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Best MCU Movie Directors, Ranked

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With 28 movies in the MCU, directors in the franchise have come and go. Although the list of all of them is pretty long, we have to point out that it’s not nearly as inclusive as it should be, considering the great size of the universe and the diverse stories it wishes to tell.

Taking on a Marvel project comes with a big challenge: you have to make sure to connect all the necessary storyline points, and you cannot afford to slip up, given how deeply the audience gets involved in every single detail. Hence why you need the best of the best. Here is our list of the best MCU directors.

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have been working together as a filmmaking duo ever since their university years, when they bonded over the works of Robert Altman. They have directed multiple films together, from the 2006 drama Half Nelson to the 2015 drama Mississipi Grind

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up until their collaborative work on the 2019 MCU Captain Marvel. Both of them also participated on the script. As we now all know, Captain Marvel was the original Avenger, and they managed to capture the storyline brilliantly with interestingly told, eye-catching action. In addition, they were finally the first ones to use Nick Fury as a protagonist with an actual character arc. Captain Marvel has grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Per Comicbook.com, the duo were in early talks to direct the recently released Ms. Marvel Disney+ series, but that ultimately didn’t work out.

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James Gunn is responsible for directing the beloved Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. He started his career as a screenwriter back in 1990s and later made a name for himself with projects such as the science-fiction comedy Slither in 2006, the DC spectacle The Suicide Squad (2021) and the 2022 TV series Peacemaker. Gunn quickly became a fan favourite for directing both of the volumes in the cherished MCU franchise. He is often quoted to be one of the main reasons why it was such a box office hit, hence why he’s been brought back to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 despite the backlash he got from Disney over a past controversy. We can expect the third and final part of the franchise on May 5, 2023.

Talk about an all-rounder of a human being: a director, an actor and also a producer of multiple successful projects. As an actor, Jon Favreau has appeared in many hit movies, from the 1993 biographical sports drama Rudy to starring as the beloved character Happy Hogan in the MCU. As a director, he is best known in the MCU fandom for directing all three Iron Man movies, as well as starring in them. As of recent, Favreau has moved to another grand franchise, Star Wars, and is the creator of The Mandalorian series as well as the executive producer of the spin-off series The Book of Boba Fett.

Thanks to their MCU projects, Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are the second most commercially successful directors ever, just after Steven Spielberg. In total, they have directed four movies in the MCU franchise: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019), all of which are closely treasured by the fandom. Aside from the MCU projects, they have worked on series such as Arrested Development, which earned them a Primetime Emmy Award. Even though the Russo brothers get a lot of credit for creating masterpieces such as Infinity War, they also receive a lot of criticism from the audience for ruining important character arcs, such as easily giving Thor back his hammer after Waititi made it a point to show him shine without it.

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