A Completely Arbitrary Ranking Of The 8 Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Marvel’s latest offering within its Cinematic Universe is Thor: The Dark World, marking the eighth entry into this rather ambitious attempt to apply rules normally reserved for comic books to movies. Film franchises have become commonplace by now, to the point where they’re frequently lambasted as the downfall of our cinema, innovation, civilization, etc. What Marvel is doing, though, is taking this wretched system of cynical sequels and tired remakes and doing something that, as far as I can tell, is completely new: establishing a multi-film-spanning universe with individual stories that intersect and influence each other over an indefinite period of time.

They’ve further extended this cinematic universe into television and shorts, most notably the ABC series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, which I have yet to get into (I’m hesitant due to the mixed reviews). There may be a learning curve for these ventures as there was for the movies initially, and a new partnership with Netflix certainly sounds promising. Their universe continues to expand, and if the quality can keep up pace with the quantity of output that Marvel is promising, it will be a fascinating and exciting era for innovative storytelling.

I’m not a comic book guy, but for as long as I’ve been aware of some of the conventional practices (so since like, a year ago), I’ve been deeply intrigued by the way storylines unfold across different series, and that projects as massive as big-budget movies are beginning to execute this with increasing agility is a tremendous development. I have little emotional attachment to Marvel as a brand, but what they’re doing is becoming pretty remarkable.

With that, here is a ranking of the 8 movies in Marvel’s current shared cinematic universe, based on the tastes and evaluative capabilities of a comic novice.

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8) Thor

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It may not objectively be the worst film in the octilogy, but 2011’s Thor was for me what Green Lantern seemed to be for everyone except me (I’d take Peter Sarsgaard over Asgard any day, sorry haters). The weird space opera beginning didn’t grab me, nor did the whole fish out of water sequence of Thor trying to understand life on Planet Earth that seemed to never end. How does a toaster work? What is this roll of soft tissue in the bathroom for? Oh, what a world!

I can’t stress enough how much of this could be due to the fact that I only watched the movie once, and the whole time I couldn’t help but think of how lame it was that this guy’s weapon was King Arthur’s sword except instead of a blade it was a magic hammer. Then I couldn’t stop singing that Beatles song in my head about the serial killer who sneaks up on people and smacks them with a hammer. So I can’t say that objectively the tone of the movie didn’t line up terribly well with the material, but for me, it didn’t at all.

On top of this was the depressing fact that Natalie Portman was reduced to basically a pair of eyes whose only requirement was to glossily stare up at Chris Hemsworth’s big face when they weren’t firmly fixed on his chest. Director Kenneth Branagh seemed most interested in Loki, and rightfully so, but that just made Thor himself a distraction from what was actually interesting about the movie named after him.

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7) Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2 A Completely Arbitrary Ranking Of The 8 Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

I’m still not entirely clear on where Iron Man 2 went so wrong. Many of the elements of the first movie were present, most importantly the Robert Downey Jr. factor, which is a formidable factor indeed. Watching him is perpetually entertaining and sustains the first section of the movie, harkening back to everything we enjoyed about the previous film.

Maybe it was because the latter sections focused more on fairly dull action set pieces and an underdeveloped meltdown of Tony Stark. Perhaps it felt like it was simply trying to recreate the first movie and ended up feeling like a lackluster rehash. It may even have been the awkwardly inserted S.H.I.E.L.D. plot components that were necessary for building this universe and in hindsight may have served the franchise and team-up project for the better, but watching it in 2010, the setup didn’t seem to be pointing to much of a payoff. It only seemed to be taking away from Mickey Rourke’s screen time.

Another disclosure to reveal why this list (and all rank lists—let’s be real) is so arbitrary: I saw this movie during a trip to Berlin, where due to a translation mixup, I was provided a cup containing two liters of apfelschorle. Given that it was next to me, of course I drank the whole thing in the first hour and a half of the movie, making the climax a blur due to bladderly distraction and the epilogue a non-starter due to required bladderly relief. I watched what I missed a year later, and remained unimpressed, so I feel fairly confident in its spot in these rankings.

