Your Guide To Watching All the Marvel Movies In Chronological Order And Release Date

How To Watch Marvel Movies

February 4th, 2021   |   Updated on June 28th, 2022

In case you are planning to have a Marvel movie marathon this year, you must know the order in which to do so.

Moving on, we will tell you how to watch these movies in both chronological as well as release orders. If you are just starting Wanda Vision on Disney plus, we will let you know where to fit that movie.

Disney plus is the best plus to start watching Marvel movies in order. This is primarily because they stream most of them in 4K.

Wanda Vision is one of the first of their MCU TV shows, and it is followed by the Falcon and The Winter soldier, which will release in March 2021.

Then you have Loki in May, Ms. Marvel, and Hawkeye in the later part of 2021. Moon Knight, She-Hulk, Armor Wars, Iron heart, and Secret Invasion originals are also coming up this year.

This year will also see the return of Marvel franchises in theatres. It will start with Black Widow in May, followed by Shang-Chi and Marvel’s Eternals in the second half.

There are two ways in which you may view these Marvel movies. One is the chronological order, starting with Steve Rogers facing Red Skull in Captain America. On the other hand, is the release order, which begins with the debut of Iron Man in 2008. Have a look at both of them.

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How To Watch The Marvel Movies In Order: Chronological Order

Mostly what you are looking for is a Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline. We are mentioning below the Marvel films in chronological order, which starts with Captain America. This is followed by the First Avengers and ends with Spider-Man: Far from Home.

The reason why we are mentioning this order is that you will get to see the events proceeding as they happened.

It began with Red Skull’s search for the Tesseract and ends with Peter Parker’s vacation. This story continues with Wanda Vision on Disney, and that also is detailed below.

Have A Look At The Chronological Viewing Order Of These Marvel Movies:

  • Captain America: The First Avenger (happened during WWII)
  • Captain Marvel (happened in 1995)
  • Iron Man (happened in 2010)
  • Iron Man 2 (happened after Iron Man)
  • The Incredible Hulk (there is no time unspecified, pre-Avengers)
  • Thor (It takes place almost six months before Avengers)
  • The Avengers (happened in 2012)
  • Iron Man 3 (happened six months after The Avengers)
  • Thor: Dark World (post-Avengers, pre-Ultron)
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier (post-Avengers, pre-Ultron)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (sometime in 2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (after 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: Ragnarök (post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (takes place in 2017)
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp (ambiguous, but fits nicely between IW and Endgame)
  • Avengers: Endgame (starts in 2017, finishes in 2022)
  • Spider-Man: Far from Home (post-Endgame)

If you want to add Marvel TV, Wanda Vision is after Endgame, but we do not know how it is set concerning Far from home.

  • Wanda Vision (set just after Endgame)

When this year Marvel movies like Black Widow and Eternals are released alongside shows like the Falcon, Winter Soldier, and Loki, we will update this timeline again. Black Widow would then come after Captain America: Civil War. However, we are unclear about which parts of the film are set earlier or later, so we will not alter the list.

Marvel Movies In Order: Release Date

You could also watch the MCU movies in the order in which they were released. This list began with Iron Man in 2008, and it finishes off with Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. When you watch the Marvel movies in release order, it is like going on a nostalgia trip. As you move ahead, you will see how these films have improved over time, thanks to increased budgets and better star casts.

We have also mentioned the Future phase 4 release dates of their movies for your reference. After a quiet 2020, this year should be a bonus for Marvel lovers.

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Phase One

Phase Two

Phase Three

Phase Four

  • Wanda Vision (TV show – January 15, 2020)
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (TV show – March 19, 2021)
  • Black Widow (May 7, 2021)
  • Loki (TV show – May 2021)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (July 9, 2021)
  • The Eternals (November 5, 2021)
  • Ms. Marvel (TV show – late 2021)
  • Untitled third Spider-Man movie (December 17, 2021)
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 25, 2022)
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (May 6, 2022)
  • Black Panther 2 (July 8, 2022)
  • Captain Marvel 2 (November 11, 2022)

The Future Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Including TV Shows

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantomania (TBD)
  • Blade (TBD)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (TBD)
  • Fantastic Four (TBD)
  • Hawkeye (TV show – TBA)
  • She-Hulk (TV show – TBA)
  • Moon Knight (TV show – TBA)
  • Secret Invasion (TV show – TBA)
  • Iron heart (TV show – TBA)
  • Armor Wars (TV show – TBA)

Are you wondering which of these Marvel movies are on Disney plus platform? The list we are sharing is updated for the US, UK, and Australia till December 2020. The Incredible Hulk and Spiderman films will not be present on Disney Plus because Universal and Sony have the distribution rights to them. You could buy or rent them to complete your marathon.

Mentioned Are The Marvel Movies That You Can See On Disney Plus:

  • 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
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ant-Man
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Captain Marvel
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Thor: Ragnarök
  • Black Panther
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

In the end, here we share all the original Marvel Disney Plus TV shows which are in the pipeline yet will fit into the MCU saga. We have only the release dates of Wanda Vision, The Falcon, the winter soldier, and Loki, and the rest dates are tentative.

  • Wanda Vision (January 15, 2020)
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (March 19, 2021)
  • Loki (May 2021)
  • What If…? (summer 2021)
  • Ms. Marvel (late 2021)
  • Hawkeye (late 2021)
  • She-Hulk (TBA)
  • Moon Knight (TBA)
  • Secret Invasion (TBA)
  • Iron heart (TBA)
  • Armor Wars (TBA)

Best Marvel Movies

So, which are the best Marvel movies? We all think that Civil war, Infinity War, and Avengers are toppers in this list, but people differ. Below we rank the film based on the ranking they get on IMDb.

If you see the list, you will find some correct ratings while others are totally out of place. There is a tie between the last two avengers’ movies, i.e., Endgame and Infinity war, to grab the best film position.

Best Movies

  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – Rating: 8.4
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019) – Rating: 8.4
  • The Avengers (2012) – Rating: 8.0
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Rating: 8.0
  • Iron Man (2008) – Rating: 7.9
  • Thor: Ragnarök (2017) – Rating: 7.9
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016) – Rating: 7.8
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – Rating: 7.7
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – Rating: 7.6
  • Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) – Rating: 7.5
  • Doctor Strange (2016) – Rating: 7.5
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – Rating: 7.4
  • Black Panther (2018) – Rating: 7.3
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – Rating: 7.3
  • Ant-Man (2015) – Rating: 7.3
  • Iron Man 3 (2013) – Rating: 7.2
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) – Rating: 7.1
  • Thor (2011) – Rating: 7.0
  • Iron Man 2 (2010) – Rating: 7.0
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – Rating: 6.9
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013) – Rating: 6.9
  • Captain Marvel (2019) – Rating: 6.9
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008) – Rating: 6.7

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