All the Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

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All the Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Ranked from Worst to Best Marvel/Walt Disney

The Marvel movie universe is so complex that it's hard to believe that it only began ten years ago, with 2008's Iron Man.

Now Variety reports that the comic book franchise will try its luck at conquering the small screen too.

Looking to get a foothold in the streaming revolution, which has seen upstart companies Netflix and Amazon rock the content production ecosystem, Disney will launch a new streaming service sometime in late 2019.

They need a powerful force to make a dent in a market already dominated by Netflix, which has 125 million subscribers globally. That's why they're calling on Marvel's superheroes to front a number of high-budget television series.

Variety speculates that Loki and the Scarlet Witch, who have yet to receive their own movies, are two such characters that will take centre stage on the new platform.

The news comes ahead of Marvel's 21st movie release, the hotly-anticipated Captain Marvel, due to hit cinemas in March 2019. The movie stars Brie Larson as the titular U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and new recruit to the Starforce military team, who is drawn into an intergalactic conflict between two alien worlds.

How will these new Marvel installments match up to its previous output? The prognosis is good—the franchise is on an upward trajectory, with many of its newest entries proving to be critical hits.

Newsweek has taken data from the online critical databases and aggregation sites Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) to come up with a score out of 300 for each of the 20 Marvel movies released so far.

The results show that Marvel is improving with time, with movies made during the franchise's first five years falling towards the bottom, and more recent installments rising to the top. The very top movie was released this year.

Whether this success can be replicated in the near future is yet to be seen. Marvel has set a high bar—these are the franchise's very best, and very worst, movies so far.

01 Thor
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20. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Total score: 186. Rotten Tomatoes average: 6.2. Metascore: 54. IMDb users: 7.0.
Directed by: Alan Taylor. Starring: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Stellan Skarsgard as Dr. Erik Selvig, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Christopher Eccleston as Malekith. 

02 Thor
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20. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Plot summary: When Dr. Jane Foster gets cursed with a powerful entity known as the Aether, Thor is heralded of the cosmic event known as the Convergence and the genocidal Dark Elves. 
What the critics said: "Can we please cease and desist with movies where not just the fate of a person, or a family, or a city, or even a world but where THE FATE OF ALL EXISTENCE is at stake? Wouldn't it be nice to see a superhero simply rescue a puppy sometime?" Tom Long, Detroit News

03 The Incredible Hulk
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19. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Total score: 191. Rotten Tomatoes average: 6.2. Metascore: 61. IMDb users: 6.8.
Directed by: Louis Leterrier. Starring: Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, Liv Tyler as Betty Ross, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky, William Hurt as Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross, Tim Blake Nelson as Samuel Sterns, Ty Burrell as Dr. Lennord Samson. 

04 The Incredible Hulk
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19. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Plot summary: Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government, must find a cure for the monster he turns into, whenever he loses his temper. 
What the critics said: "Digital spectacle is both too much and too little, and it's beginning to put some of us in a funk of disappointment and boredom. When you've seen one half-ton piece of metal flung through the air, you've seen them all." David Denby, New Yorker

06 Iron Man 2
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18. Iron Man 2 (2010)
Total score: 192. Rotten Tomatoes average: 6.5. Metascore: 57. IMDb users: 7.0.
Directed by: Jon Favreau. Starring: Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia 'Pepper' Potts, Don Cheadle as Colonel James 'Rhodey' Rhodes, Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko/Whiplash, Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer, Scarlett Johansson as Natalie Rushman/Black Widow. 

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18. Iron Man 2 (2010)
Plot summary: With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark must contend with both his declining health and a vengeful mad man with ties to his father's legacy. 
What the critics said: "Often playing like it has been jury-rigged from bits and pieces of a longer, smarter movie, Iron Man 2 seems chiefly intended as a placeholder for its next dozen or so sequels." Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

07 Thor
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17. Thor (2011)
Total score: 194. Rotten Tomatoes average: 6.7. Metascore: 57. IMDb users: 7.0.
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh. Starring: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Stellan Skarsgard as Professor Andrews, Kat Dennings as Darcy. 

08 Thor
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17. Thor (2011)
Plot summary: The powerful, but arrogant god Thor, is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.
What the critics said: "It's been getting reasonably favorable word of mouth despite the fact that it's as thoroughly a mediocre superhero movie as you'd care to imagine." Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies.