MCU Timeline: Watch each Marvel film and present within the excellent order

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You’ve got in all probability seen most of Marvel’s movies, however what concerning the TV exhibits? Timelines on the planet of comics and films may be greater than slightly complicated. And now, as we strategy the fruits of greater than a decade of flicks and Section Three of the newly named Infinity Saga, issues could very properly turn into much more complicated.

Will Marvel Studios ever decelerate? (Ought to it?)


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After greater than a decade of flicks, TV exhibits, shorts, and post-credits scenes, there’s lots to work by means of within the MCU.

Editors’ be aware, April 23, 2019: We’re within the Endgame now. Take a look at our assessment, sister web site GameSpot’s and extra, and hold scrolling for extra on the state of the MCU. Beforehand, March 2019: It is lastly occurred, we have redesigned the *complete timeline.* Please proceed to pontificate within the feedback about how nice or horrible it’s! And when you’re trying to stream some MCU motion pictures, we will help. Suppose you’ve got discovered a mistake? Tell us within the feedback. 

So to both enable you to fill within the gaps earlier than Endgame, to only watch all of the exhibits for enjoyable, and even merely attempt to impress your folks, we have created a timeline of what Marvel President Kevin Feige has now dubbed The Infinity Saga within the excellent viewing order. Or possibly you simply care about the place Captain Marvel suits in (trace: it isn’t the place you assume!).

The Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the whole franchise is named, additionally typically consists of related properties reminiscent of film tie-in comics or shorts. For the graphic, we have not noted smaller properties and caught to the massive two of movies and exhibits, however there are extra goodies under.

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OK, now earlier than you lash out in anger about a number of the, ahem, newer movies’ placement, please hold two tremendous, mega, main issues in thoughts.

MCU postcredits scenes don’t matter

Severely, the mid- and postcredits scenes are nothing greater than enjoyable throwaways, or in-canon nods for fervent followers. Even Marvel itself has fairly actually rewritten older scenes with new motion pictures. Assuming Feige and different heads of Marvel Studios thought concerning the subsequent 10, 20 and even 30 years of MCU movies proper from the beginning is a bit presumptuous and utterly ignores the enjoyable some administrators have stated that they had with these scenes.

It is insanity to assume that these movies ought to solely be watched or skilled in a single manner. Do I consider that is the easiest way to observe the franchise, sure. Will I sometime introduce family and friends utilizing this CNET Technique? OF COURSE. However that does not imply it is best for you.

My colleague Sean Keane has graciously ranked all the MCU postcredits scenes for you (but when it will be useful, possibly we will additionally develop a timeline of which to observe and when). I am unable to say it sufficient instances for first-time viewers: Ignore all of the postcredits scenes (simply watch the enjoyable ones your folks inform you to). Particularly when watching on this order, don’t watch the Ant-Man and the Wasp credit score scenes or you’ll be very confused.

And as in your subsequent large query…

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Captain Marvel doesn’t belong in chronological order

No actually, hear me out!

Captain Marvel is the primary true origin story (as in, she wasn’t seen in a Marvel film beforehand) since 2016’s Physician Unusual, however the movie additionally provides followers a brand new take a look at Brokers Nick Fury and Phil Coulson, in addition to the Tesseract. Should you have been following a chronological watch order in your first viewing ever of those MCU movies, you’d have So Many Questions watching the film proper after Captain America’s first outing.

Within the movie, Vers takes years to find her true id, and by ready to observe her story with the context and nuance of 18 prior movies you give your self a deal with. It is extra enjoyable to bask within the enjoyable of quite a few in-jokes, “A-ha!” moments and Fury backstory you almost certainly would not have cared about 17 motion pictures in the past.

On this order, Captain Marvel is the deal with you get earlier than the Infinity Warfare-prequel that’s Thor: Ragnarok.

Regardless of what order you find yourself experiencing these motion pictures in, it’s best to save your self a number of hours and undoubtedly nonetheless be aware that The Unbelievable Hulk is certainly nonetheless skippable and even William Damage (“Thunderbolt” Ross himself) admitted it. Chatting with IGN in 2015, Damage stated that “[Ross in Civil War] is completely different as a result of it is a completely different type… And what they’ve accomplished is that they’ve taken a personality who was the Ross from the older movie and made a brand new model. This can be a a lot newer Ross. A a lot completely different Ross.” After watching each, we will affirm that is certainly the case.

You may additionally discover that shorts and the Marvel One-Photographs are lacking from the graphic. These transient movies have been initially created as standalone tales to offer backstory for characters or issues seen within the motion pictures, with two of them later turning into full-fledged exhibits.

Marvel One-Photographs

Title, launch date Takes place…
The Guide (Sept. 2011) On the finish of Iron Man 2
A Humorous Factor Occurred on the Strategy to Thor’s Hammer (Oct. 2011) Instantly earlier than Thor
Merchandise 47 (Sept. 2012) Instantly following the Battle of New York in Avengers
Agent Carter (Aug. 2013) One yr after Captain America: The First Avenger; earlier than Agent Carter
All Hail the King (Feb. 2014) Roughly two years after Iron Man 3; earlier than Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Extra continuity within the MCU

There’s undoubtedly some continuity strangeness when you may have each motion pictures and tv present properties, and people listed on the graphic are not any exception.

