If you’ve decided you want to catch up on – or rewatch – every Marvel movie, now is a good time to start. The biggest movie event in Marvel history – Avengers: Endgame – will be out April 26th, and this summer we’ll see the latest Spider-Man installment kicking off Marvel’s “Phase 4” (more on that at the end of this post).
Read on for the best order to watch all the Marvel movies through 2019.
Note: In my post on the best order to watch the Netflix Marvel shows, I suggest that you can skip Iron Fist and still follow along the other shows just fine. I’ve gotten some flack for that opinion, but I stand by it.
In the list below, I note a couple movies that I think are skip-able. This is my opinion based on how integral these stories are to the overall Marvel Universe.
Best Order to Watch the Marvel Movies
My order below is not exactly how the movies were released chronologically. It’s my own recommendation of watch order to maximize your understanding of the Avengers story.
- Captain America: The First Avenger – This movie essentially introduces the concept of superheroes and takes place decades before any other movie. Watch it first.
- Captain Marvel: Although this movie just came out in 2019, it sits early in the Marvel timeline and I think it’s appropriate to watch it before the rest of the movies. Click here for our spoiler-free movie review!
- Iron Man
- Iron Man 2
- The Incredible Hulk: You could skip this one if you’re short on time. Probably the weakest of all Marvel movies.
- The Avengers
- Iron Man 3
- Thor: The Dark World
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Doctor Strange
- Captain America: Civil War
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Black Panther
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: If you’re short on time, you could skip this movie, too. It doesn’t add a lot to the Avengers story line. It takes place before Avengers: Infinity War, but you should watch it after because the post-credits scene will give away spoilers.
2019 Marvel Movie Release Dates
- Avengers: Endgame: April 26, 2019. Trailers are out, and we’re getting limited information, but this movie is rumored to be three hours long!
- Spider-Man: Far From Home: July 2, 2019. This kicks off Marvel’s Phase 4. According to producer Amy Pascal, this movie “will start a few minutes after Avengers 4 wraps as a story.” (Subscribe to my newsletter and I’ll email you when we know more!)
Moving forward, there are nine Marvel Studios release dates reserved between May 1, 2020 and July 29, 2022. No titles or concepts have been announced, but we hope to see a Black Widow movie, a second installment of Black Panther, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.