Here’s a chronological guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in order
If you're in the mood for a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) marathon, you'll want to know how to watch the Marvel movies in order. In this guide, we'll explain the specifics of you how to watch the Marvel movies in both chronological and release orders, meaning you can focus on simply enjoying these terrific superhero movies. With the MCU's Phase 4 just months away with the arrival of Black Widow, Disney PlusLOLS10在线直播下注 has most of the movies available to stream – and in 4K.
2020 has been a quiet year for Marvel movies, which is no surprise. Watching the Marvel movies in order, at least, will pass the time until the Marvel Cinematic Universe returns. And when it does, you've got a lot to look forward to: Black Widow is coming in November, with The Eternals coming in 2021. Meanwhile, canonical MCU TV shows like The Falcon and Winter Soldier and WandaVision will eventually come to Disney Plus, too.
Watching the the MCU movies in order is so rewarding: the 23 movies link up to feel like a grand TV show, with plot points sometimes taking whole years to pay off. On this page, we'll break down how to watch the Marvel movies in chronological and release order, then, plus we'll rank the best Marvel movies and show you which can be streamed on Disney Plus right now.
How to watch the Marvel movies in order: chronological order
A Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) timeline is probably the thing you're looking for. Here's how to watch the Marvel films in chronological order, starting with Captain America: The First Avengers and finishing with Spider-Man: Far From LOLS10在线直播下注 (for the time being, anyway). The reason to watch the Marvel movies in this order is you'll see crucial MCU events play out as they happened. You'll follow the Tesseract's journey from the '40s to the assembling of the The Avengers, and also enjoy era-specific details like Carol Danvers landing in Blockbuster Video in the '90s, and meeting a pre-eyepatch Nick Fury.
This is the chronological viewing order of the Marvel movies:
Captain America: The First Avenger (takes place during WWII)
Captain Marvel (takes place in 1995)
Iron Man (takes place in 2010)
Iron Man 2 (takes place after Iron Man)
The Incredible Hulk (time unspecified, pre-Avengers)
Thor (takes place six months before Avengers)
The Avengers (takes place in 2012)
Iron Man 3 (takes place six months after The Avengers)
Captain America: Civil War (post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War)
Spider-Man: LOLS10在线直播下注coming (post-Civil War, pre-Infinity War)
Doctor Strange (takes place in 2016)
Black Panther (takes place in 2017)
Thor: Ragnarok (post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War)
Avengers: Infinity War (takes place in 2017)
Ant-Man and The Wasp (ambiguous, but fits nicely between IW and Endgame)
Avengers: Endgame (starts in 2017, finishes in 2022)
Spider-Man: Far From LOLS10在线直播下注 (post-Endgame)
LOLS10在线直播下注When 2020 and 2021 Marvel movies like Black Widow and The Eternals are finally released, along with Disney Plus shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision, we'll update this MCU timeline accordingly. Black Widow, for example, is confirmed to be set after Captain America: Civil War, but with its release date delayed until November 2020, we've left it off this list for now.
If you want to know how to watch the MCU movies in release order, you'll want this list, which starts with Iron Man in 2008 and ends in 2019 with Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From LOLS10在线直播下注. Watching the Marvel movies in release order is a terrific nostalgia trip, and you'll see how the MCU films get better over time with increased budgets and better casts. We've also included the future MCU Phase 4 release dates below for your reference, which are changing a lot as you'd expect, with Spider-Man: Far From LOLS10在线直播下注's sequel most recently being delayed to December 2021.
Iron Man (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Marvel’s 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)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Spider-Man: LOLS10在线直播下注coming (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 LOLS10在线直播下注 (2019)
Black Widow (November 6, 2020)
The Eternals (February 12, 2021)
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (May 7, 2021)
Untitled third Spider-Man movie (December 17, 2021)
Thor: Love and Thunder (February 11, 2022)
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 25, 2022)
The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Black Panther 2 (May 6, 2022)
Captain Marvel 2 (July 8, 2022)
Untitled Marvel movie (likely Ant-Man 3, October 7, 2022)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (TBD)
Untitled Fantastic Four film (TBD)
Marvel movies on Disney Plus
Wondering which Marvel movies are on Disney PlusLOLS10在线直播下注? The below list correlates to the LOLS10在线直播下注, UK and Australia as of August 2020. The Incredible Hulk and the Spider-Man films aren't on Disney Plus because Universal and Sony own the distribution rights to them respectively. You'll have to buy them on DVD, Blu-Ray or digital if you want a full Marvel movie marathon.
These are the Marvel movies on Disney Plus:
Iron Man 2
Captain America: The First Avenger
Iron Man 3
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Thor: The Dark World
Guardians of the Galaxy
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Captain America: Civil War
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Avengers: Infinity War
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Finally, here are the all original Marvel Disney Plus TV shows in the works, which will also fit into MCU continuity, with the exception of animated show What If...?. These dates are tentative, though, and we expect the global pandemic to push them back a little.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (was August 2020, now TBA)
LOLS10在线直播下注What are the best Marvel movies, though? It's a tough topic. Below, the Marvel movies are ranked based on fan opinion, which is derived from IMDb user scores. The list gets some things right (Thor: The Dark World and The Incredible Hulk are definitely lesser movies), and other things rather wrong (Ant-Man and the Wasp is worse than every single Captain America movie, if you ask us). Interestingly, it's a tie between the last two Avengers movies, Endgame and Infinity War, for the best film here.
(2018) – Rating: 8.4
(2019) – Rating: 8.4
(2012) – Rating: 8.0
(2014) – Rating: 8.0
(2008) – Rating: 7.9
(2017) - Rating: 7.9
(2016) – Rating: 7.8
(2014) – Rating: 7.7
(2017) – Rating: 7.6
(2019) – Rating: 7.5
(2016) – Rating: 7.5
(2017) – Rating: 7.4
(2018) – Rating: 7.3
(2015) – Rating: 7.3
(2015) – Rating: 7.3
(2013) – Rating: 7.2
(2018) – Rating: 7.1
(2011) – Rating: 7.0
(2010) – Rating: 7.0
(2011) – Rating: 6.9
(2013) – Rating: 6.9
(2019) – Rating: 6.9
(2008) – Rating: 6.7
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How to download Marvel movies
If you want to download Marvel movies, you can save offline copies via the Disney Plus app on your portable device (smartphone or tablet). You cannot download any video via your desktop browser, though.
You'll need enough storage space, but just look for the download symbol on any title in the Disney Plus app:
Content you download on your phone will stay in your device's main memory if it doesn’t have an external microSD card slot. That includes all Apple iPhone smartphones, iPad tablets and a few others handsets (like the Google Pixel 3a).
A 1-hour download takes about 400MB of storage depending on your download quality: High quality is six times better than standard quality while medium is 50% better than standard quality (which is the Disney Plus app’s default).
If you're happy to buy the movies, too, say through , that'll also allow you to download Marvel movies locally.