Evan's Recommended Viewing Order: MCU

I've designed this list to assist anyone who'd like to do an MCU Marathon! It's designed to essentially take you through the MCU and Chronological Order, BUT it is also designed to give a first time viewer a solid sense of how the films flow and fit together.

  • Captain America: The First Avenger

    1.Captain America: The First Avenger

    ★★★★½

    The notes for this list item reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Obviously, I'd start with Cap. He's the foundation stone for the eventual Avengers team, as well as being the first story in chronological order. The film begins and ends in the present, with no mention of the other major heroes in the universe, so it fits nicely at the beginning.

    OPTIONAL - MCU EXTENDED:
    Watch "Marvel's Agent Carter" Seasons 1-2
    directly after this film.

  • Iron Man

    2.Iron Man

    ★★★★½

    The notes for this list item reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Ironman is next. First time viewers will have been introduced to Tony's father, and Nick Fury already, making IMO a smoother transition into understanding the larger universe.

  • Iron Man 2

    3.Iron Man 2

    ★★

    The notes for this list item reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I've put Ironman II next to give a first time viewer some closure on Stark revealing his identity to the world. I think watching this one before the Hulk gives the Hulk's after credits scene more context.

  • The Incredible Hulk

    4.The Incredible Hulk

    ★★★★

    The notes for this list item reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Hulk is next. It's subtle references to SHILED and Stark Industries should click better with first time viewers now.

  • Thor

    5.Thor

    ★★★★

    The notes for this list item reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Thor is next. Doctor Selvig's comments about Bruce Banner should hopefully click with first time viewers. I think having this one directly before the avengers gives us a nice transition from the earth-based sci-fi of the previous movies, to the outlandish alien invasion motif of the Avengers.

  • The Avengers

    6.The Avengers

    ★★★★★

    Phase One complete!

    OPTIONAL - MCU EXTENDED:
    Watch "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" Episodes 1-7 directly after this film.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    7.Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★

    The notes for this list item reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    You could put Guardians at the end of Phase Two, but it doesn't matter. Putting it right after Avengers gives us a nice break, and lets Earth rest and time to pass after the invasion, making for a better transition back to the earth based movies. Plus, having been introduced to Thanos in Avengers, seeing him and his servant in this movie directly after will help it click better with first timers IMO.

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    8.Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★½

    The notes for this list item reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Vol2. is one of the few Marvel movies that takes place out or chronological order. It happens only a few months after Guardians 1.

  • Thor: The Dark World

    9.Thor: The Dark World

    ★★

    The notes for this list item reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The show Agents of Shield helps establish a continuity for us here. The Dark World Tie in episode takes place in the Autumn after Avengers 1. Having this after Guardians will also help first timers in understanding the end credits scene much better IMO.

    OPTIONAL - MCU EXTENDED:
    Watch "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" Episodes 8-11 directly after this film.

  • Iron Man 3

    10.Iron Man 3

    ★★★

    The notes for this list item reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Christmas after Avengers 1. So it takes place after Thor 2.

    OPTIONAL - MCU EXTENDED:
    Watch "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" Episodes 12-16 directly after this film.

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    11.Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    ★★★★★

    The notes for this list item reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Takes place in the spring a year after Avengers 1.

    OPTIONAL - MCU EXTENDED:
    Watch "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" Episodes 17-22 directly after this film.

  • Doctor Strange

    12.Doctor Strange

    ★★★★

    The notes for this list item reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    You could place Doctor Strange Elsewhere, but I like him here, as there's nothing really in the movie that connects him to any particular point in time. He was referenced in the previous movie, the Winter Soldier, so hopefully this will help first timers connect those dots a little easier.

    OPTIONAL - MCU EXTENDED:
    Watch "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" Season 2, Episodes 1-19 directly after this film.

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  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    13.Avengers: Age of Ultron

    ★★★★½

    The notes for this list item reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Phase 2 Complete!

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  • Ant-Man

    14.Ant-Man

    ★★★★½

    The notes for this list item reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Has to take place after Ultron and before Civil War

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  • Thor: Ragnarok

    15.Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★

    The notes for this list item reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I like Thor Ragnarok directly after Ultron, as Thor's dream pool vision, and Hulk's disappearance are two of the biggest unresolved threads, which get resolved in this film. And with no other real ties to other films, I think this is a good place for it. Plus I like how it ties in nicely to Gen Ross' comments in Civil War to have Ragnarok before that film.

    OPTIONAL - MCU EXTENDED:
    Watch
    - Daredevil Season 1
    - Jessica Jones Season 1
    - "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" Season 3, episodes 1-19
    directly after this film.

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  • Captain America: Civil War

    16.Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★★

    The notes for this list item reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Has to be after Antman and before Spiderman.

    OPTIONAL - MCU EXTENDED:
    Watch
    - "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" Season 3, episodes 20-22
    directly after this film.

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  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    17.Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★½

    The notes for this list item reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Has to be directly after Civil War.

    OPTIONAL - MCU EXTENDED:
    Watch
    - "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" Season 4, episodes 1-8
    - Daredevil Season 2
    - Luke Cage Season 1
    - Iron Fist Season 1
    - Defenders Season 1
    - "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" Season 4, episodes 9-22
    - Inhumans Season 1
    directly after this film.

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  • Black Panther

    18.Black Panther

    ★★★★

  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    20.Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★★½