How to watch the Marvel movies in order: chronological and release date

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Marvel movies in order: May 2024 update

Tom Power, senior entertainment reporter

With no new Marvel movie or TV show set to debut until Deadpool and Wolverine in July, you've got plenty of time on your hands to embark on a new Marvel marathon. With that in mind, we've tweaked various 'in order' sections in this guide with the latest intel available to us. We've also given other areas of this article a spring clean, including the 'new movies and TV shows' and 'MCU projects ranked' sections, to ensure that they provide the latest information that we have to you.

Welcome to TechRadar's guide on how to watch the Marvel movies in order. In this article, we'll run you through the ways that you can stream every Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film and TV show that have been released so far, as well as which method we think is best for first-time viewers.

That's not all you'll learn about in our MCU movies in order guide. From the latest news we have on every upcoming Marvel Phase 5 and Marvel Phase 6 project, to details on where you can watch them (spoiler: most are on Disney Plus) and how general audiences view every Marvel film and TV series to date, there's plenty to to read about in this article. So, throw on your favorite superhero spandex costume and let's dive in together.

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What's the best order to watch the Marvel movies for the first time?

The titular superheroes looking into the sky in Marvel's Avengers movie
The titular superheroes looking into the sky in Marvel's Avengers movie

Preparing to watch all of the Marvel movies in order for the first time, but don't know where to start? You should stick with the release date order method, which we'll explain in more detail later on.

Streaming some of the best superhero films and best Disney Plus shows in chronological order is great if you're a long-time MCU fan. This method gives you a new perspective on how events play out from a Marvel timeline perspective.

Watching the Marvel movies in timeline order isn't as straightforward as you think, though. Streaming them in this linear fashion means that events depicted in one film can bizarrely precede what happens in another. For instance, the ending of Captain America: The First Avenger, which is primarily set during World War II, takes place in 2010, and sees Steve Rogers waking up in 'present day' New York before he meets Nick Fury. However, we're supposed to meet Fury for the first time in 2008's Iron Man. If you watch the Marvel movies in order of chronology, you'll meet Fury in Cap's maiden film first before Iron Man's first MCU adventure.

That, and many other instances like it, can make things tricky to follow from a timeline standpoint. Watching the Marvel movies chronologically, then, isn't a good place to start for first-timers. If that's you, stick with the release date order method.

How to watch the Marvel movies in chronological order

Loki looks concerned as he holds a TVA watch in Loki season 2
Loki looks concerned as he holds a TVA watch in Loki season 2

Best for: MCU fans who want to try something new.

Want to to watch the Marvel movies in chronological order? Here's how. We've listed every film and TV show in the order they take place on the Marvel timeline, based on the main year in which they're set.

Because of Avengers: Endgame, which starts in 2018 but is mostly set in 2023, the MCU timeline has become more complex since it was released in 2019. Luckily, the Marvel movies timeline has become much easier to follow in the last 12 months, with the official Marvel Timeline book revealing when most films and TV series takes place.

In February, Marvel debuted three new MCU timelines on Disney Plus that make things even easier to follow, too.  Armed with this vital information, we can definitively state when each story takes place. Well, except for X-Men 97, the animated sequel to X-Men: The Animated Series, which currently sits independent of the MCU. We've tacked that on at the end of this section to avoid any confusion.

Captain America stares open mouthed at someone off camera in his first Marvel movie
Captain America stares open mouthed at someone off camera in his first Marvel movie

Captain America: The First Avenger

Cap's first adventure was the fifth Marvel movie released in theaters. However, it's set in the 1940s, so stream this one first.

Captain Marvel

Carol Danvers didn't burst onto the scene until MCU Phase 3, but her origins story is set in 1995.

Iron Man

The film that kickstarted the MCU is technically the third Marvel movie in order of chronology. Tony Stark's heel turn from weapons expert to superhero takes place between February and May 2008.

Iron Man 2

Following swiftly on its predecessor's heels, Stark's second solo flick occurs between May and June 2010.

The Incredible Hulk

The Stark MCU appearances keep coming – this time, he cameos at the end of the Hulk's first (and only) solo MCU movie, which also takes place in mid-2010.

