Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, ranked

[And now for something a little different… After reading a number of articles/posts ranking the (now) 13 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies, I thought I should bring a REAL expert to the table. Step aside, y’all, because the sheriff is in town. My 10 year-old son, Drew, is a self-proclaimed Marvel comics geek and knows more about the MCU than you can imagine. So, I invited him to write a guest post to add to the genre of MCU movie rankings. Without further ado, here’s Drew…]


Hi, my name is Drew and I am a freshly crowned Marvel comics geek (since October last year). I am going to rank the MCU movies from worst to best. Keep in mind that I LOVE THEM ALL!!! I’m just ranking them by how much I love them.

13. Iron Man

I know, normally this movie is everyone’s favorite, but I don’t really like the Iron Man movies in any particular way more than the others. It could be because I don’t particularly like violence and this is definitely the most brutal of the bunch. On the bright side, this movie begins the MCU with some great characters including Tony, Pepper, and even Agent Coulson, who I like even more now that I finally started watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

12. Iron Man 2

Really underappreciated. I can’t think of a single reason why this is the worst-reviewed MCU movie, except for maybe a cliche villain. On the other hand, this movie continues the Iron Man movies trend of being incredibly violent, the main reason I don’t like them as much as the others. Oh, and this Rhodey is way better.

11. Iron Man 3

Definitely my favorite Iron Man movie. The humor is great, all the different Iron Man armors are awesome, and unlike most people, I actually like that Killian got his butt kicked by a female. My only complaint is that AGAIN WITH THE VIOLENCE!

10. Thor: The Dark World

As I write this, I suddenly realized that this is the one movie in the MCU that is a sequel not as good as the first. The beginning is good, the end is good, but the middle is kinda… mleah. Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a bad movie. It’s just not as good as the first.

9. The Incredible Hulk

One of the most underappreciated movies of all time, right next to the new Ninja Turtles movie (Yes, I liked it). I got a much better Hulk experience than in the Avengers movies (which were still better for other reasons). I was seriously expecting this movie to be a lot worse than it actually was.

8. Thor

The gods of Norse mythology and Marvel Comics were portrayed wonderfully in this movie. I like the modern sci-fi elements, like the Bifrost being a wormhole or Yggdrasil being a cosmic nebula. And unlike most people, I think Thor and Jane make a good couple.

7. Captain America: The First Avenger

I really liked this way to introduce Captain America into the MCU. Very different from the WWII-era Timely Comics. My favorite change was making Bucky, instead of Cap’s teenage sidekick, his best friend that everyone knocks Cap over on the way to see.

6. The Avengers

Yes, I know it’s supposed to be #1 or #2, but sixth place isn’t bad. It’s very different from the origin of the Avengers in the sixties comics, which I just read. Also, Thanos’s cameo in this is perfect, setting up INFINITY WAR!

5. Ant-Man

Yes, I like this better than The Avengers. Sue Me. The humor in this was great, and I really like the effects of the shrinking and growing. And, Cassie is adorable. And the showdown between Ant-Man and Falcon was awesome.

4. Avengers: Age of Ultron

I actually liked this better than the first . The twins were awesome, Ultron was horrifying, and I only have one complaint. And, that would be that THEY KILLED QUICKSILVER IN HIS FIRST APPEARANCE THAT WASN’T A POST-CREDIT SCENE AND HE HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL AND HE WAS HILARIOUS AND AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGHHHHH SMASH!… so, yeah.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy

I’m sure someone is gonna go and say, “Hey, I only like serious stuff, blah, blah, blah!” But, deep down inside, we’re all suckers for goofy, heartfelt movies like this. Oh, and Star-Lord was perfectly cast from my personal favorite movie of all time, The Lego Movie!

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

This movie was my favorite until May 6. This movie sent ripples through the MCU and my brain’s awesomeness center. I don’t have a single bad thing to say about this movie.

1. Captain America: Civil War

Mission report. May 6, 2016. Mission report. AWESOMENESS! What you’ll want to hear is the newcomers. A total of eight new characters were adopted into this movie, but you’d be thinking of Spider-Man and Black Panther. They’re AWESOME. I didn’t want to put this on top just because it’s the newest, but it’s the newest and the best.

Bye, everyone!

7 thoughts on “Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, ranked”

  1. Drew,

    1) Spot on reviews! I really enjoy how you explain your ranking process through details of each movie. I’ve seen all of these movies, and I would agree.

    2) Your use of humor in your reviews made me laugh LOUDLY.

    3) I can’t wait for the Black Panther movie… and did you hear that Black Widow gets her own movie, too?! About time.

    4) Thanks to your dad for having you guest post. Maybe you can make this a regular gig.

  2. Steve Whitaker says:

    This is fantastic. Great ranking, great write-ups. I agree with lots of your points– keep posting! (And yes– Civil War was AWESOME.)

  3. Laura Gogia says:

    Excellent post! Great introduction to Marvel movies for people like me who don’t know where to begin. Thanks for writing this. 🙂

  4. Kristin Palmer says:

    We’ve seen Civil War three times in the last week. Love your posting. Definitely press your dad on posting more. Best e-learning/ed tech post ever. You made my day. Thanks! 🙂

  5. Amy Swygert says:

    Excellent analysis and writing. I can’t wait to see Captain America: Civil War. Uncle Jeff, Megan, Paige and I are planning to see it this weekend. The fact that it’s #1 on your list makes me even more excited to see it!

    Your Dad is a good writer, but this was way more interesting than the usual posts on this blog. Keep writing!

    Aunt Amy

  6. Pat Becker says:

    Very well thought out post. Don’t understand most of it, but I am sure you will have a grateful and interested audience.

  7. Alan Levine says:

    Ask your Dad for your own blog! You are definitely ready.

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