With the news of comic legend Stan Lee’s passing, the world reminisced on Stan’s extraordinary work that entertained and inspired many around the globe. Personally, I was devastated when I first heard about Stan’s passing because I’m an incredibly huge fan of the Marvel cinematic universe. From the first Iron Man movie, to Thanos finally battling the Avengers, to waiting for Stan’s cameo in every movie, MCU movies have awed me. I will forever be grateful for Stan’s creativity and storytelling that has made my childhood truly awesome.
In remembrance of Stan’s work, I’ve decided to rank my top ten Marvel cinematic universe movies. Since Iron Man released 10 years ago, Marvel’s put out 20 movies in the MCU alone. In case you don’t know, the MCU refers to the cinematic universe including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and multiple different TV series; the X-Men, Deadpool, and Venom are not included in this universe. Marvel has been putting out movies and TV series like crazy.
I expect there to be disagreement in my rankings as almost every ranking list does, but I do know something that Marvel fans can all agree on: Stan Lee’s work has brought endless joy to millions and his legacy will forever be remembered.
Who doesn’t love a teenage superhero with a comical best friend and Tony Stark as their father figure? Homecoming is definitely a fan favorite with Tom Holland masterfully playing a hilarious, playful, but determined Spider-Man. And who could ever forget the funniest plot twist in the history of plot twists!? (PSA: Andrew Garfield is still my #1)
When Cap sees Bucky for the first time since he saw him “die” in the first Captain America movie, it hit me hard. But anyways, the second installment of THE BEST Marvel trilogy doesn’t disappoint. So many cool scenes in this movie like the elevator fight scene and Cap vs. Bucky aboard a helicarrier make The Winter Soldier 136 minutes of ass-kicking action.
Dr. Strange introduces one of the more powerful Avengers as well as the time stone and more background into the vast depth of the MCU. From the beginning to the final boss scene, Dr. Strange hooks in the audience with it’s crazy mystic art fight scenes. One of the better Marvel movies on Netflix (well, one of the only).
Where it all started; Iron Man shaped the MCU. No other superhero movie has had more of a impact than Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. revamps his career with a perfect portrayal of genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, Tony Stark. Changing the game of secret identities, “I am Iron Man” goes down as the most memorable quote of superhero history. Still gives me goosebumps to this day.
An absolute masterpiece, Black Panther is the first MCU film that Marvel is pushing to win Best Picture at the Oscars. The best part of this movie is Killmonger, a villain favorite with complete swagger and a reasonable motive that ultimately incites Wakanda to open up its resources. Apart from the stunning images, sick technology, and fun soundtrack, Killmonger is not thought of enough as such a big part in making Black Panther a top Marvel movie.
Did I mention Captain America is the best trilogy in the MCU? Oh, right. Anyways, Captain America: Civil War is a exciting movie to watch. Not only does it introduce Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU, but the airport fight scene and Iron Man v. Cap scene go down as two of the best scenes in MCU history. It also marks the first time a Marvel villain technically won (Thanks a lot Zemo).
Who knew the trio of Thor, Loki, and Bruce Banner would work so well? Thor: Ragnarok is not only the funniest Marvel movie to date, but also one of the more visually pleasing superhero films to date. Apart from the comedic value and Thor going god mode, the importance of Thor: Ragnarok in the MCU makes it ten times more appealing to watch.
The biggest crossover event in cinema history, Infinity War packs immense action and all your favorite superheros in less than three hours. Many Marvel movies have foreshadowed the match-up against Thanos and Josh Brolin ends up exceeding expectations as the Mad Titan. Although the ending leaves audience members in states of shock, Infinity War combines the greatness of every Marvel movie into one masterpiece. Re-watched it five times in the first month it came out (sorry, FBI).