How to watch Marvel movies in order
Are you a Marvel fan looking to watch all the movies in the right order? Or are you just getting into superhero movies and want to know where to start? As you might have guessed, Marvel’s movies are usually in order and they usualy continue a story fro their last movie.
Their movies are usually connected in one way or the other. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Here’s our guide on how to watch all the Marvel movies in order for 2023.
Marvel Studios has been creating some of the most iconic movies and shows in history. From the first installment of Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011, to the latest Black Panther blockbuster, Marvel has consistently provided us with entertaining and visually stunning films. Consequently, it’s no surprise that many fans are looking for a comprehensive list of Marvel movies and shows in chronological order. Here, we’ve compiled a list of movies and shows from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) that spans from the 1940s to the present day.
Marvel’s movies in Order
1. Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man set the stage for the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film follows Tony Stark as he transitions from billionaire playboy to superhero. Robert Downey Jr. took on the role and made it his own, creating an iconic character that fans have grown to love over the years. Iron Man also introduced us to Pepper Potts, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, and James Rhodes, played by Don Cheadle. Iron Man is a must-watch for any Marvel fan and sets the stage for the epic journey ahead.
2. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The Incredible Hulk is another installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It stars Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, a scientist who is exposed to gamma radiation and transformed into a raging green monster when he gets angry. The movie follows Bruce as he tries to control his anger and prevent himself from becoming the Hulk. Along the way, he encounters the military who wants to use him for their own purposes and a dangerous villain named Emil Blonsky, played by Tim Roth. The Incredible Hulk was released in 2008 and is a great addition to the MCU.
3. Iron Man 2 (2010)
Following the success of Iron Man, Iron Man 2 was released in 2011. This movie follows Tony Stark as he faces off against a new enemy, the mysterious Ivan Vanko, who is out for revenge. The movie also introduces some of the other heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as Black Widow and War Machine. Iron Man 2 is a great sequel to the original film and is essential viewing for any Marvel fan.
4. Thor (2011)
Thor is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount, the film stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, the powerful but arrogant god of Asgard who is cast out of his home and sent to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth). Here, he soon becomes one of their finest defenders as he learns what it takes to be a true hero.
The film also stars Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins and Kat Dennings, and was released in theaters on May 6th 2011. It has since grossed over $268 million worldwide and has been praised for its complex action-adventure plot and its engaging characters. The film was directed by Kenneth Branagh and was rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence.
5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
If you are a Marvel fan, and you want to watch all the movies in order, then you should start with Captain America: The First Avenger. It was released in 1942 and is set during World War II. The story follows Steve Rogers, a weak man who volunteers to become a super soldier and fight for the Allied forces. The movie shows how Captain America became an icon of heroism and justice and is a must-watch for any Marvel fan. After this movie, you can move on to Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk and The Avengers.
6. The Avengers (2012)
The Avengers, released in 2012, is a culmination of Marvel’s Phase 1 of the MCU. Directed by Joss Whedon, the movie follows the Avengers team as they come together to battle Loki and his army of Chitauri. The movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner in the lead roles. The Avengers was a huge success at the box office and received praises from both critics and fans alike. It set up the events for future movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
7. Iron Man 3 (2013)
Iron Man 3 was released in 2013 and it continues the story of Tony Stark as he deals with the aftermath of the events in The Avengers. In this movie, a terrorist called Mandarin launches a series of attacks against Stark and his allies, forcing Stark to use his own ingenuity to stop him. As usual, there are plenty of action-packed scenes, as well as some surprises that make this movie a must-see for Marvel fans. Additionally, Iron Man 3 features some of the best visual effects seen in any Marvel film.
8. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Thor: The Dark World continues the story of Thor and his struggles with the dark elves, led by Malekith. In this film, Thor is forced to ally with his brother Loki in order to save Asgard and the Nine Realms from destruction. The movie features some intense battles and plenty of action, as well as a few twists that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. It also features several exciting cameos from other Marvel characters, including Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America. Thor: The Dark World is a must-see for any Marvel fan, and it’s definitely worth watching in order this 2023.
