All 7 Disney Plus MCU shows ranked from worst to best

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Ms. Marvel recently got its end on Disney Plus, bringing the number of completed MCU shows to seven. So far, this means that the “Phase Four” series has surpassed the feature films. But out of those seven shows, which one is the best MCU one? Mileage can certainly vary, but below is the MCU display ranking, ranked from worst to best.

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To avoid getting bogged down in MCU canon questions, this list includes only MCU Phase 4 titles. This means you won’t find Daredevil or other Marvel shows previously on Netflix here, or many animated series and live action shows from ABC, Hulu, or other networks. While most of these stream to Disney Plus, it’s not entirely clear whether or not they all fit into the MCU canon.

If you haven’t watched the shows listed below, you can check out them, along with other Marvel titles, on Disney Plus by clicking the link below:

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Editor’s note: We will update these ratings as more new MCU series are added to Disney Plus

7. What if…?

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There is so much potential in this multiverse-centric animated series What If…? Each episode takes place in a different corner of the multiverse. As such, we see familiar events recast in a new light. What if Steve Rogers didn’t become Captain America, and instead Peggy Carter wore the iconic shield. Or what if T’Challa was kidnapped from Wakanda instead of Peter Quill, making him a Star-Lord instead of Black Panther. The animated MCU series has a great central visualization. Stories not beholden to the current law are allowed.

Having said that, the concept gets outdated pretty quickly. It doesn’t feel like an exercise in breaking out of the bounds of continuity but rather a series of winks to the audience. In some cases, these stories fuel later projects such as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which can satisfy world-building. On their own, though, what if…? Mostly it seems like a missed opportunity.

6. Moon Night

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While it was full of great ideas and featured some of today’s best actors, Moon Knight faltered a bit. The show is built around the lost-time mystery of museum employee protagonist Stephen Grant, and slowly reveals that Stephen suffers from dissociative identity disorder, manifesting as completely distinct identities taking turns inhabiting his body. Among them is the mercenary Mark Spector, an earthly avatar of the Egyptian god Khuncho. As the series progresses, we learn more about the traumatic past of the Egyptian gods and Stephen, even though the series manipulates our perceptions of what’s real and what’s on Stephen’s mind.

Moon Knight has some amazing effects and dark and smart themes, but as an introduction to an entirely new character, it tends heavily to get dark before we actually invest in any of the major players, making this one of the weakest MCU showing entries.

5. The Hawk and the Winter Soldier

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The title of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was a bit confusing when it was first announced. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers hands Captain America’s shield to Sam Wilson, his ex-boyfriend The Falcon. It seems to be a clear indication that Sam is the next Captain America. In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, though, we see Sam, partnered with Bucky, after he rejects the title, the two competing with the new Super Soldiers and their old enemy Zemo. However, it seems inevitable that Sam will accept his new responsibility by the end of the show. It’s kind of an obvious fake.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier feels, perhaps more than any other MCU show, that it could have been better served by its feature film treatment. It’s full of unnecessary aspects, and the pace never quite reaches its stride, despite a number of great plot points (the rendering of a former black super soldier stands out as particularly poignant and a reminder of America’s dark past). Of course, all of that needs to be addressed when Sam gets his own feature film with the untitled Captain America 4. It’s hard not to see The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as a take on Sam’s solo title. He didn’t need training wheels.

4. hook

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One of the notable surprises of Marvel’s foray into the MCU shows was undoubtedly Hawkeye. Although he’s arguably the youngest of the original Avengers, Clint Barton, aka Hawk, he could certainly make a show. It didn’t hurt that he was joined by a new addition from the MCU, Kate Bishop, an obvious successor to Hawk’s mantle and an attractive new addition to the ever-growing cast of characters. In Hawkeye, Clint and Kate spend the holiday season fighting bad guys in New York. He is caught up in Clint’s past, and when his path crosses with Kate, the two become unlikely allies in their attempts to solve the mystery, clear their names, and get home in time on Christmas morning.

By the end of the series, it’s as if Hawkeye is trying to cram too many Easter eggs and teasers for upcoming projects in their runtime at the expense of the show’s narrative. It doesn’t spoil it by any means, but it does cost Hawkeye a few points in the show’s MCU ratings.

3. Loki

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Loki has been a huge anti-hero fan since his debut in Thor in 2011. Since then, he’s switched sides, nearly devastated the Earth, and found redemption as a loyal ally of his brother, the Asgardian god of Thunder. After his death in Avengers: Infinity War, though, Loki is off the board. Or, alternatively, the Loki we followed through the entire MCU off the board. In Avengers: Endgame, we saw Loki in an alternate timeline on the run after the Battle of New York in the original Avengers movie. This Loki is alive and traveling through the multiverse when we meet him back in the beginning of Loki.

Of course, tinkering with the multiverse attracts the attention of the Time Contrast Authority, who put Loki to work finding a different version of himself. With weird, milky sci-fi and a version of Loki learning to be good all over again, the series is a great use of the multiverse and of Loki’s character, laying out some exciting possibilities for the larger MCU while telling an exciting, funny, and addictive storyline.

2. WandaVision

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The first MCU show to premiere on Disney Plus. WandaVision has set the bar high for the shows you’ll follow. The first episodes of WandaVision followed Wanda and seeing her miraculously revived enjoying home life in a small suburb. Each episode is modeled after a different classic sitcom as we slowly realize that Wanda has been controlling and brainwashing her neighbors through magic.

WandaVision has given Wanda character development much more than ever in her MCU appearance, and she’s had one of the most unique and original approaches to any Marvel project to date. While the plot spiraled a bit out of control by the end and gave way to a heavy and groovy final battle, the show remains prominent and laid the groundwork for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as well as hinting at the possible launch of the X-Men within the MCU.

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While Kamala Khan is a big fan of Avengers, giving Mrs. Marvel strong ties to other MCU projects, there is something refreshing and exciting about how self-contained the series is. Yes, it ultimately does provide a very brief overview of the upcoming movie The Marvels, but 99% of the time, it’s a hero’s origin story tucked away in a poignant, heart-wrenching teen drama. Mrs. Marvel and Moon Knight are arguably the only two shows in the MCU to offer such fundamentally new stories within the Marvel Universe, although Mrs. Marvel does it better.

Kamala was a teenager trying to fit in. An obsessed superhero, her bedroom covered in Captain Marvel posters. When Kamala finds a family inheritance that grants her superpowers, Kamala embarks on a journey to discover her family’s origins in Pakistan as she battles new enemies, including a mysterious government organization. The spillover of Kamala’s story through a television season gives her enough room for expansion. We take a look at Kamala’s friendships, family life, and more, without having to head straight to the action. It evokes some of the best elements of the Spider-Man movies while also creating its own exciting identity, ranking first among the MCU ratings.

These are our MCU rankings, including all seven Disney Plus series that are part of Phase 4.

We will be sure to add a new series to the list after its finals. Next up is She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, which premieres on Disney Plus on August 17.

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