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The Best Order To Watch The Entire Marvel Cinematic Universe—Yes, *All* Of It

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It's been more than a decade since Iron Man first premiered and the Marvel Cinematic Universe was born. Since then, dozens of films and shows plus hundreds more hours of MCU content have been created and more is on the way. But there's one question that every new Marvel fan needs to ask themselves when they finally decide to join in on the fun: What's the best order to watch them all in? And how do you even pick an order??

Well, whether you're looking to go in Marvel release order, chronological order, or the ultimate order that includes every single show, one-shot, and film, we've got you totally covered. Get ready to sit down with a massive bucket of popcorn because it'll take you a while to get through it all—but trust us, it's worth it.

Here are the best ways to watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe in order:

BEST MARVEL MOVIE OPTION #1: HOW TO WATCH IN ORDER CHRONOLOGICALLY

Lucky for you, Disney+ has made it super easy to watch all things Marvel in chronological order. Editorially, the timeline gets a little wild (especially as new characters are introduced), but don't worry, you can still easily follow along if you're determined to do it chronologically.

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Find the Marvel movies in chronological order below:

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger
  2. Captain Marvel
  3. Iron Man
  4. The Incredible Hulk*
  5. Iron Man 2
  6. Thor
  7. Avengers
  8. Thor: The Dark World
  9. Iron Man 3
  10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  11. Guardians of the Galaxy
  12. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  13. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  14. Ant-Man
  15. Captain America: Civil War
  16. Black Panther
  17. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  18. Black Widow
  19. Doctor Strange
  20. Thor: Ragnarok
  21. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  22. Avengers: Infinity War
  23. Avengers: Endgame
  24. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  25. Spider-Man: Far From Home*
  26. Eternals
  27. Spider-Man: No Way Home*
  28. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  29. Thor: Love and Thunder
  30. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (currently in theaters)

*Editor's Note: Almost all the films are available on Disney+, except for the most recent Marvel releases. The Incredible Hulk is available on Netflix and Prime Video.

    BEST MARVEL MOVIE OPTION #2: HOW TO WATCH IN ORDER BY RELEASE DATE

    If you want to know exactly how the audience pieced everything together over the years, then you can always watch the Marvel movies in release order.

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    It's pretty easy to follow along! Most movies fall into Marvel "phase" groups that were announced at the same time. Here's the Marvel release order:

    Phase 1:

    1. Iron Man
    2. Iron Man 2
    3. Thor
    4. Captain America: The First Avenger
    5. Avengers

      Phase 2:

      1. Iron Man 3
      2. Thor: The Dark World
      3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
      4. Guardians of the Galaxy
      5. Avengers: Age of Ultron
      6. Ant-Man

        Phase 3:

        1. Captain America: Civil War
        2. Doctor Strange
        3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
        4. Spider-Man: Homecoming
        5. Thor: Ragnarok
        6. Black Panther
        7. Avengers: Infinity War
        8. Ant-Man and the Wasp
        9. Captain Marvel
        10. Avengers: Endgame
        11. Spider-Man: Far From Home

          Phase 4:

          1. Black Widow
          2. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
          3. Eternals
          4. Spider-Man: No Way Home
          5. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
          6. Thor: Love and Thunder
          7. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

            BEST MARVEL OPTION #3: HOW TO WATCH THE MOVIES *AND* TV SHOWS IN TIMELINE ORDER

            Listen. This kind of watch is not for the faint of heart. But if you're a Marvel superfan and looking for basically everything MCU, then you're going to want to take a look at this combined TV and movie list.

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            Not only does it include the MCU films, but it also features every single show that takes place in the Marvel universe (and some alternate ones) and the iconic Marvel One-Shots included in some of the DVD/Blu-ray releases of the earlier titles.

            Check out the best Marvel timeline order for movies and TV shows:

            1. Captain America: The First Avenger
            2. Agent Carter (Marvel One-Shot)
            3. Agent Carter season 1
            4. Agent Carter season 2
            5. Captain Marvel
            6. Iron Man
            7. The Incredible Hulk
            8. Iron Man 2
            9. The Consultant (Marvel One-Shot)
            10. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer (Marvel One-Shot)
            11. Thor
            12. Avengers
            13. Item 47 (Marvel One-Shot)
            14. Iron Man 3
            15. All Hail the King (Marvel One-Shot)
            16. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1, episodes 1 to 7
            17. Thor: The Dark World
            18. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1, episodes 8 to 16
            19. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
            20. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1, episodes 17 to 22
            21. Guardians of the Galaxy
            22. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
            23. Daredevil season 1
            24. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2, episodes 1 to 19
            25. Jessica Jones season 1
            26. Avengers: Age of Ultron
            27. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2, episodes 20 to 22
            28. Daredevil season 2
            29. Luke Cage season 1
            30. Ant-Man
            31. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3, episodes 1 to 14
            32. Cloak and Dagger season 1
            33. Iron Fist season 1
            34. Cloak and Dagger season 2
            35. The Defenders season 1
            36. Runaways season 1
            37. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3, episodes 15 to 19
            38. The Punisher season 1
            39. Captain America: Civil War
            40. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3, episodes 20 to 22
            41. Black Panther
            42. Black Widow
            43. Runaways season 2
            44. Inhumans season 1
            45. Jessica Jones season 2
            46. Runaways season 3
            47. Spider-Man: Homecoming
            48. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot season 1
            49. Luke Cage season 2
            50. Doctor Strange
            51. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4, episodes 1 to 8
            52. Iron Fist season 2
            53. Daredevil season 3
            54. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4, episodes 9 to 22
            55. The Punisher season 2
            56. Jessica Jones season 3
            57. Thor: Ragnarok
            58. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5, episodes 1 to 19
            59. Ant-Man and the Wasp
            60. Avengers: Infinity War
            61. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5, episodes 20 to 22
            62. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6
            63. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 7
            64. Avengers: Endgame
            65. WandaVision season 1
            66. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier season 1
            67. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
            68. Spider-Man: Far From Home
            69. Eternals
            70. Spider-Man: No Way Home
            71. Hawkeye
            72. What If…? season 1 (alternate timelines)
            73. Loki season 1 (alternate timeline)
            74. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
            75. Moon Knight
            76. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
            77. Ms. Marvel
            78. Thor: Love and Thunder
            79. Werewolf by Night
            80. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
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              If this particular list seems longer than expected, that's because Marvel has had several different TV shows and shorts come out over recent years. The most important ones are only those that have been released in theaters and on Disney+.

              BTW, the Spiderverse is a bit of a mess and scattered across multiple platforms, so let us break it down for you:

              • Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), and Spider-Man 3 (2007) are all available on Netflix.
              • Andrew Garfield's The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) are available on Disney+, Netflix, and Prime Video.
              • Tom Holland's Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) is available on Disney+. Meanwhile, Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) and Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) can be streamed on Hulu.

              No matter what order you decide to watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe in, just make sure to have a good time and enjoy the ride. After all, isn’t that the point?

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