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Here are the Disney Plus Marvel movies, ranked from worst to best

Most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are available to stream now on Disney Plus.
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April 8, 2022
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Disney Plus launched in 2019 with lots of films to watch from its Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel’s MCU franchise first launched in 2008 with Iron Man. Since then, over 20 films in the MCU have been released, and most have been huge box office hits. Nearly all of them have been released on Disney Plus.

Read more: Upcoming Disney Plus Marvel TV shows

While it was a difficult task, we have managed to rank our favorite Disney Plus MCU movies. The good news is that most of the upcoming MCU lineup for 2022 and beyond will also eventually make their way to Disney Plus.

You can also check out many non-MCU movies featuring Marvel characters on Disney Plus. They include most X-Men films and the 2005 and 2015 adaptations of The Fantastic Four. However, we decided not to add them to our main list as they are not officially part of the MCU movies. Also, all three Spider-Man MCU films (Homecoming, Far From Home, and No Way Home) are not currently on Disney Plus as Sony distributed them. Neither is the second MCU movie, The Incredible Hulk, because Universal distributes it.

You can also check out the recently launched MCU TV shows on Disney Plus, including WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and Loki, with more coming in the next few years.

Don’t have Disney Plus? You can sign up with the link below. Unfortunately, there is no free trial anymore, but it’s quite affordable at just $7.99 a month or $13.99 a month if you sign up for the Disney Plus-Hulu-ESPN Plus bundle.

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Best Disney Plus Marvel movies

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list as more Disney Plus Marvel movies are added to the service.


23 — Eternals

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This was a huge misfire by Marvel Studios. It tried to introduce a new group of superhumans that represented a diverse cast of characters. The problem was that the movie itself was so very boring. Most of the Eternals are as dull as toast as characters, and while the action sequences were good, they were also brief, and too few of them in the plot.

The good news is that the two end credit sequences set up some interesting storylines and characters for future Marvel movies. Otherwise, this is perhaps the one Marvel Cinematic Universe movie on Disney Plus you can pretty much skip.


22 — Thor: The Dark World

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While not nearly as bad as Eternals, Thor: The Dark World doesn’t click as it should as the follow-up to the very entertaining first Thor movie. Playing Thor for the third time, Chris Hemsworth does his best with the material, and it’s always great to see Tom Hiddleston back as Loki. However, the story’s main plot, about the Dark Elves trying to destroy all nine realms (including Earth), is something we have seen time and time again.


21 — Iron Man 2

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Much like Thor: The Dark World, the second Iron Man movie is searching for a storyline worthy of the original film. In this case, we get Mickey Rourke’s Ivan Vanko, seeking revenge on Tony Stark for his father, who believes Stark’s father betrayed him. Robert Downey Jr. is fun to watch as always as Tony Stark/Iron Man, and we get introduced to Scarlet Johannson’s Black Widow. We also get the great Sam Rockwell as Tony Stark’s business rival Justin Hammer, and Don Cheadle takes over as James “Rhodey” Rhodes, now in full War Machine armor.


20 — Black Widow

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Scarlet Johannson’s final MCU appearance and her only stand-alone film is a bit of a disappointment. It’s not her fault; her portrayal of the former Russian spy Natasha Romanoff is her best in that role. We also get a standout performance from Florence Pugh as her sister Yelena Belova, and David Harbour is both funny and tragic as the Russian super-soldier the Red Guardian. It’s too bad the final storyline falls apart in the second half, and the use of one of the great Marvel comic book villains, the Taskmaster, is mostly wasted.


19 — Avengers: Age of Ultron

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After hitting it out of the park with the first Avengers movie, writer-director Joss Whedon doesn’t quite stick the landing with its follow-up. The evil robot AI Ultron, played via motion capture by James Spader, is certainly a powerful villain. But he doesn’t have the tragic back story that Loki did for the first Avengers. There are certainly some good battles, and we get introduced to Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany’s Vision in this movie. Overall, it’s fun to watch but also pretty forgettable.


