From IRON MAN To BLACK PANTHER - Every Marvel Studios Movie Ranked From Worst To Best

From IRON MAN To BLACK PANTHER - Every Marvel Studios Movie Ranked From Worst To Best

The Marvel Cinematic Universe turns ten this year and with Black Panther dominating the box office, we take a look back at every Marvel Studios release so far and rank them from the worst to the very best!

Believe it or not, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now ten years old. That means it's been an entire decade since Iron Man hit theaters and Marvel Studios is celebrating that with the release of Avengers: Infinity WarBlack Panther, and Ant-Man and The Wasp. T'Challa's first solo adventure has been a critical hit and is clawing its way through the box office, marking yet another big win for Marvel.

However, where exactly does the Ryan Coogler helmed release fit into the overall ranking of the MCU? For that matter, which movie is their worst and which one stands out as being by far the best? 

What you'll find here is a look at the pros and cons of each and every Marvel Studios movie and a ranking of them from worst to best. In fairness, the studio hasn't been responsible for making any truly terrible films but some are still better than others and we're sure you'll find this breakdown particularly interesting reading. After all, everyone has their favourites and you can see where yours land here.

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18. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Pros: The Hulk Vs. The Abomination, "Hulk Smash!", Iron Man's Cameo

Cons: Sex Makes Bruce Banner Transform Into The Hulk, The Abomination's Story Arc, The Leader

Final Verdict: The Incredible Hulk definitely redeemed the Jade Giant following Ang Lee's disappointing Hulk movie and finally delivered the sort of intense action scenes fans had been hoping for. However, it also made a lot of mistakes and wasted some important characters from the comics.

17. Iron Man 2 (2010)

Pros: Iron Man's "Shoot To Thrill" Arrival, War Machine Joins The MCU, Sam Rockwell's Justin Hammer

Cons: Too Much Time Spent Setting Up The Avengers, Iron Man's Pointless Disease, Watered Down "Demon In A Bottle"

Final Verdict: 
Iron Man 2 had its moments but it was a total mess which spent way too much time on setting up the events of The Avengers. On the plus side, we got to spend more time with Nick Fury and met Black Widow but that wasn't enough to distract from too much world building and a weak villain.

16. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Pros: Loki's Redemption, Frigga's Funeral Scene, Awesome Cliffhanger Ending

Cons: Malekith's Forgettable Plan, Natalie Portman Phones It In, Too Much Time On Earth

Final Verdict: Marvel promised that Thor: The Dark World would be the epic adventure that the previous instalment wasn't in a lot of ways but too much time on Midgard stopped that from being the case and Malekith definitely overshadows all the things that this sequel ended up doing right. 

15. Thor (2011)

Pros: The Destroyer, Thor's Arrival On Earth, Thor Vs. Loki

Cons: Everything Related To Darcy, A Waste Of The Warriors Three, Thor And Jane's Romance

Final Verdict: This was a solid introduction to the God of Thunder and there's no denying that the final act was downright awesome as Thor was finally deemed worthy and took the fight to Loki and The Destroyer. However, this wasn't anywhere near as epic as it probably should have been.

14. Ant-Man (2015)

Pros: Raid On New Avengers Facility, Shrinking Scenes, Quantum Realm Visit

Cons: Darren Cross' Disappointing Yellowjacket, Annoying Supporting Characters, Old Man Pym

Final Verdict: Ant-Man was a lot of fun but it's hard to escape the feeling that the Edgar Wright version would have been so much better. While Hank Pym not being a founding Avenger was a let down, Scott Lang was a lot of fun to spend time with and the sequel is shaping up to be even better. 

13. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Pros: Peggy Carter Romance, Steve's Arrival In The Present, Skinny Steve CGI

Cons: The Red Skull's Demise, Not Enough Screentime For Bucky, Generic HYDRA Goons

Final Verdict: Marvel shied away from mentioning Nazis so Captain America: The First Avenger often bordered on being a generic sci-fi movie as opposed to a World War II epic. Despite that, it was an enjoyable period adventure but it's still hard to forgive Marvel for ultimately wasting the Red Skull! 

12. Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

Pros: An Epic Introduction To The Cosmic MCU, The Soundtrack, "We Are Groot"

Cons: No Sign Of Nova In The Nova Corps, Another Forgettable Villain, Drax Gets His Butt Kicked By Ronan

Final Verdict: James Gunn did an incredible job of taking us into the cosmic side of the MCU for the first time and getting to spend time with Star-Lord and company was a lot of fun. It's just a shame that Ronan the Accuser ended up being another one of those typical Marvel villains who died after failing.

11. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)

Pros: James Spader's Ultron, The Introduction Of Quicksilver And The Scarlet Witch, Hulk Vs. Hulkbuster

Cons: Quicksilver's Comes And Goes, Iron Man Creates Ultron, Thor's Weird Vision

Final Verdict: A movie packed full of memorable moments which we'll all still be talking about years from now, Avengers: Age of Ultron was a spectacle which probably should have found a way to keep the title villain around for a little longer but still delivered and fired on almost every cylinder. 

