How should you watch the Marvel movies in order? It's a question that Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans have asked themselves down the years. And, with plenty more content on the way in 2022 and beyond, answering that question is only going to get much harder.
Not only are we getting a few more MCU Phase 4 projects before Marvel Studios brings this arc to an end, but the Disney subsidiary has already outlined its plans for Phase 5, including Secret Invasion, which will make TV history for Marvel next year. Marvel has also revealed the first productions that'll form of its Phase 6 slate, so there'll be many more Marvel movies and Disney Plus shows to come.
Subsequently, the MCU timeline is going to get trickier to follow. With our help, though, you won't need a PhD in Marvel movies (and TV shows) to work out the best way of watching them.
Below, we'll tell you how to watch the Marvel movies in order. There are two major ways to do so and we'll explain both methods before revealing which is our preferred option.
That's not all, either. Our MCU films guide will also give you the lowdown on upcoming Marvel Studios projects, such as She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, which recently got a new release date that makes perfect sense. Meanwhile, we'll detail how long it'll take to watch every MCU movie and TV series to date, where you can stream them (spoiler: most are on Disney Plus), and how we've ranked them.
Without further ado, then, here's how to watch the Marvel movies in order.
Stream Marvel movies and TV on Disney Plus
(opens in new tab)Every MCU movie (apart from The Incredible Hulk (opens in new tab) and certain Spider-Man (opens in new tab) films) is available to stream on Disney Plus. A subscription costs $7.99 a month in the US (£7.99 in the UK/AU$11.99 in Australia), but you can also buy an annual subscription for a discounted $79.99 (£79.90/AU$119.99). If your country's Disney Plus price isn't listed here, check out our subscription cost guide (opens in new tab).
Marvel movies in order: how many movies are there in the MCU?
29 MCU movies have been released in theaters so far. Iron Man kicked things off in 2008, while Thor: Love and Thunder, which arrived in July 2022, is the latest to arrive. Be sure to check out our Thor 4 ending explainer, too, if you're unsure about how it, well, ended.
However, by July 2024, there'll be 36 films to fit on the MCU timeline. Marvel announced six new movies as part of its Phase 5 slate, including official release dates for Blade, Captain America 4, and the Thunderbolts.
Marvel also revealed three films that'll make up Phase 6, too – Fantastic Four, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, and Avengers: Secret Wars – so there'll be 39 MCU films (at least) by the end of 2025. Expect more to be announced for Phase 6 and beyond, though, which will take the total over 40.
How long would it take to watch all the Marvel movies?
In order to binge watch all 29 MCU films to date, you need to set aside 3,812 minutes – that's 63 and a half hours, or 2.6 total days, for those of you who would try to complete a couple of all-nighters in one long streaming session.
Factor in the TV shows, too, however, and you'd need to set aside a whopping 5,957 minutes (99.2 hours or 4.1 days) to watch every Marvel Studios project. You don't need to tell you that plenty of bathroom breaks, snacks, and power naps would be required for that mammoth marathon!
Marvel movies in order: how to watch chronologically
Let's start with the Marvel movies and shows in order by chronology, which means watching them in the order of the year they're set. You'll start with Captain America's origin story in WWII and end with Thor: Love and Thunder, which apparently takes place in 2025.
Some MCU entries are ambiguous. For example, Black Widow, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange occur around the same time. Without an exact breakdown from Marvel Studios, it's hard to pinpoint where these movies fit on the MCU timeline. So we've done our best with the knowledge available to us.
With the Marvel TV shows also factoring into the equation, we've included them as well. So, technically, this isn't just a Marvel movies in order article anymore.
