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The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked  

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The best Marvel Cinematic Universe movies recreate the enduring characters for a whole new generation, using the classic comic book storylines to tell narratives that remain relevant today. Currently in Phase Three, the first two MCU Phases brought us Iron Man, The Avengers, and Captain America: Winter Soldier. Marvel sagas have a timelessness about them as morality tales of good versus evil will always be an overarching cultural concern. Out of all the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which ones do the best job of revamping these iconic characters for modern times? 

Which Marvel films have struck a chord with audiences? Black Panther has received nearly universal critical acclaim and been lauded for using the characters and setting to make allegorical points about race relations in America. The Iron Man franchise shows how modern technology - if used responsibly - can serve humanity's benefit, as an iron suit and electromagnet give Tony Stark his power. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers franchises illustrate the necessity of harmony and cooperation between allies to face down larger threats. Other good MCU movies include Ant-Man, Thor: Ragnarok, and Doctor Strange.

What are the best MCU movies? Vote up your favorites and vote down the worst MCU movies as well. 

Avengers: Infinity War is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

World Wide Box Office: $2.048 billion

Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Torn apart after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to battle Thanos, who is trying to amass the Infinity Stones for a gauntlet that will allow him to inflict his will on all reality. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, + more

Released: 2018

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

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Captain America: The Winter So... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

World Wide Box Office: $714.3 million

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger and the ninth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who had also worked in The First Avenger. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Elizabeth Olsen, + more

Released: 2014

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
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Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, + more

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joss Whedon

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

World Wide Box Office: $585.2 million

Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub, Gwyneth Paltrow, + more

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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