11. Iron Man (2008)
The daddy of the MCU is often put right at the top of MCU rankings. For me, it’s a very entertaining origins story, and gave us the gift of Downey’s Tony Stark, but, again, it lacks that extra special something that characterized many future installments of the franchise.
Thor: Ragnarok managed to be a marked improvement on its predecessors by turning the franchise into a broad cosmic comedy – sure, Guardians of the Galaxy did that first but it’s still a humongous amount of fun with a brilliant cast of characters.
As a diehard Spider-Man fan, I don’t know how I feel about certain storytelling choices in Homecoming (no mention of Uncle Ben? Really?), but the film itself is such a blast of a coming-of-age superhero movie that any criticisms fly out your head while watching.
8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
The Russos made their MCU debut with this one and found success with their winning character-driven, more realistic approach to the Marvel universe from the off. The Winter Soldier is a taught 70s-style thriller that reinvents Captain America in a fascinating way.