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On Friday, Thor: Love and Thunder came to the cinemas and informed us about the life of the god of thunderendgame. away gate 4, we’re six movies into Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we thought this would be a good time to take stock. Which of the Phase 4 movies blew our minds and which didn’t live up to their potential? Below we rank every movie released so far in Phase 4 of the MCU from worst to best.

MCU Stage 4 Ranking

6. Eternal

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Angelina Jolie in Eternals. Image Credit: Marvel Studios

eternal isn’t the worst MCU movie yet, but it’s one of the most confusing. We are introduced to far too many characters far too quickly, the pace is everywhere, and by the end of the film it’s unclear how any of this will tie into the larger universe. eternal was a backfire, but the cast is likable, and whether Marvel can make Thor a pillar of the MCU post-disaster was that The Dark Worldis there a chance that these immortal aliens will also be saved.

5. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness from Marvel Studios. Image Credit: Marvel Studios

In it, two films fight each other Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. One is the most violent, weirdest entry the MCU has ever seen, with Sam Raimi at the peak of his powers. The other tries to set the stakes for the future of the franchise while messily tying up loose ends WandaVision. The former is much more successful than the latter. I just don’t buy Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) as a genocidal monster given what we went through with her character. But at least Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) gets some fun with zombie makeup.

4. Thor: Love and Thunder

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Thor and Valkyrie in Thor: Love and Thunder. Image Credit: Marvel Studios

follow up Thor: Ragnarok was never easy. love and thunder never leaps to the heights of its predecessor, but there’s plenty of fun to be had as Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must team up with his ex-girlfriend, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who now masters Mjolnir and the powers of a god. It offers incredibly satisfying action and a stellar performance from Christian Bale as villain Gorr, but it fails to nail the tone.

3. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was released on September 3, 2021. Image source: Marvel Studios

The only thing that holds Shang Chi back is his end. As we said in our review, this origin story starts off strong, slowly introducing all of Shang-Chi’s (Simu Liu) estranged family members and revealing the reasons for their breakup. As a family drama Shang Chi is a very strong entry into the MCU, but it doesn’t quite make it through the landing.

2. Black widow

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Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh in Black Widow. Image Credit: Marvel Studios

Aside from the last entry on this list, no Marvel film in the last two years has been as gripping or as cohesive as Black widow. Director Cate Shortland came with a vision and executed it with precision. Scarlett Johansson finally got the lead she deserved, and while Florence Pugh stole the show, it was still a spectacular farewell to the MCU’s first female superhero. This is no small thing Black widow managed to combine an origin story and a standalone adventure in 134 minutes, especially considering how chaotic much of Phase 4 was. Too bad it ended in a lawsuit.

1. Spider-Man: No Way Home

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Spider-Man: No Way Home brings the Spider-Men together. Image source: Sony

One of the most entertaining films in MCU history, Spider-Man: No Way Home is hard to top. Not only did it deliver Peter Parker (Tom Holland) his most compelling and emotionally resonant story yet, but it also seamlessly brought the two former live-action Spider-Men into the MCU. This was a perfect swan song for the Spider-Man trilogy, but also left the door open for more adventures in the future.


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