How To Watch The MCU Movies In Order

POSTED BY Natasah Carim, UPDATED ON February 15th, 2024
How to Watch the MCU Movies in Order

If you are new to the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and wondering how to watch the MCU movies in order, you’re in for a treat! With 33 MCU movies and 14 TV series already released, and the fifth phase officially in motion, it can be confusing to figure out which title to watch first. But we’ve got you covered. Here are all the MCU movies according to chronological order.


1. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Captain America The First Avenger 2011

While this action-packed, vintage blockbuster is not the first movie release of phase one, it is where all the magic begins. Based on the First World War, the story is about the origins of Captain America as part of the U.S. Army.  


2. Captain Marvel (2019)

Captain Marvel 2019

Following the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s signature hero formula, Captain Marvel introduces the possibility of new galaxies and the Avengers for the first time.


3. Iron Man (2008) & Iron Man 2 (2010)

Iron Man 2008

Robert Downey Jr.’s charm is known to the world, but he took it to a whole new level in Iron Man and its sequel. Iron Man challenges the world of superheroes through the combination of super-charged artificial intelligence and human IQ.


4. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Marvel Cinematic Universe The Incredible Hulk 2008

Hulk’s story takes place shortly after Iron Man. The movie offers essential insight into the life of Bruce Banner and what makes him “Hulk” out.


5. Thor (2011)

Thor 2011

Son of Odin and the God of thunder, Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, finds himself on Earth. This dazzling drama full of wit further connects different realms within the MCU.


6. The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers 2012

The team-up everyone was waiting for, The Avengers, brings together all the MCU heroes to save the world from unprecedented alien forces. Also known as Avengers Assemble, the film is the sixth and last film of the first phase.


7. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron Man 3 2013

Continuing on the story of industrialist turned superhero, Iron Man 3 builds on the aftermath of the destruction caused by The Avengers.


8. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Thor The Dark World 2013

Thor continues his battle to save the earth and the nine realms from enemies historically significant to him. 


9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Captain America The Winter Soldier 2014

Full of suspense and action, the story of Steve Rogers continues. Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff, also known as the Black Widow, superhero, and a new superhero, the Falcon, Captain America sets off on an adventure against a very unexpected enemy.


10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) & Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 2017

Ever wondered what the other realms within the MCU look like? Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel, Vol. 2, uncovers a sci-fi adventure against different alien races.


11. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers Age of Ultron 2015

Tony Stark’s decision to restart a peacekeeping intelligence program led to dire consequences. The Avengers: Age of Ultron brings together the crew once again and introduces two new characters with superpowers, Wanda Maximoff and her brother, Pietro.


12. Ant-Man (2015)

Ant Man 2015

Paul Rudd joins the Marvel Universe crew as one of the founding members of the Avengers unravels a secret of his own.


13. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Marvel Cinematic Universe Captain America Civil War 2016

Political influences divide the members of the Avengers team. A disagreement between Captain America and Iron Man only leads to further collateral damage as the others must pick a side. Captain America: Civil War is the first movie to be released as part of Phase 3.


14. Black Widow (2021)

Black Widow 2021

The dark parts of Black Widow’s past are brought to light, finally helping audiences understand Natasha’s dynamic character development. Although released in Phase 4, the timelines are chronologically much earlier.


15. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man Homecoming 2017

Rebooting on the original Spider-Man franchise, Peter Parker makes a comeback to the big screen. With Tom Holland in the lead, the much younger, friendly neighborhood hero finds his way to the Avengers.


16. Black Panther (2018)

Black Panther Chadwick Boseman

After the events of the Civil War, T’Challa returns to the home of the Black Panther. Chadwick Boseman elevates the world of superheroes with one of the most absorbing characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


17. Doctor Strange (2016)

Doctor Strange 2016

Mysterious powers and unseen forces are the epitomai of MCU Movies. Doctor Strange, however, combines tragedy with fantasy for the introduction of another hero.


18. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Marvel Cinematic Universe Thor Ragnarok 2017

Thor: Ragnarok continues on the adventures of the cosmic superhero and his mischievous brother, Loki. However, other members of the Avengers are soon to come to their help as the situation escalates out of hand.


19. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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The MCU heroes once again come together to fight against their greatest threat yet. But this time, with new allies and superheroes for a showdown like never before.


20. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Ant-Man and the Wasp 2018

Paul Rudd returns to the big screen as Ant-Man, but this time with his partner, the Wasp. The dynamic duo set off on a mission against a new enemy.


21. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Marvel Cinematic Universe Avengers Endgame

The finale to MCU’s epic saga, Endgame, is an emotional rollercoaster bound to keep you hooked till the end.


22. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

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

Simu Liu portrays Shaun/Shang-Chi who takes on the organization Ten Rings with his impressive weaponry and kung fu skills.


23. Spider-Man Far from Home (2019)

Spider Man Far From Home 2019

The last movie of phase four, and on our list, Spider-Man Far from Home, begins a new era of MCU. Tom Holland returns as Spider-Man for teen romance paired with spine-chilling action shots.


24. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Spider-Man: No Way Home 2021

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Witness the reunification of all three of your favorite Spidermen in this epic entry of the franchise that impressed fans and critics alike.  


25. Eternals (2021)

Eternals (2021)

Several Hollywood A-listers like Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, and Kumail Nanjiani join the MCU as immortal beings who shape history and civilizations on planet Earth.  


26. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness 2022

This Sam Raimi-directed entry fully embraces the concept of the multiverse and takes viewers on an epic journey to different universes to stop the Scarlet Witch from killing millions. 


27. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

Following the tragic death of actor Chadwick Boseman who portrayed Black Panther/T’Challa in the MCU franchise, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever showcases Shuri, T’Challa’s younger tech-savvy sister, taking on the role of Black Panther and defending Wakanda against Namor, the leader of the underwater kingdom Talocan.


28. The Marvels (2023)

The Marvels (2023)

This Nia DaCosta-directed entry features Carol Danvers, Kamala Khan, and Monica Rambeau, reluctantly working together to save the universe from the revenge of Dar-Benn. Despite an impressive budget, the film failed to make a mark due to various reasons and remains the weakest entry in the MCU movie franchise. Still, it’s watchable if you are a Brie Larson or Iman Vellani fan.


29. Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

Watch Natalie Portman in a new action-packed persona take on the Gorr, a ruthless killer seeking the extinction of all deities, with the help of Thor, Valkyrie, and Korg.  


30. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)

Kathryn Newton takes on the role of Cassie Lang, daughter of Scott and Hope, who accidentally gets herself, Scott, Hope, Hank, and Janet sucked into the Quantum Realm where they encounter new civilizations and threats. 


31. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)

The conclusion to the trilogy revolves around the past of Rocket. The Guardians rush to infiltrate Orgocorp, a cybergenetic research facility that experimented on Rocket and gave him its powers, to figure out a cure. 

You can choose to watch the movies in order of release instead, too, as the storylines all end up connecting. As part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, several TV shows, TV movies, and TV specials have also been released. It’s recommended to watch them as well to understand and connect with the characters better.

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