1. Wandavision+ (2021), 2. Into The Spider-Verse (2018), 3. Spider-Man 2 (2004), 4. No Way Home (2021), 5. Capt. America: The Winter Soldier (2014), 6. Logan (2017), 7. Civil War (2016), 8. Iron Man (2008), 9. The Punisher (2017), 10. Black Panther (2018)
Plot Synopsis: The Red Logo that’s grown to world-domination by the power of 21st-century blockbuster moviemaking & dark-horse studio bets on characters ~nobody knew/wanted pre-’08 MCU, Marvel wasn’t the first superhero brand when it opened doors in 1939 – copying nearly every hero they have from DC Comics’ pre-established mythology of comics, but later giving them more humanity.. & lots of movies & TV shows. Ranked.
CLC’s Official Marvel Ranking (ALL) [Movies & TV Separate Rankings At Bottom Of Page]
The beginning of a new TV-era for the MCU & type of creative avant-garde innovation we’ve craved by the franchise for years beyond safe blockbuster formula, WV+ is a beautifully-stylized canvas of TV-nostalgia and authentic period-detail set-design/touches paying homage and deconstructing its entire medium – a meta-sitcom/CBM/mystery of ignis fatuus, phantasmagoria, pure experiential joy, domestic life charm, Americana, cutting-edge innovation, slow-burn villainous intent, twists, & more of Elizabeth Olsen’s fantastic Scarlet Witch. 9.7/10.
Brilliant in groundbreaking comic book visual style artfully innovating the genre, masterful scripting balancing decades of Spider-lore, perfect tonal mixing, & a magnetic Miles performance fueled by swanky jazz beats & graffiti. Best Marvel film of All-Time. 9.5/10.
A masterclass in character study and how to truly delve into the psychological implications of superheroics & its titular hero, along with an uncanny Doc Ock by Alfred Molina and romance escalation with Dunst’s MJ, SM2 is an All-Time great superhero film. 9.4/10.
A blockbuster cinematic event of a generation and the zenith MCU film experience of all-time, NWH is a comic book fan’s dream – balancing legendary history/lore with a hyperimaginative multiverse introduction, impossible cameos, epic-scale action, beautiful cinematography, acoustic poignance, and physics-defying tonal mixes juxtaposing three-dimensionalized pure sugary-cereal cartoon fun with a trilogy-fixing, dark, heartbreaking, character-synergized narrative of depth, humanity, grief exposition, coming-of-age, underdog spirit, personal growth, isolation, redemption, & sacrifice de/re-constructing Spider-Man and the very theme of heroicism to its crux. 9.2/10.
A political, artistic interpretation of government corruption and Cap’s fight to restore freedom with swift pacing, phenomenal direction by the talented Russo brothers, and an incredible villain, CA: TWS is Marvel’s 2nd best film ever. 9.2/10.
6. Logan (2017)
A final outing for Wolverine fret with neo-western touches, hard-R violence, & poignance in family backbone through a visceral character study, Logan makes efficient use of Jackman & grit – despite TDK-imitation, miscast X-23, & excessive edginess. 9/10.
Expansive in scope and detailed in execution with a praise-worthy (mostly) non-childish tone, political undertones in its smart deliberation of superheroicism casualties/side effects, thrilling pacing, great new additions, and a stunning final Iron Man/Cap battle, despite a much smaller scale than the comics’ Civil War and few jarring joke placements, this version delivers a powerful and important contribution to the MCU. 8.9/10.
A new era of comic book movies skyrocketed back in 2008, the MCU being born by this ambitious blockbuster as sleek, zealous, and AC/DC as its protagonist. Perfectly cast in Robert Downey Jr.’s wry, sarcastic genius/billionaire/playboy/philanthropist with futuristic tech, energy, (mechanized) heart, and a responsibility/weapons arc vital to the New Age of 21st Century Technology and America, Iron Man is the MCU at its most mature & Malibu-cliff bedrock a franchise could be built upon. 8.9/10.
9. The Punisher (2017)
Brutal & serious from Marvel with a strong performance by Walking Dead-veteran Jon Bernthal, but gun-politicized with the same painfully slow pacing plaguing Marvel Netflix. Adjusted ~8.7/10.
Culturally-authentic, powerfully anchored by Chadwick Boseman’s royalty of presence, fluid in action sequences, afrofuturistic, & one of the most compelling villains in the villain-problematic MCU by Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger, Black Panther is one of the best MCU movies – and a groundbreaking milestone for representation & cinematic globalism. 8.7/10.
11. Loki (2021)
A sybaritic, dark romance/comedy/mystery/scifi/adventure CBM with identity, ego, hedonism, religion, time, and megalomaniacal themes alongside a cavalcade of paradoxical variants, ’70’s synthesizer minor key chords, epic visual world-building & cinematography technical canvas amongst franchise-best, character-growth with a decadent TH performance juxtaposed by felicitous O.W. & Sophia Di Martino reciprocity, & unpredictable multiversal twists of glorious purpose and hyperaddictive detective storytelling, Loki is a synergized apotheosis of the god of mischievous trickery and first major villain of the MCU – one that takes us back in time to its early days with the modernized diversification & skillset since-acquired to overcome sidelines-miscastings, a ~stilted narrative, & mixed comedy-stylization. 8.7/10.
12. Daredevil (2014)
Dark, brooding, and incredibly crafted with legendary performances by Charlie Cox as DD and Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin, Daredevil is proficient television and an addictive binge (although heavily dependent & so wanting/trying to be Batman it pales in comparison to & often only gets style-points by gen. audiences for copying, and ~mediocre after S1). 8.6/10.
Phenomenally acted with strong cast/performances led by show-stealing McAvoy’s Professor X & Fassbender’s downright-chilling Magneto, great visual FX, expert handling of the comics, compelling villain, & stylish direction/tone, First Class is the definitive X-Men film. 8.5/10.
Expertly weaving multiple superheroes for the first time on the big-screen in live-action – with amazing set pieces, skilled character balances, psychologically-tricky villain, & epic action scenes, The Avengers innovates blockbuster moviemaking – the Marvel comic book you read as a kid come to life. 8.5/10.
15. Legion FX (2015)
Extremely trippy in VFX-artistry and distortion-laden visuals with a strong lead performance, Legion is – although a bit too esoteric – a great psychic X-Men trip. 8/10.
A neon-colored, pop-infused sci-fi/fantasy epic from the wildly-imaginative mind of Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok boldly reimagines the CBM & MCU – with nice Hulk v. Thor action, bleeding-edge Led Zeppelin-fueled idiosyncrasy, apocalypica, and [though at-times juvenile and with a continually-miscast Ruffalo Hulk] good comedy reframing dark Norse mythology. 8/10.
The end of an era, Endgame wraps up the Infinity Saga in epic style with massive fandom service, emotional gravitas, a darker Thanos, psychological war-aftermath reflection, & one of the wildest and best final acts in blockbuster history – despite a safe exploration of IW’s cliffhanger potential, ~clichéd time-travel arc, and Fat Thor/dabbing Hulk. 8/10.
18. Deadpool (2016)
A wildly-refreshing subversion of everything comic book films often take too weightily beforehand, Deadpool is a bold, hilarious, & perfectly-irreverent hard-R take on the genre – with stereotypical superhero plotting but a career-definitive casting in Ryan Reynolds. 8/10.
Epic and action-packed with a monstrous canvas of superheroicism, reality-wielding tyrannical villain, & stunning ending, Infinity War overcomes pacing, Thanos design, and narrative-overstuffing problems to deliver a colossal crossover event. 7.5/10.
An emotionally-rich sequel tackling the legacy of protagonists & complex/intricate time-travel storyline, although ~wholly ripped-off from DC’s Flashpoint Paradox & Terminator 1/2, DOFP is a great continuation of Fox’s modern X-Men series. 7.3/10.
An imaginative sci-fi saga respectably developing complete unknown characters into a plucky antihero cast by Gunn with a fantastic funk ’80’s soundtrack, but joke of a villain, juvenile comedy oversaturation, and moronic dance-off ending amongst the most anticlimactic & puerile in movie history. 7.1/10.
A shockingly-indie feel for a Marvel movie with mega-ambitious action sequences, phenomenal new castings, and fantastic trilogy-ending character development, challenged by one of the most inane twists in movie history – wasting Kingsley & insulting comics-lore. Mixed. 7.1/10.
22. X-Men (2000)
One of the biggest milestones in making superhero movies as popular as they are today (after 1978’s Superman) & introducing iconic characters, 2000’s X-Men doesn’t entirely hold up to today’s CBM standards or visual capabilities, but is an important classic. 7.1/10.
Fine as a crime drama with a great villain in Kilgrave, good lead in Ritter, and okay pacing occasionally tiptoeing pretty slowly, plus outward political pimping and a few questionable plot threads in S1/S2, Jessica Jones is serviceable TV but not really a superhero show. 7.1/10.
The first comic book movie I ever saw and the start of a generation of Marvel movies, SM’s impressive character-based storytelling, lovable (albeit old-looking) Maguire-lead, heart, romance, & good action against Dafoe’s chilling-yet-inaccurate Green Goblin compel. 7.1/10.
The finale of Raimi’s game-changing Spider-Man trilogy is fine, but worst of the series. Boundary-pushing & singularly-dark with Venom thrills and well-executed jealousy arc, SM3 is passable entertainment but suffers from an overly-split narrative, CGI, & overcrowded canvas. 6.7/10.
26. Hulk (2003)
Ang Lee’s 2003 stylistically fresh take on the Hulk, although plagued by an over-penchant for talking instead of smashing, still features plenty of cynical insight and duality exposition as well as comic visuals that aged better but still doesn’t (filmically) smash. 6.5/10.
Reinvigorating and fresh, The Amazing Spider-Man may lack finesse and have a subpar choice in (lizard-y) villain, but features top-tier action inventively shot, stunning visuals, and the best & most comic-accurate Spider-Man to date in Andrew Garfield. Adjusted ~6.5/10.
Locationally-diverse with a better + more-accurate (independent) Spidey, spectacular VFX, personal-growth arcs, romance with a better Zendaya MJ, & good Gyllenhaal Mysterio, FFH corrects many of Homecoming’s flaws for fresh summer blockbuster Euro-adventure. 6.5/10.
Despite strict formula blockbusterisms with an entirely-forgettable villain, IM2 skates just above the passability line by the magnetism of its lifetime RDJ casting, tonal balance before getting overly-childish and irreverent later on, vibrance of visuals, and fine introductions for Black Widow & War Machine. 6/10.
Getting the Fantastic Four’s tone right with strong castings of mega-starpower – despite being admittedly not-yet the great actors they’d later become, nice era-CGI, fine storytelling, and iconic villain in Dr. Doom, 2005’s FF is the most underrated Marvel movie. 5.2/10.
31. Thor (2010)
Respectably serious tone with arguably the best and most dazzling visuals and cinematography of any Marvel movie to date, plus a well-cast mighty lead in Hemsworth and snakey Loki, Thor is almost passable but flawed & esoteric in ~contrived storyline. 5.2/10.