How To Watch Marvel Movies In Order Of Release And Timeline?

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Over the last decade, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has seen a huge expansion. The number of movies and TV shows revolving around the MCU is just insane. Being in touch with the universe is easy for people who are following the MCU from the very start by watching Marvel movies in order of release. However, things can get a bit confusing for a beginner.

If someone were to start watching Marvel movies now, then they would probably get frustrated thinking from where they should start. I mean, if you want to watch Marvel movies in order of story, then you have to start with Captain America: The First Avenger. However, if you’re going to watch all Marvel movies in order of release, then you’ve got to begin with 2008’s Iron Man.

I know it’s confusing, but no worries because, in this list, we have mentioned all Marvel movies in every order possible. Also, now with the launch of Disney Plus, you can start the Marvel movies marathon in order right now.

Marvel Movies In Order Of Release

Marvel movies in order of release

Today, when we are very close to stepping into MCU Phase Four, it’s easy for fans to go back and watch all previous Marvel movies in order of timeline. However, nerds like me who followed MCU from the very start had no choice but to watch MCU movies in order of release. And if that’s how you want to start, then here’s the order of Marvel movies as per their release:

S. No MCU Phase One
1 Iron Man (2008)
Tony Stark, a billionaire weapon manufacturer, invents a weaponized suit to fight evil after being held captive in Afghanistan.
2 The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Dr. Bruce Banner struggles to find a cure for his unique disease, which transforms him into a green giant whenever he is under emotional stress.
3 Iron Man 2 (2010)
After revealing that he is the Iron Man, Tony Stark finds that the enemy, including the U.S. government, is after his suit’s technology.
4 Thor (2011)
After being cast out of Asgard, the powerful Norse God, Thor, learns compassion and what it is meant to be a hero.
5 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Steve Rogers, a skinny and short U.S. Army soldier, goes through a scientific experiment to become super-powerful Captain America.
6 Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
Nick Fury, director of S.H.I.E.L.D, brings together a team of remarkable superheroes to bring down Loki.
MCU Phase Two
7 Iron Man 3 (2013)
Tony Stark, looks at his entire world getting destroyed. So, he finds out those who are responsible to bring them to justice.
8 Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Once again, Thor reunites with Jane Foster, to fight against the Dark Elves who want to push the world into darkness.
9 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Steve Rogers join hands with Black Widow to fight a new threat who also came from the past, The Winter Soldier.
10 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Space adventurer, Peter Quill, unknowingly sets on a journey with his new companions to fight Ronan, an evil Kree warlord.
11 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The mighty Marvel heroes once again unite to protect the world from a “peaceful” A.I., which was created by Tony Stark in the first place.
12 Ant-Man (2015)
Scott Lang, a regular thief, turns his life around after finding a powerful suit that could alter his size down to an insect.
MCU Phase Three
13 Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Iron Man and Captain America play at the hands of the enemy by leading the Avengers against each other.
14 Doctor Strange (2016)
After going through a terrible accident, Dr. Stephen Strange goes on a mysterious unknown journey to find a cure, however, he finds so much more.
15 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Peter Quill and the fellow guardians go against someone who holds a deep connection with Quill.
16 Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Young Peter Parker is hell bound on becoming an Avenger, but first, he must learn how to be a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
17 Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Thor finds himself working together with Hulk to stand a chance against all-powerful, Hela, who wants to destroy his home.
18 Black Panther (2018)
After returning to Wakanda, T’Challa must fight against his own blood to take what rightfully belongs to him.
19 Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
The Avengers stand together to fight the most powerful they’ve ever seen, Thanos, a Mad-Titan who wants to save the universe by wiping out half the life.
20 Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Scott Lang, who gave up the Ant-Man suit for the love of his daughter, is once again approached by the same life to fight alongside Wasp.
21 Captain Marvel (2019)
Carol Danvers, returns back to Earth as a Kree warrior to fight off the shapeshifting Skrulls, but in this journey, she also learns about her past.
22 Avengers: Endgame (2019)
The fight with Thanos to save the world continues as the Avengers do everything in their power to bring the Titan to his knees.
23 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Peter Parker’s Europe trip takes an unexpected turn when he finds himself fighting against four elemental creatures that came from another dimension.

