With 'Black Panther's' Release on Disney+, Here Are the 5 Must-Watch Marvel Movies on the Service

Black Panther is now available to stream on Disney+. The 2018 blockbuster joins nearly every other movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the streaming service, with two exceptions. (Fans of Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp will have to wait until later this year for those titles to make the jump from Netflix to Disney+.)

In honor of Black Panther making its Disney+ debut, Newsweek has decided to count down the five best MCU movies available on the streaming juggernaut. Find our list below, then get to your nearest screen.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy is funny, bizarre, sharply written and well acted all around. One of the riskier films that Marvel's produced to date (be honest: Had you ever heard of the Guardians before this?), the film quickly became a hit. While the MCU is far from perfect in terms of quality, it knows exactly what its audience likes. GOTG's impact on the entire Marvel enterprise became more apparent as the movies in general became quippier. The sci-fi/comedy makes for a fun, turn-your-brain-off experience.

4. Black Panther (2018)

A film that contains an incredible amount of social significance, Black Panther still stands out for how director-driven it feels. Led by Ryan Coogler, the story of T'Challa resonates with its strong themes of family and social responsibility, well-written characters and vivid production design. And with a genuine phenomenon behind him, the character of Black Panther instantly became an A-lister in the MCU, and looks to take a leading role starting in Phase 4.

3. Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man is the first film in the MCU and still largely considered one of the best. By now, the backstory is the stuff of modern Hollywood legend: A C-List comic book character and an actor in need of a comeback both get launched into absolute super-stardom and help remake the movie industry as we know it. Playing billionaire (and philanthropist) (and genius) (and playboy) Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr. delivers a heartfelt and winning performance. Iron Man still holds up incredibly well thanks to Downey's charm and striking visuals. With director Jon Favreau's leading the way, Iron Man blazed a path for a whole new universe.

Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Endgame Marvel Studios / Disney

2. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Avengers: Endgame was the culmination of 10 years of Marvel storytelling. The credit for this film really goes to producer Kevin Feige, the mastermind behind the MCU. At 181 minutes, it's a demanding sit, but it hit all the necessary goalposts to become the highest-grossing film of all time. Avengers: Endgame is a spectacle very much in the spirit of the splash pages from comic books. With a third act that brings every Marvel hero together onscreen, the film is a testament to every chapter that came before it, and an example of fan service done right.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

The first MCU film helmed by Joe and Anthony Russo (who went on to direct another Captain America film and the two most recent Avengers flicks), The Winter Soldier is unique for its dark tone, political themes and grounded approach. The sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger made Steve Rogers relevant and appealing in a way that he just wasn't previously. Most of the cast is on their A-game throughout the film, which balances character-driven arcs with bare-knuckled action, and there's a confidence to the direction that you feel the moment that Cap embarks on his opening stealth mission. And best of all, The Winter Soldier brought Bucky back into our lives.

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