The 15 best MCU movies, ranked by Letterboxd


If you watch a lot of movies and need a way to keep track of them all, then Letterboxd is possibly the best website for you. With over half a million movies on the list, members can tag every single movie they’ve seen, write reviews and more. These reviews make Letterboxd a great place to measure how big movie fans feel about these movies.

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That Marvel Cinematic Universe is of course well represented on Letterboxd. Most of the contributions in the series have positive average ratings, but a few really stand out with some of the best results from the entire library. These scores are performed on a 5-star scale.

Updated March 10, 2022 by Kevin Pantoja: It’s incredibly difficult to keep up with everything in the MCU. The franchise is so massive that it spans more than 25 movies (and counts), over a dozen years, and it’s not even to mention the TV shows that are out now. The ratings on Letterboxd can help a newcomer to the franchise select the best movies to watch. While it’s important to see them all to really understand everything, a person who does not want to commit so much time can check out the best of the best. While the TV shows are all on Letterboxd, they are not in this ranking.

15 Doctor Strange (2016) – 3.51


The old man prepares to fight in the mirror dimension at the beginning of Doctor Strange

It was hard to quite know how important that was Doctor Strange would be to the larger MCU when it arrived in 2016. The film did not have many connections to the rest of the franchise at first glance, but has ultimately come to mean more thanks to the inclusion of magic and the titular character.

The film was praised for everything from the visual effects to Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance, who has repeated the role in several team-up films and has his own long awaited successor set for 2022. The most common score given for Doctor Strange is 4-star, comes 26% of the time.

14 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – 3.53


MJ talks to Peter Parker in Spider-Man Far From Home.

While there have certainly been plenty of big screen shots of this hero, MCU undoubtedly has the best. They scored some of those highest Letterboxd ratings for Spider-Man moviesincluding Spider-Man: Far from homethe second solo adventure starring Tom Holland.

This one worked, because even though the action with the hero fighting Mysterio was fantastic, it also had some great teen comedy moments. You can take Spider-Man out here and still have fun watching Peter, MJ and Ned interact. 27% of users have this with impressive 4 stars.


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13 Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – 3.55


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.  2 teams

One of the most notable names in superhero movies is James Gunn. He recently hit hits The suicide group and Founder of Peace but his true calling was evident Guardians of the Galaxy and its successor, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

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Everything that seemed at the well-received first episode was back this time, from the crazy characters to the memorable soundtrack. It also had an added bonus of some emotional highlights regarding Gamora’s relationship with Nebula and Yondu’s victim. 28% of users gave it 4 stars.


12 Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – 3.61


Out of a possible 5-star rating, 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming has an average of 3.6 stars. The audience was incredibly excited about this release, but also a bit apprehensive considering that previous iterations of the hero had ended in disappointment.

Tom Holland impressed fans when he debuted as Peter Parker a year before, and his first solo film as the character delivered, with a little help from Tony Stark. It was praised for Holland’s work as well as Michael Keaton as the villain. 31% of the Letterboxd ratings for this were 4-star, and that’s among them best live-action Spidey movie.


11 Captain America: Civil War (2016) – 3.63


Captain America vs. Iron Man in Captain America Civil War

The film in which Holland debuted was from 2016 Captain America: Civil War. This film split most of the Avengers thanks to the Sokovia agreement, as some wanted to let the government control them and others wanted to remain free. However, not official Avengers flick, it gathered several heroes than almost any other film.

This was a great commercial success and earned over 1 billion. It balanced tons of heroes while also having a good villain and introduced Spider-Man and Black Panther. Most ratings are for 4-stars (29%), while the perfect 5-stars were awarded 12% of the time.


10 The Avengers (2012) – 3.68


The Avengers 2012

The MCU may have started with Iron Man but everything really came together with the 2012s The Avengers. This was the first official time that so many superheroes banded together on the big screen. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and the Hulk fought Loki and his Chitauri army through the streets of New York.

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31% of the ratings are at 4 stars, with almost a further 100,000 reviews in total giving it 4.5 and 5 stars. This also marked the first time that the MCU earned $ 1 billion at the box office, signaling that it was in fact a new era in the world of superhero blockbusters.


9 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) – 3.70


Shang-Chi bus

One of the newest heroes to join MCU is Shang-Chi, who is making his debut in Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings. This marked a different feeling for a movie in the franchise thanks to some excellent martial arts scenes and a cast filled with Asian actors.

