Best Order to Watch the Marvel Movies and Series

If you’ve decided to do a Marvel movie marathon, you need to know the best order to watch the Marvel movies and series. It’s important to understand the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and TV shows so you can get the most from the story and avoid spoilers.

I explain below why I think it’s best to watch in chronological order, but I also list the Marvel movies and series in release order at the end of this post. This post covers all the movies and TV shows through Marvel Phase Four.

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Note: If you are looking for information on Netflix’s Marvel series (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Punisher, Iron Fist, and Defenders), I have another post dedicated to the best order to watch the Netflix Marvel shows. These shows are currently available on Disney+ – they are no longer on Netflix.

While these shows take place in the MCU, they are independent story lines and did not originally connect to the main Marvel movies. However, as of late 2021, two characters from these Netflix series are now officially connected to the Marvel movies.

Disney+ has also announced they will be moving forward with a new season of Daredevil, so it’s a good idea to add these shows to your watch list if you want the full background of everything MCU!

What Order to Watch Marvel Movies: Release or Chronological Order?

There are two recommendations for watching the Marvel movies in order: release and chronological. Release order means the order the movies and shows were released in theaters and on Disney+. Chronological order follows the MCU timeline. For example, Captain Marvel was released in 2019, but it takes place in the 1990s and is one of the first movies in the timeline.

I recommend watching the Marvel movies in chronological (timeline) order to maximize your understanding of the Avengers saga. I first wrote down this order in 2018, and now that Disney+ has its own recommendation for how to watch the MCU movies in timeline order, I’m happy to say that they (mostly) agree with me.

HOWEVER. Many readers have pointed out that the post-credits scenes that Marvel typically uses to tease future movies and drop Easter eggs will not be as impactful if you watch the movies in timeline order.

This is a fair point and I agree. But I think watching the movies in timeline order outweighs any issue with the end-credits scenes. You might be a tad confused about some of the scenes, but your overall understanding of the complete Avengers saga will be better.

Best Order to Watch the Marvel Movies and Shows

Captain America

1. Captain America: The First Avenger

Set in the 1940s, this movie sets up the entire Marvel Universe. The story follows Steve Rodgers as he is accepted into an experimental program that turns him into the super-soldier Captain America.

This movie introduces the SSR, a heroic group that later becomes the concept for S.H.I.E.L.D. You’ll also be introduced to HYDRA, a Nazi-backed group that is fought by Captain America and his allies, and the main villain organization throughout the Marvel movies.

And remember, most Marvel movies have an end-credits scene — so stick around for those! They’re important.

Captain Marvel

2. Captain Marvel

This story kicks off a lot of connections to other Marvel movies. Although released in 2019, it is thought of as a Phase One movie and is set in the mid-90s.

Captain Marvel follows an extraterrestrial warrior, Carol Danvers, who is unaware of her true identity at the start of the movie. With the help of Nick Fury, (and his newly assembled group, S.H.I.E.L.D.) she is set to fight off the evil Skrulls while trying to recover the memories of where she came from.

Without giving spoilers, this story introduces the Kree, who later make an appearance in Guardians Of The Galaxy, and features an object that becomes very important to the Marvel Universe later on!

Be wary of this movie’s end-credits scene though, since it may contain slight spoilers to movies ahead such as Infinity War and Endgame.

Iron Man

3. Iron Man

Set in the late 2000s, Iron Man follows Tony Stark, a billionaire genius inventor who must fight off crime and terrorism using his high-tech weaponry and defense inventions.

While Iron Man was the first movie released in the MCU back in 2008, it has much greater significance when watched after Captain America and Captain Marvel. Watching in this order, you will already know who Howard Stark is and find a greater connection with Tony Stark when watching him take his first steps into this universe.

Additionally, you will have a deeper understanding of the final scene when Nick Fury makes an appearance, since you’ll have already seen his plans in Captain Marvel.

