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Ranking the MCU’s Multiverse Saga Movies (So Far)

Marvel's Multiverse Saga Ranking Movies and TV Series

See the List that Ranks the Films in the Multiverse Saga So Far from Worst to Best

The Marvel Cinematic Universe, MCU, has been going strong since 2008, ever since the first Iron Man (2008) film premiered. Since then, the franchise has branched off into crossover movies, shows, and even holiday specials. To this day, the MCU is still the highest-grossing franchise of all time. It’s proven to be a staying power in Hollywood.

One thing the MCU is doing that sets itself apart from most franchises is building a narrative through a saga. From 2008 to 2019, the MCU told the Infinity Saga built up of 23 movies before culminating in the two-part films Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), with Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) serving as an epilogue. 

In 2021, the MCU kicked off another saga known as the Multiverse Saga, which is still going as of now before culminating in the two-part films Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (2026) and Avengers: Secret Wars (2027). This saga comprises (so far) 9 movies, nine TV series, and two holiday specials. While it is still too early to judge the whole saga, there are still nine movies that have already been released. Sidenote: This article will not be covering the shows or holiday specials, as that would be way too long of a list. 

9. Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

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A big criticism of the MCU, especially in the Multiverse Saga, is the amount of jokes they have in their films. Many feel there are way too many and that they are away from the more dramatic moments. However, one could argue that the issue may not necessarily be the quantity of jokes but rather the quality, such as in the case of Thor: Love and Thunder. The quintessential rule of any comedy is to be funny, and to say the comedy in Love and Thunder is hit or miss would be generous. There are a few decent lines or bits that get a couple of chuckles. However, a lot of it feels like a bad Saturday Night Live sketch, but even SNL had some good sketches involving Thor, with actor Chirs Hemsworth even appearing in one. Plus, as cool as it is to see Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster finally given something to do in these movies or more development with Valkyrie’s (Tessa Thompson) character, Thor feels directionless in the film. While that does play a major theme in the film if the title character is the least interesting one in the movie, something is wrong. 

That being said, Christian Bale does a great job as the villain Gorr and some of the action is pretty decent. In the end, however, it might have been better to end with Thor Ragnarok (2017).

8. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)

Multiverse Saga Rankings

Being one of the few MCU films to underperform at the box office on top of poor critical reception, the third Ant-Man movie suffered a similar issue to Love and Thunder with the quality of the jokes; however, it also suffers from what a lot of films and tv series in the MCU suffer from; bad VFX. Some of the effects in Love and Thunder are also questionable, to put it nicely, but Quantumania is a lot more apparent since much of the movie takes place in the fictional Quantum Realm, which means a lot of digital backgrounds and CGI creatures. It can be quite noticeable. What puts this slightly above Love and Thunder is the charm brought by the cast. Paul Rudd continues to shine as Scott Lang. If not for the film, this movie wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable. The rest of the cast, including Evangeline Lilly as Hope or Kathyrn Newton as Cassie Lang, also do a good job with what they’re given. A lot of people took issue with the character Cassie especially since much of the events leading up to the main characters getting trapped in the Quantum Realm was Cassie’s fault. However, that mainly boils down to the writing since when it comes to performances, Newton does pretty well. While it is a shame that Cassie’s original actress Abby Ryder couldn’t continue playing the role, or even Emma Fuhrmann, who played an older version in Avengers: Endgame, Newton is a worthy successor, and it will be interesting to see what Marvel does with the character going forward. 

7. Eternals (2021)

Multiverse Saga Rankings Eternals

Remember the hype Marvel tried to build up for this movie? Kevin Feige, President of Marvel, essentially calls it “the best film they have made.” Trailers for the film advertising that it was directed by Academy Award-winning director Chloè Zhao. Then the film came out, and it was anything but Oscar-worthy. Now from a visual standpoint, this is one of Marvel’s best-looking films, particularly of the past few years. A lot of it was shot on location, and the stuff that was looks gorgeous. However, visuals aside, this film has some issues. The pacing in this film is all over the place, being both too slow and too fast. On top of that, the ensemble cast is mixed in terms of interesting characters. Ones like Gilgamesh (Don Lee) and Makkari (Lauren Ridloff) are pretty cool, with quite a few memorable action scenes. But characters like Ajak (Salma Hayek) and Thena (Angelina Jolie) are in the movie so little they barely leave an impact. Still, as said before, some of the action scenes are quite memorable and well done. Plus, it’s always cool seeing the MCU explore its cosmic side. 

6. Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness (2022)

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If Marvel overhyped Eternals, then audiences overhyped Multiverse of Madness. There is so much speculation about which character or version of a character would appear, with rumors of former Marvel actors coming back. Unfortunately, for a film with the subtitle Multiverse of Madness, there is very little multiverse explored.

