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Infinity War Week: All 18 Movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe Ranked


Avengers Infinity War opens next weekend. (Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios)

After 10 years of movies from the MCU, the culmination of an entire studio happens this week with Infinity War. Here is the definitive ranking of all 18 movies from the universe before the biggest event in movie history happens on Thursday.

18. The Incredible Hulk

The only actual bad movie in this universe. This was such a failure that Edward Norton did not even come back to play the Hulk (Thank god because Mark Ruffalo is infinitely better at the part).

Rating: 4/10

17. Iron Man 2

Blahhhhh. Boring and uninspired. Next.

Rating: 5/10

16. Thor

Meh. It has the same “turn the good-looking douchebag into a likeable superhero” plot that Iron Man had only it’s not done as well.

HOWEVER, this movie stars Natalie Portman and she freaking rocks.

Rating: 6/10

15. Thor: The Dark World

This was as forgettable as the advanced math class I had back in high school.

HOWEVER, this movie stars Natalie Portman AND it features Chris Evans in a cameo! (But for real, it really is better than the first Thor movie)

Rating: 6.5/10

14. Iron Man 3

Better than whatever Iron Man 2 was trying to accomplish, however it featured some terrible villains. It also had a weird ending that tried to get us to believe that Tony Stark was going to give up being Iron Man….and he obviously did not stop.

Rating: 6.75/10

13. Guardians of the Galaxy 2

GOTG 2 is the first “good” movie on this list, but it was still a bit of a letdown from its amazing predecessor. However, this picture is incredibly funny, heartfelt, and it’s just a great movie to enjoy watching.

(Also, this could be heavily debated, but this movie has a better soundtrack than the first “Guardians” movie has. “Brandy” is a perfect song. Do not argue with me on this)

Rating 7/10

12. Doctor Strange

Ahhh yes. Marvel gets back to the “good looking douchebag turns into likeable superhero” plotline that Iron Man and Thor had. How original.

BUT at least in this movie Benedict Cumberbatch does some trippy stuff with his hands, and I totally believe he works as a wizard part-time from being an actor.

Rating: 7.25/10

11. Ant-Man

Ant-Man is miraculously a good movie considering that it 1. turned Paul Rudd of all people into a likeable superhero and 2. perfectly balances between being a superhero origin/heist/drama/comedy movie all at the same time.

This should not have been half as entertaining or emotionally resonant as it turned out to be. Marvel really is awesome.

Rating: 7.5/10

10. Avengers: Age of Ultron

This gets a bit of a bad reputation because it was the sequel to the biggest “event” movie of all time. That’s a tough act to follow, and honestly, it’s a pretty good movie.

Also, it features a scene where the Avengers are drunkenly trying to lift Thor’s hammer. Everyone here is exactly how I envision each Avenger acting at a party.

Rating: 7.5/10

9. Captain America: The First Avenger

Easily the most underrated Marvel movie mainly because its sequels are some of the best superhero movies ever made and it gets overshadowed.

Chris Evans is the definitive Captain America and is the heart of this entire universe. Also, this is one of my personal favorite scenes in any movie ever. I love this.

Rating: 7.75/10

8. Spider-Man: Homecoming

This is where the list changes over from “good” superhero movies into “great” ones. This was literally the sixth Spider-Man movie in 15 years and it feels fresh somehow.

It may not be as good as some of Tobey McGuire’s Spider-Man movies, but man Tom Holland is the definitive webslinger. I can’t wait to watch as his career develops over time.

Rating: 8/10

7. Thor: Ragnarok

Marvel became such a powerhouse over time that its universe actually produced a great Thor movie. Who would’ve thought?

This movie is easily the funniest of all the MCU movies and it is SO much fun to watch. The only reason why it’s not ranked higher is that the comedic tone interferes with some incredibly serious moments.

Next time Marvel, don’t make a joke out of an entire civilization being blown up. Asgard deserved better.

Rating: 8.25/10

6. Guardians of the Galaxy

This is the biggest surprise in the history of any superhero movies. Literally NO ONE had ever heard of these heroes and EVERYONE thought this was going to be trash.

The only reason this isn’t higher on this list is because everyone was a bit too surprised that GOTG was so good. It’s a great movie, but people treat it a bit too kindly. Remember, the climax is a literal dance-off.

(GOTG had the most iconic opening scene of any MCU movie which was highlighted by its best song “Come and Get Your Love.”)

Rating 8.5/10

5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

They successfully turned a superhero movie into a relevant political espionage thriller while also turning Robert Redford into an awesome villain. Wowza.

I have no idea how they were able to pull something like this off, but me thinks it has a little to do with the Russo Brothers being amazing filmmakers.

