Every Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie, Ranked From Worst To Best

From Iron Man to Thor: Ragnarok, we rank every entry into the multi-billion dollar franchise

In July of 2017, months before the box office success of Thor: Ragnarok, the Marvel Cinematic Universe successfully passed $12 billion in worldwide box office grosses. That's $1.3 billion a year in less than a decade. Having far surpassed other major franchises like Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit series, Marvel is showing no sign of slowing down, with the very promising Black Panther due out next year. But the franchise hasn't always been a certain success. In the beginning, there was quite a bit of skepticism about how a project this ambitious would fare. And along the way, despite almost consistent box office victories, the quality of the movies have been uneven at best. Not all Marvel films are created equal. Here are the 17 films that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ranked from worst to best.

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Thor: The Dark World (2013)

When even Chris Hemsworth's biceps aren't enough to make a movie watchable, you know you've fucked up horribly. 

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Two years later, I still couldn't tell you who Ultron is and what his age was. If there was any semblance of plot in this movie, memory of it has been pushed out of my brain in favour of about 30 billion superheroes hitting each other until I felt like I'd just gotten off a mildly dangerous carnival ride.

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The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Remember when Edward Norton was the Hulk and then very suddenly not? Yeah, I still don't remember what happened there? Was that ever explained? Is Norton okay? 

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Thor (2011)

A superhero movie posing as a cheap Lord of the Rings knockoff, Thor ended with a team of LARPERs fighting an empty CGI suit of armour. 

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Iron Man 2 (2010)

At one point Mickey Rourke, who is some sort of trashy Russian hacker, attacks a car race, which sounds like some shit that actually would happen in 2017.

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Ant-Man (2015)

In one scene, Ant-Man shrinks down to a microscopic level and then Neil deGrasse Tyson ruins the movie magic by explaining how that's not actually possible in science. 

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Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

It's sad that the idea of Captain America punching a Nazi would probably be controversial if this movie were released today. At least this movie harkens back to a time when good and evil seemed kinda clear.

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Iron Man 3 (2013)

The best thing to say about Iron Man 3 is that it was a little bit better than Iron Man 2. 

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Sadly, what started as the best entry to the Marvel Universe quickly ruined a good thing by trying too hard to make it bigger and better in the subsequent sequel. What a very Marvel thing to do. 

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Doctor Strange (2016)

Don't worry if you were too stoned to follow Doctor Strange. The movie looks good enough to make up for its indecipherable plot.

From: Esquire