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How To Watch All Marvel Movies In Order

Everybody loves Marvel and their movies and there’s no question as to why this is. Other than a couple of anomalies, nearly all their films are simply jaw-dropping and incredibly fun to watch. With over 25 movies in the MCU and more coming, it can be pretty confusing and daunting to figure out what order you should watch all these movies in. That’s where we come in!

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We are here to make the entire MCU timeline easy for you to understand. At a glance, you’ll be able to know what order you should watch the Marvel movies in! We’ll go through a couple of different ways that you can watch these films, including all the Marvel movies in release date order, chronological order, and even which MCU Phase they are a part of. 

How To Watch All Marvel Movies In Order Chronologically

We’ll start off with the Marvel movies in chronological order first. Currently, Marvel has completed 3 phases which ended with Spider-Man: Far From Home. We have now entered the fourth phase, which we will update as movies continue to release. We’ll also be covering the unreleased films. Now, just look right below and you’ll see exactly how to watch all the Marvel movies in order chronologically.

MovieTimeline
Captain America: The First AvengerSet in 1942-1943
Captain MarvelSet in 1995
Iron Man Set in 2010
Iron Man 2Set after Iron Man
The Incredible HulkBefore Avenger/2011
ThorBefore Avengers/2011
The AvengersSet in 2012
Thor: Dark WorldSet after Avengers/before Ultron
Iron Man 3Set six months after The Avengers
Captain America: Winter SoldierSet after Avengers
Guardians of the Galaxy Set in 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Set after Guardians Of The Galaxy 1
Avengers: Age of UltronSet in 2015
Ant-ManSet in 2015
Captain America: Civil WarAfter Ultron/before Infinity War
Black WidowRight After Civil War
Spider-Man: HomecomingSet after Civil War/before Infinity War
Black PantherSet in 2017
Doctor StrangeSet in 2016/But finishes after Black Panther
Thor: RagnarokSet after Ultron/before Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity WarSet in 2017
Ant-Man and The WaspConsensus is around Infinity War/before Endgame
Avengers: EndgameSet in 2017-2022
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSet 8 months after Endgame
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Present Day of MCU/2022
Eternals Present Day of MCU/2022
Spider-Man: No Way Home Present Day of MCU/2022
This table shows all the Marvel movies in chronological order along with when they are set in the MCU.

Next up, we have all the Marvel movies in order by release date and their respective Phases. Below you’ll find how many movies are in each phase, along with the release date for each marvel film.

How To Watch All Marvel Movies In Order Of Release Date

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 1

MoviesRelease Date
Iron Man May 2, 2008
The Incredible Hulk June 13, 2008
Iron Man 2 May 7, 2010
Thor May 2, 2011
Captain America: The First Avenger July 19, 2011
The AvengersMay 4, 2012
This table shows Phase One of the MCU and each movie’s release date.

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2

MoviesRelease Date
Iron Man 3May 3, 2013
Thor: The Dark WorldNovember 8, 2013
Captain America: The Winter SoldierApril 4, 2014
Guardians of the GalaxyAugust 1, 2014
Avengers: Age of UltronMay 1, 2015
Ant-ManJune 29, 2015
This table shows Phase Two of the MCU and each movie’s release date.

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3

MoviesRelease Dates
Captain America: Civil WarMay 6, 2016
Doctor StrangeOctober 20, 2016
Guardians of the Galaxy 2May 15, 2017
Spider-Man: HomecomingJuly 7, 2017
Thor: RagnarokNovember 3, 2017
Black PantherFebruary 16, 2018
Avengers: Infinity WarApril 27, 2018
Ant-Man and the WaspJuly 4, 2018
Captain MarvelMarch 8, 2019
Avengers: EndgameApril 26, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From HomeJuly 2, 2019
This table shows Phase Three of the MCU and each movie’s release date.

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 (Current)

MoviesRelease Dates
Black WidowJuly 9, 2021
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsSeptember 3, 2021
EternalsNovember 5, 2021
Spider-Man No Way HomeDecember 17, 2021
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of MadnessMay 6, 2022
Thor: Love and ThunderJuly 8, 2022
Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverNovember 11, 2022
The MarvelsFebruary 17, 2023
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3May 5, 2023
Ant-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaJuly 28, 2023
Fantastic FourTBA
BladeTBA
This table shows Phase Four of the MCU and each movie’s release date.