And here is where I provide you with this iconic scene that solidified Chris Evans as one of the best action stars working today:

Rating: 8.5/10

4. The Avengers

This conversation begins and ends with this scene. This was the moment that Marvel literally and figuratively flexed its muscles as one of the most unbelievable achievements in film. They really made a movie universe work.

“I’m always angry” will always be one of the most badass lines ever.

Rating: 8.75/10

3. Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr.’s comeback story is one of the best in the history of Hollywood. No one else will ever be able to pull off being “Iron Man” like him. Downey Jr. is Tony Stark. I’m convinced they are the same person.

The success of Iron Man started this universe. Without this great movie the past 10 years of awesome entertainment does not happen. Here is to you Mr. Downey.

(I hope Marvel actually goes for it and kills Iron Man in Infinity War. It would be the prefect sendoff)

Rating: 9/10

2. Captain America: Civil War

No other Marvel movie (besides the best one) has a plot as good as Civil War’s. The last half of this movie is perfect, and that’s not just because of that amazing airport scene.

The plot twist that Bucky killed Iron Man’s parents and Captain America ACTUALLY KNEW ABOUT IT and never told Tony is amazing.

Hats off to you Marvel for giving us the most stressful climax of any Marvel movie. I never thought I would care for fictional characters like this. Man, Infinity War is going to be tough to watch when they kill everyone.

Rating: 9/10

1. Black Panther

Where do I begin?

This movie fixes all of Marvel’s biggest flaws. Unmemorable soundtracks? Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Kendrick Lamar fixes that here. Bad Villains? Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger is the best villain in this entire universe. Lack of strong female characters? This movie has the strongest female characters in the MCU.

Black Panther engages with intense themes such as isolationism, colonialism, the legacy of slavery, immigration, and OH MY GOD HOW DID MARVEL SUCCESSFULLY MAKE THIS MOVIE ENTERTAINING??

It’s been two months since I’ve seen Black Panther and I still can’t stop thinking about it and the tragic life of Erik Killmonger.

The best movies give something back to its audiences while also being incredibly entertaining. Black Panther does that easily while transcending its own genre. You will actually think about your place in the world after watching this movie.

This isn’t just the pinnacle of MCU movies, it might just be the peak of all superhero movies.

Rating: 9.5/10

Article written by John Reecer

33 responses to “Infinity War Week: All 18 Movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe Ranked”

  1. justaguyinthebackrow

    Funny, #6 says Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG), yet you keep referencing Game of Thrones (GOT). I guess that’s why it’s only #6.

  2. truthteller

    List is way off. I can’t be the only one that thought Black Panther was… meh.
    I think Marvel spoiled me with the first Avengers. I just like a lot of superheroes in my movies now. I’d put the first Avengers, Civil War and then even Guardians above Black Panther. Probably even the first Iron Man as well since it started this whole ball rolling.

    1. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots

      I agree, Black Panther was nowhere close to the best. There’s only two films it was definitely better than, the non-Ruffalo Hulk movie and Thor: Dark World

    2. cats646

      It was only better to the liberals who thought it was good because it empowered women. Ha

    3. Sentient Third Eye

      Let’s be honest: Black Panther is a good, solid Marvel movie, but it doesn’t deserve any awards other than maybe some technical ones. Even culturally, it doesn’t blaze any new territory that heroes like Shaft didn’t blaze four decades ago. What we’re seeing in just an excess of virtue signalling where people are falsely lapping praise and pretending a good movie is somehow brilliant or culturally important so they can feel good about themselves. Or maybe these praisers are just catching up to where the rest of society managed to reach in the seventies?

  3. Aristocat

    This is a pitiful and subjective list of rankings that is better reserved for your private blog than KSR. Please do us all a favor and refrain from submitting any more articles like this.

  4. maxblackanvil

    Wow. I stopped reading as soon as I read that you actually thought Natalie Portman was good. Nope.

    1. runningunnin.454

      She was good in The Professional…of course she was only 12.

    2. herm89

      She was amazing in V for Vendetta. In which of her movies did you think she was so bad?

    3. cats646

      She was good in Star Wars. Well l, she was more hot than good.

  5. UKinIN

    I have to agree with Aristocat! How dare KSR fill its website with content of its choosing! Who does KSR think it is???

  6. CatsfaninFL

    A bit too snarky at the beginning but otherwise decent list. I think everyone has different favorites so it’s expected to have some differences. I generally put Dr. Strange higher… for whatever reason I liked it more than most. Also.. if you’re going to include the hammer/ drinking party scene ya gotta include Vision picking it up later in the movie.

  7. Azulgrande75

    Definitely a snowflake’s list. Blank Panther not even close to the best in this list. I’m sure you scored points with the radical leftists though.

  8. ScoggDog

    Just grateful my “place int the world” isn’t still going home on weekends to wash laundry and eat a good meal … both for free.

