Every 2022 Marvel and DC Superhero movie is ranked from worst to best according to Rotten Tomatoes

Love it or hate it, Rotten Tomatoes is now more important than ever when it comes to whether moviegoers decide to catch the latest releases in theaters, and it’s not uncommon for studios to point out scores as proudly as star ratings . These days, the odds of a successful opening weekend can depend on one of those all-important Certified Fresh badges.

We’ve seen that in action this year, and 2022 has certainly been an interesting year for Marvel and DC. Several delays have seen highly anticipated titles such as Shazam! wrath of the gods and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom slip into 2023 while even Marvel Studios has been far more hit-and-miss than usual.

That makes this ranking particularly interesting, especially when you’re throwing Werewolf at night and the Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special into the mix (they’re more like movies than TV shows, after all). How do they all stack up and does Marvel or DC come out on top? We think you’ll be very surprised at how these releases stack up!

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9. Morbus


Score: fifteen%

rotten or Fresh? rotten

Critics consensus: Cursed with uninspired effects, routine performances and a borderline nonsensical story, this desolate mess is an attempt to make Morbius a reality.

By far the lowest rated film listed here, disease deserves the above score as it has few redeeming features. Jared Leto certainly did his best to breathe some life into the living vampire, but a borderline nonsensical plot and Fantastic Four-style cuts resulted in an origin story that was a total mess.

Add in two of the worst post-credits scenes we’ve seen and this really is rotten to the core. We just hope Sony Pictures isn’t dumb enough to ever move forward with a sequel.

8. Black Adam


Score: 39%

rotten or Fresh? rotten

Critics consensus: Black Adam might end up pointing the way to an exciting future for DC movies, but as a standalone experience it’s a completely uneven disappointment.

Dwayne Johnson promised that the power hierarchy in the DCEU would change Black Adamand while the character is certainly impressive, this wasn’t the fresh start this franchise needed.

A so-so film that hits far too many familiar plot beats and fails to live up to its characters, with an unforgettable Justice Society setting and plenty of annoying supporting characters. Still, we can’t fault the hard-hitting action scenes or the lead actor’s performance…it really doesn’t get much better than diseasealthough.

7. Thor: Love and Thunder


Score: 64%

rotten or Fresh? Fresh

Critics consensus: In some ways Thor: Love and Thunder feels like Ragnarok Redux – but overall it offers enough fast-paced fun to make this a worthy addition to the MCU.

What a disappointment. While Thor: Love and Thunder wasn’t a bad movie, an over-reliance on goofy humor and a wafer-thin villain means it’s among some of Marvel Studios’ most disappointing blockbusters.

We loved The Mighty Thor, but like everything else in this sequel, its arc was incredibly rushed. The film had its moments, but it didn’t live up to expectations and we’re still struggling to figure out what went wrong here. We can only assume that Taika Waititi has been given a little too much creative freedom.

6. DC Super Pet League


Score: 73%

rotten or Fresh? Fresh

Critics consensus: While never quite the top, DC League of Super-Pets is a more than satisfying diversion for families looking for some four-legged fun.

Very much an animated feature in the middle of the road, DC League of Super Pets was only a few notches above the direct-to-DVD films that Warner Bros. frequently releases.

A rip off The Secret Life of Pets Along with the DC Universe, the blockbuster features an impressive voice cast and some entertaining Easter eggs, but beyond that, there’s not much substance. It’s also a shame because this concept could have been used much more effectively on screen.

5. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness


Score: 74%

rotten or Fresh? Fresh

Critics consensus: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness operates under the weight of the sprawling MCU, but Sam Raimi’s distinctive direction is entertaining.

During Sam Raimis Doctor Strange Sequel wasn’t top notch Marvel Studios (or even remotely on par with Spider-Man 2), there was still a lot to love about this one.

Admittedly, this journey into the multiverse wasn’t nearly as crazy as we’d hoped, but one could argue that we should blame all those false rumors for raising too many expectations. By the looks of it, Earth-838 was pretty wild, and the horror vibe that Raimi brought to the table was definitely appreciated.

4. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever


Score: 84%

rotten or Fresh? Fresh

Critics consensus: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a poignant homage that satisfactorily advances the franchise and marks an ambitious and emotionally rewarding triumph for the MCU.

Although not quite up there with Black Panther, Wakanda forever is still an emotional and powerful tribute to Chadwick Boseman with great acting (Angela Bassett is no doubt Oscar worthy).

Add in some great work from Letitia Wright and a phenomenal villain in Tenoch Huerta’s Namor and this is a sequel worth celebrating. We could have done without the Everett Ross subplot, but we hope the character gets better use now Secret invasion next year.

3. The Batman


Score: 85%

rotten or Fresh? Fresh

Critics consensus: Dark, somber, and engrossing super-noir, The Batman ranks among the Dark Knight’s darkest – and most thrillingly ambitious – live-action forays.

It takes place in its own world apart from the chaotic DC Extended Universe. The Batman could soar with a mature and beautifully shot take on Gotham City. The Riddler was a suitably formidable opponent and there wasn’t a single bad performance to be found here, with Robert Pattinson stealing the show as the Dark Knight.

We wish a sequel would come much sooner and hope this franchise doesn’t get lost in the jumble of what Warner Bros. Discovery and DC Studios are now doing with the DCU.

2. Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special


Score: 89%

rotten or Fresh? Fresh

Critics consensus: More of a stocking filler than a well-rounded package, this Christmassy outing is a delightful showcase for Drax, Mantis and a very playful Kevin Bacon.

An instant Christmas classic, The Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special welcomes James Gunn back to the MCU and boy did we sure miss him. Packed with heart, humor and lots of rocking Christmas carols (including some new ones), this is a very special experience that we will keep coming back to.

The real scene thief, however, is Pom Klementieff as Mantis. Given the chance to shine, the actress makes this character the new MVP of this shared world.

1. Werewolf by night


Score: 90%

rotten or Fresh? Fresh

Critics consensus: A chilling thread told with tight economy, Werewolf by Night is a standout Marvel entry that proves Michael Giacchino is as atmospheric and skilled a director as he is a composer.

A real departure for Marvel Studios, Werewolf at night was presented in black and white and told in the style of a classic Universal horror film. Appropriately gory and weird, this special presentation was a riot, adding three awesome new characters to the MCU: Werewolf by Night, Man-Thing, and Elsa Bloodstone.

The opening chapter in a monstrous new era for Marvel Studios, we’re very excited to see where this story takes us. More of this in the future please!


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