Disney
(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)

All Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Ranked

Things now normalized thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Serialized storytelling, with movies and characters bleeding and leading into each other, creating signficant FOMO if you skip one. Indie darling directors taking the reins of a $200 million production. As long as the character work is true and honest, it’s okay to invest all of your emotions into them, no matter how much spandex they wear. Skybeams as an acceptable display of wealth and strength. Entrusting the fate of the universe to a sarcastic raccoon.

Not bad for a studio that had to put up the rights to Captain America, the Avengers, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and more as collateral just to get the funding to make 2008’s Iron Man. Clearly, the movie bet of the century paid off, as an empire of 22 films (and counting) has flourished under Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige. The MCU has allowed generations of comic book fans to ascend to the highest throne in pop culture, while allowing millions more who have never visually connected comic page panels together to become versed in Wakandan politics as well as where to find the bathroom at the Sanctum Sanctorum.

The first 11 years of the MCU have spanned three so-called Phases, with Phase 4 set to begin after this week’s Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home later in the year. As the franchise looks to the auspicious cosmic future, we’re taking a look back and ranking all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies by Tomatometer!

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 75.565%
Critics Consensus: The Incredible Hulk may not be quite the smashing success that fans of Marvel's raging behemoth might hope for, but it offers more than enough big green action to make up for its occasionally puny narrative.
Synopsis: Mild-mannered scientist Bruce Banner has been traveling the globe in search of the antidote that will allow him to break... [More]
Directed By: Louis Leterrier

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 76.175%
Critics Consensus: It may not be the finest film to come from the Marvel Universe, but Thor: The Dark World still offers plenty of the humor and high-stakes action that fans have come to expect.
Synopsis: Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth... [More]
Directed By: Alan Taylor

#20

Iron Man 2 (2010)
73%

#20
Adjusted Score: 81.741%
Critics Consensus: It isn't quite the breath of fresh air that Iron Man was, but this sequel comes close with solid performances and an action-packed plot.
Synopsis: In "Iron Man 2," the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark is the armored Super Hero Iron Man.... [More]
Directed By:

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 88.494%
Critics Consensus: Exuberant and eye-popping, Avengers: Age of Ultron serves as an overstuffed but mostly satisfying sequel, reuniting its predecessor's unwieldy cast with a few new additions and a worthy foe.
Synopsis: When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America,... [More]
Directed By: Joss Whedon

#18

Thor (2011)
77%

#18
Adjusted Score: 85.723%
Critics Consensus: A dazzling blockbuster that tempers its sweeping scope with wit, humor, and human drama, Thor is mighty Marvel entertainment.
Synopsis: The epic adventure Thor spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the mystical realm of Asgard. At the... [More]
Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

#17

Captain Marvel (2019)
78%

#17
Adjusted Score: 103.779%
Critics Consensus: Packed with action, humor, and visual thrills, Captain Marvel introduces the MCU's latest hero with an origin story that makes effective use of the franchise's signature formula.
Synopsis: The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in... [More]
Directed By: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

#16

Iron Man 3 (2013)
79%

#16
Adjusted Score: 91.101%
Critics Consensus: With the help of its charismatic lead, some impressive action sequences, and even a few surprises, Iron Man 3 is a witty, entertaining adventure and a strong addition to the Marvel canon.
Synopsis: Marvel's "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark... [More]
Directed By: Shane Black

#15
Adjusted Score: 88.102%
Critics Consensus: With plenty of pulpy action, a pleasantly retro vibe, and a handful of fine performances, Captain America is solidly old-fashioned blockbuster entertainment.
Synopsis: Captain America: The First Avenger will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)... [More]
Directed By: Joe Johnston

#14

Ant-Man (2015)
82%

#14
Adjusted Score: 93.682%
Critics Consensus: Led by a charming performance from Paul Rudd, Ant-Man offers Marvel thrills on an appropriately smaller scale -- albeit not as smoothly as its most successful predecessors.
Synopsis: The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for... [More]
Directed By: Peyton Reed

#13
Adjusted Score: 100.43%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, and irreverent humor add up to a sequel that's almost as fun -- if not quite as thrillingly fresh -- as its predecessor.
Synopsis: Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" continues the... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn (II)

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 104.476%
Critics Consensus: Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.
Synopsis: An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Infinity... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 105.623%
Critics Consensus: A lighter, brighter superhero movie powered by the effortless charisma of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man and The Wasp offers a much-needed MCU palate cleanser.
Synopsis: From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: "Ant-Man and The... [More]
Directed By: Peyton Reed

#10

Doctor Strange (2016)
89%

#10
Adjusted Score: 102.697%
Critics Consensus: Doctor Strange artfully balances its outré source material against the blockbuster constraints of the MCU, delivering a thoroughly entertaining superhero origin story in the bargain.
Synopsis: A disgraced former surgeon named Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) becomes a powerful sorcerer under the tutelage of a mystic known... [More]
Directed By: Scott Derrickson

#9
Adjusted Score: 101.39%
Critics Consensus: Suspenseful and politically astute, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a superior entry in the Avengers canon and is sure to thrill Marvel diehards.
Synopsis: After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into... [More]
Directed By: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 103.465%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect -- as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.
Synopsis: From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers,... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn (II)