What is shown is interesting enough with different iterations of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and even making Wanda a villain was pretty cool, with Elizabeth Olsen doing an amazing job being quite intense throughout the film. However, it feels like a lot of ideas were left on the cutting room floor. Director Sam Raimi said that about 30 minutes worth of footage was cut. Still, though, all the actors do a great job, and the action scenes are fairly entertaining. Raimi’s signature camerawork is here and is utilized well. 

5. Black Widow (2021)

Multiverse Saga Rankings Black Widow

Since her debut in Iron Man 2 (2010), fans have wanted to see a Black Widow solo movie for years. Then the movie was reported to be in development in 2018, and fans got excited. That was until her character was killed off during Endgame, and the film was revealed to be a prequel set between Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Infinity War, resulting in much of the anticipation dying down. With that being said, the movie is quite entertaining. The film explores Natasha’s (Scarlett Johansson) past and even reveals she had a foster family, which was interesting to see. The family themselves are all quite interesting to watch, particularly Yelena (Florence Plug), who is Natasha’s foster sister. The action scenes are also quite good, almost giving off Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) vibes. However, the film’s pacing is a little too fast, making it hard for some to let emotional moments really sink in, and the villains are a bit of a letdown. Ultimately, this film serves as a nice swan song for the former Avenger. 

4. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

Multiverse Saga Rankings Shang-Chi

Being the first superhero movie to star an Asian American lead, this film had quite a bit going forward. It had martial arts veterans Michelle Yeoh and Tony Leung as part of the cast, the director Destin Daniel Cretton had proven by this point to be a critically acclaimed director, and its main star Simi Liu was rising up in the industry. Fortunately, the film turned out to be pretty good. While some of the CGI, mainly in the last battle, isn’t the best, overall, the movie is enjoyable from beginning to end. The martial art fights are amazing and well-choreographed. Many of the best action scenes are early on in the film that use very little effects. The film’s family aspect was engaging to watch. The relationship between Shang-Chi (Simi Liu) and Wenwu (Tony Leung) is compelling to watch. Some of Awkafina’s comedy can fall flat, but the rest of the actors do a good job. Plus, this film has Michelle Yeoh, and any movie with her is doing something right. 

3. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) 

Multiverse Saga Rankings Wakanda

This movie, unfortunately, had one of the biggest production hurdles to come at it when its former star, Chadwick Boseman, passed away in 2020. The movie then had to be completely rewritten and restructured, with Marvel deciding not to recast the character out of respect for Boseman. Many argued against this choice, but ultimately it did work for the film. The movie does an amazing job of honoring both the character T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Boseman. Because there are scenes where they’re paying tribute to the character and scenes where they’re paying tribute to the actor. As with the previous Black Panther film, the score and costuming are both fantastic. Shurri’s (Letitia Wright) character in this movie is handled well, and she is a worthy successor as the Black Panther. Angela Bassett is amazing and well-deserving of her Golden Globe win for Best Supporting Actress. Overall, this movie continues to make Wakanda an amazing place with breathtaking visuals. 

2. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 (2023) 

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The Guardians films have always been the best at balancing humor and drama in the MCU, and this film is no exception. The movie has some disturbing moments, to say the least, making it almost uncomfortable to watch, which isn’t something often said about the MCU. But, it still has the signature comedy that is present in these films, which doesn’t come across as forced or unnatural. The soundtrack continues to be catchy and fits the tone of the film, especially with the action scenes, which are some of the best of the recent MCU films. In the end, this film is a good sendoff to the original Guardians. 

1. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Multiverse Saga Rankings Spiderman

Many people in the past have dismissed this film as cheap, nostalgic fan service, and while there is fanservice in the movie that does feel nostalgic, it doesn’t take away from the overall themes presented in the movie. Even without all the cameos, the film still works at evolving Tom Holland’s Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man. It shows the best aspects of the character Peter in this film, trying to help others even if it means giving up his own happiness. Not to mention the cameos that are in the movie actually serve a purpose in the story and aren’t just there for no reason. With the villains, there is a lot of intrigue, with some, like Electro (Jamie Foxx), getting more depth here than he did in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). Plus, Willem Dafoe is almost as terrifying in this film as the Green Goblin. His monologue at Happy’s (Jon Favaru) apartment is well-written and performed. Then, of course, there are the former Spider-Men, played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. What works about their respective characters in this movie is it gives something that fans had been wanting to see for both versions; closure. Neither one got a proper finale, so to see some semblances of a resolution, however brief, was rewarding for longtime fans. If Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse was a celebration of all Spider-Man media, including the comics, cartoons, etc., then No Way Home is a celebration of the movies and those who stuck around for nearly 20 years.  

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) Official Sony Pictures Trailer

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