The Best Order to Watch the Marvel Movies!

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Perhaps a marathon of Marvel films is in order! You might be asking which MCU films you should watch (or re-watch) to get ready for the upcoming epic superhero event, given the release of Marvel’s Eternals and the impending release of Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Maybe you recently watched one of the Avengers movies and want to watch it a tonne of times. The order in which to see the MCU films would then become a concern. We’ve got you covered, though.

Fortunately, you don’t actually need to binge-watch every one of the 26 MCU films and TV shows to be caught up. Here, we’re focusing on the major scenes that introduce significant characters or directly address the Infinity Stones that play such a significant role in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

Be aware that while we’re excluding older works like Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and the other Netflix programs that may or may not be a part of the official MCU canon, Disney+ series like Loki is open to inclusion. We’ve also compiled a brief summary of each MCU film and D+ series in the correct chronological order for completists. Learn more by reading on.

1. Captain America: The First Avenger

The first three MCU stages are heavily reliant on Steve Rogers’ character growth. This is particularly evident in Endgame, as the person formerly known as Captain America grapples with his shortcomings and unwillingness to move on in the wake of the Decimation.

Going back to the original Captain America film just to relive his early World War II adventures is worthwhile. Additionally, this movie provides the Steve/Bucky connection with the required context as the two buddies are cruelly wrenched apart again after being fully reunited in Infinity War (without brainwashing).

The Tesseract, the Hydra relic that Red Skull used to fuel his army and that contains the first Infinity Stone to be introduced in the MCU—the Space Stone—plays a significant role in Captain America: The First Avenger. Not to mention that Red Skull’s personal fate was ultimately addressed in Infinity War.

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2. The Avengers

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes came together for the first time in The Avengers to battle a common foe. The majority of what has happened subsequently in the MCU has its roots in this movie. Not to mention that, although it wasn’t explicitly stated until the mid-credits sequence, it technically depicts the first battle between the Avengers and Thanos’s armies.

The Avengers depend on Loki’s attempts to steal the Tesseract and give it to Thanos, perhaps most importantly. Infinity War marks the ultimate chapter in that tale.

3. Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World introduces another Infinity Stone, the Reality Stone, which is located in the devastating weapon known as the Aether, despite not being widely recognized as one of the better MCU films. Asgard’s destruction is also foreshadowed in this movie, which ends with Odin being betrayed and replaced by his adopted son, Loki.

4. Guardians of the Galaxy

The majority of Thanos’ on-screen time occurred in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy before Infinity War. This movie further solidifies his status as a mysterious power player on the intergalactic stage, as well as his practice of grooming girls like Gamora and Nebula to serve as his fiercely devoted killers.

The bond between Thanos and Gamora is a key component of Infinity War, and Nebula plays an equally significant role in Endgame. The Power Stone, one of the first items Thanos adds to his Infinity Gauntlet, is one of the first introduced in the first Guardians movie and is enclosed in the Orb that everyone is seeking in this one.

Additionally, the fact that the Avengers and the Guardians band up for the first time in Infinity War and Endgame is one of their main selling points, so it doesn’t hurt to see how the latter group got its start.

5. Avengers: Age of Ultron

In the second Avengers film, the path leading up to Infinity War becomes much more obvious. The Mind Stone, which was concealed inside Loki’s mind-controlling staff and acted as the impetus for Vision’s creation, is introduced in this movie.

WandaVision and Infinity War both used Vision and his stone as important plot devices. But in a broader sense, Avengers: Age of Ultron is all about implying that the Avengers are poised to face more significant, tragic events.

The team is being annihilated by an unstoppable cosmic menace in Tony Stark’s nightmare, which influences his hasty decision to build Ultron. Thor also experiences glimpses of Asgard’s impending doom, which are similarly terrifying. The foreshadowing in this is crucial for films like Infinity War and Thor: Ragnarok.

6. Captain America: Civil War

The journey to Avengers: Endgame requires watching every single Avengers film. The most important MCU film is Captain America: Civil War, which is essentially The Avengers 2.5. The Avengers’ current status will be established in Infinity War, and Civil War demonstrates how the effects of the Age of Ultron and the signing of the Sokovia Accords have split the team in half.

