Doctor Strange Director Disagrees With Worst-to-Best MCU Movies Ranking

By Richard Nebens Posted:
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Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson recently addressed a new list that ranked the MCU's movies from worst to best.

Derrickson's work on Doctor Strange, which was only the MCU's 14th movie in 2016, opened the door to wild new supernatural storylines while introducing true magic to the franchise for the first time. 

The solo movie became an important stepping stone for one of the MCU's most important characters of both the Infinity Saga and the Multiverse Saga, although the entry sometimes gets lost in the fray when ranking the best of the best in the franchise.

Doctor Strange Director Challenges MCU Ranking

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After The Wrap published a ranking of the MCU movies by quality, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson re-shared it on Twitter before sharing his thoughts about certain movies' positions on the list.

The Wrap's full rankings, from best to worst, are as follows:

  1. The Avengers
  2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy
  4. Doctor Strange
  5. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  6. Black Panther
  7. Iron Man
  8. Captain America: Civil War
  9. Thor: Ragnarok
  10. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  11. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  12. Spider-Man: Far From Home
  13. Avengers: Infinity War
  14. Avengers: Endgame
  15. Black Widow
  16. Captain Marvel
  17. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
  18. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  19. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  20. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  21. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  22. Eternals
  23. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  24. Thor: Love and Thunder
  25. Iron Man 3
  26. Thor: The Dark World
  27. Captain America: The First Avenger
  28. Iron Man 2
  29. Thor
  30. Ant-Man
  31. The Incredible Hulk

Derrickson explained that he "strongly disagreed" with a few of the rankings, specifically noting that Black Panther (#6) and Captain America: The First Avenger (#27) were ranked too low:

"Obviously I posted this because it places 'Doctor Strange' at #4. Otherwise, there are placements on the list I pretty much agree with and others that I strongly don’t. Most notably, I think 'Black Panther' and 'Captain America: First Avenger' are both way too low."

Derrickson also proclaimed the first Captain America movie from 2011 to be the one he considers the most underrated in MCU history:

"If there is a single MCU movie that I consider 'underrated' it’s First Avenger. It has one of the richest origin stories and is one of the most beautifully shot films in the entire Marvel cannon."

He also agreed with a fan complaining about 2015's Ant-Man being ranked dead last, correcting them that it was actually placed second-last and noting that he really enjoyed the movie:

"Second to last but yeah that’s too low - I really like Ant-Man"

Derrickson Praises Underrated MCU Movies

While this particular list certainly faired well for Scott Derrickson since his own MCU movie ranked so high, he gives a unique perspective on the MCU's history.

Even though Black Panther is ranked at #6 on this list, it's been in the argument for many fans as the best and/or most important movie the MCU has ever had. It also stands as the MCU's first Oscar-winning movie, and it still has an impact on the comic book movie landscape five years after its release.

Ant-Man and Captain America: The First Avenger also get the spotlight thanks to Derrickson's post, both of which are arguably two of the more underrated solo origin stories for a couple of the MCU's biggest characters. While they may not have the same stakes as bigger movies, even compared to later entries in their own trilogies, fans have gravitated toward both of them over the years as the MCU expands to bigger plotlines.

It's clear that Derrickson has stayed up to date with everything that's happened within the MCU since his departure from Doctor Strange 2, showing that he's a fan of this franchise just like so many viewers worldwide. Fans are also waiting to see if he has one more round of storytelling left in him for Doctor Strange 3, although he'll be an important part of the commentary on the MCU as a whole moving forward either way.

Doctor Strange and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are both available to stream on Disney+.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.