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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Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN MARVEL..Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019 /

9. Captain Marvel - $1.131 billion

Released in March 2019, Captain Marvel cosmic adventure introduced Carol Danvers (played by Brie Larson), a former U.S. Air Force pilot whose DNA gets fused with that of an alien, turning her into the super-powered Captain Marvel. It was a momentous occasion, marking the MCU's first movie centered around a female superhero as the lead. And boy, did it make a splash. With a mixture of '90s nostalgia, groundbreaking visual effects, and a storyline that connected deeply with themes of empowerment and identity, Captain Marvel rocketed to a staggering $1.131 billion globally. It wasn't just about the impressive fight scenes or the adorable cat, Goose - audiences worldwide were captivated by the story of a woman finding her strength and place in a vast universe.

Captain Marvel was a perfect storm of anticipation, timing, and Marvel magic. Releasing just before Avengers: Endgame, the movie served as a crucial puzzle piece in the larger MCU narrative, filling in the backstory and setting the stage for the epic finale that was to come. Fans were eager to see how Captain Marvel fit into the Avengers' world and her role in the battle against Thanos. Plus, let's not forget the power of representation - Captain Marvel's arrival was a long-awaited statement in the superhero genre, showing girls and women everywhere that they too could be powerful heroes. Coupled with Marvel Studios' knack for blending humor, heart, and action, it's no wonder Captain Marvel blasted past expectations, proving that the sky's no limit when it comes to the appeal of well-crafted superhero tales.

Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME /

8. Spider-Man: Far From Home - $1.132 billion

Imagine swinging through skyscrapers, battling baddies, and then jetting off to Europe for a school trip. Sounds like the ultimate teenage dream, right? Well, for Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Far From Home, it's just another day in the life of a friendly neighborhood superhero. Released in 2019, this whirlwind adventure didn't just capture the hearts of Spidey fans everywhere; it also caught a massive wave of cash. It masterfully combined the charm of a high school trip abroad with the high-stakes action of superhero battles, all while dealing with the emotional aftermath of Avengers: Endgame.

Far From Home served as a palate cleanser, a light-hearted yet poignant epilogue to the intense saga that came before. Plus, who can resist the chemistry between Tom Holland's Spider-Man and Zendaya's MJ? Add in the intrigue of Mysterio, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, and you've got a recipe for success. The movie brilliantly leveraged the global backdrop of cities like Venice and London, offering audiences stunning visuals along with its action-packed sequences. It wasn't just a superhero movie - it was a globetrotting adventure that promised (and delivered) laughs, gasps, and the charm of seeing Peter Parker navigate teenage life and superhero responsibilities. The blend of relatable high school moments with the spectacle of Marvel heroics proved irresistible, making Spider-Man: Far From Home a box office sensation that fans couldn't wait to swing into theaters to see.

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War
Marvel's Captain America: Civil War..L to R: Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan)..Photo Credit: Film Frame..© Marvel 2016 /

7. Captain America: Civil War - $1.153 billion

Imagine if your favorite superheroes, who usually team up to save the world from alien invasions, rogue A.I.s, and hammer-wielding gods, suddenly found themselves on opposite sides of a playground squabble. Except, this wasn't just any playground squabble, and they weren't arguing over who gets the last swing. Captain America: Civil War is more like the day at superhero school when friends became frenemies over a deeply divisive issue: should superheroes be free to save the world as they see fit, or should they operate under strict government oversight? This moral and physical battle royale wasn't just a feast for thought - it was an all-you-can-eat buffet for the eyes that fans couldn't resist, leading it to rake in over a whopping $1.1 billion at the global box office.

This cinematic juggernaut cleverly positioned itself as a mini-Avengers movie, packing in a plethora of Marvel's finest, from Spider-Man to Black Panther, making their debuts and setting the stage for their solo adventures. The blend of high stakes, moral dilemmas, and character-driven storytelling, coupled with top-notch action sequences, made it irresistible. It's like the movie whispered sweet nothings into the ears of comic book and action movie fans alike, luring them into theaters with the promise of witnessing their favorite heroes in a light they've never been seen under before. And boy, did they show up! Captain America and Iron Man might have been fighting each other, but their real win was at the box office, where they proved that even heroes can have differences, and in the end, it's the storytelling that brings us all together.