Marvel Movies in Order

How to Watch the Marvel Movies in Order Chronologically

Diving into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) may seem daunting, but watching the Marvel movies in order provides a coherent and thrilling journey through an interconnected narrative landscape. The MCU is meticulously crafted, with each film contributing to a larger tapestry that spans numerous phases and introduces a plethora of characters. Whether you’re a newcomer eager to start from the very beginning or a long-time fan looking to reexperience the saga, knowing the chronological sequence enhances your understanding of character developments and overarching plotlines.

To fully appreciate the complexity and nuances of the MCU, it’s beneficial to watch the films in the order of their in-universe events. This approach allows you to see the evolution of key elements from their origins and witness the progression of story arcs as they naturally unfold. Your immersion in the Marvel Universe is heightened when you follow the timeline from the early days of Captain America in World War II up through the universe-altering events of Avengers: Endgame and beyond.

Moreover, with the ever-expanding Marvel library, keeping track of the sequence can be challenging, particularly with the introduction of new characters and series on platforms like Disney+. Fortunately, there are resources available that can guide you through the Marvel movies in order. Understanding this order will ensure that your viewing experience is both comprehensive and enjoyable, exactly as the creators of this epic superhero universe intended.


All Marvel Movies in order

The Infinity Saga: Phase One (2008-2012)

  • Iron Man (May 02, 2008)
  • The Incredible Hulk (June 13, 2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (May 07, 2010)
  • Thor (May 02, 2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (July 19, 2011)
  • Marvel’s The Avengers (May 04, 2012)

Phase Two (2013-2015)

  • Iron Man 3 (May 03, 2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (November 08, 2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 04, 2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (August 01, 2014)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 01, 2015)
  • Ant-Man (July 17, 2015)

Phase Three (2016-2019)

  • Captain America: Civil War (May 06, 2016)
  • Doctor Strange (November 04, 2016)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 05, 2017)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 07, 2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (November 03, 2017)
  • Black Panther (February 16, 2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (April 27, 2018)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 06, 2018)
  • Captain Marvel (March 08, 2019)
  • Avengers: Endgame (April 26, 2019)
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 02, 2019)

The Multiverse Saga: Phase Four (2021-2022)

  • Black Widow (July 09, 2021)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (September 03, 2021)
  • Eternals (November 05, 2021)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17, 2021)
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 06, 2021)
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (July 08, 2022)
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (November 11, 2022)

Phase Five (2023-2024)

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (February 17, 2023)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 05, 2023)
  • The Marvels (November 10, 2023)
  • Deadpool & Wolverine (July 26, 2024)

Phase Six (2025-2027)

  • Captain America: New World Order (February 14, 2025)
  • Thunderbolts (May 02, 2025)
  • Fantastic Four (July 25, 2025)
  • Blade (November 07, 2025)
  • Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (May 01, 2026)
  • Avengers: Secret Wars (May 07, 2027)

The Infinity Saga: Phase One (2008-2012)

The Infinity Saga’s Phase One marked the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), introducing you to key characters and setting the stage for an interconnected film universe.

Iron Man (May 02, 2008)

Iron Man

Iron Man,” released on May 02, 2008, is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Directed by Jon Favreau, the film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, a wealthy industrialist and genius inventor who creates a powered exoskeleton and becomes a technologically advanced superhero.

The cast also includes Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Stark’s personal assistant; Terrence Howard as James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Stark’s friend in the military; and Jeff Bridges as the antagonist Obadiah Stane.

The film was a critical and box office success, praised for its action sequences and Downey’s performance. It launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and was followed by two sequels, “Iron Man 2” (2010) and “Iron Man 3” (2013).

IMDb Rating 7.9/10

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The Incredible Hulk (June 13, 2008)

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk,” released on June 13, 2008, is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Hulk. It’s the second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and was directed by Louis Leterrier.

The film stars Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/Hulk, a scientist on the run who seeks a cure for the condition that turns him into a giant green creature when he becomes angry.

The cast includes Liv Tyler as Betty Ross, Bruce’s love interest; Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/Abomination, a soldier who transforms into a creature similar to Hulk; and William Hurt as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, Betty’s father and Bruce’s adversary.

The film explores themes of identity and control, as Banner struggles with his alter ego. It was met with mixed reviews but was notable for its action sequences and visual effects.