Iron Man 2

4. Iron Man 2

In the next Iron Man installment, taking place soon after the first, Tony Stark reveals Iron Man and S.H.I.E.L.D. to the world. This puts tons of pressure on Tony to share his technology, but he is reluctant to do so in fear that it will fall into the wrong hands.

This movie also gives you more information about Nick Fury, Howard Stark, and their legacies.

Incredible Hulk

5. The Incredible Hulk

Occurring during the same time frame as Iron Man 2, this only makes sense to come next in the story. Scientist Bruce Banner struggles to find a cure for whatever has contaminated his cells to turn him into The Hulk.

This movie is mostly an origin story, and does not have a large connection to the rest of the MCU until the end-credits scene, where Tony Stark is hinted at becoming further involved with S.H.I.E.L.D. Honestly, you could skip this movie and not really have missed anything.

It’s also important to note that the actor who plays Bruce Banner in this movie, Edward Norton, was replaced by Mark Ruffalo in all future movies.


6. Thor

Introducing another realm – Asgard! King Odin, who is preparing to turn the throne over to his son Thor, banishes said son to Earth after he makes a careless mistake that caused harm to their realm.

Upon landing in modern-day earth (early 2010s), Thor soon finds himself involved with none other than the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson, and a new hero to be introduced – Hawkeye.

The Avengers

7. The Avengers

This first Avengers movie is an outstanding crossover featuring Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, and newcomer Black Widow.

When villainous Loki becomes a threat, Nick Fury decides to gather the heroes he’s come in contact with and form an all-powerful group to stop him. This movie also explores an object called the Tesseract, which has been hinted about in previous movies and is extremely important in stories to come.

Iron Man 3

8. Iron Man 3

We proceed with our focus on Earth in the third and final installment of Iron Man. This story shows Tony Stark in the aftermath of the Avengers battle, and mentally he isn’t doing so well.

While battling his PTSD, he is forced to find his last bits of strength to fight the Mandarin, who has put Tony and his loved ones in danger. This movie is the start of Marvel’s Phase Two, and although it may seem like it – it is certainly not the end of the story for Tony Stark.

Thor: Dark World

9. Thor: The Dark World

Shifting focus back to other-worldly storylines, this Thor sequel focuses on a battle between the Asgardians and a new enemy. But pay close attention to the brief introduction of the Infinity Stones! It’s fascinating to see how this connects in future movies.

Captain America: Winter Soldier

10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

After the Avengers’ battle, Steve attempts to adjust to the ways of the modern-world. But when an unexpected enemy arises, he must join forces with Black Widow and a new ally, Falcon.

This movie brings a lot of backstory and plot twists to the Captain America story arc, as well as a very interesting hint to future movies within the end credits scene.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

11. Guardians of the Galaxy

Back in outer space and far-away realms, we are introduced to a bunch of misfits that reluctantly form a mutually-beneficial alliance. Guardians of the Galaxy is widely regarded as one of the funniest (behind Thor: Ragnarok), and definitely campiest, of all the Marvel movies.

The Collector, who is seen briefly in Thor: The Dark World, makes a second appearance, giving viewers an increased awareness of the importance of the Infinity Stones. You may also recognize this movie’s main villain from a past film, so keep an eye out for that connection too.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

12. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Set closely after the first installment, this movie follows the Guardians in a standard battle plotline. There aren’t a lot of MCU connections here, but GOTG2 does introduce the characters Nebula and Thanos, who both become extremely important in later movies.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

13. Avengers: Age Of Ultron

We are once again headed back to Earth for the second alliance of the Avengers! When Tony Stark makes a technological error in his programming, the result is a robotic villain named Ultron who is hellbent on the destruction of human life.

Not only must the heroes work together again, but they gain help from newcomers Pietro and Wanda in fighting Ultron. The movie also features another Infinity Stone, further connecting the Earthly and spatial storylines.


