the world ofmarvel cinematic universeIt was inspiring to say the least. For years, comic book characters have appeared in their own movies, but outside of trilogies, they've never connected to an impressively connected universe. That all changed with the MCU and the first movie that came out in this world wasIron Man.
There are currently 20 movies in the MCU, all of which are interconnected and center around the superhero team The Avengers. However, watching the movies in the order they were released is just one way to enjoy them. If you want to see them in the order they appeared chronologically in-universe, you've come to the right place.
Here's a look at them all connectedAvengers movies in chronological order.
Last updated November 27, 2019 to reflect the latest additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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CAPTAIN AMERICA THE FIRST AVENGER
Although it was the fifth film produced by the MCU,Captain America the first avengerin fact, it was the first chronologically. This is obviously because this is an origin story andCap came to power in World War II.
The film's ending, with Captain America waking up in the present, comes before the next few films on this list. However, as the title suggests, Cap was the first Avenger.
The first film released by the MCU wasIron Manand this is where it really started. At that time there were no known superheroes, so Iron Man was also the first superhero on Earth for the new generation.
At the end of the movie, Nick Fury approached Stark and asked if he wanted to be a part of the Avengers Initiative. As a side note, whencaptain miraclefirst, replaceIron Manas the second Avengers movie in chronological order and we hope to explain why no one knows who she is.
IRON MAN 2
Iron man 2It was the third film in the MCU, but it actually took place before the events ofThe incredible Hulk, the second film released by Marvel. What puts this movie in the first place is the fact that the Hulk's rampage is shown on TV during this movie.
There's also the fact that Tony Stark appears in the credits to talk to General Ross.The incredible Hulk, placing it directly before this film, based on the events inIron man 2.
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THE INCREDIBLE HULK
TempoThe incredible Hulkwas previously publishedIron man 2, the post-credits scene in this movie shows it ends after Tony Stark has finally officially joined S.H.I.E.L.D.
This is also the oddest movie in the series, as it's the only time Ed Norton plays the Hulk and no one other than General Ross reappears. The post-credits scene also plays with the idea of General Ross ascending to the position he holds.captain america civil war.
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Thorcaused things to return to normal in the timeline, although many of the film's events took place around the same time as those in the film.Iron man 2jincredible colossus. This has everything to do with Mjolnir.
Thor started the movie with Mjolnir, but lost it whenangered Odin and was banished to Earth. in the wake ofIron man 2, Agent Coulson finds Mjolnir. Then Thor retrieves it and saves the world in this movie, and the three end up lining up to direct the first Avengers movie as a team.
For the momentThe AvengersRolled, all were introduced. Black Widow was thereIron man 2, Hawkeye had an appearanceThorand the other four had their own solo films.
That was the big movie that everything was built on. It ended with the Avengers saving the world and that ended Phase 1 of the MCU.
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IRON MAN 3
Iron Man 3happens six months laterThe Avengers. The film follows the events of that film with Tony Stark dealing with PTSD based on nearly dying in the alien invasion and being shocked that aliens exist.
This is also the story that endsIron ManTrilogy. While Iron Man would return for more films, this was the end of his traditional hero's story.
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THOR: THE DARK WORLD
Thor: The Dark Worldimprisoned the God of Thunder in Asgard and his brother for their actionsThe Avengers. The time frame here is a year after this movie, so six months later.Iron Man 3.
The post-credits scene here shows Sif and Volstagg taking the Aether to the Collector, who places it before the events ofGuardians of the Galaxy.
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Occurs two years laterThe Avengersand a year laterThor: The Dark Worldbrought Captain America back to the MCU and created a spy movie that remains one of his best films to date.
Captain America: The Winter Soldiertakes place in 2014 and introduces new heroes in Falcon and the Winter Soldier, who was obviously a villain at the time.
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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Next isGuardians of the Galaxy. This film was difficult to categorize as it takes place outside of Earth and kicks off the cosmic Marvel universe. However, there are indications when this is the case.
The main clue is that Peter Quill was stolen from Earth in 1988. The movie takes place 26 years later, which means that it takes place in 2014, the same year as then.Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. two
Now this is where it gets a little confusing.Guardians of the Galaxy Bd. twotakes place in phase 3 of the MCU and there were four films between the first and second releases of this franchise. However, this movie was actually next in the Avengers chronology.
According to James Gunn,Guardians of the Galaxy Bd. twooccursjust three months after the first movie, which explains why Groot is still a baby.
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
Avengers: Age of Ultroncomes next and unites all the heroes for another gigantic battle. The film begins with the team attacking the base of the castle seen in the credits.Wintersoldatand introduces Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who were also in that post-credits scene.
This would also be the last film in the Avengers chronology where they all work together as a cohesive team. that was too muchNick Fury's Last AppearanceFor a long time.
TempoThe Avengersit was the last phase 1 movie, after that there was another phase 2 movieAvengers: Age of Ultron. For whatever reason, the MCU was disqualifiedant Manas the last film of phase 2 instead of the first film of phase 3, which made little sense.
This movie takes place a few months afterAvengers: Age of Ultronand saw Ant-Man go to his base and face Falcon. HimFlashbacks com Hank Pymtakes place in the 80's, come backcaptain miracle.
CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR
Next iscaptain america civil war. The timing for this is easy, as Falcon brings in Ant-Man to help Iron Man fight the heroes who refused to sign the treaties. This means that it occurs afterant Man.
Spider-Man also appears to help Iron Man, which was the wall-crawler's first introduction in the MCU. It officially takes place one year after the events ofage of ultron, which plays a role in drafting the agreements.
