So everyone knows how astonishing the Marvel Cinematic Universe has and probably always will be.
The big-screen debut of 2008’s Iron Man via Robert Downey’s Jr. kickstarted a flood of films that laid the foundation for game-changing moments. The initial union between The Avengers, Ultron’s ascension, the dreaded “Thanos Snap,” and the time-traveling mission that reversed the “Mad Titan’s” evil machinations were delivered through the MCU’s strong world-building. And thanks to a lineup of Disney+ shows and even more movies, the MCU will continue to produce global events for moviegoers everywhere.
We’ve showered plenty of praise upon the MCU already. But now we’re gonna switch gears and acknowledge the deluge of animated films that feature Marvel’s mightiest heroes. You may be surprised to learn that there are 25 Marvel animated films in total. We’re here to do you all a solid and make you aware of them all while ranking them at the very same time.
This film centers around the young engineering prodigy named Riri Williams, who finds herself feeling a bit closed off from the rest of her college peers. And that’s due to her young age in comparison to the school’s older population. Riri is forced to realize her self-confidence when it comes time to rescue her best friend from Hala the Accuser. What follows is a fun superhero romp for younger viewers that sees Riri and a lineup of other Marvel lady heroes joining a crusade against an interplanetary menace.
Marvel’s animation department has a penchant for pairing up two iconic heroes to save the day. As evidenced by this movie’s title, Iron Man and Hulk join forces to take on some of Marvel’s most beastly villains. The 3D animation on display here is decent at best, but at least the action-packed skirmishes that both heroes engage in produce some memorable moments. We get a rare Zzzax sighting in this film, which is actually worth the price of admission.
Gwen Stacy aka “Spider-Gwen/Ghost-Spider” quickly became a fan favorite shortly after her 2014 debut. In this next Marvel Rising film, she gets the spotlight treatment as she and a group of equally beloved lady heroes investigate who and what’s been attacking them as of late. All the while, Ghost-Spider and the Secret Warriors have to get ready for a band competition. If you’re a diehard Spider-Gwen fan and want to see her rock out and kick butt in her natural element, be sure to give this one a watch.
The next Marvel Rising film on our list offers an entertaining showcase of the character most popularized by the Black Panther film, Shuri. A simple hangout session quickly morphs into a day full of heroics as Shuri and the rest of the Secret Warriors squad come together to save the day. This coming-of-age animated movie offers a deeper look at Shuri and highlights a feeling of independence among Marvel’s younger heroines.
Ghost-Spider makes her welcome comeback in this Marvel Rising adventure. She joins forces with the Secret Warriors once again in a bid to beat back the combined threat of Sheath and Exile. The final action-packed conflict that pops off between all those super-powered heroes and villains definitely excites, which makes this film worth checking out. You can never go wrong with some more Ghost-Spider, right?
This Marvel Rising film introduces younger Marvel fanatics to one of the youngest Inhumans within the wide comic book universe. That hero is known as Inferno, who must align himself with the Secret Warriors in a bid to recover his stolen superhuman abilities. Inferno presents himself as a conflicted superhero, which makes his adventure alongside the Secret Warriors a bit more intriguing to follow.
If you’re in the mood for a whimsical adventure that the kiddies will love, then this movie will certainly do the job. Loki steps up to the plate here as the main baddie as he and the frost giant Ymir set out to steal Santa’s magical abilities. And of course, The Avengers make every attempt to put a stop to their evil plans and keep the spirit of Christmas intact. It’s definitely worth breaking this movie out when you’re in the mood for some holiday-themed hero activities.
The signature team at the heart of all the Marvel Rising films first come together in this exciting team-up special. Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors sees the powerful collective of Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Quake, Patriot, America Chavez, and Inferno make their debut as an unlikely alliance. The main pull of this film comes from the fact that Marvel’s youngest and upcoming group of heroes get showcased in a prominent position that paints a bright future for them all.
We got another holiday-inspired Marvel movie here and it centers on the one that’s all about night frights. Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell fully embraces its Halloween theme by teaming up The Hulk and Dr. Strange for a clash with some horrific monsters. Things quickly go awry, which forces both heroes to step into the Dream Dimension to find out the true source behind all that uncontained evil. Watching the unexpected duo of Hulk and Strange confront supernatural threats ends up being a good time.
There’s an Iron Man anime movie? Yes, yes there is. And it not only features Tony Stark’s metallic alter-ego. It also showcases War Machine, The Punisher, Black Widow, Nick Fury, and Hawkeye. They all come together to confront the technological parasite known as Technovore. Iron Man: Rise of Technovore is a decent attempt at presenting the action-packed world of Marvel within a striking anime sheen.
Iron Man and Captain America certainly had their problems in the MCU. This superhero team-up movie unites them for the greater good, but also makes sure to acknowledge their past issues. Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United is an action-fueled adventure that sees both heroes fighting the good fight against the equally powerful Red Skull and Taskmaster. The 3D animation in this one isn’t exactly the greatest. But the film’s big superhero and supervillain clashes will keep you entertained for the long haul.
The stakes are certainly high in this Black Panther-themed adventure. The proud defender and prince of Wakanda must call on his fellow Avengers when the dangerous trio of Ulysses Klaue, Eric Killmonger, and Thanos unite to steal some Vibranium. Even with such a mega-sized threat present in this film, you’ll still be treated to the sort of slapstick humor the young ones adore from all those LEGO Marvel Super Heroes games.
