In April 2019, Endgame broke an insane number of box office records. People went crazy; they were literally in tears because Endgame was not just another Marvel movie. It was the finale of the story that was in the making for over a decade. It won’t be wrong to say that the movie was a celebration of everything Marvel studio has done.
If you are unknown to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which encompasses films that are produced by Marvel Studios, the comic books by Marvel Comics, and all TV shows from Marvel Television. One cannot watch the Marvel films in the order they were released because they are not chronological and it gets really confusing for people who love timelines.
Thus, we are introducing you to a different order – the chronological order which is built following the order of event that happens in each film. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe started its journey with Iron Man in the year 2008, but it is not the first film that you should be watching. Following the chronological order, it is Captain America: The First Avenger that should be watching as your first Marvel movie. Though this movie was released in 2011 and is the fifth Marvel movie but it’s set in 1942 – decades before the first Marvel movie.
Come, let’s look at the marvel movies in order.
This is the fifth Marvel Studio film. The film Captain America: The First Avenger is an extended introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The major chunk of this movie is set in the ’40s and it introduces the audience to the SSR (which later becomes S.H.I.E.L.D), a special government agency. This film also introduces The Falcon.
The wartime theme song of Captain America: The first avenger has been written by Alan Menken, who has composed some of our favorite Disney songs.
Though this was the first Marvel movie, but it makes more sense when placed in the 3rd position. Iron Man kicks off the whole 23 film franchise that begins with Tony Stark. He is introduced to us as a genius, inventor, philanthropist, and a playboy. In the film, Tony Stark is captured by a terrorist organization that wants the latest weapon that was made by him. However, he develops his super-powered weapon to help him escape.
This movie picks up where the first Iron Man left: Tony Stark grappling with his Iron Man identity being revealed. In this movie, the government wants the technology behind Tony Stark’s power-packed suit, and when Tony refuses to reveal it, he attracts some dangerous enemies like the rival arms dealer Justin Hammer & Russian nemesis Whiplash.
The Iron Man 2 also introduces fellow Avengers the Black Widow and War Machine to the world.
This was the movie where the star, Ed Norton, was replaced by Mark Ruffalo. While this movie actually happens at the same time as the Iron Man 2, the end-credits sequence assumes Tony Stark now has a consultant role with SSR.
The film follows Bruce Banner on the run from General Thunderbolt Ross and the US Military. On realizing, that the Hulk can’t be controlled, Ross creates his own version of the Hulk using another soldier.
In this film, the god of lightning was banished from Asgard to Earth by his father Odin. In a quest to get his powers back and control his hammer, Thor, must prove he is worthy. During the same time, the story of Shield continues to develop.
This movie is a perfect fit after the storyline of Thor and the film continues the film’s theme and character arcs. After the audience was introduced to Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Thor, the MCU set the stage for their first team-up. In this movie, all the superheroes combine their powers to stop extra-terrestrial beings from destroying and invading the New Yor City.
The final standalone Iron Man film of the iron man movie series takes place six months after the giant New York City fight. In this movie, Tony Stark is shown dealing with memories of the battle and the memories that led him to build an army of Iron Man suits so that he is always prepared.
This is the second film in the Thor movie series. In this film, Thor is shown battling Malekith the Dark Elf. In the film, the hero returns to Asgard after the Loki-led invasion of New York City. Thor: The Dark World also introduced the idea of the Infinity Stone, although they were just partly explained in this movie.
This is the second movie of the Captain America film series. The movie shows what Captain America is up to.
In this movie, Captain America works along with his friends to expose a plot at Shield. He starts questioning the motives of the organization once he learns more about its plan.
Continuing the cosmic focus, this movie unveils another Infinity Stone. The movie starring Chris Pratt as Peter Quill stumbles upon an Infinity Stone hidden in the ruins of an alien world. The plot of the movie revolves around a group of intergalactic misfits (Talking raccoon, Groot, and others) who come together to keep a powerful stone out of the wrong hands.
The events of this film are only set after a few months of the first film, so it makes complete sense for this movie to follow straight on. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. continue the space-opera style and tone established by the last films on our list. In this movie, Peter Quill is seen falling in love with Zoe Saldana’s Gamora and he is forced to confront the mysteries of his past when he comes face to face with Ego.
The film opens up with the Avengers taking down a major Hydra base. If we talk about the theme of the movie, this movie is close to Iron Man 3 and makes Tony’s emotional journey feel more natural and immediate. All the Avengers unite together once again to stop an A.I. (Ultron) that was created by Tony Stark and that was hell-bent on destroying all of humanity.
Ant-Man contains subtle references to the devastation at Sokovia. Paul Rudd, the cat burglar is recruited by Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym to the dawn of the Ant-Man suit to stop technology from becoming weaponized. The petty Ant-Man uses his ability to shrink to prove that big heroes can also come in tiny packages.
This Captain America film features almost every Avenger along with two more heavy hitters to the lineup: Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. In this movie, unfortunately, the Avengers are divided into different fractions due to Captain America wanting to save Bucky Barnes, who appeared to be responsible for the bombing of a UN session.
In this movie, the web-crawling web-slinger faces off with Michael Keaton’s Vulture. This is the first spider-man movie that has officially a part of the MCU. Peter Parker is also shown balancing superhero duties along with his high school.
This movie is a thematic tie between the MCU’s earth-bound and cosmic movies. The movie introduces the concept of magic and brings the Time Stone into play.
The Black Panther was introduced in the Civil War, and this movie continues his story. In the movie, T’Challa returns home to Wakanda and there he is confronted with the continuing policy of isolation. He also has to face Eric Killmonger, one of the finest villains in any Marvel movie.
The God of Thunderheads to a plant and comes across unexpected things and creatures. Thor: Ragnarok is the third solo film for Thor. In this movie Thor and Hulk team up with Loki & Tessa to defeat Hella.
In this movie, Thanos proves that he’s the big bad villain in a battle that pulls in characters from almost all the corners of the MCU.
You can watch Avengers: Infinity War on Netflix.
The Ant-Man sequel returns to the earth-bound adventures. This movie is a fantastic and funny one. In this movie, we find the characters being affected by the events of the Infinity War.
This second film on our list is the one which recently hit the theaters. Captain Marvel is set in the year 1995 and effectively takes the spot of a proper kickoff for the entire MCU. Here we see Carol Danvers fall to earth and start a hunt for the shape-shifting Skrull aliens. The story also sets up Kree (Guardians of the Galaxy) and deals with an object that becomes significant towards the end of phase 1.
This movie is the final culmination of all the groundwork that was laid by the 21 films, Avengers: Endgame features all your favorites in an inter-galactic & time-jumping battle to save the world.
The latest Marvel film, Spider-Man: Far from Home hints towards the start of an entirely new phase. After all the Avengers: Endgame chaos, this movie is a story about Peter Parker’s Europe school trip but he is surprised by Jake Gyllenhaal Mysterio.
Thanks, Marvel Cinematic Universe for introducing superhero movies to the world. They have successfully managed to pull off 23 movies till today and that too without any reboots, remakes, and with just one re-casting.