It should come as no surprise that Marvel movies are profitable. However, these MCU movies positively smashed the box office.
Every time a new movie is released, there is always uncertainty about whether it will be profitable or not, whether it will manage to cover its budget and generate extra money. While the MCU has a better starting position than most movies thanks to its fame and popularity with fans, it doesn’t mean that all of its movies have become big hits.
Some do not bring great benefits, while others exceed all expectations. The most profitable MCU movies have something in common at first glance. They bring beloved characters but they also work with something new that attracts audiences and makes them visit theaters in large numbers.
10 Captain Marvel (2019): $ 1.128 billion
Captain Marvel managed to get several firsts. It was the first MCU movie with a female superhero in the lead solo role (Wasp teamed up with Ant-Man), and it was also the first movie to take place in the 1990s.
That allowed not only to bring the younger and less cynical Nick Fury to the scene, but it also led to Carol Danvers and Fury becoming an unexpected duo of friends. The film’s sci-fi and comedy combination worked, and it became a hit, earning more than a billion on a budget of just $ 160 million.
9 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019): $ 1.131 billion
Avengers Endgame changed the MCU forever, but it was Spider-Man: Far From Home which ended the third phase of the MCU. Once again, audiences flocked to theaters, eager to see how Peter Parker would deal with the tragic death of his mentor, and how he would defeat Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio.
The movie also did what no other Spider-Man live-action story dared to do – it brought Spider-Man from New York to Europe, which made the story even more refreshing.
8 Captain America: Civil War (2016): $ 1.153 billion
Captain America followed in Iron Man’s footsteps and his third adventure also turned out to be his most profitable. However, unlike Iron Man, Steve Rogers had a lot of help in the Civil War. Aside from Thor and Hulk, all the Avengers were shown, in addition to the long-awaited new superheroes, Spider-Man and Black Panther.
To this day, the movie can be considered the third unofficial Avengers movie. It was also very important to the future of the MCU, as it created the conflict that separated the Avengers and potentially prevented them from defeating Thanos together when he first appeared on Earth.
7 Iron Man 3 (2013): $ 1.214 billion
When someone says ‘the best MCU movies’, most people don’t think of Iron Man 3 as your first choice. Some fans are convinced that the movie was not as good as the first part. Whatever the case, Iron Man 3 beat both of its predecessors when it comes to the box office.
It could have simply been caused by Tony Stark’s rising popularity or the fact that audiences suspected this would be the last Iron Man movie solo with Robert Downey Jr. (which turned out to be true). Either way, the movie cost $ 200 million and made more than a billion.
6 Black Panther (2018): $ 1.347 mil millones
Black Panther solved a problem that previous MCU movies faced: They only showed a corner of their superhero universe. This film took the audience into a whole new world, the wonderfully evolved and rich country of Wakanda with its own culture and traditions.
Combined with the acting performances of the talented cast and the story of a fighting family, the film worked its magic and grossed $ 1.347 billion on a budget of just $ 200 million.
5 Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021): $ 1.368 mil millones
The latest Spider-Man movie proves once again that a superhero’s third solo adventure can often be his most profitable. It happened with both Iron Man and Captain America, and Spider-Man follows in their footsteps.
The movie is still running in theaters right now, so it’s very likely that its earnings will continue to grow and perhaps even exceed. Avengers: Age of Ultron. Whether that is the case or not, Spider-Man: No Way Home attracted thousands of people thanks to the return of many legendary characters, as well as the fact that its predecessor ended in great suspense.
4 Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015): $ 1.402 mil millones
Like its predecessor, The Avengers, the sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron it also had great potential to be a new hit. And it happened too, even though the reviews were more critical than last time.
Some fans weren’t happy with the Hulk and Black Widow romance or the full portrayal of Ultron, the main villain. On a more positive note, the movie brought in Vision and Wanda Maximoff, who would continue to play a major role in the MCU and even started the Disney + Marvel TV universe six years later.
3 The Avengers (2012): $ 1.518 billion
It probably comes as no surprise that the first Avengers movie broke the billion dollar threshold as the first MCU movie. After all, he’s been hyped since Nick Fury’s first appearance on Iron Man (2008). Y The Avengers it did not disappoint. He brought the team together and made them work side by side despite their initial differences.
It also worked on a fan-favorite villain, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, so success was almost assured in this case. The movie more than paid back its $ 220 million budget and paved the way for other Avengers adventures.
2 Avengers: Infinity War (2018): $ 2,048 billion
The final showdown with Thanos was looming for a long time, as Thanos showed his face for the first time in The Avengers in 2012. But when he finally decided to reunite the Infinity Stones, the heroes and the audience had no idea what to expect.
At the end, Endless war It turned out to be arguably the saddest movie in the MCU, as well as one that ends with the most suspense. The Avengers lost, but the movie won at the box office, earning more than $ 2 billion for the first time in MCU history.
1 Avengers: Endgame (2019): $ 2.797 billion
Avengers Endgame It was easily the MCU’s most anticipated movie, so its success came as no surprise to the world. Fans were eager to find out if their favorite heroes could defeat Thanos once and for all and bring back the characters that were photographed.
Today, everyone knows that the answer was yes, but it was not without the death of heroes, which is another thing that makes Final different from the rest of the MCU movies aside from its record box office.