Comic books becoming movies and television shows is nothing new, and Marvel is one of the two major comic book forces to regularly turn its most famous comic book storylines into TV shows and movies. (The other: DC Comics.) Some of Marvel’s movies, like 2002’s “Spider-Man” and 2004’s “Spider-Man 2,” were massive hits, but it also had big-time duds like 2005’s “Elektra” and 2008’s “Punisher: War Zone.”
Then, in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe arrived. The series of movies based on Marvel characters that all live in the same universe and sometimes team up to save the world as the Avengers hit the big screen, and the response was emphatic. A new era of the high-grossing superhero movie had begun.
It’s still going strong in 2019, with three movies in the pipeline: The just-released “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers: Endgame” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” Here’s how the 21 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe rank by worldwide box office gross, from worst performer to best. Numbers via Box Office Mojo and are not adjusted for inflation.