14. Ant-Man

Recently released from jail, Scott Lang becomes Ant-Man to stop new villain Yellowjacket from using certain technology for evil purposes. Along the way he meets Falcon in an unfortunate event, but it leads to Ant-Man’s greater connection in the universe from that point on.

Set almost immediately after Age Of Ultron, this movie is the gateway between Marvel’s Phase Two and Three.

Captain America: Civil War

15. Captain America: Civil War

Known as the first movie of Phase Three, this film is action-packed! The team of Avengers are harshly divided over the choice between working with or without the government on their side. Their loyalties divided, our heroes must fight one another before coming to a resolution.

Though there was a lot of division, Civil War also brought together a lot of new characters. Remembering Falcon’s interaction with Ant-Man, he is called to their side of the war – while Tony Stark calls another newcomer, Spider-Man, to his side. On top of this, T’Challa and the Wakandans are introduced, and more of Bucky Barnes’ story is explored.

Black Panther

16. Black Panther

Set only a week after the Avengers’ fight in Civil War, Black Panther is a perfect continuation of the story. T’Challa returns home to Wakanda to take his rightful place as King, but is challenged by a powerful enemy that must be defeated in order to take his place and protect his people.

While most of the other MCU connections do not occur until the end-credits scenes, this is an incredible movie with a fantastic plotline that is critical to the future of the saga.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

17. Spider-Man: Homecoming

The first of the Spider-Man movies from the Marvel franchise takes a fresh approach to the story of Peter Parker that has been told many times already. It takes place after Peter’s fight in Civil War.

He has already discovered his powers, so the movie does not waste any time explaining how he got them. Instead, we are taken on his continuing journey with Tony Stark, and shown how he feels about being just your “friendly-neighborhood Spider-Man.”

Doctor Strange

18. Doctor Strange

Jumping into new territory, we have an almost-ethereal new character who brings the concept of magic, time warping, and the quantum realm into play all within one movie.

This one’s a bit of a wild ride, but it does bring another glimpse of the Infinity Stones, as well as an interesting end-credits scene that brings Doctor Strange together with Thor – a great setup for what’s to come.

Thor: Ragnarok

19. Thor: Ragnarok

With the help of Doctor Strange, Thor locates his dying father Odin and learns that he has a sister that will be freed from her prison upon the time of his death. He and his not-so-trustworthy brother Loki work together to try to defeat Hela with the help of Hulk, an old friend Valkyrie, and the Asgardian people.

While packed with action, this movie is arguably the funniest of all the Marvel movies! And the end-credits scene sets up something big for the final few movies of Phase Three.

Avengers: Infinity War

20. Avengers: Infinity War

By now, you’ll have figured out the significance of the Infinity Stones and just how much these movies have been building toward their importance. In this Avengers film, the team works frantically to collect all six stones before their biggest threat, Thanos, does.

The entire world’s fate rests in the hands of the Avengers, and they’re going to need all the help they can get. The movie features one of the most epic battles, and ends in a massive cliffhanger for the upcoming part two, Endgame.

Ant-Man and The Wasp

21. Ant-Man And The Wasp

I kinda wish this movie hadn’t been made. It’s your standard (and not that great) team-up battle plotline, but the end-credits scene causes a serious dilemma when trying to place it in the MCU timeline.

This movie takes place at the same time as Infinity War. And while I really feel that watching Infinity War and Endgame back-to-back is most powerful, the end-credits scene could be a major spoiler. It’s also important to Endgame to know where Ant-Man is, so I have to place it in this order for maximum effect.

Avengers: Endgame

22. Avengers: Endgame

After Infinity War’s devastating events, the remaining Avengers must find a way to go on. This movie truly ties in everything we’ve been building towards from the beginning of Phase One, and every piece just seems to finally fall into place.

Spider-Man: Far From Home

23. Spider-Man: Far From Home

Following the events of Endgame, Peter is dealing with grief, but just wants a break from his heroic duties to enjoy his school trip to Italy. Unfortunately for him though, Nick Fury needs him for a mission. Amidst his crime-fighting, a new hero, Mysterio, shows up to help.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the official end of Marvel’s Phase Three. Phase Four features all of the Marvel Studios productions released from 2021 through 2022.


