With 25 movies (and new Disney series) spanning more than a decade, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is more popular than ever. Formerly a minor project, the universe has known how to grow, extend and offer more and more productions from one phase to the next.
And for those who wish to immerse themselves in the first productions, true foundations of the MCU, return on these films of phase 1 from the best to the worst. This ranking is based on the average between the ratings listed on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.
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The Incredible Hulk: 64/100
If The Incredible Hulk doesn’t seem like it’s in the MCU, it does. The return of Tim Roth as the Abomination in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is proof of this. Despite everything, this production remains the least appreciated by the spectators.
Iron Man 2 : 64,5/100
Iron Man 2 may have been a commercial success, the reviews are much worse. Robert Downey Jr. seems to have pleased fans, as always, but the plot was not necessarily as solid as in the first film. Not to mention a forgettable villain.
Thor : 67/100
Along with Thor, Kenneth Branagh gave a Shakespearean dimension to the Norse god, the most powerful character in the MCU at that time. Critics have generally praised Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of Loki. But critics remain on its pace.
Captain America First Avengers : 73/100
Viewers were quite cautious of Chris Evans playing Captain America after playing Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four. Finally, the actor was largely convinced thanks to this story set during World War II.
The ’40s vibe was very popular and today Chris Evans is Steve Rogers in the minds of millions of spectators.
Avengers : 80/100
By bringing together several heroes from the MCU, Avengers launched an unprecedented project, forever changing the universe of superheroes in cinema. With a duration of 2h40, the film of Joss Whedon (Buffy the vampire slayer) is one of the favorites of the fans thanks to its narration drawing in the comics. Not to mention the striking special effects and the final battle.
Today, several actors have left the MCU: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson.
Iron Man : 86,5/100
Without Iron Man, the MCU wouldn’t exist. Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige says it himself: picking Robert Downey Jr. was a big risk. The actor was not as bankable as he is today. Cornerstone of the connected universe, this adaptation was a worldwide success.
The first step in a multi-million dollar franchise since 2018.