Are you a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fan looking to re-watch the movies in the right order? Or are you new to the franchise and wondering where to start? Here’s a guide to help you understand the chronological order of the Marvel movies.
What is the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a series of interconnected superhero movies produced by Marvel Studios. The films are based on characters from Marvel Comics, including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers.
The Correct Order to Watch Marvel Movies
If you want to watch the MCU movies in chronological order, here’s how:
- Captain America: The First Avenger (1943 – 1945)
- Captain Marvel (1995)
- Iron Man (2010)
- The Incredible Hulk (2011)
- Iron Man 2 (2011)
- Thor (2011)
- The Avengers (2012)
- Iron Man 3 (2012)
- Thor: The Dark World (2013)
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2014)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Ant-Man (2015)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes place after the events of The Avengers but before Age of Ultron.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes place shortly after the first movie.
- Captain America: Civil War (2016)
- Doctor Strange (2016)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2016 – 2017)
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
- Black Panther (2017)
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
- All movies listed above are available on Disney+ except for The Incredible Hulk, which is available on Amazon Prime Video.
- Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home are Sony Pictures movies, but they are part of the MCU and are available on Disney+.
Captain America: Civil War takes place after Age of Ultron but before Doctor Strange and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The main events in Spider-Man: Homecoming take place after Civil War.
The events in Black Panther take place not long after Civil War and before Infinity War.
The events in Avengers: Infinity War take place two years after the events in Captain America: Civil War.
- Black Widow (2021)
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
- Eternals (2021)
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17, 2021)
- All Phase Four movies are available on Disney+ with Premier Access. They will be available to all Disney+ subscribers three months after their theatrical release.
The release date for Spider-Man: No Way Home is subject to change.
Watching the Marvel movies in chronological order can be a fun way to experience the MCU. However, it’s important to note that some movies may not make sense if you haven’t seen them in release order. So, if you’re new to the franchise, watching them in the order they were released may be a better option.
Regardless of which order you choose, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!