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All Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies, Ranked By Tomatometer
It takes a lot of effort to get audiences the world over to believe that the fate of the universe should be entrusted to a talking tree and a sarcastic raccoon. First of all, you can’t just jump straight into it – you’ve got build up to it. Begin with a story of the repentant millionaire playboy who builds an iron suit with a nuclear heart from a box of scraps in a cave. Toss in a super soldier thawed from ice after 70 years. How about a magic hammer man from space, or the turncoat Russian spy who loses her accent real quick? It’s a good start – just add a few dozen more characters, mix and match them across multiple serialized movies, and as the physics-defying superheroics pile up, all of a sudden, putting all your faith in a trigger happy trash panda makes plenty of sense in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Not a bad world to build up for Marvel Studios, which originally had to put up the rights to Captain America, the Avengers, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and more as collateral just to get the funding to make 2008’s Iron Man. Clearly, the movie bet of the century paid off, as an empire of 25 films (and counting) has flourished under Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige. The MCU has allowed generations of comic book fans to ascend to the highest throne in pop culture, while allowing millions more who have never visually connected comic page panels together to become versed in Wakandan politics as well as where to find the bathroom at the Sanctum Sanctorum. Iron Man, Guardian of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier are classics of the genre now, while Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, and Black Panther, and now Shang-Chi demonstrate superhero movies remain capable of reinvention for new relevancy.
The first 11 years of the MCU have spanned three so-called Phases, and the third closing after the epic battle royale of Avengers: Endgame and epilogue Spider-Man: Far From Home. As the franchise barrels forward with Black Widow, Eternals, Shang-Chi, and Spider-Man: No Way Home in 2021 alone, we’re taking a look back and ranking all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies by Tomatometer!
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Adjusted Score: 79641%
Critics Consensus: It may not be the finest film to come from the Marvel Universe, but Thor: The Dark World still offers plenty of the humor and high-stakes action that fans have come to expect.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) forms an alliance with treacherous Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to save Earth and the Nine Realms from an... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76372%
Critics Consensus: The Incredible Hulk may not be quite the smashing success that fans of Marvel's raging behemoth might hope for, but it offers more than enough big green action to make up for its occasionally puny narrative.
As Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) seeks to rid himself of The Hulk forever, a powerful enemy known as The Abomination... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83135%
Critics Consensus: It isn't quite the breath of fresh air that Iron Man was, but this sequel comes close with solid performances and an action-packed plot.
With the world now aware that he is Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) must forge new... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92925%
Critics Consensus: Exuberant and eye-popping, Avengers: Age of Ultron serves as an overstuffed but mostly satisfying sequel, reuniting its predecessor's unwieldy cast with a few new additions and a worthy foe.
When Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) jumpstart of a dormant peacekeeping program goes awry, the Avengers must reassemble to battle... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87417%
Critics Consensus: A dazzling blockbuster that tempers its sweeping scope with wit, humor, and human drama, Thor is mighty Marvel entertainment.
After his reckless actions reignite an ancient war, the Norse god (Chris Hemsworth) is stripped of his powers, cast out... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94910%
Critics Consensus: With the help of its charismatic lead, some impressive action sequences, and even a few surprises, Iron Man 3 is a witty, entertaining adventure and a strong addition to the Marvel canon.
After a malevolent enemy reduces his world to rubble, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) must rely on instinct and ingenuity... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106579%
Critics Consensus: Black Widow's deeper themes are drowned out in all the action, but it remains a solidly entertaining standalone adventure that's rounded out by a stellar supporting cast.
Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108367%
Critics Consensus: Packed with action, humor, and visual thrills, Captain Marvel introduces the MCU's latest hero with an origin story that makes effective use of the franchise's signature formula.
Captain Marvel is an alien Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of a battle between her people... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89692%
Critics Consensus: With plenty of pulpy action, a pleasantly retro vibe, and a handful of fine performances, Captain America is solidly old-fashioned blockbuster entertainment.
After an experimental program turns him into a supersoldier, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), now known as Captain America, leads the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98043%
Critics Consensus: Led by a charming performance from Paul Rudd, Ant-Man offers Marvel thrills on an appropriately smaller scale -- albeit not as smoothly as its most successful predecessors.
Armed with a suit that allows him to shrink in size but grow in strength, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) must prevent... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105190%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, and irreverent humor add up to a sequel that's almost as fun -- if not quite as thrillingly fresh -- as its predecessor.
The team struggles to keep its newfound family together as it tries to unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110374%
Critics Consensus: Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle the evil Thanos -- an intergalactic... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110721%
Critics Consensus: A lighter, brighter superhero movie powered by the effortless charisma of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man and The Wasp offers a much-needed MCU palate cleanser.
Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Scott Lang once again dons the Ant-Man suit to fight alongside... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106881%
Critics Consensus: Doctor Strange artfully balances its outrÃ© source material against the blockbuster constraints of the MCU, delivering a thoroughly entertaining superhero origin story in the bargain.
After a terrible accident, Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) loses his ability to operate but finds new purpose when a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104219%
Critics Consensus: Suspenseful and politically astute, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a superior entry in the Avengers canon and is sure to thrill Marvel diehards.
Captain America (Chris Evans), the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and a new ally, the Falcon, face an unexpected enemy as... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110895%
Critics Consensus: Captain America: Civil War begins the next wave of Marvel movies with an action-packed superhero blockbuster boasting a decidedly non-cartoonish plot and the courage to explore thought-provoking themes.
Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side when a feud between Captain America (Chris Evans)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 115042%
Critics Consensus: A breezily unpredictable blend of teen romance and superhero action, Spider-Man: Far from Home stylishly sets the stage for the next era of the MCU.
Spider-Man teams up with Nick Fury and fellow superhero Mysterio to stop four massive elemental creatures -- each representing Earth,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107135%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a script that emphasizes its heroes' humanity and a wealth of superpowered set pieces, The Avengers lives up to its hype and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.
S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) recruits a team of superheroes to pull the world back from the brink of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 112174%
Critics Consensus: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings isn't entirely free of Marvel's familiar formula, but this exciting origin story expands the MCU in more ways than one.
Martial-arts master Shang-Chi confronts the past he thought he left behind when he's drawn into the web of the mysterious... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107651%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect -- as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.
A space adventurer (Chris Pratt) becomes the quarry of bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by a treacherous... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110718%
Critics Consensus: Spider-Man: Homecoming does whatever a second reboot can, delivering a colorful, fun adventure that fits snugly in the sprawling MCU without getting bogged down in franchise-building.
Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, high school student Peter Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as... [More]
Adjusted Score: 114926%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, funny, and above all fun, Thor: Ragnarok is a colorful cosmic adventure that sets a new standard for its franchise -- and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Thor must battle the Hulk in a deadly gladiatorial contest and prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105428%
Critics Consensus: Powered by Robert Downey Jr.'s vibrant charm, Iron Man turbo-charges the superhero genre with a deft intelligence and infectious sense of fun.
A wealthy industrialist (Robert Downey Jr.) builds an armored suit and uses it to defeat criminals and terrorists.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 123598%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel's epic Infinity Saga.
The remaining Avengers -- Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner -- must figure out a way to bring... [More]
Adjusted Score: 124632%
Critics Consensus: Black Panther elevates superhero cinema to thrilling new heights while telling one of the MCU's most absorbing stories -- and introducing some of its most fully realized characters.
Black Panther's mettle as king gets tested when an old enemy draws him into a conflict that puts his nation... [More]
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