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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has put out 17 movies in nine years, and most of them have one thing in common…

Mashable.com ranked the 19 best shirtless scenes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

 

Mashable.com has a comprehensive analysis of Marvel’s shirtless scenes  . . . and they even ranked them based on a point-system that rewards the shirtless-ness for ‘relevance to the plot’ and its ‘OMG factor.’

15 of the 17 Marvel movies have a shirtless scene.

The two movies that don’t are:  “Iron Man 2” and “Captain America: Civil War”.  The site ignored villains, like Whiplash in “Iron Man 2” . . . and constantly shirtless non-humans like the Hulk and Drax in “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

Here’s the list . . .

1.  Chris Evans as Steve Rodgers in “Captain America: The First Avenger”.

His shirtless ‘transformation scene’ is #1 because it got perfect scores for its relevance to the plot and its ‘OMG factor.’  They also loved the dramatic unveiling.

2.  Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”.

They gave the scene bonus points for Bucky’s gnarly-looking metal arm, but it disappointed in ‘OMG factor’ because the scene was more about EMOTIONAL nakedness than physical nakedness.

3.  Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”.

It’s when Bruce gets out of the shower and has a conversation with Black Widow about their doomed relationship.  They actually LIKED how he wasn’t SUPER buff.

4.  Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in “Iron Man”.

Tony Stark is shirtless when he calls Pepper into his lab to help swap out his arc reactor for a newer model.  They liked how the scene was unique because it wasn’t about power, it showed vulnerability.

5.  Chris Hemsworth as Thor in “Thor”.

Thor changes into jeans and a t-shirt after leaving the hospital, while Jane and Darcy watch.  The site notes that his jeans ride a little low, and the camera lingers on him as he walks past a mirror.

6.  Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

Star-Lord is captured and sent to prison, where he’s stripped and hosed down.  While it’s relevant to the plot that he’s IN prison, it’s less relevant that he gets naked and wet while there.  They gave it bonus points for being “memorable.”

7.  Tom Holland as Peter Parker in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”.

The shirtless scene is when he sneaks back into his room, and takes off his suit.  They note that it might be awkward for adults, because even though Tom was 20 when he filmed the movie, his character Peter is 15.

8.  Chris Hemsworth as Thor in “Thor: The Dark World”.

It’s when he “washes up” after a battle.  It was docked for having, quote, “little to do with anything.”  But it got bonus points for “the shameless gratuitousness of it all.”

9.  Chris Hemsworth as Thor in the brand new “Thor: Ragnarok”.

It got a bonus point for “consistency.”  Three films in, the “Thor” franchise remains as committed as ever to taking off Chris’s clothes.

10.  Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner in “The Avengers”.

He wakes up naked in a warehouse that HE demolished when in Hulk form.  It’s true to the character that he’d be naked, but there isn’t much sex appeal to it.

11.  Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner in “Thor: Ragnarok”.

Again, the character is shirtless a lot . . . that’s part of the deal.  They note that he remains bare-chested for a while, but the sequence “doesn’t stop long enough.”

12.  Edward Norton as Bruce Banner and The Hulk in “The Incredible Hulk”.

He’s shirtless throughout a lot of the movie for obvious reasons, but they docked points because “none of the shirtless scenes really make an impression.”

13.  Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta in “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2”.

It happens the first time we see Yondu.  In the scene, the character looks more ‘pitiful’ than HOT . . . but they gave him an extra point for being a little older than the typical superhero hunk.  He’s 62 in real life.

14.  Chris Hemsworth as Thor in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”.

It’s when Thor immerses himself in the magical pool.  They say, quote, “The movie knows exactly what it’s doing by getting Chris Hemsworth soaking wet.”

15.  Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2”.

It happens when he puts on a clean shirt.  The scene is just tossed in the movie casually, and even though Chris Pratt is buff, there’s nothing special about it.

16.  Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in “Ant-Man”.

It happens when he’s tending to some of his wounds.  It’s “more awkward than enticing,” because the movie is making a half-joke out of showing him shirtless.

17.  Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange in “Doctor Strange”.

It’s part of a montage showing that Strange is getting his life back on track, and it basically just shows that Cumberbatch worked out before doing this movie.

18.  Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in “Iron Man 3”.

He gets shirtless twice, briefly near the beginning, and for longer near the end.  However, both scenes are more pragmatic than sexy . . . in fact, they really don’t even fit the spirit of a “shirtless scene.”

19.  Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”.

As Quicksilver suits up, there’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it peek at his bare chest . . . but it comes in LAST in the ranking because, quote, “No one even remembers who Quicksilver is, let alone that we saw his abs.”