Thor

The god of thunder stormed his way into the MCU in mid-2010, around the same time as The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2.

The Avengers

With the MCU's original major players established, we finally got the superhero movie of our dreams when the Avengers officially formed in May 2012.

A promotional image for Iron Man 3 showing Tony Stark kneeling down with his suits flying around him
A promotional image for Iron Man 3 showing Tony Stark kneeling down with his suits flying around him

Thor: The Dark World

Thor's second cinematic adventure is set in late 2013.

Iron Man 3

Iron Man's third and final solo movie takes place around Christmas 2013.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Set in early 2014, Cap's second solo flick was the first Marvel film to explore genres outside of the superhero field.

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1

Star-Lord's lovable ragtag crew were first introduced to a wider audience in spectacularly humorous and music-laced fashion in late 2014.

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

This movie takes place a few months after its predecessor.

I Am Groot seasons 1 and 2

The first Marvel Disney Plus show to appear in this list, I Am Groot is set around Guardians Volume 2.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

The superhero ensemble reunited for another tentpole offering in May 2015 – this time, taking down the menacing AI/super-bot known as Ultron.

Ant-Man

Earth's mightiest miniature hero made his in-universe debut in July 2015.

Captain America: Civil War

The third Captain America film was a mini-Avengers movie in all but name. It's set between May and June 2016, and introduced us to two of the most beloved MCU heroes in Spider-Man and Black Panther.

Black Widow

The first Marvel Phase 4 flick, Black Widow was released in 2021 but is actually set just after Civil War.

Tom Holland's webslinger hangs on a highway sign in Spider-Man: Homecoming
Tom Holland's webslinger hangs on a highway sign in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Black Panther

Marvel's first Best Picture Oscar nominee takes place alongside Civil War and Black Widow in mid-2016.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

After confusing fans for years with its "eight years later" timecard, Spidey's first MCU solo movie is actually set in September 2016.

Doctor Strange

Spread across February 2016 and early 2017, this film introduced audiences to the Sorcerer Supreme. Or, rather, the former Sorcerer Supreme – Strange being replaced by Wong due to Infinity War's events, but more on that later.

Thor: Ragnarok

The last movie to launch in theaters before that Thanos moment, Thor: Ragnarok takes place in late 2017.

Avengers: Infinity War

The Marvel movie that, without spoiling anything, changed the MCU. The third Avengers movie occurs in early 2018.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Events in Ant-Man's second film run concurrent to Infinity War.

Avengers: Endgame

This is where things get messy from a Marvel movies in chronological order perspective. Endgame begins in 2018 but ends in October 2023.

Star-Lord, Rocket, and Thor share a joke in Avengers: Endgame
Star-Lord, Rocket, and Thor share a joke in Avengers: Endgame

Loki season 1

One of two Marvel TV shows to span the entire Marvel multiverse, Loki is best watched after Avengers: Endgame.

Loki season 2

Set immediately after its predecessor, so stream it after its forebear.

What If...? seasons 1 and 2

Like Loki, What If...? is a multiversal affair. Neither season is set in a particular year, so they're best streamed after Endgame.

WandaVision

Per Marvel's Official Timeline book, it takes place in November 2023.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi's MCU debut contains flashbacks to his childhood, so it could be listed earlier. However, the bulk of the film is set in early 2024, hence its placement here.

Moon Knight

Marvel's Official Timeline book confirms this show takes place in May 2024.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Sam Wilson and Buck Barnes' team up series is set in mid-2024.

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Occurs eight months after Endgame, aka around June and July 2024.

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

The official MCU Timeline book confirms it begins in mid-2024 and runs through to early 2025.

Eternals

This one could technically be the first entry in our Marvel movies in chronological order list as it begins 7,000 years before 2010's Captain America. Like Shang-Chi, though, it's mostly set in late 2024, so we've positioned it here.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Thanks to the Halloween and Christmas/Holiday season decorations seen throughout, this one is set in late 2024.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Strange's multiverse-spanning sequel takes place after Spider-Man: No Way Home. Marvel's official timeline places it in November 2024, preceding what happens in Hawkeye.

