MCU Superlatives

In anticipation for the Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, I rewatched the entire MCU thus far (minus The Incredible Hulk, which is not cannon). Of course, now you have to watch the Disney+ series in order to fully understand what’s going on: WandaVision, The Falcon & the Winter Soldier, Loki, Hawkeye, &, most recently, Moon Knight. I’ve already seen Multiverse of Madness, so I thought I’d do a superlative/ranking post for the films (too much to unpack in the shows). I’ll do this in timeline order, which is how I did my rewatch this year. For the most part, this works, aside from some of the mid- and post-credit scenes. 

MCU Films Ranked

  1. Avengers: Endgame 
  2. Black Panther
  3. Avengers: Infinity War
  4. Iron Man
  5. The Avengers
  6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  8. Doctor Strange
  9. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1
  10. Shang-Chi & The Legend of the Ten Rings
  11. Captain Marvel
  12. Spider-Man: Far From Home
  13. Thor: Ragnarok
  14. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  15. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  16. Captain America: Civil War
  17. Iron Man 3
  18. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  19. Thor
  20. Captain America: The First Avenger
  21. The Avengers: Age of Ultron
  22. Ant-Man
  23. Iron Man 2
  24. Ant-Man & The Wasp
  25. The Eternals
  26. Black Widow
  27. Thor: The Dark World

MCU Villains Ranked

  1. Thanos (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1, Avengers: Infinity War, & Avengers: Endgame)
  2. Loki (Thor, Avengers, & Thor: The Dark World)
  3. Killmonger (Black Panther)
  4. Ego (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2)
  5. Hela (Thor: Ragnarok)
  6. Quentin Beck/Mysterio (Spider-Man: Far From Home)
  7. Ultron (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  8. Scarlet Witch (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness)
  9. Wenwu (Shang-Chi & The Legend of the Ten Rings)
  10. The Green Goblin, Doc Ock, etc. (Spider-Man: No Way Home)
  11. The Mandarin/Killian (Iron  Man 3)
  12. The Red Skull/Hydra (Captain-America: The First Avenger/Winter Soldier)
  13. Helmut Zemo (Captain America: Civil War)
  14. Ikaris (Eternals)
  15. Vulture (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
  16. Kree (Captain Marvel)
  17. Kaecilius (Doctor Strange)
  18. Justin Hammer (Iron Man 2)
  19. Obadiah Stane (Iron Man)
  20. Whiplash (Iron Man 2)
  21. Ghost (Ant-Man & The Wasp)
  22. Dreykov (Black Widow)
  23. Yellowjacket (Ant-Man)
  24. Dark Elves (Thor: The Dark World)

Best Relationships (Platonic & Romantic)

  1. Steve Rogers & Peggy Carter (Captain America [all], Avengers: Endgame)
  2. Steve Rogers & Bucky Barnes (Captain America [all], Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame)
  3. Thor & Loki (Thor 1-3, Avengers, & Avengers: Infinity War)
  4. Rocket & Groot (Guardians of the Galaxy Vols. 1 & 2, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame)
  5. Tony Stark & Pepper Potts (Iron Man 1-3, Avengers [all])
  6. Scott & Cassie Lang (Ant-Man 1-2, Avengers: Endgame)
  7. Peter Parker & Ned (Spider-Man 1-3, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame)
  8. Wanda & Vision (Avengers: Age of Ultron & Infinity War)
  9. Carol Danvers & Maria Rambeau (Captain Marvel)
  10. Natasha & Yelena (Black Widow)
  11. Tony Stark & Peter Parker (Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame)
  12. Peter Parker & MJ (Spider-Man 1-3)
  13. Peter Quill & Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy Vols. 1 & 2, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame)
  14. Tony Stark & Jarvis (Iron Man 1-3, Avengers, & Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  15. Shang-Chi & Katy (Shang-Chi & The Legend of the Ten Rings)
  16. Carol Danvers & Nick Fury (Captain America, Avengers: Endgame)
  17. Drax & Mantis (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2; Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame)
  18. T’Challa & Shuri (Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame)

