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What’s the Right Order to Watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe In?

When it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s no shortage of opinions out there. Some have theories about what’s next in the MCU, while others speculate on what’s already happened and what that means. One thing that hasn’t been bandied about as much, unlike with the Star Wars universe, is how best to experience Marvel. Well, we now have something to help.

Over at The Wrap, Adam Chitwood has gone ahead and done the work. Below, you can see how he presents the chronological order to experience the MCU in. Obviously, there’s more than one way to watch Marvel’s work, including order of release, but we thought this was very cool and wanted to share!

This is how they suggest to watch the films in the MCU if you’re going in a chronological order of events:

  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Captain Marvel
  • Iron Man
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man 2
  • Thor
  • Marvel’s The Avengers
  • Iron Man 3
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ant-Man
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Black Widow
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Black Panther
  • Doctor Strange
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home
  • Eternals
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

For comparison, if you’re watching the movies in order of release, it would look like this:

  • Iron Man (2008)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
  • Black Widow (2021)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
  • Eternals (2021)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Source: The Wrap

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Robert Hamer
29 days ago

It’s really weird to me how, among the numerous articles and rankings and fan deconstructions of every canonical nugget of the most popular film franchise in the history of the medium, there hasn’t been a serious effort to try to establish an ideal “watch order” for these films on a dramatic level.

In the aftermath of the Star Wars prequels bumming everyone out, one fan suggested a “Machete Order” of Episodes IV => V => II => III=> VI (and just ignore Episode I entirely) to improve the experience.

So like, would it really make sense to watch both Guardians of the Galaxy movies in between The Winter Soldier and Civil War? Should Black Panther really be the movie you watch just before Infinity War, or would it work better for it to be the first movie you watch after Civil War, since T’Challa is the character with a solo movie between Civil War and Infinity War who is most immediately impacted by the events of the former film?

I’m definitely not the one to answer these questions, but there has to be some Marvel fan out there who is at least playing around with the idea.

Joey Magidson
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28 days ago
Reply to  Robert Hamer

I’d be interested to see that. I once told a friend what to skip so she could be caught up before Endgame, but not quite the same thing…

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