MCU Streaming Guide: How To Watch Marvel Movies And TV In The Right Order

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Think of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a long-running TV series – it wouldn’t launch and start watching during season 6, would it? (Some people might. But here they are alone).

The individual adventures of Iron Man and Thor, Captain America, and Captain Marvel can all be enjoyed in their own unique way, but the point of a shared cinematic universe is that everything is connected, that each movie builds on the one before it with characters and crossover plots. from franchise to franchise. Unlike television, you have a few options for watching each movie. (Especially now that the MCU also includes TV.)

It may sound pretty straightforward, look at them in the order they were released, and that’s one way to do it. But is it the best? Here’s ET’s guide to the optimal Marvel watch, whether you’re coming to the MCU for the first time or planning to rewatch.

FIRST, where can you stream all the MCU titles?

Everything available on Disney +:

The streamer has the most comprehensive collection of MCU titles, counting Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America the First Avenger, the Avengers, iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant Man, Captain America: Civil War, Strange doctor, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: infinity war,Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Avengers Endgame, WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.


What is not available on Disney +?

Starring Edward Norton The incredible Hulk, the strange duck from the MCU, is actually a Universal release, that’s why it’s not on Disney +. You can see it on request.


Where to watch Spider-Man:

Tom Holland’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man may be part of the MCU, but it’s through a rather complicated deal between Sony (which owns the movie rights to Spidey) and Marvel Studios. Both Spiderman However, the movies were released through Sony, so they are not on Disney +. Both are broadcast on demand.



NOW, in what order should you view them?

There are two schools of thought that preside over how the MCU should be consumed: by the order the movies were released, or by in-universe timeline. Introducing a third: Infinity Watch.

In order of release

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)
Strange doctor (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)
WandaVision (2021)
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)
Black widow (2021)


In chronological order

If you pull too much of the MCU timeline, it will unravel faster than a flerken playing with a ball of yarn. But there are general timestamps you can follow – start with the movies set during WWII and work your way through, albeit with a bit of a bounce to tidy up the connective tissue of the post-credits scenes.

Captain America the First Avenger (save the ending credits scene for before the Avengers)
Captain Marvel (save the scene from the middle credits to see it just before Endgame)
Iron Man
The incredible Hulk
Iron Man 2
Thor
the Avengers
iron Man 3
Thor: The Dark World
Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Avengers: Age of Ultron (save the ending credits scene just before Thor: Ragnarok)
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

(Note: The Guardians movies are an island unto themselves until, well, they aren’t. But since they are only a few months apart, we are consecutively positioning them as a post-Ultron age twofer.)

Ant Man
Captain America: Civil War
Black Panther
and Spider-Man: Homecoming
Black widow
Strange doctor
Ant-Man and the Wasp (come back for post-credits scenes Infinity war)
Thor: Ragnarok
Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers Endgame
WandaVision
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Spider-Man: Far From Home


The infinity clock

If you are looking for a shorter rep, just follow MacGuffins. The first 23 films comprise The Infinity Saga, which revolves around the MCU’s six Infinity Stones and leads the Avengers to take on the big bad Thanos.

The story about the stones themselves, what they are, why Thanos wants them, the end of it all, finally unfolds in 10 titles and two post-credits scenes. You will have to discover much of the character development through context clues, but you should be able to follow the line from The first avenger for Endgame.

Captain America the First Avenger
Captain Marvel
Thor
(post-credits scene only)
the Avengers
Thor: The Dark World
Guardians of the Galaxy
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
(mid-credits scene only)
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Strange doctor
Thor: Ragnarok
Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers Endgame

(And if you want to continue with the Stones in Phase 4, add WandaVision to your tail.)

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