IMDb Rating 6.6/10

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Iron Man 2 (May 07, 2010)

Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2,” released on May 7, 2010, is the sequel to 2008’s “Iron Man” and the third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by Jon Favreau, the film sees Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man, with the story following Stark as he faces pressure from the government, the press, and the public to share his technology while combating new enemies.

The cast includes Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes (who dons the War Machine armor), Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Mickey Rourke as the villain Ivan Vanko/Whiplash, and Sam Rockwell as rival industrialist Justin Hammer.

The film explores themes of legacy and identity, and despite receiving mixed reviews for its plot, it was praised for the performances of its cast and its action sequences.

IMDb Rating 6.9/10

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Thor (May 02, 2011)

Thor

Thor,” released on May 2, 2011, is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and is the fourth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, the Norse god of thunder who is banished to Earth from Asgard. While on Earth, he develops a relationship with scientist Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman.

The cast also includes Tom Hiddleston as Thor’s brother Loki, Anthony Hopkins as their father Odin, and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig. The film follows Thor’s journey of redemption and his battle against his brother’s machinations.

“Thor” was well-received for its production values and performances, particularly Hemsworth’s, and it successfully blends elements of Norse mythology with the superhero genre.

IMDb Rating 7.0/10

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Captain America: The First Avenger (July 19, 2011)

Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger,” released on July 19, 2011, is a superhero film set during World War II, based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America. It is the fifth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Directed by Joe Johnston, the film stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, a frail young man who is enhanced to the peak of human perfection by an experimental serum to aid the United States government’s efforts in the war.

The cast includes Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, Tommy Lee Jones as Colonel Chester Phillips, Hugo Weaving as the villain Red Skull, and Stanley Tucci as Dr. Abraham Erskine.

The film focuses on Rogers’ transformation into Captain America and his battle against the Red Skull’s terrorist organization, HYDRA. It was praised for its period setting, action sequences, and Evans’ performance.

IMDb Rating 6.9/10

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Marvel’s The Avengers (May 04, 2012)

Marvel’s The Avengers

Marvel’s The Avengers,” released on May 4, 2012, is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the sixth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and was directed by Joss Whedon.

The ensemble cast includes Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye.

Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as the villain Loki. The film unites the superheroes to save Earth from Loki and his alien army. “The Avengers” was acclaimed for its direction, screenplay, and the chemistry among the cast members. It was a massive box office hit and became a cultural phenomenon, setting the stage for the future of the MCU.

IMDb Rating 8.0/10

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Phase Two (2013-2015)

Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) continued to expand the franchise with new installments directly building on the stories of your favorite superheroes. This era introduced new characters and set the stage for later events that shape the MCU.

Iron Man 3 (May 03, 2013)

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3,” released on May 3, 2013, is the seventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the third installment in the Iron Man series. Directed by Shane Black, the film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, who faces a new enemy called the Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley.

The cast also includes Gwyneth Paltrow returning as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/Iron Patriot, and Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian. The film deals with Stark’s PTSD following the events of “The Avengers” and his struggle to protect those he cares about.

“Iron Man 3” was praised for its action sequences and Downey’s performance, and it addressed themes of terrorism and identity. It was a commercial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of the year.

IMDb Rating 7.1/10

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Thor: The Dark World (November 08, 2013)

Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World,” released on November 8, 2013, is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor and is the eighth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Directed by Alan Taylor, the film stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, who battles to save the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy, the Dark Elves, led by Malekith, played by Christopher Eccleston.

Natalie Portman returns as Jane Foster, Thor’s love interest, alongside Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Erik Selvig.

The film explores the dynamic between Thor and Loki, and Thor’s efforts to prevent the universe from falling into darkness. Despite mixed reviews, particularly for its narrative, the film was praised for its visual effects and performances, especially Hiddleston’s portrayal of Loki.

IMDb Rating 6.8/10

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 04, 2014)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” released on April 4, 2014, is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America and is the ninth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, who uncovers a conspiracy within the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. while facing a mysterious assassin known as the Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Stan.

The cast includes Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and Anthony Mackie in his debut as Sam Wilson/Falcon.

The film is known for its political thriller tone and was praised for its action sequences, character development, and storyline. It marked a significant tonal shift for the MCU and was both a critical and commercial success.

