How to watch the Marvel movies in chronological order?
Here’s a chronological order/guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)’s movies.
Now’s the perfect time for a Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU) marathon – Avengers: Endgame is a distant memory, and after some delays, Phase 4 will begin later this year, kicking off the next set of Marvel movies and even some MCU TV shows on Disney Plus.
2020 will be light on Marvel movies, with Black Widow releasing in November, making this the only year with just one MCU picture since The Avengers in 2012. The Falcon and Winter Soldier and WandaVision are also scheduled for this year, though it’s possible their release dates could be affected by the current health crisis. A Marvel movie marathon, then, might help the time go faster until your favorite heroes return.
If you want to watch the Marvel movies in order, it’s relatively straightforward, but a few quirks are worth considering. Watching the Marvel movies in chronological order begins with Captain America: The First Avenger, as Steve Rogers becomes Cap and takes down Red Skull. Watching the Marvel movies in release order, however, begins with 2008’s Iron Man, as Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark introduces us to the MCU. There are advantages to both Marvel viewing orders.
Either way, watching the MCU films in order will have you ready for Phase 4, where the likes of The Eternals will shake the Marvel universe up yet again. Here, we’ll show you lists of the chronological and release orders of the Marvel movies, as well as the best Marvel movies ranked by user scores. That last list will help you skip the duds like Thor: The Dark World if you just want to watch the Avengers movies in order, for example. We’ll also explain which Marvel movies are on Disney Plus in 2020.
Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)
A Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) timeline is likely what you’re looking for. Here you can watch the Marvel films in chronological order from Captain America: The First Avenger to Spider-Man: Far From Home. The best reason to watch the Marvel movies like this is you’ll see important events as they unfolded in the MCU. You’ll track the Tesseract from the 1940s to the Avengers era, see Carol Danvers’ first meeting with Nick Fury in the ’90s, and see how Thanos acquired the Infinity Stones.
Here, then, is the chronological viewing order of the Marvel movies:
- Captain America: The First Avenger (takes place during WWII)
- Captain Marvel (takes place in 1995)
- Iron Man (takes place in 2010)
- Iron Man 2 (takes place after Iron Man)
- The Incredible Hulk (time unspecified, pre-Avengers)
- Thor (takes place six months before Avengers)
- The Avengers (takes place in 2012)
- Iron Man 3 (takes place six months after The Avengers)
- Thor: Dark World (post-Avengers, pre-Ultron)
- Captain America: Winter Soldier (post-Avengers, pre-Ultron)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (sometime in 2014)
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (after Guardians)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (takes place in 2015)
- Ant-Man (takes place in 2015)
- Captain America: Civil War (post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (post-Civil War, pre-Infinity War)
- Doctor Strange (takes place in 2016)
- Black Panther (takes place in 2017)
- Thor: Ragnarok (post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War)
- Avengers: Infinity War (takes place in 2017)
- Ant-Man and The Wasp (ambiguous, but fits nicely between IW and Endgame)
- Avengers: Endgame (starts in 2017, finishes in 2022)
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (post-Endgame)
As 2020 and 2021 Marvel movies like Black Widow and The Eternals are released. Along with canonical Disney Plus shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision, we’ll add them to this MCU timeline. Black Widow, for example, is definitely set after Captain America: Civil War. But with its release date now delayed until November, we’ve left it off for now.