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What Movies Do You Need to Watch Before Captain Marvel?

If you’re planning to watch “Captain Marvel,” the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it’s helpful to familiarize yourself with some key movies that provide important context and background. While “Captain Marvel” can certainly be enjoyed on its own, knowing the history of certain characters and events can enhance your viewing experience.

So, here’s a list of movies you might want to check out before diving into “Captain Marvel. “

The Avengers (2012)

To understand the significance of the Tesseract, an important artifact in “Captain Marvel,” you should watch “The Avengers.” This ensemble film brings together many of the major MCU characters for the first time and introduces us to Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

While not directly tied to “Captain Marvel,” this movie provides background on the Tesseract and its origins. It also introduces us to Steve Rogers, who later becomes Captain America.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

“Guardians of the Galaxy” introduces audiences to Ronan the Accuser, who plays a role in “Captain Marvel.” This film also expands our knowledge of other cosmic elements within the MCU.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

In this film, we get our first glimpse of Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel. Although her role is relatively small, it sets up her importance in future films.

The Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

As one of the biggest crossover events in cinematic history, “Infinity War” features many important characters from across the MCU. Watching this movie will give you a better understanding of what’s at stake in “Captain Marvel.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

This sequel further explores the cosmic side of the MCU and provides more context for Ronan the Accuser’s character.

Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)

While not directly related to “Captain Marvel,” this film takes place around the same time as “Infinity War” and provides some insights into the aftermath of that film’s events.


By watching these movies prior to “Captain Marvel,” you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the characters, events, and important artifacts that play a role in Carol Danvers’ journey. However, if you don’t have time to watch them all, don’t worry! “Captain Marvel” is still an enjoyable standalone movie that introduces viewers to a compelling new hero in the MCU.

Happy watching!