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6) Captain America: The First Avenger

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It has taken a while for Marvel to figure out their formula, and the error-ridden part of their early trial-and-error technique seemed to be in the selection of their films’ directors. In the case of Captain America, they went with Jumanji and Jurassic Park III director Joe Johnston, and the result in my estimation was a continuation of their 2011 slump following Thor. It’s worth noting that the directors they’ve chosen for the follow-ups to these two titles, Alan Taylor for Thor: The Dark World and Joe and Anthony Russo for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, are acclaimed television directors, who one would assume would be well versed in getting the most out of established characters as well as the overarching production requirements that are as present in movie franchises as they are in TV series.

Anyway, what’s this page about? Oh yeah, the first Captain America. Like Thor, this movie seemed to be struggling to find the right tone. The same way Thor is about this weird space opera taking place in another dimension or whatever the hell, the basis of Captain America’s character and story seems to be anachronism and patriotism that this generation can only treat ironically, and so finding the right tone to depict that is admittedly a challenge. As a result there were a few really solid moments in Steve Rogers’ origin story. But ultimately, the glimpses of fun were overshadowed by an abiding flatness for me. It’s also possible—I can’t completely rule this out—that once again I was distracted by the lameness of a superhero whose superweapon is a shield that he throws around.

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5) The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk A Completely Arbitrary Ranking Of The 8 Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

The seemingly most difficult character for Marvel Studios to get just right in our contemporary era of filmmaking is Bruce Banner and his rage-induced alter ego the Hulk. They’ve tried and tried, and only recently in The Avengers seemed to make him work when he only needed to be on the screen for a sixth of the time.

The Incredible Hulk was released in 2008 to many reactions of “hey, didn’t they just make this movie?” Initially intended as a sequel to Ang Lee’s underrated and non-canonical 2003 film Hulk starring Eric Bana, director Louis Leterrier ended up carrying out Marvel head Kevin Feige’s wishes for a true beginning to Hulk’s story in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This one would star Edward Norton, who is pretty much outstanding in everything he does, and lives up to his usual standards here. The only problem is that he doesn’t have a lot to work with, and the film seems to occupy itself primarily with the admittedly riveting action sequences to the detriment of demanding much audience investment in their outcomes.

The ideal would likely be the character-focus of Ang Lee’s approach combined with the Leterrier sensibilities when it comes to action, but Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal in The Avengers will do just fine.

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4) Thor: The Dark World

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It probably says more about my impression of the first Thor when I insist that the sequel is vastly superior to its predecessor, but nevertheless, Thor: The Dark World is better in pretty much every way, in my view. That’s not to say it’s not without extended groan-worthy bits. In fact, Chris Hemsworth remains the one actor that I maintain is a vapid performer (seems like a delightful guy, but as an actor, blah), even though everyone else seems to love him.

Much hay has been made out of the movie’s passing grade in the Bechdel Test, but you would think that assessment would be undercut by the fact that Jane Foster remains a completely non-character. All I see in Natalie Portman’s expressions is earnest concern for her child’s education fund. Power to her though; get paid, Nat!

The movie works despite some weak character moments because its action is beautifully executed and the world is made far more vivid than in the previous installment thanks to director and Game of Thrones veteran Alan Taylor. Asgard is presented very similarly to King’s Landing, with one scene in particular sharing a great deal of imagery with a certain funeral scene in Westeros. Most importantly, they stepped up the Loki moments, and Tom Hiddleston reinforces why anyone with any sense is firmly Team Loki. I still have next to no idea what the galactic storyline is about but at least this time it was pretty and fun.

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3) Iron Man 3

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It was clear after the fiasco that was Iron Man 2 that Stark Industries needed a kind of rebranding, and the decision that Shane Black was the guy to do so turned out to be a shrewd one. If the second part of the trilogy suffered from a bit of déjà vu, as though there was little attempt to build on the part one and instead try to replicate it as closely as possible (I don’t even know if that’s true but it’s how it felt), Iron Man 3 is a recalibration, established most noticeably or with the greatest effect in its visual style, though also in the refreshingly frank dialogue that felt like a return to the Tony Stark we lovingly tolerate.

