How to watch the 23 Marvel movies in order – by timeline and release date

Marvel Cinematic Universe has us all entranced – here's how to watch all the Marvel movies in order...

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Whatever your stance on superhero movies, there’s no denying that the Marvel Cinematic Universe does them well. But when it comes to watching the Marvel movies in order, there's some debate. 

Over the past decade, not a year has gone by without at least one MCU blockbuster taking over our local cinema screens, with the multi-billion pound franchise dishing out a whopping 23 flicks overall. And there’s still more to come with new movies on the horizon and Marvel TV shows on their way to Disney+ - including Wandavision, which is currently releasing weekly on the streaming platform.

And with loyal fans still hooked on rewatches and the series still gaining more and more followers each day – despite coming to a head with its extravagant finale last year – it must be doing something right.

How to watch the 23 Marvel movies in order – both by timeline and release date

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But whether you’re new to the superhero franchise or already well-practised in keeping up with the Avengers and their folk, taking on a whole series viewing (or rewatch) is quite a challenge to embark on – especially when it comes to picking the best order to watch the Marvel movies in.

So we’ve laid out the Marvel movies in their different orders so that you can decide the best way for you to watch all of the Marvel films in order. Better get that popcorn in the microwave – you’re in it for the long-haul now...

What are the marvel movies in order?

Phase One

1. Iron Man

Director: Jon Favreau | Released: May 2008 | Rating: 12 | Length: 126 min

Starring Robert Downey Jr. as industrialist Tony Stark who creates a high-tech suit after he's captured by terrorists, Iron Man kicks off the famous MCU franchise with this action-packed origin story.

2. The Incredible Hulk

Director: Louis Leterrier | Released: June 2008 | Rating: 12A | Length: 112 min

After exposing himself to high levels of gamma radiation, Dr. Bruce Banner (played by Edward Norton in this film, before Mark Ruffalo took over the role for The Avengers), tranforms himself into The Hulk.

3. Iron Man 2

Director: Jon Favreau | Released: May 2010 | Rating: 12A | Length: 124 min

As Tony Stark faces pressure from the government to share his cutting-edge Iron Man technology, he faces a ruthless foe from his father's past.

4. Thor

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Release year: May 2011 | Rating: 12A | Length: 115 min

After being exiled to Earth by his father Odin, king of Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) becomes entangled with government agency S.H.I.E.L.D. as he saves the planet and himself from the villainous intentions of his brother Loki.

5. Captain America: The First Avenger

Director: Joe Johnston | Release year: July 2011 | Rating: 12A | Length: 124 min

Taking us right back to the era of World War II, this origin story gives fans an insight into the humble beginnings S.H.I.E.L.D. while introducing us to Captain America (Chris Evans) who tranforms himself into a soldier using a special serum in order to fight a Nazi organisation.

6. The Avengers

Director: Joe Johnston | Release year: May 2012 | Rating: 12A | Length: 124 min

When our world is once again targetted by Asgardian Loki, director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury puts a team together made up of 'Earth's mightiest heroes' who are forced to put aside their differences to protect the planet from alien invaders.

Phase Two

7. Iron Man 3

Director: Shane Black | Released: May 2013 | Rating: 12A | Length: 130 min

Tony Stark and his inner circle face a dangerous terrorist as the superhero is haunted by mistakes from his past and the lives of the ones he loves are put at risk.

8. Thor: The Dark World

Director: Alan Taylor | Released: November 2013 | Rating: 12A | Length: 112 min

Thor sets out to save the Nine Realms after the universe is threatened by the leader of the Dark Elves - but as he joins forces with an unlikely ally, the lives of those closest to him are left in the balance.

9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Released: April 2014 | Rating: 12A | Length: 136 min

Steve Rogers attempts to move on with his new life as he is forced to pus together a scrappy team in an attempt to uncover the secrets behind a deadly but complicated foe.

