10 Most Rewatchable MCU Movies, Ranked

  • The Avengers set a new standard for superhero team-up movies and remains an iconic, rewatchable MCU installment.
  • Shang-Chi offers compelling lore and strong character dynamics, standing out amidst Phase 4 and 5 films.
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier masterfully blends action, political intrigue, and moral dilemmas for a rewatchable experience.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought a plethora of Marvel Comics adaptations to cinemas, and many are worth rewatching. Using only the characters they had the film rights to at the time, Marvel Studios – Marvel’s in-house film studio – began the ambitious endeavor of adapting Marvel characters to film in a shared continuity in the late 2000s. While shared universe storytelling has been commonplace in superhero comics for most of its history, it was a risky goal on film, but once the MCU timeline reached unprecedented levels of success for the superhero genre, the cinematic universe became a pop culture fad seemingly overnight.
The overarching narrative of the MCU’s first three Phases – The Infinity Saga – explores the formation of the iconic superhero team The Avengers and their various conflicts as they build toward an ultimate confrontation with the omnicidal Thanos. The MCU’s compelling characters and narratives quickly made it one of the most successful film franchises in pop culture. While the franchise has many beloved installments, the following 10 are the most rewatchable.
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10 The Avengers 2012’s The Avengers was the MCU film that truly changed the pop culture landscape. After five solo films that gradually built the franchise’s pantheon of superheroes, The Avengers finally brought six heroes together to face off against Loki and an army of Chitauri invaders. The Avengers is arguably the most iconic film in the MCU, and it is certainly one of its most rewatchable installments.
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The Avengers had the daunting task of making its ensemble cast of protagonists, many of whom come from drastically different backgrounds and sub-genres, believably work together against a threat worthy of their combined might, all while balancing their respective character arcs. The Avengers does so seemingly effortlessly, all while maintaining a fun and action-packed tone and reminding viewers of exciting stories to come. For this, The Avengers lends itself well to multiple viewings.
9 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings While the MCU has, unfortunately, had a noticeable decline in quality and popularity following the Infinity Saga, not all films in the now ongoing Multiverse Saga failed to live up to the first three Phases of MCU films. 2021’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is one of the best examples of a truly great MCU movie after Avengers: Endgame. With a stellar cast and the right balance of heart, humor, and action, Shang-Chi stands well above the majority of the MCU’s Phase 4 and 5 properties.
Shang-Chi builds incredibly compelling lore within a well-established MCU, enriching the backstory of the late Iron Man retroactively. Shang-Chi’s real strengths are in its titular protagonist, played by Simu Liu, and its antagonist, Xu Wenwu (The Mandarin), played by Tony Leung. Shang-Chi and The Mandarin have a wonderful rivalry that is equal parts tragic and epic, providing the MCU with one of its best new heroes, and certainly one of its most compelling villains, making the film worthy of rewatching.
8 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Deservedly considered one of the best films in the MCU, Captain America: The Winter Soldier builds on Captain America’s established characterization and gives him a conflict that differs greatly from that of his first solo outing. Inspired by Captain America’s Modern Age comics and political conspiracy thrillers from the 1970s, The Winter Soldier puts Captain America – a paragon of morality in both the comics and MCU – in an environment filled with moral ambiguity and paranoia. One of the film’s most brilliant qualities, however, is that Steve Rogers continues to be a fully honest and ethical hero, despite his surroundings.
The Winter Soldier’s first major plot twist recontextualizes previous MCU properties and its second twist is a gut punch, even to those who already know the titular villain’s real identity from the comics. The political intrigue and contrast between Rogers and those around him are not the only elements that make The Winter Soldier so rewatchable, however. The film also includes some of Captain America’s most visually compelling and inventive fight scenes.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s action sequences are partially based on the 2011 video game Captain America: Super Soldier.
7 Black Panther The origin story of one of the MCU’s most beloved heroes, Black Panther (played by the late Chadwick Boseman), is, for the most part, told in a Captain America film, allowing 2018’s Black Panther to further explore T'Challa’s characterization and the MCU’s version of Wakanda. Black Panther is easily one of the MCU’s best movies, tackling complex themes and challenging T'Challa in ways both physical and ideological. Black Panther’s action scenes, soundtrack, and costume design are each as strong as its characterizations and storyline, adding to the film’s phenomenal impact on the MCU writ large.
What makes Black Panther particularly rewatchable is its phenomenal world-building and the way it challenges T'Challa’s worldview following his encounters with Killmonger. Killmonger himself is among the MCU’s best antagonists, providing a true threat to T'Challa and having a motivation tied to real-world issues, making him a compellingly complex villain. At a time when the MCU was releasing movie after movie, Black Panther stood apart as one of the franchise’s best chapters.
6 Captain America: Civil War The MCU’s Phase 3 opened on one of the best possible notes with Captain America: Civil War. After the phenomenal Winter Soldier and the somewhat controversial Avengers: Age of Ultron, Civil War managed to simultaneously serve as both a third Captain America solo film and an Avengers sequel, all while keeping Steve Rogers as the central character and balancing its massive cast with astoundingly casual effortlessness. Adding to its feats, Civil War adapted a particularly divisive Marvel storyline, turning it into a nearly universal crowd-pleaser.