Part of the enjoyment of experiencing this movie for the first time is in the macro elements, like the twist involving the Mandarin character. This was one of those movie surprises that was set up beautifully in the pre-release promotional period, and the payoff indeed makes the setup even more impressive and retroactively clever. What looked potentially problematic turned out to be a rather brilliant tactic with thematic resonance.

Then there are the micro elements that drew people into the Stark character; rather than making him out to be either a virtuous hero or an amoral trainwreck, one or the other depending on the necessity of the moment, we get to see him be both at once, sympathetic to a young kid while still pointing out that he’s acting like a pussy. Other touches like the mystery surrounding the James Badge Dale character and the obviously-a-villain-but-not-sure-how-just-yet Guy Pearce are pulled out nicely. The ending is fairly rough and less satisfying than we’ve seen elsewhere but that seems like a minor quibble in comparison to how tremendous the rest of the movie is throughout.

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2) The Avengers

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Joss Whedon is almost treated as though he’s a real life superhero, but after what he did with The Avengers, that treatment is somewhat justified. The movie itself is really good, immensely satisfying and entertaining and everything you’d want from a summer superhero blockbuster. It’s in the degree of difficulty, though, that Whedon earns his stripes. Not only is the challenge in this project making a team-up movie with an all-star cast work as both a singular story and an opportunity to give all these individual stars and heroes their own shining moments, but there’s also the uncomfortable acknowledgement that the lead-in movies of Thor and Captain America weren’t really all that they could be.

The magic of The Avengers is that somehow it retroactively made those films better. It’s the Whedon treatment of these characters, finding the notes at the right moments, that capture each individual with beautiful economy (a necessity when you have this many leading players and a limited time to share the screen). Just a line here or there, “Puny god” or “I’m always angry,” are so simple but end up carrying so much weight because of their perfectly timed delivery and their impeccable encapsulation of characters we’ve spent entire feature-length movies already getting to know.

On top of that there’s the final battle which rivals the action of any climactic big fight scene in movie history. The decision to use that continuous shot, while maybe obvious, can’t be understated in its effectiveness at seaming together these disparate heroes with the sweep of a single classical cinematic technique. It wasn’t until this movie that I thought hey, maybe Marvel’s onto something here.

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1) Iron Man

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For all the flak Jon Favreau and company received for Iron Man 2, there’s little question that they created something special with the first Iron Man in 2008. This one was a relative surprise when it came out; we were all expecting huge things from The Dark Knight which would be released later that summer, and Iron Man seemed like an appetizer for the main course of summer movies that would come out after.

Instead, we were treated to one of the most tightly constructed and original-feeling comic adaptations ever put on screen, and one of the first of such adaptations to really feel contemporary and cool. Christopher Nolan may have moved past some of the cartoonishness with Batman Begins, but Iron Man took it further, making the broodiness and technological fancifulness of Nolan’s Gotham seem just slightly outdated, just a teensy bit unhip. Much of this was due to the charisma of Robert Downey Jr., the most perfect work of casting there could ever be, but also because the character of Tony Stark, a cynical defense contractor turned self-congratulatory hero, felt like someone out of our fame-driven world. On top of that, the crowning “I am Iron Man” moment was the ultimate answer to everyone who expresses skepticism over the superhero secret identity trope.

Others likely have a completely different ordering of these titles, and one of the interesting things about this current Marvel series is that the different shades and tones of movies will appeal to different people. I know lots of people who really dug the way the first Thor movie handled its weird characters and story, and critics have been quite positive toward the first Captain America in hindsight. I suspect comic books are similar, composed by different authors that speak to various audiences in their own individual ways. With the studio seeming to begin to hit its stride with this current Cinematic Universe, Marvel is changing our concept of the ways movies can relate to one another and the way audiences consume stories. And if nothing else, it’s fascinating to observe, and damn fun to watch.

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  • elitist-movie-snob

    Totally agree that Iron Man remains the best film so far from Marvel Studios, but I’m surprised you ranked Incredible Hulk that high. Stylistically and story-wise, I though Captain America was vastly superior, but I can appreciate your reasoning nonetheless. Nice list!