IMDb Rating 7.7/10

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Guardians of the Galaxy (August 01, 2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy,” released on August 1, 2014, is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name and is the tenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Directed by James Gunn, the film features an ensemble cast including Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, and Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket.

The story follows a group of intergalactic misfits who band together to stop a fanatical warrior, Ronan the Accuser, played by Lee Pace, from obtaining a powerful artifact that could destroy the galaxy.

The film was lauded for its humor, visual effects, and soundtrack, and it became a surprise hit, endearing these lesser-known characters to a wide audience.

IMDb Rating 8.0/10

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 01, 2015)

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron,” released on May 1, 2015, is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers and is the eleventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Directed by Joss Whedon, the film’s ensemble cast includes Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye.

James Spader voices the villainous Ultron, an artificial intelligence created by Stark and Banner that goes rogue. The film follows the Avengers as they fight to prevent Ultron from enacting his genocidal plan. Despite receiving mixed reviews for its pacing and narrative, the film was praised for its action sequences and visual effects.

IMDb Rating 7.3/10

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Ant-Man (July 17, 2015)

Ant-Man

Ant-Man,” released on July 17, 2015, is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics characters Scott Lang and Hank Pym and is the twelfth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Directed by Peyton Reed, the film stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, a thief who acquires a suit that allows him to shrink in size but increase in strength. Michael Douglas plays the original Ant-Man, Dr. Hank Pym, who mentors Lang.

The cast also includes Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Corey Stoll as the antagonist Darren Cross/Yellowjacket, and Michael Peña as Luis. The film focuses on Lang’s heist to prevent Cross from misusing the Ant-Man technology.

“Ant-Man” was praised for its lighter tone, humor, and the performances of the cast, particularly Rudd and Peña. It was a box office success and received positive reviews for its creativity and innovation within the superhero genre.

IMDb Rating 7.2/10

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Phase Three (2016-2019)

Marvel’s Phase Three is a pivotal collection of superhero films that expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It highlights the escalation of conflicts and culminates in the universe-altering events of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Captain America: Civil War (May 06, 2016)

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War,” released on May 6, 2016, is a superhero film that is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and serves as the sequel to “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film features a conflict between two factions of Avengers, one led by Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and the other by Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).

The disagreement is over the regulation of superhero activities. The ensemble cast includes Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, and introduces Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther and Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

The film was praised for its action sequences and depth of character, exploring themes of friendship, responsibility, and the consequences of power.

IMDb Rating 7.8/10

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Doctor Strange (November 04, 2016)

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange,” released on November 4, 2016, is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and is the fourteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, a brilliant neurosurgeon who, after a career-ending car accident, discovers a hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

The cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer, Benedict Wong as Wong, Mads Mikkelsen as the antagonist Kaecilius, and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One.

The film is known for its stunning visuals and introduces the concept of the multiverse to the MCU. It was praised for its imaginative visual effects, Cumberbatch’s performance, and its fresh take on the superhero genre.

IMDb Rating 7.5/10

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 05, 2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” released on May 5, 2017, is the sequel to “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the fifteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by James Gunn, the film continues the adventures of the Guardians as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s (played by Chris Pratt) parentage.

The returning cast includes Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as the voice of Baby Groot, and Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket. Michael Rooker has a significant role as Yondu, and Kurt Russell joins the cast as Ego, Quill’s father.

The film explores themes of family and identity, while maintaining the humor and vibrant visual style of the first movie. It received praise for its character development, special effects, and soundtrack.

IMDb Rating 7.6/10

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 07, 2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming,” released on July 7, 2017, is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man and is the sixteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Directed by Jon Watts, the film stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, a high school student balancing his life while under the tutelage of Tony Stark/Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr. The cast also includes Michael Keaton as the villain Adrian Toomes/Vulture, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Zendaya as Michelle Jones, and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May.

The film follows Peter as he tries to prove himself to Stark and stop Toomes from selling weapons made from alien technology. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was praised for its light-hearted tone, Holland’s performance, and its integration into the broader MCU, offering a fresh take on the character without retelling his origin story.

IMDb Rating 7.4/10

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Thor: Ragnarok (November 03, 2017)

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok,” released on November 3, 2017, is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor and is the seventeenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Directed by Taika Waititi, the film stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, who finds himself imprisoned on the other side of the universe and must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela, played by Cate Blanchett.