9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
If you’re looking to watch the Marvel movies in order, then Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the next film in the timeline. The movie is set two years after the events of The Avengers and follows Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), as he adjusts to life in the modern world. He soon discovers that a new enemy, called the Winter Soldier, is out to destroy him and his allies.
With help from Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Captain America must fight his way through the enemy forces and save the world from destruction. This action-packed movie features exciting fight scenes, thrilling car chases, and incredible special effects.
10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy, released in 2014, follows the misadventures of Peter Quill after he steals an Orb from Ronan the Accuser. With the help of a band of misfits, Peter must protect the Orb from Ronan and the Kree Empire. This movie is filled with exciting action sequences and light-hearted moments that make it an enjoyable watch. It is great for viewers of all ages and is sure to leave you wanting more. This movie is a great watch if you are looking for a fun and exciting adventure story.
11. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron is the eleventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was released in 2015 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, and many more. The movie follows Tony Stark as he and his team of Avengers attempt to stop Ultron from destroying the world. With a star-studded cast and stunning special effects, Avengers:
Age of Ultron is a must-watch for any Marvel fan. The movie also introduces several new characters to the MCU, including Vision and Scarlet Witch, who will go on to become major players in the Infinity War saga. So if you’re looking for an action-packed movie full of intense fight scenes and memorable characters, this is the one for you!
12. Ant-Man (2015)
Ant-Man is another installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and follows the story of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), an expert thief recruited by Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to become the superhero Ant-Man. The film is an action-packed adventure with a great cast and lots of humor, and it’s a must-see for any fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ant-Man was released in 2015 and has since become a fan favorite, leading to the sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018.
13. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a series of movies that have been released since 2008, starting with Iron Man. After the success of Iron Man, more movies were released, starting with The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 in 2011. From there on out, the MCU has grown and grown to become one of the most successful franchises in history. This includes Captain America:
The First Avenger and The Avengers in 2012, Iron Man 3 in 2013, Thor: The Dark World in 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. Following this is Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015, Ant-Man in 2015, Captain America: Civil War in 2016 and Doctor Strange in 2016. These are just some of the movies that make up the MCU and if you want to watch them all in order, it is essential you start with Captain America: Civil War.
14. Doctor Strange (2016)
The Doctor Strange movie was released in 2016 and follows the story of neurosurgeon Stephen Strange, who discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions after a horrific car accident. The movie was a massive success and launched a whole new area of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness which is a sequel was released in 2022, with Benedict Cumberbatch reprising his role as Doctor Strange. Fans were not disappointed with what multiverse of madness offered as well.
15. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the team is back and they’re on a mission to uncover the truth behind Peter Quill’s true parentage. They’ll have to battle a new villain, Ego the Living Planet, as well as a number of other threats in order to protect the universe. The movie also features some of the best special effects of any Marvel movie. It’s a must see for any Marvel fan and it fits perfectly into the chronological viewing order of Marvel movies.
16. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Spider-Man: Homecoming is the latest addition to the Marvel movie lineup, released in 2017 and featuring a teenage Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he navigates the pressures of high school and life as a superhero. Spider-Man’s journey is made even more difficult by his nemesis, The Vulture (Michael Keaton), who is determined to make life miserable for the young hero. Spider-Man: Homecoming is an action-packed movie with a strong focus on teenage relationships and themes of responsibility, making it a great addition to the Marvel movie collection.
17. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor. The film, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, is a sequel to Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013). In the movie, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and must race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, a cataclysmic event that could end all of Asgardian civilization.
The film was written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost, and was released in theaters on November 3, 2017. It was a smashing success, amassing a whopping $854 million at the global box office. Thor: Ragnarok is an entertaining and action-packed movie that explores our fathers, our leaders, and the flaws they cannot correct.
18. Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther is an iconic movie series based on the Marvel Universe, featuring the fictional character T’Challa. After the death of his father, King T’Challa of Wakanda, young T’Challa returns to his home to take up the mantle of king. He must lead his people through a new and uncertain future, with the help of his loyal allies; Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye and the Dora Milaje. The fight to protect their kingdom from intervening world powers is a difficult task, but with the help of Nakia and Everett Ross, they strive to embrace this new chapter.
Fans of Black Panther can look forward to watching ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ streaming on Disney Plus from February 2021. The movie stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira and many more talented actors. Reviews for Black Panther have been overwhelmingly positive, with many praising its visuals, sound design and narrative. As a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, the creative team behind the movie have released a beautiful bust of King T’Challa with hands posed in the iconic Wakanda Forever salute.
19. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It follows the Avengers and their allies as they attempt to protect the world from the Mad Titan Thanos, who is on a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones. Directed by the Russo brothers, Avengers: Infinity War marks the culmination of a 10 year journey for Marvel Studios, as it brings together characters from all corners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The film features an unprecedented cast of superheroes, including Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Loki and many more. However, no character is safe, as the film’s premonition of finality suggests. With its spectacular action, effects, histrionics and more, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War is sure to provide an unforgettable cinematic experience.
20. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Ant-Man and the Wasp is an action-packed Marvel movie featuring the characters Scott Lang (Ant-Man) and Hope Van Dyne (The Wasp). The film follows the two superheroes as they embark on an adventure to uncover secrets from their past while exploring the Quantum Realm. Hank Pym presents them with an urgent new mission, pushing them to their limits.
This February, fans of the franchise can enter the Quantum Realm and watch the brand-new trailer for Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, a movie that kicks off phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania will be released on February 17, 2023. Real heroes, not actual size!
21. Captain Marvel (2019)
Captain Marvel is an iconic superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first appearing in the 2019 film of the same name. Played by Brie Larson, Carol Danvers became the first female-led superhero movie in the MCU, and her character has since been featured in other Avengers prequel films. Set in the 1990s, the movie follows Danvers’ journey to becoming one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. She was chosen to be a champion for good by the Kree, a race of aliens, and is known as the world’s mightiest mortal due to her magic origins. Parents should know that Captain Marvel provides a positive role model for young viewers, and is a great source of inspiration for young girls.
22. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Avengers: Endgame is the epic conclusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Infinity Saga. It follows the remaining Avengers—Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, and Bruce Banner—as they attempt to bring back their fallen allies to take on the evil demigod Thanos, who decimated the planet and the Avengers. This thrilling, entertaining, and emotionally impactful film was directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, and released on April 26, 2019. It features an all-star cast, including Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, and many more. While this movie is a great finale to a decade of blockbuster filmmaking from thousands of people, parents should be aware that it contains lots of violence and intense scenes.
23. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Spider-Man: Far From Home is a 2019 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Nick Fury shows up in Peter’s hotel room, recruiting him for a mission to help Mysterio and stop four massive elemental creatures from wreaking havoc across the continent. With the world in danger, Peter dons the Spider-Man suit and embarks on an action-packed journey to save the day. Spider-Man: Far From Home is available to watch now on Blu-Ray, DVD, and streaming services.
24. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021)
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was a hit in 2022 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film will see Doctor Strange joining forces with a mysterious teenage girl from his dreams, who can travel through multiple universes, to battle multiple threats. This includes other-universe versions of himself, which threaten to wipe out millions across the multiverse.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was rated PG-13 and has a runtime of 2h 6min, with a release date of May 6, 2021. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe can look forward to an exciting journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange and his mystical allies!
25. Black Panther: Wakanda forever (2022)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is continuing to grow with the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is set to close out Phase 4 of the MCU. This blockbuster follows the highly successful Black Panther (2018) which featured T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba).
Wakanda Forever will be the 25th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Marvel already has a long list of movies coming up. Fans of the superhero genre are sure to be in for a treat as they follow their favorite characters into a new era of adventures.
26. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set to be the first film of Phase Five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and will introduce Kang the Conqueror. This powerful villain is expected to provide a thrilling challenge for Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man and Jonathan Majors’ Cassie Lang. The trailer released by Marvel Studios hints that Kang the Conqueror will be an intimidating foe, as he attempts to take control of the Quantum Realm, which is set to be explored in the film. Fans are eager to see how Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd, will fare against this formidable villain, and whether he will be able to save the universe from Kang’s tyranny. This movie is set to be released in February 2023.