    • bfg666

      Captain America was a cheesefest.

  • Jake Weston

    The Avengers
    Iron Man Three
    Iron Man
    Thor
    Captain America: The First Avenger
    The Incredible Hulk
    Thor: The Dark World
    Iron Man 2

    In case you wanted an equally arbitrary rating.

  • Julio Navas

    By far The Dark World is the most mediocre film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It´s not bad, but it ain´t as good as the others. I Enjoyed the first one more.

  • stephentg

    from best to worst: The Avengers, Iron Man, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America (underrated), Iron Man 2 (highly underrated), The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Iron Man 3 (overrated)

  • ⚔Christophuh⚔

    The Avengers was embarrassingly horrible.

    • bfg666

      This comment was embarrassingly horrible.

      • ⚔Christophuh⚔

        It took you 3 months to think of that? Sorry if insulted your favorite children’s movie. Does your butt hurt? i have ointment.

        • bfg666

          Excuse me for having a life outside of the computer… Also, I feel fine, thank you. You, on the other hand, might want to substantiate your “criticisms” if you want to be taken at least a little seriously. Right now, you sound like a spoiled brat who got his candy bar bit off by a passing dog.

          • ⚔Christophuh⚔

            your wife likes candy that much? tell her to buy her own.

          • bfg666

            …Right.

            *sigh*

          • ⚔Christophuh⚔

            Yeah doesn’t it suck that not everyone is as intelligent as you? At least you have your Satanism.

          • bfg666

            And now, since you still have zilch to back your inane ramblings with, you’re pulling the religion card… Oboy, you’re a piece of work! Sorry, you lose again, I’m no satanist. I don’t believe in fairy tales and I most certainly don’t take myths for facts. Not that I feel the need to justify myself to trolls like you but for your edification, know that my username and avatar are direct references to the classic videogame Doom, nothing more.

            BTW, what’s that bit about intelligence? You’re a douche, that’s for sure, but I never said anything even remotely equating you to an idiot. That said, now that you’ve brought the subject up, you must have some level of insecurity to act the way you do. Not necessarily in the intelligence department (though your thinking skills remain to be seen) but it’s common knowledge that bullies are usually cowards who subconsciously feel the need to prove their own worth to themselves. IRL, it symptomizes in their fists and online, it translates into what you’re doing. It might be wise for you to ponder that…

            Also, for you to blindly liken a username to a religion without thinking, you probably aren’t the brightest lightbulb in the room but unlike your attitude, I can’t hold it against you: it’s not the hand you’re dealt that matters but what you make of it and right now, you’re far from putting it to its best use. Now, please go get yourself some manners.

          • ⚔Christophuh⚔

            seek help.

          • bfg666

            Sure.

          • Kevin Sharkey

            You are both idiots.

          • bfg666

            …says the guy who claimed IM3 was one of the worst movies he’s ever seen. Please go insult someone else, asshole.

          • Kevin Sharkey

            What was that? All I heard was “Baaaaah Baaaaaaah Baaaaaah” Sorry, I dont speak sheep.

          • bfg666

            You know what? I really feel sorry for you that you feel the need to troll others. Whatever happened in your sad life that you have such a desire to alleviate your self-loathing by acting as a pathetic excuse for a human being?

          • Kevin Sharkey

            “….you feel the need to troll others.” I dont really feel the need to but losers like you make it soooooooo easy and fun. Now go back to jerking off over Gwenyth Paltrow in IM3 since thats the closest you will ever get to a girl. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

          • bfg666

            Obviously you do need it since you’re doing it repeatedly. The most tragic is that lowlifes like you don’t even realize how pathetic they are and that their persistence in bullying others actually makes them the butt of the joke, not the other way around. Heh, talk about losers! Oh, and for the record, my girl is doing just fine, thank you. She actually burst out laughing at your vain attempts to ridicule me when I showed her your delusional comments. Now if you want to keep on amusing us, be my guest, we’re making popcorn…

          • Kevin Sharkey

            “since you’re doing it repeatedly.” Pot this is the kettle calling. Whatever makes you feel better about yourself you sanctimonious little man. Remember I wasnt the one who called someone else an asshole because they had a differeing opinion on what a good movie is and feels the need to comment on every thread on here. Sure, you have a life. And I have a bridge to sell. PS Is your ‘girl’ your right hand or your left?

