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Is There a Certain Order to Watch Marvel Movies?

Are you a Marvel fan wondering if there’s a specific order to watch the Marvel movies? Well, you’re in luck because we’ve got the answer for you!

While some may argue that it’s best to watch them in release order, others believe that chronological order is the way to go. Let’s take a closer look at both options.

Release Order:
One way to watch the Marvel movies is in the order they were released. This means starting with “Iron Man” in 2008 and ending with “Spider-Man: Far From Home” in 2019.

This is how audiences first experienced these movies and how they were meant to be seen. Watching them in this order allows you to see how the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) evolved over time and how each movie builds on the one before it.

Here’s the complete list of Marvel movies in release order:

  • 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)

Chronological Order:
Another way to watch the Marvel movies is in chronological order. This means starting with “Captain America: The First Avenger” in 1942 and ending with “Spider-Man: Far From Home” in 2024.

Watching them in this order allows you to see how events unfold in the MCU timeline. However, this method can be confusing for first-time viewers since some of the later movies reference events that happened earlier.

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

  • Captain America: The First Avenger (1942 – 1943)
  • Captain Marvel (1995)
  • Iron Man (2010)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2010)
  • Iron Man 2 (2011)
  • Thor (2011)
  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Iron Man 3 (2012 – 2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014 – 2015)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, Vol. 2 & Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
  • The Timeline Split:

    The timeline splits after “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” with the events of “Doctor Strange” taking place in 2016. From there, the movies follow two separate timelines:

    Timeline 1:

    • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
    • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2016 – 2017)
    • Black Panther (2017)
    • Doctor Strange (2017)
    • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
    • Avengers: Infinity War (2017 – 2018)
    • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2017 – 2018)
    • Avengers: Endgame (2022 – 2023)

    Timeline 2:

    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 & Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special take place in this timeline
    • Captain Marvel (1989 – 1995)
    • Flashbacks:

      The following movies feature flashbacks that take place in different time periods:

      • Captain America: The First Avenger
      • Captain Marvel
      • Iron Man 3
      • Ant-Man
      • Spider-Man: Homecoming

      Whether you choose to watch the Marvel movies in release order or chronological order, there’s no denying that they are all interconnected and tell one epic story. So grab some popcorn, pick your order, and enjoy the ride!