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What Order Should I Watch the 23 Marvel Movies?

If you’re new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), or just looking for a refresher on the right order to watch the 23 movies, you’re in luck. Here’s a guide to help you navigate through all the films in chronological order.

Phase One

1. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Summary: Set during World War II, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top-secret experiment and becomes Captain America.

Why Watch It First: While this movie was not the first MCU film to be released, it is chronologically the first. It introduces key characters and events that set up the rest of the series.

2. Captain Marvel (2019)

Summary: Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

Why Watch It Second: Despite being released after many other MCU movies, this film takes place in 1995 and serves as an origin story for one of the most powerful heroes in the MCU.

3. Iron Man (2008)

Summary: Billionaire Tony Stark builds an armored suit and becomes Iron Man.

Why Watch It Third: This movie sets up Tony Stark as a key player in the MCU and introduces several important characters that appear throughout Phase One.

4. Iron Man 2 (2010)

Summary: With his identity revealed to the world, Tony Stark faces pressure from both government officials and rival inventor Ivan Vanko.

Why Watch It Fourth: This movie introduces several new characters and sets up important plot points that lead into The Avengers.

5. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Summary: Bruce Banner, on the run from the U.S. government, must find a cure for the monster he turns into whenever he loses his temper.

Why Watch It Fifth: Although this movie is somewhat disconnected from the rest of the MCU, it still features important characters and events that tie into later films.

6. Thor (2011)

Summary: Thor, the god of thunder, is banished to Earth after disobeying his father and must learn to live among humans.

Why Watch It Sixth: This movie introduces several key characters and serves as an introduction to Thor’s story before he joins The Avengers.

7. The Avengers (2012)

Summary: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye team up to stop Loki and an alien invasion.

Why Watch It Seventh: This movie brings together many of the main characters introduced in Phase One and sets up important events that carry over into Phase Two.

Phase Two

8. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Summary: Tony Stark faces a powerful enemy known as The Mandarin while dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder following the events of The Avengers.

Why Watch It Eighth:This movie deals with the aftermath of The Avengers and sets up important plot points for later films in Phase Two.

9. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Summary: Thor must team up with his mischievous brother Loki to stop an ancient race of Dark Elves from plunging the universe into darkness.

Why Watch It Ninth: While not the most popular MCU movie, this film still features important characters and events that tie into later films.

10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Summary: Steve Rogers teams up with Black Widow and new ally Sam Wilson (aka Falcon) to stop a Soviet agent known as The Winter Soldier.

Why Watch It Tenth: This movie sets up important events that carry over into later films and introduces several key characters in the MCU.

11. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Summary: A ragtag group of intergalactic misfits team up to stop a powerful villain from destroying the galaxy.

Why Watch It Eleventh:This movie introduces several new characters and takes place in a different corner of the MCU, but still ties into later films in Phase Two and beyond.

12. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Summary:The Avengers must stop Ultron, a powerful artificial intelligence, from destroying the world.

Why Watch It Twelfth:This movie sets up important events that carry over into later films, including Civil War and Infinity War.

13. Ant-Man (2015)

Summary:A former thief becomes Ant-Man, a hero who can shrink in size but increase in strength.

Why Watch It Thirteenth:While not the most popular MCU movie, this film still features important characters and events that tie into later films, including Civil War and Endgame.

Phase Three

14. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Summary:The Avengers are divided over a government initiative to regulate their activities, leading to an all-out battle between Iron Man and Captain America.

Why Watch It Fourteenth:This movie sets up important events that carry over into later films, including Infinity War and Endgame.

15. Doctor Strange (2016)

Summary:A brilliant surgeon must learn the ways of magic and alternate dimensions to save the world from a powerful villain.

Why Watch It Fifteenth:This movie introduces new concepts and characters to the MCU, including the mystical realm that becomes important in later films.

16. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Summary:The Guardians must unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s father while battling a powerful enemy who seeks to destroy them.

Why Watch It Sixteenth:This movie continues the story of the Guardians from the first film and sets up important events for later films, including Infinity War.

17. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Summary:Peter Parker balances his life as a high school student with his secret identity as Spider-Man, while facing a new villain known as The Vulture.

Why Watch It Seventeenth:This movie introduces Spider-Man into the MCU and sets up important events for later films, including Civil War and Infinity War.

18. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Summary:Thor must team up with his brother Loki and new ally Valkyrie to stop the goddess of death from destroying Asgard.

Why Watch It Eighteenth:This movie takes a more comedic approach to the Thor franchise and sets up important events for later films, including Infinity War.

19. Black Panther (2018)

Summary:T’Challa becomes king of Wakanda but must defend his country from a powerful enemy who seeks to destroy it.

Why Watch It Nineteenth:This movie introduces new characters and concepts to the MCU, including Wakanda and vibranium, which become important in later films.

20. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Summary:The Avengers must team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop Thanos from collecting all six Infinity Stones and wiping out half of all life in the universe.

Why Watch It Twentieth:This movie brings together many of the main characters from previous films in an epic battle against Thanos, setting up the events of Endgame.

21. Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)

Summary:Scott Lang teams up with Hope van Dyne (aka The Wasp) to rescue her mother from the quantum realm while avoiding a powerful villain known as Ghost.

Why Watch It Twenty-First:This movie takes place before Infinity War but is still important for understanding certain plot points and characters in Endgame.

22. Captain Marvel (2019)

Summary:Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

Why Watch It Twenty-Second:This movie takes place in the