15. Thor (2011)
Director Kenneth Branagh brings a Shakespearean class to the Asgardian drama but the over-reliance on fish-out-of-water comedy, and the insipid romance with Natalie Portman’s character, bring things down. Tom Hiddleston’s performance is still one of the MCU’s best, however.
14. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Ultron is tons of fun as Joss Whedon’s zingers are as relentless as the awesome action. That said, the film bites off more than it can chew. Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Vision are under-written and it’s the victim of some bizarre editing – what is Thor doing in that cave?
13. Ant-Man (2015)
I actually love Ant-Man, so it kills me to put it this far down the list. Paul Rudd is hugely likeable as the ex-con hero and the film makes terrific use of his shrinking/growing powers – the Thomas the Tank Engine scene is one of the MCU’s most imaginative action sequences.
Doctor Strange has an incredible visual pallete and an exceptionally talented cast. For it to come any higher up the list, though, the script would’ve needed one more redraft to give that extra bit of finesse. That said, the time-looping third act is brilliantly inventive.