24. WandaVision

In this quirky series we follow Wanda after the events of Endgame as she deals with her grief in her own special way. Each 1/2-hour episode is patterned after a classic TV series and it’s fun to try to guess which one in the first few minutes of every episode.

25. Falcon and Winter Soldier

A stark contrast to WandaVision, this series is much darker and grittier. We see both Sam (“The Falcon”) and Bucky (“The Winter Soldier”) coming to terms with the events of Endgame and deciding what their roles in the Avengers look like moving forward.

Tom Hiddleston as Loki

26. Loki

The God of Mischief is up to his tricks once again, but he gets reined in by some unexpected counterparts on his quest to rule the universe.

This is my favorite of the latest three Marvel shows. There is humor, love, redemption, and Tom Hiddleston is just fantastic.

27. Black Widow

Back in 2019, the idea of a Black Widow movie was not at all interesting to me. But I loved this movie. Is it because I was so freaking excited to be in a theater watching a Marvel movie after a two-year drought? Perhaps. But this movie took a character that was more or less fringe in the Marvel universe and made me like her more.

David Harbour stole the show as The Red Guardian – he was fantastic. Black Widow has lots of laughs and tons of action, most of it hand-to-hand combat with the usual Marvel-esque “that could NEVER happen” ridiculousness. But still super fun to watch!

This movie takes place directly after the Captain America: Civil War. Should you watch it in that order? I struggled with that decision. I do feel like I would have gotten more feeling out of Endgame if I saw this movie first. But Black Widow’s end-credits scene would positively ruin Endgame for you.

I recommend keeping this movie right here in its release order, but if you decide to watch it in chronological order (after Civil War), DO NOT watch the end-credits scene! It’s also helpful to have seen Falcon & Winter Soldier for that stinger scene to make sense.

28. What If…?

This animated series on Disney+ explores “what if” pivotal Marvel plots took a different turn. It’s a fantastically fun way to get more Marvel into your life!

Some of the stories that have been imagined include:

  • What if Thor were an only child?
  • What if Captain Carter was the first Avenger?
  • What if T’Challah became a Star Lord?

29. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi, Master of Kung-Fu, is set to fight the Ten Rings terrorist network and villain Mandarin, who was alluded to in a couple Iron Man movies.

This movie was better than I expected it to be. I love Simu Liu, who portrays Shang-Chi, and Awkwafina was entertaining as usual. The story was solid and I’m looking forward to seeing more of Shang-Chi is the MCU.

30. Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Some might argue that Venom is not really a part of the MCU, but it seems after this movie that the plan has been set in motion to incorporate this character.

Watch the post-credit scene for a reveal about the future of Venom!

31. The Eternals

As the world is recovering from the events of Avengers: Endgame, The Eternals reunite to battle the Deviants. The Eternals are a race of immortal beings created by the Celestials (who we’ve seen in Guardians of the Galaxy). They have secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years and have various super powers.

It seems that the Eternals were specifically created to deal with Deviants and were instructed not to intefere with any other human conflict. So the Eternals don’t have many ties to the MCU and it’s unclear where they might fit in in the future. But the post-credits scene gives us a big clue!

32. Hawkeye

This Disney+ series is one of the best of the Marvel Phase 4 offerings. It’s got action, drama, laughs and heart – and some exciting cameos from elsewhere in the Marvel universe!

Hawkeye was intended to be a movie at first, so don’t skip this series. It reveals very important information that you’ll want to know when watching the Marvel movies in order.

33. Spider-Man: No Way Home

I know I just wrote that Hawkeye was one of Marvel’s recent bests, but the latest Spider-Man movie totally blew me away! This brilliant, heartfelt, thrilling movie accomplishes so much in pulling together the MCU and moving it toward the future.

