14. Iron Man 3 - Average Score: 71
Tony Stark's final solo film, Iron Man 3 (directed by Shane Black), took Stark's story in a different direction and told it with a slightly different tone. That, coupled with the film's villains, left some hardcore fans feeling slightly disappointed and some critics felt the same. It currently holds a critic score of 80% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 62.
The difference in opinion surrounding the film is clear when looking at the actual reviews.There were those who enjoyed the film, such as Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian, who called the film "smart, funny and spectacular," and there were some who criticized the film's less-than-creative premise and execution such as Ann Hornaday who wrote, "this branch of the Marvel franchise tree feels brittle and over-extended enough to snap off entirely."
Iron Man 3 currently holds an audience score of 78% on Rotten Tomatoes.
13. Captain America: The First Avenger - Average Score: 72.5
There were doubts about the adaptation of Captain America before it hit theaters in 2011. While it definitely didn't please everyone, it was certainly better than many were expecting from its premise and star spangled costumes. Captain America: The First Avenger (directed by Joe Johnston) currently holds a critic score of 79% on Rotten Tomatoes with a Metacritic score of 66.
Almost everyone agreed that the concept was going to be somewhat silly, but overall, reviews praised the film as a fun little adventure for fans. David Denby of The New Yorker, for example, wrote, "it doesn't try too hard for irony or style; the comic-book sensibility remains pure, square and happily stupid."
Captain America: The First Avenger currently holds an audience score of 74% on Rotten Tomatoes.
12. Ant Man - Average Score: 73
Bringing an end to Phase 2 of the MCU was Ant-Man (directed by Peyton Reed), which brought more humor to the franchise and completed the roster for Captain America: Civil War. The film holds a critic score of 82% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 64.
Critics such as Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times praised the tone and characters and said that Ant-Man was "light on its feet the way standard issue Marvel behemoths never are." That same humor was a cause for complaint for others. Richard Roeper described it the film as a "cliché-riddled origins story that veers between inside-joke comedy, ponderous redemption story lines and admittedly nifty CGI sequences."
Ant-Man currently holds an audience score of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.
11. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 - Average Score: 75
There were huge expectations for this film after the unprecedented success of its predecessor. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (directed by James Gunn) delivered more intergalactic action and '80s music than the previous volume while expanding on the stories of its principle cast. The film currently holds a critic score of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes with a Metacritic score of 67.
The film received many reviews that showed that some critics enjoyed the sequel just as much as the first film, such as Peter Travers' review for Rolling Stone which read, "hanging with Quill and his mercenary space misfits is still everything you'd want in a wild summer ride." Other critics felt that the film was less impactful than the others. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian wrote that the film "doesn't have the same sense of weird urgency and point that the first film had."
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 currently holds an audience score of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes.