Top 2 Highest Rated Movies In Each Phase Of The MCU So Far, According To Rotten Tomatoes

The MCU is well into the fourth phase and has gotten mixed, but mostly high reviews. These are the two highest-rated movies from each phase so far.

Top 2 Highest Rated Movies In Each Phase Of The MCU So Far, According To Rotten Tomatoes

The MCU is well into the fourth phase and has gotten mixed, but mostly high reviews. These are the two highest-rated movies from each phase so far.


The Marvel Cinematic Universe is well underway in Phase Four now, with the latest (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) the fifth film in the phase. While some phases have movies that weren't received well, others had some of the highest-rated movies in the entire franchise.


With new movies on the horizon like Thor: Love and Thunder, it's a good time to look back at some of the best movies from each phase that have built up to this point. Based on Rotten Tomatoes reviews, there are quite a few good films in the running, and the top movies of each phase were even certified fresh.


Phase 1

Iron Man (2008) - 94%


The movie that started it all - Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. has been the face of the franchise for well over a decade now. From the first time this movie aired, it made headlines. The story of Tony Stark discovering himself, discovering the darkness within his own company, and creating Iron Man wowed fans everywhere. Creating his superhero alias, instead of just being born with it, or receiving it, really helped fans to appreciate him even more.


As the official start of the MCU, there was a lot riding on this one. While some movies get worse with time, Iron Man seems to still hold up today. While the CGI might be a little dated, the first film in the franchise still can be seen as ranked highly on many fans' lists. Whether it is the nostalgia of the start of something new, the iconic "I am Iron Man" line or the first time fans saw the Iron Man suit, this movie holds up and is well-deserving of the high ratings it received.


The Avengers (2012) - 91%


It comes as no surprise that seeing a group of superheroes come together to fight bad guys for the first time did well in theaters. With four years of buildup to this movie, The Avengers was a highly anticipated film. Getting to see Hawkeye, Black Widow, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man band together under the direction of Nicky Fury was a Marvel fan's dream come true. Fighting against Loki, one of the best villains in the Avengers movies, just made things even better,


Marvel's first team movie was a masterpiece of its time. The fight scenes were incredible and filled with action, drama, and just a little bit of comedy which helped make it appealing to a wide audience. Not only was the movie great cinematically, but the casting was incredible Sure fans had already seen all the characters in their respective movies before, but once brought together, and with the new addition of Mark Ruffalo, they really seemed like a team. This movie was just a taste of what was to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it was amazing.


Phase 2

Guardian's Of The Galaxy (2014) - 92%


Guardians of the Galaxy provided Marvel fans with a fresh new kind of superhero. After getting a lot of heroes that were from Earth, it was time to bring in some alien superheroes. Not only are they different, but they also started off as bad guys. A ragtag group of criminals that broke out of jail turned good might've been new to the MCU, but it was refreshing.


This small group made quite the impact. While the movie was obviously a superhero movie, it mixed with the genre of space opera giving it a unique flare. Introducing space as being a more important part of the franchise, as well as exploring traveling to other planets much more than they did in the Thor movies, this film opened up a lot of new avenues for the MCU.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) - 90%


Phase two of the MCU had a lot of introductions to new characters, as well as sequels to characters fans had already been introduced to. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, fans got to get a glimpse of how Steve Rogers was adapting to being in the twenty-first century. One thing he probably didn't expect in the new world he found himself in was his best friend, who he thought to be dead.


The battle, both emotionally and physically, that Steve endured was palpable and the fans shared similar emotions throughout the film as Bucky struggled to remember who he was, and who he was fighting. Although it may not have been apparent at the time, this movie was a pivotal point for the MCU as Hydra became more established, and new members were drafted into both sides of the battle.


Phase 3

Black Panther (2018) - 96%


The highest-rated film in the MCU franchise is Black Panther. This movie was, and still is, incredibly important for a variety of reasons. For one, it showed that a predominantly Black cast could draw in huge audiences and that women could be portrayed as strong characters. It also brought up issues around racism and colonist theft through the lens of a superhero movie.


There are so many more reasons like the costumes, the world-building, and the introduction of lesser-known heroes and villains that really made Black Panther stand out. It came as no surprise that this Marvel film has the highest rating of all thus far. The film even introduced Killmonger, who had great quotes and was one of the best villains in the MCU.


Avengers: Endgame (2019) - 94%


Perhaps one of the most anticipated films of the entire MCU to date has been Avengers: Endgame. After the heartbreaking ending that fans were left with at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, it was no surprise the turnout was so big for this follow-up film. Watching who was left of the Avengers, each cope with the loss in their own way was riveting. Showing that superheroes and Gods could lose hope and feel lost was powerful stuff.


This movie got its high rating from being extremely real with all the emotions it portrayed. From loss, more than once for some, to hope, and anger to love, this movie explored just about every emotion there is. Truly, the final scene of Avengers: Endgame is one of the most legendary scenes in the entire franchise. From everyone that disappeared showing back up, to Captain America being able to pick up and use Thor's hammer, there were countless parts of this fight that made it impossible to forget.


Phase 4

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) - 93%


Big cameos showing up is something that the MCU has been known to include in many of their films. Spider-Man: No Way Home was rumored to be filled with lots of cameos, and it delivered. By bringing together the past Spider-Man actors, both Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield, and even resurrecting some of the villains from their movies made for the perfect fan film.


Not only were there many characters that seemed to be revived in this movie, but The Defenders series started to finally get incorporated into the MCU directly. Needless to say, a lot happened in this movie, and it rightfully earned its spot among the best of the best for more than one reason.


Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (2021) - 91%


In the MCU, characters are usually given solo films if they are introduced elsewhere, or are already well known. That was not the case for Shang-Chi. Fans went in knowing practically nothing unless they had read the comics beforehand, but the movie blew them away.


Similar to Black Panther, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings quickly became iconic for a wide variety of reasons. The cultural significance is incredible, and the story is created perfectly. From strong martial arts battles to incorporating Chinese Mythology, Marvel showed that an Asian-led superhero movie could do well too. One other big thing from Shang-Chi is that this movie managed to bring back the villain the Mandarin.


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