2 Phases. Twelve films. The Marvel Cinematic Universe just keeps on growing. Now that Phase 2 has officially closed up shop, I feel I should rank all the MCU films from Worst to Best. As we already know, this franchise has and continues to dominate the box office with each new film as time goes on. Now this is all my personal opinion. So please don't judge me if you don't like my listing of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And though all of these films are as entertaining as ever, I felt I needed to do another ranking due to the fact that both Ant-Man and [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) have already hit the silver screen.
12. The Incredible Hulk
Kicking off the rankings list is the guy who can deliver a good but not great time. The Incredible Hulk. Since this is the only Hulk film for now, Marvel has agreed that no more Hulk films will be in the near future. Maybe in Phase 4. But still, The Incredible Hulk delivers fun and action. But some of the performances were not all that good. Such as Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/The Hulk. I liked him but didn't love him. But on a bright note, Mark Ruffalo replaced him as Bruce Banner and his angry alter ego in both Avengers films. The villain choice of the Abomination was kinda sloppy. But it was still a good time.
11. Iron Man 2
Next up is the sequel to the one that began the whole thing: Iron Man 2. There were some bad things about this film I didn't like. But there were mostly some good things too. The villains Justin Hammer and Whiplash were not the villains I expected in this entry. They were just different villains on a clear goal to expose Iron Man. But in their own ways. I liked the introduction of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and I also liked Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard as James Rhodes/War Machine. And Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury had a larger role in the film aside from his usual end-credit cameos. It was also really good. But it wasn't what I expected.
10. Thor: The Dark World
The spot of # 10 goes to the second adventure of the Mighty Thor, Thor: The Dark World. Though it delivered more of Asgard than Earth, it was still a lot of fun. It gave a sense of more of Thor's crazed relationship with Loki, who was brought back just for the sake of Tom Hiddleston being in the film and also delivered some really crazy moments such as Stellan Skarsgard going nuts after what happened to him in The Avengers. Also there was an introductory clip to what Guardians of the Galaxy gave us last year. Though this film was a lot of fun, it didn't get the highest ranking I expected.
9. Captain America: The First Avenger
Spot number 9 goes to the First Avenger Captain America. Being the fifth film in Marvel Phase 1 and the chronologically first film overall, Captain America The First Avenger delivers a sense of WWII history to predict what has already happened in the first four previous Marvel films and The Avengers. Though Iron Man was the film that started the whole thing, Captain America is the one that brings the MCU back to its roots with a historical setting. It did a really good job of introducing Cap and Bucky and even Hugo Weaving as HYDRA founder Red Skull. A great but not awesome film that introduced the 'Star Spangled Man with a Plan'. But it did a great job of introducing Hayley Atwell as Cap's WWII love interest Peggy Carter.
8. Iron Man 3
Spot #8 goes directly to Iron Man 3. The third outing of the one who began the whole MCU was still a great but not awesome film to bring everything about Iron Man at its fullest. This entry in the franchise has been regarded as one of the best and went on to becoming one of the highest grossing films of all time. Here, Tony Stark went up against a powerful foe dubbed the Mandarin played by Ben Kingsley. Unfortunately, this villain was just a confused actor playing a role while Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian was the true villain the whole time. Though trailers teased that Tony would go up against his most fiendish enemy ever, it was all just marketing to cover up Guy Pearce. Though it didn't meet many fans expectations, I rolled on with the movie as it went on. Can't say it was bad. But one can argue it is what it is.
Taking spot #7 is of course the introduction of the God of Thunder Thor. Introducing us to a mythological point of view in the MCU, Thor was a lot of fun and had great character development. While in banishment on Earth, Thor must learn to become a true hero with help from a group of scientists led by Natalie Portman's Jane Foster while at the same time must return home to take on his wicked brother Loki who has usurped the throne of Asgard. Also we get some more of SHIELD and Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson thus marking the expansion of the MCU which totally worked out great.
Being the newest entry in the franchise, Ant-Man closes Phase 2 with the tiniest bang you can ever see. It brought in some comedy with Paul Rudd in the role of Scott Lang, who learned to control the ants as his allies as he took on Darren Cross/Yellowjacket and save the world from destruction. This film went through several declines but it finally came through to bring the second part of the MCU to a bittersweet closing and had great chemistry between Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas in a father daughter relationship. Despite this, the only flaw was Paul Rudd's comedy due to his previously well known role in both Anchorman movies. But Ant-Man still delivered great action and laughs all along the way nevertheless.
5. Iron Man
At #5, who could forget the one who started it all: Iron Man? After this film ended, we were promised to get more films set in the same universe as Iron Man and it pulled through. Reason being because of the involvement of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man. Also being the introduction of SHIELD and Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson and a quick cameo from Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Great action and an amazing origin story with great characters, Iron Man totally delivers with great fun and excitement that has brought us many more memorable heroes in several other films to follow.
4. Guardians of the Galaxy
Taking spot #4 in my list is the MCU flick that brought us where no hero has gone before. Being Guardians of the Galaxy. It is a mixture of Star Trek and Star Wars with a touch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a sense as to what life would be like in outer space. With a stellar cast and a cameo from Josh Brolin as major villain Thanos, Guardians of the Galaxy also delivers a style of the 80's with a soundtrack that may be for you 80's music fans out there. Great story about a band of misfits coming together to save the galaxy from an alien warlord. Epic story and a clue as to what is to come in the two part [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027).
3. The Avengers
Taking spot #3 is the ultimate collaboration of heroes. The Avengers. Now I know what your thinking, this Marvel entry is lower than what you expected. But it is pretty high on this list. A great team up with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye taking on Thor's evil brother Loki, who wants to take over the world with a horde of aliens. And an epic climax that takes place in New York City that closes out Phase 1 perfectly and sets up a sense for future films to follow. Great casting with nearly everyone returning to their roles from their solo films and Mark Ruffalo taking the role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk, who delivers a great performance and a funny moment when he smashes Loki to the ground and says 'Puny god'. Let me tell ya, I laughed my ass off. Great chemistry and a great lesson on the importance of teamwork.
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Now down to the final two on the list. I had to juggle around these next two because they are both my all-time favorites in the MCU aside from Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers itself. Now spot #2 comes down to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Reason I liked this movie is mainly because it has a political thriller tone to it and because it has great chemistry between Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson who are the perfect partners in a movie. Also liked learning more about SHIELD and what happened to Bucky after he fell from the train in the first Cap film. And I especially liked seeing Robert Redford as the main villain Alexander Pierce in the film. For a while after this film was first announced, I thought 'Hmmm. Is Robert Redford the villain for this movie?' And my answer was 'YES'. Great action, great story and great Easter eggs that gave a sense as to what happens next.
1. Avengers: Age of Ultron
And #1 goes to, well, you probably already know. Avengers: Age of Ultron. Now some people may say that this sequel is not as good as the original Avengers movie. But I digress. This movie was so much fun, I was so hungry for more. I saw it three times because it was so good. Everyone from the first film returns and they still fit into their roles perfectly and they still work so well together. Especially the romance that blossoms between Black Widow and Bruce Banner. And I also liked seeing Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as the Twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Also, I loved seeing James Spader dub Ultron's voice and motion capture. He was (in my opinion) a bigger threat than Loki was in the first film. And this film gave us a sense as to what is to come in the two-part film Infinity War which is out in a few years.
So that is my ranking for all the films in the MCU. How do you rank these films? Which is your all-time favorite of the MCU? Leave your thoughts down below.