18 — Iron Man 3

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The final stand-alone Iron Man movie has Tony Stark dealing with some PTSD after the events of the first Avengers movie. However, he’s got some other problems to deal with, including a terrorist called the Mandarin who is causing lots of death with explosions, and yet another rival who feels Tony betrayed him. This film has some interesting twists, including one that most people likely didn’t see coming. We also get to see one of the better action sequences in the MCU at the end of the flick.


17 — Captain America: The First Avenger

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The first stand-alone Captain America movie is one of two MCU period films, mainly in World War II. Super skinny Steve Rogers takes the super-soldier serum to become Captain America and uses his new abilities to fight The Red Skull, a former Nazi scientist who has gone rogue and created his own Hydra army. The movie itself has lots of Saturday afternoon movie serial action, and we get some great performances from Chris Evans as Rogers, and Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull. This movie also sets up lots of storylines that will be followed up on in other MCU movies and TV shows.


16 — Thor

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The first Thor movie turned Chris Hemsworth and  Tom Hiddleston into movie stars as the Asgardian thunder god Thor and the mischievous adopted brother Loki, respectively. Thor is about to take over from his dad Odin as King of Asgard, but an assault by a small team of Frost Giants upsets Thor so much that he and his friend risk full-scale war by invading the Frost Giants’ land. Odin sends him to Earth as punishment and takes away his God-like powers. Hemsworth shows he’s both an action hero and a great comedic actor in this role, and Hiddleston was born to play Loki.


15 — Iron Man

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As with many Disney Plus Marvel movies on this list, the release of Iron Man in 2008 was considered a risk. The character was a B-grade Marvel Comics superhero, played by an actor, Robert Downey Jr, who had been on the outs in Hollywood. He was also headlining the first film from Marvel Studios, which wanted more control of its characters in movies. The $100 million gamble paid off, though.

Directed by John Favreau, Iron Man was a breath of fresh air in superhero movies. Downey Jr. proved himself to be the perfect choice to play Tony Stark, a billionaire playboy who gets a rude awakening when he sees how his company’s weapons are used firsthand. He creates the Iron Man suit, partially out of necessity, to combat the use of his own weapons.

The final result is a movie that is very faithful to the Marvel source material and takes it in new directions. The final post-credit sequence is also significant as it shows the true beginning of the interlinked Marvel Cinematic Universe films. 


14 — Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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The follow-up to the first Captain America movie gets more serious and very political. Steve Rogers is concerned that the SHIELD organization he is now a part of may be going too far in targeting potential bad guys. As it turns out, his concerns are justified, but for totally different reasons. The first of four MCI movies directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, this film has some great action sequences and introduces The Falcon (Anthony Mackie). It also introduces the assassin known as The Winter Soldier, who has a connection with Cap that we won’t reveal here. Did we mention Robert Redford is in the movie? 


13, 12 — Ant-Man/Ant-Man and the Wasp

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We decided to group these two movies because neither one deviates in terms of quality. The Ant-Man films are as close as the MCU movies get to being full comedies. The first film is a comedy-heist movie that centers on Scott Lang. Played by Paul Rudd, Lang is a second-grade thief who manages to get a hold of a suit that can shrink him down to just a few inches or even smaller. He gets recruited by the suit’s creator, Hank Pym, to steal the shrinking tech from his own company. It’s now being run by an evil executive who wants to sell it off to Hydra. Ant-Man used its concept of a shrinking man better than anyone ever imagined.

The second movie, set just before the events of Avengers: Infinity War, sees Scott team up with Hank Pym and his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) to try to retrieve Hope’s mom Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer). They also have to deal with a criminal who wants to steal Pym’s tech, and a new villain, the Ghost, that can phase through solid matter. Hope becomes another shrinking hero, the Wasp, in this movie. Combined with an excellent supporting cast and clever scripts, these films are two of the best Disney Plus Marvel movies.


