Watching all the marvel movies in chronological order might sound pretty easy, after all, the timeline doesn’t jump as much as in the star wars movies, but don’t forget that if you accept this challenge, you’re committing yourself! to see a whopping 29 movies! and that is if you can finish before black panther: wakana forever comes out.
From Captain America: The First Avenger to Thor: Love and Thunder, the MCU’s timeline is wide and with new Marvel movies coming out every year, it’s only going to get bigger. If you haven’t enjoyed watching all the Marvel movies in chronological order yet, we suggest you start because it will only get harder from now on.
That said, there’s a lot to be gained by watching each Marvel movie in chronological order. You get to see the superheroes we know and love grow from shallow businessmen, skinny kids, and immature young gods to the Avengers and beyond. you experience their ups and downs along with them, and gain a better understanding of everything they’re dealing with at the same time (FYI, doctor strange has had a rough couple of years).
if we’re preaching to the choir, open the disney+ subscription and start watching. You can watch most of the MCU movies, including some of the best Marvel movies, on the House of Mouse streaming service and when it comes to the ones you can’t watch, just check out our Marvel streaming guide to find out where. find them. Read on for a full list of all the Marvel movies in chronological order and, just remember, we’re talking about the MCU, so you won’t find Venom or Morbius on this list. Happy streaming!
supreme spoiler warning for the entries below: If you don’t want to spoil any of these movies, scroll no further than the bullet point list below. you have been warned…
marvel movies in chronological order
- captain america: the first avenger
- captain marvel
- iron man
- iron man 2
- the incredible hulk
- the avengers
- thor: the dark world
- iron man 3
- captain america: the winter soldier
- guardians of the galaxy
- guardians of the galaxy 2
- avengers: age of ultron
- ant-man</ li
- captain america: civil war
- black widow
- spider-man: homecoming
- black panther
- doctor strange
- thor: ragnarok
- ant-man and the wasp
- avengers: infinity war
- avengers: endgame
- spider-man: far from home
- shang-chi and the legend of the ten rings
- spider-man: no way home
- doctor strange in the multiverse of madness
- thor: love and thunder
1. captain america: the first avenger
- release date: July 22, 2011
- cast: chris evans, hayley atwell, hugo weaving
if you want to watch all the marvel movies in chronological order then you have to start with captain america: the first avenger. It’s not the best Marvel movie by any means, but given that it takes place during World War II, in 1942 to be exact, its setting is certainly the oldest. Travel back in time to see Cap fight Hydra posing as Nazis and fall in love with Peggy Carter, only to be frozen in ice so he can conveniently time-jump to the present day and eventually team up with the Avengers. this is where it all started…
2. captain marvel
- release date: March 8, 2019
- cast: brie larson, samuel l. jackson, jude law
Next, you’ll jump back in time to the ’90s, where Captain Marvel discovers grunge and a community of Skrulls hiding in plain sight on Earth. Set in 1995, Marvel gave us a strong blast of nostalgia with this origin film, which saw appearances from ’90s icons like blockbusters, payphones, and nine-inch nails. Furthermore, it was the first Marvel movie in which one of the main characters of it lost his age using impressive CGI so that a young Nick Fury could kick some butt alongside one of the most powerful superheroes in the franchise.
3. iron man
- release date: May 2, 2008
- cast: robert downey jr., gwyneth paltrow, terrence howard
that brings us to iron man, the first marvel movie ever made, but the third in chronological order. Set in 2010, this origin film started it all for the Marvel Cinematic Universe when Tony Stark created the Iron Man suit to escape his captors and later become a powerful yet arrogant superhero. with his for pepper shakers and his colleague’s friend. Along with James “Rhodey” Rhodey, Tony eventually takes down Baddie Obadiah Stane, who arranged for Tony’s kidnapping so he could take over Grim Industries.
4. iron man 2
- release date: May 7, 2010
- cast: robert downey jr., mickey rourke, gwyneth paltrow
Less than a year later, Tony is in trouble again when the son of a former Stark Industries employee, Ivan Vanko, attempts to kill him using his own version of technology from Tony’s Iron Man suit. And, as if that’s not bad enough, Tony discovers that the palladium core in the arc reactor that keeps him alive and powers his suit is actually killing him. Overall, Tony isn’t having a great year, but thanks to a little help from Nick Fury and Natasha Romanoff, aka S.H.I.E.L.D. agent black widow, he eventually heals himself and defeats vanko.