The fact that Cap, Iron Man, and the other Avengers aren’t working together to stop this potent new menace is one of their major problems in Infinity War. In Endgame, when the group reunites, that thread is rewarded.

Spider-Man and Black Panther, two new MCU heroes who play pivotal roles in Infinity War, are also introduced in Civil War. Even though both characters have since received stand-alone films, Civil War contains all the information you actually need to know about them.

7. Doctor Strange

It doesn’t hurt to revisit 2016’s Doctor Strange to see Stephen Strange and Wong for the first time fighting with the Avengers in Infinity War. The Time Stone is kept inside the Eye of Agamotto, a time-altering relic that is also featured prominently in this movie.

Both Infinity War and Endgame depend on that stone and the prophecies it gives the doomed Doctor Strange.

8. Thor: Ragnarok

The most recent Thor film makes a significant contribution to changing the MCU’s current quo and laying the groundwork for Infinity War. As alluded to in the Age of Ultron, Asgard is destroyed in this movie, and Thor becomes the new king of a nomadic people.

The tenacious Asgard is finally destroyed by Thanos and the Black Order in the post-credits scene, which serves as a direct prelude to the events of the Infinity War.

The bond between Thor and his brother Loki is a major theme in Thor: Ragnarok. It explains what the character has been up to since the Age of Ultron and why his return to Earth is such a major matter. It’s also a big movie for Hulk.

9. Black Panther

Black Panther isn’t as crucial in terms of its connections to Infinity War/Endgame as the other movies on this list. Captain America: Civil War contains an introduction to the title character. Despite this, it’s still valuable to put it on your watch list.

As one of the survivors of Infinity War, T’Challa’s bodyguard Okoye has a part to play in Endgame. One of the biggest action scenes of Infinity War takes place in Wakanda. Additionally, there’s never a terrible time to watch Black Panther again because it’s one of the best MCU movies to date.

The untimely death of actor Chadwick Boseman will also be something that the MCU will have to deal with. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will commemorate Boseman’s memory rather than recasting the T’Challa role in Marvel’s upcoming sequel. Black Panther demonstrates why T’Challa and his kingdom are so important, no matter how the MCU develops.

10. Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War is a sizable superhero epic that wraps up the majority of the unresolved plot threads from the MCU’s first ten years. To defeat Thanos, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy finally work together.

Surprisingly, the film fails miserably instead of ending on a triumphant note. As the survivors get ready for their final confrontation with Thanos in Endgame, Infinity War escalates the stakes.

11. Avengers: Endgame

Endgame is the conclusion of everything in the MCU up to that moment, as its name suggests. In the fourth Avengers film, we see a group of heroes battling to accept their own shortcomings while trying to reverse Thanos’ cosmic genocide.

Thankfully, there is still a tonne of enjoyment to be had along the road, which culminates in the most monumental and moving fight scene in the entire MCU. While some heroes have fitting send-offs, others are set up for even greater and better things.

12. Spider-Man: Far From Home

Both the conclusion to Endgame and a preview of what will happen in Phase 4 of the MCU may be found in the second Spider-Man film from the MCU. The main focus of this sequel is Peter Parker growing beyond his role as a pleasant neighborhood hero and filling the gap left by Iron Man and Captain America.

If the shocking mid-credits scene is any indication, poor Spidey has a very difficult path ahead of him. The next Spider-Man: No Way Home also promises to be even more significant to the MCU because of its focus on the universe.

13. Loki

Although Loki is not the first Marvel series to premiere on Disney+, it has the most obvious effects on the greater MCU. The Loki variant that eludes capture in Avengers: Endgame is forcedly recruited to assist the Time Variance Authority in stopping a second, far more dangerous version of Loki in this six-episode series.

The concluding episode is a significant turning point for this cinematic world, laying the groundwork not just for Season 2, but also for movies like Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and (probably) the upcoming Avengers installment.

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14. Eternals

Even if having an Oscar-winning director like Chloé Zhao isn’t enough of a reason to watch it, Eternals is nonetheless interesting to watch because of the indications it offers about the MCU’s future.

The cosmic entities known as the Celestials and their plans for Earth are explained in much more detail in Eternals, with the promise of much more to come. The significant new characters that are introduced in both the mid-credits sequence and the post-credits scene are guaranteed to be important players in Phase 4 and beyond.

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