The last time I ranked the Marvel Cinematic Universe films was October 2015, and since then I’ve been thinking about where to put Marvel’s two newest movies — “Captain America: Civil War” and “Doctor Strange.” So I’ve decided to create a new master list of the MCU films and I’ll just update this list as the movies come out, so I won’t have to keep creating separate blog posts. 😉 “Civil War” and “Doctor Strange” ended up landing fairly high on my list, and a few other films shifted around. The more I watch some of the newer movies, like “Ant-Man,” the more I love them.
1. Iron Man (2008)
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is so close to taking over my No. 1 spot, but for now the original “Iron Man” just can’t be beat. This is the movie that made Iron Man my favorite superhero and Robert Downey Jr. my favorite actor.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
4. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
“The Winter Solider” and “Civil War” are really close, and repeat viewings may vault “Civil War” into the No. 3 spot. However, right now it’s hard to top “The Winter Soldier’s” blend of the superhero and political thriller genres, and the tough questions it asks about what’s more important: freedom or security.
5. The Avengers (2012)
6. Doctor Strange (2016)
I thought Benedict Cumberbatch was the perfect choice to play Marvel’s psychedelic sorcerer, Doctor Strange. It’s exciting to see more cosmic and magical elements being added to the MCU, and I’m really looking forward to watching everything come together in “Infinity War.”
7. Ant-Man (2015)
“Ant-Man” actually moved up a slot on my list. This is a fun, entertaining heist flick with Marvel flair. Paul Rudd was great in the lead role, and I also loved his cameo in “Civil War.”
8. Iron Man 3 (2013)
9. Thor (2011)
10. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
11. Iron Man 2 (2010)
12. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
13. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
14. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
I think objectively speaking, “Age of Ultron” isn’t the worst Marvel movie. However, I do have to confess that it has become my least favorite. It’s the only MCU movie I don’t own, simply due to the fact I would choose to watch all the other films on the list before this one. Maybe it’s because the hype was too high or the film turned out differently than I thought it would. I still love you, Joss Whedon!
I’d love to hear what you think: what MCU films have risen — or fallen — on your personal list? Where do “Doctor Strange” and “Civil War” rank for you?