The cast also includes Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster. “Thor: Ragnarok” is known for its humor, vibrant visuals, and a departure from the previous Thor films’ tone. It was critically acclaimed for revitalizing the franchise with its unique style and Waititi’s direction.

IMDb Rating 7.9/10

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Black Panther (February 16, 2018)

Black Panther

Black Panther,” released on February 16, 2018, is a groundbreaking superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and is the eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film features Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, who returns home to the technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as king. The cast includes Michael B. Jordan as the antagonist Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, and Letitia Wright as Shuri.

“Black Panther” was celebrated for its cultural significance, representation, and exploration of themes such as identity and heritage. It was a major box office success and received widespread acclaim for its direction, performances, costume design, production values, and soundtrack.

IMDb Rating 7.3/10

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Avengers: Infinity War (April 27, 2018)

Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War,” released on April 27, 2018, is a pivotal film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and serves as a culmination of a decade-long build-up of interconnected stories.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film assembles an ensemble cast of characters from across the MCU. Key cast members include Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, and Josh Brolin as the antagonist Thanos.

The plot follows the Avengers and their allies as they strive to stop Thanos from amassing the all-powerful Infinity Stones and inflicting his twisted will on the universe. The film was noted for its ambitious scope, visual effects, emotional weight, and shocking ending. It received critical acclaim and achieved significant box office success.

IMDb Rating 8.4/10

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Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 06, 2018)

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp,” released on July 6, 2018, is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics characters Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne/Wasp. It is the twentieth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and a sequel to 2015’s “Ant-Man.”

Directed by Peyton Reed, the film stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne/Wasp, marking the first time a female superhero is featured in the title of an MCU film. The cast also includes Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, and Michael Peña as Luis.

The story follows Lang and van Dyne as they embark on a mission to rescue Janet from the quantum realm while facing new threats. The film was praised for its humor, light-heartedness, and inventive action sequences.

IMDb Rating 7.0/10

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Captain Marvel (March 08, 2019)

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel,” released on March 8, 2019, is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. It is the twenty-first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the first to feature a solo female superhero lead.

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the film stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, a former U.S. Air Force pilot who becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. The cast includes Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg, and Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence.

Set in the 1990s, the film is a prequel to the previous MCU films and follows Danvers as she uncovers the truth about her past while battling the Skrulls. “Captain Marvel” was praised for its performances, particularly Larson’s, and its nostalgic 90s setting.

IMDb Rating 6.8/10

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Avengers: Endgame (April 26, 2019)

Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame,” released on April 26, 2019, is a superhero film and a direct sequel to “Avengers: Infinity War.” It is the twenty-second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye.

The plot follows the surviving members of the Avengers and their allies as they attempt to reverse the damage caused by Thanos in “Infinity War.” The film explores themes of loss, sacrifice, and heroism, culminating in an epic battle to save the universe. “Avengers: Endgame” received critical acclaim for its direction, acting, visual effects, and emotional depth, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time at the time of its release.

IMDb Rating 8.4/10

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Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 02, 2019)

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home,” released on July 2, 2019, is the sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and the twenty-third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by Jon Watts, the film stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, who goes on a school trip to Europe only to face new threats in a world that has changed after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.”

The cast includes Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck/Mysterio, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. The film deals with themes of responsibility and illusion, as Parker grapples with the legacy of Tony Stark and the expectations placed on him as a superhero. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” was well-received for its action sequences, humor, and Holland’s performance.

IMDb Rating 7.4/10

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The Multiverse Saga: Phase Four (2021-2022)

The culmination of Marvel’s Phase Four introduces fresh heroes and ventures deeper into the complexities of the Multiverse, shaping the narrative for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You’ll witness a series of films that not only usher in a new era of characters but also extend the stories of familiar ones.

Black Widow (July 09, 2021)

Black Widow

Black Widow,” released on July 9, 2021, is a superhero film centered on the Marvel Comics character Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by Cate Shortland, the film stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff in a story that delves into her past and the events that transpired between “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”

The cast includes Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, a sister-figure to Romanoff, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff. The film explores themes of family, redemption, and confronting one’s history.

“Black Widow” was praised for its action sequences and the performances of its lead actors, particularly Johansson and Pugh. It served as the long-awaited solo film for the character and provided deeper insight into her backstory within the MCU.

IMDb Rating 6.7/10

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (September 03, 2021)

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” released on September 3, 2021, is a superhero film based on Marvel Comics’ character Shang-Chi. It is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and was directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.