#7
Adjusted Score: 106.597%
Critics Consensus: Captain America: Civil War begins the next wave of Marvel movies with an action-packed superhero blockbuster boasting a decidedly non-cartoonish plot and the courage to explore thought-provoking themes.
Synopsis: Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 104.822%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a script that emphasizes its heroes' humanity and a wealth of superpowered set pieces, The Avengers lives up to its hype and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.
Synopsis: Marvel Studios presents Marvel's The Avengers-the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man,... [More]
Directed By: Joss Whedon

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 107.788%
Critics Consensus: Spider-Man: Homecoming does whatever a second reboot can, delivering a colorful, fun adventure that fits snugly in the sprawling MCU without getting bogged down in franchise-building.
Synopsis: A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his... [More]
Directed By: Jon Watts

#4

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
93%

#4
Adjusted Score: 109.797%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, funny, and above all fun, Thor: Ragnarok is a colorful cosmic adventure that sets a new standard for its franchise -- and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Synopsis: In Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok," Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and... [More]
Directed By: Taika Waititi

#3

Iron Man (2008)
93%

#3
Adjusted Score: 103.528%
Critics Consensus: Powered by Robert Downey Jr.'s vibrant charm, Iron Man turbo-charges the superhero genre with a deft intelligence and infectious sense of fun.
Synopsis: Billionaire industrialist and genius inventor Tony Stark is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Instead, using his intelligence... [More]
Directed By:

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 120.318%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel's epic Infinity Saga.
Synopsis: The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#1

Black Panther (2018)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 118.138%
Critics Consensus: Black Panther elevates superhero cinema to thrilling new heights while telling one of the MCU's most absorbing stories -- and introducing some of its most fully realized characters.
Synopsis: "Black Panther" follows T'Challa who, after the events of "Captain America: Civil War," returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced... [More]
Directed By: Ryan Coogler

Tag Cloud

Toys composers DC Universe Amazon Prime Mindy Kaling green book Dark Horse Comics natural history TIFF 2016 psychological thriller zombie Summer Cosplay Nickelodeon Martial Arts Tarantino spy thriller Superheroes Apple Comedy unscripted 20th Century Fox TCA TruTV Mary Poppins Returns Sundance Now Best and Worst San Diego Comic-Con binge Walt Disney Pictures Rom-Com E3 Grammys TCM award winner Watching Series See It Skip It Video Games Drama historical drama CBS aliens FX TCA 2017 crime Masterpiece BBC America ratings zero dark thirty 2019 spider-man BBC strong female leads Comic Book Character Guide anthology History jamie lee curtis Warner Bros. Starz Film Festival sitcom WGN Teen dragons Quiz dceu Food Network Esquire CMT Brie Larson Christmas streaming Winners Nat Geo FXX adaptation OWN elevated horror Set visit CNN what to watch Disney Sneak Peek GIFs sports Elton John sequel Shondaland psycho thriller police drama 2017 Lionsgate Photos robots Countdown Superheroe Box Office Fantasy Biopics vampires President Columbia Pictures A&E TV 24 frames VH1 Interview American Society of Cinematographers Star Wars Holidays Black Mirror Extras miniseries boxoffice teaser YouTube Premium Country Thanksgiving Infographic Syfy SDCC Trailer HBO dc Sundance Premiere Dates Lifetime Pixar Spike Tumblr Rocky cats X-Men Mudbound singing competition dramedy CW Seed casting Emmys biography Mary Tyler Moore Winter TV Reality mutant Election cooking Marvel Disney Channel YouTube Red Comics on TV Epix zombies Spectrum Originals true crime PaleyFest Super Bowl crossover Awards Tour Heroines Podcast docudrama PBS cults Bravo USA Marathons Cannes richard e. Grant science fiction Rock 2015 Awards Stephen King GoT Vudu ABC Family Mary poppins adventure social media cinemax Showtime romance Writers Guild of America ESPN El Rey First Look DC Comics MCU TBS comic technology VICE Universal New York Comic Con medical drama Shudder doctor who Women's History Month USA Network Oscars Reality Competition Hulu comiccon Paramount Network television Fox News DGA Ghostbusters Paramount National Geographic Britbox discovery Star Trek Tomatazos Opinion Nominations E! serial killer Trophy Talk ABC Freeform Western finale theme song RT21 Ovation Creative Arts Emmys APB 45 supernatural politics travel Pirates Mystery Ellie Kemper Trivia Valentine's Day Calendar Sony Pictures AMC Polls and Games Adult Swim political drama Pop crime drama Acorn TV Fall TV GLAAD 21st Century Fox Amazon 007 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina The Witch talk show 2018 LGBTQ FOX Rocketman RT History IFC hist Year in Review Spring TV Lucasfilm MTV IFC Films Certified Fresh Musicals period drama harry potter Comedy Central Captain marvel disaster The CW Cartoon Network nature CBS All Access NBC Animation Musical Red Carpet SundanceTV TV Land Crackle mockumentary The Arrangement Horror anime Logo DC streaming service justice league TNT MSNBC transformers NYCC diversity crime thriller festivals Sci-Fi DirecTV BET Schedule cops Netflix ITV Action Anna Paquin Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Pet Sematary blaxploitation SXSW war Kids & Family facebook Music YA space golden globes TLC Song of Ice and Fire witnail based on movie