10. Guardians of the Galaxy

Director: James Gunn | Released: August 2014 | Rating: 12A | Length: 121 min

Wayward space dweller Peter Quill gets himself into a bother after getting hold of a valuable orb that is coveted by many different dangerous groups, as he falls into an unlikely friendship with a bunch of lone wolves.  

11. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Director: Joss Whedon | Released: April 2015 | Rating: 12A | Length: 141 min

After Tony Stark unwittingly creates a genocidal A.I. villian, the Avengers must once again save the world from destruction - but this time just their power alone might not be enough to get the job done...

12. Ant-Man

Director: Peyton Reed | Released: July 2015 | Rating: 12A | Length: 117 min

Master thief Scott Lang must tap into the good side of his character after he is recruited by the owner of a powerful suit that can control his size.

Phase Three

13. Captain America: Civil War

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Released: May 2016 | Rating: 12A | Length: 148 min

When the governments of the world come together to exercise control over the Avengers, strong opinions threaten to divide the team, while a manipulative foe attempts to break down relationships by revealing dark secrets from the past.  

14. Doctor Strange

Director: Scott Derrickson | Released: November 2016 | Rating: 12A | Length: 115 min

After brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange loses the ability to use his hands, he embarks on an adventure that transforms his personality and turns him into a powerful sorcerer.

15. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Director: James Gunn | Released: May 2017 | Rating: 12A | Length: 136 min

The Guardians struggle to keep their team together after they come across a man who claims to be Peter's father - but everything may not be how it seems...

16. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Director: Jon Watts | Released: July 2017 | Rating: 12 | Length: 133 min

In an attempt to prove himself as an Avenger, Peter Parker does everything he can to use his powers for good, but he gets caught up in a dangerous situation when he tries to balance this with his ordinary high school life.

17. Thor: Ragnarok

Director: Taika Waititi | Released: November 2017 | Rating: 12A | Length: 130 min

After a savage battle with his long, lost sister Hela, Thor is joined by a surprising colleague from Earth as he fights to save his Asgard home.

18. Black Panther

Director: Ryan Coogler | Released: February 2018 | Rating: 12A | Length: 135 min

After his father is tragically killed, T'Challa takes on the mantle of King of Wakanda, before he is challenged by a formidable foe from his father's past who threatens his life, his country and his people.

19. Avengers: Infinity War

Director: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo | Released: April 2018 | Rating: 12A | Length: 149 min

The Avengers go their separate ways to team up with different fighters across the galaxy to protect the universe from powerful, genocidal villain Thanos.

20. Ant-Man and the Wasp

Director: Peyton Reed | Released: July 2018 | Rating: 12A | Length: 125 min

Scott Lang is enticed to break his house arrest to join Hank Pym and  the Wasp to enter the quantum realm on an important mission - but the group faces rivals along the way.

21. Captain Marvel

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Released: March 2019 | Rating: 12A | Length: 125 min

After Kree warrior Vers lands on earth back in the 1990s, she embarks on a mission to destroy her enemies (with the help of a young Nick Fury), but ends up finding out more about her past than she bargained for.

22. Avengers: Endgame

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Released: April 2019 | Rating: 12A | Length: 182 min

In this epic finale to the Infinity saga, the Avengers come together one last time as they put everything on the line in a desperate battle against Thanos to save the universe.

23. Spider-Man: Far From Home

Director: Jon Watts | Released: July 2019 | Rating: 12A | Length: 129 min

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker attempts to move on with his quiet high-school life as he heads on a school trip with his friends, but bigger forces get in the way forcing him to step up to the plate.

Marvel Movies Phase Four (and future)

With the Infinity Saga now done and dusted, Marvel has released their new line-up of upcoming movies, with some of the films dealing with some backstories that we've not yet been enlightened to throughout the story so far, while others deal with the events of what happens after Phase Three.

However, do keep in mind that the current dates are provisional and could be changed due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.