          • bfg666

            No, I called you an asshole because you barged in calling me an idiot. Please don’t project your own shortcomings on me. That’s what your ilk tend to do. Also, “embarrasingly horrible” is not an opinion, it’s a bold statement backed with no reflexion. PS: She’s still laughing. Thank you.

          • Kevin Sharkey

            Yawn. Sure bfg. Whatever you say. You are right. etc. etc. No go tell mommy its time for your nap.

          • bfg666

            Heh heh, not so funny anymore when you realize you can’t get a grip on your “victim”, is it? Poor Kevin… Who needs mommy now? And yet, like a rabid dog, you just can’t let go. It’s somewhat impressive to be that oblivious to common sense! Or at least it would be if it wasn’t so pitiful.

          • Kevin Sharkey

            Yawn. Sure bfg. Whatever you say. You are right. etc. etc.

          • bfg666

            Hahaha! You can try as hard as you like to pretend you don’t care what I say but you’re not fooling anyone: you’re still here trying to save face by slipping a final word in…

          • Kevin Sharkey

            Yawn. Sure bfg. Whatever you say. You are right. etc. etc. btw: “And yet, like a rabid dog, you just can’t let go. It’s somewhat impressive to be that oblivious to common sense!” LMAO @ your hypocrisy!

          • Guest

            LMAO @ your hypocrisy.

          • bfg666

            Oh riiiiight, hypocrisy… Kev, you’re cute, tell me about the speck and the log again! Yet again, you’re projecting your own failings on me. It’s not mine to quit, especially when the show is so hilarious: remember YOU barged in to insult me, not the other way around, and it just didn’t work. So bye now, unless you wish to embarass yourself in public once more and have everyone laugh at you… again.

            BTW, you might want to change your username to something more appropriate, like Harmless Twat. Sharks usually have plenty of teeth that bite hard. You, you don’t even have the creative energy to troll properly anymore: you’ve been copying/pasting your last feeble attempt at biting 3 times already…

          • Kevin Sharkey

            Yawn. Sure bfg. Whatever you say. You are right. etc. etc.

          • bfg666

            …Aaaaaand 4! Bwahahahaha! Thank you.

          • Kevin Sharkey

            Yawn. Sure bfg. Whatever you say. You are right. etc. etc.

          • bfg666

            Are you really gonna be that moronic? Oh wait… nevermind.

          • Kevin Sharkey

            Yawn. Sure bfg. Whatever you say. You are right. etc. etc.

          • bfg666

          • Kevin Sharkey

            Yawn. Sure bfg. Whatever you say. You are right. etc. etc.

          • bfg666

            Since you’re terminally impervious to reason, there’s no use for me to keep on responding to you so this is my last reply. But please be my guest, continue to amuse us by sticking to your daily broken record routine…

          • Kevin Sharkey

            Yawn. Sure bfg. Whatever you say. You are right. etc. etc. And you keep being the condescending, know-it-all douche bag we all know and love.

    • Nolan Michael Gericke

      how? why?

      • ⚔Christophuh⚔

        so many reasons. A flying aircraft carrier for example. It just seemed like a bad tv movie. Only redeeming quality – Hulk.

        • bfg666

          Bullshit as usual. The Hulk was great, I’ll grant you that, but you keep on stating opinions without the slightest argument to back them. Therefore, they’re null and void.

        • Nolan Michael Gericke

          What superhero movie do you find realistic? Oh, is the man who walks around in black tights and the flying alien who shoots lasers out of eyes more realistic? yeah i thought so

  • Nader

    Iron Man
    The Avengers
    Iron Man Three
    Thor
    The Incredible Hulk
    Thor: The Dark World
    Captain America: The First Avenger
    Iron Man 2

  • [a] proxy

    Iron Man
    The Avengers
    Thor: The Dark World
    Captain America: The First Avenger
    Thor
    Iron Man 2
    The Incredible Hulk
    Iron Man 3

    Obviously, this ranking will change with the Winter Soldier comes out which may even go as high to beat Iron Man & the Avengers…believe that.