11 — Doctor Strange

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Do you want a really different-looking entry in the Disney Plus Marvel movies lineup? Look no further than this 2016 release. Doctor Stephen Strange is looking for a way to fix his hands, which were heavily damaged in an automobile accident. His quest takes him to Tibet, where he learns that magic is real. Doctor Strange gets a crash course in learning the mystic arts because a renegade group of magic-users wants to take over the world.

Benedict Cumberbatch is perfect in this role, but Doctor Strange’s real quality is in its visual effects. The movie portrays magic and its effects like no other film. It’s also a true homage and tribute to the artwork from the comic book’s original artist Steve Ditko.


10 — Captain Marvel

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Marvel Studios took its time to release its first female solo superhero film. The 2019 release was worth it for the most part. Brie Larson is “Vers,” a warrior for the Kree Empire, going after the “evil” shape-shifting aliens called Skrulls. However, Vers slowly learns the truth about herself, the Kree, and the Skrulls. In short, her life is a lie, and she soon figures out her true heritage, her massive powers, and her mission as human Carol Danvers.

Captain Marvel is also technically the only other period movie in the MCU, set mainly in the 1990s. That means lots of great references and music. Plus, we get to see Nick Fury before he showed up at the end of Iron Man. The end result is an entertaining space adventure that happens to be down to Earth. It also sets up some things for Avengers: Endgame.


9 — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is nearly as good as the original, and that’s a huge achievement. Released in 2017, it manages to be both an intimate character study and a huge epic space adventure. Led by Peter Quill (Star-Lord), the Guardians are making a reputation for solving big problems. However, Peter gets the shock of his life when his father Ego shows up.

This “living planet” is played to perfection in human form by Kurt Russell, and for a while, it seems that Peter is finally going to be happy. However, it would not be a movie without some conflict. Peter and the rest of the Guardians soon learn the truth about Ego and his plans for the universe.


8 — Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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This was a pleasant surprise, as we were introduced to the first Asian-themed MCU hero. Simu Liu is great as the title character, a man who wants to live an ordinary life with his friends in the US. However, his father, played to perfection by Tony Leung, wants his son back to be his right-hand man in his criminal organization. There are some excellent action and fight sequences in this movie, and we hope to see a lot more of Shang-Chi in future Marvel films on Disney Plus.


7 — The Avengers

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Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe concluded with this huge epic film co-written and directed masterfully by Joss Whedon. Characters and storylines linked and combined for the past four years finally came together, and it was completely seamless. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye went up against the Asgardian trickster God Loki, backed up by a huge alien invasion force.

The film could have been a convoluted mess. However, thanks to some clever writing and directing from Whedon, it became the comic book epic we had been waiting for. The final post-credit scene is just a taste of things to come.


6 — Guardians of the Galaxy

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After several years of releasing MCU films with fairly well-known characters, this 2014 movie was considered a risk. Almost no one outside of comic book readers had heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Also, this was not really a superhero movie; it was a space fantasy film. The doubters were proven wrong once again with this flick, and that’s mainly due to James Gunn. The director and co-writer used the tapestry of the MCU to create this tale of some very mismatched and damaged characters.

There’s a human who operates in a universe full of aliens, a green-skinned woman out to destroy her adoptive father, and a fighter looking for revenge against the person who killed his family. There’s also the pairing of a cybernetically-enhanced raccoon with an attitude, and an intelligent tree with a bark of gold.

Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot all team up to fight off a maniac who wants to kill everyone on the planet Xandar. In between, we’re treated to a colorful canvas of humor, pathos, and action. Guardians of the Galaxy meets and somehow exceeds Star Wars as a great space fantasy movie.


