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Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe

With the brand new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I figured now would be as good a time as any to rank the films in the biggest franchise of today, so here they are ranked, in my opinion, from number 13 to number 1 presented by our awesome friends over at FatCats Gilbert. The Pulse Movie Crew is lucky enough to check out the newest releases at FatCats Gilbert, and it is easily the most comfortable place to see a movie in the valley!reviewed Captain America: Civil War, and if you didn’t get a chance to read it, I really loved the movie, so I’m ready to rank them! Also, please feel completely free to rank them down in the comments! I would love to hear your thoughts! Let’s get going!

13. Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2

First up is Iron Man 2. It’s not that I even dislike this movie. I like this movie. I don’t love this movie. In fact, I think it’s pretty forgettable unless you have seen it a hundred times. The brain behind the operation is pretty flat, and Iron Man makes a complete turn into a different, unlikable character. Tony Stark is no angel, but he’s likable as heck. He isn’t in this movie. It did have some decent scenes and went a long way in setting up what we know now in the universe, so I do have Iron Man 2 to thank for that. Plus a scene with Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood, California is typically a plus.

12. Thor: The Dark World

Thor The Dark World

Does anyone remember what happened in this movie? I kind of do. Marvel fell victim to another weak and forgettable villain, and they almost seem to pull Loki into this movie to drive it. Natalie Portman, who is one of my favorite actresses in Hollywood felt useless and overused. I still do like the movie because Chris Hemsworth always kills it as Thor.

11. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers Age of Ultron

When I first saw this movie I thought it was awesome. I’ve seen it a few times since, and I feel like I like it less and less every time. I still do like the movie, but I like it less and less every time. Fortunately, there is some great stuff in this movie. This movie is probably the funniest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the Hulkbuster scene is absolutely incredible. It also introduces the Vision who, or which, is also amazing.

10. Thor


Thor was actually one of the movies that made me love comic book films. I did see Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man 2 before Thor, but it was still important in shaping my love for comic book movies. I loved Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and this movie introduced probably the best Marvel villain so far in Loki.

9. Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

A lot of people hate Iron Man 3. I really like it. Iron Man 3 was a lot of fun for me, and though it has its problems, I think it is a good movie. Also, Iron Man is my favorite comic book character of all time, so I am slightly partial to the character, but I thought that for the most part, Iron Man 3 was a very fun movie, and the first half of this movie is, in my opinion, excellent.

8. Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America The First Avenger

In the 2011 origin of the first avenger in the coveted super-team, we get to see the origin of Captain America, one of the biggest comic book characters of all time. Is it a little fluffy? Sure, but it is still a solid origin story of one of my favorite fictional characters. It had a great cast, and nothing can go wrong with Chris Evans as Steve Rogers.

7. The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk

This movie gets a lot of hate. It’s not easy for Hulk to carry his own film, and I definitely see why the Marvel Cinematic Universe could not move forward with the notoriously difficult Edward Norton as the Hulk. Fortunately, I thought that he was actually very good in this movie, and it is one of the first films of the series that set up what we know now. while still not an amazing villain, Tim Roth was solid in the role. It is widely known that Roth has said that he took a role to pay for his daughter’s tuition, which I won’t judge him for. Many people like to talk about how he phones roles in for that reason, but he was good in this movie.

6. Ant-Man

Ant Man

Not many people outside of the comic book reading world knew who or what Ant-Man was before this film, but it turned out to be one of the most fun movies in the franchise. Paul Rudd was so good in the role of Scott Lang, and after a long line of comedies like The 40 Year-Old Virgin, I Love You, Man, and This is 40, he brought his acting talents to the next level and shined in this movie. Michael Pena was also phenomenal in the film, and it’s just such a fun movie.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting anything from this movie. I didn’t even see Guardians of the Galaxy the first weekend it was released because I just didn’t expect anything. This movie was an absolute blast. It was so funny, and with an amazing cast, visuals, and storyline, this movie easily jumped up to become one of my favorite Marvel films to date.

4. Iron Man

Iron Man

In the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’re introduced to a character who was nowhere near as big as he is now: Iron Man. This movie was phenomenal. I absolutely adore this movie, and it is one of my favorite movies of the 2000s. It introduces a sarcastic genius and a character who is still beloved by movie fans everywhere, and in a moment of perfect planet alignment, Robert Downey Jr. fit the role like a glove.

3. Captain America: Civil War

Civil War

If you got the chance to check my review of this film out, you’ll know that I loved this movie. I have seen two comic book movies this year that could bounce into my top 5 comic book movies of all time very easily, and this was one of them. It has some of the best action in a comic book film I have ever seen, and with phenomenal character moments and times where everyone can shine, Captain America: Civil War was amazing.

2. The Avengers


What can I say about this movie that hasn’t already been said? This movie made my year when it was released. Though it is number two on this list, it is the only movie on the list that I would award a perfect 10/10. It was amazing to see all of Marvel’s biggest heroes come together on screen to face arguably the best Marvel Cinematic Universe villain so far, and it did not disappoint.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The Winter Solider

Captain America: The Winter Soldier was eye opening. I absolutely adored this movie. This movie proved that Captain America was just as awesome as everybody thought he was before the first movie then wound up a bit confused when there wasn’t a crazy amount of action and pure awesomeness from the character. That’s probably because they were saving a ton of it for this movie, and it is my favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe film. As I mentioned, The Avengers would be the only film on this list I would war my highest score of 10, but I really loved the story of Captain America: The Winter Soldier the most, and it emotionally resonated with me and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe the most.

Which Marvel Cinematic Universe film is your favorite? Comment down in the comment section and let me know! I would love to see your rankings! Next up on November 4th is Doctor Strange, so I’m excited be able to see it and see just where it fits in on my list! I should have a spoiler discussion out on Captain America: Civil War sometime out today, so be sure to stay tuned for that! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at [email protected]
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