The Best Phase 3 Movies In The MCU

Phase Three. The end of the first Marvel saga and where some of its most acclaimed movies lie. Even more characters were introduced, while others received an ending to their stories, with deaths, retirement, mantles being passed, and some still keeping their hero status for future endeavors.

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We also have more movies here compared to previous phases, so we have a beefier list to keep you entertained. Keep in mind that all movies here have much better quality, too, as Marvel started to understand previous flaws and overall get the hang of movie-making, so even the low-rank entries are pretty entertaining movies. Enjoy.

11 Ant-Man And The Wasp

Hope (Evangeline Lilly) and Scott (Paul Rudd) in Ant-Man and The Wasp

Ant-Man and The Wasp keeps the same flow as the previous one, with things getting a bit more grandiose while still maintaining its focus on our astonishing protagonist, Scott Lang. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but the wheel is working as usual.

The highlight of this movie is already in the title, as Wasp becomes a hero of her own, with the return of Evangeline Lilly as Hope. Their dynamics as a superhero couple are gorgeous, and we have a more exciting villain this time around in the form of Ghost, portrayed by Hannah John-Kamen.

10 Captain Marvel

Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) in Captain Marvel

With the amazing Brie Larson as the lead, Carol Danvers debuts with her solo movie, which works as a prequel to many things, though, as it takes place in the ’90s. It doesn’t stand out in terms of action and overall plot, but it keeps the quality of most movies, and Carol’s character development is fun to watch.

Samuel L. Jackson shines a lot here, too, with a movie finally giving Nick Fury more time in the spotlight after quite a while. There are a few retcons that tease future events, such as the Skrulls, but they don’t compromise what was already established.

9 Spider-Man: Far From Home

Peter (Tom Holland) surrounded by Mysterio's illusion in Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man has had amazing movie adaptations, and Far From Home is no exception. With Tom Holland as the MCU Spidey, this is the final movie from Phase Three, almost working as a post-credit scene for the whole saga. Here, we continue the tale of high-schooler Peter Parker, as he has to move on after losing yet another mentor figure (you know who).

Mysterio is a magnificent foil to our webhead, where the writer used a clever throwaway detail from the MCU to adapt him with style — though this makes him another person who became a villain because of Tony Stark. Regardless, the whole experience is amazing, and we also get more Samuel L. Jackson here, which is always a good thing.

8 Thor: Ragnarok

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in Thor: Ragnarok

Thor had two movies by this point, with a more serious tone compared to the rest of the MCU, and performances that resembled theater a lot, giving an epic tone to these mythological beings. Well, throw that away because Ragnarok has a massive tonal shift.

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Action and humor are frenetic here. Still, the movie has a good family drama, with profound moments, powerful ramifications, and a direct connection to Infinity War, tying them well together. Hela (Cate Blanchett) is one of the best antagonists in the MCU, being terrifying in every scene she is in. We also get a loose adaptation of Planet Hulk here, and he’s a great addition to the movie.

7 Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming is Spider-Man’s first real outing in the MCU (Civil War aside). It shows the character’s atmosphere for his initial trilogy, with a lighter teen-movie vibe, as Peter is still in high school. It’s a good way to keep the character fresh despite this being the third iteration of Spider-Man in cinema, and Tom Holland does an amazing job here.

The movie also finds a good middle ground between showing that it is part of a broader universe — aka the MCU — while also not having Spider-Man take a backseat in the world just because you have more powerful characters roaming the place. Finally, the dynamic between Peter and Vulture (Michael Keaton) is simply wonderful, and the resolution of their conflict shows what Spider-Man is all about.

6 Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Drax (Dave Bautista), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Ego (Kurt Russell), and Gamora (Zoë Saldaña), in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The second part of the MCU’s best trilogy is here. It doesn’t reach the same levels as Vol. 1 and 3, but it doesn’t matter. It still is one of the best adventures the MCU has to offer, with its mix of comedy and drama, extremely well-developed characters, and a fun plot.

This time, we have a much more compelling villain with Ego (Kurt Russell) and the introduction of Mantis (Pom Klementieff). The Guardians also bounce from one another masterfully, and this movie starts Nebula’s (Karen Gillan) character development, with her being one of the most well-written characters across the MCU. Another highlight here is Yondu (Michael Rooker), who went from a side antagonist to a key character in the series.

5 Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch

We got magic. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) feels like a genuine character in Doctor Strange — magic aside — with a grounded tragedy in his life, one that starts a powerful journey of accepting what happened, his place in the world, and to stop being such an arrogant jerk.

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That is brilliantly mirrored with Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), who doesn’t want time to move forward and craves its end. We also get the best visuals in the MCU, with kaleidoscopic aesthetic and just breathtaking CGI sequences.

4 Black Panther

Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman

All movies here are ten out of ten, but now we’ve reached the above-ten category. Black Panther’s introduction was already iconic, and his movie only showed us that he is a powerhouse of a character in actual powers, writing, and acting. Chadwick Boseman was the perfect casting choice, and he will be missed.

Despite having some humor, this movie focuses more on drama, especially by bringing important topics about our society as the plot’s focus, with an intriguing villain who, despite how wrong his methods were, still had a good reason behind them. Michael B. Jordan was another perfect casting decision; these two actors are reason enough to watch the movie. But don’t worry, the rest of the cast is also fantastic, so good times are guaranteed.

3 Captain America: Civil War

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in Captain America: Civil War

With so many superheroes, it’s easy to assume this is just a way to drag people’s attention to the project. However, this is a Captain America movie first and foremost, but all the heroes here add to the story, and their fighting causes many consequences in future installments.

All characters have their time to shine, even small participations such as Spider-Man and Ant-Man. Meanwhile, we also have one of the best villains, someone with no powers who can still outsmart all these heroes. Zemo (Daniel Brühl) is intelligent and tragic, perfect for the serious events and consequences of this Civil War, also closing Captain America’s trilogy as one of the best.

2 Avengers: Endgame

Captain America (Chris Evans) with an army of heroes behind him, in Avengers: Endgame

It’s the end of an era. Though Avengers: Endgame can feel aimless at the beginning, that ‘lost’ atmosphere is part of the story, which really helps it as it goes. The way the characters interact here is outstanding, and we get the resolution of a decade of movies right here.

We have a long journey with a powerful plot and a fun dive in memory lane for those who watched all the movies before getting here. The final confrontation involves everyone in some way or another, and it closes the chapter of a few characters, but hey, no spoilers.

1 Avengers: Infinity War

Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Infinity War

How do you fit so many heroes in one movie? You turn them into antagonists and have the big baddie teased for years into the protagonist. Thanos (Josh Brolin) is a compelling character with strong motivation and resolve in Avengers: Infinity War, despite how wrong his idea is. Following him on his mission is fantastic, and all the plans to stop him create intense scenes.

You don’t even have time to rest; all characters are in constant tension as Thanos stops for nothing, going for one stone after the other. It’s true adrenaline and one of the most dreadful endings compared to the rest of the MCU. Not only is this the best movie in Phase Three, but it might also be the best movie of the entire MCU.

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