13 highest-grossing MCU movies, ranked

33 movies, hundreds of characters and superpowers, but not all of them grossed as highly as Marvel Studios desired. But which ones did, and why?

Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: ENDGAME..L to R: Captain America (Chris Evans) in b/g Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019
Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: ENDGAME..L to R: Captain America (Chris Evans) in b/g Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019 /
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Tenoch Huerta as Namor in Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL. /

13. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - $859.2 million

The world was already on the edge of its seats, waiting with bated breath for the sequel to the groundbreaking Black Panther. The anticipation was as high as Mount Everest, fueled by a mix of eager excitement and a touch of curiosity. How would Marvel honor the legacy of the late Chadwick Boseman, the iconic King T'Challa? The answer lay in a beautifully crafted storyline that paid homage to Boseman, while propelling the vibrant world of Wakanda into new, uncharted waters. Audiences worldwide flooded theaters, eager to be part of this emotional and action-packed journey, contributing to its astronomical earnings.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever delivered a visual spectacle, with stunning visuals, heart-pounding action sequences, and a soundtrack that had fans vibing from the opening credits to the closing ones. The film not only soared financially but also sparked conversations, touching on themes of legacy, leadership, and the power of unity - resonating with audiences and critics alike, and securing its place as a jewel in the MCU crown.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..L to R: Yondu (Michael Rooker), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017 /

11. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - $869.8 million

The intergalactic escapade of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rocketed its way into the box office cosmos with a bang, raking in a whopping $869 million worldwide.

Now, why did this celestial sequel manage to grab so much cosmic cash? For starters, it was the highly anticipated follow-up to its predecessor, which had already established a fervent fan base with its quirky characters, a killer soundtrack, and a fresh, humorous take on the superhero genre. Audiences were itching to see what was next for Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot, especially after the first film's cliffhanger and the promise of more zany adventures.

A blend of nostalgia-inducing tunes (who could resist the Awesome Mix Vol. 2?), visually stunning cosmic clashes, and a deeper dive into the Guardians' makeshift family dynamics, all sprinkled with Marvel's signature humor launched this movie into box office happiness. Add to this mix the strategic May release date, positioning it as a summer blockbuster that could capture both the excitement of younger audiences on school break and the wallets of adults looking for a fun night out, and it was the perfect timing. Director James Gunn's ability to balance action-packed sequences with heartfelt moments ensured that the sequel wasn't just a rehash of its predecessor but an expansion of its universe that resonated well with both die-hard Marvel fans and casual moviegoers. The result? A box office performance that was, quite literally, out of this world.

10. Spider-Man: Homecoming - 880.2 million

Spider-Man: Homecoming swung into theaters with the grace and excitement only a teenager getting superpowers could muster, and boy, did it make a splash at the box office. Imagine a high school kid, Peter Parker, juggling homework and crushes, and suddenly - whoosh - he's now swinging between skyscrapers, fighting bad guys, all under the watchful lens of his Avenger mentor, Tony Stark. This fresh take on our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, brought to life by Tom Holland's charismatic portrayal, captured hearts worldwide. It wasn't just another superhero movie; it was a vibrant, coming-of-age tale wrapped in a superhero cape (or, well, a high-tech suit courtesy of Stark Industries).

Homecoming masterfully blended the youthful energy of a John Hughes-style high school movie with the action-packed thrill of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, attracting a broad audience. Then, sprinkle in Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark adding that Avengers sparkle, and you've got a recipe for box office gold. Fans were eager to see Spider-Man finally swinging alongside the Avengers, and Homecoming delivered that in a package filled with humor, heart, and heroics. Plus, Michael Keaton as the Vulture brought a compelling depth to the villainy, striking a perfect balance between threatening and sympathetic. The movie didn't just tell a superhero story - it told a human story, with Spider-Man's struggles resonating with anyone who's ever tried to find their place in the world. That's the secret sauce - Spider-Man: Homecoming was relatable, entertaining, and just plain fun, proving once again that everyone loves a hero, especially one who could very well be the kid next door.