Hawkeye

Just like No Way Home, Hawkeye's first solo adventure occurs around Christmas 2024.

Echo

Set five months after Hawkeye's ending, aka around May 2025.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

You'd think this one is set in 2024, given its main events take place a year after T'Challa dies. T'Challa appeared in 2023's Endgame, so that would make sense. However, it's set in May 2025.

Scott Lang and Kang face each other in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Scott Lang and Kang face each other in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Ms Marvel

The official Marvel timeline book places Kamala Khan's series in October 2025.

Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor's fourth solo movie is set in October 2025. We know this as he tells former flame Jane Foster that it's been over eight years since they split up. Meanwhile, in 2017's Ragnarok, he tells Loki that the pair recently and mutually broke up. Add eight years to 2017 and you get 2025. Simple.

Werewolf by Night

The first MCU Special Presentation is the most difficult production to pin down in this Marvel movies in order of chronology list. Our opinion? It's set in the MCU's 'present', which puts it in late 2025.

Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

As it takes place prior to Guardians of the Galaxy 3, it's set around Christmas 2025.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

We originally thought this one ran concurrent to Black Panther 2, but the complete MCU timeline on Disney Plus places it between the Guardians' Christmas special and third movie. Therefore, it must take place in late 2025.

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3

Guardians Vol. 3 is set a few months after the group's festive special.

Secret Invasion

Set in the MCU's 'present'. The TV show's first episode confirms that this Nick Fury-starring series takes place in 2025.

The Marvels

Takes place not long after the end of Secret Invasion.

X-Men 97

The long overdue sequel to beloved show X-Men: The Animated Series sits independent of the MCU, so it's technically not part of the official Marvel timeline. As it's a Marvel Studios production, though, it's worth watching. To make things easier, we've stuck it at the end of this guide, but you can watch it any time you like.

How to watch the Marvel movies in release date order

Kamala Khan, Carol Danvers, and Monica Rambeau stare up at something off-screen in The Marvels
Kamala Khan, Carol Danvers, and Monica Rambeau stare up at something off-screen in The Marvels

Best for: first-time viewers.

Eager to watch the Marvel movies in release date order? Try this list instead. You'll start with 2008's Iron Man and end with X-Men 97, which debuted on Disney Plus in March.

As you'll be watching each film and TV show by the years they were released, it's an easier blueprint to follow than streaming them in chronological order.

  • 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)

  • Doctor Strange (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 (TV show, 2021)

  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (TV show, 2021)

  • Loki season 1(TV show, 2021)

  • Black Widow (2021)

  • What If...? (TV show, 2021)

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

  • Eternals (2021)

  • Hawkeye (TV show, 2021)

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

  • Moon Knight (TV show, 2022)

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

  • Ms Marvel (TV show, 2022)

  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

  • I Am Groot (TV show, 2022)

  • She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (TV show, 2022)

  • Werewolf by Night (TV special, 2022)

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (TV special, 2022)

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)

  • Secret Invasion (TV show, 2023)

  • Loki season 2 (TV show, 2023)

  • The Marvels (2023)

  • What If...? season 2 (TV show, 2023)

  • Echo (TV show, 2024)

  • X-Men 97 (TV show, 2024)

How to watch the Avengers movies in order

A screenshot of The Avengers looking up into the sky in their first MCU movie
A screenshot of The Avengers looking up into the sky in their first MCU movie

Best for: fans who only want to watch the Avengers movies.

We already covered the best way to stream the Avengers films in the sections above. If you only want to stream these specific Marvel movies in order, though, this is how to do so.

  • The Avengers (2012) – set in the year it was released, aka 2012

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – also takes place in the year it launched, i.e. 2015

  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – the final Avengers film to occur in the year it's set, which is 2018

  • Avengers: Endgame (2019) – opens in 2018, but ends in late 2023

Two more Avengers movies – Avengers 5 (previously known as Avengers: The Kang Dynasty) and Avengers: Secret Wars (aka Avengers 6) are in development at Marvel Studios. Currently, they're slated to arrive in May 2026 and May 2027, but those date could change if Marvel tweaks its release schedule for the umpteenth time.

