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A complete list of Marvel movies from best to worst

  • A complete list of Marvel movies from best to worst
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    A complete list of Marvel movies from best to worst

    With “Avengers: Infinity War” breaking box office records the world over, Marvel is at the top of the superhero game. The multi-hero blockbuster makes the Marvel Cinematic Universe the highest-grossing franchise of all time, and with another three films slated for 2019 release, they’re not slowing down anytime soon.

    Although the Marvel Cinematic Universe officially began in 2007 with the release of “Iron Man,” Marvel has been in the movie business since 1986—with the release of the critical flop turned fan-favorite “Howard the Duck.”

    Putting revenues aside, which heroes have been the most popular with fans? Has the dawn of the MCU given them more to celebrate, or has the glut of superhero movies led to “Avenger fatigue?

    Using data from IMDb, Stacker has assembled a ranking of every live-action movie released by Marvel. This includes all MCU films, the X-Men and Spider-Man franchises, as well as one-off features like “Electra” and “Punisher: War Zone.” Each film is ranked according to its IMDb user rating, with the total number of user votes considered in the event of a tie. Read on to find out which Marvel movies had fans flying high, and which left them calling out for someone to save the day.

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  • #54. Captain America (1990)
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    #54. Captain America (1990)

    IMDb rating: 3.3
    Director: Albert Pyun
    Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes

    This direct-to-video release tells the origin story of Marvel’s most patriotic hero as he awakens from a frozen coma to battle the evil Red Skull. Despite being the first cinematic depiction of Captain America, this film is most notable for its low budget and its star being the son of “Catcher in the Rye” author J.D. Salinger. The film’s poor reputation has not deterred its director, Albert Pyun, who continues to make low-budget action flicks in the same vein.

  • #53. Nick Fury: Agent of Shield (1998)
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    #53. Nick Fury: Agent of Shield (1998)

    IMDb rating: 3.7
    Director: Rod Hardy
    Runtime: 2 hours

    Before Samuel L. Jackson became known as the no-nonsense, one-eyed leader of S.H.I.E.L.D., the eyepatch was donned by none other than former “Baywatch” star David Hasselhoff. In this TV movie, the super-spy comes out of retirement for one last battle against HYDRA. Although this particular mission didn’t go over well with fans, Hasselhoff would later make a return to the MCU—with a cameo as himself in “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.”

  • #52. The Fantastic Four (1994)
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    #52. The Fantastic Four (1994)

    IMDb rating: 3.9
    Director: Oley Sassone
    Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Despite its low rating, this attempt to make a movie about Marvel’s most famous family has garnered has garnered a great deal of publicity, considering it was never meant for theatrical release. In what would become a recurring trend for Marvel, this film famously failed to meet fans’ expectations of what a Fantastic Four origin story should be—to the point where a separate film has been made to document the demise of this secret project

  • #51. Man-Thing (2005)
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    #51. Man-Thing (2005)

    IMDb rating: 4.0
    Director: Brett Leonard
    Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes

    This little-known horror take on the superhero film centers around the attempts of a Florida sheriff who must investigate the rumors of the titular murderous swamp creature. It premiered on the Sci-Fi channel (now SyFy), followed by a limited international theatrical release, grossing less than $150,000. In retrospect, the film’s failure isn’t too surprising; even its creators were skeptical of the swamp monster’s potential during filming.

  • #50. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
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    #50. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)

    IMDb rating: 4.3
    Directors: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
    Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes

    The sequel to 2007’s “Ghost Rider” finds protagonist Johnny Blaze doing battle with Satan himself in order to exorcise his titular alter ego. Although the film’s box office failure spelled the end of the Ghost Rider series, star Nicholas Cage has advocated for a grittier, R-rated reboot in the vein of “Deadpool.”

  • #49. Fantastic Four (2015)
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    #49. Fantastic Four (2015)

    IMDb rating: 4.3
    Director: Josh Trank
    Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes

    Despite its star-studded cast, the most recent attempt to revive the Fantastic Four franchise hasn’t done much better than any of its counterparts. In this instance, the retelling of the Fantastic Four’s origin story was marred by disagreements between director Josh Trank and 20th Century Fox. It later cleaned up at the infamous Golden Raspberry Awards, receiving awards for Worst Director and a tie for Worst Picture.