Best Lines

Captain America: The First Avenger: “I can do this all day.” (Steve Rogers)
Captain Marvel:
“My name is Carol.” (Carol Danvers)
Iron Man:
“The truth is…I am Iron Man.” (Tony Stark)
Iron Man 2: “She did quite the spread on Tony last year.” (Pepper Potts)
Thor: “It’s a good look.” (Jane Foster)
The Avengers: “If it’s all the same to you, I’d like that drink.” (Loki)
Iron Man 3: “Oh my God, that was really violent!” (Pepper Potts)
Thor: The Dark World: “You must be truly desperate to think you can come to me for help.” (Loki)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: “On your left.” (Steve Rogers)
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: “We are Groot.” (Groot)
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: “I’m Mary Poppins, y’all.” (Yondu)
Avengers: Age of Ultron: “He’s fast and she’s weird.” (Maria Hill)
Ant-Man: “Scott, I need you to be the Ant-Man.” (Hank Pym)
Captain America: Civil War: “I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a fight before, but there’s usually not this much talking.” (Falcon/Sam)
Black Widow: “You’re such a poser.” (Yelena)
Doctor Strange: “Forget everything you think you know.” (The Ancient One)
Black Panther: “Wakanda Forever.” (T’Challa)
Spider-Man: Homecoming: “If you’re nothing without the suit, then you shouldn’t have it.” (Tony Stark)
Thor: Ragnarok: “He’s a friend from work!” (Thor)
Ant-Man and the Wasp: “You can do anything. You’re the world’s greatest grandma.” (Cassie Lang)
Avengers: Infinity War: “We’re in the endgame now.” (Doctor Strange)
Avengers: Endgame: “Avengers…assemble.” (Captain America)
Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings: “My name is Shang-Chi.” (Shang-Chi)
The Eternals: “When you love something, you protect it.” (Thena)
Spider-Man: Far From Home: “Don’t ever apologize for being the smartest one in the room.” (Quentin Beck)
Spider-Man: No Way Home: “You can take the guy out of the chair, but you can’t take the chair out of the guy.” (Ned Leeds)
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: “Do not speak to me of sacrifice, Stephen Strange.” (Wanda Maximoff)

Funniest Lines

Captain America: The First Avenger: “I’m not kissin’ ya.” (General)
Captain Marvel: “We talkin’ cheek swab or urine sample?” (Nick Fury)
Iron Man: “Let’s face it: this is not the worst thing you’ve caught me doing.” (Tony Stark)
Iron Man 2: “Sir, I’m gonna have to ask you to exit the donut.” (Nick Fury)
Thor: “Whoa, does he need CPR? ‘Cause I totally know CPR.” (Darcy)
The Avengers: “I understood that reference.” (Steve Rogers)
Iron Man 3: “Is this the forehead of security?” (Tony Stark)
Thor: The Dark World: “Look at you, all muscly and everything. How’s space?” (Darcy)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: “Hey fellas, either one of you know where the Smithsonian is? I’m here to pick up a fossil.” (Natasha)
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: “There’s a little pee comin’ out of me right now.” (Quill)
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: “You just need to find someone who is pathetic, like you.” (Drax)
Avengers: Age of Ultron: “Steve, he said a bad language word.” (Maria Hill)
Ant-Man: “Is that a camera on an ant? Sure, why not?” (Scott Lang)
Captain America: Civil War: “So, you like cats?” (Sam/Falcon)
Black Widow: “It’s a shit plan.” (Yelena)
Doctor Strange: “Any late fees I should know about — maiming, perhaps?” (Doctor Strange)
Black Panther: “Can we wrap it up? This corset is really uncomfortable.” (Shuri)
Spider-Man: Homecoming: “Do you lay eggs?” (Ned)
Thor: Ragnarok: “We are not doing “get help!” (Loki)
Ant-Man and the Wasp: “Hiya, champ, how was school today?” (Hank Gym)
Avengers: Infinity War: “Dude, you’re embarrassing me in front of the wizards.” (Tony Stark)
Avengers: Endgame: “That is America’s ass.” (Steve Rogers)
Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings: “What happened to your shirt?” (Katy)
The Eternals: “You know what has never saved the world? Your sarcasm.” (Phastos)
Spider-Man: Far From Home: “Let me help! I’m really strong and I’m…sticky!” (Peter Parker)
Spider-Man: No Way Home: “Yes, my spider lord.” (MJ)
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: “No shit, genius!” (Doctor Strange)

