How to watch all the Marvel movies in order

Since 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has graced the big screen, captivating audiences and bringing some of our favorite comic book superheroes to life. As the popularity has grown, the premieres of the films have become global phenomenons.

They are some of the highest-grossing films in the history of cinema and have tied together some of the best storylines Marvel Comics has written. It is never a bad time to start watching Marvel movies.

Many people watch them over and over again, trying to follow the complex stories. You’ll see them on Disney Plus. (And with the recent update on Disney Plus Day, we got so much more information about the future of the MCU) But rather than just pick up at a random time, are you trying to figure out how to watch the Marvel movies in order? (Hint: Take a look at our ultimate guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe first for more MCU info.)

This is our chronological guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in order

You could start at the beginning of how the films were released chronologically. Then you’d be starting with Iron Man, where we got to see Robert Downey Jr. bring Tony Stark to life. A different way to watch the Marvel movies in chronological order would be to watch them based on storylines. seconds of 0 secondsVolume 0%Loading ad 

Then, you won’t have to worry about going back and forth when the films jump from place to place. Of course, this also offers up a new way for people who are returning to the films to get a fresh perspective on it all. Some of the films released are set before other ones than you’ve already seen so far.

There are 26 films in the MCU so far. In this guide, we’ll show you different ways on how to watch Marvel movies in order. We do want to warn you that some spoilers will follow below. We mostly stuck to background info or things you’ve seen in trailers.

Why wouldn’t you watch Marvel movies in chronological order?

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Benedict Cumberbatch playing Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange in Marvel’s MCU movies. Image source: Marvel Studios

Well, there is certainly a case for that. You’ll be getting the same experience that millions of other viewers have who have watched them all in movie theaters since 2008. You’d see jumping back and forth between the beginning of the Avengers, the backstories for many of the principal superheroes, and just how in the world different galaxies and planets are linked to the storylines we’ve seen on Earth.

But it does cause you to go back and forth in time a lot, creating some confusing trends.

If you want to watch all 26 movies in a row, you very well may be able to keep track of the storylines because they’d be fresh in your mind. But the fact that these have rolled out over the span of 16 years gives you the indication and proof that it is a lot of information.

Even people who work at Marvel have a hard time remembering things. With storylines this complex, you should consider watching the Marvel movies in order with how the events unfolded. Following along with the Infinity Saga (the first three phases of the MCU) is fun but there is a lot thrown at you.

How to watch Marvel movies in chronological order

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Here’s the full list of all Marvel movies in chronological order:

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger (1942)
  2. Captain Marvel (1995)
  3. Iron Man (2010)
  4. Iron Man 2 (2011)
  5. The Incredible Hulk (2011)
  6. Thor (2011)
  7. The Avengers (2012)
  8. Iron Man 3 (2012)
  9. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  11. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  12. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2014)
  13. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  14. Ant-Man (2015)
  15. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  16. Black Widow (2016)
  17. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2016)
  18. Doctor Strange (2016-2017)
  19. Black Panther (2017)
  20. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  21. Avengers: Infinity War (2017)
  22. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2017)
  23. Avengers: Endgame (2017-2022)
  24. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2023)
  25. Eternals (2023)
  26. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2024)

How to watch Marvel movies in release order 2021

Want to see all the Marvel movies and Disney Plus TV series broken out into release order by MCU phase? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You’ll find each MCU Phase down below. Anything that hasn’t yet been released is listed in bold with release dates, when available. Also, right now, you can get Disney Plus for free for six months!

MCU Phase 1

  • Iron Man (May 2008)
  • The Incredible Hulk (June 2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (May 2010)
  • Thor (May 2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (July 2011)
  • Avengers Assemble (May 2012)

MCU Phase 2

  • Iron Man 3 (May 2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (November 2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier  (April 2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (August 2014)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 2015)
  • Ant-Man (July 2015)

MCU Phase 3

  • Captain America: Civil War (May 2016)
  • Doctor Strange (November 2016)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 2017)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (November, 2017)
  • Black Panther  (February 2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (April 2018)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 2018)
  • Captain Marvel (March 2019)
  • Avengers: Endgame (April 2019)
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 2019)

MCU Phase 4

  • Wandavision (TV series) (January 2021)
  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (TV series) (March 2021)
  • Loki (TV series) (June 2021)
  • Black Widow (July 2021)
  • What If…? (August 2021)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (September 2021)
  • Eternals (November 2021)
  • Hawkeye (TV series) (November 24, 2021)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17, 2021)
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6, 2022)
  • Ms. Marvel (TV series) (Summer 2022)
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8, 2022)

MCU Phase 5

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (November 11, 2022)
  • The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special (coming during the holidays in 2022)
  • The Marvels (aka Captain Marvel 2) (February 17, 2023)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (July 28, 2023)
  • Blade (release date TBD)
  • She-Hulk (release date TBD)

More movies and shows that might be in MCU Phase 5 and beyond

  • Loki season 2
  • X-Men ’97 (2023)
  • Fantastic Four
  • Deadpool 3
  • Armor Wars
  • I Am Groot
  • Ironheart
  • Moon Knight
  • Secret Invasion
  • What If…? season 2
  • Echo
  • Spider-Man: Freshman Year
  • Agatha: House of Harkness
  • Marvel Zombies

What are Marvel movies about, and what’s the best order to watch Marvel movies for the first time?

They are comic book storylines brought to life featuring some of the most beloved superheroes in history. The films take your comic books or Saturday morning cartoons and bring them to a big screen in some of the best ways possible. You’ll learn more about your favorite characters than ever before. There is action, adventure, romance, suspense, thrills, and humor. Anybody can enjoy the Marvel Cinematic Universe (unless you’re Martin Scorsese, maybe.)

A reminder that if you don’t want to know more about plot lines, you can avoid the trailers and the descriptions and look at the order of the films. It only makes sense to start back with the earliest developments in the stories. That, of course, would be with Captain America.

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