Tom Power, senior entertainment reporter
This month, we've tweaked some elements of our chronological and release date order sections to reflect any new recent releases. We've also updated other sections with the latest information available to us, including when any new movies and TV shows are coming out, as well as our ranking section towards the end of this guide.
Want to know how to watch the Marvel movies in order? You've come to the right place.
In this guide, our entertainment experts have crunched the numbers, run the experiments, and sat through countless rewatches to determine the best way to watch every Marvel film and Disney Plus show in the correct order. In short, there are two methods – chronological order and release date order – and we'll explain how each one works, plus which one is best followed by newcomers to the juggernaut franchise.
This Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) guide won't just tell you have to watch the MCU films in order, though. You'll also find details on every Marvel Phase 5 and Marvel Phase 6 movie and TV series that's in development, how the studio's previous productions have fared among general audiences, and more. Here, then, is how to stream the Marvel movies in the right order.
Stream Marvel movies and TV on Disney Plus
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What's the best order to watch the Marvel movies for the first time?
If you're ready to start watching the Marvel movies in order for the first time, the release date method (more on this later) should be your go-to.
Streaming some of the best superhero films and best Disney Plus shows in chronological order is great if you're a long time fan. Watching them this way gives you a new perspective on how events play out and ensures that repeat viewings don't become too laborious.
However, watching the Marvel films chronologically becomes messy from an MCU timeline perspective. Because you'll be streaming them in a linear format, some events depicted in one film can precede what happens in another. A classic example of this is 2010's Captain America: The First Avenger, which is largely set during World War II, but ends in the present day with Steve Rogers waking up in modern day New York and bumping into Nick Fury. However, we're supposed to meet Nick Fury for the first time in 2008's Iron Man. If you watch the movies chronologically, you'll meet Fury in Cap's maiden film first before seeing him in Iron Man.
Watching the Marvel movies in order of chronology, then, can be disorienting for first-time viewers. If that's you, we suggest that you stick to the release date order method.
How to watch the Marvel movies in chronological order
Best for: MCU fans who want to try something new.
Here's how to watch the Marvel movies in order of chronology, aka the year they're set. We've listed every film and TV show in the order they take place on the Marvel timeline, with a quick rundown on why we've listed them this way.
Due to events in Avengers: Endgame, the MCU timeline has become more complex since May 2019. Thankfully, the Marvel movies timeline is about to become much easier to follow, with an official timeline book coming in late October. Until that arrives, we've done our best with the information available to us.
Cap's first adventure was the fifth Marvel movie released in theaters. However, because it's set in the 1940s, this is the first one to stream chronologically.
Carol Danvers didn't burst onto the scene until MCU Phase 3, but her origins story is set in 1995.
The film that kickstarted the MCU is technically the third Marvel movie in order of chronology. Tony Stark's heel turn from weapons expert to superhero takes places in 2008.
Following swiftly on its predecessor's heels, Stark's second solo flick occurs in 2010.
The Stark MCU appearances keep coming – this time, he cameos at the end of the Hulk's first (and only) solo Marvel movie, which also takes place in 2010.
The god of thunder stormed his way into the MCU in 2011.
With the MCU's original major players established, we finally got the superhero movie of our dreams when the Avengers officially formed in 2012.
One of the most maligned MCU films ever, Thor's second cinematic adventure is set in 2013.
Iron Man's third and final solo movie takes place six months after The Avengers.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The first movie set in 2014, Cap's second solo flick was the first Marvel film to explore genres outside of the superhero field.
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1
Star-Lord's lovable ragtag crew were first introduced to a wider audience in spectacularly humorous and music-laced fashion in 2014.
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
The Guardians' second movie is set around six months after their first.
I Am Groot
The first Marvel Disney Plus show to appear in this list, I Am Groot's family-friendly two-season series takes place around Guardians Volume 2.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The superhero ensemble reunited for another tentpole offering in 2015 – this time, taking down the menacing AI/super-bot known as Ultron.
