So many Marvel films, so hard to rank my favorites! 😉 Instead of continually creating new posts when new Marvel Cinematic Universe films come out, I’ve decided to just keep this master list and update it. The new films I’ve added this time around are “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and “Thor: Ragnarok.” Of course, some of the older movies keep shifting around too, so this list always feel like a work in progress. 😉
1. Iron Man (2008)
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is literally so close to taking over my No. 1 spot, but 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 Vol. 1 (2014)
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
4. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
5. Doctor Strange (2016)
Although it used to be No. 6, I had to bump “Doctor Strange” up a spot. I promise, this is not just because of my Benedict Cumberbatch obsession (though I was really happy to see him join the MCU). I loved seeing the colorful visuals and watching Marvel delve into trippy new dimensions. Every time I watch this movie, it’s just as fun and captivating.
6. The Avengers (2012)
Poor original “The Avengers”! It just keeps inching down my list, but that’s really not because I like it any less. I just feel like Marvel keeps upping its game. Still, I’ll always have a soft spot for the movie that officially made me a Marvel fangirl.
7. Ant-Man (2015)
8. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
The original Cap film jumped up a few spots this time! I just love the Captain America trilogy and the whole arc it follows. Interestingly, I seem to like the first Cap film even more as time goes by.
9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Hmm… This one was really hard to place. On the one hand, it didn’t feel like the revelation that “Vol. 1” was. Yet after watching “Thor: Ragnarok,” I do appreciate that this one was able to pack in some genuine emotional gut-punches amidst the laughs. The Yondu story arc (and his moments with Rocket) definitely earn this one a higher spot than I might have otherwise placed it.
10. Iron Man 3 (2013)
11. Thor (2011)
12. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
It really is a testament to how good the MCU is that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” — a movie I really loved — only ended up at No. 12. Tom Holland makes a great Spidey, and I loved how this film wasn’t ashamed of telling a story on a smaller scale. I also loved how it authentically captured the high school experience.
13. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
This movie was really funny and I had a blast watching it, but in the end it was unfortunately just a tad too funny to rank higher on my list. If it had handled the more emotional, serious moments with just a little more gravity, this probably would land near the top.
14. Iron Man 2 (2010)
15. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
16. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
17. 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?