10. Iron Man (2008)

Pros: The Avengers Initiative, The Start Of The MCU, Amazing CGI

Cons: Iron Monger's Demise, Irritating Tony Stark/Gwyneth Paltrow Dynamic, Tony Stark's Sudden Change Of Outlook

Final Verdict: Iron Man is where it all started and everything from seeing the suit in action (which was groundbreaking back in 2008) to Robert Downey Jr.'s performance made this very special indeed. There were some pitfalls but for the most part, Jon Favreau did some truly amazing work here.

9. The Avengers (2012)

Pros: Thanos' Cameo, Avengers Assemble, Hulk Vs. Loki

Cons: Too Much Build Up, The Chitauri All Fall Down, Captain America Isn't Really A Man Out Of Time

Final Verdict: Many fans believed that seeing Earth's Mightiest Heroes assemble on the big screen would be impossible but Joss Whedon pulled it off and introduced a fun new tone to the MCU. The defeat of the Chitauri was a tad convenient but it's hard to find too many faults with this movie. 

8. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Pros: The Mandarin Reveal Featuring Trevor (Seriously), Quirky New Tone, All Those Armours In Action

Cons: The Other Mandarin Reveal, Too Much Time With Harley, Waste Of Extremis

Final Verdict: Iron Man 3 is a divisive movie which fans either seem to love or hate. Yes, The Mandarin reveal with Trevor was bizarre but it worked in the tone that Shane Black was going for and this definitely stands out as the best Iron Man movie of the three even if it made a handful of blunders.

7. Doctor Strange (2016)

Pros: Insane Visuals, Time Moves Backwards In Epic Final Fight, Doctor Strange Meets The God Of Thunder

Cons: It Was Basically Iron Man All Over Again, Rachel McAdams Was Wasted, Villains Could Have Been Better

Final Verdict: Just like Guardians of the Galaxy introduced cosmic adventures to the MCU, Doctor Strange gave us magic. A movie full of breathtaking visuals, this origin story for the Sorcerer Supreme set the stage for the hero to become the new face of the MCU as we barrel towards Marvel's Phase 4.

6. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Pros: Aunt May Learns Peter's Secret, The Homemade Costume, High School Setting

Cons: Too Much Technology In Spider-Man's Suit, "My Friends Call Me MJ," Scorpion's Introduction

Final Verdict: Grounding Spider-Man in Queens and keeping him out of Manhattan was definitely disappointing but the reboot did a great job of introducing a new take on Peter Parker. All that technology in his suit was a tad much but it was needed to provide a fresh take on the iconic hero.

5. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Pros: Baby Groot, Star-Lord Vs. Ego The Living Planet, Yondu's Heartbreaking Sacrifice

Cons: Ego's Plan Was A Tad Predictable, No Sign Of Thanos

Final Verdict: Expectations were high on James Gunn to deliver the goods with this sequel and he definitely didn't disappoint. Baby Groot was a hoot to spend time with but all of the characters were given the chance to shine and the emotional moments were surrounded by one hell of a soundtrack.

4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Pros: Steve Rogers Reunites With Bucky, The Russos Deliver Epic Action, Meet The Falcon

Cons: S.H.I.E.L.D. Falls Too Soon In The MCU's History, No Red Skull Reveal

Final Verdict: No one expected too much from the Russo Brothers but they delivered in spades here and gave the Captain America franchise the kick up the butt it arguably needed. The story revolving around Steve Rogers and Bucky was extraordinary and the fight scenes were on par with The Raid

3. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Pros: It Saved The Thor Franchise, Thor Vs. The Hulk, Amazing Visuals And Action

Cons: The Fall Of The Warriors Three, Some Minor Plot Holes

Final Verdict: Thor: Ragnarok is the best reviewed Marvel Studios movie of all-time and it's not hard to see why. It's hilarious but doesn't hold back on epic action and you'll be desperate to see Taika Waititi return to the MCU by the time the credits roll. Stylish and brilliant. Prepare to fall in love with Korg!

2. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Pros: Avengers Vs. Avengers, Spider-Man And Black Panther Join The MCU, Captain America, No More

Cons: Not Quite Close Enough To The Comic Books, Missing Characters

Final Verdict: Seeing Earth's Mightiest Heroes go to war with each other was nothing short of amazing even if it didn't quite follow the Civil War comic as much as some fans hoped. The Russos proved themselves in a big way and it's no wonder Marvel then got them to helm Avengers: Infinity War.

1. Black Panther

Pros: A Star-Making Performance From Chadwick Boseman, Inspirational Lead, Effective Villain

Cons: Shaky Cam Action Scenes, Lack Of Set Up For Avengers: Infinity War

Final Verdict: What a movie. Putting Black Panther at #1 may seem reactionary but this was arguably Marvel's most important movie to date and it delivered a strong, inspirational message which everyone could relate to. Throw in one of the best Marvel movie villains to date and a strong story and this one was firing on all cylinders. Expect it to receive some serious Oscars attention this time next year.

How do you guys feel about this ranking? Which Marvel Cinematic Universe movie is your favourite? As always, share your thoughts in the comments section down below. 

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