If you’re a Marvel fan, you probably know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) consists of an extensive lineup of movies. With 23 films already released under the MCU banner, it can be challenging to keep track of their order. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the chronological order of all 23 Marvel movies.
Marvel Movies in Chronological Order
The chronological order of Marvel movies is not necessarily the same as their release date order. The films are set in different time periods and follow different storylines. Here is a list of all 23 MCU movies in chronological order:
1. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
This movie is set during World War II and follows Steve Rogers as he transforms from a scrawny young man into the super-soldier known as Captain America.
2. Captain Marvel (2019)
Captain Marvel takes place in the mid-1990s and follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes.
3. Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man was the first movie released in the MCU, but it takes place shortly after Captain America: The First Avenger. It follows Tony Stark’s journey to become Iron Man.
4. Iron Man 2 (2010)
Iron Man 2 picks up where its predecessor left off and sees Tony Stark facing new challenges while also introducing new characters like Black Widow and War Machine.
5. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The Incredible Hulk takes place around the same time as Iron Man 2 and follows Bruce Banner as he attempts to cure himself of his Hulk persona while also being hunted by the military.
6. Thor (2011)
Thor introduces us to the realm of Asgard and follows Thor’s journey from a brash, arrogant prince to a worthy hero.
7. The Avengers (2012)
The Avengers brings together all of the MCU’s heroes as they fight against Loki and an alien invasion.
8. Iron Man 3 (2013)
Iron Man 3 takes place after the events of The Avengers and sees Tony Stark dealing with PTSD while also facing a new threat in the form of the Mandarin.
9. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Thor: The Dark World takes place after the events of The Avengers and follows Thor as he battles to save the Nine Realms from an ancient enemy.
10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes place two years after The Avengers and sees Steve Rogers teaming up with Black Widow to take down a new threat to S.H.I.E.L.D.
11. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy introduces us to a new group of heroes as they team up to save the galaxy from Ronan the Accuser.
12. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 picks up shortly after its predecessor and sees Peter Quill discovering more about his father while also facing a new threat.
13. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron takes place one year after The Winter Soldier and sees our heroes facing off against Ultron, an artificial intelligence that threatens humanity.
14. Ant-Man (2015)
Ant-Man follows Scott Lang as he becomes the new Ant-Man, using his shrinking ability to pull off a heist and save the world.
15. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Captain America: Civil War sees the Avengers divided over a government proposal to regulate their activities, leading to an all-out battle between former allies.
16. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Spider-Man: Homecoming takes place shortly after the events of Captain America: Civil War and sees Peter Parker balancing his life as a high school student with his duties as Spider-Man.
17. Doctor Strange (2016)
Doctor Strange introduces us to Stephen Strange, a brilliant surgeon who becomes the powerful sorcerer known as Doctor Strange.
18. Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther takes place shortly after the events of Captain America: Civil War and sees T’Challa returning home to Wakanda to become king and face a new threat.
19. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok takes place two years after Age of Ultron and follows Thor as he tries to save Asgard from destruction at the hands of his sister, Hela.
20. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War brings together all of the MCU’s heroes as they face off against Thanos, who seeks to wipe out half of all life in the universe.
21. Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)
Ant-Man and The Wasp takes place shortly before Avengers: Infinity War and sees Scott Lang teaming up with Hope van Dyne to rescue her mother from the quantum realm.
22. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Avengers: Endgame picks up where Infinity War left off as our heroes attempt to undo Thanos’ destruction and save the universe.
23. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Spider-Man: Far From Home takes place shortly after the events of Endgame and sees Peter Parker going on a school trip to Europe while also facing a new villain, Mysterio.
Now that you know the chronological order of all 23 Marvel movies, you can watch them in order and follow the storylines more closely. Each film builds upon the previous ones, so it’s important to watch them in order to fully appreciate the MCU’s intricate storytelling. With this list, you’re all set to embark on an epic movie marathon!