    • make moremoeny

      this is the list right here

    • X-Mike

      You were the first one to make a proper ranking. Kudos!

  • Marcus

    Not being an avid comic book reader I am confused by the term Marvel Universe. Having seen every movie in which Marvel characters have been portrayed there are far more than 8. So really is this Marvel Universe more appropriately the Avenger Universe? If not then where are all the X-Men and Spider Man films?

    • cody

      Marvel cinematic universe

    • Lachlan

      The Marvel cinematic universe, or as you put it the Avengers universe, is the cinematic universe created by Disney. The movies in it are separate to the X-men and Spider man movies as the rights for the characters in those belong to other studios (Fox and Sony) and the studios.

      • bfg666

        More appropriately, created by Marvel Studios, incidentally owned by Disney.

    • Andrew P

      “Marvel Universe” is the term used for the shared universe in which the main line of Marvel comics are set.
      “Marvel Cinematic Universe” is one of the names used for the set of movies set as all occurring in a specific shared universe
      [Actually years ago Marvel set up the idea of a multiverse where each was designated a number:
      The Marvel Universe (comics) = 616
      The Marvel Cinematic Universe (movies) = 19999]
      So it is just those 8 films (filmed as “phase 1″ and start of “phase 2″)
      Others have made lists of the 30 or so marvel films made since Blade in ’89, this one only tried to rank this specific set.

  • Chad

    I have yet to see the two Thor movies, so I cannot accurately comment on this list from an objective standpoint. Even then, it’s an opinion-based thing.

    I have a hard time believing that Thor is worse than Iron Man 2, though, as I didn’t like the latter film much at all. It was stupid, and was partially ruined by the annoying scientist who was jealous of Tony Stark. I never want to watch that movie again.

    The first Iron Man is probably their best, though – I agree. The Avengers is also right up there.

    I want to see the first Thor, but can’t say I’m too interested in the second.

    In related news, I just watched The Wolverine and didn’t really enjoy it.

    • bfg666

      As far as stupidity goes, Thor is miles below IM2. A very surprising (and disappointing) fail for someone like Kenneth Brannagh. Darren’s review is spot-on (well at least paragraphs 1 and 3, 2 is a bit more subjective) but only scratches the surface of everything wrong with this movie.

      Add to that the weapons and armors looking like cheap rubber and plastic, Hemsworth looking at all times like a GQ model instead of an actual warrior, full with rosy cheeks and heavily sprayed hair of which not a single strand ever moves, a Destroyer golem lasting approx 2.4 seconds (OK, I’m exaggerating a lot here but you get the idea: it could’ve benefited from extended durability), cheesy dialogue and corny humor (special mention to the Terence Hill/Bud Spencer routine that Thor and Volstagg have going) and last but not least, Asgardians speaking to each other in MODERN ENGLISH instead of some ancient Norse dialect. Let me say that again: MODERN ENGLISH! Way to ruin suspension of disbelief…

      The sequel fixes most of these problems except that Norglish thing (the dark elves do have their own language, though) and it’s generally much better as long as you’re cool with Loki being the reluctant sidekick rather than the antagonist this time around. It makes for new and improved dynamics between the two brothers, which is great. The downside is that the villain is much more monolithic, less complex than Loki, which is not so great. Then again, is everything exactly as it seems whenever Loki’s involved? You probably already know what I’m talking about but just in case, I won’t say more not to spoil it for you.

  • Unknown

    I have yet to see Thor: The Dark World, so I’ll just rank the movies I have seen.
    1. The Avengers
    2. Iron Man 3
    3. Iron Man
    4. Thor
    5. Captain America: The First Avenger
    6. Iron Man 2
    7. The Incredible Hulk

  • William Cookston Igou

    Id through x-men first class above thor and captain america. def agree with top 2, What about Blade?