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There are numerous reasons why Civil War is so rewatchable, from the seamless way it weaves its characters’ respective arcs together, to its masterful blend of exciting action set pieces and memorable introductions for Black Panther and Spider-Man. The film had a major impact on the overarching narrative of the MCU, as far as The Avengers are concerned, all while further setting the stage for the heroes’ coming conflict with Thanos. If The Avengers proved that Marvel’s shared universe ambitions were possible, Civil War is one of the finest examples of its storytelling potential.
5 Iron Man The film that kicked off the MCU itself is also one of the franchise’s most worthy installments of multiple viewings. Iron Man gave the superhero genre one of its all-time best castings in Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark. Compared to the overwhelming majority of MCU films, the stakes and scale of Iron Man are small and intimate, but this is one of the film’s strengths. Tony Stark, his supporting cast, and his enemies all feel relatively realistic, with only the Iron Man armor itself adding that bit of fantasy to an otherwise relatively realistic world.
Iron Man adheres to the spirit of the Iron Man comic mythos and the appeal of Marvel’s comics themselves by juxtaposing the extraordinary with realistic characters in a realistic world. Tony Stark’s gradual journey towards superheroism is filled with guilt as much as it is joy and wish fulfillment. From start to finish, the performances, comic accuracy, and humor all make Iron Man one of the MCU’s most rewatchable movies.
4 Captain America: The First Avenger Joe Johnston, Chris Evans, and the rest of the cast and crew of Captain America: The First Avenger approached the Captain America character and mythos in the best possible way. The MCU’s Captain America, like his comic counterpart, is a kind person to the core who simply lacked the means to put his ideals to use, initially. Ultimately, it is Rogers’s goodness that leads him to be chosen by Dr. Abraham Erskine to test his super soldier serum, which makes Rogers’s physical abilities finally reflect the strength of his ethics.
Captain America is an epic period piece that tackles Golden Age comic book-style heroism with a level of earnestness rarely seen, even in the superhero genre. Chris Evans’s sincerity, the film’s wonderfully scrappy brawls, and its soundtrack – among Alan Silvestri’s finest work – make Captain America worth a yearly rewatch at the very least. Even as the MCU’s Captain America would come to be known for his modern adventures and Avengers leadership, his World War II-era escapades deserve revisiting.
3 Avengers: Infinity War As the beginning of the end of the Infinity Saga, Avengers: Infinity War needed to consolidate the storylines of most of the MCU’s pantheon and portray Thanos as a worthy foe for them all. Needless to say, the film sticks the landing, balancing a far bigger cast than the Avengers films preceding it and giving Thanos a new motivation. Rather than pining for the personification of Death, Thanos is obsessed with a deeply flawed goal of halving the universe’s population to account for finite resources and prevent worlds from suffering the fate of his home planet.
Thanos is a nearly unstoppable force throughout Infinity War, and although the heroes’ attempts to stop him from collecting the six Infinity Stones are, ultimately, unsuccessful, Infinity War is one of the MCU’s most entertaining and dramatic installments, making it incredibly rewatchable. Even with the foreknowledge of what comes next in the Avengers series, the film ends on a crushing note.
2 Avengers: Endgame The conclusion to the Infinity Saga, Avengers: Endgame, was released one year after Infinity War. The film’s plot, which involves the surviving Avengers traveling through time to retrieve the Infinity Stones and undo Thanos’s omnicide, makes it function as a love letter to the MCU as a whole, making characters and viewers alike relive the franchise’s most memorable moments, often with an inventive twist. Even with a three-hour run time, Endgame often has a reasonably fast pace and enough satisfying moments to make it worth rewatching.
Endgame reminds viewers why they fell in love with the main Avengers heroes in the first place, tying up loose ends on a note that is as epic as it is tragic. Endgame has perhaps the largest scale of any MCU film, with one set piece that pits almost the entire MCU pantheon at the time against Thanos and his forces, with nearly every hero having a moment to shine. Endgame is, in many ways, like the original 2012 Avengers film, only far more dramatic and arguably even more worthy of repeated viewing.
1 Spider-Man: No Way Home If Endgame is a love letter to the MCU as a whole, Spider-Man: No Way Home serves the same purpose for the three Sony Spider-Man franchises. With Tom Holland’s Spider-Man accidentally causing supervillains from the Sam Raimi and Marc Webb Spider-Man universes to become stranded in the MCU’s reality, he finds himself in over his head as he tries to redeem them rather than condemn them to die in their home realities. With the addition of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprising their respective Spider-Man roles, No Way Home is one of Marvel’s most rewatchable films for its sheer fanservice.
Of course, No Way Home is simply an excellent movie on its own, with its visiting multiversal heroes and villains serving as far more than nostalgia bait. The choices of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man have significant – and often tragic – consequences that will change his story forever. For each of the returning villains and Spider-Man variants, No Way Home gives them a second chance to continue or end their respective stories on more satisfying notes. Willem Dafoe notably steals the show as the Green Goblin, proving himself as Spider-Man’s greatest villain and one of the best in the Marvel Cinematic Universe overall.
Spider-Man: No Way Home For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the trials and tribulations of being a superhero. In Spider-Man: No Way Home, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) asks for help from Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) when his identity becomes a problem for the ones he loves. Unfortunately, when the spell goes wrong, Spider-Man will now have to face off with villains such as Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) and Electro (Jamie Foxx) as Peter finally comes to terms that he can't run from being Spider-Man. Supported by his close friends and help from an unexpected place (or multiverse), Spider-Man will go toe-to-toe with some of the most legendary foes in his storied history.

Upcoming Marvel Movies
Release Date
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July 26, 2024
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Avengers: The Kang Dynasty
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Avengers: Secret Wars
May 7, 2027


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