5. the incredible hulk
- release date: June 13, 2008
- cast: edward norton, liv tyler, tim roth
At the same time, Bruce Banner is trying to find a cure for his condition that turns him into a big, angry green monster whenever he feels a little irritated. Set in 2011, Banner is being hunted by General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, who sends Special Forces soldier Emil Blonsky to take him down. Unfortunately, Blonsky is no match for the Hulk, so he agrees to be injected with a serum similar to the one that turned Banner into the Hulk. the problem is that he also drives him crazy. Over time, Banner becomes an abomination and goes on the kill, convincing Ross to let him stop Blonsky and save the day.
It’s being debated if this movie counts as part of the mcu: disney/marvel say no, but it was very clear it was meant to be in the mcu when it was created, as evidenced by tony stark’s post-credits cameo .
- release date: May 6, 2011
- cast: chris hemsworth, anthony hopkins, natalie portman
also at the same time (yes seriously, 2011 was a busy year for the mcu), god of thunder thor is banished to earth by his father odin and discovers that he is no longer worthy enough to lift his favorite hammer . There he meets scientist Jane Foster and learns to live as a mortal for a while. Meanwhile, in Asgard, Thor’s brother Loki, the god of mischief, discovers that he is actually adopted and doesn’t take it very well. Eventually, Thor proves worthy enough to wield his hammer once more and returns to Asgard to stop Loki from causing any more trouble, only to witness the supposed death of his brother.
7. avengers assemble
- release date: May 4, 2012
- cast: robert downey jr., chris evans, scarlett johansson
surprise! a year after loki’s ‘death’ and he is back trying to take over the earth, leading to the creation of the avengers in 2012. /hulk and thor (who traveled to earth to stop his brother) They team up to stop Loki. They are also joined by Black Widow and her friend Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye. Long story short, a huge battle ensues that destroys most of New York, but ultimately ends with Loki being captured and brought back to Asgard for a spanking.
8. thor: the dark world
- Release Date: November 8, 2013
- Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Fresh off the back of defeating his brother, Thor returns to Earth and runs into Jane who has accidentally absorbed a dangerous substance called Aether, and is more than a little upset that Thor didn’t call her when he was in the city . After discovering that the Aether will kill Jane, Thor enlists the help of his wayward brother to trick the dark elf Malekith into extracting the Aether from Jane. Loki is once again supposedly killed during the confrontation and Malekith attempts to use the Aether to wreak havoc on Earth, but is stopped by Thor and Jane.
9. iron man 3
- release date: May 3, 2013
- cast: robert downey jr., guy pearce, gwyneth paltrow
While all of this is going on, tony is struggling from his experiences during the battle of new york. Convinced that the only way to protect the earth and his loved ones is with more Iron Man suits, he spends most of 2012 creating suit after suit after suit, only for bombs to start going off everywhere, supposedly orchestrated by Iron Man. the Mandarin. During his investigation of the Mandarin, Tony discovers that the scientist Aldrich Killian is actually behind the attacks and that he has kidnapped the President. Tony teams up with Rhodey to save the President, eventually destroying all of his suits and promising Pepper that he’ll tone down the superhero for a while.
10. captain america: the winter soldier
- release date: March 26, 2014
- cast: chris evans, sebastian stan, scarlett johansson
After the events of The Avengers come together, Captain America is spending 2014 adjusting to life today when an assassin named the Winter Soldier starts causing trouble for S.H.I.E.L.D. It turns out that the Winter Soldier is actually Bucky, an old friend of Cap’s from 1942, who has been brainwashed by the Hydra and periodically kept on ice. Oh, and Hydra has taken over S.H.I.E.L.D. also. Cap, along with Black Widow and his new friend Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, help bring Hydra/S.H.I.E.L.D. down, but bucky ends up running away.
