How to watch Marvel movies in order? Discover the Marvel Cinematic Universe in chronological order here!

Whether it’s the excitement of the Spiderman: No Way Home teaser trailer or if your interest has just piqued in the franchise, we’re here to help you catch up. Many people are finding new ways to contain their excitement until December but there are only so many times you can watch and rewatch the older Spiderman movies. At this point, your best bet is to catch up on the other titles to get your fix of irreverent action comedies until then.

Here we will solve the issue of how to watch marvel movies in order. The chronological order of the interconnected stories in the movies is different from the order in which the movies were released. Captain Marvel is supposed to be one of the first couple movies according to the storyline but it was released as recently as 2019, making it the fourth last in order.

movies-marvel
Source: ploygon

Therefore, if you want to go according to order in the release you can simply follow the years they were released in to watch. But if you want to follow how the story progresses, because that’s how Marvel weaves its movies together, we have a list you can follow. This one does not follow the order of release dates, but rather how the events occurred in the MCU. A disclaimer before you start is to not watch the post-credit scenes in this case, as they might spoil the movies coming ahead in the list.

1. Captain America: The First Avenger

Released: 2011

Director: Joe Johnston

Revolving around the backdrop of World War II, Steve Rogers, a regular man from Brooklyn volunteers to take the super-soldier serum to help fight against the villainous Nazi forces. The first in the list of Marvel’s many superhero movies, TFA has everything you would expect from a comedy set in such a dark time. It perfectly juggles the macro concepts of patriotism and goodness, with personal relationships, grief, loss and belonging.

2. Captain Marvel

Released: 2019

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Released recently but belonging from the earlier 90s era, Captain Marvel covers the story of Marvel’s strongest avenger, Carol Danvers, as ominous alien forces plot a war against earth. The wit, action and visual effects all combine to give you an experience similar to the MCU brand but also unique enough to be refreshing. It was also the first female-led movie of Marvel, second to Wonderwoman of the DC Universe in general. Introduced too late in the franchise, the character only appears in 1 other movie, Avengers: Endgame, unlike other avengers who have multiple movie appearances.

3. Iron Man

Released: 2008

Director: Jon Favreau

Officially the first live-action superhero by Marvel, Iron Man was the first to sweep fans off of their feet. When the son of infamous engineer Howard Stark, whom we know from Captain America: TFA, gets kidnapped on an Afghanistan trip, he takes matters into his own hands. Heir to the Stark empire, Tony Stark during his captivity realizes the evils of war weaponry and how they are aided by his own company. From here he goes on to build the iron suit of armour and fight evil forces. What now retrospectively seems like a cliche superhero story was the first of its kind when it came out. Tony Stark helped create the universe that many of the fans follow and practically grew up with.

4. Iron Man 2

Released: 2010

Director: Jon Favreau

Released 2 years after the first rendition of Ironman, it’s sequel deals with the pressures of being a public figure with a responsibility. Tony Stark in this part of his journey deals with the immense responsibility of his invention and makes some new allies along the way. It also introduces another Marvel superhero, Black Widow to us who goes on to become one of the original avengers along with Tony himself, in the upcoming movies.

5. The Incredible Hulk

Released: 2008

Director: Louis Leterrier

The Incredible Hulk is not that much of a fan favorite as the other titles, but it is a good science fiction and action fusion. Where the movie misses on high quality CGI, it makes up with capturing the essence of our less likable superhero with anger issues. For those aware of the Mark Ruffalo Hulk, this might be a shocker, but the original cast for Hulk was Edward Norton. The casting got changed during the first multiple crossover project, The Avengers in 2012.

6. Thor

Released: 2011

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Fans of Norse mythology will have a fun time watching this rendition of the God of thunder against the God of mischief. Thor Odinson gets stripped of his title, hammer Mjolnir and gets exiled to earth from his homeland Asgard, as punishment by his father. Meanwhile, older enemies of Odin conspire to take over not just Asgard but to invade earth, as Thor grapples with what it means to be a savior in the right sense.

