If you are a Marvel fan, then you know how confusing the timeline can be. With movies and TV shows jumping back and forth in time, it can be hard to keep track of what’s happening. In this article, we will discuss the chronological order in which to watch the Marvel movies.
Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)
Before we dive into the order, let’s first understand what the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is. The MCU is a series of interconnected superhero movies produced by Marvel Studios. These films share a common universe and continuity that allows characters to crossover between different films.
The Chronological Order
To watch the Marvel movies in chronological order, start with Captain America: The First Avenger. This movie takes place during World War II and introduces us to Steve Rogers before he becomes Captain America.
Next up is Captain Marvel. Although this movie was released after some of the other MCU films, it takes place in 1995 and sets up some important elements for later movies.
Iron Man follows next, which introduces us to Tony Stark and his technology company, Stark Industries. This movie also sets up the events that will lead to The Avengers.
The Incredible Hulk takes place around the same time as Iron Man, so it makes sense to watch it next. However, note that this film stars Edward Norton as Bruce Banner instead of Mark Ruffalo who plays him in later MCU films.
After The Incredible Hulk comes Iron Man 2, where we see Tony Stark dealing with his declining health due to his arc reactor.
Thor follows Iron Man 2 as we get introduced to Thor and Asgardian mythology for the first time.
The Avengers is next on our list. This epic team-up brings together all our favorite heroes including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and more as they work together to defeat Loki and his army.
After The Avengers comes Iron Man 3, where we see Tony Stark dealing with the aftermath of the battle in New York.
Thor: The Dark World follows Iron Man 3 as Thor battles to save the Nine Realms from Malekith and his army.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes place in 2014 and sees Steve Rogers teaming up with Black Widow to take down a conspiracy within S.H.I.E.L.D.
Guardians of the Galaxy takes place in the same year as Captain America: The Winter Soldier and introduces us to a new group of heroes as they work together to save the galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 follows next as we see more adventures with Star-Lord, Gamora, and their crew.
Next up is Avengers: Age of Ultron where our heroes face off against Tony Stark’s own creation – Ultron.
Ant-Man takes place around the same time as Avengers: Age of Ultron and sees Scott Lang becoming Ant-Man under the guidance of Hank Pym.
Captain America: Civil War takes place after Avengers: Age of Ultron and sees our heroes divided over a political issue leading to an epic showdown between them.
Doctor Strange introduces us to another hero in the MCU who uses mystical powers to fight evil forces. This movie also sets up some important elements for later movies including Infinity War.
Spider-Man: Homecoming follows next as we see Peter Parker balancing his life between high school and being Spider-Man while facing off against Vulture.
Thor: Ragnarok sees Thor teaming up with Hulk and Loki to save Asgard from destruction at the hands of Hela, Goddess of Death.
Black Panther takes place shortly after Captain America: Civil War and introduces us to Wakanda, an advanced African nation that is home to Black Panther himself.
Avengers: Infinity War brings together all our favorite heroes once again as they battle against Thanos who seeks to collect all six Infinity Stones for his own nefarious purposes.
Ant-Man and The Wasp takes place before Avengers: Infinity War and sees Scott Lang teaming up with Hope van Dyne as they search for her mother in the Quantum Realm.
Finally, Avengers: Endgame concludes the Infinity Saga and brings our heroes together for one final battle against Thanos.
The Wrap Up
Watching the Marvel movies in chronological order can be a bit overwhelming but it’s worth it. Not only does it give you a sense of the overarching timeline, but it also helps you understand how each movie fits into the larger MCU. So grab some popcorn, get comfortable, and start your Marvel movie marathon today!