The order of viewing of Marvel movies: the secret to the perfect marathon

To fully understand i Marvel movie it is essential to know the right viewing order. Il Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), takes inspiration from comic book characters Marvel Comics and tells us the historical chronology of our world, rewritten as if i superheroes were among us. All fans of the MCU know that Marvel movies are not single indie products. Rather, it is a series of intersecting films, one of which makes clear the understanding of the other.

Marvel movies in order of viewing

The basic premise therefore is that the movies are all linked, the story of each individual character is a piece within a grand scheme. Rebuilding the viewing order of Marvel movies is essential to being able to understand them. Of course they are well-constructed films and therefore seeing them individually is still pleasant but to fully appreciate them you need to understand the whole frame.

We specify that what we will propose here will be the order in which the films must be seen in order to understand the general plot. This does not always respect the order of release to the cinema or on TV of the films. So don't be fooled, the "oldest" movie is not the one you need to see first to start your marathon.

All Marvel movies are available for streaming on the platform Disney +.  Recently Marvel has also integrated some TV series to the films, focused on the personal stories of some characters, such as the TV series WandaVision, or Loki.  But let's put aside the preambles and try to understand what it is the order of viewing of Marvel movies.

The order of viewing of Marvel movies: the secret to the perfect marathon

The viewing order of Marvel movies: chronological or production?

Production has broken down Marvel movies in stages. These follow the order of making the shot and not the chronology of the story, but they have a common thread that unites them. In first stage the main characters and their stories. In second stage the features and stories of the protagonists and others are added that will act as a corollary. Here the foundations are laid for the events of the next phase. There phase three is the most disruptive one, with this cycle a sea ​​change and a rupture in the Avengers and their glorious victories. You will notice that it is all perfectly connected and sensible, you just have to make an effort to grasp the connections. In phase three are introduced, the new characters who will be the masters in the step four, which began with the release of WandaVision in January.

The viewing order you see below therefore does not respect either the phases or the production, but it is the best way to better understand and appreciate the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

The order of viewing of Marvel movies: the secret to the perfect marathonSet in 1943, is based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America, played by Chris Evans. The plot takes place during the during the Second World War. The film tells the story of Steve Rogers, a weak recruit who is transformed into the super soldier Captain America to help the soldiers in war. Rogers must face Johann schmidt, the head ofHYDRA (a secret scientific division funded by Adolf Hitler) who wants to get hold of the mysterious Tesseract and use it as a weapon to annihilate the world.

Disney + TV Series: Agent Carter (2015)

After the end of the Second World War, Peggy carter,agent of the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) finds itself having to match its work and the secret mission entrusted to it by Howard Stark, framed on suspicion of selling lethal weapons to the highest bidder.

Marvel movies in chronological order: Captain Marvel (2019)

The position of Captain Marvel in our guide highlights how the order of exit does not correspond at all to that of the historical chronology of the story. But let's get to the film.

The story is set in 1995 and sees as the protagonist the extraterrestrial warrior who finds herself living on Earth, in the role of Carol Danvers, a common US pilot. With the help of Nick Fury, agent of SHIELD., the woman tries to uncover the secrets of her past by using her special superpowers to end the intergalactic war with the evil Skrulls aliens.

Iron Man (2008)

The third film in order of viewing, is set in 2010. The very rich head of the Tight Industries, famous arms companies, undergoes an attack in enemy territory. Despite the serious injuries Tony Stark, interpreted by Robert Downey Jr., survives and decides to change his life. He builds high-tech armor and vows to protect the world as Iron Man.

Iron Man 2 (2010)

The order of viewing of Marvel movies: the secret to the perfect marathonThis film is set six months later the events of the first Iron Man. After being revealed to be Iron Man in the world,  Tony Stark he is invited by the US government to hand over his armor to the military. Meanwhile the Russian scientist Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) tries to build armor similar to that of Iron Man to avenge an old quarrel with Tony's father.

