The best Marvel Cinematic Universe movies recreate the enduring characters for a whole new generation, using the classic comic book storylines to tell narratives that remain relevant today. Currently in Phase Three, the first two MCU Phases brought us Iron Man, The Avengers, and Captain America: Winter Soldier. Marvel sagas have a timelessness about them as morality tales of good versus evil will always be an overarching cultural concern. Out of all the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which ones do the best job of revamping these iconic characters for modern times?
Which Marvel films have struck a chord with audiences? Black Panther has received nearly universal critical acclaim and been lauded for using the characters and setting to make allegorical points about race relations in America. The Iron Man franchise shows how modern technology - if used responsibly - can serve humanity's benefit, as an iron suit and electromagnet give Tony Stark his power. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers franchises illustrate the necessity of harmony and cooperation between allies to face down larger threats. Other good MCU movies include Ant-Man, Thor: Ragnarok, and Doctor Strange.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%
World Wide Box Office: $2.048 billion
Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Torn apart after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to battle Thanos, who is trying to amass the Infinity Stones for a gauntlet that will allow him to inflict his will on all reality. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, + more
Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%
World Wide Box Office: $773.3 million
Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic "bad guys" who are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper, + more
Directed by: James Gunn
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%
World Wide Box Office: $1.519 billion
Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, + more
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
World Wide Box Office: $854 million
Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Taika Waititi. Four years after the events of Thor: The Dark World, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must win a gladiatorial duel against an the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in order to return to Asgard and stop the villainous Hela (Cate Blanchett). ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, + more
Directed by: Taika Waititi