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the events ofBlack Pantherbegin almost immediately after the events ofCaptain America Civil War,ever since T'Challa came home after his father's death in that movie to take over Rey. Although it was released five films later, it still took place before three of them.
There's a little wiggle room here on how long the trip to South Korea took, but the coronation ceremony couldn't have taken months to plan, so it definitely happened sooner.Spider-Man: Homecoming.
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SPIDER-MAN: BACK HOME
Spider-Man: Homecominghappens a few months latercaptain america civil war. One of the teachers mentions thisCaptain America is a war criminal, people keep seeing footage of the battles all over the internet, and Spider-Man is more than ready to become a member of the Avengers.
The film furthers and brings back the relationship between Peter Parker and Tony Stark that began in that previous film.Iron ManHappy Hogan character.
Well, the placement ofstrange doctorit's not so clear. Here's a look at the basic timeline. Tony Stark began work on the Sokovia Accords the same month that Stephen Strange was in a car accident. Four months later, Strange traveled to Nepal and began training while Spider-Man fought the Vulture.
Come to think of it, Doctor Strange's story began at the same time ascivil warbut he became a hero only laterSpider-Man: Homecoming.
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Then Doctor Strange is visited by Thor in his post-credits sceneThor: Ragnarökclearly takes place after this movie. The rough estimate is that this will happen in the summer of 2017 and will bring together two of the Avengers in Hulk and Thor.
It also ends with the post-credits scene showing Thanos' ship closing in on them, a scene that flows immediately.Avengers: Infinity Waropening scene.
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
TempoThor: Ragnarökoccurs immediately beforeAvengers: Infinity War, the events of this film took place over a long period of time. having said thatAnt Man and the Wasphappened in a short time.
Its exact place in the timeline is two years later.captain america civil warbased on how long Scott Lang has been under house arrest. It ends with his friends snapping their fingers during the events of Thanos.infinity war, which means his story ended during or shortly before this movie.
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AVENGERS: INFINITE WAR
This brings the Avengers timeline toAvengers: Infinity War. This is easy to define here, as the film begins where it begins.Thor: Ragnarökends, includes the Black Panther in his own movie after the events and showed the snapshot in the creditsAnt Man and the Wasp.
After the Mad Titan unleashes his full power, we are left stranded as the universe is left in total chaos. This is the MCU's most dramatic cliffhanger as fans had to wait for a resolution that was yet to come.Avengers: Endgame.
Should I watch Avengers in chronological order? ›
By watching the movies in release order, those changes appear subtle and organic. Watch them in chronological order and you move from say, Captain America: The First Avenger (made in 2011) to Captain Marvel (2019) and then back to Iron Man (2008).How to watch Marvel movies in chronological order 2022? ›
- Captain America: The First Avenger.
- Captain Marvel.
- Iron Man.
- Iron Man 2.
- The Incredible Hulk.
- The Avengers.
- Thor: The Dark World.
- 1 Iron Man 3 (2013)
- 2 Doctor Strange (2016) ...
- 3 Black Widow (2021) ...
- 4 Captain Marvel (2019) ...
- 5 Ant-Man (2015) Marvel Studios. ...
- 6 Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Marvel Studios. ...
- 7 Thor: The Dark World (2013) Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. ...
- 8 The Incredible Hulk (2008) Marvel. ...
- Start at the beginning and go in chronological order to the end. ...
- Start at the end and work your way back to the beginning as a flashback.
It truly comes down to personal preference when it boils down to Marvel in phases or timeline mode. If you want to make sense of the historical means of the MCU, choose the timeline. If you want to be surprised as everyone in history was as Marvel Studios release schedule, choose phases, either way, you can't go wrong.How do I watch Marvel in order with Disney plus? ›
- Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
- Moon Knight.
- Ms Marvel.
- She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
As of March 2022, Eternals has the lowest Rotten Tomatoes rating of any Marvel movie, which feels undeserved.What is the least watched Marvel series? ›
Marvel is reportedly the least-watched MCU series on Disney+. Based on the popular comic book character of the same name, Ms. Marvel sees Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) as a normal teenage girl from New Jersey who discovers she has superpowers.What is the darkest MCU movie? ›
Captain America: Civil War
However, that doesn't mean his films are saccharine, happy affairs. Cap's films tend to be the darkest in the MCU, and this comes to a head in Captain America: Civil War.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline has gotten very confusing over the years. Once upon a time, these movies came out in roughly chronological order, though even 2011's The First Avenger was primarily set during World War II.
Can I skip Thor in MCU? ›
Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
It's a buddy comedy — Thor and Hulk try to escape a planet run by a dictatorial Jeff Goldblum, a sentence that makes me laugh just typing it. For the most part though, you can SKIP it if you're cramming for Infinity War (and Endgame). Make it a point to come back, though. You'll be glad you did.
That said, if you saw Eternals when it came out, you probably don't need to watch the movie before seeing Thor 4. This isn't a super deep-cut reference. it's pretty obvious and it also won't really diminish your enjoyment of Love and Thunder if you don't catch it at all.Do you have to watch all MCU movies? ›
Yes, there are Easter Eggs, additional context and related tangential shared universe benefits for folks who watch every MCU movie. But you don't need to see Thor: The Dark World to see Ant-Man and the Wasp. You don't need to see Iron Man 3 to enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy.Can I skip MCU series? ›
The MCU movies do a great job of referencing each other and therefore there's not many you can skip, I would say that the most skippable is definitely The Incredible Hulk.