The film stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront his past when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. The cast includes Tony Leung as Wenwu/The Mandarin, Awkwafina as Katy, Meng’er Zhang as Xu Xialing, Fala Chen as Jiang Li, and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan.

“Shang-Chi” is notable for its representation of Asian culture, its martial arts action sequences, and for introducing the first Asian lead character in an MCU film. The movie was well-received for its fresh take on the superhero genre, character development, and visual effects.

IMDb Rating 7.4/10

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Eternals (November 05, 2021)

Eternals

Eternals,” released on November 5, 2021, is a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film that introduces a new team of ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Directed by Chloé Zhao, the film explores the aftermath of “Avengers: Endgame” as the Eternals are forced to reunite against the emerging threat of the Deviants.

The ensemble cast includes Gemma Chan as Sersi, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Angelina Jolie as Thena, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Barry Keoghan as Druig, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, and Salma Hayek as Ajak. The film delves into themes of immortality, purpose, and humanity’s place in the cosmos. “Eternals” was noted for its diverse cast and ambitious narrative scope.

IMDb Rating 6.3/10

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Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17, 2021)

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home,” released on December 17, 2021, is a superhero film that continues the adventures of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Directed by Jon Watts, the film follows Parker as he seeks the help of Doctor Strange to restore his secret identity, leading to the opening of the multiverse and the arrival of villains from alternate realities.

The cast includes Zendaya as MJ, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, with appearances by villains from previous Spider-Man film series, including Jamie Foxx as Electro, Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, and Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus.

The film explores themes of identity, responsibility, and the consequences of tampering with reality. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” was praised for its storytelling, action sequences, and its handling of multiple characters across different Spider-Man film franchises.

IMDb Rating 8.2/10

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 06, 2021)

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” released on May 6, 2022, is a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film that delves into the mind-bending possibilities of the multiverse. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film follows Dr. Stephen Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, as he navigates alternate realities to confront a mysterious new adversary.

The cast includes Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Benedict Wong as Wong, and introduces Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez. The film is a sequel to “Doctor Strange” (2016) and ties into events from “WandaVision” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

It is known for its horror elements, visual effects, and exploration of darker themes within the MCU. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” was well-received for its creative direction and performances, particularly Cumberbatch’s and Olsen’s.

IMDb Rating 6.9/10

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Thor: Love and Thunder (July 08, 2022)

Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder,” released on July 8, 2022, is the fourth Thor movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), directed by Taika Waititi. The film stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, with a storyline involving the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, who takes up the mantle of the Mighty Thor.

Tessa Thompson returns as Valkyrie, and Christian Bale joins the cast as the villain Gorr the God Butcher. The narrative follows Thor on a quest for inner peace, which is disrupted by Gorr’s mission to eliminate all gods. The film continues the unique blend of humor and action seen in “Thor: Ragnarok,” while also exploring themes of love and identity.

“Thor: Love and Thunder” was noted for its visual style, comedic elements, and performances, especially Portman’s return to the franchise and Bale’s portrayal of the antagonist.

IMDb Rating 6.2/10

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (November 11, 2022)

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” released on November 11, 2022, is the sequel to the acclaimed “Black Panther” (2018) and is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film addresses the passing of Chadwick Boseman, who played the original Black Panther, T’Challa.

The story follows the people of Wakanda as they navigate their grief and the threat of new adversaries. The cast includes Letitia Wright as Shuri, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Winston Duke as M’Baku, and Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda.

The film introduces Tenoch Huerta as Namor, the ruler of an underwater kingdom. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is known for its emotional depth, cultural impact, and for honoring Boseman’s legacy, while also exploring themes of leadership and resilience.

IMDb Rating 6.7/10

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Phase Five (2023-2024)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands its horizons in Phase Five with a lineup of anticipated movies. You’ll see both familiar faces and new heroes stepping into the spotlight between 2023 and 2024.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (February 17, 2023)

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” released on February 17, 2023, is the third installment in the “Ant-Man” series within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by Peyton Reed, the film continues the story of Scott Lang/Ant-Man, played by Paul Rudd, and Hope Van Dyne/The Wasp, portrayed by Evangeline Lilly.