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Set in 2011, The Incredible Hulk - or The Incredible Hulk - stars the scientist Bruce Banner, interpreted by Edward Norton. Banner is accidentally exposed to gamma rays which lead him to one genetic mutation. Whenever Banner experiences intense emotions he turns into Hulk, a green being of immeasurable strength. However, the Hulk is not a monster, but a "good giant" who just wants to be left alone.

The order of viewing of Marvel movies: Thor (2011)

The film takes place in 2011, six months before the Avengers war. Thor, son of divinity Odin, is stripped of his powers, expelled from the kingdom of Asgard, and forced to live among humans, as punishment for his reckless actions that rekindled an ancient extra-terrestrial war with the Ice Giants. On Earth Thor discovers that his brother Loki he is plotting for power.

The Avengers (2012)

The order of viewing of Marvel movies: the secret to the perfect marathonIt takes place in 2012. The superheroes Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Capitan America, Hawk eye and Black Widow are recruited by Nick Fury, the Avengrs, to fight Loki. The team must try to stop theinvasion hatched by Loki, who wants to conquer Earth with his Chitauri alien army.

The Avengers is one of the most successful MCU films, setting box office records and garnering multiple film awards, including the2013 Oscar for Best Special Effects.

Iron Man 3 (2013)

The order of viewing of the Marvel films brings us to the third chapter of the Iron Man saga. The events take place in 2012, after the war won by the Avengers. A cycle opens that focuses on the characteristics of the protagonists and enters the heart of the psychological sphere of the character of Iron Man. Tony Stark he finds himself fighting against a post traumatic stress disorder caused by the Chitauri invasion. Iron Man, left without armor, he must also fight against a new enemy: Mandarin.

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

We are in 2013 and Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, allies himself with the treacherous Loki, currently in prison for his crimes. Thor and his brother must save the Land of the Nine Kingdoms from Dark elves, led by Malekith, which intends to plunge the entire universe into original darkness.

Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)

Again, the year of production, 2014, of the film and that of the setting, correspond. C.apitan America, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and a new character, Falcon, team up to face a ruthless killer: the winter soldier. Meanwhile they have to defend it SHIELD, victim of a conspiracy.

We tell you about Captain America: Winter Solder here.

Marvel movies in chronological order: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

The order of viewing of Marvel movies: the secret to the perfect marathon

Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, this movie features new MCU characters. It is the 2014, l’aspace adventurer Brash Peter Quill falls prey to some bounty hunters after stealing an orb coveted by the mighty Ronan. To escape death, the man teams up with four unlikely adventure companions. The team takes the name of "Guardiani della galassia"And is made up of: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, Baby Groot, Mantis, Thor and Nebula.

Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 (2017)

Immediately after the events of the first chapter "Guardians of the Galaxy", always in 2014, the team is hired by the Sovereigns, an alien species, to defend precious batteries from an inter-dimensional monster. In this Marvel movie, the Guardians also have another mission: to unearth the mysterious origins of Peter Quill.

We're almost halfway through the Marvel movie order. We remind you that they are all available on the Disney + streaming platform. At the moment there is also an offer that brings the subscription to € 6,99 per month instead of 8,99. The promotion expires on 22/02.
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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

With this film, Marvel begins to introduce new characters and a gloomier and less glorious climate.

Runs the year 2015, the Avengers they reunite to join forces with those of the new arrivals Quicksilver e Scarlet Witch. The avengers attack one base dell’HYDRA a Sokovia, commanded by the ruthless Barone Strucker, which is carrying out experiments on humans thanks to the scepter of Loki. The real mission, however, is to defeat the robot Ultron, created by Tony Stark with peaceful intentions but turned into a bloodthirsty machine. The group collides with twins enhanced by Strucker's experiments: Peter, capable of running at superhuman speeds, and Wanda Maximoff, which can manipulate minds and create energy fields.

