The [Real] Definitive MCU Rankings

USA Today recently released their “Definitive” Marvel Cinematic Universe rankings(FOUND HERE), if you listened to Issue 12 of our podcast, you heard the guys take great issue with this. With Thor: Ragnarok, The House of Mouse has released 17 Marvel films. Below you will find The [Real] Definitive MCU rankings by yours truly, Lance, The Series Sergeant.

17. Iron Man 2
Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell are fantastic actors, they were underutilized in this film, it’s a shame that we have not seen them creep up again


16. Thor
Excellent humor, Natalie Portman was miscast and Thor looks like a Surfer from the California coast. Without the humor this movie would be at the bottom of my list.


15. Avengers: Age of Ultron
How do you mess up James Spader? He is one of the greatest actors of the last 20 years and his greatest accomplishment is killing off Quicksilver (Fox’s Quicksilver is better). The whole movie he is an unstoppable force but, in the end, his demise seemed too easy.


14. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
Forced humor in the form of simple one-liners. Volume 2 takes the Magic of Volume 1 and dumbs it down. Michael Rooker as Yondu/Mary Poppins is fantastic. Sylvester Stallone, Michael Rosenbaum and Ving Rames are underutilized and Baby Groot is overdone.


13. Thor: The Dark World
We want a funny Thor as made evident by Ragnaroks success. Again, Portman is miscast and doesn’t seem that she wants to be there.

12. The Incredible Hulk
Edward Norton had a vision for what The Hulk and Bruce Banner should be, though he is not traditional like Ruffalos Banner, it works. When will see The Leader and Abomination again?

11. Iron Man 3
One of Marvels darker films, it takes place after Joss Whedons Avengers. The only reason its not higher is that Mandarin reveal. (Really Marvel?)


10. Captain America: Civil War
Batman V. Superman Marvel-fied and better, Bucky Barnes is finally joining Team Cap and plus those Spider-Man and Black Panther introductions are top notch. Ant-Man’s intro to the team was pretty forced though.

9. Doctor Strange
What do you get when you give Sherlock Holmes magic powers and no influence from Martin Freemans Watson? Doctor Strange. (Kudos Marvel on realizing the brilliance of Freeman and Cumberbatch and bringing them into the fold


8. Captain America: The First Avenger
The best trilogy in my opinion, is Captain Americas. The World War II setting was refreshing when the movies before it were heavy handed in the new age technology department. The is a really well made, grounded origin story.


7. Spider-Man: Homecoming
The best live Spiderman AND Peter Parker we have ever gotten. There is not one thing about this film I would change except for the pointless Pepper Potts ending. Gwyneth Paltrow needs to go. (I’ve learned that she will be in Infinity War, what a shame

6. Ant-Man
This one concerned me when it was announced due to the sheer silliness of the character I was even more concerned when Edgar Wright exited the project. Kevin Feige, Paul Rudd and Peyton Reed found a way to make this work and boy did it work. Michael Peña, T.I. Harris and David Dastmalchian were brilliant.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy
A total different take on the Status Quo that is the MCU, this relied more on humor and took a lot of risks. We can look to this movie as the point where the layout of the MCU changed. Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper are sensational, plus there’s that Seth Green as Howard the Duck cameo

4. Iron Man
The one that started them all, anyone who didn’t read comic had no idea what Iron Man was or is and he is the centerpiece of the whole Universe. He is the catalyst for Ultron, Civil War and Spiderman. If he does die or retire in Infinity War his presence will still be felt in the MCU for years.


3. Thor: Ragnarok
Korg (Even though he looks and acts nothing like the comic character from Planet Hulk), short haired Thor, Tessa Thompson, Hulk and Jeff Golblum. ‘Nuff Said.


2. Marvels The Avengers
Joss Whedon is to comic book movies as J.J. Abrahams is to movies set in space. Being a fan himself, he knows what we want as an audience and delivers, despite Age of Ultron. It’s a shame that Justice League is not faring well with critics, this man tries and cares more about a good film rather than a paycheck.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
My favorite entry in the Captain America trilogy, there’s something really endearing about Steve Rogers that the other avengers don’t possess. He represents all that is good in the world when the whole thing is turning to garbage. Samuel L Jackson, Robert Redford and Sebastian Stan standout in this film.


So what do you think Crunchers? Is my list correct? Or did USA Today do a better job? Give us your top 5 and why in the comments below! Until next time:



  1. This is much better than USA Today’s post. I would change Thor: the dark world with the first Thor. I would also bring guardians volume 2 a tad bit higher and move doctor strange a bit lower. Overall, way better than USA Today.

  2. Agreed with Chase. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 deserves a higher spot on this list. Also, Spiderman should be above Antman and IronMan 3 should be at the bottom of the list if it should even exist at all. I will never forgive Disney for making the mandarin a joke! Stupidest twist in a film ever!!!!!

    That said, I totally agree with your top 3. All three are excellent films and extremely well done.

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