Every Marvel Movie, Ranked From Worst to Best
and Lance Cartelli, for Metacritic – March 14, 2016
Updated August 23, 2021 to add Shang-Chi
The Marvel universe is far bigger than just a bunch of Avengers. Even before the release of 2008’s Iron Man—and the post-credit scene that launched a Cinematic Universe—Marvel was working to cook up movies based on everybody from Daredevil to Spidey, from Wolverine to the Silver Surfer.
The past few years have seen the release of Deadpool, based on a Marvel character though not part of the successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, followed by new chapters in the Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy sagas. As we await the next film, we have compiled a definitive ranking (by Metascore) of every Marvel movie in recent years—over 40 of them.
This 2002 film signaled the beginning of the avalanche of superhero films, which are ubiquitous today. At the time of its release, Spider-Man had the highest-grossing opening weekend ever, and it was the only film to reach $100 million in its first weekend. And that upside-down kiss between Spidey and Mary Jane Watson is one of the most iconic smooches in recent memory. And definitely not corny at all.