Now, this is one of the more unexpected Marvel team-ups fans have ever laid eyes on. But it works much better than one would expect. S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Black Widow and everyone’s favorite antihero The Punisher end up going on a high-priority mission that entails taking down a terrorist organization that’s willing to sell sensitive weaponry to some less than savory people. What ensues is a high-octane action thriller that’s held up by a gorgeous anime presentation and some additional Avengers appearances.
The Guardians of the Galaxy ended up being a surprise breakout smash on the big screen, which catapulted them to mainstream status. Thanks to their mass amount of fame, they’ve appeared in a whole slew of other media. In this film, they get LEGO-ized and embark on a space-faring crusade against Marvel’s “Mad Titan.” As expected, there are plenty of laughs and interplanetary action to be enjoyed here for all the young Guardians fans out there.
Tony Starks gets the origin story treatment here as he comes to embrace his superhero role within the Marvel Universe. The Invincible Iron Man places the Starks in a terrible predicament as he tries to unearth an ancient Chinese temple. The opposing Jade Dragons disrupt his efforts, which leads Starks towards becoming the hero we all know him to be. This film offers a satisfactory tale and batch of cinematic action sequences to bask in.
Imagine having to endure a “party” with the hyper-intelligent robot known as Ultron. That’s the terrible situation The Avengers find themselves in as they fight to recover Iron Man’s prized battle armor. Your usual gamut of kid-friendly jokes and LEGO-flavored action sequences are included here for this brief Avengers team-up film. And for the most part, it gets the job done for Marvel’s younger fanbase.
The next Avengers movie special on this list doesn’t star the usual lineup of “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.” The plot takes a super dark left turn in this one – most of The Avengers meet their unfortunate end at the hands of Ulton and his robot army. It’s up to the Avengers’ assortment of superpowered children to step up and save the day. You’ll get a kick out of watching an alternate future within the Marvel Universe where the offspring of legends band together to show just how worthy they are of holding the superhero mantle. The kids sure are alright.
Before Thor and Loki became mortal foes, they fought side by side as brothers in arms. This fun prequel film stars young versions of Thor and Loki as they set out to recover a legendary blade while fighting alongside the Warriors Three. It’s pretty cool watching a pre-Mjolnir wielding Thor set out on a grand adventure and give viewers a hint of his magnificent future. Thor: Tales of Asgard provides a magical treasure hunt that has its shining moments here and there.
Loki is at it again! His mischievous ways are front and center in this LEGO Marvel Super Heroes movie. The Norse God’s evil ways bring other super-villains into the fold, which forces Spider-Man and a gang of other familiar heroes to take them all down. Maximum Overload is easily the best LEGO Marvel movie thanks to its strong cast of characters (Spidey, Loki, Venom, and Carnage’s inclusions here do a great job in that regard).
The Ultimate Marvel Universe breathed new life into the comic book medium by refreshing the most popular superheroes of all time. That alternate realm within Marvel Comics got their own animated movies. The second one brings the main members of the Ultimate Avengers together for the fight of their lives against an alien threat. Black Panther’s role here is of great importance and adds a bit of levity to the film since his kingdom is under attack by extraterrestrial beings. Ultimate Avengers II: Rise of the Panther provides a satisfying amalgamation of epic action sequences and engrossing plot progression, so be sure to check it out.
If you enjoyed each and every minute of the mind-bending live-action Doctor Strange movie, then you’ll most definitely feel the same way about this 2007 animated film. Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme details the mystical journey that Dr. Stephen Strange embarked on during his ascent to the title of “Sorcerer Supreme.” That ascension to one of the most powerful magic wielders in Marvel history makes for a quality viewing experience in animated form. Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme is a visual tour de force that will certainly enrapture one and all.
The very first Ultimate Avengers film started a strong trend for Marvel’s dedicated move to produce animated films that appealed to its older fanbase. The early origins of Marvel’s most iconic superhero team play out here and come together in a riveting manner. Aliens invade Earth, which gives General Fury every reason in the world to call on the aid of Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Giant-Man, and The Wasp. This strong introduction to the Ultimate Avengers team hits on all the right notes you’d expect from a quality animated film.
If you read the Planet Hulk comic book arc (and even if you haven’t!), you have to give this quality animated movie adaptation a thorough watch. Especially since it features a wild clash between the big green guy and Beta-Ray Bill! So here’s how the story goes – Bruce Banner’s green alter-ego has caused far too much destruction on Earth, which forces some of his contemporaries to send him off the planet. Hulk soon ends up crash landing on a planet that’s ruled by a tyrant, who forces the green anti-hero to entertain him and his followers during coliseum battles. In a bid to fight back against that tyrant and free his fellow warriors from captivity, Hulk joins the resistance and struggles to regain his and theirs freedom.
How can anyone not enjoy watching Marvel’s big green brute swing his enormous fists and feet at someone? It’s especially entertaining when he does it in this film against two equally formidable superheroes. You can turn your brain off if you’d like and just enjoy witnessing The Incredible Hulk square up with Wolverine and Thor. The plot buildup to those epic battles is pretty interesting too, so you can also watch this with your brain turned off if you’d like.
Not only is this film the best animated film effort ever put out via Marvel, but it’s also arguably the greatest Spider-Man movie of all time. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse shows love to the young web-slinging prodigy Miles Morales and a fun assortment of other Spidey heroes from neighboring universes. The movie’s heartwarming moments, shocking twists, hilarious hijinks, and unique animation style all combine to make it a bonafide classic. It doesn’t matter what age you are – Into the Spiderverse is a favorite among all ages.