How to watch the Netflix Marvel TV shows in order

A close-up shot of Daredevil looking over his shoulder in She-Hulk episode 8 on Disney Plus
A close-up shot of Daredevil looking over his shoulder in She-Hulk episode 8 on Disney Plus

Best for: viewers who want to understand Daredevil's MCU arrival.

She-Hulk episode 8 seemingly revealed Netflix's Daredevil TV show is canon in the MCU in September 2022, but Marvel's Head of Television Brad Winderbaum has since confirmed every Marvel Netflix series is officially canon in the MCU. With every Netflix Marvel TV show available to stream on Disney Plus, now's as good a time as any to stream them if you missed their original runs on Netflix.

If you're wondering why we haven't included them in our chronological timeline section, we won't be doing so until Daredevil: Born Again – the sequel series to Netflix's Daredevil TV show – is released. Besides, we don't actually know when the Netflix Marvel shows are set, so we wouldn't want to complicate things further by incorrectly placing them on the definitive MCU timeline.

  • Daredevil season 1 (April 2015)

  • Jessica Jones season 1 (November 2015)

  • Daredevil season 2 (March 2016)

  • Luke Cage season 1 (September 2016)

  • Iron Fist season 1 (March 2017)

  • The Defenders (August 2017)

  • The Punisher season 1 (November 2017)

  • Jessica Jones season 2 (March 2018)

  • Luke Cage season 2 (June 2018)

  • Iron Fist season 2 (September 2018)

  • Daredevil season 3 (October 2018)

  • The Punisher season 2 (January 2019)

  • Jessica Jones season 3 (June 2019)

How to watch the X-Men movies and TV shows in order

Charles Xavier, Wolverine and Beast in X-Men: Days of Future Past
Charles Xavier, Wolverine and Beast in X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best for: diehard X-Men fans and/or those wanting to catch up on the mutants' many projects.

We already have a dedicated guide on how to watch the X-Men movies in order. But, if you want a brief rundown on how to stream them (and any X-Men-adjacent flicks) in release date order, here's how:

  • X-Men: The Animated Series (1992 – 1997)

  • X-Men (2000)

  • X-2: X-Men United (2003)

  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

  • X-Men: First Class (2011)

  • The Wolverine (2013)

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

  • Deadpool (2016)

  • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

  • Logan (2017)

  • Legion (2017 – 2019)

  • Deadpool 2 (2018)

  • Dark Phoenix (2019)

  • The New Mutants (2020)

  • X-Men 97 (2024)

New Marvel movies and MCU Disney Plus shows

Deadpool and Wolverin walk down a dirt road in their classic comic book costumes in Deadpool 3
Deadpool and Wolverin walk down a dirt road in their classic comic book costumes in Deadpool 3

Here's every Marvel movie and TV show coming in 2024 and beyond.

You should note, though, that Marvel could alter any or all of the launch dates listed below. It's already done so multiple times recently, with the 2023 Hollywood strikes, Marvel's firing of Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror, and numerous other issues causing it to chop and change its forthcoming line-up of projects.

Deadpool 3 is the only Marvel movie that'll arrive in 2024, but there are a couple of TV series to look forward to before the end of the year. You can read about those, plus every other in-development MCU production (and any of their known release dates) in the list below:

How many Marvel movies are there?

A promotional image showing the main cast of Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame
A promotional image showing the main cast of Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame

33 MCU movies have been released so far. By the end of 2027, there could be 42 movies (if the above group isn't delayed further) to add to our Marvel movies in order guide.

If you want to watch all of the Marvel movies in order, you'll need to set aside 4,351 minutes – that's over 72.5 hours or 3.02 total days. Add in every MCU TV show and specials, and it'll take around 7,615 minutes (126.9 hours or 5.28 days) to watch everything.

Now that Netflix's Marvel TV shows are also canon in the MCU, you can even add in its six shows' near-161-hour total runtime into the equation. Do that and you'll have to set aside 287.9 hours, or a monstrous 12 days, to stream every single piece of Marvel content. Phew!