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  • Black Widow (May 2021)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (July 2021)
  • The Eternals (November 2021)
  • Untitled third Spider-Man movie (December 2021)
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 2022)
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (February 2022)
  • Ant-Man 3 (TBC)
  • Black Panther 2 (July, 2022)
  • Blade (October, 2022)
  • Captain Marvel 2 (November, 2022)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 3 (2023)
  • Fantastic Four (TBA)

Marvel movies in chronological order by timeline

Although the Marvel movies were released in a certain order, the events in some of the films actually took place at different times to what may come across. So if you're looking to spice up your watchathon, we'd tackle the Marvel films in order of when the events happened.

It's a bit different to going by the MCU phases, but we think it definitely offers an alternative viewpoint to the storyline, as well as fills in some of the gaps that can be quite easy to miss during an initial watch.

1. Captain America: The First Avenger

Director: Joe Johnston | Release year: July 2011 | Rating: 12A | Length: 124 min | Set: 1942 - during WWII

Taking us right back to the era of World War II, this origin story gives fans an insight into the humble beginnings S.H.I.E.L.D. while introducing us to Captain America (Chris Evans) who tranforms himself into a soldier using a special serum in order to fight a Nazi organisation.

2. Captain Marvel

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Released: March 2019 | Rating: 12A | Length: 125 min | Set: 1995

After Kree warrior Vers lands on earth back in the 1990s, she embarks on a mission to destroy her enemies (with the help of a young Nick Fury), but ends up finding out more about her past than she bargained for.

3. Iron Man

Director: Jon Favreau | Released: May 2008 | Rating: 12 | Length: 126 min | Set: 2010

Starring Robert Downey Jr. as industrialist Tony Stark who creates a high-tech suit after he's captured by terrorists, Iron Man kicks off the famous MCU franchise with this action-packed origin story.

4. Iron Man 2

Director: Jon Favreau | Released: May 2010 | Rating: 12A | Length: 124 min | Set: 2011

As Tony Stark faces pressure from the government to share his cutting-edge Iron Man technology, he faces a ruthless foe from his father's past.

5. The Incredible Hulk

Director: Louis Leterrier | Released: June 2008 | Rating: 12A | Length: 112 min | Set: after Iron Man and before The Avengers

After exposing himself to high levels of gamma radiation, Dr. Bruce Banner (played by Edward Norton in this film, before Mark Ruffalo took over the role for The Avengers), tranforms himself into The Hulk.

6. Thor

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Release year: May 2011 | Rating: 12A | Length: 115 min | Set: 2011 - six months before The Avengers

After being exiled to Earth by his father Odin, king of Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) becomes entangled with government agency S.H.I.E.L.D. as he saves the planet and himself from the villainous intentions of his brother Loki.

7. The Avengers

Director: Joe Johnston | Release year: May 2012 | Rating: 12A | Length: 124 min | Set: 2012

When our world is once again targetted by Asgardian Loki, director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury puts a team together made up of 'Earth's mightiest heroes' who are forced to put aside their differences to protect the planet from alien invaders.

8. Iron Man 3

Director: Shane Black | Released: May 2013 | Rating: 12A | Length: 130 min | Set: 2012 - six months after the Avengers

Tony Stark and his inner circle face a dangerous terrorist as the superhero is haunted by mistakes from his past and the lives of the ones he loves are put at risk.

9. Thor: The Dark World

Director: Alan Taylor | Released: November 2013 | Rating: 12A | Length: 112 min | Set: 2013

Thor sets out to save the Nine Realms after the universe is threatened by the leader of the Dark Elves - but as he joins forces with an unlikely ally, the lives of those closest to him are left in the balance.

10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Released: April 2014 | Rating: 12A | Length: 136 min | Set: 2014

Steve Rogers attempts to move on with his new life as he is forced to pus together a scrappy team in an attempt to uncover the secrets behind a deadly but complicated foe.

11. Guardians of the Galaxy

Director: James Gunn | Released: August 2014 | Rating: 12A | Length: 121 min | Set: 2014

Wayward space dweller Peter Quill gets himself into a bother after getting hold of a valuable orb that is coveted by many different dangerous groups, as he falls into an unlikely friendship with a bunch of lone wolves.  

12. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Director: James Gunn | Released: May 2017 | Rating: 12A | Length: 136 min | Set: 2014 - just weeks after its prequel

The Guardians struggle to keep their team together after they come across a man who claims to be Peter's father - but everything may not be how it seems...

13. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Director: Joss Whedon | Released: April 2015 | Rating: 12A | Length: 141 min | Set: 2015

After Tony Stark unwittingly creates a genocidal A.I. villian, the Avengers must once again save the world from destruction - but this time just their power alone might not be enough to get the job done...

14. Ant-Man

Director: Peyton Reed | Released: July 2015 | Rating: 12A | Length: 117 min | Set: 2015

Master thief Scott Lang must tap into the good side of his character after he is recruited by the owner of a powerful suit that can control his size.

15. Captain America: Civil War

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Released: May 2016 | Rating: 12A | Length: 148 min | Set: 2016

When the governments of the world come together to exercise control over the Avengers, strong opinions threaten to divide the team, while a manipulative foe attempts to break down relationships by revealing dark secrets from the past.  

16. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Director: Jon Watts | Released: July 2017 | Rating: 12 | Length: 133 min | Set: 2016

In an attempt to prove himself as an Avenger, Peter Parker does everything he can to use his powers for good, but he gets caught up in a dangerous situation when he tries to balance this with his ordinary high school life.

17. Doctor Strange

Director: Scott Derrickson | Released: November 2016 | Rating: 12A | Length: 115 min | Set: 2016-2017

After brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange loses the ability to use his hands, he embarks on an adventure that transforms his personality and turns him into a powerful sorcerer.

18. Black Panther

Director: Ryan Coogler | Released: February 2018 | Rating: 12A | Length: 135 min | Set: 2017

After his father is tragically killed, T'Challa takes on the mantle of King of Wakanda, before he is challenged by a formidable foe from his father's past who threatens his life, his country and his people.

19. Thor: Ragnarok

Director: Taika Waititi | Released: November 2017 | Rating: 12A | Length: 130 min | Set: between 2017 and 2018 - with the end directly before Avengers: Infinity War

After a savage battle with his long, lost sister Hela, Thor is joined by a surprising colleague from Earth as he fights to save his Asgard home.

20. Ant-Man and the Wasp

Director: Peyton Reed | Released: July 2018 | Rating: 12A | Length: 125 min | Set: 2018 - with the post-credits scene lining up to the end of Infinity War

Scott Lang is enticed to break his house arrest to join Hank Pym and  the Wasp to enter the quantum realm on an important mission - but the group faces rivals along the way.

21. Avengers: Infinity War

Director: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo | Released: April 2018 | Rating: 12A | Length: 149 min | Set: 2018

The Avengers go their separate ways to team up with different fighters across the galaxy to protect the universe from powerful, genocidal villain Thanos.

22. Avengers: Endgame

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Released: April 2019 | Rating: 12A | Length: 182 min | Set: between 2018 and 2023

In this epic finale to the Infinity saga, the Avengers come together one last time as they put everything on the line in a desperate battle against Thanos to save the universe.

23. Spider-Man: Far From Home

Director: Jon Watts | Released: July 2019 | Rating: 12A | Length: 129 min | Set: 2023

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker attempts to move on with his quiet high-school life as he heads on a school trip with his friends, but bigger forces get in the way forcing him to step up to the plate.

Marvel movies in "spaghetti" order

If it weren't already complicated enough, there's another third order to watch the Marvel movies in that is rising in popularity with true MCU fans.

The spaghetti order revolves around the bonus post-credits scene the appears at the end of each film. You start off with Iron Man (as this was the first released in the franchise) and then watch the movie that is referred to in the post-credits scene - and you keep on going like that.

Though this is quite an exciting way to immerse yourself in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we would suggest that you only opt for this order if you've already seen all of the movies before - otherwise you could be in store for some major confusion and even more considerable spoilers.

