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How Many Marvel Movies Are There Ever Made?

If you are a fan of Marvel movies, you may be wondering how many films have been made in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The answer is not as straightforward as you might think, as there are several factors to consider when counting the number of Marvel movies. Let’s take a closer look at the history of Marvel films and break down how many movies have been released to date.

Marvel Movies: A Brief History

Marvel began producing films in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with mixed success. However, it was not until 2008 that the MCU was born with the release of “Iron Man.” This film marked the beginning of a cinematic universe that would ultimately include dozens of characters and span over two dozen films.

How Many MCU Movies Are There?

As of 2021, there are currently 23 MCU movies. These include:

  • Iron Man (2008)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2(2017)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  • Captain Marvel (2019)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

What About Non-MCU Marvel Movies?

While the MCU has become the most well-known and successful iteration of Marvel movies, it is not the only one. There have been several Marvel films produced outside of the MCU, including:

  • X-Men (2000) and its sequels
  • Spider-Man (2002) and its sequels
  • Fantastic Four (2005) and its sequel
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and its sequel

These films were produced by different studios before Marvel Studios was formed, so they exist in their own separate universes. However, with Disney’s acquisition of Fox in 2019, there is a possibility that characters from these franchises could eventually be incorporated into the MCU.

The Future of Marvel Movies

Despite having already released over 20 films, the MCU shows no signs of slowing down. There are several upcoming Marvel movies slated for release in the next few years, including:

  • Black Widow
  • The Eternals
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  • Thor: Love and Thunder

In addition to these movies, there are also several Disney+ series that are set within the MCU, including “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” and “Loki.” These series are an important part of the MCU’s future, as they allow for deeper exploration of characters and storylines that may not have been possible in a two-hour movie.


In summary, there have been 23 Marvel movies released within the MCU, with several more on the horizon. While there have been other Marvel films produced outside of the MCU, they exist in their own separate universes.

With Disney’s acquisition of Fox, it is possible that we may see characters from these franchises incorporated into the MCU in the future. For now, fans can look forward to a continued expansion of the MCU through both movies and TV shows.