Slight spoiler ahead! There have been TONS of rumors flying on the Internet, so this may not be a spoiler, but click here to skip down if you don’t want ANY sort of clues.

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Both Hawkeye and Spider-Man pull in characters from the Netflix Marvel shows. This is a big clue as to where the MCU is headed in the future and makes it important for you to include these shows in your viewing line-up. I highly recommend watching Daredevil on Netflix before Hawkeye or Spider-Man: No Way Home.

I also recommend a re-watch (or at least a brush up) of the previous two Spider-Man franchises.

34. Morbius

Starring the incomparable Jared Leto, Morbius is in the Venom/Spider-Man universe that is slowly being folded into the MCU via the multiverse. This dark movie does not take place directly in the MCU, but it’s adjacent. Feel free to skip Venom and Morbius, especially for the younger audience.

35. Dr. Strange

Here’s where some Phase Four details come together! Definitely be sure you’ve watched WandaVision before this movie.

36. Moon Knight

This Disney+ series is the first to introduce a completely new Marvel character. So far, every Marvel movie and series has featured at least one reference to another character or event in the MCU (with the exception of the very first movie, Iron Man). 

However, if you are eagle-eyed, you may have noticed some subtle Easter eggs that let you know that you are in the right universe. (Hint: Check out some of the titles in Stephen Grant’s book collection!)

Starring Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke, this show is fantastic on its own!

37. Ms Marvel

Kamila Khan is just your average teen (and MEGA Captail Marvel fan) from Jersey City until a magic bangle passed on from her grandmother enables her to access superhero powers.

Completely opposite from Moon Knight, Ms Marvel is in your face about its place in the MCU. This series is fun, fresh, and so far (3 episodes out at the time of this writing) is doing a great job with back story and world-building.

38. Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor is on a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by Gorr the God Butcher, who seeks the extinction of the gods. Thor teams up with Valkyrie, Korg, and Jane Foster, who now inexplicably wields Mjølnir as the Mighty Thor.

I had high hopes for this movie after Ragnarok, but it ended up being just a little too silly for my taste.

Need to catch up on Thor’s story? Here’s what to watch before Thor: Love and Thunder.

39. She-Hulk

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law follows the day to day life of Jennifer Walters, a single, 30-something attorney. When an accident involving her cousin – Bruce Banner, the Hulk – turns Jennifer into a Hulk, she has to learn how to navigate her new powers while keeping her life as normal as possible.

This light-hearted comedy is quirky and fun and an easy watch for all ages.

40. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye, and the Dora Milaje fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. It was a hard task to live up to the original Black Panther movie and continue the story in the wake of actor Chadwick Boseman’s untimely death, but this movie succeeds beautifully on all counts.

And that’s the end of Marvel Phase Four!

Where to Stream All the Marvel Movies and Shows

All the Marvel movies and shows are available for streaming on Disney+ except for those still in theaters and The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. These last three movies are not fully owned by Marvel/Disney.

The Incredible Hulk (which, honestly, you can skip and really not miss a beat) is owned by Universal Pictures and is available for rent on YouTube, Vudu, Google Play, and Amazon Prime.

The Spider-Man movies are owned by Sony and are available on Starz or for rent on YouTube, Vudu, Google Play, and Amazon Prime.

Marvel Movies and Shows in Release Date Order

If you are a purist and want to watch the Marvel content in the exact order they were released, here is the list:

  • Iron Man (2008)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • The Avengers (2012)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • WandaVision (2021)
  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (2021)
  • Loki (2021)
  • Black Widow (2021)
  • What If…? (2021)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)
  • The Eternals (2021)
  • Hawkeye (2021)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
  • Morbius (2022)
  • Moon Knight (2022)
  • Ms Marvel (2022)
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
  • She-Hulk (2022)
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

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This post was originally published November 24, 2018 and was last updated January 4, 2023.

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70 thoughts on “Best Order to Watch the Marvel Movies and Series”

  1. madison tsotigh

    Thor Ragnarok should be watched right before Infinity War, also because of the post-credits scene

    1. Bigg Truck Driver

      Shouldn’t Guardians Vol 2 come just before Ragnarok because of the end credits.

  2. Tarik Thibault

    After # 13, Ant-Man, the order should be Captain America: civil war, Black Panther, then Doctor Strange, then Spiderman, then Thor ragnarok, then ant-man and the wasp, then infinity wars.
    Doing is this way brings Ant man to the MCU where he references the Avengers, noting their recent feats in age of ultron where hank pym, sais “the avengers drop cities. Then civil war to pick up where ant man left off in the end credits with Black Falcon and Captain helping bucky barnes. then introduce Black panther as we heard about wakanda in avengers assemble, and Age of ultron where they used stolen vibranium to make visions body. Next we go to find out what Stark has been up to and find that he’s made a suit for spiderman, who just appeared in civil war, so he gets his movie now. Then we get to doctor strange, who gets a phone call while driving about fixing the spine of a colonel injured in a fight. which happens in civil war, so it has to come before hand. At the end we see strange and thor talking about finking odin, so we watch ragnarok next, then ant man and the wasp despite the end credits. because a teaser makes more sense then an entire movie where ant man is just not around for no apparent reason. then infinity wars.

    1. I don’t think you’ve watched Ant-Man and the wasp. If we watched Avengers: Infinity War after Ant-Man and the wasp then the last scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp would’ve made NO sense at all. The last scene is directly related to Avengers: Infinity War. So you need to watch Avengers: Infinity War first and then watch Ant-Man and the Wasp.

    2. Ant man and the wasps end credits scene is needed information if you want to watch end game. It also introduces the wasp which is useful in the MCU

  3. You should not skip Ant Man & The Wasp! He provides a much needed laugh after all the death and destruction of Infinity War. He brings hope back to the Marvel Universe.

    1. Hannah Donner

      Yeah, Ant Man and The Wasp is actually kinda crucial if you think about it?? End Game literally wouldn’t have happened if Ant Man didn’t come back and suggest the quantum realm theory and time travel. So yes, you absolutely have to watch that one. And honestly it doesn’t matter if you watch Infinity War or that one first because technically in the marvel timeline, they happen at the same time.

  4. I have visited this post soooo many times! Thanks for the list. We are trying to catch up before Captain Marvel comes out. Almost there!

      1. This is what happens when you give anyone the internet…. you lost me when you said the Incredible Hulk was the weakest of the Marvel movies. AntMan and the Wasp was great too.

  5. Bud, it gave a reference of dr strange in the winter soldier and they would only know of him after he became a sorcerer. So dr strange is befor winter soldier, also Thor rah moral is right before infinity war

      1. They mention dr strange as if the avengers know who he is already… why would they know of him if he’s still just a surgeon albeit a brilliant one? If not he would have said “A” doctor strange…. not simply “doctor strange”…

    1. The other Spider-Man movies were not part of the MCU. Only the latest Spider-Man. So the others don’t relate to the timeline or the Avengers universe.

        1. Helpful person

          I would place Venom right before Thor: Ragnarok if you wanted to watch it. Venom takes place sometime in 2018 before Infinity War, but you NEED to watch Ragnarok before Infinity War. It’s basically an Infinity War prequel. Tom Holland will appear in future Sony Venomverse movies, so I’m suspecting it will be a connected universe. You don’t really have to watch Venom, as it’s not in the MCU officially, but I would recommend it. It helps set up future Sony movies that will have Tom Holland Spider-Man. Unless it’s a different Spider-Man costume or personality, or contradicts current MCU events, like if Venom 2 is set in 2020 and Spider-Man is in it, but currently dead and staying dead for another 3 years before Endgame.

    2. Molly schmidt

      They’re not part of the MCU plot. Marvel also makes separate movies, like X-Men and the original Spider-Man movies. I wouldn’t waste your time watching those, though. Everyone knows Tom Holland’s the best Spider-Man. ?