1. Iron Man

Director: Jon Favreau | Released: May 2008 | Rating: 12 | Length: 126 min

Starring Robert Downey Jr. as industrialist Tony Stark who creates a high-tech suit after he's captured by terrorists, Iron Man kicks off the famous MCU franchise with this action-packed origin story.

2. The Incredible Hulk

Director: Louis Leterrier | Released: June 2008 | Rating: 12A | Length: 112 min

After exposing himself to high levels of gamma radiation, Dr. Bruce Banner (played by Edward Norton in this film, before Mark Ruffalo took over the role for The Avengers), tranforms himself into The Hulk.

3. Iron Man 2

Director: Jon Favreau | Released: May 2010 | Rating: 12A | Length: 124 min

As Tony Stark faces pressure from the government to share his cutting-edge Iron Man technology, he faces a ruthless foe from his father's past.

4. Thor

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Release year: May 2011 | Rating: 12A | Length: 115 min

After being exiled to Earth by his father Odin, king of Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) becomes entangled with government agency S.H.I.E.L.D. as he saves the planet and himself from the villainous intentions of his brother Loki.

5. Captain America: The First Avenger

Director: Joe Johnston | Release year: July 2011 | Rating: 12A | Length: 124 min

Taking us right back to the era of World War II, this origin story gives fans an insight into the humble beginnings S.H.I.E.L.D. while introducing us to Captain America (Chris Evans) who tranforms himself into a soldier using a special serum in order to fight a Nazi organisation.

6. The Avengers

Director: Joe Johnston | Release year: May 2012 | Rating: 12A | Length: 124 min

When our world is once again targetted by Asgardian Loki, director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury puts a team together made up of 'Earth's mightiest heroes' who are forced to put aside their differences to protect the planet from alien invaders.

7. Iron Man 3

Director: Shane Black | Released: May 2013 | Rating: 12A | Length: 130 min

Tony Stark and his inner circle face a dangerous terrorist as the superhero is haunted by mistakes from his past and the lives of the ones he loves are put at risk.

8. Thor: The Dark World

Director: Alan Taylor | Released: November 2013 | Rating: 12A | Length: 112 min

Thor sets out to save the Nine Realms after the universe is threatened by the leader of the Dark Elves - but as he joins forces with an unlikely ally, the lives of those closest to him are left in the balance.

9. Guardians of the Galaxy

Director: James Gunn | Released: August 2014 | Rating: 12A | Length: 121 min

Wayward space dweller Peter Quill gets himself into a bother after getting hold of a valuable orb that is coveted by many different dangerous groups, as he falls into an unlikely friendship with a bunch of lone wolves.  

10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Director: James Gunn | Released: May 2017 | Rating: 12A | Length: 136 min

The Guardians struggle to keep their team together after they come across a man who claims to be Peter's father - but everything may not be how it seems...

11. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Released: April 2014 | Rating: 12A | Length: 136 min

Steve Rogers attempts to move on with his new life as he is forced to pus together a scrappy team in an attempt to uncover the secrets behind a deadly but complicated foe.

12. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Director: Joss Whedon | Released: April 2015 | Rating: 12A | Length: 141 min

After Tony Stark unwittingly creates a genocidal A.I. villian, the Avengers must once again save the world from destruction - but this time just their power alone might not be enough to get the job done...

13. Ant-Man

Director: Peyton Reed | Released: July 2015 | Rating: 12A | Length: 117 min

Master thief Scott Lang must tap into the good side of his character after he is recruited by the owner of a powerful suit that can control his size.

14. Captain America: Civil War

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Released: May 2016 | Rating: 12A | Length: 148 min

When the governments of the world come together to exercise control over the Avengers, strong opinions threaten to divide the team, while a manipulative foe attempts to break down relationships by revealing dark secrets from the past.  

15. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Director: Jon Watts | Released: July 2017 | Rating: 12 | Length: 133 min

In an attempt to prove himself as an Avenger, Peter Parker does everything he can to use his powers for good, but he gets caught up in a dangerous situation when he tries to balance this with his ordinary high school life.