11. guardians of the galaxy
- release date: July 31, 2014
- cast: chris pratt, zoe saldana, lee pace
That same year, Star-Lord is wandering the galaxy trying to find a buyer for a powerful Infinity Stone he’s stolen when he’s ambushed by Thanos’ adopted daughter, Gamora, and bounty hunters, Rocket and Groot, who also They are behind the stone. After being sent to prison and meeting Drax, the unlikely friends band together, escape, and decide to sell the stone to stop the bad guy Ronan, who wants to use it to destroy Xandar. Not everything goes according to plan and they end up in a big battle with Ronan, which ends with an awkward dance and victory for the Guardians of the Galaxy.
in particular, the guardians of the galaxy sent the mcu into space for the first time (if you don’t count iron man’s very brief spaceflight in avengers assemble).
12. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
- release date: May 5, 2017
- cast: chris pratt, zoe saldana, kurt russell
As soon as the Guardians of the Galaxy defeated Ronan, they faced another great villain in the same year, this time with a bit of added family drama. Ego, Star-Lord’s estranged but very powerful father, appears and announces that he wants to teach Star-Lord his abilities. but, before they can get very far with the lessons, it turns out that ego is a psycho mass murderer and the guardians have to destroy him, which is not as easy as it seems. At least they made a new friend in the form of an empathic mantis.
13. avengers: age of ultron
- release date: May 1, 2015
- cast: robert downey jr., chris evans, chris hemsworth
In 2015, the Avengers had to reform to defeat another villain, except this time it was one of them. well, tony is anyway. still desperately trying to protect humanity, he creates an a.i. robot named Ultron who is more interested in enslaving humanity than saving it. The heroes have to work together, along with some new friends in the form of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, to stop Ultron, but it comes at a high price, with the destruction of Sokovia.
14. ant man
- release date: July 17, 2015
- cast: paul rudd, michael douglas, evangeline lilly
While the Avengers are defeating Ultron, ex-con Scott Lang breaks into Hank Pym’s house and accidentally steals his Ant-Man suit. After being caught, Hank reveals that he set everything up to see if Scott was good enough to become the next Ant-Man. The good news is that he passed away, the bad news is that Hank needs his help to stop his former protégé and complete asshole, Darren Cross, from developing his own suit. After training with Hank and his daughter Hope for him, Scott finally manages to get the shrink under control and saves the day.
15. captain america: civil war
- release date: May 6, 2016
- cast: chris evans, robert downey jr., scarlett johansson
After the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the U.N. He asks the Avengers to sign the Sokovia Accords and promise not to do any superheroes until told to do so. Unfortunately, only half of the Avengers think it’s a good idea, with Iron Man and Captain America on opposite sides. To make matters worse, King T’Chaka is killed, supposedly by Cap’s old friend Bucky/The Winter Soldier, sparking an international incident involving the Black Panther. The Avengers end up having a big raid, but Cap and Bucky track down the real killer, Zemo, and find out that he coordinated everything to split the Avengers up. That’s when Zemo reveals that Bucky killed Iron Man’s parents, and Cap and Tony’s friendship officially ends.
16. black widow
- release date: July 9, 2021
- cast: scarlett johansson, florence pugh, david harbour
Later that same year, Natasha is on the run for breaking the Sokovia Accords when she discovers that the Red Room organization that tortured and trained her to be a Black Widow is still in operation. With an antidote to Black Widow’s mind control, and her former fake family in tow, Natasha tracks down the boss of the Red Room, Dreykov, who turned her own daughter into the perfect soldier, the Foreman. . Natasha and her company use the antidote to save her and the other Black Widows and make plans to rescue the rest of her, all over the world.
17. spider-man: homecoming
- release date: July 7, 2017
- cast: tom holland, michael keaton, robert downey jr.
After teaming up with Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker/Spider-Man returns to his old neighborhood when he discovers that Adrian Toomes is selling weapons made from alien technology. He tries to stop him, but has to be saved by Iron Man, who eventually confiscates the suit he made for Peter when he thinks he has gotten too reckless. Trying to get back to normal life, Peter invites his crush Liz to the prom, only to find out that his father is Tooms. uncomfortable. Realizing Toomes is going to try to steal a plane full of alien weapons, Peter ditches his prom date to stop him.
