Marvel Movies Ranked From Worst To Best According To Rotten Tomatoes
With the likes of Thor: Ragnarok and Spiderman: Homecoming coming out this year (and Black Panther and Ant-Man and The Wasp due out in 2018), things are looking pretty sweet for Marvel Studios at the moment.
Marvel’s superhero movies have been the go-to blockbusters of the 21st Century. They’ve absolutely dominated big screens across the world. And not just because there are a lot of geeks out there. Although there are. The reason behind their success is the cross-over appeal they have. You don’t need to be a comic book fan to appreciate the Marvel movies.
But which is the best?
Movie critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has totalled up all of the reviews written by respected journos and film writers and ranked them for us… And here they are in descending order:
15. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
The second of the Thor movies, Thor: The Dark World reunites pretty much the entire cast from the first film. But Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hiddlestone aren’t enough to save this from being the least loved of all the Marvel outings. They should’ve kept Kenneth Branagh on as director.
14. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Ang Lee and Eric Bana had teamed up for Hulk a few years before this Ed Norton reboot. Hulk wasn’t a Marvel movie, though. Which is a shame for the studio, only it’s a much better film. Ed Norton is woefully miscast here as Dr. Bruce Banner. Though Tim Roth is pretty menacing as the bad guy, Emil Blonsky.
Fun, watchable, flawed.
13. Iron Man 2 (2010)
In at number 13 in the best Marvel movies we have the second of the three Iron Man movies. It’s solid enough and Mickey Rourke stands out, but it lacks a little of the freshness and originality that the first Iron Man brought us. A worthy sequel, but paler than it’s older brother.
12. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
We all loved the first Avengers flick. And looked forward to its follow-up pretty keenly. But, impressive (if overlong) set pieces and action scenes aside, it wasn’t as good as the first movie. The biggest problem? Ultron. The big ‘scary’ bad guy was played with glee and panache by James Spader, but the character disappointed.
This Joss Whedon-directed follow-up just didn’t quite click into place for most film fans.
11. Thor (2011)
Just missing out on a top ten spot is the first Thor movie. It starts almost like a Shakespearian tragedy, with heavy back-plotting about the franchise’s Norse god set-up, but the fun really starts when Thor gets to Earth. It’s no classic, but it’s a whole heap of fun anyway.
10. Iron Man 3 (2013)
Shane Black of Lethal Weapon and The Nice Guys fame helmed this third installment of the Iron Man movies, weirdly enough. It’s snarky and smart and fun and there’s a huge twist in it, but it still doesn’t quite hit the heights of the original Iron Man.
9. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
A charming and pleasantly restrained Marvel movie, it can consider itself pretty unlucky to be stuck out in ninth place. Setting up the back story of Captain America perfectly, it’s got some fine performances and a cool vintage tinge to it.
8. Ant-Man (2015)
Ant-Man is a bit of an outsider in the Marvel world. He’s in Captain America: Civil War briefly, but he’s not taken particularly seriously by anyone. And nor should his own film be taken that seriously. It’s ‘The Funny One’ in the Marvel canon, but there’s no shame in that. Paul Rudd excels as the smart alec slacker forced to become a superhero and the laughs are consistent pretty much throughout. A lot of fun.
7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
The first Guardians of the Galaxy was such a huge hit that the follow-up was destined to let a few people down. And it did. But it also brought a whole heap of joy to most other fans. Maybe it’s not quite its predecessor. But Vol. 2 is still a great night in the cinema.
6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
People liked the first Captain America movie, but the sequel wasn’t the most anticipated film of all time. That said, it was so much better than many people expected and really helped put the Chris Evans-led franchise on the map. A superior entry from the studio, this.
5. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Because Winter Soldier was so good, buzz for the third Captain America movie was, well, buzzing. With the entirety of the cast the Avengers Assemble movie fighting EACH OTHER! What’s not to like???
Civil War was oddly mature too, exploring as it did some pretty weighty issues.
4. Doctor Strange (2016)
Doctor Strange isn’t exactly the most famous superhero going, is he? Die hard fans of comic books will know who he is, of course. But casual movie fans? Not a clue. So it was a good job early reviews lauded this Benedict Cumberbatch film as being so good then. A surprisingly excellent movie.
3. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Fun, funny, thrilling, silly, irreverent, madcap, brilliant. Critics used a thousand words to describe The Guardians of the Galaxy. All of them positive. The third best reviewed movie of Marvel’s yet.
2. Avengers Assemble (2012)
There had been plenty of movies leading up to this one. So the hype was huge. But Avengers Assemble more than met those lofty expectations. In fact, most critics agreed – it was off the chart. Sure, it’d give you a headache. But what a headache!
1. Iron Man (2008)
Grown-up and yet basically a film about a superhero. No one expected it when Iron Man first hits cinemas back in 2008. And it took movie writers by surprise. And they couldn’t get enough. This has the best write-ups of all 15 movies (so far…).
Marvel-lous stuff, we’re sure you agree. But that’s just how the critics see it. Which Marvel movie do you rate as the best of the bunch?
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