There are plenty of movie franchises that we all love, and for the most part, there are three movies in each franchise. Then there is the Marvel movie franchise. There are a bunch of movies in the franchise and more to come. Each movie serves multiple functions, the biggest is to push the overall story arch of the Marvel cinematic universe forward. Sometimes, they serve as giving us a detailed history to a superhero. Either way, there is a way to watch the Marvel movies in order to make them more enjoyable and make more sense. In fact, not to get too complicated, but there are television series that integrate into the overall arch of the Marvel Universe. Factoring those in, you need plenty of time, but you can watch all the Marvel movies in order with the television series.
When you want to know what order to watch the Marvel movies in, we have the answer.
Captain America: The First Avenger
No one said these would be in actual chronological order. Here, you’ll be introduced to the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization as well as Cap. Which is right where you want to be, at the start of it all.
(Yes, this early we need a side note. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has both movies and television shows that follow the overall arch. You don’t HAVE to include the television series, but if you want to have a really good time, toss them in there.)
Agent Carter Season 1 (optional tv series)
You will be very familiar with Agent Carter after watching Captain America. You may even be intrigued to see where she went and what happened to here in between the years. Well, here you can find out.
This is the movie that launched the cinematic universe but fits perfectly in either the second or third slot. Here, you’ll be introduced to the man himself, Mr.Stark.
The Incredible Hulk
The only reason we’re watching this one is to not be weirded out when a giant green…thing appears on the screen later on. Is it going to be the best couple hours of your life, maybe not, but at the very least, you’ll know how he fits into the universe.
Iron Man 2
Here we get more into the character of Iron Man and the abilities he has with his inventions. We also get introduced to a very important character in this movie.
The Avengers wouldn’t be a complete team without Thor. Here we see how Thor came to earth and why.
Here we go, the first time we get multiple characters in one movie all hidden behind a mask or with super powers. From here on out, we know that heroes can work together and will all be called upon if needed.
Iron Man 3
This is the first time we catch up with one of the Avengers after the events of New York City in the Avengers. We get to see how being a hero can affect someone and almost what makes the hero.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Episode 1-7
This is totally optional but again, the television series is a fun way to see some behind the Avengers details. Be careful not to watch past episode 7 at this point because it may contain spoilers for the next Marvel movie.
Thor: The Dark World
We can’t keep going without watching this one, well you can, and some do. Still, it’s a Marvel cinematic movie, so there’s that.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Episode 8-15
Now you can watch the rest of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1, things will make sense better after watching Thor and nothing’s spoiled. Just don’t go past episode 15 until after watching the next movie on the list.
Captain America: Winter Soldier
Wow, this movie is an awesome one and reminds us why we love the Marvel cinematic universe. After Thor: The Dark World, we needed this. For kids that love the movie, we have 26 great activity pages for Captain America: Winter Soldier.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Episode 16-22
Finish off the season of Agents and rest assured you’re ready for the next Avengers movie when it comes up.
Guardians of The Galaxy
Curveball! Yes, even deep in another galaxy, the Marvel Universe is at work. Meet a handful of new superheroes, and then just wait, because they won’t show back up for a long time. The key here is seeing the power of some of the elements in outer space.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Episode 1-19
Come back down to earth and see what’s going on with Hydra, experiments and other evil things lurking in the shadows.
DareDevil Season 1
This one is super optional and only available on Netflix. This gives us a look at Hell’s Kitchen and how they’re dealing with the events of the first Avengers movie. Also, we meet DareDevil.
Avengers Age of Ultron
The Avengers are back and ready to defend earth, well a piece of earth, that isn’t exactly on earth…you’ll see. We also get the groundwork for the inner relationships between the Avengers and their team; if you have seen this movie be sure to see if you found all of the Avengers Age of Ultron Easter Eggs.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 episode 20-22
After watching Age of Ultron, you may have some questions, and some will get answered here while others will be ignored.
The Marvel cinematic universe is definitely not over introducing new heroes and this movie is a prime example of that. Shrink down to the size of an ant and even visit Cap’s Avengers training headquarters.
Jessica Jones Season 1
Another super optional watch for the same reasons. Netflix is building almost their own Marvel Universe, but it still deals with the fall outs from the mainstream movies as well.
Agents of Shield (season 3, episodes 1-10)
Agents of shield is slowly pulling away from the Marvel cinematic universe and for good reason, that might become clearer in future movies. However, there are some ties to Captain America Civil War that will need to be avoided AFTER episode 10 of the third season. Which brings me to the next movie in the lineup.
Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 (Netflix)
Another show that isn’t directly tied to the cinematic universe is Daredevil. If you watch season 2 of Daredevil in this spot then you will get more of the jokes and easter eggs that pop up throughout the show. Just remember, Daredevil’s Hell’s Kitchen relies on the cinematic universe, not the other way around.
Agent Carter Season 2
Season 2 of the hit show Agent Carter got mixed reviews. Part of the reason for that was due to timing and the ties to the cinematic universe. Overall, the story didn’t seem to matter to anything else in the Marvel world and was just to keep the hits coming from Marvel and ABC. We’re going to mark this one as optional as well.
Agents of Shield Season 3 Episode 11-19
It is kind of sad that these fit so well in this order but nothing is mandatory. Feel free to skip this one if you wish. You won’t loose any information or wonder what is going on anywhere else.
Captain America Civil War
We’ve finally made it back to a mandatory watch, a must-see, and a great ride. Here is where we get a lot of set-up for future movies, hints at what’s to come, and introductions that can get a little sticky. Sticky like a spider web, hopefully, you get that joke.
Agents of SHIELD Season 3 Episode 20-22
Now is when you’ll get more references to the cinematic universe particularly what just transpired in Civil War. Sure, the episodes aren’t mandatory but they get back to the fun again and we start to see a SHIELD we can love like we did before.
Luke Cage (Netflix)
It seems like the marriage between Netflix and Marvel is one made in heaven because they just can’t seem to mess up. Luke Cage isn’t mandatory to the lineup but is a must-see season. The beautiful thing about this list is that you can very well just follow the Netflix side of things if you wish. The order is the same as presented so far and will work perfectly.
Welcome Benedict Cumberbatch into the Marvel cinematic universe in a very strange way. What’s important in this movie is the introduction of magic to the Marvel universe but there’s so much more. We also get introduced to multiple dimensions which will come in handy later in the universe.
There are so many more movies and shows sure to come out of the Marvel Universe. This is a list to get you ready and help you make the most sense of how to watch Marvel movies in order. Like our Star Wars Movies in order post, this is truly optional and in no way the way you must watch them. It is, however, the coolest way to enjoy the films.