Every Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie Ranked After ‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness’

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness has finally arrived, with director Sam Raimi delivering a Marvel movie unlike anything we’ve seen from the franchise before.

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Expectations are extremely high for the long-awaited Doctor Strange sequel, but as you’ll know if you’ve read my spoiler-free review (read it HERE), the film doesn’t disappoint. Now that I’ve seen Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness for a second time, I’ve decided to do what I do with every new Marvel Cinematic Universe film…update my overall ranking of the franchise.

For fans of the Marvel Disney Plus shows, it’s also worth noting that this updated ranking is the first to feature Moon Knight. From Iron Man to Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, here’s my updated ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise:

34. The Incredible Hulk

Directed By: Louis Leterrier

Release Date: 2008

Cast: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson, Ty Burrell

Synopsis: Dr Bruce Banner subjects himself to high levels of gamma radiation which triggers his transformation into a huge green creature, the Hulk, whenever he experiences negative emotions such as anger.

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33. Iron Man 3

Directed By: Shane Black

Release Date: 2013

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall, Jon Favreau, Ty Simpkins, Paul Bettany

Synopsis: Tony Stark encounters a formidable foe called the Mandarin. After failing to defeat his enemy, Tony embarks on a journey of self-discovery as he fights against the powerful Mandarin.

32. Iron Man 2

Directed By: Jon Favreau

Release Date: 2010

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Garry Shandling

Synopsis: Tony Stark is under pressure from various sources, including the government, to share his technology with the world. He must find a way to fight them while also tackling his other enemies.

31. Thor: The Dark World

Directed By: Alan Taylor

Release Date: 2013

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Kat Dennings, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, Chris O’Dowd, Rene Russo

Synopsis: Thor sets out on a journey to defeat Malekith, the leader of the Dark Elves when he returns to Asgard to retrieve a dangerous weapon and fulfill his desire of destroying the Nine Realms.

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30. Ant-Man And The Wasp

Directed By: Peyton Reed

Release Date: 2018

Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hannah John-Kamen, Michael Peña, Laurence Fishburne, Walton Goggins, Abby Ryder Fortson, T.I., David Dastmalchian, Randall Park, Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale

Synopsis: Despite being under house arrest, Scott Lang, along with the Wasp, sets out to help Dr Hank Pym to enter the quantum realm as they face new enemies along the way.

29. Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Directed By: Joss Whedon

Release Date: 2015

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, Claudia Kim, Linda Cardellini

Synopsis: Tony Stark builds an artificial intelligence system named Ultron with the help of Bruce Banner. When the sentient Ultron makes plans to wipe out the human race, the Avengers set out to stop him.

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28. Eternals

Directed By: Chloé Zhao

Release Date: 2021

Cast: Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Don Lee, Kumail Nanjiani, Barry Keoghan, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, Kit Harrington, Brian Tyree Henry, Harish Patel

Synopsis: The Eternals, a race of immortal beings with superhuman powers who have secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years, reunite to battle the evil Deviants.

27. Thor

Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

Release Date: 2011

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgård, Rene Russo, Clark Gregg, Jeremy Renner

Synopsis: Thor is exiled by his father, Odin, the King of Asgard, to the Earth to live among mortals. When he lands on Earth, his trusted weapon Mjolnir is discovered and captured by S.H.I.E.L.D.

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26. Marvel’s What If…? (Season 1)

Showrunner: A.C. Bradley

Release Date: 2021

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Hayley Atwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Jeffrey Wright, Sebastian Stan, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

Synopsis: Reimagining noteworthy events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and creating a multiverse of infinite possibilities.

25. Moon Knight

Showrunner: Mohamed Diab

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke and May Calamawy

Synopsis: Moon Knight follows Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, who becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt.

24. Ant-Man

Directed By: Peyton Reed

Release Date: 2015

Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, T.I., David Dastmalchian, Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, Corey Stoll

Synopsis: Scott, a master thief, gains the ability to shrink in scale with the help of a futuristic suit. Now he must rise to the occasion of his superhero status and protect his secret from unsavoury elements.

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23. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2

Directed By: James Gunn

Release Date: 2017

Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone, Sean Gunn, Chris Sullivan, Elizabeth Debicki

Synopsis: After a successful mission, Quill and his team of galactic defenders meet Ego, a man claiming to be Quill’s father. However, they soon learn some disturbing truths about Ego.

22. Black Widow

Directed By: Cate Shortland

Release Date: 2021

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, Ray Winstone, Ray Winstone

Synopsis: Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy, and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

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21. The Falcon And The Winter Soldier (Season 1)

Showrunner: Malcolm Spellman

Release Date: 2021

Cast: Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Wyatt Russell, Emily VanCamp, Erin Kellyman, Daniel Brühl, Carl Lumbly, Danny Ramirez, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Synopsis: Falcon and the Winter Soldier are a mismatched duo who team up for a global adventure that will test their survival skills — as well as their patience.

20. Captain America: The First Avenger

Directed By: Joe Johnston

Release Date: 2011

Cast: Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Toby Jones

Synopsis: During World War II, Steve Rogers decides to volunteer in an experiment that transforms his weak body. He must now battle a secret Nazi organisation headed by Johann Schmidt to defend his nation.

19. Captain Marvel

Directed By: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

Release Date: 2019

Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Lee Pace, Annette Bening

Synopsis: Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls.