16. Black Panther

Director: Ryan Coogler | Released: February 2018 | Rating: 12A | Length: 135 min

After his father is tragically killed, T'Challa takes on the mantle of King of Wakanda, before he is challenged by a formidable foe from his father's past who threatens his life, his country and his people.

17. Doctor Strange

Director: Scott Derrickson | Released: November 2016 | Rating: 12A | Length: 115 min

After brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange loses the ability to use his hands, he embarks on an adventure that transforms his personality and turns him into a powerful sorcerer.

18. Thor: Ragnarok

Director: Taika Waititi | Released: November 2017 | Rating: 12A | Length: 130 min

After a savage battle with his long, lost sister Hela, Thor is joined by a surprising colleague from Earth as he fights to save his Asgard home.

19. Avengers: Infinity War

Director: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo | Released: April 2018 | Rating: 12A | Length: 149 min

The Avengers go their separate ways to team up with different fighters across the galaxy to protect the universe from powerful, genocidal villain Thanos.

20. Ant-Man and the Wasp

Director: Peyton Reed | Released: July 2018 | Rating: 12A | Length: 125 min

Scott Lang is enticed to break his house arrest to join Hank Pym and  the Wasp to enter the quantum realm on an important mission - but the group faces rivals along the way.

21. Captain Marvel

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Released: March 2019 | Rating: 12A | Length: 125 min

After Kree warrior Vers lands on earth back in the 1990s, she embarks on a mission to destroy her enemies (with the help of a young Nick Fury), but ends up finding out more about her past than she bargained for.

22. Avengers: Endgame

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Released: April 2019 | Rating: 12A | Length: 182 min

In this epic finale to the Infinity saga, the Avengers come together one last time as they put everything on the line in a desperate battle against Thanos to save the universe.

23. Spider-Man: Far From Home

Director: Jon Watts | Released: July 2019 | Rating: 12A | Length: 129 min

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker attempts to move on with his quiet high-school life as he heads on a school trip with his friends, but bigger forces get in the way forcing him to step up to the plate.

Marvel TV shows - where do they fit in the Marvel movie order?

As well as new and upcoming movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is also expanding through a range of TV shows that are coming to Disney+ to tell the stories of what happens next to some of our favourite characters as well as introducing us to some new ones.

Wandavision, starring Elizabeth Olsen (as Wanda Maximoff) and Paul Bettany (as Vision) is currently releasing weekly on Disney+ and tells the story of what happens directly after the events of Avengers: Endgame.

Later this spring we also expect The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to hit Disney+ and give us some insight into what Captain America's closest friends, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, have been up to.

  • WandaVision (currently releasing week-by-week on Disney+)
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (March 19, 2021)
  • Loki (May 2021)
  • Ms Marvel (late 2021)
  • Hawkeye (TBA)
  • She-Hulk (TBA)
  • Moon Knight (TBA)
  • Secret Invasion (TBA)
  • Ironheart (TBA)
  • Armor Wars (TBA)
  • Wakanda series (TBA)

Where to watch Marvel movies

Marvel movies on Disney+

If you have a Disney+ membership then you’re in luck, as 20 of the 23 films can be found on the relatively new streaming service. When the platform launched in the UK back in March 2020, it did so with the bulk of the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise in tow – and even has its own snazzy tab complete with three different ways to watch the movies in your preferred order.


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The top runner on Disney’s Marvel page presents the series in chronological order by release date, albeit reverse release date so if you’re new to the franchise be sure to swipe all the way through to start with Iron Man otherwise you’ll be met with some serious spoilers in Avengers: Endgame!

If you like to deal with things from a more organised point of review, then below this you’ll find three different sections - Marvel Cinematic Universe phase one, phase two and phase three - where you can tackle each different section of the franchise one by one.

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Or if you’re a sucker for immersing yourself in the action from the characters’ point of view, then Disney+ also presents the films in timeline order so that you can go all the way from Captain America in the First World War to the Avengers coming together in 2023’s Endgame.

How to download Marvel movies

For the movies that are available on Disney+, you can download them on the app to make them available offline.