Season 1 of Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D. noticed the discharge of two Marvel motion pictures and needed to deal with incorporating these plots. Airing after the discharge of Thor: The Darkish World, episode eight of S.H.I.E.L.D. undoubtedly takes place immediately after these occasions.

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Physician Unusual undoubtedly doesn’t happen earlier than Winter Soldier, completely not.


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Later in that season, episode 16 aired the identical weekend as the discharge of Captain America: Winter Soldier and, in a neat little bit of continuity, the occasions portrayed on S.H.I.E.L.D. happen at nearly the identical time because the movie. (Some folks say episode 16 comes earlier than Winter Soldier, and you’ll definitely deal with it as such. The *absolute* finest approach to watch them could be concurrently, however I’ve but to see anybody make that fan edit.)

Netflix’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones even have wibbly-wobbly timelines. Early within the sequence, the Battle of New York is referenced to as The Incident, and it is stated that it occurred about two years prior. However due to the present’s lack of interplay with any big-screen Marvel characters, it might happen nearly wherever on the timeline between Thor: A Darkish World and Avengers: Age of Ultron. In our timeline, we positioned it concurrent with the second season of S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to remain nearer to the time it was really launched.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is greater up than you’ll have anticipated — that is due to the variety of years the movie says have handed, which means it takes place only a few months after the primary movie.

Some say that Physician Unusual ought to come earlier than Winter Soldier, due to a sure rooftop scene. A rabbit gap one IGN editor has already gone accomplished and debunked. So Unusual stays the place it’s. (However with time manipulation up for grabs now, who actually is aware of??)

A frequent query concerning the timeline is why Captain America: TFA is first. That is all simply my opinion, however I feel watching Steve Rogers develop up first, adopted by seeing Agent Carter’s story, is a good way to start an MCU foray. There is a case to be made that he’s crucial Avenger, and whether or not you agree with that or not, it is value it to leap in with him first.

As for the second most-asked query: No, Iron Man 2 should not come earlier than Unbelievable Hulk due to the brief, The Guide. That brief was launched a lot in a while the Thor DVD in an try to easily backfill the storyline. I am 100 % going to say that if something ought to transfer, it is the timing of if you watch that brief — possibly put it after Iron Man 2 as an alternative and that can assist. Yeah, I’ll make that change on the one-shot checklist, that ought to assist.

Past the Infinity Saga

Years in the past, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige informed me range is essential to Marvel: “You take a look at any of our movies they usually’ve been very various,” he stated. “We really feel like we’re simply doing justice to the books by representing that absolutely.”

After Black Panther and Captain Marvel‘s performances on the field workplace, all bets are off for the way forward for the MCU. Their record-breaking, record-setting origin tales broke all of the superhero story guidelines — and this is hoping Marvel continues to take action.

Wanting forward previous Endgame, the one movie we all know is for certain coming is that this summer time’s Spider-Man: Far From Residence. We do, nonetheless, have an entire mess of “confirmed” movies, in response to Deadline, THR and extra. In-production and rumored upcoming movies for the following Section/Saga of MCU embody: 

Marvel on Netflix, and the Disney Plus future 

Netflix’s Marvel exhibits nonetheless rule outdoors the theaters. ABC tried to leap again into the sport with Inhumans however poor rankings imply any whisper of a second season is fortunately absent. S.H.I.E.L.D. has a brand new season set to premiere after Endgame, however no teaser or phrase but on the way it’ll take care of… plenty of deaths (spoilers).

New Marvel exhibits are actually fairly constantly popping up, however just some are inside the MCU canon. Cloak and Dagger’s second season begins in Might on Freeform, whereas Marvel’s New Warriors is theoretically nonetheless floating round someplace? In Nov. 2017, THR revealed the present was being shopped to networks, however no phrase but on the place it’s going to find yourself (possibly Disney Plus?).

We just lately discovered Marvel’s Runaways on Hulu will return for a 3rd season, however the identical can’t be stated for the Marvel-Netflix properties. Regardless of essential approval for a number of the exhibits, all the Netflix originals have been canceled. 

Will they ever return? By no means say by no means, however probabilities appear slim. As a substitute, hope for a brand new reincarnation of the characters on the upcoming Disney Plus streaming service.


The expansion of the Marvel universe is extraordinary (har-har) and because the comics big introduces new followers to new characters (some folks had no thought who Physician Unusual was a few years in the past) and companions with cable tv and Netflix to increase even additional, we might see some fairly epic pairings, groups and characters come out of the woodwork.

Which characters would you need to see in Marvel’s not-yet-announced-but-certainly-inevitable subsequent phases on each the small and massive display? Tell us within the feedback.

This piece was initially revealed April 30, 2015, and is now on its 47th revision (roughly).



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