How to watch Marvel Movies in order: A total of 23 MCU movies have paved it’s way to a humongous audience that thoroughly loves what the Marvel universe has to offer. All the Marvel movies connected by characters, setting, events and an inevitable amount of thriller. So, you’d be forgiven if you are in a farrago of how do these characters and events fit in together and what order should the marvel movies be watched.
From individual heroic movies (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America) to bringing all the heroes in one iconic movie Marvel’s The Avengers broke new grounds, however bringing in twists with splitting them off in its own sequels. This makes Marvel movies a gold mine of compelling stories and characters.
A peculiar thing about Marvel movies it’s non linear way of story telling and including flashbacks and yet managing to build a bridge between events, whether it’s happening worlds away and occurring at the same time on earth, or living in the past. It never fails to surprise with it’s ambush twists. Talking about Marvel, reminds of the typical Avenger soundtrack, doesn’t it? Well, it’s stuck in everyone’s head.
If you’re new to Marvel movies and wondering how to watch Marvel movies in order. Don’t worry amigo, we got your back! Below here, we are offering two viewing options: The Marvel movies in their chronological order and Marvel movies according to the date of release. Both are ideal ways of viewing The Marvel franchise, so choose according to your choice.
Marvel Movies in Chronological Order of Events
Captain America: The First Avenger
Chronologically speaking, the film that is set to be the earliest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) timeline is Captain America: The First Avenger. The Steve Rogers origin story begins in the year 1940 with Steve (Evans) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). From being rejected to be a part of World War 2 due to physical and health problems to emerging as a “super soldier”. The movie goes through a series of twists and ends up in 1945 with Steve’s plane crashing and him being frozen for the next half century.
Next up we have Captain Marvel on the list, which is actually one of the most recent Marvel movies released, however the events precede those of the main Marvel Cinematic Universe( MCU) timeline. Before being entitled as Captain Marvel, a series of event occur which make her own that title. Brie Larson’s crashes her plane in the year 1989 and is subsequently trained as a Kree before she makes a return on Earth in 1995. and that’s when Captain Marvel occurs.
The first ever Marvel movie released actually stands third in chronological order, and trust this it or not—according to Marvel’s own timeline—it actually takes place in the year 2010 and not 2008
The Incredible Hulk.
The “super-soldier” experiment faulty gamma reaction that gave birth to a new character of The Marvel Universe-The Incredible Hulk.The events of the Edward Norton Hulk movie take place shortly after the events of Iron Man.
Iron Man 2
The series of Dr . Tony Stark experiments carried ahead in the sequel of Iron Man, released in 2011.
The events of Thor also take place in 2011, around the same time as the events in Iron Man 2 take place, however it follows a series of flashbacks that go back centuries.
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The iconic movie when all the Avengers team up as one. 2012 stands remarkable with the release of The Avengers.
Iron Man 3
The underrated movie in the history MCU, that chronicles Tony Stark’s PTSD from the events of The Avengers. Set in the year 2012.
Thor: The Dark World
The sequel of Thor is set in the year 2013.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The big fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set a couple years after the organization helped form The Avengers, set in 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy
The occasions of Guardians of the Galaxy additionally happen in 2014, around the similar time as The Winter Soldier.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The Guardians of the Galaxy sequel takes place a couple of months later the events of the first film.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The second time when Avengers collaborate in the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D’s. destroying, in the year 2015.
While the Avengers are warding off ol’ Ultron, Scott Lang is caught up with turning out to be Ant-Man in 2015.
Captain America: Civil War
The Captain America continuation that is likewise kinda-sorta an Avengers film happens in 2016, bringing in extra characters into the overlap to prepare the table for Infinity War and Endgame. But it also contains a series of flashbacks that occur between The First Avenger and Iron Man, uncovering the conditions that encompassed the demise of Tony Stark’s parents.
The first MCU Spider-Man movie takes place after Captain America: Civil War, with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker battling to become his own hero.
2016 seems to be a busy year in the MCU, as it’s also when Black Panther takes place over in Wakanda.
Doctor Strange links the gap between 2016 and 2017, as Stephen Strange’s transformation to emerge as a superhero is under construction.
Thor: Ragnarok takes place in 2017 shortly after Doctor Strange. Thor reaches out to visit Doctor Strange on Earth as an attempt to try and track down his father.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Regardless of being released after Avengers: Infinity War, the occasions of Ant-Man and the Wasp happen in 2018 just before Thanos shows up on Earth and the film closes with the notorious Thanos Snap
Avengers: Infinity War
The events of Avengers: Infinity War happen over a packed timespan—only 24-48 hours—in 2018.
The second have of the Infinity Gauntlet storyline starts not long after the Thanos snap in 2018, yet after Thor cuts Thanos’ head off, the film flashes forward and is set basically in the year 2023—in spite of the fact that it likewise observes the characters making a trip back to occasions in the years 1970, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Spider-Man: Far from Home
The most recent MCU movie, Spider-Man: Far from Home, takes place shortly after the events of Avengers: Endgame and is set in the year 2023.
Marvel Movies in Order of Release.
Marvel Movies in Order of Release
And here are all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in order of when they were released, broken up into “phases” that Marvel Studios uses to denote smaller story arcs within the larger MCU arc.
- Iron Man – May 2, 2008
- The Incredible Hulk – June 13, 2008
- Iron Man 2 – May 7, 2010
- Thor – May 6, 2011
- Captain America: The First Avenger – July 22, 2011
- Marvel’s The Avengers – May 4, 2012
- Iron Man 3 – May 3, 2013
- Thor: The Dark World – November 8, 2013
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier – April 4, 2014
- Guardians of the Galaxy – August 1, 2014
- Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1, 2015
- Ant-Man – July 17, 2015
- Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016
- Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016
- Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017
- Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017
- Black Panther – February 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War – April 27, 2018
- Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018
- Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019
- Avengers: Endgame – April 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far from Home – July 2, 2019
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