My Marvel Movies Ranked

The TL:DR version - My Final Ranks: https://boxd.it/1JTjC

It seems that a lot of the folks I follow have put together their list of the top Marvel Films. Now that Avengers: Infinity War is out, I thought it was probably time for me to at least take a stab at a list of my own.

But with eighteen films to work with, it seemed to be a very overwhelming task.  So I decided to apply a very simple methodology to my ranks:

First, I looked at the films releases by the "Phases" as ordered by Marvel:

Original Release List:

Phase One


  1. Iron Man (2008)
  2. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  3. Iron Man 2 (2010)
  4. Thor (2011)
  5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  6. Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

Phase Two


  1. Iron Man 3 (2013)
  2. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  5. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  6. Ant-Man (2015)

Phase Three


  1. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  2. Doctor Strange (2016)
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  4. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  5. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  6. Black Panther (2018)
  7. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)


I began by ranking the films within their release “Phases:”

Phase One


  1. Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
  2. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  3. Iron Man (2008)
  4. Iron Man 2 (2010)
  5. Thor (2011)
  6. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Phase Two


  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  3. Ant-Man (2015)
  4. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  5. Iron Man 3 (2013)
  6. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Phase Three*


  1. Black Panther (2018)
  2. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  3. Doctor Strange (2016)
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  5. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  6. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)


At this point, I then took the number films and listed them by phase, so I listed the films together by their ranks in order of the Phases (i.e., Phase One #1, Phase Two #1, Phase Three #1, Phase One #2, Phase Two #2, Phase Three #3, etc.).  Once I had all eighteen films ordered this way, I then looked at their orders, and adjusted accordingly.

From the above, the final rankings are like this:


  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  2. Black Panther (2018)
  3. Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
  4. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  5. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  6. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  7. Doctor Strange (2016)
  8. Iron Man (2008)
  9. Ant-Man (2015)
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  11. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  12. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  13. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  14. Iron Man 2 (2010)
  15. Iron Man 3 (2013)
  16. Thor (2011)
  17. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  18. The Incredible Hulk (2008)


Needless to say I’m surprised by the final order.  I never thought that a film like Spider-Man: Homecoming would have fallen so low, for example. But then, I still think that there is not a stinker among these films. I would rather watch The Incredible Hulk again, than say, Suicide Squad.


*Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – currently unranked, as it is part of a larger story. Will have to reserve ranking until the second part is released in 2019.

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