Here's how to watch the Marvel movies in order chronologically, with the TV shows slotted in where applicable:
- Captain America: The First Avenger – between 1942 and 1945
- Captain Marvel – 1995
- Iron Man – 2008
- Iron Man 2 – 2010
- The Incredible Hulk – unspecified but likely 2010
- Thor – 2011
- The Avengers – 2012
- Iron Man 3 – late 2012
- Thor: Dark World – unspecified but likely 2012
- Captain America: Winter Soldier – 2014
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 – 2014
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – 2014 (two months after Guardians Vol. 1)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron – 2015
- Ant-Man – 2015
- Captain America: Civil War – 2016
- Black Widow – 2016 (after Civil War)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming – 2016
- Doctor Strange – 2016
- Black Panther – 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok – 2017
- Avengers: Infinity War – 2017
- Ant-Man and The Wasp – 2017
- Avengers: Endgame – starts in 2018, finishes in 2023
- WandaVision – 2023 (three weeks after Endgame)
- Loki – 2023 (although it's technically 2012, based on Endgame's events)
- What If...? season 1 – spans the entire multiverse; best watched after Endgame
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – 2023
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – 2023/2024
- Spider-Man: Far From Home – 2024
- Eternals – 2024 (although it spans 7,000 years of human history)
- Moon Knight – unspecified, but likely 2024
- Spider-Man: No Way Home – late 2024
- Hawkeye – December 2024
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – early 2025
- Ms Marvel – sometime in 2025
- Thor: Love and Thunder – unspecified, but likely 2025
Marvel movies in order: how to watch by release date
Want to watch the Marvel movies and series in order of release date? Try this list instead.
Again, we've listed the MCU TV shows alongside the films, so we've slotted them in alongside the movies in the phases they were released in.
Wait, what do we mean by 'phases'? Marvel Studios breaks its movies and TV shows down into groups – what it calls phases – so you can watch certain films and TV series in unison. It helps to break the MCU's overarching storyline into chunks, which makes them easier to binge.
Currently, the MCU comprises four Phases. The first ran from 2008 to 2012, while Phase 2's movies arrived between 2013 and 2015. Marvel's Phase 3 slate consists of films released between 2016 and 2019. Finally, Phase 4 – which is ongoing – began in 2020 and will end in December 2022.
Phase 5 will start in February 2023 and run until July 2024. Phase 6 will then take over, beginning in November 2024 and, as far as we know, will draw to a close in November 2025.
For now, here's how to watch every MCU film and show in release date order:
- 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)
What's the best order to watch the Marvel movies?
Purists will tell you release date order is the best way, while others will want to see the Marvel timeline play out by order of chronology.
Our opinion? Watching the Marvel movies in order of release date is the best way to binge them if you're a first time viewer. Sure, chronologically is a great choice, and one established fans may want to try, but it can still feel slightly messy from a Marvel movie timeline perspective.
If you start with Captain America's story in WWII, its final scene still plays out in the late 2000s when he wakes up in present-day New York. He meets Nick Fury not long after, either, but this isn't the first time we're supposed to see the ex-director of SHIELD – it's supposed to be in 2008's Iron Man, with events in that film preceding the end of Captain America. This ends up making it difficult to follow the franchise's overarching story if you watch the Marvel movies in order this way.
Our personal preference, then, is to watch the Marvel movies in release date order. MCU fans will have their own ways of watching them – some even include the TV shows during the marathon binge watch. But, in our view, the answer to watching the Marvel movies in order is a simple one: binge them in the order that they were released.
Marvel Phase 4: MCU movies and shows coming soon
Marvel Phase 4 will end in December 2022 with The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Disney PLus. That means there are only five more projects – and only two major ones – set to arrive before this phase ends:
- I Am Groot (August 10)
- She-Hulk (August 17)
- Werewolf By Night Halloween Special (expected in October)
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (November 11)
- The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (expected in December)
What Marvel Phase 5 and 6 projects have been announced?