  • #48. Howard the Duck (1986)
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    #48. Howard the Duck (1986)

    IMDb rating: 4.6
    Director: Willard Huyck
    Runtime: 1 hour 50 minutes

    The hero of Marvel’s first official theatrical release had neither a cape nor a mask—but he did have webbed feet and an orange bill. “Howard the Duck” follows the profane waterfowl from Duckworld as he struggles to save Earth from an intergalactic invasion. Although the film was a flop back in 1986, cameos in both “Guardians of the Galaxy” films have led to a renewed interest in the characteralthough Guardians director James Gunn has publicly dispelled rumors of a reboot.

  • #47. Elektra (2005)
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    #47. Elektra (2005)

    IMDb rating: 4.7
    Director: Rob Bowman
    Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes

    This spinoff of 2003’s “Daredevil” follows female assassin Elektra (Jennifer Garner) as she tries to protect a father-daughter duo from rival mercenaries. The film has faded into obscurity in the wake of today’s superhero boom.

  • #46. Ghost Rider (2007)
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    #46. Ghost Rider (2007)

    IMDb rating: 5.2
    Director: Mark Steven Johnson
    Runtime: 1 hour 54 minutes

    The 2007 origin story of Marvel’s fiery, supernatural motorcyclist grossed almost $230 million at the box office, which was enough to warrant a sequel in 2011. However the character’s appearance on Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” hints that Johnny Blaze won’t be returning to the big screen anytime soon.

  • #45. Daredevil (2003)
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    #45. Daredevil (2003)

    IMDb rating: 5.3
    Director: Mark Steven Johnson
    Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes

    Despite arguably laying the groundwork for the current crop of Marvel movies, Ben Affleck’s turn as the blind lawyer-turned-crime fighter has not been remembered fondly. Fortunately, fans of Matt Murdock’s red-suited alter ego can get their fix for the character on the critically acclaimed Netflix series

  • #44. 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
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    #44. 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

    IMDb rating: 5.6
    Director: Tim Story
    Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes

    In this sequel to 2005’s “Fantastic Four,” the superhero family teams up once again to prevent the mysterious Silver Surfer from destroying planet Earth. Although this film is the only sequel to any of the “Fantastic Four” movies, it didn’t perform well enough to warrant a third film—signaling another bitter defeat for the Fantastic Four’s movie career.

  • #43. The Punisher (1989)
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    #43. The Punisher (1989)

    IMDb rating: 5.7
    Director: Mark Goldblatt
    Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes

    Ironically Marvel’s first superhero movie centers on one of the company’s most violent characters. Similar to "Daredevil," the film’s reputation has been usurped by the Netflix show “Punisher,” but some fans still wax nostalgic about this direct-to-video, quintessentially '80s superhero drama.

  • #42. Hulk (2003)
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    #42. Hulk (2003)

    IMDb rating: 5.7
    Director: Ang Lee
    Runtime: 2 hours 18 minutes

    Director Ang Lee’s arthouse style led to a unique take on the superhero movie that still has fans polarized. Although the Hulk would be rebooted in theaters five years later in “The Incredible Hulk,” no one was more disappointed that the film flopped than The Hulk himself.

  • #41. Fantastic Four (2005)
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    #41. Fantastic Four (2005)

    IMDb rating: 5.7
    Director: Tim Story
    Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes

    2005 saw the first Fantastic Four film to receive an official cinematic release. Although this origin story was the only Fantastic Four film to do well enough at the box office to warrant a sequel, it was not a favorite of critics. The only hero to escape from the wreckage was actor Chris Evans, who would later lead the Avengers as the MCU’s Captain America.

  • #40. Blade: Trinity (2004)
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    #40. Blade: Trinity (2004)

    IMDb rating: 5.9
    Director: David S. Goyer
    Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes

    In the final film of the “Blade” trilogy, the no-nonsense vampire hunter goes toe-to-toe with Dracula while on the run from the FBI. Although “Blade III” failed to meet the critical and commercial highs of its predecessor, it’s notable for the casting of Ryan Reynolds as Hannibal King. Reynolds would be no stranger to high-flying franchises in the years to follow, starring in both the unsuccessful “Green Lantern” and the box office smash “Deadpool.”

  • #39. Punisher: War Zone (2008)
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    #39. Punisher: War Zone (2008)

    IMDb rating: 6.0
    Director: Lexi Alexander
    Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes

    This reboot of 2004’s “The Punisher” did little to help get Marvel’s violent veteran off the ground. At the time of release, it was the lowest-grossing Marvel movie ever made, returning only $10 million of its $35 million budget.