Best Fights

Captain America: The First Avenger: Captain America vs. Red Skull
Captain Marvel: Captain Marvel vs. the Kree
Iron Man: Iron Man vs. Ten Rings & vs. Obadiah Stane
Iron Man 2: Iron Man vs. Whiplash 
Thor: Thor vs. Loki
The Avengers: Thor vs. Iron Man; Natasha vs. Clint; Avengers vs. aliens
Iron Man 3: Tony Stark vs. scarred mutant
Thor: The Dark World: Thor & Loki vs. Dark Elves
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Captain America vs. secret Hydra agents & vs. Winter Soldier
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Guardians vs. each other; Groot vs. anyone
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Yondu vs. ravager trailers; Quill vs. Ego
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Iron Man vs. Hulk; Avengers vs. Ultra & his bots
Ant-Man: Ant-Man vs. Yellowjacket
Captain America: Civil War: Team Cap. vs. Team Iron Man
Black Widow: Natasha vs. Yelena
Doctor Strange: Strange vs. Kaecilius’ minion in astral plane
Black Panther: Black Panther vs. Killmonger
Spider-Man: Homecoming: Peter Parker vs. Vulture
Thor: Ragnarok: Thor vs. Hulk; Loki vs. Valkyrie
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Wasp vs. bad guys
Avengers: Infinity War: Avengers vs. Guardians; Avengers & Guardians vs. Thanos
Avengers: Endgame: Steve vs. himself; everyone vs. Thanos & his minions
Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings: Shang-Chi vs. Ten Rings (on bus)
The Eternals: Good eternals vs. bad eternals 
Spider-Man: Far From Home: Peter Parker vs. Quentin Beck
Spider-Man: No Way Home: Peter Parker (x3) vs. Green Goblin etc.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Strange vs. himself

Best Crying

Captain America: The First Avenger: Hayley Atwell 
Captain Marvel: Brie Larson
Iron Man: N/A
Iron Man 2: Mickey Rourke
Thor: Chris Hemsworth
The Avengers: N/A
Iron Man 3: N/A
Thor: The Dark World: N/A
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Scarlett Johansson
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Chris Pratt
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Pom Klementiff, Chris Pratt
Avengers: Age of Ultron: N/A
Ant-Man: Evangeline Lilly
Captain America: Civil War: N/A
Black Widow: Scarlett Johansson
Doctor Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch
Black Panther: Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, Sterling K. Brown
Spider-Man: Homecoming: Tom Holland
Thor: Ragnarok: N/A
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Evangeline Lilly
Avengers: Infinity War: Zoe Saldana
Avengers: Endgame: Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Don Cheadle
Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings: N/A
The Eternals: Gemma Chan, Richard Madden
Spider-Man: Far From Home: Tom Holland
Spider-Man: No Way Home: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Elizabeth Olsen

Saddest (Sometimes Supposed) Deaths

Captain America: The First Avenger: Bucky*
Captain Marvel: N/A
Iron Man: Yinsen
Iron Man 2: N/A
Thor: Loki*
The Avengers: Phil Coulson*
Iron Man 3: N/A
Thor: The Dark World: Frida, Loki*
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Nick Fury*
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Groot*
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Yondu
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Quicksilver
Ant-Man: Antony (ant)
Captain America: Civil War: T’Chaku
Black Widow: N/A
Doctor Strange: Ancient One
Black Panther: Zuri, Killmonger
Spider-Man: Homecoming: N/A
Thor: Ragnarok: Odin, Thor’s friends
Ant-Man and the Wasp: N/A
Avengers: Infinity War: Heimdall, Loki, Gamora; dusted heroes*
Avengers: Endgame: Natasha, Tony
Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings: Shang-Chi’s mom
The Eternals: Ikaris
Spider-Man: Far From Home: N/A
Spider-Man: No Way Home: Aunt May
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Wanda/Scarlet Witch