Where to watch the Marvel movies

A screenshot of the Marvel movies that are available to watch on Disney Plus
A screenshot of the Marvel movies that are available to watch on Disney Plus

You can stream the vast majority of the Marvel movies in order, as well as the TV shows, on Disney Plus (read our Disney Plus review while you're here).

There are plenty of caveats to that, though. None of the Spider-Man movies – those in and outside of the MCU – are available on Disney Plus UK.

British-based fans can catch Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, , Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Venom on Netflix instead.

In the US, the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy, Andrew Garfield's The Amazing Spider-Man movies, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Morbius, and Venom are available on Disney Plus. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and the two Garfield-starring Spidey films are also streamable on Netflix. Spider-Man: No Way Home and Into the Spider-Verse are only viewable on Fubo and FX Now, too.

Meanwhile, Australian viewers can stream Tobey Maguire's movies on Netflix, Binge, and Foxtel, while the Garfield-led movies are on Netflix. Spider-Man: Homecoming can be streamed on Netflix and Foxtel, Far From Home is on Foxtel, Netflix, and Prime Video, and No Way Home is viewable on Netflix and Foxtel.
Lastly, Into the Spider-Verse is on Netflix, Prime Video, Binge, and Foxtel, while Across the Spider-Verse is available on Binge and Prime Video.

Marvel movies in order: all MCU films and TV shows ranked

Nick Fury looks out of a hotel window in Marvel's Secret Invasion
Nick Fury looks out of a hotel window in Marvel's Secret Invasion

For us, the four Avengers movies are the best MCU films, but the whole thing is subjective. You can check our best Marvel movies piece to see how we ranked them all.

Additionally, we've listed the Marvel movies and TV shows in order based on their Rotten Tomatoes critical scores. So, if you want to know what other people think of each MCU film and series, Sony's Spider-Man Universe flicks, and Netflix's Marvel TV shows, read on.

  • Ms Marvel (2022) – 98%

  • Black Panther (2018) – 96%

  • Avengers: Endgame (2019) – 94%

  • Iron Man (2008) – 94%

  • The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022) – 94%

  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – 93%

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) – 93%

  • Daredevil (2015 - 2018) – 92%

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – 92%

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1 (2014) – 92%

  • WandaVision (2021) – 92%

  • Hawkeye (2021) – 92%

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) – 91%

  • Captain America: Civil War (2016) – 91%

  • The Avengers (2012) – 91%

  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – 91%

  • What If...? (2021 - 2023) – 91%

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – 90%

  • Doctor Strange (2016) – 89%

  • Werewolf by Night (2022) – 89%

  • I Am Groot (2022 - 2023) – 88%

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) – 87%

  • Loki (2021 - 2023) – 87%

  • Luke Cage (2016 - 2018) – 87%

  • Agent Carter (2015 - 2016) – 86%

  • Moon Knight (2022) – 86%

  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – 85%

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – 85%

  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) – 85%

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) – 83%

  • Ant-Man (2015) – 83%

  • Jessica Jones (2015 - 2019) – 83%

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) – 82%

  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – 80%

  • Captain Marvel (2019) – 79%

  • Black Widow (2021) – 79%

  • Iron Man 3 (2013) – 79%

  • The Defenders (2017) – 78%

  • Thor (2011) – 77%

  • She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (2022) – 77%

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – 76%

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) – 73%

  • Iron Man 2 (2010) – 72%

  • Echo (2024) – 71%

  • Thor: The Dark World (2013) – 67%

  • The Incredible Hulk (2008) – 67%

  • The Punisher (2017 - 2019) – 65%

  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) – 63%

  • The Marvels (2023) – 62%

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) – 57%

  • Secret Invasion (2023) – 52%

  • Eternals (2021) – 47%

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) – 46%

  • Iron Fist (2017 - 2018) – 37%

  • Venom (2018) – 30%

  • Morbius (2022) – 15%


For more Marvel movies in order content, find out how to watch the Spider-Man movies in order and/or check out our Marvel villains ranked list.