23. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
This was the MCU’s second movie following Iron Man, which is a hard act to follow, and this movie is honestly forgettable–and has been forgotten. With there being a recast, the movie was left with many plots that have been ignored. We all love the Hulk and Bruce Banner’s character in the other movies however this movie does not portray what the MCU is capable of. No, this movie is not bad, but when comparing it to the other movies on this list, it falls short.
22. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
As far as sequels go, this one fails to live up to its expectation. Similar to the hulk this movie is also forgettable, although the movie does offer some humor, and adds to the storyline of Thor’s character, it is bland, and unexciting.
“ I liked this movie, it was just a little bit boring. Comparing it to other movies Marvel has out you could understand why no one really likes it. Plus the whole Aether thing was hard to follow and I feel like they just left it after that, in my opinion.” – Isabella Valles
21. Iron Man 2 (2010)
Like the first Iron Man movie, Robert Downey Jr does a great job playing Iron Man. He keeps the character fun and charming, and the action in this movie is pretty good. As far as sequels go, especially the sequel of a movie that is loved by so many, it did not meet expectations, but it also was not a flop. It did what it needed to do, which was to continue the Iron Man storyline and set up the next film, which it did. So props for that.
20. Ant Man (2015)
The MCU did a great job casting Paul Rudd to play this character. I believe this movie is fun to watch and has a lot of humor. It is not the most thrilling and action packed movie, but it also doesn’t need to be. It has a level of playfulness that is refreshing and not something I would want and/or need in a Captain America movie or an Avengers movie.
“This movie doesn’t really take itself seriously, but it is very fun to watch” – Daniel Gottwalls
19. Thor (2011)
As this character’s first movie it definitely does a decent job setting up the character for the next movies to come. This movie is fans first glimpse at a hero from another planet. This movie had a lot of potential and I fell that there was a lot they could do with it, but they just did the bare minimum to make it watchable which is why it makes the movie a little dull compared to others in the MCU
18. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ( 2017)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is another sequel that does not bring the same element to the table as it’s original. This is another fun Marvel movie that has a lot of humor, good action scenes, and continues to maintain the character arcs that were established in the first movie. I enjoy the movie’s use of 80’s pop and rock music. I feel that this is a perfect choice for a movie that is this quirky. This movie as well as the other Guardian Movies are very enjoyable to watch.
17. Ant man and The Wasp (2018)
This movie feels like a space filler. With the success of the other Ant -Man Movie they could not, not make a second one. There really is not anything wrong with the movie, they talked a lot about quantum physics, and Paul Rudd as Ant-Man is funny as always.
16. Captain Marvel ( 2019)
I personally feel like this movie was a let down. Yes a fun movie to watch but it felt like this movie was just thrown into phase three just so they can have her come in later and “save everyone” . It also felt like it was rushed and I know there was so much more they could have done with this character and they just threw her in, like, “oh yea by the way she’s also the most powerful avenger” – which was a bit odd to me.
15. Avengers: Age of Ultron ( 2015)
Of all the Avengers crossover movies, this one feels like a build up for a really funny joke and a punchline that goes right over your head, you know the ones where they have to explain why the joke is supposed to be funny. Yeah. Not a terrible movie of course, I just feel like there was a lot more they could have done with it, especially in Ultron himself. I do give the movie props for basically setting up a story for phase three.
14. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
This movie does not have the same feel or style as your typical Marvel movie, but it is a pretty decent origin story. I feel like this style of movie works for this film particularly because it explores the aspect of what a hero is and sets a tone for Steve Rogers that is kept up throughout the rest of the MCU timeline.
13. Iron Man 3 (2013)
I like the direction this movie took with mental health, and shows how the events of these movies can affect the heros. The twist in this movie is underrated, and I feel like this is what really makes the movie.
“Iron Man three is better than both Iron Man one and Iron Man two because I really think that we get to see the layers of Tony Stark, we get to see him processing trauma, and or someone like tony stark; billionaire, playboy, humanitarian, he becomes an every man or or us in his struggles, and I think that the character arc is beautiful”- Mrs. Dalrymple
12. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
I feel like this movie could also be seen as an origin story, although it technically takes place a few years after Homecoming, Peter is still a young teen and is figuring out his place in the superhero world. I enjoy the development we see in Parker throughout the film as he is left with a major responsibility and it is interesting to see how he handles this with his strong desire to be a “normal teen”. This movie does do a good job answering a few unanswered questions the audience may have after Endgame, but it answers them just enough for you to need to continue watching future films to get the full answer. This movie also has one of the best post credit scenes in the entire MCU.
“ I like the growth Peter has in this movie. He is still pretty young, our age and he now has all of this responsibility that he very clearly does not handle well, but it is something you would expect from an irresponsible teenage boy.” – Sumara Bedward
11. Spider Man: Homecoming (2017)
The reason why this movie works so well is not just because it’s funny, has a good villain, and action packed scenes. It is because it isn’t just a typical Marvel superhero movie, it’s a coming of age film about a young highschool teen not only figuring out his way through life as a teen but also as a hero. This movie portrays Peter Parker in a way the other Spider-Man movies don’t, aside from the fact that he feels like an actual teen in this one.