Simply go to the film that you want to download and click the download button. However you will need to make sure you have enough memory on your device to hold the 20 movies available!

Unfortunately Tom Holland’s two Spiderman films are not on Disney+, as they are owned by Sony - although he still does star in the crossover movies. Ed Norton’s 2008 The Incredible Hulk is also not included, as that was made by Universal before the character was taken over by Mark Ruffalo in the main series.

However, you can get hold of the movies on Amazon Prime, where each is available to buy or rent.


Or you can sign up to a VPN service in order to check out the movies' availability in other countries on streaming services you might already be a member of.

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If you've never installed a VPN before, don't worry – it may sound complicated but it's easy to do. You can get ExpressVPN and watch Marvel movies in three simple steps:

  1. Download and install the VPN following ExpressVPN's easy-to-follow instructions (ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and if you click here you can get 49% off and 3 months free, too.)
  2. Once you've installed your VPN, open the app and select your server location as anywhere in the UK.
  3. With your VPN installed and server location set to the another, go to any streaming services you're already signed up to to check whether the films are available to watch.

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How to watch the Marvel movies in the US

Just like the UK the Marvel movies are available to stream on Disney+ in the US.

If you’re not already signed up, you can register for $6.99 per month or save a bit of money buying in bulk and pay in pay $69.99 for the year.

Best Marvel movies

With 23 movies (and counting) there are a lot to choose from when it comes to picking the best Marvel movies.

Of course, it is down to personal preference (we're fans of Black Panther, Civil War and of course all four Avengers films), however if you're after a definitive guide, then you can go off the ratings on IMDb (Internet Movie Database).

On the site, they are ranked as followed:

  1. Avengers: Endgame (IMDb score: 8.4)
  2. Avengers: Infinity War (IMDb score: 8.4)
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy (IMDb score: 8)
  4. Avengers Assemble (IMDb score: 8)
  5. Iron Man (IMDb score: 7.9)
  6. Thor: Ragnarok (IMDb score: 7.9)
  7. Captain America: Civil War (IMDb score: 7.8)
  8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (IMDb score: 7.7)
  9. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (IMDb score: 7.6)
  10. Spider-Man: Far from Home (IMDb score: 7.5)
  11. Doctor Strange (IMDb score: 7.5)
  12. Spider-Man: Homecoming (IMDb score: 7.4)
  13. Black Panther (IMDb score: 7.3)
  14. Avengers: Age of Ultron (IMDb score: 7.3)
  15. Ant-Man (IMDb score: 7.3)
  16. Iron Man 3 (IMDb score: 7.2)
  17. Ant-Man and the Wasp (IMDb score: 7.1)
  18. Thor (IMDb score: 7)
  19. Iron Man 2 (IMDb score: 7)
  20. Captain Marvel (IMDb score: 6.9)
  21. Captain America: The First Avenger (IMDb score: 6.9)
  22. Thor: The Dark World (IMDb score: 6.9)
  23. The Incredible Hulk (IMDb score: 6.7)

What’s the best order to watch the Marvel movies?

When it comes to the best way to watch the Marvel films in order, it is of course up to personal preference - but there are pros to all three orders.

The most common way to watch them is in chronological order by release date as, not only can you enjoy the progression of the graphics quality, but you can follow the story just day-one fans have done since 2008.

If you want to immerse yourself in the stories from the characters’ perspectives, you can watch it in timeline order - however, we’d suggest avoiding this if you’re new to the series.

Firstly, you may struggle to remember the relevance of certain characters and backstories - especially with a film like Captain Marvel that sits in such opposing positions among the two different orders. 

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And secondly, it’s definitely easier to pick up cross-references and inside jokes when watching the films in order of release date.

That being said, if you’ve raked up more rewatches than the Friends series, having a marathon by timeline order can offer a different perspective on the movies and give you a unique insight into certain characters’ backstories.

And if you're considering taking on the MCU movies in spaghetti order - it definitely takes some commitment so we’d reserve that one for true Marvel virtuosos!