Earth's mightiest miniature hero made his MCU debut in 2015.
The third Captain America film was a mini-Avengers movie in all but name. It's set in 2016 and sees the group disband over the divisive Sokovia Accords, though it also introduced us to two of the most beloved MCU heroes in Spider-Man and Black Panther.
The first Marvel Phase 4 flick, Black Widow was released in 2021 but is actually set in 2016 – just a few months after Civil War.
After making his debut in Civil War, Spidey received his first MCU solo movie in 2016.
Marvel's first Best Picture Oscar nominee takes place in 2016.
The fourth and final film set in 2016 introduced audiences to the Sorcerer Supreme. Or, rather, the former Sorcerer Supreme – Strange being replaced by Wong due to Infinity War's events. But more on that later.
The last movie to launch in theaters before that Thanos moment, Thor: Ragnarok takes place in 2017.
Avengers: Infinity War
The Marvel movie that changed it all. We witnessed our heroes lose for a first, catastrophic time in the third Avengers movie, which occurs in 2018.
Events in Ant-Man's second film run concurrent to Infinity War, i.e. in 2018.
This is where things get messy from a Marvel movies in chronological order perspective. Endgame begins in 2018 but ends in 2023 – thus beginning an era where we don't know where every film and show is really set. From now on, we're doing our best with the information we have about the Marvel timeline.
One of two Marvel TV shows to span the entire Marvel multiverse, Loki is best watched after Avengers: Endgame.
Like Loki, What If...? is a multiversal affair. It isn't set in a particular year, so it's also best streamed after Endgame.
Set three weeks after Endgame in our Marvel movies in order guide.
Another 2023-based TV series, but one that takes place six months after Endgame's, well, end.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Occurs eight months after Endgame and sees Peter Parker dealing with Tony Stark's death (amid other issues) in mid-2024.
Shang-Chi's MCU debut contains flashbacks to his childhood, so it could be listed earlier. However, the bulk of the film is set in mid-2024.
This one could technically be the first entry in our Marvel movies in chronological order list as it begins 7,000 years before 2010's Captain America. Like Shang-Chi, though, it's mostly set in the present. According to Marvel Studios producer Nate Moore, it takes place around the same time as Far From Home, i.e. mid-2024.
Thanks to the Halloween and Christmas/Holiday season decorations seen throughout this movie, we know it's set in late 2024.
Strange's multiverse-spanning sequel takes place after Spider-Man: No Way Home. Marvel's official timeline places it in 2024, preceding what happens in Hawkeye.
Just like No Way Home, Hawkeye's first solo adventure occurs around the Holiday season, placing it in late 2024.
This show doesn't have a specified chronological date. However, it appears to take place in 2025, with Marvel's official timeline placing it after Hawkeye.
You'd think this one is set in 2024, given its main events take place a year after T'Challa dies. T'Challa appeared in 2023's Endgame, so that would make sense. However, Nate Moore confirmed it plays out alongside Thor: Love and Thunder, so it must be set in 2025.
The third Ant-Man movie runs concurrent to events in Wakanda Forever, which places it in 2025. We know this because Scott Lang's autobiography, which he's promoting at the start of Quantumania, is also shown briefly in Black Panther 2 (it's seen on a TV screen in the background of one scene).
Previously, we thought She-Hulk took place around Shang-Chi. However, the official MCU timeline positions it after Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and before Ms Marvel, meaning it occurs in 2025.
Ms Marvel producer Sana Amanat suggests it's set "one or two years" after Endgame, which puts it anywhere between 2024 and 2025. To make things easier, let's say 2025.
Thor's fourth solo movie is set in 2025. We know this as he tells former flame Jane Foster that it's been over eight years since they split up. Meanwhile, he tells Loki in 2017's Ragnarok that the pair mutually broke up. Add eight years to 2017 and you get 2025. Simple.
The first MCU Special Presentation is the most difficult production to pin down in this Marvel movies in order of chronology list. Our opinion? It's set in modern day, which puts it in 2025.
Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
As it takes place prior to Guardians of the Galaxy 3, we think it occurs in 2025, making it the penultimate entry in our Marvel movies in chronological order list.
Given it follows the Guardians' Holiday Special, Guardians Vol. 3 is set a few months after the above special's festive-themed events.
Set in the MCU's present. The TV show's first episode confirms that this Nick Fury-starring series takes place in 2025.
How to watch the Marvel movies in release date order
Best for: first-time viewers.
Want to watch the Marvel movies in release date order? Try this list instead. You'll start with 2008's Iron Man and end with Secret Invasion, which launched on Disney Plus in June 2023.
It's an easier blueprint to follow than streaming every MCU production chronologically, so Marvel newcomers should stick to this method.
- Iron Man (2008)
- The Incredible Hulk (2008)
- Iron Man 2 (2010)
- Thor (2011)
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
- 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)
- Captain Marvel (2019)
- Avengers: Endgame (2019)
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
- WandaVision (TV show, 2021)
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (TV show, 2021)
- Loki (TV show, 2021)
- Black Widow (2021)
- What If...? (TV show, 2021)
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
- Eternals (2021)
- Hawkeye (TV show, 2021)
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
- Moon Knight (TV show, 2022)
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
- Ms Marvel (TV show, 2022)
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
- I Am Groot (TV show, 2022)
- She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (TV show, 2022)
- Werewolf by Night (TV special, 2022)
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
- Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (TV special, 2022)
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)
- Secret Invasion (TV show, 2023)
How to watch the Avengers movies in order
Best for: fans who only want to watch the Avengers movies.
We already covered the best way to stream the Avengers films in the sections above. If you only want to stream these specific Marvel movies in order, though, this is how to do so.
- The Avengers (2012)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
- Avengers: Endgame (2019)
How to watch the Netflix Marvel TV shows in order
Best for: viewers who want to understand Daredevil's MCU arrival.
She-Hulk episode 8 seemingly confirmed Netflix's Daredevil TV show is canon in the MCU. That's because Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock/Daredevil is supposedly the same version of the character who appeared in Netflix's Marvel universe between 2015 and 2019.
If Daredevil's Netflix series is canon, all the others must be, too. Every Netflix Marvel TV show is available to stream on Disney Plus, so you can catch up on these characters and their stories over there.
- Daredevil season 1 (April 2015)
- Jessica Jones season 1 (November 2015)
- Daredevil season 2 (March 2016)
- Luke Cage season 1 (September 2016)
- Iron Fist season 1 (March 2017)
- The Defenders (August 2017)
- The Punisher season 1 (November 2017)
- Jessica Jones season 2 (March 2018)
- Luke Cage season 2 (June 2018)
- Iron Fist season 2 (September 2018)
- Daredevil season 3 (October 2018)
- The Punisher season 2 (January 2019)
- Jessica Jones season 3 (June 2019)
What Marvel movies and TV shows are coming out soon?
Here's every Marvel movie and TV show coming in 2023 and beyond. However, you should bear in mind that any confirmed release dates are subject to change.
Due to the writers and actors strikes that have brought Hollywood to a standstill, many of the below projects' launches will be delayed. We've already seen Marvel delay multiple movies for the third time due to the industrial action. According to reports, Loki season 2 will be the final MCU TV show of 2023, too, as Marvel has seemingly pushed many Disney Plus shows back until the strikes are resolved. So, expect everything after The Marvels to have their releases tweaked again in the weeks and months ahead.
- Loki season 2 (TV show, October 6, 2023)
- The Marvels (November 10, 2023)
- Echo (TV show, November 29, 2023)
- Deadpool 3 (May 3, 2024)
- Captain America: New World Order (July 26, 2024)
- Thunderbolts (December 20, 2024)
- Blade (February 14, 2025)
- Fantastic Four (May 2, 2025)
- Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (May 1, 2026)
- Avengers: Secret Wars (May 7, 2027)
- Agatha: Coven of Chaos (TV show, TBC)
- Armor Wars (TBC)
- Daredevil: Born Again (TV show, expected 2024)
- Ironheart (TV show, TBC)
- Marvel Zombies (animated TV show, TBC)
- Spider-Man 4 (TBC)
- Spider-Man: Freshman Year (animated TV show, TBC)
- What If...? season 2 (animated TV show, TBC)
- Wonder Man (TV show, TBC)
- X-Men 97 (animated TV show, TBC)
How many Marvel movies are there?
