Marvel universe timeline: How to watch all Marvel movies in order?

Marvel is one of the most exciting blockbuster series of all time that a big fan of the action movie genre cannot ignore. Up to now, Marvel Studios has released 23 movies and a series of TV series including both large and small projects. However, the movies are produced out of order, which often confuses viewers. This article will summarize all MCU series, including shown and upcoming screenings, chronologically.

Marvel movies stages

Marvel cinematic universe movies are divided into 4 stages:

Stage 1: Avengers Assembled. This phase contains 6 movies and the orders of them are:

  • Captain America: The First Avengers (2011)

  • Iron Man 1 (2008)

  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)

  • Iron Man 2 (2010)

  • Thor (2011)

  • The Avengers (2012)

Despite being produced after Iron man 1, Captain America: The first avenger is the first movie opening Marvel universe. Therefore, to understand the story timeline, you can start with it. 

Trailers and summary:

  1. Captain America: The First Avengers

After being disqualified from the military selection round, Steve Rogers volunteered to participate in a top secret research project, resulting in his transformation into Captain America, a superhero devoted his life to protecting America's dream.

  1. Iron Man 1

Tony Stark, a genius, tech billionaire, player and ideologist, was forced to build an armored suit, after escaping from a kidnapping.

Realized from this attack, he decided to use Stark Industries' technology to fight evil and protect humanity, instead of providing resources for wars.

  1. The Incredible Hulk

The consequence of the gamma-ray test caused Dr. Bruce Banner to be genetically modified, transforming him into a giant green "monster" with unrivaled power.

After that, Bruce was hunted by the army. Meanwhile, another soldier used the same technology to become the second giant green monster. Bruce - Hulk must fight and destroy him to protect the world.

  1. Iron Man 2

After his impressive performance, Tony Stark became a superhero in his super modern armored armor, the billionaire inventor now faced pressure from the government and the public.

They forced him to share his technology with the military. He also had to face another frantic Russian tech genius who hunted to kill Tony.

  1. Thor

Thor, the powerful but arrogant Asgard god, after making a mistake, was sent to earth by his father - Odin, stripped of his strength and above all, his beloved Mjolnir hammer.

Living among humans on Earth, Thor must learn to be humble and patient. Thus, he was able to persuade his father to return to his hometown of Asgard.

  1. The Avengers

When Earth is threatened by Loki and his space army, Nick Fury - Director of S.H.I.E.L.D calls a group of the world's most powerful avengers to gather to prevent this danger.

This is also the movie that closes phase 1 of Marvel Cinematic Universe, opened phase 2 and marked the founding of the Avengers group.

Stage 2: This phase contains 7 movies in the order:

  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (November 2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 2014)
  • Guardian of the Galaxy (July 2014)<
  • Guardian of the Galaxy 2 (April 2017)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (April 2015)
  • Ant-man (July 2015)

In this phase, it can be seen that avengers appear in a movie. This stage will continue to reveal about the villain Thanos and explain the origin of the infinity stones.

Stage 2 and stage 1 do not have too much connection. There is just an exception of Adam Warlock's appearance at the end of the film. Therefore, the audiences can completely watch phase 2 right after phase 1 and still understand the whole story line. 

Trailers and summary

  1. Iron man 3

When the entire life and career of Tony Stark was destroyed by a terrorist called the Mandarin, he had to start a new adventure to destroy him, building everything he took from his hands. 

  1. Thor: The Dark World

When Jane Foster was targeted by the inhabitants of the dark world, Svartalfheim, and a mysterious weapon known as the Aether appeared, Thor must take action to protect his lover at all costs.

In addition, he also had to face his "mischievous" brother Loki, who was always looking for ways to kill himself and claiming the Asgard throne.

  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Steve Rogers did his best to keep up with the times, combined with Natasha Romanoff, also known as the Black Widow, to fight a powerful and extremely dangerous foe: Bucky Barnes - his best friend.

  1. Guardian of the Galaxy

While the Earth is scratching, the situation is not much better in space. Peter Quill - who called himself Star-lord had teamed up with a group of members with erratic temperaments and strange talents.

They stopped Ronan the Accuser, a brutal leader of the Kree tribe who wanted to use the Power Stone to destroy the Earth.

  1. Guardian of the Galaxy 2

After rescuing Nebula, Gamora's sister Peter Quill and the others were chased by the Sovereigns because Rocket stole their batteries. Guardians of the Galaxy were saved by a stranger named Ego. It turned out that the stranger was Peter Quill's father, then he led him to his planet.

In addition, Ego had a girl named Mantis who was able to sense other people's feelings.

Meanwhile, Sovereign made a deal with Yondu to get Peter Quill's group back. Yondu agreed. Because she was incompetent, Yondu was disqualified by Taser Face, Rocket and Groot were captured, and Nebula took a ship to Ego's planet to find Gamora.

After escaping from the Taser Face, three of them flew to Ego. Peter Quill was used by his father and when he learned the truth, he and the others had a war with Ego. Successfully stopping his plan to take the universe, Yondu sacrificed and Guardians of the Galaxy once again saved the galaxy.

  1. Avengers: Age of Ultron

To cope with terrestrial and extraterrestrial dangers, Tony Stark built an advanced artificial intelligence against terrorist organizations. However, the plan went further when this AI became self-conscious and moved the goal to destroy the Avengers.

  1. Ant-man

Equipped with an amazing miniature and enlargement suit, Scott Lang , along with Hank Pym, fought against other evil forces who wanted to use that technology for bad. 

Stage 3: Marvel movies list in this stage contains:

  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Spider-man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Ant man and The Wasp (2018)
  • Captain Marvel (2019)
  • Avengers: End game (2019)
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

In this section, many new characters appear, and it may be embarrassing for you. The correct order you should watch is the clash of Captain America and Iron Man. This movie revealed the appearance of Spider Man. Then we'll watch Doctor Strange (who will then meet Thor in the near future), watch Spider-Man: Home Coming, then Black Panther - the movie gave audiences the most authentic perspective of Wakanda, where the Avengers will protect the stones from Thanos.

These movies are the great stepping stone to lead audiences to the final blockbuster of stage 3: Avengers: End game. 

Let’s watch a video of Marvel Cinematic Universe - 10 Years Celebration to see how the movie series have been played in the past 10 years:

Stage 4: At this stage, the avengers are no longer Thor, Iron Man or Captain America but the very new names. Here is a list of the Marvel movie collection to look forward to in Phase 4:

  • Black Widow (July 9, 2021)

  • The Eternals (November 5, 2021)

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (September 3, 2021)

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 23, 2022)

  • Thor: Love and Thunder (February 11, 2022)

  • Black Panther 2 (July 2022)

  • Captain Marvel 2 (July 8, 2022)

Hope that with the above list, you can understand and watch the MCU series in the right order.

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