Total Nerd 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. 

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Avengers: Infinity War is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo
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 ...more

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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista
Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic "bad ...more

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Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett
Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Taika Waititi. Four years after the events of Thor: The Dark World, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must win a gladiatorial duel against an ...more

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
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 ...more

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges
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 ...more

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Captain America: The Winter So... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson
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 ...more

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Captain America: Civil War is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson
Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics character. Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a ...more

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Spider-Man: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Jon Watts, based on the Marvel Comics character. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) balances his life as an ordinary high school ...more

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Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams
Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Scott Derrickson, based on the Marvel Comics character. After a career-ending car collision, brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon ...more

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family ...more

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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o
Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character, directed by Ryan Coogler. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King TÂ’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) ...more

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Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly
Ant-Man is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Peyton Reed, based on the Marvel Comics character. Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in ...more

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Captain America: The First Ave... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones
Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is ...more

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo
Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) ...more

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Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley
Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008's ...more

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Thor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Thor is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the Marvel Comics character. The powerful, but arrogant god Thor (Chris Hemsworth), is cast out of Asgard to live ...more

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Ant-Man and the Wasp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale
Ant-Man and the Wasp is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Peyton Reed. As Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) balances being both a superhero and a father, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. ...more

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Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle
Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) ...more

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Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 American superhero film directed by Alan Taylor, based on the Marvel Comics character. When Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) gets cursed with a powerful entity ...more

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744 1,368
The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton
The Incredible Hulk is a 2008 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character the Hulk, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the second ...more

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Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn
Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, based on the Marvel Comics character. In 1995, former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Carol Danvers (Brie ...more