32 MCU movies have been released so far. By the end of 2027, there could be 42 movies (if the above group isn't delayed further) to fit in our Marvel movies in order guide.
If you want to watch all of the Marvel movies in order, you'll need to set aside 4,246 minutes – that's over 70.8 hours or 2.95 total days. Add in the TV shows and specials, and it'll take a whopping 6,456 minutes (107.6 hours or 4.48 days) to watch them all.
Where to watch the Marvel movies
You can stream most of the Marvel movies in order, as well as the TV shows, on Disney Plus (read our Disney Plus review while you're here). That includes The Incredible Hulk, which finally joined the streamer in June after the character's rights reverted back to Marvel.
There are caveats, though. None of the Spider-Man movies – those that exist in the MCU or otherwise – are available on Disney Plus UK. They were for a limited time, but they've been removed from the service recently. Fans who want to stream Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Venom, and Venom: Let There Be Carnage can do so on Netflix.
In the US, it's a different story. The Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy, both Andrew Garfield-starring The Amazing Spider-Man movies, and Tom Holland's Spider-Man: Homecoming are still available on Disney Plus. Additionally, Maguire's three Spidey flicks, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Morbius are on Netflix.
Marvel movies in order: all MCU films and TV shows ranked
For us, the Avengers movies are the best MCU films, but the whole thing is subjective. You can check our best Marvel movies piece for more on our rankings of each flick.
We've also listed the Marvel movies and TV shows based on their IMDb user scores. Now that the Netflix Marvel shows are canon, we've added them to the rankings below. We've done likewise with Venom, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and Morbius, too, given their multiversal ties to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: No Way Home.
- Daredevil (2015 - 2018) – 8.6
- The Punisher (2017 - 2019) – 8.5
- Avengers: Endgame (2019) – 8.4
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – 8.4
- Loki (2021) – 8.2
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) – 8.2
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 (2014) – 8.0
- The Avengers (2012) – 8.0
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) – 7.9
- Iron Man (2008) – 7.9
- WandaVision (2021) – 7.9
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – 7.9
- Jessica Jones (2015 - 2019) – 7.9
- Captain America: Civil War (2016) – 7.8
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – 7.8
- Agent Carter (2015 - 2016) – 7.8
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – 7.6
- Hawkeye (2021) – 7.5
- Doctor Strange (2016) – 7.5
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – 7.4
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) – 7.4
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – 7.4
- Black Panther (2018) – 7.3
- Moon Knight (2022) – 7.3
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – 7.3
- Ant-Man (2015) – 7.3
- Luke Cage (2016 - 2018) – 7.3
- Werewolf by Night (2022) – 7.2
- The Defenders (2017) – 7.2
- Iron Man 3 (2013) – 7.1
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) – 7.1
- Thor (2011) – 7.0
- Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) – 7.0
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) – 6.9
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – 6.9
- Iron Man 2 (2010) – 6.9
- The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022) – 6.9
- Captain Marvel (2019) – 6.8
- Thor: The Dark World (2013) – 6.8
- I Am Groot (2022 - 2023) – 6.7
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) – 6.7
- Black Widow (2021) – 6.7
- Venom (2018) – 6.6
- The Incredible Hulk (2008) – 6.6
- Iron Fist (2017 - 2018) – 6.4
- Eternals (2021) – 6.3
- Ms Marvel (2022) – 6.3
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) – 6.2
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) – 6.1
- Secret Invasion (2023) – 6.0
- Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) – 5.9
- She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (2022) – 5.3
- Morbius (2022) – 5.2
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