After a decade of storytelling, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has finally reached the moment virtually all of its movies have been building to. Avenger: Infinity War is the epic culmination of multiple cameos by Thanos, and the answers to nearly every mystery surrounding the Infinity Stones, the endgame for years of story beats that created the likes of Ultron and Vision, while shaping the destinies of every member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Each film in the franchise was a wild ride... but they weren't all equally received, a fact that becomes extremely apparent when you look at the aggregated critic scores each one was given. And that's exactly what we'll be doing here; using review aggregates like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, we've ranked all 19 -- yes, nineteen -- MCU films according to how the critics rated them. Now, some of these may surprise you, but just remember that critics don't always see eye to eye with the average moviegoer. Their job is to critique a film, and they don't always allow their love for certain characters or franchises to get in the way.
And with that, let's begin with the worst reviewed Marvel Studios movie to date:
19. Thor: The Dark World - Average Score: 60
Thor's second solo film expanded on the relationship between the Avenger's god of thunder and his half-brother Loki, and introduced the Reality Stone, which as we now know, would become important to the overarching plot of the MCU. It was riddled with flaws such as its main antagonist and the quality of the plot and special effects.
While many critics expressed a shallow contentment with the film, such as Christopher Orr of The Atlantic, who stated that it "gets by thanks to its heady pace and good-natured charm," other critics were far less impressed. Critics such as Kyle Smith of the New York Post stated simply that it was "low-stakes, low emotion, lowbrow." The film currently holds a critic score of 66% on Rotten Tomatoes with a Metacritic score of 54.
Thor: The Dark World (directed by Alan Taylor) currently holds an audience score of 77% on Rotten Tomatoes.
18. The Incredible Hulk - Average Score: 64
The Hulk's first and only solo MCU film focused solely on Bruce Banner's character, skipping the majority of his origin story to expand on his struggle with the Hulk. Due to its reception, The Incredible Hulk (directed by Louis Leterrier) is constantly referred to as the MCU's weakest film to date. It currently holds a Rotten Tomatoes critic score of 67% with a Metacritic score of 61.
Critics often cited the over-reliance on massive fight scenes. Roger Ebert for example, stated that he felt the film "sidesteps the intriguing aspects of Hulkdom and spends way too much time in, dare I say, noisy and mindless action sequences," comparing it unfavorably to Ang Lee's 2003 film, Hulk.
The Incredible Hulk currently holds an audience score of 71% on Rotten Tomatoes.