5 — Thor Ragnorok

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This is easily the best of the three Thor stand-alone movies. Chris Hemsworth offers his best performance as the God of Thunder, who, in the space of the opening few minutes, loses his dad Odin, sees his hammer destroyed, and then has to avoid being killed by his previously unrevealed sister Hela (Cate Blanchett). While she is taking over Asgard, Thor and Loki find themselves on a planet where gladiatorial contests are the main entertainment. Director Taika Waititi gives this movie a light touch without forgetting that it’s a big epic superhero action movie.


4 — Black Panther

This is the only Marvel Disney Plus movie nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards. It’s easy to see why as the late Chadwick Boseman is excellent as T’Challa, the leader of the hidden high-tech African nation of Wakanda. He’s also the superhero Black Panther, with highly trained battle skills and some cool gadgets.

This movie also has one of the best MCU villains, Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). He wants to take over Wakanda and use its technology to exact revenge on a world he believes has belittled him and his race. Killmonger is a great villain because he has some interesting points to make, even if you might not like his methods for solving these issues.


3 — Captain America: Civil War

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This is the best film in Captain America’s stand-alone series trilogy, and part of the reason is it’s The Avengers 2.5. After the events of Age of Ultron and the beginning of this film, The Avengers are ordered by the world’s governments to no longer operate as an independent force. Tony Stark, Black Widow, and others want to comply, but Steve and his friends don’t think that’s a good idea.

The final result is a clash of fists and ideals, pitting Cap and his group against Iron Man and his team. We also get introduced to The Black Panther and the MCU’s version of Spider-Man for the first time.


2, 1 — Avengers: Infinity War/Endgame

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Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are really just two parts of the same massive (five and a half hours) superhero epic. Infinity War is the story of the main villain Thanos, played terrifically (with some motion capture animation) by Josh Brolin. He’s out to kill half of the living things in the universe, but thinks he’s a hero for doing so. The Avengers try to stop him from accessing the six Infinity Stones, which Thanos needs to carry out his task.

Endgame reveals the aftermath of the first battle between The Avengers and Thanos. The first third of this three-hour movie is a post-apocalypse film, followed by a heist movie in the second third. It all leads to the last third of the movie, with Earth’s superheroes battling Thanos’s army. Get your tissues ready.


Non-MCU Marvel Disney Plus movies ranked

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Here are a few more Marvel Disney Plus movies we have ranked that are not part of the MCU (at least not yet) that you may want to check out:

  • 10 — Fantastic 4 (2015)  — One of the worst superhero movies ever made, period. Don’t watch this at all.
  • 9 — X-Men Origins: Wolverine — The first of three Wolverine solo movies was a big disappointment, and the character of Deadpool, in his first live-action appearance, is wasted.
  • 8 — Fantastic Four (2005) — This interpretation of the superfamily team isn’t that great, but it’s at least watchable.
  • 7 — X-Men: Dark Phoenix — There’s a cool third-act battle, but aside from that, there’s not much to recommend for this final (for now) X-Men movie.
  • 6 — X-Men: The Last Stand — Another attempt to tell the great Dark Phoenix story from the comics, but again it falls well short.
  • 5 — X-Men: Apocalypse — Oscar Isaac struggles to emote under tons of makeup as the villain Apocalypse, but this film has perhaps some of the best performances of the “reboot” cast.
  • 4 — X-Men — The first X-Men movie suffers from some story issues, but it’s still pretty entertaining, and we get to see Hugh Jackman become a movie star in his first Wolverine appearance.
  • 3 — X-Men: First Class — This soft reboot of the franchise, set in the 1960s, is very entertaining and feels like a 60s James Bond flick.
  • 2 — X2 — The second X-Men movie includes one of its best villains, Stryker (Brian Cox), and Alan Cumming’s Nightcrawler has a memorable debut in the first act.
  • 1 — X-Men: Days of Future Past — The Avengers: Infinity War of the X-Men movies sees two generations of characters team up (sort of) to fight a common foe in the 1970s.

That’s our ranking of the best Marvel Disney Plus film. We will be updating this list as more movies are released.