What’s The Best MCU Title on Disney+ For Your Family?
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What’s The Best MCU Title on Disney+ For Your Family?
By Movieguide® Editorial Staff
If you’re looking for something super for your quarantine days, look no further than this list.
While Movieguide® recognizes the appeal of many the titles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, readers need to understand that a truly great movie is both morally acceptable and has high quality production values.
We’ve ranked all the MCU movies on Disney+ below according to (1) quality and (2) acceptability.
This list doesn’t include all the MCU titles, nor does it account for the chronological order of the storylines. For that resource, click here.
In the mean time, let’s see what’s good for your family.
IRON MAN stars Robert Downey, Jr., in the story of billionaire defense contractor Tony Stark who builds a high tech suit of armor and inadvertently becomes a superhero. The movie is filled with comic book fun and fantasy action with few objectionable elements, but it requires caution and parental guidance for older children because of some foul language, an implied bedroom scene and violence.
In THE AVENGERS, several superheroes team up to stop Thor’s evil brother, Loki, and an intergalactic army of mechanized ships and other instruments of mechanical mayhem. THE AVENGERS is a rousing superhero spectacle with a strong Christian, redemptive, moral, patriotic worldview, but caution is advised for children due to some intense action violence and foul language.
In IRON MAN 2, the rich playboy hero with the flying metal suit of red and gold must stop the evil plans of a competitor and a Russian villain bent on revenge while finding his place in the new world he has created. IRON MAN 2 is a very exciting adventure fantasy chock full of action-packed eye candy, with some moral, redemptive, pro-capitalist messages, but it is edgier and darker than the first movie, with lots of innuendo in the dialogue, so caution is advised.
THOR: RAGNAROK, the third Thor movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, shows Thor trying to save his home Asgard, from its impending total destruction, as foretold in prophecies. THOR: RAGNAROK is an extremely funny, exciting Marvel movie with strong moral elements extolling family and sacrifice, but some foul language, violence and pagan content warrant caution for older children.
THOR, the latest superhero movie from Marvel Comics, tells an origin tale of how Thor is banished to Earth and must find out what it takes to be a true hero when his crafty half-brother, Loki, threatens the whole planet. THOR is loads of fun, with a wonderful, redemptive and inspiring message and relatively family-friendly content with only brief, light foul language.
In IRON MAN 3, billionaire Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, stranded in a small Tennessee town, with only a young boy and an unreliable Iron Man prototype to help him defeat two new villains and save his girlfriend and the President of the United States. Besides the exciting non-stop action and witty dialogue, IRON MAN 3 also has lots of heartfelt, morally uplifting content, but caution is advised for some of the off-color content and intense action violence.
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON pits the superhero Avengers team against Ultron, a robot with artificial intelligence who believes peace can only be achieved on Earth if humanity is eradicated. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is a spectacular treat from beginning to end with a strong moral worldview and inspiring biblical allusions, but caution is advised for some action violence and brief foul language.
The new CAPTAIN AMERICA movie, THE WINTER SOLDIER, finds Captain America battling a secret cabal that has infiltrated the SHIELD agency and that plans to use powerful new SHIELD technology to snuff out freedom and rule the world. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER is a terrific action movie, with a strong Christian, redemptive, moral, patriotic, and anti-totalitarian worldview promoting liberty and redemption, but the intense action violence and brief foul language warrant caution.
AVENGERS: ENDGAME picks up five years later where the last movie left off, with the remaining Avengers still mourning the loss of their friends at the hands of Thanos, but deciding they must find a way to go back in time and defeat Thanos once and for all. Some plot points are unresolved and some storylines are left hanging, and there’s lots of foul language, some other edgy, immoral content, and even a few tedious, annoying moments in AVENGERS: ENDGAME, but the movie has a unifying, emotionally powerful, morally uplifting main plot that extols family and fatherhood.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR has Captain America resisting Iron Man, the government and the United Nations and becoming an outlaw fighting for liberty, because they want to place the Avengers team under the jurisdiction of the U.N. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is superbly crafted and enthralling, with positive moral, redemptive messages about law and liberty, and against revenge, but too much foul language and some intense action violence warrant strong caution.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is about five criminal misfits who must band together to stop an evil sociopath from destroying an entire galaxy, along with billions of lives. Despite some story structure problems, foul language, and a campy quality, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is very entertaining and has a strong Christian, redemptive, moral worldview marred by some pagan immorality, especially in the first two acts.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 finds Peter Quill and his team of Guardians learning what it means to be a family while facing their most difficulty foe yet. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is funny and exciting, with well-rounded characters, but the worldview is mixed with Christian, moral and pagan elements, even more foul language, more violence, and more off-color jokes, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.
ANT-MAN is a comical superhero movie about a thief who inadvertently becomes a superhero and must stop the evil Hydra organization from getting hold of spectacular shrinking technology. ANT-MAN is funny, goofy and exciting, with a strong moral, redemptive worldview and great special effects, but the character development is uneven. There’s also too much foul language, some strong action violence and a couple references to ant evolution. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution.
BLACK PANTHER is a standalone superhero movie about the iconic Marvel Comics hero, who must defend his mysterious, technologically advanced African kingdom and the world from a threat coming from inside his own royal family. BLACK PANTHER is exciting and ultimately redemptive, with tremendous special effects and fabulous production designs, and less foul language than recent Marvel outings, but the plot gets a little too complicated, unfocused and talky, with too many characters, a few annoying politically correct canards, goddess worship, and some ancestor worship.
DOCTOR STRANGE is a story about an injured neurosurgeon who turns to the occult arts, sorcery and even killing to heal himself, massage his ego and re-make the world. DR. STRANGE is a well-crafted, but propagandistic and abhorrent promotion of extreme occult Hinduism.