How to Watch the Marvel Movies In Order

How to Watch the Marvel Movies In Order

If you plan on catching a Marvel Cinematic Universe marathon in 2021, knowing the order of the movies is essential to your viewing experience. Marvel has been around for over 80 years, and there’s so much to watch! This guide will tell you how to experience all the Marvel movies in chronological and release order. We’ll also get into Disney Plus shows that are worth watching, including Loki, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and WandaVision.

Marvel is finally back with multiple releases this year. The first, Black Widow, was released last month and landed an A- CinemaScore from audiences. Three other films are set to be released before the end of the year: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Marvel’s The Eternals, and Spider-Man: No Way Home. Below is a list of Marvel movies in order with release dates for upcoming Marvel TV and movie projects. This will help you piece to piece together what’s coming to Phase 4 and 5.

Here is How you should watch Marvel movies in order

In order to watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, you will want to make a list of your preferred order. There are two main ways to watch the movies: viewing in chronological order, which starts with “The Avengers” set in the 1940s, or release order which starts with Iron Man in 2008. Marvel Studios has made it clear that they prefer to show the events in the latter order, but it’s interesting and fun to watch the film following the timeline of what happened.

Marvel movies in 2021 are totally up for grabs. It’s possible to watch them in theaters, on streaming services like Netflix, or even on your TV at home. Whatever you pick, it’s sure to be a great time. The MCU is just like a TV series, except with awesome movies instead of TV shows. The movies are really expensive to make and add up to billions of dollars. But it’s worth it! It can take a while to watch the entire MCU, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to try.

How To Watch The Marvel Movies In Chronological Order

Marvel movies are a big part of this decade and the timeline just keeps getting longer. With the addition of Black Widow in 2021, here is a list of how to watch these 24 Marvel movies in chronological order. They start with Captain America’s origin story during World War II and end with Peter Parker’s trip to Italy in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

This is the way to watch the Marvel movies for complete, canonical order. For those who care about what order things happen in, this covers the entire MCU timeline – with the exception of odd post-credits scenes. Also, there’s a section below on when the Disney Plus shows are set relative to the movies, so you can plan accordingly.

Some of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are hard to place. For example, Black Widow, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange all happen at roughly the same time. There is also no consistency in the length of time for each movie. Therefore, they are difficult to lock down on the Marvel timeline. We’ve ranked Black Widow first of this bunch because it’s a clear sequel to the events of the Civil War. It follows Natasha after she’s being hunted down by her enemies, and concludes before the final shot of that movie.

Here are the Marvel movies in chronological order as of 2021

    • Captain America: The First Avenger (during WWII)
    • Captain Marvel (in 1995)
    • Iron Man (in 2010)
    • Iron Man 2 (after Iron Man)
    • The Incredible Hulk (time unspecified, pre-Avengers)
    • Thor (before Avengers)
    • Marvel’s The Avengers (in 2012)
    • Iron Man 3 (after The Avengers)
    • Thor: The Dark World (post-Avengers, pre-Ultron)
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (post-Avengers, pre-Ultron)
    • Guardians of the Galaxy (in 2014)
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (after Guardians)
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron (in 2015)
    • Ant-Man (in 2015)
    • Captain America: Civil War (post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War)
    • Black Widow (right after Civil War)
    • Spider-Man: Homecoming (post-Civil War, pre-Infinity War)
    • Doctor Strange (in 2016)
    • Black Panther (in 2017)
    • Thor: Ragnarok (post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War)
    • Avengers: Infinity War (in 2017)
    • Ant-Man and The Wasp (between Infinity War and Endgame)
    • Avengers: Endgame (starts in 2017, finishes in 2022)
    • Spider-Man: Far From Home (eight months post-Endgame)

Here’s the order of Marvel movies and TV shows you should watch! First, WandaVision takes place just weeks after the events of the Avengers: Endgame movie. Next, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is set six months after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Finally, Loki is technically set after the events of the first Avengers movie, but in another timeline. We recommend watching it after Avengers: Endgame.

    • WandaVision (few weeks after Endgame)
    • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (six months after Endgame)
    • Loki (best watched after Endgame)

How To Watch The Marvel Movies In Release Date Order

Want to watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in release order? This list is for you. It’s the way Marvel Studios intended you to see the story play out, and you’ll get to enjoy how the movies got better with time. This is especially true with Disney’s acquisition; it started pumping up budgets, which allowed Marvel to make bigger, better movies. You might also be interested in the Marvel film’s release dates for Phase 4 and beyond. Accurate as of publication time, they’re listed below.

Phase 1

    • Iron Man (2008)
    • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
    • Iron Man 2 (2010)
    • Thor (2011)
    • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
    • Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)

Phase 2

    • Iron Man 3 (2013)
    • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
    • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
    • Ant-Man (2015)

Phase 3

    • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
    • Doctor Strange (2016)
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
    • 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 (2019)

Phase 4

    • Black Widow (Released)
    • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (September 3, 2021)
    • The Eternals (November 5, 2021)
    • Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17, 2021)
    • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 25, 2022)
    • Thor: Love and Thunder (May 6, 2022)
    • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (July 8, 2022)
    • The Marvels (November 11, 2022)
    • Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania (February 17, 2023)
    • Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023)

The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

    • Blade (TBD)
    • Fantastic Four (TBD)
    • Wakanda series (TV show – TBA)
    • She-Hulk (TV show – TBA)
    • Secret Invasion (TV show – TBA)
    • Moon Knight (TV show – TBA)
    • Hawkeye (TV show – TBA)
    • Armor Wars (TV show – TBA)
    • Ironheart (TV show – TBA)

The Best Marvel Movies

Everyone has their opinion about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Russo Brothers’ Infinity War and Civil War are our personal favorites. But below, we’ve let IMDb users have their opinion. This list ranks all of the Marvel movies based on IMDb user scores. The peoples’ votes provide an interesting perspective on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Cases of uncertainty include Thor: The Dark World and The Incredible Hulk, which isn’t one person’s favorite Marvel film. Ant-Man and the Wasp is definitely worse than Captain America: The First Avenger, but curiously, it’s tied with the last two Avengers films, Endgame and Infinity War, for best movie in the MCU so far.

    • Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – Rating: 8.4
    • Avengers: Endgame (2019) – Rating: 8.4
    • The Avengers (2012) – Rating: 8.0
    • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Rating: 8.0
    • Iron Man (2008) – Rating: 7.9
    • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Rating: 7.9
    • Captain America: Civil War (2016) – Rating: 7.8
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – Rating: 7.7
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – Rating: 7.6
    • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – Rating: 7.5
      Doctor Strange (2016) – Rating: 7.5
    • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – Rating: 7.4
    • Black Panther (2018) – Rating: 7.3
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – Rating: 7.3
    • Ant-Man (2015) – Rating: 7.3
    • Iron Man 3 (2013) – Rating: 7.2
    • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) – Rating: 7.1
    • Thor (2011) – Rating: 7.0
      Iron Man 2 (2010) – Rating: 7.0
    • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – Rating: 6.9
    • Thor: The Dark World (2013) – Rating: 6.9
    • Captain Marvel (2019) – Rating: 6.9
    • The Incredible Hulk (2008) – Rating: 6.7

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