The best and worst superhero movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ranked according to critics

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“Black Panther.”
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Disney

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a cash cow for Disney since it kicked off with “Iron Man” in 2008.

The franchise has made over $13.5 billion worldwide to date, and that number will rise drastically this weekend when “Black Panther” opens, as is projected to break some box office records.

Critics seem to love the MCU, but they especially are in love with “Black Panther.” The movie currently has a 98% ranking on Rotten Tomatoes.

Check out where that ranks among the 18 movies in the MCU, according to critics on Rotten Tomatoes:


18. “Thor: The Dark World” (2013)

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Disney / Marvel

Critic score: 66%

User score: 77%

What critics said: “The ‘Crocodile Dundee II’ of superhero films – in a good way!” – Slate


17. “The Incredible Hulk” (2008)

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Marvel

Critic score: 67%

User score: 71%

What critics said: “In close-up the Hulk is more cartoonish than scary, but when he’s ripping armed vehicles to shreds? Kewl.” – Houston Chronicle


16. “Iron Man 2” (2010)

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Marvel

Critic score: 73% (certified fresh)

User score: 72%

What critics said: “It’s easy to talk about what ‘Iron Man 2’ doesn’t do, but what it does do is so full of energy and genuine enthusiasm that it’s hard to imagine anyone walking out unhappy.” – CinemaBlend


15. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015)

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Disney

Critic score: 75% (certified fresh)

User score: 83%

What critics said: “In the moments where it all comes together, like the sure-to-be-iconic Hulkbuster sequence, this is the very model of what Marvel’s been chasing since day one.” – HitFix


14. “Thor” (2011)

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Marvel

Critic score: 77% (certified fresh)

User score: 76%

What critics said: “Though it may not leave a lasting impression once the lights go up, Thor is lighthearted and thunderously good fun.” – USA Today


13. “Iron Man 3” (2013)

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Disney

Critic score: 80% (certified fresh)

User score: 78%

What critics said: “Beyond all the explosions and action set pieces and 3D wizardry, you can still hear a writer with a distinctive, entertaining voice.” – Flavorwire


12. “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011)

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Disney/Marvel

Critic score: 80% (certified fresh)

User score: 74%

What critics said: “You are not in for a giddy, winking, high-flying summer fling. And that’s OK – there’s something appealing about such an old-fashioned approach.” – AP


11. “Ant-Man” (2015)

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Marvel/Disney

Critic score: 82% (certified fresh)

User score: 86%

What critics said: “This is the sort of movie where you see the effort and say, ‘thank God.'” – Grantland


10. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017)

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Disney

Critic score: 83% (certified fresh)

User score: 88%

What critics said: “The reunion of the Guardians cements Pratt’s mega-stardom.” – New York Observer


9. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014)

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Disney/Marvel

Critic score: 89% (certified fresh)

User score: 92%

What critics said: “It knocks down a lot of the infrastructure the previous films had created, and it does so in a way that feels organic and refreshing for the Marvel world at large.” – The Atlantic


8. “Doctor Strange” (2016)

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Disney

Critic score: 90% (certified fresh)

User score: 86%

What critics said: “See it in 3-D IMAX, people, and you’re in for the hallucinatory headtrip of the year.” – Rolling Stone


7. “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)

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Marvel

Critic score: 91% (certified fresh)

User score: 92%

What critics said: “Blessed with a loose, anarchic B-picture soul that encourages you to enjoy yourself even when you’re not quite sure what’s going on, the scruffy ‘Guardians’ is irreverent in a way that can bring the first ‘Star Wars’ to mind.” – LA Times


6. “Captain America: Civil War” (2016)

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Marvel

Critic score: 91% (certified fresh)

User score: 89%

What critics said: “This is the best Marvel movie so far.” – Uproxx


5. (tie) “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017)

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Marvel

Critic score: 92% (certified fresh)

User score: 88%

What critics said: “Perfectly acceptable as an action movie but inspired as a comedy–which is probably where the Thor franchise should have been aiming from the start.” – The Atlantic


5. (tie) “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017)

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Sony

Critic score: 92% (certified fresh)

User score: 88%

What critics said: “This is the Spidey movie we’ve been waiting for. It’s also the best Spider-Man movie of the bunch.” – Newsweek


5. (tie) “Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012)

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Marvel

Critic score: 92% (certified fresh)

User score: 91%

What critics said: “A spectacle in the grandest sense of the word.” – MTV


2. “Iron Man” (2008)

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YouTube/themoviechannel

Critic score: 94% (certified fresh)

User score: 91%

What critics said: “It’s an exemplary comic book fantasia.” – LA Weekly


1. “Black Panther” (2018)

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Disney/Marvel Studios

Critic score: 98% (certified fresh)

User score: 93%

What critics said: “‘Black Panther’ is one of the best superhero movies of the century.” – Chicago Sun-Times