7. Avengers

Released: 2012

Director: Joss Whedon

Set in a time immediately after Thor takes place, Avengers is Marvel’s first live-action superhero crossover comedy that set the bar for all the movies to come in that universe. Superheroes Captain America, Ironman, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Thor all work together to stop a recurring evil force that threatens to take over earth with the power of an infinity stone. Watching this now will not seem as incredible by comparison, but the world-building takes place to move MCU in its second phase.

8. Thor: The Dark World

Released: 2013

Director: Alan Taylor

The Dark World is another less popular MCU movie not because it’s necessarily bad, but because it does not hold a candle to the other stories the fans are more invested in. Another villainous alien force breaks into earth through the use of Reality, another infinity stone, forcing Thor into a whirlwind to save lives by defeating the dark elves. With a good whirl of magic, action, well-timed jokes and heart at the center of it all, it makes for a good watch.

9. Iron Man 3

Released: 2013

Director: Shane Black

As many have pointed out, Ironman 3 is just a look into how Tony cannot catch a break. After the near-death experience of the Avengers, Tony Stark is shown to have several mental health issues that affect his private and public life alike. In the midst of all this chaos, a terrorist seems to rise and pose a threat to public safety, jolting Tony to realize the importance of the armour he dons. A fresh perspective on the realities of being a superhero whilst dealing with being human, the third movie in the series packs a punch for the fans, rounding the trilogy off.

10. Guardians of the Galaxy

Released: 2014

Director: James Gunn

Away from the mythic folklore of Norse, Guardians of the Galaxy revolves around aliens of different kinds, packing a very uniquely weird ensemble. Peter Quill, years after being abducted from Earth, finds himself in possession of a galactic orb that many are in search of. With a weirdly distinct group including a talking racoon and tree, this hilarious action-comedy is another one of Marvel’s intergalactic adventures. The movie is certainly a new escapade with new characters, biting dialogue and some unlikely friendships to give us its signature mix of entertainment.

11. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Released: 2014

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

With major spoilers from the first movie, after waking up from the ice many decades later, Steve Rogers is trying his best to adjust to the modern times. Things take a mysterious turn when conspiracies from his older world start to unfurl, while Steve with some familiar allies, Natasha Romanoff, and some new allies, the Falcon, tries to make sense of things. Packed with that same rhythm of action but with a much more entertaining storyline and dialogues, TWA is a much-acclaimed sequel to the Captain America movie.

12. Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Released: 2017

Director: James Gunn

In this second installment of Peter Quill and his gang’s adventures, they are thrusted on a planet where Peter finally meets his father after all those years of being apart. But things seem amiss as the group discovers darker secrets with the help of Mantis who has been with Ego, Peter’s father, for a while. With the same fun visuals, gripping dialogue, and chemistry, GotG2 is everything and better at once.

13. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Released: 2015

Director: Joss Whedon

If you liked the collaborative effort of Avengers but detested the old theatre artists’ vibe, this one is going to save your faith. Avengers: Age of Ultron is the Avengers team getting back and expanding at the same time. When Tony Stark’s attempt at innovation goes sour, the original Avengers are thrown in a fit to save things from going completely south, against a newly motivated entity of Ultron. This sets the stage for several movies to come, building and moving the MCU further in it’s interwoven stories.

14. Ant-Man

Released: 2015

Director: Peyton Reed

If you are ready for a new appearance at this point, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man is everything and more of a fresh story and perspective on what a superhero needs to be. Doctor Hank Pym, after inventing a suit that shrinks you in size while increasing your strength simultaneously, chooses Scott Lang as the perfect candidate who can wield it. Against better judgment of others, including Pym’s daughter, they work together to pull off a heist to prevent any future evil-motivated disasters.

15. Captain America: Civil War

Released: 2016

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

A culmination of many past titles, majorly including Age of Ultron and The Winter Soldier, Civil War is another Avengers collaboration that will blow you away. After the events of Sokovia in Age of Ultron, world leaders decide to put an end to unregulated superheroes which divides the Avengers. This tied with the events of The Winter Soldier leads to some significant long term disputes between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, making everyone else choose sides.

16. Black Widow

Released: 2021

Director: Cate Shortland

Released as recently as July 2021, but occurring well before the events of the upcoming movies in the list, Black Widow is the story of Natasha Romanoff, told too late. After the events of Civil War, Natasha is living a life of self-imposed isolation when the ghosts of her past resurface. Forced to face the enemies she made when she ran from her life as a Russian spy, she tries to end the fight once and for all. Make sure you miss the end credits scene as they have major spoilers for future Avengers movies.