  9. Wynn

    I have no idea why this is on this website or why I read the entire thing but I’m all for it

  10. vladimirhootin

    This post is probably the worst I have ever seen on this website.

  11. wadl5592

    Have always loved Brandy by Looking Glass boom!

  12. binarysolo

    Came here to read comments by folks clutching their pearls at the mere suggestion that a Marvel superhero movie starring a predominantly African American cast that actually transcends the genre could be the best made by the studio. Was not disappointed.

    Hands down Black Panther is the best. For the record, and not that it should matter, but I’m not black. I just know a good movie when I see one.

    1. Sentient Third Eye

      But how can a movie be transcendent when it contains only low-brow elements? That’s not even logical. Black Panther is a nice little superhero movie about a black hero who walks in well-tread footsteps made by previous black heroes. It’s a fun movie and that’s what it is meant to be, but don’t poison it by pretending it’s more. You are doing the movie a disservice if you do that.

      Doctor Strange is the best Marvel movie, followed by Iron Man, then Thor and then Black Panther. But let’s be real. None of them are great or even very good movies. They are all popcorn movies meant to allow the viewer to have a good time without exercising the old noodle, and there’s not a thing in the world wrong with that.

  13. UK_fac_boi

    Winter solider, ragnarok and black panther are my favorites. The first Iron-Man was great. Homecoming is way to low on the list also. Not a “stick to sports” kind of guy my self but definitely stick to what you know haha. I appreciate the attempt.

  14. Graczyk

    Ragnarok and guardians 1 are best

    1. UK Fan In Nashville

      This!^ I was totally going to say the same. Black Panther was good, not great. Too much hype probably ruined it for me. I’d put it 5th or 6th.

      1. Thor Ragnarok
      2. Guardians of the Galaxy
      3. Avengers
      4. Dr. Strange
      5. Black Panther/Iron Man

      I hated the first couple Captain America’s but Civil War was pretty dope.

  15. rlburd2

    Black panther #1? Lol
    Ksr aka black lives matter.

  16. orcat

    I do NOT come to KSR for content like this. It belongs somewhere, but not on KSR

  17. chrisg18

    This list is awful. I don’t get the love with Civil War or any of the Captain America movies for that matter. I actually thought the plot in Civil War was the worst part of the movie. I just could not buy all of the “heroes” fighting against each other. Seemed stupid to me, and like they only came up with the plot just to make some money. Almost like a filler. I thought it lacked any kind of real substance. Watched it once and I don’t really have any desire to see it again. Ant-Man is also way too high. Just didn’t think that one was very good at all. Kind of boring actually. Dr. Strange is too low – I really liked it but understand why others may not. And both Guardians are way too low. They are excellent and just (refreshingly) different than the other Marvel movies. (The dance off is the perfect way to end the first Guardians – criticizing that shows no understanding of that series.) Ragnarok is also too low. I understand the argument for Black Panther as the best, and I loved everything about the movie EXCEPT the villain. I am just not on the Michael B. Jordan train yet. I don’t think he is all that great of an actor (seems to play the same kind of character in every movie) and it was hard for me to buy him in that role. Everything else was excellent. I would go Guardians 1, Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Guardians 2 as my top 4.

    Of course all subjective! I am hyped for Infinity War!

  18. Sentient Third Eye

    Of all the superhero movies ever made, only one can reasonably be considered great as a film outside the superhero genre (which has very, very, very, very low standards compared to film as a whole). That was The Dark Knight. It’s the only superhero movie to legitimately get into philosophical issues in a way that made the superhero costume utterly irrelevant to the film. Ledger’s Joker is still the only superhero movie acting performance that reaches all-time great levels of acting. In most of these films, the actors pretty much phone it in. That’s why movies like Avengers or Justice League have such little emotional resonance. If the actors don’t care, why should we?

    1. UK Fan In Nashville

      I’d throw in Logan as one that could contend or Mad Max Fury Road. You could contend that neither were superhero movies, especially Mad Max. But the acting, the storylines, the special effects, and the villains made these truly great films.

  19. Charlie Waite

    turible….

  20. tree_gardener

    They can post whatever the hell they want. Go find a new site or don’t read the articles. Lmao

    1. Alex90

      But they also read these comments fir feedback. So he can state his opininon…..lmao

    2. tree_gardener

      Yeah you’re right they can state their opinion. That’s the point of the comments section. My point is that not every article is going to be enjoyed by everyone. Everyone just needs to relax

  21. Alex90

    They cam post whatever they want but if a lqrge group of people dont like it they wont post stuff like this anymore. PLEASE DONT POST STUFF LIKE THIS…the last few weeks it seems you guys are just posting articles that you write in 5 minutes. How many roster update posts do we need?

  22. jmeredith42276

    You have Dark World and Ragnarok switched.