  • #38. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
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    #38. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

    IMDb rating: 6.2
    Director: Sam Raimi
    Runtime: 2 hours 19 minutes

    In the final film of Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy, Peter Parker has to juggle his newfound celebrity with his developing relationship with Mary Jane Watson, all while doing battle with three of the series’ most beloved villains: Sandman, Venom, and Green Goblin. While the film was mocked for its ridiculous plot at the time of its release, some fans have come to applaud Raimi’s ambition, if not his execution.

  • #37. The Punisher (2004)
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    #37. The Punisher (2004)

    IMDb rating: 6.5
    Director: Jonathan Hensleigh
    Runtime: 2 hours 4 minutes

    “The Punisher” marked the first theatrical appearance of Frank Castle’s violent alter ego since 1989. Although Marvel planned to release a sequel, it was scrapped after director Jonathan Hensleigh and star Thomas Jane left the project, citing creative differences. The planned sequel became the 2008 reboot “Punisher: War Zone.”

  • #36. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
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    #36. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

    IMDb rating: 6.6
    Director: Gavin Hood
    Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes

    This first spin-off of the “X-Men” franchise tells the tale of how Hugh Jackman’s mutant got his iconic metal claws. Despite a successful box office gross and multiple sequels, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” is most notable today for Ryan Reynolds’ appearance as Deadpool, although Reynolds would later mock this cameo in the anti-hero’s 2016 film.

  • #35. Blade II (2002)
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    #35. Blade II (2002)

    IMDb rating: 6.7
    Director: Guillermo del Toro
    Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes

    In the sequel to 1998’s “Blade,” the half-human, half-vampire assassin battles a gang of vampire mutants who threaten to wipe out both humans and vampires. The film was directed by future Best Picture winner Guillermo del Toro, whose success with “Blade II” led to later blockbusters like “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy.”

  • #34. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
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    #34. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

    IMDb rating: 6.7
    Director: Marc Webb
    Runtime: 2 hours 22 minutes

    Riding high off the success of 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” Sony planned to use this sequel to spawn a franchise based around Andrew Garfield’s portrayal of the friendly neighborhood superhero. However, after this film become the lowest-grossing Spider-Man movie of all time, this plan was scrapped. Through a deal between Marvel and Sony, Spider-Man began appearing in MCU films, this time with newcomer Tom Holland under the mask.

  • #33. The Wolverine (2013)
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    #33. The Wolverine (2013)

    IMDb rating: 6.7
    Director: James Mangold
    Runtime: 2 hours 6 minutes

    In the second installment of the trilogy of Wolverine spin-offs, Wolverine travels to Japan in an effort to cope with the events depicted in “X-Men: The Last Stand.” Director Darren Aronofsky (“Requiem for a Dream,” “Mother!”) was originally hired to direct the film, but he resigned before filming began. James Mangold, who would later direct the wildly successful follow-up “Logan,” was hired to replace him.

  • #32. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
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    #32. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

    IMDb rating: 6.7
    Director: Brett Ratner
    Runtime: 1 hour 44 minutes

    “X-Men: The Last Stand” closes out the original X-Men film trilogy with a war among the mutants following the discovery of a cure for their powers. Although the film was the highest-grossing entry in the franchise at the time of release, its dual plot lines were the result of creative differences between its writers and the studio—resulting in a conclusion that left many fans unhappy.

  • #31. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
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    #31. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

    IMDb rating: 6.8
    Director: Louis Leterrier
    Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes

    In contrast to Ang Lee’s 2003 take on Marvel’s greenest, angriest hero, this 2008 film marks the first entry in the MCU after the success of “Iron Man.” However, the film remains something of a dark horse among the MCU canon; Edward Norton did not reprise his role in any future MCU film and was replaced by Mark Ruffalo.

  • #30. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
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    #30. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

    IMDb rating: 6.9
    Director: Joe Johnston
    Runtime: 2 hours 4 minutes

    Captain America’s origin storyand introduction to the MCUtakes viewers back to 1941 as the Avengers’ leader leads the Allies to victory in World War II. Two Captain America sequels, three Avengers films, and millions of dollars later, it’s hard to believe that actor Chris Evans originally turned down the part three times.

  • #29. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
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    #29. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

    IMDb rating: 7.0
    Director: Bryan Singer
    Runtime: 2 hours 24 minutes

    “X-Men: Apocalypse” continues the time-bending series of X-Men films that started in “X-Men: First Class” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” At the time of release, critics predicted this ninth film in the X-Men series could finally spell the end for the franchise, but fans of Charles Xavier’s mutant students have nothing to fear. Another sequel, “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” will hit theaters in 2019.