18. black panther
- release date: February 13, 2018
- cast: chadwick boseman, michael b. jordan, lupita nyong’o
After his father’s death in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa returns to Wakanda to take his rightful place as king, but quickly discovers that Wakanda artifacts are being stolen. In their attempt to stop the man responsible, black market arms dealer Ulysses Klaue, C.I.A. Agent Everett K. Ross is seriously injured. Meanwhile, Klaue is betrayed by his accomplice Erik Stevens / Killmonger, who kills him, takes his body to Wakanda and reveals himself as T’Challa’s cousin. he challenges t’challa to ritual combat for the throne and wins. Planning to send Wakanda weapons to his operatives around the world, T’Challa must rally his remaining allies to stop him and become king once more.
19. strange doctor
- release date: November 4, 2016
- cast: benedict cumberbatch, chiwetel ejiofor, rachel mcadams
brilliant but arrogant surgeon dr. stephen strange has a car accident that destroys his hands. Devastated that he can no longer handle a scalpel, he travels the world trying to find a cure and finally meets the old man. After agreeing to train him in the mystic arts, Strange is learning how to become a sorcerer when a former student, Kaecilius, attacks in search of magic to help him contact Dormammu from the Dark Dimension. Killing the old man, Kaecilius manages to contact Dormammu, and Strange creates a time-loop prison for Dormammu until he agrees to leave Earth forever.
- release date: November 3, 2017
- cast: chris hemsworth, tom hiddleston, cate blanchett
In 2017, Thor returns to Asgard to discover that his brother Loki is alive and posing as their father, Odin. They find his father, only to discover that he is dying and that they apparently have a terrible older sister, Hela, who is only caged by Odin’s magic. Once she dies, Hela shows up and takes over Asgard, vowing to wage war on the rest of the universe. Thor and Loki escape to Sakaar and meet up with Hulk (who has been missing since the Age of Ultron) and befriend Valkyrie. they team up to return to asgard and defeat hela causing ragnarok/the apocalypse, escaping with most of asgard’s people in a spaceship.
21. ant man and the wasp
- release date: July 6, 2018
- cast: paul rudd, evangeline lilly, michael peña
At the same time, Scott/Ant-Man is under house arrest thanks to his role in Captain America: Civil War when he runs into Hope and Hank, who are on the run because the authorities think they had something to do with it too. They need your help to rescue Hope’s mother, Janet, from the Quantum Realm, but they’re not the only ones trying to take over the Quantum Realm. Ghost tries to rob Hank’s lab, but Ant-Man and Wasp team up to stop her while Hank manages to bring Janet back from the Quantum Realm. All goes well, until everyone mysteriously disintegrates except Ant-Man, who is trapped in the Quantum Realm.
There’s a lot of quantum physics stuff here, and if you want to know more about it, we’ve dived into how realistic ant-man’s quantum science is.
22. avengers: infinity war
- release date: April 27, 2018
- cast: robert downey jr., chris hemsworth, chris evans
thanos, already in possession of the power stone, destroys the asgardian ship and kills loki (this time for real) to get the space stone. he then sends his foster children to earth in search of the mind and time stones, while he goes to search for the reality and soul stones. the avengers, guardians of the galaxy and just about every other superhero in the mcu do their best to stop thanos from getting the infinity gems but one by one he claims them all and the movie climaxes with him breaking their figures to get out half. of the universe. annoyance.
23. avengers: endgame
- release date: April 26, 2019
- cast: robert downey jr., chris hemsworth, chris evans
Five years later and the world is still trying to readjust to life after losing so much when Ant-Man returns from the Quantum Realm with the idea of bringing everyone back. Using knowledge from him, Tony and Smart Hulk find a way to travel through time and, along with the remaining heroes, return to different points in time to find the Infinity Stones before Thanos does. when they return (minus the black widow who was killed, r.i.p), they use the stones to bring everyone back, but thanos has also returned and all the avengers must come together to stop him. Iron Man saves the day with a snap of his fingers, but he dies trying.
