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One of the greatest debates of all time has been that of the order to correctly watch the Marvel movies. There are split opinions on whether to watch them chronologically in the timeline, by release date or by phases. As a self-proclaimed Marvel fanatic, I thought I would finally answer the age-old question: how do I correctly watch a Marvel movie?

If you are watching the series for the first time, I would recommend watching by release date. The way in which it was released might jump around a bit, but this method helps viewers to get a basic understanding of the series and all its nuances. The biggest Marvel fans know that the movies are divided into different phases. Paying attention to these phases can help with understanding. The order of the phases is listed below (THIS LIST INCLUDES ONLY MOVIES).

Phase 1:

Iron Man (2008)

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Iron Man 2 (2010)

Thor (2011)

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

The Avengers (2012)

phase 2:

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)

phase 3:

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)

phase 4:

Black Widow (2021)

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (2021)

Eternals (2021)

For people who have some sort of understanding of the Marvel franchise, I recommend watching the movies in chronological order. Some movies take place in times that differ greatly from when they were released. Once again, the order is listed below and includes exclusively movies:

Captain America: The First Avenger (1940s)

Captain Marvel (1990s)

Iron Man (2010)

Iron Man 2 (2010)

Thor (2010)

The Incredible Hulk (2010)

The Avengers (2012)

Iron Man 3 (2012)

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2014)

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)

Ant-Man (2015)

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Black Panther (2016)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2016)

Black Widow (2016)

Doctor Strange (2016)

Thor: Ragnarok (2018)

Ant-Man And The Wasp (2018)

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers: Endgame (2023)

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2023)

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (2023)

Eternals (2023)

tv shows:

While the previous lists only included movies, this next list includes the proper way to watch the movies and also the T.V. shows in chronological order.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Agent Carter, Season 1

Agent Carter, Season 2

Captain Marvel

Iron Man

Iron Man 2

The Incredible Hulk

Thor

The Avengers

Iron Man 3

Thor: The Dark World

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Agents of SHIELD, Season 1

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Daredevil Season 1

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Agents of SHIELD, Season 2

Daredevil, Season 2

Luke Cage, Season 1

Ant Man

Jessica Jones, Season 1

Captain America: Civil War

Black Widow (watch post-credit scene after Avengers: Endgame)

Agents of SHIELD, Season 3

Agents of SHIELD, Season 4

The Defenders, Season 1

Doctor Strange

Black Panther

Spiderman: Homecoming

Iron Fist, Season 1

Thor: Ragnarok

The Inhumans, Season 1

The Punisher, Season 1

The Runaways, Season 1

Agents of SHIELD, Season 5

Jessica Jones, Season 2

Cloak & Dagger, Season 1

Cloak & Dagger, Season 2

Luke Cage, Season 2

Iron Fist, Season 2

Daredevil, Season 3

Runaways, Season 2

The Punisher, Season 2

Jessica Jones, Season 3

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Avengers: Infinity War

Agents of SHIELD, Season 6

Agents of SHIELD, Season 7

Runaways, Season 3

Avengers: Endgame

Loki

What If…?

WandaVision

The Falcon and Winter Soldier

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings

Eternals

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Hawkeye

While this can all be very complicated, the Marvel movies are a cinematic masterpiece and all of them are worth the watch.

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Jessica is a freshman at Florida State University and is an Exercise Physiology. She is a big reader and loves romance books and getting her recommendations from booktok. She is also a big traveler and loves learning about new places and cultures.
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