May 16, 2022
Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the least-favorite MCU phase so far, according to critical scores identified in a new study.
The findings come from the Critic Ratings Study, which analyzed the film ratings across three popular review platforms — Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and IMDb.
The study found that films and TV shows featured in Phase 4 — starting with “WandaVision” and running through to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — are proving the least popular with fans so far, when compared with Phase 3, Phase 2 and Phase 1.
In fact, when compared to Phase 3 of the MCU (starting with Captain America: Civil War and ending with Spider-Man: Far From Home), Phase 4 has reported a 22% drop in ratings.
Still, Phase 4 includes the highest-rated MCU film so far, Spider-Man: No Way Home (8.8/10), but it’s Eternals that pulls the average score down considerably as the lowest-rated film in the MCU to date (5.7/10).
Of the TV shows included in Phase 4, the highest-rated was “WandaVision,” while fans weren’t so keen on “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” or “Hawkeye.”
MCU Phases, best to worst:
- Phase 3 (Captain America: Civil War to Spider-Man: Far From Home)
- Phase 2 (Iron Man 3 to Ant-Man)
- Phase 1 (Iron Man to Marvel’s The Avengers)
- Phase 4 (“WandaVision” to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness)
Phase 3 was the highest-rated period of Marvel films, with each film featured reporting an impressive average critic score of 7.9/10.
Highest-rated MCU films, by cumulative IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic scores:
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (8.8/10)
- Avengers: Endgame (8.6/10)
- Iron Man (8.6/10)
- Avengers: Infinity War (8.5/10)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (8.5/10)