The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a vast and complex collection of movies, TV shows, and other media that has captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. If you’re new to this universe or just want to refresh your memory, it’s important to know the order in which the films were released. So, what is the order of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Phase One: The Avengers Initiative
- Iron Man (2008)
- The Incredible Hulk (2008)
- Iron Man 2 (2010)
- Thor (2011)
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
- The Avengers (2012)
This phase introduced us to the core members of the Avengers team and established the main villain, Loki. We also see Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. start to play a bigger role in the universe.
Phase Two: Age of Ultron
- Iron Man 3 (2013)
- Thor: The Dark World (2013)
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
- Marvel’s Agents of S. Season One Episodes 1-7*
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Marvel’s Agents of S.
Season One Episodes 8-16*
- Ant-Man (2015)
- Marvel’s Agents of S. Season One Episodes 17-22*
In this phase, we see the introduction of new heroes like Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy. The main villain is Ultron, and we see S. fall apart and Hydra take over.
Phase Three: Infinity War
- Captain America: Civil War (2016)
- Doctor Strange (2016)
- Marvel’s Agents of S. Season Two Episodes 1-19*
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.
- Marvel’s Agents of S. Season Two Episodes 20-22*
- 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*
This phase is where everything comes together. We see the introduction of new heroes like Black Panther and Captain Marvel, and the universe’s biggest villain, Thanos, finally takes center stage. The events of this phase culminate in the epic Avengers: Endgame.
The Future of the MCU
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is constantly expanding, with new movies and TV shows being added all the time. Some upcoming projects include Black Widow, Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and many more.
To fully appreciate this universe, it’s important to watch these movies in order. While it may seem daunting at first, it’s worth it to get fully immersed in this amazing world.
*While not essential viewing for the overall storyline of the MCU, some episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S. do tie into events from the movies and can enhance your viewing experience.