Remember, since we are currently in Phase 4 this includes movies that haven’t been released yet. Keep in mind, since they haven’t been released that the time they take place in the MCU is unknown and their release dates may change. (February 19, 2022). Unreleased movies can be part of the fourth phase or possibly even further than that.


Below you’ll find all the Marvel movies in chronological order once again but with their respective trailers, synopsis, and even which streaming platforms have the movies available for you to watch!

1.  Captain America: The First Avenger

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As the world wages war, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wants to fight but knows his lack of size is would render him useless. So when the military comes knocking with an offer to join an experimental program that turns him into a super-soldier, he eagerly accepts. After the transformation is complete, Captain America is born. Along with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), the two heroes prepare to take down the Nazis, who have HYDRA behind them.

2.  Captain Marvel

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Amid an intergalactic conflict between her people and the Skrulls, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who will fight to the very end for what’s right. She finds herself living on Earth during the year 1995. She begins a mutually beneficial relationship with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to uncover what her recurring memories mean and to help harness her powers to help end the war against the Skrulls.

3.  Iron Man

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Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), a genius billionaire, creates weapons for the military overseas. However, when terrorists kidnap him and try to force him to build WMDs, he uses his ingenuity to instead build an armor suit to help him escape. He returns to America and quickly gets to work refining the suit to perfection. He uses his new invention to fight crime and terrorism and ultimately becomes the hero known as Iron Man.

4.  Iron Man 2

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Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is being pressured from all sides to share his advanced technology with the military after revealing he is Iron Man. However, with the risk of this information falling into the wrong hands, he is quick to refuse the military’s demands. As things continue to escalate, a powerful enemy emerges. With the help of Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Rhodes (Don Cheadle), Tony must now find a way to fend off the government and defeat this new enemy.

5.  The Incredible Hulk

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After a mishap leading to a gamma radiation infection, scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) inadvertently turns himself into a green monster known as the Hulk. As he struggles to find a cure, he finds himself cut off from his true love, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler). Already on the run from General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt), things get worse when Banner comes face-to-face with a new threat: the Abomination (Tim Roth), who becomes one of The Hulk’s greatest threats.

6.  Thor

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On the day he is destined to be anointed king, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) fails to measure up because he reacts with violence when Frost Giants, the gods’ foes, invade Asgard and break their peace treaty. Odin banishes Thor to Earth as a consequence of his misdeeds. This leaves Loki (Tom Hiddleston), his nefarious brother, to plan his devious schemes in Asgard alone. Now powerless on Earth, Thor faces his most difficult challenge yet.

7.  The Avengers

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Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) evil brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), has obtained the Tesseract, which holds unlimited energy and power. Planning to concur Earth with it, Loki will stop at nothing till every living thing bows down to him. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) the director of S.H.E.I.L.D. forms a team filled with all the superheroes he can find. It’s now up to Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) to stop Loki before his conquest for Earth succeeds.

8.  Thor: The Dark World

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In ancient times, a wicked race of elves known as the Dark Elves caused nothing but death and destruction everywhere they went. However, the gods of Asgard fought and defeated them long ago. To ensure that the elves would never be a threat again, the gods took their most powerful weapon – the Aether – and buried it away in a secret location known to very few.

Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) discovers the Aether centuries later and involuntarily becomes its host. Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), a Dark Elf, has set his sights on her, forcing Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to transport her to Asgard before he can capture her. If Malekith obtains the Aether, he will obliterate the nine realms, including Earth.

9.  Iron Man 3

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Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), suffering from insomnia and lack of rest, is more dependent than ever on his suit after saving New York City from Loki. The Iron Man persona’s hold on him is getting stronger, and the strain it places on his personal relationship with Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) is apparent. Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), a new adversary, appears during these trying times and destroys Tony’s personal world. If he wants to reclaim what he has lost and preserve those he cares about, he must return to his origins and trust his intuition.

