Whatever you think about superhero films, you have to give Marvel credit: It has managed to create a 28-movie Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) without any reboots, remakes, or recastings (with one notable exception). None of the performers pulled out in the middle, and they didn’t decide to re-do a few origin stories along the way.
But now that we’re halfway into the series’ “Phase 4”, it’s easy to forget what came before. Ready to watch it again? You’ll need to recall the order in which they appeared: Here’s how to view all of the Marvel movies in chronological sequence. (That’s the order of theatrical release; if you want to see them in chronological sequence from WWII to today, you’ll need the Time Stone and a lot geekier outlet than this one.)
If you’re wondering how to view all of the Marvel movies on streaming platforms at home, Spider-Man: No Way Home has them all. They’re available on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes, and almost all of them are also available on Disney+. (There are lots more MCU-related TV programs in the pipeline for Disney+, but that’s a another story.)
However, there is one major exception to the Disney+ rule: Unfortunately for Spider-Man fans, the Tom Holland Spider-Man films are officially owned by Sony, thus they aren’t now available on Disney+ – though the two studios may have a deal that will allow Disney to stream them in the future. Here’s your re-watching schedule, as well as a glance at what’s next for the multiverse.
Marvel Films in Release Order
Here are all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films in chronological order, divided into “phases” that Marvel Studios uses to identify discrete story arcs inside the broader MCU arc.
- Iron Man – May 2, 2008
- The Incredible Hulk – June 13, 2008
- Iron Man 2 – May 7, 2010
- Thor – May 6, 2011
- Captain America: The First Avenger – July 22, 2011
- Marvel’s The Avengers – May 4, 2012
- Iron Man 3 – May 3, 2013
- Thor: The Dark World – November 8, 2013
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier – April 4, 2014
- Guardians of the Galaxy – August 1, 2014
- Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1, 2015
- Ant-Man – July 17, 2015
- Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016
- Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016
- Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017
- Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017
- Black Panther – February 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War – April 27, 2018
- Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018
- Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019
- Avengers: Endgame – April 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far from Home – July 2, 2019
- Black Widow – July 9, 2021
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – September 3, 2021
- Eternals – November 5, 2021
- Spider-Man: No Way Home – December 17, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – May 6, 2022
- Thor: Love and Thunder – July 8, 2022
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – November 11, 2022
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – February 17, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – May 5, 2023
- The Marvels (aka Captain Marvel 2) – July 28, 2023
- Fantastic Four – TBA
Past Phase Four
- Blade – TBA
- Untitled Deadpool Film – TBA
- Untitled Captain America Sequel – TBA
- Untitled Shang-Chi Sequel – TBA
- Untitled mutant film – TBA
Iron Man (2008)
Tony Stark is the protagonist of the first film in the franchise. When weapons manufacturer Tony Stark is captured in enemy territory, he constructs his own super-powered super-suit, setting him on the path to heroism rather than war profiteering.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Even die-hard Marvel fans tend to overlook or dismiss this one because its star, Ed Norton, was replaced by Mark Ruffalo for the remainder of the series. However, it is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! It’s not available on Disney+ right now; instead, go to HBO Max.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Tony Stark attracts some frightening opponents as Iron Man, including rival arms merchant Justin Hammer and Russian antagonist Whiplash. Bring in reinforcements — after all, this is the first appearance of Black Widow in a film.
Thor, who lives a godlike existence on Asgard, is exiled to Earth, where he becomes embroiled in a human love tale. When an old war resurfaces and threatens his new home, he must learn how to defend it.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
With this film, the MCU journeys back in time to follow Steve Rogers as he aids the Allies during World War II – with the help of a serum that makes him strong, swift, and tough. Alan Menken, the man behind the majority of your beloved Disney tunes, even wrote him a little wartime theme song.
The Avengers (2012)
The stage was set for their first team-up after spectators were introduced to Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Thor. In The Avengers, the heroes band together to prevent extraterrestrials from destroying New York City. Can they, however, learn to collaborate?
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Shane Black, the screenwriter of Lethal Weapon and The Monster Squad, takes the helm for the third installment of the Iron Man trilogy, which pits Tony Stark against a danger known as “The Mandarin.”
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Malekith the Dark Elf is defeated in Thor’s second film, and he must form an unexpected alliance with his brother Loki (yay!).
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Captain America (and a few friends) work to uncover a scheme at S.H.I.E.L.D., with far-reaching implications for the rest of the series. The producers claim to have been influenced by 1970s conspiracy films such as Three Days of the Condor (which also shares a star, Robert Redford, with this film).
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
A band of interplanetary misfits band together, lead by Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord), to keep a powerful stone out of the wrong hands – all while listening to Lite-FM tracks from the 1970s. When it was released, the soundtrack to this film debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Earth’s Mightiest Heroes must come together once more to stop an A.I. built by Tony Stark that is hell-bent on destroying all humanity.
