Here Is A Chronological Guide To The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU):

With Disney Plus now streaming in some countries around the world, Avengers: Endgame will be available on Blu-ray everywhere and Phase 4 Marvel movies in order coming, this is the perfect time for a Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU) marathon. Unfortunately, not all MCU movies can be found on Disney Plus, so you’ll still have to look elsewhere to fill in some gaps, but it’s a good start.

Even if you have all the movies, watching them is not necessarily so simple: you can watch movies in chronological order, starting with Captain America: The First Avenger, where Steve fights against the Nazis and the red skull in the 1940s. Alternatively, you can watch Marvel Cinematic Universe films in order of release, starting with the first Iron Man film that was released in theaters in 2008.

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There’s a lot to look at, whether you’re looking at your old DVD and Blu-ray collection or jumping with the Disney Plus streaming service. Since there’s a lot of Disney Plus Marvel TV programs coming up starting since 2020, it’s the ideal time for newbies or comic book fans to refresh their memories.

We will list both orders below, along with an additional list that ranks movies based on the soundtrack of all the non-believers out there who only have time to watch the best Marvel movies in order without being forced to sit through Thor or, worse, Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton. We will also explain which Marvel films you will find on Disney Plus, which you can expect to see in 2020 and which will probably not arrive soon for various reasons.

Marvel films in chronological order:

This is probably the list you came for. This list contains all the Marvel films listed chronologically from The First Avenger to Endgame. The advantage of watching movies in this way is that you will be able to see events as they unfold in the universe. You can keep track of the Tesseract, watch Thor’s journey from hero to zero to hero and the guardian of the galaxy eke closer and closer to the killing of Thanos.

Here is the correct chronological order of display:

  • Captain America: The First Avenger (held during the Second World War)
  • Captain Marvel (held in 1995)
  • Iron Man (takes place in 2010)
  • Iron Man 2 (takes place after Iron Man)
  • The Incredible Hulk (unspecified time, pre-Avengers)
  • Thor (unspecified time, pre-Avengers)
  • The Avengers (held in 2012)
  • Iron Man 3 (takes place six months after The Avengers)
  • Thor: Dark World (post-Avengers, pre-Ultron)
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier (post-Avengers, pre-Ultron)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (sometimes in 2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (after the Guardians)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (takes place in 2015)
  • Ant-Man (takes place in 2015)
  • Captain America: Civil War (post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (Post-Civil War, pre-Infinity War)
  • Doctor Strange (takes place in 2016)
  • Black Panther (takes place in 2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (takes place in 2017)
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp (ambiguous, but fits well between IW and Endgame)
  • Avengers: Endgame (starts in 2017, ends in 2022)
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (post-Endgame)

Marvel Movies In Order By Release Date:

Having said that, if you want to see the films as they were originally distributed in theaters, you should follow this list that starts with the original Iron Man in 2008 and continues up to Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home (which is still in theaters). Watching movies this way means that they will start roughly and only improve over time as the studio puts more money behind the box office giant and takes a fun walk in memory.

Step one:

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

Step two:

  • 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)

Step three:

  • 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)

The fourth phase (dates are subject to change):

  • Black Widow (2020)
  • The Eternals (2020)
  • Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings (2021)
  • Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021)
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2021)

The future of the Marvel film universe:

  • Black Panther II (TBD)
  • Lama (TBD)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (TBD)
  • Untitled film Captain Marvel (TBD)
  • Untitled Fantastic Four film (TBD)

The Marvel films on Disney Plus: from launch to 2020:

Since its launch, these are the Marvel movies you can watch on Disney Plus. Note that you can’t watch The Incredible Hulk because Universal owns the distribution rights in the United States. You can’t even watch the two Tom Holland Spider-Man films because of the rights of those belong to Sony.

Here’s the list:

  • Iron man
  • Thor
  • Iron Man 2
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • The Avengers
  • Iron Man 3
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Avengers: the Ultron era
  • Ant-man
  • Captain America civil war
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Captain Marvel
  • Avengers: Endgame

So by the end of 2019 and 2020, these MCU movies will be added on specific dates:

  • Thor: Ragnarok (December 5, 2019)
  • Black Panther (4 March 2020)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (25 June 2020)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 29, 2020)

Marvel films have ranked from the best to the worst
Finally, if you have no time to waste with the worst Marvel movies, we have also put together a guide to the films ranked from best to worst with the most acclaimed films like Endgame and Guardians of the Galaxy right up to high. (Scores are based on their IMDB rankings.)

Best:

  • Avengers: Endgame (2019) – Score: 9.0
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – Score: 8.5
  • The Avengers (2012) – Score: 8.1
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Score: 8.1
  • Iron Man (2008) – Score: 7.9
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Score: 7.9
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – Score: 7.8
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016) – Score: 7.8
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – Score: 7.7
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – Score: 7.6
  • Doctor Strange (2016) – Score: 7.5
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – Score: 7.5
  • Black Panther (2018) – Score: 7.3
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – Score: 7.3
  • Ant-Man (2015) – Score: 7.3
  • Iron Man 3 (2013) – Score: 7.2
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) – Score: 7.1
  • Captain Marvel (2019) – Score: 7.1
  • Thor (2011) – Score: 7.0
  • Iron Man 2 (2010) – Score: 7.0
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – Score: 6.9
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013) – Score: 6.9
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008) – Score: 6.7

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