From ‘Ant-Man’ to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Marvel’s Phase Two Movies Ranked

After the success of The Avengers, many people wondered which directions the MCU would veer towards next. 

The results were pleasantly surprising, delivering some enjoyable movies featuring some unexpected heroes, while building the emerging threat posed by Thanos throughout Phase Two. 

Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World may be one of the weakest MCU movies yet (frequently bottoming out on many publications’ list for the “Best Marvel Movie”), but it’s far from completely terrible. 

Avengers: Age of Ultron

No matter how strongly some fans feel about the movie, though, few view it as being up to par with the first Avengers or either Infinity War or Endgame in later years. 

Iron Man 3

The last entry in the Iron Man trilogy, Iron Man 3 was a major improvement on the poorly-received Iron Man 2, but is today viewed more commonly as just an “okay” addition to the MCU. 


The studio’s idea to build a movie around famed comedian Paul Rudd as a superhero was a risky one, but certainly paid off in terms of the movie’s critical and commercial success. 

Guardians of the Galaxy

It’s a movie that feels more like a space opera than it does a superhero movie—having very little to do with the overall Marvel Universe aside for a brief appearance by Thanos. 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

It’s one of the more mature MCU movies grounded in history and politics of the day, and has been positively compared to other first-class espionage franchises like the Metal Gear Solid series. 

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