Watching and Ranking All 23 Marvel Movies

Disclaimer: There will definitely be a few spoilers in here. If you don’t want some important events of the movies to be ruined, you might not want to read this article (and if at this point you still haven’t seen all of the movies, what are you doing?).

In addition, I watched the movies in the order they were released, and these opinions and rankings are completely my own. Now let’s get down to business.
(MCU=Marvel Cinematic Universe)

23. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
What was this movie? It was released at a time when the MCU was just getting started, so I can’t blame it for that too much. The movie is also considered the black sheep of the Marvel films, and I have to agree with that. If I’m being honest, I barely got through the entire movie. Even though this film is ranked the lowest on my list, I have to say that I wish Bruce Banner got his own movie later on. It’s nice to see him in other movies, such as Thor: Ragnarok and The Avengers, but I would have liked to see Banner (as Mark Ruffalo, of course. Sorry Edward Norton) in his own feature film. That’s all I can really say.

22. Iron Man 2 (2010)
As much as I love Tony Stark, this movie isn’t nearly as exciting as the first Iron Man. It’s still action-packed and has a decent storyline, but there is not as much character development as I maybe would have liked to see. It offers a good representation of what happens after the world finds out Stark is Iron Man. Other than that (and cool fight scenes), the movie doesn’t provide much.

21. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
As much as I love the Thor movies, this one is, unfortunately, the weakest of the three. There were still interesting aspects, but I think it could have had a better villain and, in turn, a better plot. It offered plenty of additions to Thor and Loki’s complicated relationship as brothers and enemies, which is always one of my favorite aspects of these films. It was also cool to explore more of Asgard. This movie is funny and enjoyable to watch, but it does not reach its full potential.

20. Iron Man 3 (2010)
This movie was full of twists and turns, and it offers an entertaining adventure as we once again follow Stark through his struggles. I liked that this film gave Stark a better ability to grow as a character, and it shows that even highly respected and well-off people still have personal conflicts.

19. Captain Marvel (2019)
The first time I watched this movie, I wasn’t expecting much. I heard that it wasn’t nearly as exciting as other Marvel movies such as Thor or Captain America. However, I was proven wrong. The storyline was fun and interesting, and I was pretty much on the edge of my seat the entire movie. However, I think it was released at an odd time. Captain Marvel is supposed to have officially started the Avengers, but it was released right before the major ending of the series. It has a weird placement, but if you watch the movies in chronological order, I’m sure the overall storyline will make a lot more sense. It was still an enjoyable movie otherwise.

18. Doctor Strange (2016)
The effects of this movie were awesome. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as entertained with the storyline as, say, other movies such as The Avengers or Captain America, but it was still fun to watch nonetheless. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch. Enough said.

17. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
I like this movie for once again bringing the Avengers together, as I love their interactions with one another, but I hate the fact that Pietro dies. He didn’t even get to be in one whole movie! Thanks for ripping out my heart and stomping it into the ground, Marvel.

16. Guardians of The Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017)
This movie is action-packed with another adventure with Peter Quill and the rest of the Guardians. It’s also filled with humor and cool visuals. As much as I like this movie, I like to think that the first one is more entertaining to watch again and again (for me, anyway). That doesn’t mean, however, that this movie still isn’t gripping and entertaining because it totally is.

15. Thor (2011)
In this film, we are introduced to the fantasy world of Asgard and the Nine Realms. I enjoy the majestic and almost mythical style of Asgard, which provides a direct contrast to the sandy and uneventful world of New Mexico. Anyway, Thor undergoes major character development over the course of the movie. Starting out as arrogant and self-centered, Thor is sent down to earth to prove himself worthy of his place as king in Asgard. Loki does what he does best (mischief, of course), Thor stops him, and bam! Thor is worthy again. Overall, this is a fun movie with lots of humor and adventure.

14. Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)
After being introduced to the MCU’s Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War, it was nice to have a whole movie focused on the growth of his character and what he goes through as a slightly awkward teen superhero. I like how Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is a genius who manufactures his own webbing instead of relying on the radioactive spider, which is the case in the original Spiderman movies. Also, Peter and Ned have one of the best friendships, which definitely adds to the appeal and charm of this movie.

13. Ant-Man (2015)
The concept for Ant-Man as a character is so cool. Being able to change size and have superhuman strength while also controlling ants is something that I never would have thought of, but it works well. I really like this movie for its charm of Scott Lang as a father and its enjoyable humor and adventure.

12. Ant-Man And The Wasp (2018)
Ant-Man has returned, but this time with a partner. I absolutely adore these movies, as they’re filled with perfectly timed humor and charisma. I’m ranking this one slightly above the first installment because of the teaming up aspect and the chemistry between Lang and Hope.

11. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
This movie obviously adds a new and interesting twist to the Marvel canon. Instead of facing a more external conflict, this film focuses on and creates a rift between some members of the Avengers. It is fun to see which heroes side with Stark or Steve Rogers, and although it hurts a little to see them fight against each other, it brings something fresh to the table. Also, the fight scenes are epic, and it’s amazing to see that Rogers cares about Bucky Barnes enough to give up his position as Captain America for him. That’s a true friend right there.

10. Spiderman: Far From Home (2019)
After the events of Endgame, it was hard to know which direction the MCU would be heading next. However, Marvel came through and provided audiences with a fresh and stylish start to the next era of the MCU. This movie focuses on Peter Parker and his adjustments to dealing with his responsibilities as Spiderman without the assistance of Stark, and I think the film handles the situation as well as it could have.

9. Iron Man (2008)
Ah, the movie that started it all. In it, we are introduced to Tony Stark, a highly intelligent yet arrogant billionaire (aka Iron Man). Some people may be bothered by Stark’s sarcastic and snarky comments, but I find them entertaining and hilarious. This movie acts as the origin of the MCU, and I like to think that it laid a pretty solid foundation for the rest of the amazing movies to come.

8. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
I may be slightly biased towards the Thor movies, but I always enjoy them whenever I see them. (Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston? They play Thor and Loki so well together that I could never get bored of watching them). I think this film does a great job of wrapping up the Thor trilogy while also looking forward to the movies that some of these characters will be featured in later on.

7. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
In this movie, we are transported back in time to WWII. I love the atmosphere and visual style the creators used to set the scene as old-fashioned. It offers a complete contrast when Steve Rogers wakes up in New York City seventy years later. The plot of this movie is one of the more enjoyable and captivating ones of the MCU, and I think a lot of that has to do with the interesting setting. Even if it wasn’t set during this time in history, it would still be one of the staples of the Marvel movies. We are also introduced to one of the most iconic duos of the MCU: Steve and Bucky Barnes. Need I say more?

6. Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)
One of my absolute favorite characters in the MCU is Rocket Raccoon, so I naturally had to give this movie a higher rating. This film has it all: epic fight scenes, an interesting adventure, people coming together, and cool music. What more could you want?

5. The Avengers (2012)
I love Tom Hiddleston, so this movie hurts me a little bit while seeing him as the bad guy, but I can’t see anyone else playing the part of Loki. Anyway, this movie is iconic as it is the first time that the original Avengers all come together and fight against the same cause, which is one of my favorite aspects of the Avengers. Being able to weave and intertwine each character’s storyline together for the sake of this movie is no easy feat, and I think Marvel nailed it.

4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
This is for sure one of my favorite Marvel movies. We finally get to see what happened to Bucky after he is presumed dead at the end of the first Captain America movie. Of course, Bucky was captured by Hydra and is essentially turned into a murder machine. What makes the story even more interesting is that Steve recognizes him as they are fighting seventy years later. Given their history as best friends, Steve doesn’t want to hurt Bucky, even though Bucky has clearly been brainwashed to fight against the Avengers. It’s also interesting to see how Steve is adjusting to being in a more futuristic time than what he is used to. This movie is such a classic that I can’t not put it near the top of the rankings. Plus, it gets extra bonus points for the iconic highway fight scene that was shot in Cleveland. How cool is that?

3. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
I was engrossed in this movie the entire time I watched it. Its thrilling plot and perfectly timed humor make it a staple in the MCU. The fight scenes are pretty epic, too. It does a good job of keeping viewers on their toes and guessing what will happen in the final Avengers installment as it ends with the bad guys winning, many people vanishing, and lots of questions unanswered.

2. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
The hype building up to this movie was immense. With a huge weight riding upon this movie’s shoulders to end the Avengers saga, it pulls through by delivering in an emotionally impactful way. I thought it was really interesting how the characters go back in time to retrieve the stones, eventually connecting and interweaving the multiple storylines that were produced from the preceding MCU installments. The callbacks to the previous movies were a lot of fun to watch. Even though this movie was awesome and did not disappoint, I’m still sad about Tony’s death, which is why I’m ranking it #2. (Yes, I know. It’s kind of stupid reasoning, but it still hurts, okay?)

1. Black Panther (2018)
This is a movie I can never get tired of watching. The environment of Wakanda is fascinating and futuristic, the plot is captivating and fun, and the fights are epic and dangerous. Not to mention the talented acting and scriptwriting, and you have one of Marvel’s best. Also, I absolutely love the sibling moments between T’Challa and Shuri. Little moments like that make me smile.

All in all, Marvel movies will always have my heart. They’re fun and adventurous and consistently offer a great source of entertainment. With amazing characters, compelling storylines, and incredible scriptwriting, Marvel has created a universe that will last for generations to come.