The order of viewing of Marvel movies: Ant-Man (2015)

The order of viewing of Marvel movies: the secret to the perfect marathonIn 1989 the scientist Hank pym resigns from SHIELD after discovering that the agency attempted to replicate its formula for shrinkage. A dangerous discovery that the scientist swears to keep secret. In 2015, a few months after the events in Sokovia, Pym discovers that his protege Darren Cross used his formula to create a suit, called the Hornet, which he intends to use for military purposes. So train the rickety Scott Lang to become Ant-Man and fight the enemy.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Phase three of Marvel production begins. In Captain America: Civil War the tones become more dramatic and you have it clash between superheroes and reality. The plot begins in 2016, after the battle of Sokovia. The Avengers lose the trust of public opinion and the US government. Between Captain America e Iron Man disagreements arise regarding the future of the Avengers. Meanwhile theHYDRA launches a new attack with new winter soldiers, the result of experiments on human guinea pigs. In this movie Marvel gives us two unexpected characters but we don't want to anticipate anything.

Black Widow (2021)

The film tells the story of Black Widow, or better, Black Widow. The focus of the narrative will focus on the mysteries surrounding this Marvel character. The film begins with a dangerous plot that forces Black Widow to face her past. Pursued by a force that does not want to destroy it at any cost, Natasha will have to deal with her background as a spy and with the relationships he left behind before becoming a Avenger. To see this film you can go to the cinema or from home, with VIP access on Disney Plus Italia.

Doctor Strange (2016)

This film introduces Doctor Strange, one of those characters that we will later see dominating the scene in phase four. The film is set in 2016, when the famous surgeon Stephen Strange is the victim of a tragic car accident. His injuries do not allow him to resume his work, so he decides to devote himself to finding a solution on his own. Arrived in Nepal, he is helped by a sorcerer, the Ancient, which starts it at magical arts, thanks to which he manages to redeem himself eacfight the dark forces that threaten the Earth.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

The order of viewing of Marvel movies: the secret to the perfect marathonFeatured in Captain America: Civil War, Spider Man is one of the new protagonists of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A young man Peter Parker he discovers they are being sold illegally alien technology weapons. Spider Man tries to avert the danger on his own. but to do that he needs his mentor: Tony Stark. The situation becomes complicated, New York is stormed by the criminal known as Vulture. But the superheroes manage to restore order.

Black Panther (2018)

This Marvel film has achieved considerable critical and public success, establishing various top grossing and being nominated for various film awards, including theBest Picture Oscar, becoming the first superhero film to receive this nomination.

Wakanda, a nation of central-eastern Africa, apparently a country poor in resources and hopes, in fact the most technologically advanced in the world. Here lies the precious vibranium, very powerful alien mineral. In 2017 il Principe T'challa ascends the throne, thus becoming the new Black Panther, hero charged with protecting his people. His intention is to preserve the tradition, but an unexpected return to Wakanda will upset his plans. T'challa will thus ally himself with CIA agent Everett K. Ross, to defend the throne and avoid a civil war.

The order of viewing of Marvel movies: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

After the battle of Sokovia, Thor part in search of Gems of the Infinite, but remains a prisoner of the demon Surtur that deprives him of his martello and makes him fight against Hulk. The demon reveals to Thor that his father Odin is no longer found ad Asgard and that the kingdom of the Gods will soon be destroyed by Ragnarök. 

The latest Avengers movie: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

The order of viewing of Marvel movies: the secret to the perfect marathonAlso with this chapter of the Avengers saga, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has reached very high levels of box office and won several film awards, including theOscar for the best special effects.

Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and others Avengers still find themselves united to fight in the 2017. The enemy is the evil one Thanos, tyrant in search of Gems of the Infinite. Thanos looks unbeatable. Hulk, manages to warn the Doctor Strange that I will help the other Avengers in the final battle. An important role is played here by Vision, a sentient android who owns one of the Gems.

We also wrote a review of Avengers: Infinity War.

Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)

Helped by the scientist Pym and his daughter Hope, Scott Lang discovers a way to get in and out of the regno quantico. Father and daughter try to repeat the feat, to find Janet, Pym's wife and Hope's mother, who got stuck in that space years ago. Scott and Hope start a romantic relationship and train to fight together like Ant-Man e Wasp. Everything runs until Lang secretly helps captain America in the clash between the Avengers, violating the "Sokovia Accords" (2017). Lang is sentenced to house arrest, while Pym and Hope, wanted as criminals. They also fit into the story Ava Starr and his father Elihas, who with their experiments endanger Janet's life in quantum space.

Marvel movies in chronological order: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Like any film in the Avengers series, it proved to be a box office success, winning many film awards, theOscar for the best special effects between these.

It is the 2017.  Thanos destroyed half the universe thanks to Gems of the Infinite. The search and protection of these stones have been the basis of the previous films, but Thanos has managed to have them all and is practically omnipotent. Among the superheroes who survived the diabolical project, there are the Avengers of Phase 1 (Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk and Iron Man) along with Ant-Man e Captain Marvel. The superheroes find themselves united by the goals they have in common: to safeguard the cosmos, defeat Thanos and bring back the avengers who are no longer there. This Marvel movie is a mix of action, comedy but also reflections on psychology of the protagonists. Avengers: End Game shows the fragile side of the good and the bad. The events of Avengers: Endgame end more or less in 2022.

Loki, the new Marvel TV series (2021)

The tv series Loki is placed after the events of Avengers: Endgame. The Loki of this series is that fresh from the battle of New York. The Avengers went back in time to retrieve the Tesseract. The team has failed and the object it ended up in Loki's hands, who used it to break free from SHIELD and disappear, creating an alternate timeline. What happened after that scene is one of the questions that will be answered in the TV series.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (2021)

The TV series ranks immediately after the events narrate in Avengers: Endgame. we find Sam Wilson as the new Captain America after the passing of the shield from the hands of Steve Rogers, but his insecurities come to the surface and the only one who can help him solve them is Bucky. The two heroes will be put to the test and will have several enemies to beat, including Helmut Zemo, the former special forces colonel of Sokovia obsessed with the desire to destroy the Avengers.

WandaVision (2021)

The order of viewing of Marvel movies: the secret to the perfect marathonCaution: WandaVision it is not a movie but one TV series very particular, a real gem of Marvel production. Let's be clear, it's not the first TV series ever: Marvel has produced several series aimed at the small screen, such as Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, Marvel's Jessica Jones, Marvel's Iron First and many others that you can find information about here. 

The real difference is that this is the only Marvel TV series to fit into the movie timeline, while all the others act as a support and serve to develop the stories of the characters excluded from the events narrated in the main vein of the MCU. So WandaVision is to be considered in the same way as the superhero movies that we are used to seeing; the understanding of the following chapters, in fact, will pass from this TV series.

It is also available exclusively on Disney +, with all other Marvel movies.

We are officially in the step four UCM. WandaVision takes up the characters already known in the films: Wanda Maximoff and Vision in fact they met in Age of Ultron and a well-known love story was born between them. The TV series traces the history of American sitcoms complete with a first episode in black and white and costumes and settings that evolve and become more modern with the progress of the episodes.
In the series Wanda and Vision seem to live a 'apparent normality but there is something strange, which will immediately set off an alarm bell in the minds of those who have seen Endgame. Thing? We leave the discovery to you.

The order of viewing of Marvel movies: the secret to the perfect marathon

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

After watching the WandaVision series, you will be ready to proceed with the vision of Spider-Man: Far From Home.  Eight months later the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker is on a school trip to Europe and has the opportunity to step forward with her crush MJ. The friendly neighborhood spider, however, is one of the few superheroes around and for this reason he is recruited by Nick Fury to fight a new threat.

This concludes phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with WandaVision opening the doors to phase four. These are the Marvel movies currently available. The list will obviously be updated with the new releases, which promise to be films and TV series of the same vein as the main story.

Have you seen them all?

If you've got the urge to do a Marvel marathon, then whip up some popcorn and turn on Disney +.

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