  • #28. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
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    #28. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

    IMDb rating: 7.0
    Director: Alan Taylor
    Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes

    In the sequel to 2011’s “Thor,” the golden-haired Norse god teams up with his mischievous brother Loki to save the universe from evil dark elves. Critics felt that Tom Hiddleston stole the show as the sly, downtrodden Loki, standing out among an all-star cast, including Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Idris Elba. Despite the mixed reviews, “Thor: The Dark World” grossed nearly $650 million worldwide.

  • #27. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
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    #27. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

    IMDb rating: 7.0
    Director: Marc Webb
    Runtime: 2 hours 16 minutes

    Ten years after the premiere of Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man,” Andrew Garfield swung onto the screen to reinvigorate the franchise after the critical failure of Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3.” The film sparked a heated debate among fans as to whether Garfield’s portrayal of the wall-crawler from NYC surpasses Tobey Maguire's turn in Raimi’s series of films. This battle only got more complicated when Tom Holland entered the mix in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War,” giving fans plenty to keep their Spidey-senses tingling.

  • #26. Iron Man 2 (2010)
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    #26. Iron Man 2 (2010)

    IMDb rating: 7.0
    Director: Jon Favreau
    Runtime: 2 hours 4 minutes

    Just as the real world was starting to get used to the idea of the MCU’s regularly scheduled superhero blockbusters, “Iron Man 2” depicts Tony Stark’s struggle to adjust to his new life as a privately funded vigilante. In addition to an all-star cast including Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle, the film had some superpowers behind the camera. The high-flying sequel was directed by Jon Favreau (“Rudy,” “Swingers”), and acclaimed screenwriter Justin Theroux wrote the screenplay.

  • #25. Thor (2011)
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    #25. Thor (2011)

    IMDb rating: 7.0
    Director: Kenneth Branagh
    Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes

    Thor’s 2011 introduction to the MCU skirts the conventional origin story in favor of a family drama of godlike proportions. After being kicked out of his palace by his father, Odin, Thor must prove himself worthy of his powers by battling Loki, his conniving half-brother. The film grossed nearly $450 million worldwide, ensuring that Chris Hemsworth’s seat on the MCU throne would be secure for many sequels to come.

  • #24. Blade (1998)
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    #24. Blade (1998)

    IMDb rating: 7.1
    Director: Stephen Norrington
    Runtime: 2 hours

    The first film to feature Wesley Snipes’ grizzled vampire hunter was Marvel’s first cinematic success, leading to two sequels and the emergence of the superhero genre as fans know it today. Although Blade has been absent from theaters since 2004’s “Blade: Trinity,” Snipes has hinted that he would be open to picking up the sword once again to reprise the role.

  • #23. Iron Man 3 (2013)
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    #23. Iron Man 3 (2013)

    IMDb rating: 7.2
    Director: Shane Black
    Runtime: 2 hours 10 minutes

    The final film of Marvel’s “Iron Man” trilogy once again had Robert Downey Jr. flying into uncharted territory. It was the first MCU film released after the legendary team-up that was 2012’s “The Avengers,” and its star handled this pressure with Tony Stark’s devil-may-care aplomb—ordering rewrites of his scenes throughout the filming process.

  • #22. Ant-Man (2015)
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    #22. Ant-Man (2015)

    IMDb rating: 7.3
    Director: Peyton Reed
    Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes

    Despite its 2015 release date, “Ant-Man” had been in development since 2006—when “Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright expressed interest in bringing Marvel’s tiniest hero to the big screen. But in a shocking turn, Wright left the project in 2014, citing creative differences with Marvel. Despite this, the size-changing superhero heist was a hit in theaters, grossing over $500 million worldwide and paving the way for this year’s sequel, “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

  • #21. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
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    #21. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

    IMDb rating: 7.3
    Director: Sam Raimi
    Runtime: 2 hours 7 minutes

    The sequel to Sam Raimi’s hugely successful “Spider-Man” showed Hollywood how a successful superhero sequel should be made. Depicting Peter Parker’s struggle to live a life of heroic responsibility while still maintaining his personal relationships, the film was a critical and commercial smash upon its release in 2004. Even amidst the big-budget success of the MCU years later, fans still consider “Spider-Man 2” to be one of the highlights of the superhero genre.