  6. So I’m just curious why iron man 2 is listed before avengers 1.
    Isn’t the majority of the film about him of coming his ptsd from the alien invasion?

    1. Yeah, I retract my previous comment, a friend told me I was thinking of the wrong movie.?
      There’s just to many of them!

  7. Shan Mahmood

    Assuming you’ve seen Avengers Infinity War, I’d think Captain Marvel should be watched after Captain America. It follows the possession of the tesseract from Howard Stark to Mar Vell

    1. Interesting point, Shan. Purely by timeline, this would be true. But I feel like the experience of the movie would be totally different. We wouldn’t already have a connection with Fury or Colson. We wouldn’t understand the role Ronan plays. We wouldn’t even know how important the tesseract is. It’s kinda like with the Star Wars movies… if you watch them in order – I, II, III, IV, V, VI – that amazing moment of the reveal of Vader being Luke’s father is totally ruined.

      1. Exactly! I can appreciate everyone’s opinion, but rookie watchers always think they know is best for everyone because of how a new media affects them! If you are a comic book buff, they way you feel about the shows is definitely different! I hate when people want to push their way of interacting with a media on someone else… Let people make up their own mind. Also, watching the movies in this order totally doesn’t project the evolution of Marvel Studios techniques.

  8. Hey thanks for the list and for the updates from other readers! My Sons & I are going to watch all of these (again) in order.

    1. Joab – that has yet to be determined in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The X-Men are integrated into lots of Marvel stories in the comics, but so far have not been connected in the movies. That will hopefully be coming in the next few years! Might be fun to see Avengers vs. X-Men movie, like they did in the comics!

      1. Shannon in the series The End appears jean grey and professor X, hopefully to be part of the next 9 movies. Unfortunately no silver surfer, no lady death , o galactus and no celestials

  9. Im thinking watch this after Iron Man if you disregard the post credit scene for this movie. Iron Man introduces the current Fury (so we have his backstory already established with CM), Avengers Initiative introduced in CM, and Coulson. We know H. Stark retrieves the tesseract already, and now there’s a line from him to Mar’ Vell with this movie with Pegasus project (which T. Stark pulls files from a Pegasus Project box in IM 2). We don’t need to know who Ronan the Accuser is for this movie because when you get to GoTG you will be re-introduced and it will make more sense what his general problem is (I’m mean, did anyone really know what his motivations really were until you see how the Cree are manipulated and led down a path of zealotry in CM). No we know where Fury gets his idea of the AI plan CM fills in a lot of unknowns from past movies.

  10. I take that back, I think Shan is right. Watch this after Captain America 1st Avenger. You would definitely understand the importance of the tesseract because of Hydras use of it, now you will know that it does more than just power weapons. You don’t need a connection with Fury because he doesn’t show up until the post credit scene for Iron Man (which would be the next movie) and Coulson only had a few moments on screen with CM as a rookie. If you watch Iron Man next, you see him a more seasoned agent telling Tony Stark “this isn’t our first rodeo”…and through CM, we get a better understanding about how deep he understands the rabbit hole really goes. I don’t think you will lose a thing with character development or attachment if you place CM between Cap. America 1st Avenger and Iron Man. But the post credit scene will have to be discarded, but really most post credit scenes in this MCU phase are to get you excited about the next movie…not to tie up loose ends. Just watch this post credit scene just before Endgame starts and it allllll works out….and makes more sense.

  11. Captain Marvel should be watched after Captain American due to the timeline & also because Of Korath. He’s alive in this movie & you see his beginning. He dies in Guardians of the Galaxy. So watching Captain Marvel last doesn’t make much sense.

  12. Michael Parliament

    How is Dr. Strange so far after Captain America: Winter Soldier? During Winter Soldier, in a scene where they are on a roof, they literally reference “Dr. Stephen Strange” as people who they are trying to eradicate because they are a threat.

