The world of superheroes and villains has grown in popularity in recent years, and franchises like Marvel are certainly a force to be reckoned with on that front. With just the 29 films currently making up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there have been countless memorable moments that fans will not soon forget.
While everyone has a favorite, Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer has been a consistent way to see which Marvel films are more or less popular than you might initially think. From the instant smash hit team-up, Spider-Man: No Way Homeas we first met the lovable Guardians of the Galaxy, the MCU’s first 15 years have produced some unforgettable films that have performed exceptionally well.
‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (2017)
In the wake of Avengers: Endgame and in the wake of Tony’s heartbreaking death, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man now faced a new threat. Jake Gyllenhaal debuted as Mysterio in Tom Holland‘s second solo film as a web-headed superhero, and it’s safe to say that it made a lasting impact on Peter’s life after revealing his identity in the closing credits scene.
While it’s just under its predecessor for the Tomatometer, it’s 2017 Spider-Man: Far From Home went extremely well. With one of the lowest budgets for an MCU film at $160 million, it didn’t hold it back as it grossed a whopping $1.132 billion, making it the first Spider-Man film to break the $1 billion mark exceeded. It may only have technically just made the top ten, but it still sits at an impressive 90% on the tomatometer with a 95% audience rating.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (2021)
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has mixed this classic Marvel comedy and emotion with a new origin story that fans have been looking forward to. With flashbacks to several MCU projects and the credits scene linking Shang-Chi to Doctor Strange and the rest of the Avengers, in addition to that cameo from Wong, it was able to expand the MCU in more ways than we could imagine could imagine.
Due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, production on the film was postponed from February 2020 to resuming in August and concluding in October before being released a year later in September 2021. Upon release, it grossed over $430 million to $200 million on a budget of $150. Shang Chi received 91% on the tomatometer and 98% audience rating.
“The Avengers” (2012)
Marvel is great at bringing together beloved characters for high-level and powerful teams, and they’ve undoubtedly given us some memorable between-character moments in their first fifteen years. While endgame and No way home Incredibly memorable for their own reasons, there’s something about the Original Six first team that lives rent-free in our minds.
It culminated in phase one of the MCU and went exceptionally well. The film was a huge success, earning several award nominations including BAFTA and Academy Awards for its stunning visual effects. With a budget of just $200 million compared to $1.5 billion at the box office, the film was a hit with both fans and critics. It sits at 91% on the tomatometer with a viewer rating to match.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)
It might be one of the goofiest films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but if they’re as packed with classic Marvel comedy as Guardians of the Galaxy was, we can’t help but love her even more. Its soundtrack is full of classic songs like Blue suede‘s “Hooked On A Feeling” and ELO‘s “Mr. Blue Sky'” and is packed with pop culture references for us geeks.
Guardians of the Galaxy was certainly not a disappointment. It was a different angle on Marvel that we hadn’t seen before, as the only otherworldly beings we had seen up to that point were Asgardians. The film received positive feedback from critics and fans, and earned $772.8 million on a budget of around $200 million. His tomatometer score is 92%, with a matching audience score.
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (2016)
It’s the first of the new Spiderman Trilogy that sees Tom Holland make his official MCU debut as the ever-popular Queens web-slinger. Following Captain America: Civil Warour friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is eager to impress Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) after his involvement in the third Captain America film.
Fans were excited to see a new take on the ever-popular web-slinger hit the big screen, and we weren’t disappointed. The film did extremely well and millions of fans welcomed Holland to The Avengers with open arms. With a budget of $175 million, it grossed just over $880.2 million. homecoming scores 92% on the tomatometer with an 87% audience rating.
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
It’s everything we wanted and more. We had Toby Maguire‘s original Spidey from the 2000s Sam Raimi Trilogy, Andrew Garfield‘s Amazing Spidey from the Marc Webb Duo and of course Tom Holland’s Spidey from the latest version JonWatts Trilogy. We even had the original villains portrayed by their original actors. Whether you grew up watching the movies or fell in love with them later in life, our nostalgic senses went berserk. They even made the meme!
Spider-Man: No Way Home was one of the most anticipated films of 2021, and fans were not disappointed. The film had a budget of $200 million but grossed a whopping $1.9 billion at the global box office, making it the third-highest-grossing film in the MCU and the sixth-highest-grossing film of all time. Spider-Man: No Way Home has a Tomatometer score of 93% and an audience rating of 98%.
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (2017)
It’s the weird and wacky third part of the Thor solo movies. Taika Waititi directs this cosmic superhero film that differs dramatically from previous Asgardian adventures with a more light-hearted and comedic approach. From Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) to the immediate favorite Korg (voiced by Taika), it had many memorable characters and scenes.
Thor: Ragnarok was praised for many attributes, from direction and humor to musical score and visual effects, and critics deemed it the best in the world Thor Series. The film grossed $854 million on a budget of $160 million, making it the highest-grossing Thor film. It has a Tomatometer score of 93% and an Audience score of 87%.
“Iron Man” (2008)
Where would we be without iron man? We wouldn’t have the sprawling multiverse that we have today, and we would have missed out on some cinematic history. Where would the MCU’s epic adventure be without Tony Stark and his armor around the world? Would there even be one? It’s the one that started it all and paved the way for future Avengers Initiative projects.
While the idea of the MCU wasn’t as popular in the early 2000s as it is today, it’s hard to imagine this superhero adventure without the character that brought the franchise to life. 2008 iron man is the definition of an oldie, but a goodie. With a budget of just $140 million, it grossed just over four times that at just over $560 million. It may not have performed fantastically at the box office compared to future MCU projects, but it remains one of the cheapest at 94% on the Tomatometer with an audience rating of 91%.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
The end of the third phase. And what an ending. We laughed, cried, sobbed and ended up in complete denial, but any movie that can play with your emotions as much as this one will usually be a winner. The eagerly awaited climax of the avenger Movies took us on a wild and emotional ride. And we finally got to hear Steve say those two little words we’ve been waiting for over a decade. “Avengers unite.”
Of the ten highest-grossing films of all time, MCU films make up four. When endgame When it was released, it was almost immediately a topic of conversation among Marvel fans as to whether it would top it avatar as the highest grossing film of all time. It peaked at number one before falling to second place, where it has remained ever since. With a budget of up to $400 million, it far surpassed it, grossing a whopping $2.798 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing Marvel film of all time. It scores 94% on the tomatometer, while the audience rated it slightly lower at 90%.
‘Black Panther’ (2018)
Black Panther made history by becoming the first MCU film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Although it didn’t win Best Picture, the film was nominated for a total of seven Academy Awards, winning three for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, and Best Music Written for a Motion Picture.
The film hit theaters in February 2018 and was an instant hit with fans and critics, who called it “one of the MCU’s most compelling stories.” The film had a budget of $200 million but grossed almost seven times that at the box office, at over $1.3 billion. It’s at 96% on the tomatometer, but much lower on the audience rating at 79%. its sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Foreveris expected to be released on November 11, 2022.
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