The Keys to the Universe: Ranking the Movies in the MCU

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) spans all the movies that have been released by Marvel Studios, based on their wildly successful comic books. These incredible films started with the release of Iron Man in 2008, and this year celebrates their 10th anniversary. The shared universe only continues to expand as more comic books are released, and more crossovers between worlds are made possible through both movie and superhero magic.

While some of the movies have shown us new possibilities for the genre, others have only flailed in their attempt to mimic the elements that have made other movies successful. Today we’re going to rank the movies in the MCU (from worst to best) and talk about what made them so successful, or not.

Iron Man 2

Released in 2010, two years after Iron Man, Iron Man 2 struggles where the first movie thrived.

This movie follows Tony Stark as he tries to keep his technology out of the hands of the military and featured a cast of Marvel favorites like Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. The movie’s villain was played by Mickey Rourke. Despite being one of the most interesting actors of this century, Rourke’s portrayal of Whiplash was an unmitigated flop.

Plus, the script just tries to do too much, and the movie suffers as a result.

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