The cast also includes Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, and introduces Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang. Jonathan Majors plays the antagonist, Kang the Conqueror. The narrative delves into the Quantum Realm, offering a mix of adventure, humor, and science fiction elements.

The movie explores the dynamics of family and legacy, set against the backdrop of the uncharted microverse that impacts the broader MCU. “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” sets the stage for future MCU stories involving the multiverse and its consequences.

IMDb Rating 6.1/10

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 05, 2023)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” released on May 5, 2023, is the third entry in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” series within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by James Gunn, the film sees the return of the beloved band of intergalactic misfits.

The main cast includes Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Karen Gillan as Nebula, and Pom Klementieff as Mantis. Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel reprise their roles as the voices of Rocket Raccoon and Groot, respectively.

The movie delves into the characters’ backstories, particularly Rocket’s, and introduces new characters, such as Adam Warlock, played by Will Poulter. The film is known for its humor, heart, and vibrant visual style, continuing the tone set by its predecessors while providing deeper character development and closure to the trilogy.

IMDb Rating 7.9/10

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The Marvels (November 10, 2023)

The Marvels

The Marvels,” released on November 10, 2023, is a superhero film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It serves as a sequel to both “Captain Marvel” (2019) and the Disney+ series “Ms. Marvel.”

Directed by Nia DaCosta, the film stars Brie Larson reprising her role as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, characters with intertwining destinies and powers. Samuel L. Jackson also returns as Nick Fury, and Zawe Ashton is cast in a villainous role.

The film’s plot details are largely kept under wraps but are expected to explore the cosmic and interconnected aspects of these characters’ adventures. “The Marvels” aims to build upon the themes of female empowerment and identity established in the previous films and series.

IMDb Rating 5.5/10

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Deadpool & Wolverine (July 26, 2024)

Deadpool & Wolverine

“Deadpool & Wolverine,” set to release on July 26, 2024, is an anticipated addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), directed by Shawn Levy. The film brings together two of Marvel’s most iconic characters, with Ryan Reynolds returning as the irreverent mercenary Deadpool and Hugh Jackman coming out of superhero retirement to reprise his role as the adamantium-clawed Wolverine.

The storyline is expected to explore the dynamics between the two characters, known for their contrasting personalities and styles. Emma Corrin and Morena Baccarin are also part of the cast, with Baccarin returning as Vanessa from the previous Deadpool films.

The movie promises to offer a mix of action, comedy, and the unique brand of meta-humor that Deadpool is known for. “Deadpool & Wolverine” is not a continuation of the standalone Deadpool series but a fresh team-up within the MCU framework.

Phase Six (2025-2027)

The culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s sprawling saga continues in Phase Six, showcasing epic storylines and introducing new chapters from beloved characters. From 2025 to 2027, you will witness the unfolding of several highly anticipated films, starting with the revival of Blade, followed by a new portrayal of the Fantastic Four, and culminating with back-to-back Avengers titles that promise to redefine the superhero genre.

Captain America: New World Order (February 14, 2025)

Captain America: New World Order

“Captain America: New World Order,” scheduled for release on February 14, 2025, is a forthcoming film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by Julius Onah, the film stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, now taking up the mantle of Captain America following the events of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” series.

The cast includes Carl Lumbly as Isaiah Bradley, Danny Ramirez as Joaquin Torres, and Tim Blake Nelson, reprising his role as Samuel Sterns from “The Incredible Hulk.” The film is expected to continue exploring the legacy of the Captain America title and the impact of a new hero assuming the shield. “Captain America: New World Order” is part of Phase 5 of the MCU and is anticipated to tackle political and social themes, much like its Disney+ series predecessor.

Thunderbolts (May 02, 2025)

Thunderbolts

“Thunderbolts,” slated for release on May 2, 2025, is an upcoming film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by Jake Schreier, the movie features an ensemble cast of anti-heroes and reformed villains from various MCU properties.

The lineup includes Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, and Wyatt Russell as John Walker/U.S. Agent.

The film’s plot is expected to center around this ragtag group of characters, often compared to the Suicide Squad from DC Comics, undertaking a mission that requires their unique skill sets and moral flexibility. “Thunderbolts” will delve into the darker corners of the MCU, highlighting the complexities of its morally ambiguous characters.

Fantastic Four (July 25, 2025)

Fantastic Four

“Fantastic Four,” set to be released on July 25, 2025, marks the introduction of Marvel’s first family into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by Matt Shakman, the film presents a fresh take on the iconic superhero team.

