The Definitive Ranking of MCU Films If You Are Us, Today (But Probably Not Tomorrow)

Anika:

Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel’s The Avengers
Thor
Ant-Man
Iron Man 3
Iron Man
Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Thor: The Dark World
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Incredible Hulk
Captain America: The First Avenger
Iron Man 2

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My ranking falls into three categories. The top three are my favorites, the movies I enjoy the most, and have the warmest regard for. The bottom three are the movies I don’t care about and don’t want to watch. The middle seven frustrate me.

Based on my rankings (and knowing myself), I’d sum up what I want in an MCU film as: an ensemble, a well executed villain, a character I can relate to, awesome women. And what I definitely don’t want is: nonstop quips, dead women, and an under-utilized Bucky Barnes. Yes, the Cap films are ranked in the middle because I love Bucky best, and he does not live up to the character’s or the actor’s potential in the films. First Avenger is ranked so low because I have trouble getting through it. I don’t like that it is at once based in real history and made up history — basically, Nazis existed and recreating them as Hydra doesn’t sit well with me. And that taints my feelings for Winter Soldier as well though it has a great ensemble and awesome women. On the flip side of Bucky, I didn’t care about Thor at all going into his film — I considered him silly at best — but I love him the most in these films.

Sam

Captain America: Winter Soldier
Iron Man 3
Ant-Man
Guardians of the Galaxy
Captain America: First Avenger
Marvel’s Avengers
Iron Man
Thor
The Incredible Hulk
Captain America; Civil War
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Thor: The Dark World
Iron Man 2

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For me, I rank based on how much I still think (positively) about the movie, how likely I am to rewatch it or recommend it to people, and how much I can enjoy it divorced from the context of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. That means two things. First, how well does it hold up as a movie, not as the latest part in a thirteen act (so far) story. Second, how much does it annoy me that it exists. For example, within the context of the MCU, Ant-Man would be way lower because the fact that it exists before Black Panther, Captain MarvelBlack Widow, or any other more inclusive movie, especially when it’s an entire movie about not letting a woman do something, I would probably put it at the bottom. Well, almost bottom. Iron Man 2 stays there. But on its own it’s a really fun movie that I really liked! I guess that’s an example of what Anika much more succinctly calls “frustrating.”

I’m in the MCU for the characters, and at this point I don’t really care too much about the characters they want me to care about (which is why Civil War ranks so low for me). I don’t know, it’s hard for me to rank things. I wish Thor had come in higher, but I just… enjoyed all the other movies much more (and I don’t like Loki which doesn’t help!).

tldr; Iron Man 2 is the worst

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