24. spider-man: far from home
- release date: July 2, 2019
- cast: tom holland, samuel l. jackson, jake gyllenhaal
The following year, Peter is still grieving Tony’s death when he goes on a school trip to Europe just as he is attacked by elemental monsters. Nick Fury shows up and gives him Tony’s old glasses that have access to all the resources of Stark Industries, and Peter teams up with Beck, a superhero from the multiverse, to defeat the elementals. Believing Beck to be the hero the world needs, Peter gives him Tony’s glasses, only to discover that he is not a superhero at all, but rather an ex-employee of Stark who was behind the glasses all along. Peter and his friends finally stop Beck, but not before he lands Spider-Man in hot water.
25. shang-chi and the legend of the ten rings
- release date: september 3, 2021
- cast: simu liu, awkwafina, tony chiu-wai leung
During these events, Shaun/Shang-Chi is in San Francisco when he is attacked by his father’s criminal organization, the Ten Rings. he goes to look for his sister, xialing, but the ten rings also appear there and take them both to his father, who reveals that he will find his mother dead in a place called ta lo. once in ta lo, his aunt tells them that his father is being manipulated by the monster that dwells in the dark to free him, and they have to work together to try to stop him. Unfortunately, the dark dweller escapes, but with the help of a dragon they manage to defeat him and save the day. hooray!
- release date: November 5, 2021
- cast: gemma chan, richard madden, angelina jolie
It turns out that a race of immortals called the Eternals have been living on earth in secret since the dawn of time, protecting humanity from the Divergent. they think that’s their only job, but really, they’re just supposed to make sure humanity develops enough that a celestial giant can be born from the core of the earth.
Unfortunately, this will kill all the humans the Eternals have come to know and love over the last few thousand years, so most of them decide to kill the Celestials. After fighting each other and fighting more Divergent, the Eternals manage to kill the Celestial and save the world, but their boss, the Celestial, Arishem, isn’t too happy about it…
27. spider man: no way home
- release date: December 15, 2021
- cast: tom holland, zendaya, benedict cumberbatch
After mysterio revealed spider-man’s ‘secret identity’ and blamed him for the london attacks, peter’s life has gone from bad to worse. some people think he’s a murderer, the press won’t let him off the hook, and he and his friend can’t get into college. So, he does what any young superhero in need of help would do…he asks Doctor Strange to cast a spell to make everyone forget he’s Spider-Man.
Sadly, things don’t go exactly as planned (shocking, I know!) and suddenly, Spider-Man villains from other multiverses start barging into Peter’s. With the help of his friends old and new, he defeats the villains by healing them instead of killing them, but Doctor Strange has to cast another spell to make everyone forget that Peter existed to prevent the multiverses from destroying each other. sad times.
28. doctor strange in the multiverse of madness
- release date: May 5, 2022
- cast: benedict cumberbatch, elizabeth olsen, xochitl gomez
It’s been a busy couple of years for Doctor Strange who, after playing a pivotal role in Spider-Man: No Way Home, returns with his long-awaited solo sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. after the marvel tv show wandavision, the scarlet witch hasn’t learned her lesson about using magic to try to heal her pain, but instead of trying to resurrect the vision, she now wants to find a way to travel to a timeline alternative where her children exist – and she’s not afraid of hurting people to do so.
Welcome to MCU newcomer America Chavez, who has the ability to travel between multiverses and is #1 on Wanda’s “kill and suck powers” list. Doctor Strange and Wong desperately try to protect America as they jump between several rather interesting multiverses and stop Scarlet Witch from doing the unthinkable before it’s too late.
29. thor: love and thunder
- release date: July 7, 2022
- cast: chris hemsworth, natalie portman, christian bale
If you’re wondering what happened to Thor after the endgame when he apparently joined the Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Love and Thunder finally answers that question. After shedding pounds and teaming up with Star-Lord and company to save worlds other than Earth, Thor still feels like something is missing. But when someone starts killing gods, he is forced to return to Earth where he meets old flame Jane Foster, who turns out to be the new Thor in town.
Together, with the help of Valkyrie and Korg, the two Thors defeat Gorr the Butcher God, rekindling their love for each other along the way. Sadly, her reunion is short-lived as Jane succumbs to the cancer she’s been hiding from Thor, but her grief is tempered somewhat by the powerful child she vows to raise; the resurrected daughter of gorr.