17. Spiderman: Homecoming

Released: 2017

Director: Jon Watts

Spiderman: Homecoming is the same story as our friendly neighborhood teenager who saves lives in his free time, but with a new face now. Tom Holland does not disappoint as Marvel’s Spiderman, appearing not for the first time, without spoiling much for you. It packs the same recipe of fighting for the right fight, with a great cameo from Peter’s new mentor.

18. Doctor Strange

Released: 2016

Director: Scott Derrickson

Fans of magic and sorcery unite, we have another on the list. Doctor Strange brings you another new yet significant character from the comic books, who will be vital in the movies to come as well. Stephen Strange after getting into a horrible accident gets a second chance at life when he gets recruited to train under an ancient sorcerer.

19. Thor: Ragnarok

Released: 2017

Director: Taika Waititi

Thor: Ragnarok is the most modern take there can be on Norse Gods, Thor, Loki, and their homeland of Asgard. Brothers along with some familiar allies join forces to save their homeland and the people when Hela, their long lost sister, threatens to take over as a way to punish everyone for Odin’s crimes. Electric, magical, and hilariously unique.

20. Black Panther

Released: 2018

Director: Ryan Coogler

The life of King T’Challa of Wakanda is thrown into a fit when forces from within and outside threaten his claim to the throne. T’Challa along with special Wakandan forces Dora Milaje, his mother the Queen, sister Shuri and girlfriend Nakia along with a secret agent work together to prevent a long war. Inspired and taken largely from African culture, Black Panther is a masterpiece of superhero storytelling.

21. Ant-Man and the Wasp

Released: 2018

Director: Peyton Reed

Scott Lang is forced into house arrest after the events of the Civil War where fellow superheroes are forced to pick sides. Just when the time is about to end, Scott puts everything at risk again to help old friends Hope and Hank at a rescue mission. First delving into the thread of quantum realm, Ant-Man, and the Wasp is the one that set the stage for the Avengers duology that came ahead as Infinity War and Endgame.

22.   Avengers: Infinity War

Released: 2018

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

All previous heists, fights, and movies in the MCU have ultimately led up to here. Thanos, the ultimate enemy who plans to collect and use the six infinity stones to what he thinks is a balanced world, is finally here. The broken Avengers team after Civil War is scattered all around the world. Each of the members faces a grave threat to not just themselves but human existence altogether. This was a Marvel event which had not occurred previously in scope, including the cast and action sequences of Civil War.

23. Avengers: Endgame

Released: 2019

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

5 years after Infinity War, the Avengers along with the entire world face the consequences of the morose actions of the Mad Titan. Finally a flicker of hope is lighted by an accident that leads Scott Lang back to the remaining Avengers team. They take the final chance there is to take to save the fate of the universe and undo everything Thanos unleashed upon the earth. It is a final destination and end of storyline for many of Marvel’s leading heroes, making it a once in an era event.

24. Spiderman: Far From Home

Released: 2019

Director: Jon Watts

Trying to move on with life after Avengers: Endgame takes place, Peter Parker goes on a school trip to Europe with his friends. Turns out, escaping Nick Fury isn’t as easy to manage. Strange powers lurk and cause destruction throughout the continent, meanwhile Peter struggles to find his footing as a superhero.

25. Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings

Released: 2021

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Finally, the last in the list and addition to Marvel’s newest superhero lineup, Shang-Chi is the first Asian superhero to join the MCU. Our protagonist is grappling with his identity among many other things after fleeing his past. His attempts at a lowkey life in San Francisco are thwarted as he is pushed into the mysterious workings of the Ten Rings organization to face what he left behind so long ago. He must confront his true destiny as the time for running away is well past.

So this is how to watch marvel movies in order, according to their true chronology. All Marvel movies and TV shows (not part of the list), are available to stream on Disney+. Along with all Spiderman movies that are available on Netflix as well due to combined ownership under Sony. upcoming movies in the MCU include Thor: Love and Thunder, Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness, Spiderman: No Way Home, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever among many more titles in the future.

Leave a Comment