“Two words…The. Actors. I’m kidding, this movie was so funny and of course I like Tom Holland as Spider- Man but other than that I loved this movie, I think I saw it around 4 times in theaters.” – Emily Santos
10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1(2014)
I had many doubts going into this movie. I was honestly reluctant to watch, but I am very glad I did . This movie added a different level of comedy that we have not really seen in any of the other MCU movies, as well as a killer soundtrack, and amazing visual effects. I really was not anticipating this movie to be as good as it was. This misfit heroes movie works so well because of how the characters play off of eachother. Their personalities are all so different and you wouldn’t expect them to get along (all the time) which is why the movie is so funny.
“The satire of Guardians of The Galaxy is disappointing, considering how much the other characters are developed and propped up to be great. Sarcasm and wit are what separate the overwhelming buffoonery of characters like Star Lord and Drax. I mean, Drax is, in reality, created to DESTROY…Thanos, specifically. Now he’s reduced to a pun-laden side show. As a Marvel purist I just can’t take the characters and the franchise seriously. The films in this particular arm of the MCU are a hard pass for me.” – Dwyne Shoemaker
9. Doctor Strange (2016)
As far as origin stories go, I believe this is one of the MCU’s best. The first time we are being introduced to sorcerers in the MCU and I feel this movie does a great job integrating this storyline in and shows us how a sorcerer, a god, a billionaire in a robot suit, and a super soldier from the 1940’s can all coexist in the same universe. Not to mention this movie has fantastic visual effects.
8. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Here we see our favorite band of heroes go toe-to-toe. In this movie we are also introduced to the MCU Spider-Man and Black Panther, both becoming some of the audience’s favorite characters. This movie had a lot of great action scenes and it was interesting to watch because you have no good side or bad side, both teams have made solid points and you do not know who you want to see come out on top in the end. (personally)
“I didn’t like seeing the superheroes go against each other and end up battling in Civil War. I thought it was immature and they could have handled it calmly.” – Alexis Park.
7. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
This movie delivered exactly what it needed to. It had to set a high bar for Endgame that would leave the audience with many emotions that they would still carry over into watching it. What I like the most about this crossover is you can’t really watch it without watching the previous movies, and by watching the prior MCU movies you build a relationship and connection to many of the characters which is why the ending worked perfectly.
“Although Endgame is one of the best movies, I would say Infinity War is one of the most important ones in the series. It shows that although they didn’t win, their defeat fueled them to fight harder in Endgame.” – SaraRose Lefors
6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
I enjoy that in this movie we get a closer look into Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff’s relationship. This movie probably contains some of the better action scenes of the MCU. I believe this movie took the MCU to a different level.
“This movie is cool because of all of the action in it. I feel like when you think of a marvel movie most people think of superheroes fighting aliens, but I think I prefer the super soldier side of marvel. Not saying the aliens aren’t cool too. -Arya Parekh
5. Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther is a very important movie. Not only is it in general a great movie, but it has a huge cultural impact. The Dora Milaje featuring powerful, strong, and smart female warriors are great characters for young girls to look up to. Not only those characters, but T’Challa’s genius sister Shuri. It is always great to have superheros. Visually the movie is beautiful, from the set designs to the costumes. It also has arguably one of the best Villians in the MCU, Erik Killmonger. All around a great origin story.
“A marvel movie featuring a black cast was overdue, and this one was done well. My favorite character was probably Killmonger because he was a very realistic antagonist that I could understand, unlike a Thanos or a Loki.”- Kendall Dean
4. Iron Man (2008)
The MCU’s first movie and a great introduction. It’s not Iron Man as a hero that makes this movie so great, it’s the story line. Although by the end of the movie he is still that billionaire playboy with not much care, you can see how this almost life ending moment changed his perspective a little and they are able to build on that for the next decade of films.
3. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Finally a Thor movie that is genuinely entertaining the whole way through. It was not Thor’s character that was the problem, it was always the movies, and in this one we finally feel like we really get a look into his character. Not only is this movie visually entertaining, it is also very funny. I enjoy this version of Loki. Not to mention Thor’s incredible entrance scene.
2. The Avengers (2012)
Marvel’s first major crossover movie. This movie is truly great. A Good conclusion to phase one, we get to see the core avengers, Ironman, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye team up for the first time, and it was a very solid battle. The teamwork is what really makes this movie.
1. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
I cannot think of anything wrong with this movie, and there is a lot of time for something to go wrong in a three hour movie. It really was the perfect conclusion to the infinity saga.
The build up from all three stages then dropping us with a dreary ending/cliffhanger in Infinity War, then giving the audience an amazing final that was perfectly executed. If I could find a way to re-watch this movie for the first time I would.
“The humor and the comedy of the movie is spot on, the comic relief gets you through the emotional parts.” – Harrison Cohen
“I love how suspenseful this movie was and I like how it didn’t have your typical happy ending, the kind where all the heroes come out on top, but I think that’s also what makes the movie so good. On the other hand I didn’t really like how the villain didn’t have a definite ‘purpose’ if that makes sense but I did like that we could see his character change.”- Jasmine Sohn