Marvel Cinematic Universe has given us some amazing content this year. They released their first web series with Disney+ and continued doing it till December. There were also some big theatrical releases. In this article, we rank the MCU Movies and shows of 2021 from best to worst.
After watching all the shows and movies released this year, the article is completely based on my opinion. From WandaVision to Spider-Man: No Way Home and Hawkeye, I have discussed what I liked and didn’t like about a particular movie or series:
Check out the ranking of MCU Movies and Shows of 2021:
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Tom Holland starrer Spider-Man: No Way Home is undoubtedly the best release of 2021 by MCU. The film has everything one expects from a superhero movie – great action, drama, emotions and twists. Holland’s Spidey/Peter Parker has shown a good development as a character. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange and the big villains from the past have made No Way Home more intriguing and enjoyable.
Oh, I’ll never forget the WandaVision era. The Marvel series stars Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn, Kat Dennings, Teyonah Parris and Randall Park. It was the first MCU web show to release in January 2021. Set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the series explore Wanda’s trauma of losing everyone she loved. She traps innocent people of Westview in her made-up reality and leads a fake life with true emotions.
The series had a good amount of thrill, emotions, pain and lots of dark magic. WandaVision gave a tribute to many classic sitcoms and with amazing opening credits.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Marvel gave us our first Asian superhero Shang Chi, played by Simi Lui. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings also stars Awkwafina, Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Michelle Yeoh. The film had the right amount of action and emotions and gave us a peek into the beauty of Asian culture. It was a fantastic introduction to Shangi Chi in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The mid and end credits scenes proved that we have a lot more to know about the characters. Well, we can’t wait…
Many hearts were broken when Tom Hiddleston’s Loki was killed in Avengers: Infinity War. But in Avengers: Endgame, his 2012 version escapes during the time heist. After escaping with the tesseract, Loki lands on the Gobi desert. We, as the viewers, also learn about TVA and life beyond the universe with him. At least that’s what we are told until the truth reveals itself.
Loki series gave Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief a space to dominate the screen with his charm and grow again. He meets some interesting people in his journey, played by Owen Wilson and Sophia Di Martino. The series also gave us the first hint of the multiverse. All eyes are on season 2 (or Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness).
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Just because Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers gave the shield to Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson, it didn’t mean he’d be the Captain America instantly. Sam, aka Falcon, is a Black American, and the world is still full of racist people. Being a superhero doesn’t pay any bills, especially if you aren’t white. Sam had to fight for the Captain America shield, and he does so, despite being worthy of wielding it from the beginning.
We also see Sebastian Stan’s Bucky trying to overcome his trauma from his days as the Winter Soldier. It was never shown before, but Bucky has been through a lot. Together, the duo has to fight Karli and her gang of ‘Flag-Smashers’ who hurt the innocents. Without giving away much, I’d say that the series brought back some good characters from the past and introduced us to some big ones in the end.
A very non-MCU film that introduced us to the celestial beings. The star cast includes Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Angelina Jolie, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Harish Patel, Kit Harington, and Salma Hayek. Like WV and other Marvel releases, Eternals was also quite emotionally-driven. The layered characters, wonderful cinematography and promising future of the Eternals in the MCU left a good impression.
What If…? is MCU’s first animated web series on Disney+. Jeffrey Wright’s The Watcher took us to different universes where the outcome of the challenges our superheroes faced was different. Some episodes were promising, and some were average. My favourite episodes have stories about Captain Carter, Zombie Avengers, Supreme Strange, Party Thor and Unstoppable Ultron.
After almost a decade, Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff got her solo film. It also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour and Rachel Weisz. The story is set after Captain America: Civil War and before Avengers: Infinity War. We finally know about Natasha’s weird family and everything about the Red Room. But the story lacked the power that Natasha possesses.
It felt more like an introductory film for Florence’s Yelena Belova. We still know very little of Natasha Romanoff. The Budapest story is again sidelined with just a small flashback. The climax is a mess. I say it again, Scarlett Johansson and Natasha Romanoff deserve better.
Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld’s Hawkeye series ended on December 22. The series had brilliant 5 episodes and excited us by introducing some big and powerful characters. But the hasty and flawed finale ruined everything I enjoyed the show. While Hailee got a good entry in MCU as Kate Bishop, Jeremy’s Clint Barton doesn’t get a solid story. His arc is wasted like every Marvel movie we’ve seen since Thor (2011).
You can watch the Marvel shows and a few 2021 movies on Disney+.
Well, these are my rankings for the MCU Movies and Shows of 2021. Do let me know your thoughts and favourite and non-favourites in the comments section below.Instagram & Facebook to keep yourself updated with the latest news and reviews.