  • #20. Spider-Man (2002)
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    #20. Spider-Man (2002)

    IMDb rating: 7.3
    Director: Sam Raimi
    Runtime: 2 hours 1 minute

    Although this 2002 release now stands among a plethora of sequels and reboots, “Spider-Man” was a blockbuster like no other at the time of its release, becoming the first film to gross more than $100 million worldwide in its opening weekend. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco would lead the franchise through two more sequels, but this 2002 outing is still remembered by fans as the film where the wall-crawling fun began.

  • #19. X-Men (2000)
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    #19. X-Men (2000)

    IMDb rating: 7.4
    Director: Bryan Singer
    Runtime: 1 hour 44 minutes

    Twelve years before the Avengers would famously team up onscreen, Bryan Singer brought Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters to life through this 2000 origin story. After two sequels and two spin-off series, it’s easy to forget that at the time, this super-powered drama starring English theatre actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, alongside a then-unknown Hugh Jackman, was a radial twist on the genre.

  • #18. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
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    #18. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

    IMDb rating: 7.4
    Director: Joss Whedon
    Runtime: 2 hours 21 minutes

    The second Avengers movie finds the team battling amongst themselves as one of Tony Stark’s creations goes awry, threatening to destroy not just the Avengers, but all of humanity. After finishing the film, director Joss Whedon left the “Avengers” franchise behind, citing fatigue from trying to make a film that met Marvel’s strict plot requirements.

  • #17. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
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    #17. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

    IMDb rating: 7.5
    Director: Jon Watts
    Runtime: 2 hours 13 minutes

    Tom Holland’s first outing as Spider-Man picks up where “Captain America: Civil War” left off, with the young webslinger still learning the ropes of his new powers under the stern tutelage of Iron Man. Holland claimed his portrayal of Peter Parker focused on the 15-year-old hero’s youthful naiveté, leading the film to gross more than $800 million at the box office worldwide.

  • #16. Black Panther (2018)
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    #16. Black Panther (2018)

    IMDb rating: 7.5
    Director: Ryan Coogler
    Runtime: 2 hours 14 minutes

    After Black Panther’s appearance in “Captain America: Civil War,” fans were clamoring for more of Chadwick Boseman’s Wakandan monarch. Fortunately, this 2018 release did not disappoint. In addition to becoming the third-highest-grossing film of all time in the United States, the film’s plot, black director, and majority-black cast were lauded by critics as a major step forward for minority representation in film.

  • #15. Doctor Strange (2016)
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    #15. Doctor Strange (2016)

    IMDb rating: 7.5
    Director: Scott Derrickson
    Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes

    “Doctor Strange” tells the story of Dr. Steven Strange as he goes from arrogant surgeon to reality-bending wizard. Although the film grossed over $650 million at the box office worldwide and received an Oscar nomination for special effects, controversy surrounded the film’s casting.

  • #14. X-Men 2 (2003)
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    #14. X-Men 2 (2003)

    IMDb rating: 7.5
    Director: Bryan Singer
    Runtime: 2 hours 14 minutes

    In the second film of the now-ubiquitous “X-Men” franchise, the mutants must work together to stop the evil Colonel William Stryker from eradicating all of Earth’s mutants. This highly anticipated sequel was a milestone for the genre: its 93-country debut was the largest international opening ever at the time of release. 

  • #13. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
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    #13. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

    IMDb rating: 7.7
    Director: James Gunn
    Runtime: 2 hours 16 minutes

    The sequel to 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” sees Peter Quill and the gang struggle to function as a superhero team in light of their individual family issues—including the arrival of Quill’s father, Ego. True to the over-the-top nature of Marvel’s intergalactic crime fighters, this film features five mid- and post-credits scenes—more than any other Marvel film.

  • #12. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
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    #12. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

    IMDb rating: 7.8
    Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
    Runtime: 2 hours 27 minutes

    The friendships forged among the heroes of the MCU are tested in this film, as Captain America and Iron Man lead separate factions against each other in response to governmental legislation of superheroes. In addition to massive success at the box officeit would become the third-highest grossing film of 2016the third Captain America flick features another accomplishment: the famous airport battle among the film’s protagonists was shot almost entirely digitally.

  • #11. X: First Class (2011)
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    #11. X: First Class (2011)

    IMDb rating: 7.8
    Director: Matthew Vaughn
    Runtime: 2 hours 11 minutes

    After the epic battles of the original X-Men series and the deep character work of its Wolverine spin-offs, there was only one direction for the franchise to go: backward. The film follows Charles Xavier and Magneto during the Cuban Missile Crisis of the '60s, as they begin the complicated friendship that will lead to the events of the first three X-Men films.

