Worst Marvel Movies According To Fans

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the biggest franchise in the world at the moment with their latest entry, ‘Avengers: Endgame’, on its way to becoming the highest-grossing film of all time. However, not every entry in the Infinity Stone saga has been well-received. The movies have been consistently good in the last few years, but there were a few hiccups in their journey. Do you know which films we’re talking about? Let’s find out!


The introduction of Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, was not exactly the best movie in the franchise. However, it did star more amazing actors like Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tim Hiddleston, and Idris Elba. It had many hilarious moments filled with sarcasm, and some drama, as well as several scenes of Thor’s abs. What else could anyone want?

Unfortunately, it is still considered the fifth most disliked Marvel film, at least by Rotten Tomato standards. Critics gave it a 77% score, while audiences had similar opinions with a 76% tally from 246,245 online users of the site.

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Marvel has proven that success at the box office does not equal great critics on certain sites. After how great the first ‘Avengers’ was received, it was only natural that Marvel Studios would gather their heroes once again for a new adventure. ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ was released in 2015 with great numbers, and it was a pretty well-done sequel in the saga.

It featured the creation of Vision and some funny moments like the team trying to lift Thor’s hammer, which Captain America could almost do. Did he pretend he wasn’t able to back then? In any case, Rotten Tomatoes does not view it as the best in the franchise. Critics gave it 75%, while viewers truly enjoyed it more with 83%.

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After the success of the first ‘Iron Man’ with the amazing actor Robert Downey Jr., Marvel was set to release the sequel. Gwyneth Paltrow was back as Pepper Potts once again, but Jim Rhodes, aka War Machine, was now played by Don Cheadle instead of Terrence Howard. According to the Tomatometer, critics thought it was worth 73%, and audiences disliked it a bit more.

457,000 users gave it a sad 71% score. While the film was also a commercial success, there were many things it lacked. Screen Rant’s Kofi Outlaw thinks that it was “a superhero movie where nothing superheroic happens”, and that the main character was not handled correctly because the movie focused on setting the future ‘Avengers’ film.

The plot itself was supposed to be fantastic because it was the story of a superhero who has no secret identity. Tony Stark had revealed he was Iron Man in the first film. Additionally, the stress of saving the world and fame was tiring him and depleting his power source. Therefore, his superhero ways were literally going to kill him at some point.

However, that is not what was shown in the film. A lot of the film focused on Tony’s downtime, minor characters, and eventually, they get to how Iron Man solved his problems. In most of these films, audiences often differ from critics, but ‘Iron Man 2’ was not that liked by both. It’s still above average, though, which evidences the power of Marvel.


‘The Incredible Hulk’ was the second entry in the franchise, and it was released just a month after ‘Iron Man’. However, it was not as well-liked as Tony Stark, although the Hulk has always been an arguably more popular character than Iron Man – at least, for comic book fans. The movie featured everything about Bruce Banner and his accident which resulted in the green monster.

It was not the first time that Marvel tried to make a Hulk film as director Ang Lee released one in 2003 with Eric Bana in the titular role. However, the studio wanted to do it once again to make it part of their new cinematic universe plan. However, Rotten Tomatoes critics gave it a 67% score, while audiences only liked a bit better with 70%.

Why is it that such a popular character was so badly received? Well, 2008 was filled with great superhero movies such as ‘The Dark Knight’ (Nolan), ‘Iron Man’ (Favreau) and ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’ (Del Toro), ‘Hancock’ (Berg), and ‘Wanted’ (Bekmambetov). Some reporters such as A.O. Scott from the New York Times hoped that the superhero genre would decline in the future.

"Still, I have a hunch, and perhaps a hope, that 'Iron Man,' 'Hancock' and 'Dark Knight' together represent a peak, by which I mean not only a previously unattained level of quality and interest but also the beginning of a decline. In their very different ways, these films discover the limits built into the superhero genre as it currently exists."

Of course, that did not happen, and the world craves more Marvel in both film and television, while other studios have failed to copy their popularity. But, Scott’s point is that people were getting tired of superhero films, and ‘The Incredible Hulk’ was the remake of Marvel comic book character. 2003’s ‘Hulk’ did not meet fans’ expectations, but even producers of the new version could not separate both films.

It was neither a sequel nor a reboot in their eyes. They tried to correct the errors in character development of the 2003 movie, but it still had to carry the weight of past mistakes. It is also the only film leading up to 2012’s ‘Avengers’ that did not feature Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury. Most people forget it is actually part of the MCU, especially because they replaced Edward Norton with Mark Ruffalo.

The Hulk became an important part of the franchise with ‘Avengers’, and appearances in films like ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, and the reveal of Professor Hulk in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ was incredibly well-received by fans. Perhaps, the MCU will try their hands at another solo Hulk film in the future.

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Along with ‘Iron Man 3’, ‘Thor: The Dark World’ was the beginning of Phase Two, but while ‘Thor’ did awesome at the box office, this one did not impact audiences in the same way despite how well-liked Tom Hiddleston’s character was. However, the premise set up for an interesting story as Thor and Loki had to face Malekith.

The fight was interesting, and it was great for setting up the future of the franchise. But, critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 66% score, while audiences did like it a bit more with a 76% tally from 309,522 users. One of the main problems of this ‘Thor’ sequel is the lack of character building, which is something that Marvel did perfectly well during ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ in 2014. This means that learning from past mistakes is their priority and perhaps, the secret of their success.

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While the first film had Thor growing from a vain, pompous god into a caring and humble, ‘The Dark World’ did nothing of the sort. People could not connect to the God of Thunder without further growth from the main superhero. Additionally, Loki was an amazing and funny villain for both ‘Thor’ and ‘The Avengers’. But, Malekith was just as bland as his milky white skin.

Although these movies are the worst-rated in the MCU, they are still above average. Everyone loves Marvel. Let us know if you agree with critics and audiences in this case. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who have loved the franchise since ‘Iron Man’. See you next time!

Source: Cheat Sheet, Screen Rant, Pop Matters, Comics Verse,


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