Here's a list of every post-Phase 4 MCU movie and TV series:
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (February 17, 2023)
- What If...? season 2 (TV show, early 2023)
- Secret Invasion (TV show, spring 2023)
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023)
- Echo (TV show, mid-2023)
- The Marvels (July 28, 2023)
- Loki season 2 (TV show, summer 2023)
- Blade (November 3, 2023)
- Ironheart (TV show, late 2023)
- X-Men 97 (animated TV show, late 2023)
- Agatha: Coven of Chaos (TV show, late 2023/early 2024)
- Daredevil: Born Again (TV show, early 2024)
- Captain America: New World Order (May 3, 2024)
- Marvel Zombies (animated TV show, mid-2024)
- Thunderbolts (July 26, 2024)
- Spider-Man: Freshman Year (animated TV show, 2024)
- Fantastic Four (November 8, 2024; Phase 6)
- Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (May 2, 2025; Phase 6)
- Avengers: Secret Wars (November 7, 2025; Phase 6)
How to watch the Marvel movies
You can stream Marvel movies and shows on Disney Plus, but there's a slight catch with some entries. Every MCU film is available on the streamer except for The Incredible Hulk and some Spider-Man movies. That's because Universal and Sony own the distribution rights to them, so they aren't technically part of the Marvel Studios family, despite their ties to the MCU.
However, a new deal between Marvel and Sony means that select Spidey flicks are now streamable on Disney Plus. 2002's Spider-Man, 2004's Spider-Man 2, 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man, 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming are all available on Disney's streaming platform. It's unclear when other movies starring the webslinger will arrive, or if Sony's Spider-Man spin-off films, such as Venom and Morbius, will also come to Disney Plus.
When is Thor: Love and Thunder coming to Disney Plus?
Currently, the answer is a simple one: we don't know.
However, based on when other Marvel movies have landed on Disney Plus, we have an idea of when Thor 4 could make its Disney Plus debut. Check out our Thor 4 Disney Plus guide for more details.
Marvel movies in order: all MCU films ranked
For us, the Avengers movies are the best MCU films around, but the whole thing is subjective. You can check our ranking of the best Marvel movies for our full thoughts on the matter.
Below, we've also ranked the Marvel films and TV series in order based on their IMDb (opens in new tab) user scores. The votes are pretty expected for some films – Eternals is nobody's favorite, is it? – but others surprised us. Everyone thinks Captain America: The First Avenger is better than Ant-Man and the Wasp, right?
By the way, we haven't included Sony's Spider-Man spin-off films. Until Sony categorically confirms it, the likes of Venom and Morbius don't technically exist in the MCU, so they haven't been included.
- Avengers: Endgame (2019) – Rating: 8.4
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – Rating: 8.4
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) – Rating: 8.3
- Loki (2021) – Rating: 8.2
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Rating: 8.0
- The Avengers (2012) – Rating: 8.0
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Rating: 7.9
- WandaVision (2021) – Rating: 7.9
- Iron Man (2008) – Rating: 7.9
- Captain America: Civil War (2016) – Rating: 7.8
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – Rating: 7.8
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – Rating: 7.6
- Hawkeye (2021) – Rating: 7.5
- Doctor Strange (2016) – Rating: 7.5
- Moon Knight (2022) – Rating: 7.4
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) – Rating: 7.4
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – Rating: 7.4
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – Rating: 7.4
- Black Panther (2018) – Rating: 7.3
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – Rating: 7.3
- Ant-Man (2015) – Rating: 7.3
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) – Rating: 7.2
- Iron Man 3 (2013) – Rating: 7.1
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) – Rating: 7.0
- Thor (2011) – Rating: 7.0
- Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) – Rating: 7.0
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – Rating: 6.9
- Iron Man 2 (2010) – Rating: 6.9
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) – Rating: 6.8
- Captain Marvel (2019) – Rating: 6.8
- Thor: The Dark World (2013) – Rating: 6.8
- Black Widow (2021) – Rating: 6.7
- The Incredible Hulk (2008) – Rating: 6.6
- Eternals (2021) – Rating: 6.3
- Ms Marvel (2022) – 6.2