Most of us think that Marvel Studios said goodbye to one of their most beloved timelines with Avengers: Endgame, but they still had one little gift left to give fans. Spider-Man: Far From Home was released in Indian theaters in 2019 and served as the final offering in the Infinity Saga, comprising a total of 23 films from Phase One, Phase Two and Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
If you became a fan much later in the series, or if you haven’t really seen all of the movies, you may be a little confused about the final acts. Endgame brought everyone in the MCU together for one big, bad battle against Thanos, and we won’t blame you if you had a hard time putting a name to each celluloid face in the final scenes. and, more recently, Far From Home took you beyond the characters you grew up loving, shaping a future unlike anything you’ve ever known before.
Looking forward to watching all the Marvel movies in order but don’t know where to start? skip the release order (probably leaving you confused by flitting through the timelines) and follow the chronological timeline for the best viewing order. here is the one we recommend.
1) captain america: the first avenger (2011)
A sort of introduction to the MCU, Captain America: The First Avenger is set primarily in the 1940s and acquaints viewers with the SSR, which later becomes S.H.E.I.L.D. we saw the first infinity stone here: the tesseract (space stone) was hidden in the earth for centuries, in a church in tonsberg, norway, before red skull (the movie’s antagonist) stole it in 1942. later it ended with s.h.i.e.l.d.
2) captain marvel (2019)
Another origin story, Captain Marvel takes us back to the mid-1990s to focus on an important stage in Nick Fury’s career and an update on S.H.E.I.L.D.’s priorities: the establishment of the Avengers Initiative. it also sets up the kree, an alien race later seen in guardians of the galaxy.
3) iron man (2008)
although iron man was technically the first (released) mcu movie, chronologically it fits better at number three. By the time you see this, you’ll already know who Howard Stark is because of the First Avenger, and thus you’ll be in a better position to be introduced to his son (who is sure to become one of your most beloved Marvel characters), Tony. rigid. this feature also allows viewers to access the modern iteration of s.h.e.i.l.d.
4) iron man 2 (2010)
Continuing Howard Stark’s legacy of tying narrative threads together, Iron Man 2 delves deeper into the workings of the fictional agency and introduces Nick Fury in a larger role for audiences to get to know him better.
5) the incredible hulk (2008)
According to the Marvel timeline, The Incredible Hulk, which reveals Bruce Banner’s origin story, takes place at the same time as Iron Man 2, but the post-credits sequence shows that Stark has a role as ” consultant” with s.h.e.i.l.d., which is why it made more sense at number five instead of four in our viewing order.
6) thor (2011)
Giving audiences an introduction to Asgard, Thor focuses on events in the alternate realm while continuing to develop the story of S.H.E.I.L.D. coulson and hawkeye play important roles in this one.
7) the avengers (2012)
The Avengers naturally continues the themes and character arcs seen in Thor (2011). Loki returns as an antagonist with a powerful scepter that houses another Infinity Stone, eventually leading the Chitauri invasion of New York that exposes the existence of dangerous aliens. Although the gem is not identified in the film (we are not even told that the scepter’s powers are actually due to an Infinity Stone), its powers have led many to believe that this was the first time we saw the Infinity Stone. mind. Instead, the story focuses on the Tesseract, brought to Earth by Loki and eventually brought back to Asgard by Thor. this is also the first time s.h.e.i.l.d. is seen as more than just the “good guys”: the world council orders a nuclear attack on US soil in a disturbing turn of events.
8) thor: the dark world (2013)
Now that the previous two movies have given you a better understanding of Thor and Loki’s relationship, Thor: The Dark World is perfect for further exploring why these two brothers have always been at odds. this movie also explains in more detail the existence of the infinity stones, and you find out that the aether (stone of reality) was made by malekith (enemy of thor and king of the dark elves) and is kept in the intergalactic museum of the collector (one of the elders of the universe).
9) guardians of the galaxy (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy reveals another Infinity Stone, the Power Stone. Locked within the orb, it was found on an abandoned colony planet called Morag, and was used to both plan and prevent a genocide on Xander (yet another planet), giving viewers a strong sense of the massive impact this can have. mighty gem. then ended with the intergalactic police order known as the nova corps.
10) guardians of the galaxy vol. 2 (2017)
whereas the events shown in guardians of the galaxy vol. 2 taking place chronologically just a few months after the first film, this one is perfect for your next watch.
11) iron man 3 (2013)
After taking you across the universe, we bring you back to earth with Iron Man 3, where Tony Stark deals with the aftermath of the Avengers feud. In this movie, you’re taken on a wild ride into the character of Stark, giving you a better overview of his PTSD and showing you how he deals with it by building more armor.
12) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
some dedicated fans say that captain america: the winter soldier was happening around the same time as iron man 3, so cap wasn’t there to help stark deal with the mandarin, and stark wasn’t there to help to rogers. with hydra. this feature is more of an update on what’s going on in captain america’s life but it also shows the chitauri scepter (as seen in the avengers) being used at the hydra base for experiments some of the which result in quicksilver and scarlet witch. the powers of him just like the avengers, this movie also doesn’t identify the gem as the mind stone.
13) avengers: age of ultron (2015)
Continuing the hydra arc, avengers: age of ultron sees the group of protagonists take down a major base in sokovia in the opening sequences. the film also begins to link the terrestrial adventures with the cosmic stories, finally revealing the scepter gem as the mind stone and introducing the birth of vision, an android who has the stone embedded in his forehead. We also see Thor deciding to leave Earth to investigate the powerful gems, and Thanos taking matters into his own hands by retrieving the Infinity Gauntlet before beginning his quest for the gems.
14) ant man (2015)
Set on the heels of the Age of Ultron, Ant-Man has subtle references to the devastation in Sokovia, while also giving the Falcon (Sam Wilson) more screen time for audiences to get to know him better.
15) captain america: civil war (2016)
The sokovia arc finds its climax in captain america: civil war, nearly tearing the avengers apart. The film also serves as a launch pad for the next batch of earthly stories, including the introduction of Black Panther, and perfectly follows the ending credits of Ant-Man. We also see Tony Stark recruiting Peter Parker (Spider-Man) for the Avengers here.
16) black panther (2018)
black panther is set just a week after the avengers split in civil war, making it the ideal next watch. it also sets up the history of wakanda, raising awareness of the different superheroes present in the mcu.
17) spider-man: homecoming (2017)
spider-man: homecoming is set chronologically around two months after civil war, giving tony stark some time to heal before becoming involved in the evolution of spider-man to become a major part of the avengers, and possibly in phase four of marvel.
18) doctor strange (2016)
Seeing doctor strange at this point in the viewing order lends it some thematic importance, as the film ties the cosmic and terrestrial histories of the mcu once again. the film brings into play another infinity stone (the time stone) and also explains the quantum realm, which is eerily glimpsed as it hurtles through different dimensions.
19) thor: ragnarok (2017)
Logically following Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok even features a cameo from Benedict Cumberbatch’s character. The end credits lead right into the build-up to Infinity War, with the Asgardian refugees intercepted in space by Thanos. The Tesseract is also seen on Asgard in the movie, staying on the planet since Thor brought it back (as seen in Avengers).
20) Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
ant-man and the wasp takes you back to the earthbound adventures of the mcu, with most of its history based before infinity war. This can be seen in the post-credits scenes, where Scott Lang enters the Quantum Realm while in contact with the rest of his team. One of his team members leaves him stranded in the middle of a countdown, randomly disappearing into specks of dust, giving us our first glimpse of the disastrous events in Infinity War.
21) avengers: infinity war (2018)
The Infinity Stones finally come together in Avengers: Infinity War, and unsurprisingly, they lead to a cataclysmic climax that’s sure to have you weeping with dismay. thanos decimates xander to acquire the power stone; he attacks the Asgardian ship, Statesman, a week later, killing half the population on board; he kills loki for the tesseract (although loki had already given it to him to stop the assault); retrieves the reality stone from the collector and uses it to trick and capture his daughter, gamora; and then throws her off a cliff to get his hands on the soul stone. He forces Doctor Strange to give up the Time Stone after a long battle and then teleports to Wakanda to get the ultimate prize from him: the Mind Stone in Vision’s forehead. he gets his hands on all the stones, pulls on the infinity gauntlet, and an instant later, half the population of the entire universe disintegrates. have your tissues handy when you see this one.
22) avengers: endgame (2019)
although avengers: endgame (2019) begins three weeks after thanos has destroyed half of the universe, the majority of the film takes place five years later. The return of Scott Lang (Ant-Man) from the Quantum Realm gives the remaining Avengers new hope of going back and changing time. Countless twists and turns, successful time travel, deaths of major characters (Rip Black Widow), and an epic battle later, the effects of Thanos’ plan are reversed forever, but with a terrible result: the death of Iron Man. p>
23) spider-man: far from home (2019)
spider-man: far from home follows directly from the end of the game and focuses on peter parker’s grief over the death of tony stark and how the world changed after iron man. The film is said to bring the Infinity Saga to a neat conclusion, while also setting the tone for what you can expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe next.
want to watch it in original release order anyway? this is the list you want to follow.
- 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)
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