  • #10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
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    #10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

    IMDb rating: 7.8
    Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
    Runtime: 2 hours 16 minutes

    This second film of the Captain America series marked the first MCU film directed by Joe and Anthony Russo; the brothers would later helm the smash hits “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” They weren’t the only key players to be introduced in this film: through his portrayal of Cap’s old friend-turned-rival Bucky Barnes, actor Sebastian Stan’s contract with Marvel will run for a grand total of nine films.

  • #9. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
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    #9. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

    IMDb rating: 7.9
    Director: Taika Waititi
    Runtime: 2 hours 10 minutes

    The sequel to “Thor: The Dark World,” was full of changes for fans of the God of Thunder, not the least of which was actor Chris Hemsworth’s new, shorter hairstyle. Despite these changes, fans praised the film’s comedic tone—which was largely attributed to New Zealand director Taika Waititi.

     

  • #8. Iron Man (2008)
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    #8. Iron Man (2008)

    IMDb rating: 7.9
    Director: Jon Favreau
    Runtime: 2 hours 6 minutes

    As the first film of the MCU, this origin story of Tony Stark’s metal-suited hero introduced now-familiar MCU fixtures like Stan Lee cameos, post-credits sequences, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Surprisingly, as the film is the basis for the rest of the cinematic universe, much of the film’s dialogue was improvised by the actors.

  • #7. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
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    #7. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

    IMDb rating: 8.0
    Director: Bryan Singer
    Runtime: 2 hours 12 minutes

    James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender do the time warp again in this sequel to both “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “X-Men: First Class.” In order to prevent an apocalyptic attack on present-day Earth, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine travels back in time to the 1970s, where he encounters younger versions of Charles Xavier and Magneto.

  • #6. Deadpool (2016)
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    #6. Deadpool (2016)

    IMDb rating: 8.0
    Director: Tim Miller
    Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes

    Although Deadpool’s on-screen debut occurred in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” audiences wouldn’t get to see the origin story of Marvel’s infamous Merc With a Mouth until this 2016 film. Ryan Reynolds’ fourth-wall-breaking take on the superhero story was a hit at the box office, where it became the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time.

  • #5. Deadpool 2 (2018)
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    #5. Deadpool 2 (2018)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Director: David Leitch
    Runtime: 1 hour 59 minutes

    The sequel to 2016’s “Deadpool” finds the wise-cracking hero trying to become more responsible. Unfortunately, his mission to protect a young mutant is complicated by the arrival of Cable, a cybernetic soldier with a grudge against Deadpool’s young charge.

  • #4. Logan (2017)
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    #4. Logan (2017)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Director: James Mangold
    Runtime: 2 hours 17 minutes

    Hugh Jackman gives his last performance as Wolverine in the conclusion to the metal-clawed mutant’s trilogy of spin-off films. With a dark, violent tone inspired by old Western films, “Logan” made history as the first superhero film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

  • #3. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
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    #3. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Director: James Gunn
    Runtime: 2 hours 1 minute

    This intergalactic adventure film was a breakout role for former “Parks and Rec” actor Chris Pratt, who lost 60 pounds to portray the immature rogue Peter Quill. Additionally, the film’s soundtrack, comprised of pop hits from the '60s and '70s, was the first soundtrack without any new songs to land the #1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

  • #2. The Avengers (2012)
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    #2. The Avengers (2012)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Director: Joss Whedon
    Runtime: 2 hours 23 minutes

    This ensemble superhero film was an unprecedented hit for Marvel, bringing in over $1 billion at the box office. However, the process that brought “The Avengers” and all its preceding standalone films to the big screen was a gamble: Marvel offered the movie rights to its "Iron Man," "Captain America," "Hulk," and "Thor" as collateral to receive funding from Merrill Lynch.

  • #1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
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    #1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

    IMDb rating: 8.8
    Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
    Runtime: 2 hours 29 minutes

    The most recent Avengers film has already become Marvel’s biggest success, having earned the title of the 4th highest-grossing film of all time. In order to keep important details from leaking before the film’s premiere, directors Joe and Anthony Russo included fake scenes in actors’ scripts—to the point that at the time of the premiere, some of the film’s actors didn’t even know the complete plot.

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