Unsolicited MCU Power Rankings: Phases 1-3

I offer no real defense of this list, because I don't have to.

  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  2. Thor: Ragnarok
  3. Avengers: Endgame
  4. Black Panther
  5. Captain Marvel
  6. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  7. The Avengers
  8. Avengers: Infinity War
  9. Spider-Man: Far From Home
  10. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  11. Iron Man 2
  12. Ant-Man
  13. Guardians of the Galaxy
  14. Captain America: Civil War
  15. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  16. Thor: The Dark World
  17. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  18. Iron Man
  19. Captain America: The First Avenger
  20. Doctor Strange
  21. Thor
  22. Iron Man 3
  23. The Incredible Hulk

Ok fine. I'll defend a couple of things.

First, it's clear I am not a huge fan of origin stories. I've already accepted that the characters are not bound by the rules of reality, I don't require a detailed origin story for every. single. character. This is also why Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Spider-Man: Homecoming are ranked so highly— they spent more time building characters than they did showing the step-by-step process of how each hero became "enhanced."

Second, Thor: The Dark World is in the middle-third, not the bottom-third, for one very real reason: this movie let Loki finish moving from fallen hero to failed villain to genuine trickster.

And because I love thinking about things in terms of D&D alignments, Loki transitioned from Lawful Good to Chaotic Evil to Chaotic Neutral. THIS IS DEPTH, PEOPLE.

Third, "omg how can you rank [MOVIE] so low?!" Because that's how lists work.