The cast includes Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Vanessa Kirby as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Joseph Quinn as Johnny Storm/Human Torch, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ben Grimm/The Thing.

This iteration of the Fantastic Four is highly anticipated by fans eager to see how these characters will be integrated into the broader MCU. The movie is expected to explore the origin of the team and their encounter with cosmic rays that grant them their unique powers, setting the foundation for their adventures and interactions with other MCU characters.

Blade (November 07, 2025)

Blade

“Blade,” scheduled for release on November 7, 2025, is a highly anticipated reboot of the vampire hunter franchise within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by Yann Demange, the film stars Mahershala Ali in the titular role of Blade, a half-vampire, half-mortal man who becomes a protector of the mortal race while slaying evil vampires.

The cast also includes Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre in undisclosed roles. “Blade” has experienced several creative changes, including shifts in directors and screenwriters, but it promises to bring a darker and grittier edge to the MCU with its horror-action genre blend. The film aims to explore the complex character of Blade, focusing on his vampiric heritage and his relentless quest against the undead.

Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (May 01, 2026)

Avengers: The Kang Dynasty

“Avengers: The Kang Dynasty,” set for release on May 1, 2026, is a pivotal installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. The film will feature an ensemble cast of MCU heroes facing off against Kang the Conqueror, a time-traveling supervillain portrayed by Jonathan Majors, who was first introduced in the Disney+ series “Loki.”

While the full cast has not been confirmed, it is rumored to include key Avengers members and potentially new characters. “The Kang Dynasty” title suggests a focus on the complex and multifaceted villain Kang and the impact of his actions on the timeline and the universe. This movie is expected to be a significant chapter in the MCU’s multiverse saga, setting the stage for epic battles and narrative developments.

Avengers: Secret Wars (May 07, 2027)

Avengers: Secret Wars

“Avengers: Secret Wars,” scheduled for release on May 7, 2027, is a landmark film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), expected to be a culmination of the multiverse saga.

While the director has not been confirmed, the film boasts a star-studded cast, including Benedict Wong as Wong, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Captain America, Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel, Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, and Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams/Ironheart.

The plot is anticipated to draw inspiration from the iconic “Secret Wars” comic book storyline, which involves a cosmic battle with numerous Marvel heroes and villains brought together to fight on a distant planet known as Battleworld. This movie is poised to be a pivotal event, reshaping the MCU’s future.

Conclusion

Marvel’s cinematic journey offers an expansive universe you can traverse in either release or chronological order. With a plethora of films spanning multiple phases, it’s crucial to watch them in sequence for a coherent understanding of the overarching narrative.

Your adventure through the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) will be enriched by understanding the progression of these interconnected stories. Whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned Marvel enthusiast, keeping track of the evolution of the MCU is essential for the full experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the chronological order of Marvel movies and series?

The chronological order of Marvel movies begins with “Iron Man” set during WWII, and extends through the latest releases. This order rearranges the films and series based on the timeline within the universe, not the release dates.

How should I watch the Marvel movies to understand the storyline?

To grasp the overarching narrative, you should watch the Marvel movies in the order of their release. Starting with “Iron Man” and proceeding through the phases ensures you witness the character development and plot progression as intended by the filmmakers.

Which Marvel movies should I watch before seeing the latest Avengers installment?

Prior to viewing the latest Avengers film, it’s important to watch key Marvel movies including the preceding Avengers movies, character introductions like “Doctor Strange” and “Captain Marvel,” and crucial ensemble films such as “Captain America: Civil War.”

Can you provide a list of all Marvel movies by their release dates?

A list of all Marvel movies organized by their release dates can assist you in watching the MCU as it unfolded historically, starting with “Iron Man” from 2008. This approach offers insight into the evolution of the cinematic universe over time.

What is the best viewing order for the Marvel Cinematic Universe films?

The best viewing order for the MCU films depends on your preference: release order for the narrative’s development, or chronological order to follow the internal timeline. Both sequences offer a comprehensive understanding of the MCU.

Are there any upcoming Marvel movies that continue the current storyline?

Yes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is continuously expanding, with movies like “Blade,” “Deadpool 3,” and future Avengers films perpetuating the storyline. These upcoming releases will thread new narratives into the existing tapestry of the MCU.

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