  13. Sooooooo after GotG 2 they referenced making a perfect being and calling him Adam…. is this in reference to Adam Warlock because in the comics he was one of the main factors in defeating Thanos

  14. I try to watch without the end credit scene cause sometimes they arent in the right place but Hulk should be either before or during Iron Man 2 since IN Iron Man 2 there is a news cast about the fight that happened in the “park” between Hulk and Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth)

    1. Where does the 1st Hulk movie from 2003 fit in? It appears to be a prequel to the Hulk in MCU.

    2. Albert Wilson

      Xmen were with fox and now Disney owns fox they are back at Disney. Xmen never with Sony

  15. North South

    Decent arrangement. But, seriously, you think “Ant-Man And The Wasp” is the second weakest, and suggest skipping it? It was funny. Funnier than either “Guardian” movie. The story line was solid. The pacing was good. The effects were excellent. The acting was perfect for this kind of movie. Nothing confusing happened. It’s actually one of the most succinct Marvel movies to date. AND, one need not watch ANY other Marvel movie in order to feel they haven’t missed something (because most of movies on this list have leave the viewer wondering about something, which can only be answered by watching THE correct movie, or two, or three, or all). So, what’s ya beef?

  16. Where does the 1st Hulk movie from 2003 fit in? It appears to be a prequel to the Hulk in MCU.

  17. This person is right! The movies in this order flow together so well! I appreciate this! I had never watched a Marvel movie and needed to know when to start and this really helped me out! Thanks!

  18. this is how I like to watch them
    1. Iron Man
    2. Iron Man 2
    3. The Incredible Hulk
    4. Thor
    5. Captain America the first avenger(opens in present day so movie is a big flash back)
    6. The Avengers
    7. Iron Man 3
    8. Thor the dark world
    9. Guardians of the galaxy
    10. Guardians of the galaxy vol. 2
    11. Captain America the Winter Soldier
    12. Avengers Age of Ultron
    13. Ant Man
    14. Captain America Civil war
    15. Black Panther
    16. Spider-man homecoming
    17. Doctor Strange
    18. Thor ragnarok
    19. Avengers infinity war
    20. Captain Marvel (good flash back movie after IW post credits)
    21. Ant-man and the wasp
    22. Avengers Endgame
    23. Spider-man far from home

    1. Completely agree with this order. Can’t watch Cap first because beginning and end take place before Avengers. Captain Marvel to watch 2nd would ruin so many things especially with the end credit scene. Plus would be terrible to learn about Fury eye injury that soon considering the mystery and build up from the long run of the MCU is what helps make that scene land in CM. Watching chronologically makes the end credit scenes useless and confusing. The end credit scenes are extremely important and give us huge information that drive the whole story of the MCU and literally gives us a blueprint.

  19. Brian L Henry

    The extra scenes in the credits make no sense if you watch them chronologically. In Captain Marvel alone you see the Infinity War remaining cast after the purge. If you’ve never seen any of the movies you’d be like “wait, why are 3.5 billion people dead and who the hell are all these people?” So, at the very least, Captain Marvel should go much, much later as a flashback origin story…

  20. Albert Wilson

    Hmm, interesting

    You have Captain America first because you say it’s set in 1940s.

    If you apply this theory to Black Widow then it’s set when she was little.

    I think the Captain America The first avenger is set after Captain Marvel because in CA he is found in the ice and then the movie looks back and at the end of the movie Nick Fury invites him to part of the Avengers which is named after Captain Marvel call sign.

    So I think technically it should start with
    Captain Carter
    Captain Marvel
    Captain America.

    Also in relation to your comment
    “12/18/21 update: Two characters from these Netflix series are now officially connected to the Marvel movies and series!”
    You just add those two characters you have to add them all so that would mean all of The Defenders.

    I know most don’t agree with me and that’s ok. I think what rules you apply to one show(movie or series) should be applied to all.

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