There were some critics and fans who felt that there were problems with the third act in terms of tempo and excessive dependence on CGI, but not enough to put a real damper on the rating. Most users (29%) gave the new movie 4 stars, and a solid number (12%) have it for 5 stars.




8 Iron Man (2008) – 3.71


That was where it all started. IN 2008 Iron Man was released, and even though it was met with strong reviews, no one could have believed what it would spawn. It was such a success that MCU could be born and the most lucrative franchise in cinema history would follow.

Thanks to Robert Downey Jr.’s charismatic performance, even some of the few numbers the film had were bypassed. He was so good. Again, 4 stars was the most popular rating (33%), there were over 40,000 perfect results (12%) and almost no negative reviews.


7 Black Panther (2018) – 3.73


Chadwick Boseman Black Panther

In terms of building the franchise, there were bigger MCU movies, but not many can top the effect that 2018’s Black Panther had. Thanks to its phenomenal world structure, depictions of African culture and black representation of a superhero and king, the film was a great success.

That the majority of the reviews were strong also, with fans praising director Ryan Coogler’s work, the huge villain, visual effects, score and cast. Although 29% of reviews gave the 4-star total to lead the way, it also boasts over 80,000 perfect results for as many as 18%.


6 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – 3.78


Bucky as the Winter Soldier in Captain America the Winter Soldier

Between a strong start with the film from 2011 (3.3) and the aforementioned Civil warthere are 2014s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. 30% of the many reviews have it for 4-star, while it also has over 50,000 perfect 5-star results.

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This was a remarkably important film for MCU. Along with the re-introduction of Bucky Barnes in the modern era, it marked Sam Wilson’s debut, built the bond between Cap and Black Widow, and it was also the first directorial work in the franchise for The Russo Brothers, which was to direct two future Avengers films.


5 Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) – 3.82


The MCU has achieved a ton throughout history, but there is a chance that this is their most impressive success. In 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy turned out to be a critical and commercial hit despite the fact that they had many characters that most audiences had no idea about.

With more than 288,000 likes on Letterboxd, these fans are actually still around. 4-stars is again the most common rating for this film (35%), while the next two most frequent scores are 3.5 and 5-stars, proving how loved this tale of a ragtag group of space heroes is.


4 Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – 3.88


Thor Ragnarok starring

The first two entries in Thor trilogy was certainly not among the most acclaimed MCU films. The first has an average of 3.0, while the 2013 sequel clocked in with a low of 2.6 on Letterboxd. Fortunately, instructor Taika Waititi joined in 2017 Thor: Ragnarok and changed everything.

Injection of a great comic aspect while still delivering the huge action as the MCU is known for was the right recipe. 32% of the ratings are 4-star, while the perfect rating was given over 68,000 times (19%) for this film, which combines Thor with Valkyrie, Hulk and Loki to take up the fight against his sister Hela.


3 Avengers: Endgame (2019) – 3.93


Captain America in the Avengers Endgame

It is rightly the greatest film in cinema history, which at this time earns a record-breaking ticket intake. 2015s Avengers: Age of Ultron was a mild disappointment (average of 3.1), but the team-up films were subsequently better received, including 2019’s Avengers: Endgamewhich marked the end of the Infinity Saga.

Unlike the rest of this list, Avengers: Endgame is really close to their top scores. 27% gave it 4 stars, while 26% have it for a perfect 5-star rating. These fans thought it was an ideal end for many of their beloved superheroes.


2 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – 3.98


Thanos Titan Avengers Playoffs

A year before Avengers: Endgamethe world was introduced to Avengers: Infinity War. Another huge success that exceeded $ 2 billion, this one put the focus on the villain Thanos. It told his story as the Avengers fought several battles to stop him in his quest to acquire all of the Infinity Stones.

The shocking ending in which Thanos wins and snatches away half of all humanity in the universe set the stage for the 2019 iteration. Avengers: Infinity War is like its successor, with most ratings being 4-star (30%), with a perfect 5-star score in second place (25%).


1 Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) – 4.20


Spider-Man No Way Home Trio

It was hard to imagine that any movie was as expected as the last two features in The Avengers series but then Spider-Man: No Way Home Come with me. Rumors swirled for months that this would open up the multiverse and gather characters from previous Spider-Man movies.

Not only was that the case with villains like Green Goblin and Electro, but it also brought back Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, creating an epic team-up. The film managed to balance so many characters excellently and end in a satisfying but heartbreaking way. As many as 35% of the reviews have it for perfect 5 stars.

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