How to Watch all the Marvel Superhero Movies in the Correct Order
There has been many speculation as to how to watch all the Marvel superhero movies. Whether to watch the movies in regard to the year they released in theaters, or the year in which the plot of the movies is based in. In order to better understand and comprehend the stories and action in the films, this guide provides and follows the chronological order of all the Marvel movies in regard to the year(s) in which each movie took place in. This effective watch guide also provides the year each movie was released in theaters, a fun fact, a description of the plot, and link to where to watch each movie. Enjoy!
1.Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Set in 1942-1943
Fun Fact: The actual first Captain America comic book appears in a scene in the movie.
Description: A top-secret research project turns Steve Rogers into Captain America. (disney+)
2. Captain Marvel (2019) Set in 1995
Fun Fact: In the comic book, Captain Marvel was fired from The Daily Bugle, the same newspaper organization that Peter Parker worked for.
Description: Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel launches the MCU’s most powerful hero. (disney+)
3. Iron Man (2008) Set in 2008
Fun Fact: Tom Cruise was considered for the role for Tony Stark, but the role was eventually awarded to Robert Downey Jr. Colin Farrel and Nicolas Cage were also considered for the role.
Description: Jet-setting industrialist Tony Stark vows to protect the world as Iron Man (disney+)
4. Iron Man 2 (2010) Set in 2011
Fun Fact: Tony Stark calls his suitcase armor “the football”, a clear cut reference to the real-life briefcase with the nuclear launch codes that accompany the U.S. President.
Description: Inventor Tony Stark forges new alliances to confront powerful enemies. (disney+)
5. The Incredible Hulk (2008) Set in 2011
Fun Fact: The film’s antagonist, Abomination (played by Tim Roth) was originally supposed to return in Avengers Age of Ultron (2015) but was cut and did not appear in the film.
Description: Scientist Bruce Banner desperately seeks a cure for the gamma radiation that contaminated his cells and turned him into The Hulk. Cut off from his true love Betty Ross and forced to hide from his nemesis, Gen. Thunderbolt Ross, Banner soon comes face-to-face with a new threat: a supremely powerful enemy known as The Abomination. (google)
6. Thor (2011) Set in 2011
Fun Fact: Stan Lee, the creator of Marvels comics, claimed he always wanted to play the part of “Odin”, but nonetheless was pleased with Anthony Hopkins’ performance.
Description: Thor, Asgard’s greatest hero, reignites an ancient war that he must take part in from Earth. (disney+)
7. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) Set in 2012
Fun Fact: Captain America was not one of the original Avengers. The Marvel superhero didn’t join the squad until the fourth issue of the Avengers comic book.
Description: Nick Fury recruits a team of heroes to battle an unexpected enemy. (disney+)
8. Iron Man 3 (2013) Set in 2012
Fun Fact: Most of the dialogue was improvised by the actors of the film, rather than just simply reading straight off the script.
Description: His personal world destroyed, Tony Stark embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. (disney+)
9. Thor: The Dark World (2013) Set in 2013
Fun Fact: Rather than relying on the wig he used in the previous Thor film, Chris Hemsworth grew his hair out to have a more authentic appearance in this sequel.
Description: Thor must set out on his most dangerous and personal journey yet. (disney+)
10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Set in 2014
Fun Fact: The title of The Winter Soldier wasn’t in the original full title of the film because there was fear it gave away too much info about what the movie was going to be about.
Description: Captain America and Black Widow join forces against the Winter Soldier. (disney+)
11. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Set in 2014
Fun Fact: The original Guardians in the Marvel comic book were based in the 31st century. However, the film was set in the present day in order to have the Guardians become Avengers.
Description: A group of misfit heroes become the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt. (disney+)
12. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Set in 2014
Fun Fact: The visual effects artists of the film say that Ego’s planet contains 1 trillion polygons. When this film was released in 2017, it was considered to be one of the largest visual effects ever made.
Description: The Guardians fight to keep their newfound family together as they discover Quill’s parentage. (disney+)
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13. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Set in 2015
Fun Fact: An Avengers Tower set was built to film all the different scenes and settings for the film. It was the largest tower/building ever built for any Marvel movie.
Description: Tony Stark unwittingly creates an A.I. monster bent on destroying mankind. (disney+)
14. Ant-Man (2015) Set in 2015
Fun Fact: Hank Pyn, aka Ant-Man, got his superpowers from his own pain and tragedy. Unlike traditional superheroes, who got their superpowers supernaturally or from an accident, Ant-Man found his superpowers within his own self after the tragic murder of his wife. After that traumatic event, he set out on a mission to help anyone in need.
Description: Scott Lang and Dr. Hank Pym plan a heist that could save the world. (disney+)
15. Captain America: Civil War (2016) Set in 2016
Fun Fact: The film coincides with the 75th anniversary of the original Captain America comic book. It also coincides with the 10th anniversary of the original Civil War comic book.
Description: Captain America and Iron Man clash, causing the avengers to choose sides. (disney+)
16. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Set in 2016
Fun Fact: Spider-man never actually physically punches any of his enemies. Rather he uses his webs for combat and even kicks them as well.
Description: Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt may. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear. (google)
17. Doctor Strange (2016) Set in 2016-2017
Fun Fact: The cinematography was inspired by the iconic Disney animation Fantasia. Ben Davis, director of photography, said it was one of his biggest influences and that the movie has “a very psychedelic grounding”.
Description: A famous surgeon battles unseen forces bent on destroying our reality. (disney+)
18. Black Panther (2018) Set in 2017
Fun Fact: Marvel originally did not want Chadwick Boseman to use an accent in the film. Marvel felt like it was “maybe too much for an audience to take in”.
Description: T’Challa battles a powerful foe when his homeland of Wakanda is threatened. (disney+)
19. Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Set in 2017
Fun Fact: Most of the art depicted during the Hulk parade was actually created by interns from the local Aboriginal community.
Description: Thor races against time to ensure that Asgard does not fall into the Hela’s ruthless hands. (disney+)
20. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Set in 2017
Fun Fact: Director Peyton Reed set out on a mission to ensure that the Wasp received the same amount of marketing promotion and merch as Ant-Man. This was done to further promote equal opportunity.
Description: Ant-Man and the Wasp must join forces to uncover secrets from the past. (disney+)
21. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Set in 2017
Fun Fact: Early drafts and scenes of the film originally included a more dense backstory on Thanos’ minions and the Black Order.
Description: The Avengers must be willing to sacrifice all to defeat Thanos. (disney+)
22. Avengers: Endgame (2019) Set in 2018-2013
Fun fact: A total estimate of $356 million was reported for the budget of the film, including over $200 million on the marketing campaign alone. It is considered one of the most expensive films that’s ever been made.
Description: The epic finale to the Infinity Saga, this dramatic showdown pits the Avengers against Thanos. (disney+)
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23. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Set in 2024
Fun Fact: In the beginning of the film, there was a heartfelt tribute for Tony Stark after he died in Avengers: Endgame. A short little tribute video was shown to Peter Parker’s high school in memory of the late Iron Man.
Description: Peter Parker’s relaxing European vacation takes an unexpected turn when Nick Fury shows up in his hotel room to recruit him for a mission. The world is in danger as four massive elemental creatures – each representing Earth, air, water and fire – emerge from a hole torn in the universe. Parker soon finds himself donning the Spider-Man suit to help Fury and fellow superhero Mysterio stop the evil entities from wreaking havoc across the continent. (google)