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017) Less guilt-driven and haunted than earlier iterations of the character (on the web page or on display screen), this Spider-Man (Tom Holland) has sufficient on his plate coping with his superhero rising pains. Hungry to affix The Avengers however nonetheless grappling with all he has to study — he’s solely 15, in any case — our hero faces off towards blue-collar unhealthy man The Vulture (Michael Keaton, Birdman eventually) in an journey that’s breezy and humorous whereas additionally that includes real stakes, terrific characterizations and splendidly detailed casting. (You gotta love a teen film that works in Zendaya, Tony Revolori, Abraham Attah and Josie Totah, plus scene-stealing newcomer Jacob Batalon.) 4. “Doctor Strange” (2016) It could be all too straightforward to make the spell-casting Master of the Mystic Arts look ridiculous on the massive display screen, however someway director Scott Derrickson and his crew gave us a model of surgeon-turned-magician Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who appears at home in the true world, rubbing shoulders with the Avengers, and traversing trippy, eye-popping dimensions the place none different may go. 3. “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014) Breezy, flippant and soaking within the tremendous hits of the ’70s, this comedy journey is one thing of an outlier — each tonally and geographically — within the Marvel Universe. Still, whether or not or not Rocket Raccoon and Black Widow ever cross paths, this star-spanning saga was a reminder that there’s multiple method to inform a superhero story. 2. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014) Aggressive patriotism meets anti-government paranoia on this thrilling story that pits the Captain towards labyrinthine conspiracies. It additionally seems that Steve Rogers is far more fascinating displaced in time within the 2000s than firmly at home within the 1940s. And you’ll imagine The Falcon can fly. 1. “The Avengers” (2012) Still the gold commonplace of the MCU, this film reveals that Joss Whedon will get comedian books all the way down to their DNA, in the identical approach that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas had been fluent within the language of serials within the “Indiana Jones” films. Putting all these heroes in a single room (or helicarrier, anyway) yielded terrific outcomes, even when the movie’s success led to the all-superheroes-all-the-time ethos of up to date Hollywood. Read unique story All 23 Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos) At TheWrap