18. Doctor Strange

Directed By: Scott Derrickson

Release Date: 2016

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Tilda Swinton, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Synopsis: In an accident, Stephen Strange, a famous neurosurgeon, loses the ability to use his hands. He goes to visit the mysterious Ancient One to heal himself and becomes a great sorcerer under her tutelage.

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17. WandaVision (Season 1)

Showrunner: Jac Schaeffer

Release Date: 2021

Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn, Kat Dennings, Teyonah Parris, Randall Park, Evan Peters, Julian Hilliard, Jett Klyne

Synopsis: Living idealized suburban lives, super-powered beings Wanda and Vision begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.

16. Hawkeye

Showrunner: Jonathan Igla

Release Date: 2021

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, Vera Farmiga, Alaqua Cox, Linda Cardellini, Tony Dalton

Synopsis: Clint Barton and Kate Bishop shoot a few arrows and try to avoid becoming the target themselves.

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15. Iron Man

Directed By: Jon Favreau

Release Date: 2008

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Clark Gregg, Faran Tahir

Synopsis: When Tony Stark, an industrialist, is captured, he constructs a high-tech armoured suit to escape. Once he manages to escape, he decides to use his suit to fight against evil forces to save the world.

14. The Avengers

Directed By: Joss Whedon

Release Date: 2012

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson

Synopsis: Nick Fury is compelled to launch the Avengers Initiative when Loki poses a threat to planet Earth. His squad of superheroes put their minds together to accomplish the task.

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13. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Directed By: Jon Watts

Release Date: 2017

Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Laura Harrier, Jacob Batalon, Bokeem Woodbine

Synopsis: Peter Parker tries to stop the Vulture from selling weapons made with advanced Chitauri technology while trying to balance his life as an ordinary high school student.

12. Loki (Season 1)

Showrunner: Kate Herron

Release Date: 2021

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, Tara Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Richard E. Grant, Jonathan Majors

Synopsis: Loki, the God of Mischief, steps out of his brother’s shadow to embark on an adventure that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.”

11. Captain America: Civil War

Directed By: The Russo Brothers

Release Date: 2016

Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebasstian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Paul Bettany, Daniel Brühl, Don Cheadle

Synopsis: Friction arises between the Avengers when one group supports the government’s decision to implement a law to control their powers while the other opposes it.

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10. Spider-Man: Far From Home

Directed By: Jon Watts

Release Date: 2019

Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Cobie Smulders

Synopsis: Peter Parker, the beloved superhero Spider-Man, faces four destructive elemental monsters while on holiday in Europe. Soon, he receives help from Mysterio, a fellow hero with mysterious origins.

9. Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings

Directed By: Destin Daniel Cretton

Release Date: 2021

Cast: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Meng’ er Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Florian Munteanu, Fala Chen

Synopsis: Martial-arts master Shang-Chi confronts the past he thought he left behind when he’s drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.

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8. Black Panther

Directed By: Ryan Coogler

Release Date: 2018

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Sterling K. Brown

Synopsis: After his father’s death, T’Challa returns home to Wakanda to inherit his throne. However, a powerful enemy related to his family threatens to attack his nation.

7. Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness

Directed By: Sam Raimi

Release Date: 2022

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Xochitl Gomez

Synopsis: Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”—a thrilling ride through the Multiverse with Doctor Strange, his trusted friend Wong and Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch.

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6. Thor: Ragnarok

Directed By: Taika Waititi

Release Date: 2017

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Taika Waititi, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch

Synopsis: Deprived of his mighty hammer Mjolnir, Thor must escape the other side of the universe to save his home, Asgard, from Hela, the goddess of death.

5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Directed By: The Russo Brothers

Release Date: 2014

Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Cobie Smulders

Synopsis: As Steve Rogers adapts to the complexities of a contemporary world, he joins Natasha Romanoff and Sam Wilson in his mission to uncover the secret behind a deadly, mysterious assassin.

4. Guardians Of The Galaxy

Directed By: James Gunn

Release Date: 2014

Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, Benicio del Toro

Synopsis: Peter escapes from the planet Morag with a valuable orb that Ronan the Accuser wants. He eventually forms a group with unwilling heroes to stop Ronan.

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3. Spider-Man: No Way Home

Directed By: Jon Watts

Release Date: 2021

Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, Benedict Cumberbatch

Synopsis: With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, our friendly neighborhood web-slinger is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life as Peter Parker from the high stakes of being a superhero. When Peter asks for help from Doctor Strange, the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

2. Avengers: Inifnity War

Directed By: The Russo Brothers

Release Date: 2018

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Brolin, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Tom Hiddleston, Zoe Saldana, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Don Cheadle

Synopsis: The Avengers must stop Thanos, an intergalactic warlord, from getting his hands on all the infinity stones. However, Thanos is prepared to go to any lengths to carry out his insane plan.

1. Avengers: Endgame

Directed By: The Russo Brothers

Release Date: 2019

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Karen Gillan, Don Cheadle, Josh Brolin, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Brie Larson

Synopsis: After Thanos, an intergalactic warlord, disintegrates half of the universe, the Avengers must reunite and assemble again to reinvigorate their trounced allies and restore balance.

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Do you agree with my updated ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Let me know in the comments section and drop your ranking down there as well! 

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