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MCU Movies: Best to Worst (in My Opinion)

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People who added this item 1701 Average listal rating (1265 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
Everyone except me seems to utterly adore this movie. It's not bad, but it's probably my least favourite MCU film of all. It has one of the clumsiest, most tonally jarring openings I've ever seen, and I simply never liked the characters. Now, the Telltale game, that's a different story! :-)
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Another unpopular opinion here: this is definitely one of my least favourites. I know the idea was for Cap's beliefs to be challenged by a world where morality isn't so clear-cut anymore, but the film's overall form is a politically charged spy thriller, which doesn't interest me in the slightest.
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I like this sequel slightly more than its predecessor, mainly because the story is more interesting, the characters are fleshed out more and it sometimes addresses their flaws. All the same, they still didn't fully win me over. Again, I prefer the Telltale game, especially concerning the character of Mantis.
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People who added this item 183 Average listal rating (431 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.9
Another one that everyone seems to love except me. While I do think it's well written and a worthy continuation of Thor's adventures, I hate the sudden full-on comedic approach after the first two movies took themselves fairly seriously – especially considering the movie is named after what's essentially the apocalypse.
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People who added this item 1915 Average listal rating (1213 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
Iron Man 3 (2013)
This one, while still decent, is easily my least favourite of the Iron Man trilogy. On one hand, the story has Tony at his lowest point, suffering from anxiety attacks and forced back to basics with minimal tech. On the other hand, the villains and their plan never impressed me.
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People who added this item 2546 Average listal rating (1667 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.8
Despite being a solid film and arguably the best Hulk movie ever made (much better than Ang Lee's Hulk, anyway), it's become inconsequential to the MCU: Edward Norton was recast, and none of the events from this movie have been mentioned since. I'd recommend it just for its own merits.
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People who added this item 3440 Average listal rating (2250 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Iron Man 2 (2010)
This sequel is definitely inferior to the original, because it doesn't seem as tightly written. There are several subplots constantly vying for attention, lessening the effect of what, in theory, should have been a more personal story. But it all comes together near the end, resulting in a brilliant climax.
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People who added this item 3036 Average listal rating (2040 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Thor (2011)
Director Kenneth Branagh somehow makes a story involving gods and magic far less epic than it could have been. It's when Thor loses his powers that makes the movie for me, as that's when his character truly shines through. Overall, not one of my personal favourites, but still pretty good.
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People who added this item 740 Average listal rating (578 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.5
Now we're definitely getting better. :-) The action scenes make terrific use of the newly introduced magic, and the final villain encounter is one of the cleverest I've ever seen. I was introduced to Doctor Strange through the 2007 animated film, but I have no problem recommending this one to newcomers.
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People who added this item 4884 Average listal rating (3329 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Iron Man (2008)
The movie that started it all is simply a blast; it treats its characters with respect but has an utterly gleeful sense of fun (despite the distractingly obvious CGI). But what holds it all together is Robert Downey Jr.; I think, with any other actor, this movie would have died.
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People who added this item 1529 Average listal rating (979 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7
I'm in a minority who considers this the best of the Thor movies. It's much more focused and consistent than the first one. Each scene adds to the previous one so seamlessly that your investment and excitement rises like a straight, constant incline, and the portal-hopping climax is a riot.
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People who added this item 119 Average listal rating (336 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.9
Despite being as creative and thrilling as ever, and with the Russos at their best in terms of camerawork, this movie feels a tad hollow because the size of the cast leaves little room for character development, so they feel more like chess pieces than actual characters. Great ending, though.
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People who added this item 930 Average listal rating (725 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
This is more like Avengers 2.5 than Captain America 3. It focuses on politics tearing friendships apart, and both sides of the debate do raise good arguments. While the frenetic camerawork makes some early action scenes close to unwatchable, the massive central brawl at the airport is definitely a highlight.
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People who added this item 378 Average listal rating (476 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.5
This is easily the best depiction of Spider-Man we've ever seen in a movie: Tom Holland perfectly captures both the humble high school geek and the wisecracking crimefighter. It's about a lowly hero trying to prove he's worthy of the big leagues, and Michael Keaton's Vulture is an excellent villain.
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People who added this item 1004 Average listal rating (730 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Ant-Man (2015)
This is another tremendously fun one, loaded with uproarious humour. It stands out from the crowd for two main reasons: it's a heist story, and it's the first time the MCU has seen two generations of the same hero, with the original Ant-Man acting as mentor to the new one.
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This, in my opinion, is one of the best in the entire franchise. Thanks to the meticulous build-up in the first two acts, you get a perfect sense of the character's ideals and root for him completely, and it all perfectly balances the line between legit drama and tongue-in-cheek fun.
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People who added this item 1414 Average listal rating (943 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.4
A little jam-packed perhaps, but Avengers 2 is almost as good as the first one. It's the same wonderful characters, the dialogue is just as snappy, and there are breathtaking moments aplenty. Plus it constantly acknowledges the danger to civilians in what seems like a counter to Man of Steel.
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People who added this item 84 Average listal rating (349 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.6
All I can say is, "Wow!" This is, hands down, one of the MCU's absolute best. It boasts a full cast of instantly memorable characters, it has outstanding action scenes, and an intriguing story about the responsibilities of running an advanced nation and how different people choose to approach them.
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People who added this item 3509 Average listal rating (2318 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Avengers (2012)
Yes, you guessed it! :-) It delivers all the edge-of-your-seat action and character development you'd expect, with the bonus of Joss Whedon's magical touch: his writing leads to some laugh-out-loud hilarious character-driven comedy. It truly is a miracle of a superhero movie: a pitch-perfect team-up that's immensely fun but not brainless.
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is pretty much the king of comic book movies at the moment. Ever since 2008's Iron Man, nearly all these interconnected movies have been both critically and financially successful, and impressed legions of Marvel fans too. These movies understand their characters so well that everyone has their own personal favourites, usually based mainly on the characters alone. There are many more MCU movies to come, so I think eventually there'll be enough to warrant a top ten of my personal favourites. But for now, here's the entire franchise, arranged in my personal order of preference.

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