Every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, ranked from worst to best

7. Iron Man (2008)

It’s hard to argue in favour of the first Iron Man movie being in the top 5 MCU movies of all time when we’ve seen such spine-tingling creations as Captain America: Winter Solider and Guardians of the Galaxy since, but bear with me. Iron Man was the first. No, that doesn’t make it the best, but it does give it a certain amount kudos. After all, everything that came after owes its existence to a movie which starred a scandalous actor making a comeback and a story based on a 'kid's' comic book. Who knew it would rock the socks off Hollywood and kick-start and entire cinematic trend? We did. Obviously. If you want to know how to do an origin story right, go back to the beginning and re-watch Iron Man because, much like Marvel, it barely puts a foot wrong. Lauren O'Callaghan

6. Thor: Ragnorok

To be the wackiest, most whimsical MCU movie of 2017 in the same year as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming is impressive, but for that movie to be a Thor movie? It's practically god-like. But are we really that surprised when Taiki Waititi is the man behind the camera? The What We Do in the Shadows director does away with all the Shakespearean theatrics first established by Kenneth Branagh in Thor's origin story, and instead goes full retro-futurism for the threequel, with a healthy sprinkling of full-blown surrealism thrown in for good measure. The result is Thor: Ragnorok - a pure fish out of water comedy that just happens to be a superhero movie at the same time. Needless to say, it's one of the most refreshing MCU flicks since that time they introduced the talking tree. Alex Avard

Read more: 5 questions I have after watching Thor: Ragnarok

5. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Bet you think this one’s too high on the list, don’t you? Let’s not argue about it. Remember we’re on the same team. Civil War is a chance to draw breath following the relentless assault that was Age of Ultron - a necessary salve, after years of bruising summer blockbusters. It’s a smaller, smarter story, about clashing ideologies and people, but it never gets bogged down with windy introspection. On top of that, there’s the wonderful introduction of Spider-Man, that bit with Ant-Man, and the Vision wearing a delightful jumper. Let’s just agree to never speak of collateral damage in a superhero movie again, okay? Matt Elliott

4. Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

You can’t not appreciate the first Avengers movie, even if it’s just for the simple fact that it was one of the first of its kind. I know it seems like ages ago now, but there was a time when everyone thought Marvel was crazy for trying to produce a movie with multiple main characters which spanned various timelines and planets. Oh, how quickly we’ve forgotten what an accomplishment it was that Joss Wedon even made The Avengers, never mind that he made it good. With superheroes galore, action blockbuster battles, and enough balance of storyline to actually get to know and care about each and every character, The Avengers will go down in cinematic history, not just MCU history. Lauren O'Callaghan

3. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Marvel Studios latest offering is the first which isn't strictly just an MCU movie - it's a team-up between the studio and Sony, which enabled Spider-Man to return to his Marvel home... and what a welcome home it was. Much of the success of Spider-Man: Homecoming hinges on the fact that a) it's not another Spidey origins story and b) Tom Holland is perfectly cast as the 'actually believable as a teenager' Peter Parker. Despite not seeing Peter get bit by that all important spider, Homecoming is still a fairly traditional superhero movie, which reminds fans why they love the genre while still feeling fresh. (Impressive considering how many Marvel movies deep we are at this point...) This, combined with an injection of Tony Stark/RDJ charm and a killer Spidey suit like none we've seen before, and you've got yourself one hell of a MCU movie. Lauren O'Callaghan

Read more: 6 questions I have after watching Spider-Man: Homecoming

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

The Winter Soldier is a totally different take on the Marvel world considering its ‘70s cold war thriller inspiration, but it's far and away better than its predecessor. It’s also the movie that establishes Bucky Barnes as The Winter Soldier and, as we know, he’s now a major player in the MCU. The core of the movie sees S.H.I.E.L.D. come up with the genius idea of a global satellite network which spies on the world to stop the bad guys before they even do bad things - something that, funnily enough, the boy scout Steve is far from down with. But it’s okay, because it turns out S.H.I.E.L.D. is corrupt and run by HYDRA in secret. Wait, that’s bad. It’s one most well-balanced films in the MCU in terms of action and pace, and the Russo brothers really set both a level of quality and story groundwork for future films. Leon Hurley

1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

It’s a heist movie. It’s basically Ocean’s Eleven in space, with a talking raccoon and a walking tree as part of a crew led by a guy who, if we’re being honest, is kind of a dick. And yet within this group of felonius jerks is such heart, joy, and sass that you can’t help but adore every single one of them. Ok, yes, there’s a 50/50 chance that Drax is going to rip your spine out and Rocket probably stole your wallet when you weren’t looking, but despite their tenuous grasp of ‘the law’, the Guardians of the Galaxy are undoubtedly the good guys, and we’re lucky to have them. We are Groot. Susan Arendt