If you’re a Marvel fan, you know how confusing it can be to keep track of all the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). With 23 films released to date, it’s easy to lose track of which order they all came in. In this article, we’ll take a look at all 23 Marvel movies in order, so you can catch up on any you might have missed.
Phase One: The Beginning
Phase One of the MCU began in 2008 with the release of Iron Man and ended with The Avengers in 2012. This phase introduced us to some of our favorite heroes and villains.
1. Iron Man (2008)
Tony Stark, a billionaire industrialist, is kidnapped and forced to build a weapon. Instead, he creates a suit of armor to escape his captors and becomes Iron Man.
2. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Bruce Banner is on the run from the US government as he tries to find a cure for his gamma radiation exposure that turns him into the Hulk when he gets angry.
3. Iron Man 2 (2010)
Tony Stark faces new challenges as he reveals his identity as Iron Man while also dealing with new enemies such as Whiplash.
4. Thor (2011)
The powerful but arrogant god Thor is banished from Asgard to Earth where he must learn humility and save his new home from destruction.
5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Steve Rogers volunteers for an experimental program that turns him into Captain America and leads him on a mission to stop Red Skull from using an artifact called the Tesseract for world domination.
6. The Avengers (2012)
When the villainous Loki threatens Earth, Nick Fury assembles a team of superheroes to save the planet, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk.
Phase Two: Expansion
Phase Two began in 2013 with Iron Man 3 and continued through to Ant-Man in 2015. This phase introduced new characters and expanded on existing ones.
7. Iron Man 3 (2013)
Tony Stark must face his toughest challenge yet when a terrorist known as the Mandarin threatens his life and the lives of those he loves.
8. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Thor must team up with his treacherous brother Loki to stop an ancient evil known as the Dark Elves from destroying the universe.
9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Captain America teams up with Black Widow and Falcon to stop a conspiracy within S.H.I.E.L.D. while also dealing with a dangerous assassin known as the Winter Soldier.
10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
A group of misfits including Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot band together to save the galaxy from an evil villain known as Ronan.
11. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The Avengers must stop Ultron, a rogue artificial intelligence created by Tony Stark that wants to destroy humanity.
12. Ant-Man (2015)
A thief named Scott Lang must become Ant-Man under the guidance of Dr. Hank Pym in order to pull off a heist that could save the world.
Phase Three: The Endgame Begins
Phase Three began in 2016 with Captain America: Civil War and ended with Spider-Man: Far From Home in 2019. This phase saw the introduction of new heroes and villains, as well as the beginning of the endgame for some of our favorite characters.
13. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
The Avengers are split into two factions when a government oversight committee wants to regulate their activities, leading to a battle between Iron Man and Captain America.
14. Doctor Strange (2016)
A brilliant but arrogant surgeon named Stephen Strange becomes a powerful sorcerer after a car accident leaves him unable to use his hands.
15. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
The Guardians must navigate family drama when they meet Star-Lord’s father while also saving the galaxy from destruction.
16. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Peter Parker must balance being a high school student with being Spider-Man as he faces off against a new villain called the Vulture.
17. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Thor must team up with his brother Loki and new friend Valkyrie to stop his sister Hela from destroying Asgard.
18. Black Panther (2018)
T’Challa becomes king of Wakanda and must defend his country from an outsider who wants to steal its valuable resources.
19. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
The Avengers must team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop Thanos, a powerful alien who wants to collect all six Infinity Stones and use them to destroy half of all life in the universe.
20. Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)
Scott Lang teams up with Hope van Dyne, who becomes the Wasp, to rescue her mother from the quantum realm while also dealing with a dangerous villain known as Ghost.
21. Captain Marvel (2019)
Carol Danvers becomes Captain Marvel and must uncover the truth about her past while fighting off an alien invasion.
22. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
The Avengers must travel through time to collect the Infinity Stones and undo Thanos’ snap, which destroyed half of all life in the universe.
23. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Peter Parker goes on a school trip to Europe but must also deal with a new villain called Mysterio who threatens his friends and the world.
The Future of Marvel
With Phase Three complete, it’s unclear what direction Marvel will take next. However, there are several movies and TV shows in development that are sure to excite fans.
- Black Widow: A prequel movie starring Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff is set to be released in May 2021.
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: A TV series featuring Sam Wilson as Captain America and Bucky Barnes as his sidekick is set to be released on Disney+ in March 2021.
- Eternals: A movie featuring a group of immortal beings protecting Earth from their evil counterparts is set to be released in November 2021.
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: A movie featuring the first Asian superhero in the MCU is set to be released in July 2021.
So, there you have it. The 23 Marvel movies in order. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just getting started, there’s plenty of action, adventure, and excitement to be had in the MCU.