Scott Lang, a petty thief, transforms into Ant-Man, proving that large heroes can come in little packages thanks to his ability to shrink.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
If you enjoy witnessing different superheroes and their powers clash, this film — about the gap that arises between Captain America and Iron Man following the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron — has one of the best, all-out superhero clashes in the entire series. It also features the debut of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man!
Doctor Strange (2016)
This film follows the transformation of a hotshot neurosurgeon into a mystical Sorcerer in a film that often looks like the inside of a college dorm blacklight poster.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
When Star-Lord and the rest of the gang — including a Baby Groot! — return for more intergalactic adventures, a reckoning about what it means to be a family takes place.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Many Spider-Man movies have come before (Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield), but Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first Spider-Man film that is officially a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (though, perplexingly, it is still not a part of Disney+). He appears briefly in Captain America: Civil War, but here he gets to feature in a farce about juggling superhero duties and high school.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
The God of Thunder travels to a world where he meets unexpected characters, including his friend Hulk. But how will he return to Asgard in time to confront the wicked Hela? Taika Waititi, who was previously renowned for directing hilarious indies like What We Do in the Shadows, directed it, and he takes that comedic sense with him.
Black Panther (2018)
Director Ryan Coogler, who brought the Rocky brand back to life with Creed, jumped over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to create the kingdom of Wakanda, a land that kept itself isolated until a world-spanning menace forces King T’Challa to step up and seek out beyond its borders. Unfortunately, Chadwick Boseman died of cancer before he could reprise his role as T’Challa in the sequel.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Thanos demonstrates why he’s the franchise’s Big Bad villain in a huge — and we mean gigantic — battle involving characters from throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
The Ant-Man sequel, which chronicles his further travels in the Quantum Realm, continues on the lighter side; director Peyton Reed says the Barbra Streisand comedy What’s Up, Doc? was a huge inspiration.
Captain Marvel (2019)
We won’t moan about the fact that it took Marvel Studios more than 20 films to make a woman the title character (except a little). Instead, we’ll concentrate on Brie Larsen’s performance as a former Air Force pilot who must return to Earth in the 1990s to deal with some space aliens.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Avengers: Endgame is the conclusion of all the groundwork set by the previous 21 films, and it involves all of the heroes in an intergalactic, time-jumping battle to preserve the Earth after “The Snap.”
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
After the mayhem of Avengers: Endgame, this smaller story of Peter Parker’s school vacation to Europe (which is disrupted by villain Mysterio, played by Jake Gyllenhaal), delivers a satisfying conclusion.
Black Widow (2021)
Natasha Romanoff finally gets her moment in the spotlight after two dozen films. While this is the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe film and the first film in Marvel’s “Phase 4,” the events of the film take place immediately after Captain America: Civil War. Still perplexed?
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
Marvel didn’t stop after Black Widow. Because the title character is a master of unarmed combat, there are plenty of exciting battle scenes starring Simu Liu, Awkwafina, and Tony Leung.
Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Gemma Chan, Don Lee, and Kit Harington join an all-star cast for Eternals, helmed by Nomadland’s Chloé Zhao. This film follows the adventures of a race of super-beings sent to preserve the planet Earth throughout history.
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
He’s supposed to be a nice neighborhood Spider-Man, but he transforms into a friendly, multiverse-altering Spidey! Following an encounter with Doctor Strange, Peter makes a mistake that brings heroes and villains from other dimensions into his. Can he make it right?
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
Now that the multiverse has arrived, Doctor Strange is dispatched on a journey across dimensions to assist a teenager named America Chavez, who can’t yet control her universe-hopping abilities and is being followed by an unusual foe. Another illustration of how all superhero films are linked: After the original director of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness left, they turned to Sam Raimi. Who exactly is Raimi? He directed the Spider-Man flicks starring Tobey Maguire. Completed the circle!
Thor Love and Thunder (2022)
Date of release: July 8, 2022
What happens to a superhero after his heroic days are over? Thor sets forth across the galaxy to find out. Taika Waititi, who directed Ragnarok, returns to direct this film, and this time Jane gets to pick up the hammer!
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
The release date is November 11, 2022.
Following the death of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel declared that the role of T’Challa would not be recast for the Black Panther sequel. Still, there are more stories to be told about Wakanda, and in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, we’ll see more adventures with Wakanda’s other significant leaders.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022)
Date of release: December 20, 2022
Okay, this isn’t a genuine movie because it’s only a half-hour long. However, this is being shot alongside Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and it will be available on Disney+ in time for the holidays.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
Date of release: February 17, 2023
They keep dragging you back into the Quantum Realm just when you thought you were done with it! This film is believed to feature Jonathan Majors, better known as “He Who Remains” in Loki.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)
Date of release: May 5, 2023
Director James Gunn took a little trip to DC for The Suicide Squad, but he’s returning for the next installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. The major question is, which songs will he play this time?
The Marvels (2023)
Date of release: July 28, 2023
Nia DaCosta, the director of the most recent Candyman film, will direct the next Captain Marvel picture. It will also feature Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani), who is set to star in her own Disney+ series prior to this.
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