* = not really dead

Best Scenes

Captain America: The First Avenger: Steve running as his new Captain America self for the first time 
Captain Marvel: Carol on Earth, crashing into and wandering through Blockbuster 
Iron Man: Tony’s escape as Iron Man
Iron Man 2: Natasha showing off her Black Widow moves for the first time 
Thor: Thor sadly realizing he’s not worthy of the hammer 
The Avengers: Black Widow’s interrogation and putting Coulson on hold while she fights 
Iron Man 3: Iron Man saving all 13 passengers from the plane 
Thor: The Dark World: Thor & Loki semi-secretly escaping Asgard 
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Steve’s elevator fight 
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: The Guardians’ arrival at the prison 
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Yondu, Rocket, & Groot’s escape
Avengers: Age of Ultron: The Avengers trying to pick up Mjolnir
Ant-Man: Luis’ montage/story telling how he found out about the job 
Captain America: Civil War: Introduction of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker
Black Widow: Natasha and her adopted family quickly leaving and escaping 
Doctor Strange: The Ancient One introducing Strange to sorcery 
Black Panther: T’Challa in Shuri’s lab
Spider-Man: Homecoming: Peter and Vulture (aka his date’s dad) in the car before Homecoming
Thor: Ragnarok: Thor & Bruce in hiding 
Ant-Man and the Wasp: The Pyms reuniting in the quantum realm
Avengers: Infinity War: The Avengers meeting the Guardians 
Avengers: Endgame: Tony getting closure with his dad 
Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings: Flashback to Shang-Chi’s parents meeting
The Eternals: Kang doing a documentary of his fellow Eternals
Spider-Man: Far From Home: Quentin Beck’s illusion reveal
Spider-Man: No Way Home: The three Peters teaming up
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Strange and America Chavez traveling through different universes 

Stan Lee Cameos

Captain America: The First Avenger: “I thought he’d be taller.” (At medal of valor ceremony)
Captain Marvel: Practicing his lines for ’90s film Mallrats
Iron Man: Hugh Hefner
Iron Man 2: Larry King
Thor: Man driving a truck trying to pick up Mjolnir
The Avengers: “Superheroes? In New York? Give me a break.” (After the battle in New York)
Iron Man 3: Holding up his number at an auction on TV
Thor: The Dark World: “Yeah. Can I have my shoe back?” (After Selvig gives a talk)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: “Man, I am so fired!” (Security guard, after noticing Cap’s uniform is gone)
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Flirting with a woman on Xandar
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Telling a story to a group of aliens 
Avengers: Age of Ultron: “Excelsior!” (Drunk man at Avengers’ party)
Ant-Man: “Yeah, crazy stupid fine.” (In Luis’ story)
Captain America: Civil War: “Tony Stank?” (FedEx delivery to Tony)
Black Widow: N/A
Doctor Strange: “Ha ha, that is hilarious.” (On a bus while Strange is in the mirror dimension)
Black Panther: At a club in South Korea
Spider-Man: Homecoming: “Don’t make me come down there, you punk!” (Yelling at Peter)
Thor: Ragnarok: Cuts Thor’s hair
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Remarking about the ’60s after he sees a car shrink
Avengers: Infinity War: “What’s the matter? You kids never seen a spaceship before?” (Bus driver)
Avengers: Endgame: “Make love, not war, baby!” (In ’70s)
Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings: N/A
The Eternals: N/A
Spider-Man: Far From Home: N/A
Spider-Man: No Way Home: N/A
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: N/A

Stan passed away in 2018, so his final appearance was in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame

Mid-Credits Scenes

Captain America: The First Avenger: N/A
Captain Marvel: The Avengers, post-snap, looking at Fury’s pager, then Carol shows up
Iron Man: N/A
Iron Man 2: N/A
Thor: N/A
The Avengers: Thanos’ introduction 
Iron Man 3: N/A
Thor: The Dark World: Sif bringing the infinity stone to The Collector 
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Introduction to the Maximoff twins at Hydra facility
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: N/A
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: 1-Ravager gang get-together; 2-High Priestess’ new creation, “Adam”; 3-Quill admonishing teenage Groot
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Thanos says, “fine, I’ll do it myself.”
Ant-Man: Hank shows Hope the Wasp suit
Captain America: Civil War: Bucky goes under [asleep] again thanks to T’Challa, Wakanda briefly shown
Black Widow: N/A
Doctor Strange: Strange talking to Thor about Loki
Black Panther: T’Challa formally introduces Wakanda to the world
Spider-Man: Homecoming: Vulture in jail, says he doesn’t know who Spider-Man is
Thor: Ragnarok: Thor & Loki see Thanos’ ship approaching
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Pyms get dusted while Scott’s in the quantum realm 
Avengers: Infinity War: N/A
Avengers: Endgame: N/A
Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings: Katy & Shang-Chi talking to Wong, Bruce Banner, & Carol Danvers 
The Eternals: The remaining Eternals meet Thanos’ brother 
Spider-Man: Far From Home: Spider-Man’s identity is announced via Quentin Beck’s last video
Spider-Man: No Way Home: Venom has been transported to another universe, goes back home but bad guy stays behind
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Strange meets Charlize Theron’s Clea