10.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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After the war in New York, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) finds himself living in Washington D.C. trying to settle into the new era. When it’s made known that an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D has been attacked, Steve lands at the forefront of a silent war. Rogers continues to struggle to expose an expanding conspiracy, even with the help of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and a new ally. Issues escalate even more when he and his team run into an unexpected adversary from Roger’s past

11.  Guardians of the Galaxy

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Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) quickly realizes his mistake after stealing an orb from a powerful villain named Ronan (Lee Pace). It isn’t long before finds himself under the constant threat of bounty hunters. Not wanting to die, Peter forms an alliance with Rocket the Raccoon (Bradley Cooper/Sean Gunn), a treelike-humanoid named Groot (Vin Diesel), the gorgeous killer Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). His plans to evade Ronan and sell off the orb go out the window when Peter makes a dangerous discovery about the orb and its true nature. Now, with the unlikely team he has formed, he finds himself having to save the Galaxy.

12.  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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After betraying The Sovereign’s trust, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his fellow Guardians find themselves trying to outrun the armada sent after them. During their massive confrontation, Peter’s heritage is revealed, which ultimately leads the Guardians on a path to save the Galaxy once again.

13.  Avengers: Age of Ultron

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When Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) restarts a dormant peacekeeping initiative, things go horribly wrong, forcing him and the other Avengers to reunite. The fate of the Earth is now at stake as the Avengers begin their battle with Ultron, an artificial intelligence with the sole purpose of annihilating humanity. Along the road, they meet two enigmatic and formidable newcomers: Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen).

14.  Ant-Man

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Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) approaches Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a master thief just released from jail, to help him rescue his company from former protégé Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). After being trained by Pym and arming himself with a suit that possesses unique abilities, Lang becomes Ant-Man. The tiny hero must use his new abilities to stop Cross from acquiring the same technology and using it for the wrong reasons.

15.  Captain America: Civil War

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When the actions of the Avengers result in collateral damage, public pressure rises for a system of accountability to be implemented. The new order deeply divides team members. Captain America (Chris Evans) feels that superheroes should be free to defend humanity without government control. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) strongly disagrees and is in favor of regulation. When the dispute becomes an all-out war, the Avengers are forced to choose sides deepening the rift that splits the group in two.

16.  Black Widow

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As a shadowy conspiracy emerges, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), aka the Black Widow, finds links to her past coming with it. Now forced to confront the secrets of her past life, Natasha must face the damaged relationships it caused, and the consequences of her previous actions. All the while, dark a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down is on her tracks.

17.  Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Following the events of “Civil War,” Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home to his aunt May (Marisa Tomei). Peter, eager to continue playing the superhero role, searches for methods to give back to his community. All the while, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Peter’s mentor, wants him to concentrate on smaller offenses rather than the major dangerous tasks. However, when Peter uncovers a conspiracy that leads to a villain known as the Vulture (Michael Keaton), he can’t stay away. Everything and everyone Peter has cared for is under attack. Now, faced with impossible odds, Peter wants to demonstrate that he is more than a friendly neighborhood Spider-man.

18.  Black Panther

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After his father’s death, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to Wakanda to claim his rightful seat at the throne. However, a formidable opponent emerges from the shadows, claiming he has a right to the throne. After an epic battle between the two, T’Challa is brutally defeated. Lucky to be alive, T’Challa must heal and ready himself for war to save Wakanda from its new vicious king. With little time left, he must find a way to access the Black Panther’s full potential.

19.  Doctor Strange

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After a vehicle accident causes him to lose the use of his hands, Dr. Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) life changes dramatically. All conventional medicine has failed him, leaving him with little hope of returning to a normal life. Strange turns his attention to less traditional forms of medicine to heal himself. His quest for a cure leads him to Kamar-Taj in Nepal, where he’s trained under The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). It isn’t long before he finds himself in the middle of a war, leaving him to choose between his old life or becoming something greater than he could ever imagine.

20.  Thor: Ragnarok

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Trapped on Sakaar, a planet on the other side of the cosmos, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) continues his struggle to find his way off the hellish planet. While there, he discovers he has little time to return to Asgard before Ragnarok – the destruction of his world and the end of the Asgardians. Behind it all, Hela (Cate Blanchett), Thor’s ruthlessly violent sister. She quickly proves to be more powerful than any foe he’s faced before. If he cannot defeat her, the fate of Asgard and its people has been sealed.

21.  Avengers: Infinity War

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