MCU Timeline: Marvel Movies In Order Of Story

Marvel movies in order of timeline

When it comes to MCU movies, understanding the timeline isn’t easy. To understand the MCU timeline, the best thing one can do is to watch all Marvel movies in chronological order. That way, you’ll follow the linear storyline and understand everything that’s happening in MCU. So, if you’re on a Marvel movie marathon and want to follow a linear timeline, then here are the MCU movies in order of story:

S. No Marvel Movies Timeline
1 Captain America: The First Avenger During World War 2
2 Captain Marvel 1995
3 Iron Man 2010
4 Iron Man 2 2011
5 The Incredible Hulk 2011 (Along with the events in Iron Man 2 and Thor)
6 Thor 2011(six months before The Avengers)
7 The Avengers 2012
8 Iron Man 3 Six months after The Avengers
9 Thor: Dark World 2013
10 Captain America: Winter Soldier 2014
11 Guardians of the Galaxy 2014
12 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2014
13 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015
14 Ant-Man 2015
15 Captain America: Civil War 2016
16 Spider-Man: Homecoming 2016 (2 months after the Civil War)
17 Doctor Strange 2016-2017
18 Black Panther 2017
19 Thor: Ragnarok 2017
20 Avengers: Infinity War 2017 (Just after the events of Thor: Ragnarok)
21 Ant-Man and The Wasp 2017
22 Avengers: Endgame 2017-2022
23 Spider-Man: Far From Home 2022 (After the events of Avengers: Endgame)

Upcoming Marvel Movies: Marvel Phase 4

Upcoming Marvel Movies Marvel phase 4

If you’re done watching all 23 Marvel Movies, then you must know that they are a lot of Marvel Phase 4 movies that have been already announced. The first one in the upcoming Marvel movies list is Black Widow, which was set to release on May 1, 2020. But, unfortunately, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the release date has been pushed to November 6, 2020.

Here’s the full list of Upcoming Marvel Movies:

S. No Marvel Phase 4 Movies Release Date
1 Black Widow November 6, 2020
2 The Eternals February 12, 2021
3 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings May 7, 2021
4 Untitled third Spider-Man movie July 16, 2021
5 Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness November 5, 2021
6 Thor: Love and Thunder February 18, 2022

Future Marvel Movies

Future Marvel movies

Apart from the already announced Marvel Phase 4 movies, there are other movies as well in the studio’s pipeline. Most of these projects are the sequels of the existing Marvel movies. However, there are some new projects announced by Marvel as well. Here are all the future Marvel movies you could expect to see in the near future:

S. No Future Marvel Movies Release Date
1 Black Panther 2 May 6, 2022
2 Captain Marvel 2 July 8, 2022
3 Ant-Man 3 TBA 2022
4 Blade TBD
5 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 TBD
6 Fantastic Four Movie(Untitled) TBD

Watching Marvel Movies In Order: Should You Watch Every Movie In The List?

Now that you know the order of Marvel movies, then you should also be aware that not every Marvel movie is worth watching. It’s perfectly okay if you skip disasters like The Incredible Hulk (no offence to Hulk fans!). That being said, there are a few Marvel movies, such as Captain America: The Civil War, that you have to watch to follow the MCU storyline.

However, if you’re okay with skipping some worst MCU movies, then you can decide which Marvel movies are worth watching by referring to their IMDb rating.

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Shivam Gulati

Shivam Gulati

Shivam is a blogger who is always fascinated with technology and the amount of knowledge he can gather from the internet. He is trying to nerdify everyone around him with that same knowledge, through his writings. He enjoys gaming in particular, so he tries to keep track of what’s new in the gaming community and write about it. Visit his Gaming Channel IntroGamers on YouTube.
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