    • Jesse Pepin

      MCU = Marvel Cinematic Universe = Only films made by Marvel. They don’t do Blade or X-Men films.

  • Duds

    What’s the point of making this article and not putting them in order? And not including more Marvel films? A complete waste of time…

    • Michael Salt Thompkins

      these are the films made by Marvel studios. Fox and Sony make the other ones

    • bfg666

      Have you even read the title?

  • Unknown

    The Avengers
    Iron Man 3
    Iron Man
    Thor
    Captain America: The First Avenger
    Thor: The Dark World
    Iron Man 2
    The Incredible Hulk

  • Otto Octavius

    Thor is the best movie from Marvel Studios, i hated it the the first time. Now i can’t stop watching it.

  • mightyfool

    1.Thor 2.Iron Man Three 3.Iron Man 4.Thor TDW 5.Iron Man 2 6.The Incredible Hulk 7.Captain America 8.The Avengers

  • Rock n Rollllll

    Here is the true list from good to bad
    1) The Avengers
    2) Captain America
    3) The rest is all garbage (ESPECIALLY IRONMAN 3)

  • Jejmjr67

    Where are the Spiderman, Fantastic 4, X-Men, Daredevil, Electra films, Wolverine etc.? Also it seems that first in a series films have trouble because they are trying to tell the whole story to an audience that may not be familiar with the canon. I remember the same thing with first Star Trek film. Many said it dragged and lacked action but it was because they were re-introducing the characters to a new audience while filling in the years for the faithful.

    • bfg666

      These are not Marvel Studios movies and are not set in the same shared universe.

  • bfg666

    1. The Avengers
    2. Iron Man
    3. Iron Man 3
    4. Thor: The Dark World
    5. Iron Man 2
    6. The Incredible Hulk
    7. Thor
    8. Captain America

  • make moremoeny

    Iron man three was crappppppp switch it with thor 1 and this list is perfect

    • bfg666

      Hahahahaha! You’re funny!

  • zvelf

    1. The Avengers, 2. Iron Man, 3. Thor, 4. Thor: The Dark World, 5. Captain America, 6. Iron Man 3, 7. Iron Man 2, 8. The Incredible Hulk (easily the worst)

  • Fizicks

    I’m surprised people rate Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 so highly. They’re easily the worst of the Marvel movies. Especially Iron Man 3, which is HUGELY overrated.

  • Kevin Sharkey

    IM# ranked #3?! Are you kidding me? At best, Iron Man 3 should be an honorable mention on this list. This movie has been completely overrated by marvel fanboys. One of the worst movies (let alone comic book movies) I have ever seen.

  • XaZ

    I’m just curious why they only picked the marvel movies based around the avengers. Hello there’s a lot more. Worst marvel movie is daredevil

  • Bererker 37

    How can you rate a movie you’ve only watched once??
    1.) Avengers
    2.) Iron Man
    3.) Captain America
    4.) Thor: The Dark World
    5.) Iron Man 3
    6.) Iron Man 2
    7.) Thor
    8.) The Incredible Hulk

  • Captain Finland

    From Best to Worst:
    1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    2. The Avengers
    3. Iron Man 2/Thor: The Dark World
    4. Captain America: The First Avenger
    5. Incredible Hulk
    6.Iron Man 1
    7. Iron man 3
    8. Thor
    Reply if you agree :)

  • Padre

    from best to worst (didn’t get too watch Iron Man 3 and Thor 2):
    1. The Avengers
    2. Thor
    3. Captain America
    4. Iron Man
    5. The Incredible Hulk (not great but still quite nice)
    6. Iron Man 2 (really quite diappointing)

  • jerrydwiz

    On Thor – too bad you missed a really good film. You sound easily distracted.

  • jerrydwiz

    For what it’s worth – here’s my list: Avengers, Thor, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Cap America, Iron Man 3, Incredible Hulk, Thor 2. I have not yet seen Winter Soldier so it has no ranking on my list. In effect I think Avengers and Thor are really too close to call at the top and the last 3 listed can be interchanged as the bottom 3 of this group.