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Every Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie, Ranked From Worst to Best Part I
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From Iron Man to Avengers: Endgame, we rank every entry into the multi-billion dollar franchise.

In the mid-2000s Marvel was in trouble. Comics were a thing of the past and superhero movies were at a crossroads. Rights were scattered across a number of different studios making it difficult to wrangle any of these heroes into a single franchise. Then Marvel Studios had the crazy idea to attempt to bring some of what were then considered B-list heroes under one roof to launch a new cinematic universe. It was unprecedented and no one thought it would work—especially by anchoring this massive undertaking with a nobody like Iron Man. But, the Robert Downey Jr.-starring film was a hit, and history was made.

Now, after 23 movies Marvel has officially concluded what it calls its third phase of its Cinematic Universe with Spider-Man: Far From Home. Along the way, the MCU has far surpassed other major franchises like Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit series in terms of box office numbers. And though at this point the Disney property has crafted a reliable superhero movie formula, not all of the MCU movies are created equal. Here they are ranked from worst to best.



23) Thor: The Dark World (2013)
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When even Chris Hemsworth’s biceps aren’t enough to make a movie watchable, you know you’ve fucked up horribly.


22) Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
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Two years later, I still couldn’t tell you who Ultron is and what his age was. If there was any semblance of plot in this movie, memory of it has been pushed out of my brain in favor of about 30 billion superheroes hitting each other until I felt like I’d just gotten off a mildly dangerous carnival ride.

21) The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Remember when Edward Norton was the Hulk and then very suddenly not? Yeah, I still don’t remember what happened there? Was that ever explained? Is Norton okay?
20) Thor (2011)
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A superhero movie posing as a cheap Lord of the Rings knockoff, Thor ended with a team of LARPERs fighting an empty CGI suit of armor.


19) Iron Man 2 (2010)
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At one point Mickey Rourke, who is some sort of trashy Russian hacker, attacks a car race, which sounds like some shit that actually would happen in 2017.

18) Ant-Man (2015)
In one scene, Ant-Man shrinks down to a microscopic level and then Neil deGrasse Tyson ruins the movie magic by explaining how that’s not actually possible in science.
17) Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
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It's sad that the idea of Captain America punching a Nazi would probably be controversial if this movie were released today. At least this movie harkens back to a time when good and evil seemed kinda clear.
16) Iron Man 3 (2013)
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The best thing to say about Iron Man 3 is that it was a little bit better than Iron Man 2.
15) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Sadly, what started as the best entry to the Marvel Universe quickly ruined a good thing by trying too hard to make it bigger and better in the subsequent sequel. What a very Marvel thing to do.
14) Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
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I hope you like hearing the term "quantum." Ant-Man's second entry has so much nonsensical techno-babble that it makes Star Trek sound like Steinbeck. Compared to Avengers: Infinity War, which came out a month earlier, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a breezy, inconsequential entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe that's a refreshing comedic detour in the franchise.


13) Doctor Strange (2016)
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Don't worry if you were too stoned to follow Doctor Strange. The movie looks good enough to make up for its indecipherable plot.


12) Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
While the penultimate film in the Avengers title doesn't continue with the progress seen in other 2017 and 2018 Marvel titles, it does much better at balancing the dozens of moving parts than its predecessor. If only the greatest heroes in the universe were better at protecting these stupid stones. Maybe Thanos deserves to win...
11) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
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Even though it falls into the familiar Marvel trap of a big, stupid ending, about two-thirds of Winter Soldier is a riskier and smarter entry into the MCU than most.
  


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