We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion. With that being said, here are the top 10 live-action Marvel movies of all time. Some are within the MCU, and some aren’t. Feel free to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. The Incredible Hulk (2008) 67% at Rotten Tomatoes
Bruce Banner is desperately seeking the cure to the effects of the Gamma Bomb. Whenever he gets upset, he turns into a giant green monster. And Emil Blonsky is looking to become one too.
Director: Louis Leterrier
Starring: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth
9. Thor: Ragnarok (2017) 92% at Rotten Tomatoes
Thor’s father Odin dies and his sister Hela has returned to take over Asgard. She banishes Thor and Loki to another universe, where Thor is forced to fight in gladiator battles to return and save Asgard.
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett
8. Deadpool (2016) 83% at Rotten Tomatoes
Wade Wilson is a mercenary transformed by a rogue experiment into a mutant with regenerative powers and a face only a mother could love. Now he’s on a deadly path of destruction to kill the man responsible.
Director: Tim Miller
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller
7. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) 91% at Rotten Tomatoes
In a future where Sentinels hunt down mutants, Wolverine is sent back in time to change the course of history. It involves convincing Charles Xavier to stop Mystique from an assassination attempt on Dr. Boliver Trask.
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) 92% at Rotten Tomatoes
Spider-Man finally joins the MCU as Tony Stark helps Peter Parker take down Vulture.
Director: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.
5. Doctor Strange (2016) 90% at Rotten Tomatoes
A brilliant but egotistical neurosurgeon injures his hands in a car accident. It sends him on a spiritual journey where he discovers the secrets of mysticism using an Infinity Stone.
Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams
4. Iron Man (2008) 94% at Rotten Tomatoes
Tony Stark is a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist who’s taken hostage in Iraq. He builds an iron suit to escape and soon refines it to become the first superhero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard
3. Ant-Man (2015) 82% at Rotten Tomatoes
Upon being released from prison, Scott Lang is trying his hardest to be a reformed thief. But then he finds himself involved in a safe heist, which contains a suit that can shrink his size while increasing his strength. Now he has to determine if he has what it takes to be a real hero.
Director: Peyton Reed
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll
2. Captain America: Civil War (2016) 91% at Rotten Tomatoes
After the devastating effects super-powered people have had on the rest of the world fighting each other, the government enacts a Hero Registration Act. Captain America opposes it for reasons much dumber than the comic book, and we get to see heroes fighting each other instead of villains.
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson
1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 91% at Rotten Tomatoes
Starlord steals an orb and finds himself being pursued by a variety of bounty hunters over it. He joins forces with several of them in order to protect the universe from Ronan the Accuser and Thanatos.
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper