The Marvel Rankings

#17: Doctor Strange

Score: 50%

Mouse said: “As visually audacious and often stunning as Doctor Strange is, it’s downright maddening how formulaic it is as a story. “Iron Man but with magic and less charm” is the most underwhelming MCU movie so far. A genuinely satisfying and clever ending may send you home with some goodwill towards it, but it’s largely unearned.”

#16: The Incredible Hulk

Score: 53%

Mouse said: The Incredible Hulk is the perfect example of a three star movie. It’s the film equivalent of a plumber who shows up at your house at roughly the time he said he would, fixes your pipes in a reasonable amount of time, charges you a fair price and then leaves. “Workmanlike” is the term. In its various elements, writing, acting and directing it’s solid, unshowey, and ultimately not all that memorable.”

#15: Iron Man 2

Score: 58%

Mouse said:“In my review of Age of Ultron I namechecked Iron Man 2 as one of the weakest Marvel movies but called it “shaggy but still fun”. Watching it again after all these years, it feels like a whole lotta shag and precious little fun. “

#14: Ant-Man

Score: 59%

Mouse said: “Sure it’s got a bland villain and a script that would collapse if you so much as left your muffin resting on it, but it’s got likeable performances, oodles of fan service, some funny bits and basically doesn’t piss in your eyes. It’s enjoyable, but nothing amazing.”

#13: Thor 2

Score: 68%

Mouse said:“It’s a curious beast, some of the strongest character beats and dialogue in the MCU in one of its weakest films.”

#12 Age of Ultron

Score: 68%

Mouse said: “Joss Whedon’s Avengers movies are like watching a man juggle eight chainsaws and a live bear. The first time your see it it’s jaw-dropping, thrilling and utterly unlike anything you’ve seen before. But it’s not really a show you can watch over and over again. Once you know he’s not going to drop that bear and cut his arms off, a lot of the thrill goes and you’re left with something that, while admittedly impressive on a purely technical level, doesn’t really have that much intellectual richness.”

#11 Guardians of the Galaxy

Score: 70%

Mouse said:“If it’s not the best movie space opera outside of the Star Wars franchise then it’s certainly close.”

#10: Iron Man

Score: 79%

Mouse said:“Looking back at Iron Man eight years on, it’s not exceptional but it is, very, very solid. Great performances, good special effects, witty banter. It’s not exactly ground-breaking, but sometimes you don’t need to re-invent the wheel. Sometimes you just need to build a really good wheel. In a cave. With a box of scraps.”

#9 Spider-Man: Homecoming

Score: 81%

Mouse Said: “It’s an airy little bit of fluff, this. It’s a fun and pleasant superhero yarn that’s not going to change anyone’s life. But as a way of bringing Spidey into the MCU, it does the job. N.B.D.”

#8: Iron Man 3

Score: 81%

Mouse said: For me, it’s that rarest of movie fauna, a threequel that proves itself the best of the trilogy.

#7: Captain America

Score: 85%

Mouse said:Captain America: The First Avenger is, appropriately enough, a throwback in the best possible way. It evokes feelings of nostalgia for the classic Indy movies in its two-fisted Nazi smackin’ derring-do, and it channels Richard Donner’s Superman in its sweet and earnest portrayal of unironic heroism and courage.”

#6: Thor

Score: 86%

Mouse said: “Thor’s journey isn’t revolutionary or radical, but it is clear, well told, affecting and immensely satisfying. You understand every step of his journey, you see the god learning to be a better man and you buy it. You believe it. It just works.”

#5: Avengers Assemble

Score: 86%

Mouse said:“It’s still an absolute thrill ride.”

Anyone want to skip ahead to Guardians? Anyone?

#4: The Winter Soldier

Score: 90%

Mouse said: A complete departure from its predecessor in tone and style, Winter Soldier is a smart, superbly crafted and politically engaged thriller.”

#3: Civil War

Score: 93%

Mouse said:“This is how you do it folks. This right here is the best Avengers movie and it’s not even officially an Avengers movie. The plot honestly doesn’t make that much sense if you think about it but it hangs together remarkably well and it all builds to satisfying conclusion, stopping only to indulge in some of the best superhero action ever committed to film.”

#2: Black Panther

Score: 94%

Mouse said: “Even divorced from its massive cultural and historical significance, Black Panther is a damn fine film. No journeyman work this, every aspect has clearly had so much love and care and thought put into it, everything from the costumes to the music to the world building. And at the centre of it all, rich compelling characters grappling with a weighty, emotionally fraught narrative. Awesome stuff.”

#2: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Score: 96%

Mouse said: “This one’s special, folks. Visually breathtaking, funny as heck and fulla the feels.”

#1: Thor Ragnarok

Score: 97%

Mouse said:  “Ragnarok might not have the emotional heft of Guardians 2 but it is a sumptuous, effortlessly cool, frickin’ hilarious joy from start to finish.”