Post-Credit Scenes

Captain America: The First Avenger: Fury talking to Steve, who destroys a punching bag
Captain Marvel: Goose throws up the Tessaract 
Iron Man: Fury shows up in Tony’s house to talk about “the Avengers Initiative” 
Iron Man 2: Coulson calling someone to say they’ve found Thor’s hammer
Thor: Selvage seeing the Tessaract and saying “it’s worth a look” (via Loki mind control)
The Avengers: The Avengers, tired, eating shwarma
Iron Man 3: The reveal that Tony’s narration was told to Bruce, who wasn’t listening 
Thor: The Dark World: Jane happily reuniting with Thor, weird creature runs through a parking lot 
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Bucky goes to the Cap museum and sees his memorial
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: The Collector talking to Howard the Duck
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Stan Lee’s character being stuck on a planet with no ride home
Avengers: Age of Ultron: N/A
Ant-Man: Sam tells Bucky & Steve, “I know a guy”
Captain America: Civil War: Peter returns from the fight and enjoys new tech from Tony
Black Widow: Yelena goes to Natasha’s grave, receives new mission to kill Clint
Doctor Strange: Mordo takes power away from Benjamin Bratt’s character and vows to get rid of sorcerers 
Black Panther: Bucky is revealed to have been cured (called the “White Wolf”) in Wakanda
Spider-Man: Homecoming: Cap filming a video about patience, asks “how many more of these” he has to do
Thor: Ragnarok: The Grandmaster congratulates citizens on their rebellion
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Ant playing the drums in Scott’s house while a TV fuzzes
Avengers: Infinity War: Fury & Hill getting dusted (after Fury sends uses his pager to send message to Captain Marvel)
Avengers: Endgame: N/A
Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings: Shang-Chi’s sister getting involved with the [new] Ten Rings
The Eternals: Kit Harrington’s character being warned not to pick up a blade
Spider-Man: Far From Home: The reveal that Talos and his wife (Skrulls) have been acting as Fury & Hill, real Fury is off-world
Spider-Man: No Way Home: Teaser for Doctor Strange 2
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Bruce Campbell’s character’s spell finally being broken 

Best Needle Drops

Captain America: The First Avenger: N/A
Captain Marvel: “Crazy On You” (Heart); “Only Happy When It Rains” (Garbage); “Come As You Are” (Nirvana); “Just a Girl” (No Doubt)
Iron Man: “Back in Black” (AC/DC); “Iron Man” (Black Sabbath)
Iron Man 2: “California Love” (Tupac Shakur & Dr. Dre); “Another One Bites the Dust” (Queen); “It Takes Two” (Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock)
Thor: “Walk” (Foo Fighters)
The Avengers: “Shoot to Thrill” (AC/DC)
Iron Man 3: “Blue” (Eiffel 65); “Mambo No. 5” (Lou Bega)
Thor: The Dark World: N/A
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: N/A
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: “Come & Get Your Love” (Redbone); “Hooked On a Feeling” (Blue Swede); “Fooled Around & Fell In Love” (Elvin Bishop); “Cherry Bomb” (The Runaways); “Ain’t No Mountain High” (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell); “I Want You Back” (Jackson 5)
The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: “Mr. Blue Sky” (Electric Light Orchestra); “The Chain” (Fleetwood Mac); “Southern Nights” (Glen Campbell); “My Sweet Lord” (George Harrison)
Avengers: Age of Ultron: N/A
Ant-Man: N/A
Captain America: Civil War: N/A
Black Widow: “American Pie” (Don McLean); Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana cover); “Cheap Thrills” (Sia)
Doctor Strange: “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On it)” (Beyonce)
Black Panther: “Pray For Me” (Kendrick Lamar ft. The Weeknd); “All the Stars” (Kendrick Lamar ft. SZA)
Spider-Man: Homecoming: “Blitzkrieg Bop” (The Ramones)
Thor: Ragnarok: “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin)
Ant-Man and the Wasp: N/A
Avengers: Infinity War: “The Rubberband Man” (The Spinners)
Avengers: Endgame: “Dear Mr. Fantasy” (Traffic); “Come & Get Your Love” (Redbone)
Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings: “Hotel California” (The Eagles)
Eternals: “Juice” (Lizzo)
Spider-Man: Far From Home: “I Will Always Love You” (Whitney Houston); “Back in Black” (AC/DC)
Spider-Man: No Way Home: “No Sleep till Brooklyn” (Beastie Boys)
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness