1. Into The Spider-Verse (2018), 2. Capt. America: The Winter Soldier (2014), 3. Spider-Man 2 (2004), 4. Wandavision+ (2021), 5. Civil War (2016), 6. Iron Man (2008), 7. Daredevil (2014), 8. The Avengers (2012), 9. Logan (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 Films Ranking
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 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.
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. 9.2/10.
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 Malibu-cliff bedrock a franchise could be (and was) built upon. 8.9/10.
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. 8.7/10.
7. 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. 8.6/10.
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. 8.5/10.
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. 8.4/10.
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.
11. 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.
A neon-colored, pop-infused sci-fi/fantasy epic from the wildly-imaginative mind of Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok boldly reimagines the CBM genre – with nice Hulk v. Thor action, bleeding-edge idiosyncrasy, and [mixed] silly/juvenile hit-and-miss humor exposition on dark Norse mythology. 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. 7.5/10.
Locationally-diverse with a better + more-accurate (independent) Spidey, stunning VFX, personal-growth arcs, romance with a softer MJ, & brilliant Gyllenhaal Mysterio, FFH corrects most of Homecoming’s flaws for fresh Euro-adventure. Adjusted ~7.4/10.
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.
17. 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.
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. 7/10.
The most visually-resplendent MCU movie bleeding pure blockbuster fun free of origin/secret-identity hinderances with more of RDJ’s unforgettable Stark + Black Widow & War Machine, IM2 is a passable follow-up to the phenomenal original – despite an entirely forgettable villain. 6.7/10.
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.
21. 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. 6.2/10.
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. 6.2/10.
An inventive 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, mediocre/juvenile comedy, and moronic gag Dance-Off ending amongst the most anticlimactic & puerile ever. 5.6/10.
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.
25. 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.
An extremely weak AI-vision of Ultron & generic plot hold back AOU from its predecessor’s heights: decent popcorn entertainment with a surprisingly darker tone & great new characters led by Olson’s Scarlet Witch, but a mess of tonal gratings, direction, and antagonism. 4.2/10.
A retro military film vibe with a career-role lead casting in the charismatic Chris Evans and jubilant nostalgic Americana, but wasted potential having Cap go around campaigning instead of fighting Nazi’s the whole time – and criminally-underutilized Red Skull. 4/10.
28. Ant-Man (2015)
Although funny with fine size-shifting VFX and good casting in Rudd against the hilarious Michael Pena, it’s downright impossible to take this (poorly-designed) bug copy of DC’s original shrinking hero The Atom, or lame yellow-jacket villain, remotely seriously. Adjusted ~4/10.
With overloaded cringy jokes, not even remote comic-accuracy in portrayal, miscast MJ, waste of Michael Keaton, & the inexcusable decision to insult Spider-Man making him a tech-copped Iron Man’s lackey, the aptly-acronymed SM:H thoroughly disappoints true Spidey fans. 4/10.
Trippy in good visual-FX with a perfectly-cast Benedict Cumberbatch-neurosurgeon and refreshing eulogization to the Medical world, Doctor Strange doesn’t live up to its hippocratic oath of genre-innovation/evolution: a formulaic origin, entirely-forgettable joke of a Kaecilius villain wasting Mads Mikkelsen, white-washing of Asian culture, & tonal inconsistencies. 3.7/10.
An unoriginal WW/Supergirl/Green Lantern-ripoff with ultra-politicized one-liners, weak (contrived) origin-clichéd plotting, complete waste of the legendary Skrulls, gimmicky cat-pandering, & absolute *trainwreck* casting in Brie Larson wasting an important hero. 3.2/10.
After the freshness of ASM1, this dramatically-underperforms with too many & mediocre villain choices, meh CGI, & shockingly-bad acting from everyone but Stone/Garfield, whom I frankly feel bad for having such incredible talent & chemistry wasted. 3.2/10.
33. Blade (1998)
Despite the ensorcelling-badassery of Wesley Snipes’ half-human/half-immortal protagonist & fierce noir-like vision of a comic book genre future, Blade’s ridiculous plot/concept and laughable CGI coax this vampire-hunter back to shadows. 3.2/10.
One of Marvels’ heavy-hitter cosmic big bads comes to town in this blockbuster-scale sequel to the original – one with the same stellar cast, funny power-switches, and great CGI amongst the best of the early-2000’s, though its hackneyed, simplistic, banal end-of-the-world plot overwhelms with clichés and leaves much to-be-desired. 3/10.
Despite the charm of Reynolds’ perfectly-cast Deadpool, a good post-credits scene, baby legs, and Peter, Deadpool 2 is a disappointment of a sequel – filled with plot/tonal-inconsistencies, a bizarre start, undercooked antiheroes led by a wasted-Brolin’s Cable, hackneyed superteam creation that takes focus off Deadpool, weird visual filters, and teen angst-y villain. 3/10.
Marvel’s forgotten film but one that not only boasts strong lead acting by the incredible Norton but thrilling, bigger-than-life action and sets, Hulk may lack a strong villain and directorial finesse but does the More-Jekyll-Than-Hyde doctor serviceably. 3/10.
37. Venom (2018)
Tonally confused between strong horror sequences & near-goofy others, messy in CGI, cacophonous, & wildly undercooked in villain + storyline, Venom massively disappoints. 2.7/10.
40. Daredevil (2003)
One of the few dark Marvel movies at least bringing tonal differentiation and Affleck’s talents to mass-audiences, albeit horrifically-executed, overly-edgy, not nearly as cool as it thinks it is, & worse in every conceivable way paling in comparison to the 2014 show. 2.6/10.
Predictable, underpowered villain, ok visual effects, & uninspired execution especially disappointing after how legendary the first two chapters of the trilogy were. 2.3/10.
Jennifer Garner tries her hardest in this messy-script, sourly-serious movie that squanders an impressive budget & decent comic source material in a squirming romp. 2.3/10.
43. Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018)
A silly, cancerous D-superhero rom-com that, despite a decent (but underdeveloped) villain & quantum CGI, is awful in its overbearing uber-cringy ant humor, almost non-existent plotting, misused cast, razor thin-stretching, & Walmart-generic scoring. 2.1/10.
44. Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017)
Filled with an overload of cheesy, cheap forced MCU humor like nipple sensitivity, turd size, & the appalling pander display of Baby Groot, plus subpar CGI, forced dramatics, & cast of has-beens, despite Mantis and a slightly better villain than Vol. 1 (although that wasn’t hard), GoTG Vol. 2 is absolutely awful. 2/10.
Perhaps the worst villain ever in a blockbuster movie alongside a genericized, uninteresting, dull plot, slow pacing, and lifeless visuals, TDW is a painful step back from its mid predecessor it furthers flaws of – by far: the worst MCU movie. 1.5/10.
46. Fantastic Four (2015)
Horrifically uninspired acting, perhaps the most lifeless visuals ever, a tone feeling like you just got out of a funeral, & seemingly no attempt to even try in writing or direction, 2015’s Fant4stic is an insult to cinema, the worst superhero movie ever, & worst overall-films of All-Time contender. 0/10.
CLC’s Marvel TV Ranking
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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. 9.4/10.
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 & trying to be Batman it often gets style-points by gen. audiences for copying and ~mediocre in S2-3). 9/10.
3. 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.
Strong in animation, wide-spanning in rogue/comic mythology, spectacular in characterization, and thoroughly understanding its titular hero with an immaculate visualization, SM: TAS is one of the definitive animated superhero series. 8.5/10.
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.
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. 7.2/10.
7. Cloak & Dagger (2018)
8. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013)
Despite a charismatic turn by MCU-veteran Clark Gregg & decent spy/operative exposition in accordance with its premise, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is underpowered, under-entertaining, & underserved by its [yawn-worthy] superhero-less canvas. 4/10.
9. The Gifted (2017)
ANOTHER X-Men product they’re starting to run the team into the ground with, The Gifted at least delviers solid performances, emotional gravity in mutant exploratory arcs, and powers for a decently serviceable time if you have nothing else to watch. 4/10.
Good in vintage hip-hop soundtrack with Mahershala Ali carrying, but miscast in main actor, Superman-copied in power/motif, & painfully slow in somnambulant pacing recursion, Luke Cage was the first step to doom for Marvel Netflix. 4/10.
11. Agent Carter (2015)
A full-length series inexplicably greenlit for a D-character in Captain America’s girlfriend, with poor pacing, already-shakily casted Atwell, and absolutely no point in Marvel lore. 3/10.
12. Runaways (2017)
13. The Defenders (2016)
With a horrific choice in villain wasting the iconic Sigourney Weaven, B-list heroes besides Daredevil, and extremely slow pacing with few action scenes, The Defenders is the anti-Avengers that falls flat in every possible way – and reason the Marvel Netflix Universe was cancelled. 2.3/10.
One of the worst shows I’ve ever seen, Iron Fist continues the trend of painful somnambulist Marvel Netflix series (except DD) w/ an unforgivable whitewashing of martial arts (for an actor who can’t even act!) & ripped off origin. 1/10.
15. Marvel’s Inhumans (2018)
A strong contender in the worst TV series ever made discussion, Inhumans is a legendary disaster boasting shameful F-characters, imbecilic royalty, awful CGI, and some of the worst acting & shriek-worthy castings ever to bludgeon TV. 0/10.