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
Avengers: Infinity War 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
Guardians of the Galaxy 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 criminals ...more

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
The Avengers 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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Captain America: Civil War is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Captain America: Civil War 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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Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Thor: Ragnarok 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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Captain America: The Winter So... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 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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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Iron Man 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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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Black Panther 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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Spider-Man: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Spider-Man: Homecoming 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) 10 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Doctor Strange 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 accident, brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon ...more

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 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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Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Ant-Man 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
Captain America: The First Avenger 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
The Avengers: Age of Ultron 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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Thor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Thor 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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Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Iron Man 3 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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Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Iron Man 2 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) 18 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Thor: The Dark World 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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Ant-Man and the Wasp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
Ant-Man and the Wasp 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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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies In The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked
The Incredible Hulk 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