If I wanted to watch all released Marvel heroes movies in a chronological order, how would I need to watch them?

I am not referring to the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D TV series (although it would be nice to fit that in, too).

Assuming S.H.I.E.L.D (Fury, Coulson, ...) is the connecting line in the story, any order?

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    Fortunately the MCU movies are released in chronological order. Yet I don't know how the individual episodes of Agents of SHIELD tie into that.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Jul 7 '14 at 18:49
  • Are you also interested in non-MCU movies (for the uninitiated: X-Men and Spider-Man)? Yet, those have independent chronologies anyway.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Jul 7 '14 at 19:07
  • @NapoleonWilson no. Shield related only
    – Saariko
    Jul 7 '14 at 19:09
  • Also answered on Science Fiction & Fantasy: Is there an official Marvel Cinematic Universe viewing order?
    – Stevoisiak
    Jun 6 '17 at 22:31

Chronology order of Marvel Cinematic Universe (Own by Disney) is as follows :-

20th Century

  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Agent Carter
    • Now is Not the End
    • Bridge and Tunnel
    • Time and Tide
    • The Blitzkrieg Button
    • The Iron Ceiling
    • A Sin to Err
    • Snafu
    • Valediction
  • Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter

21st Century

  • Iron Man
  • Iron Man 2
  • The Incredible Hulk
    • Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer
  • Thor
    • Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (ending)
  • The Avengers
    • Marvel One-Shot: Item 47
  • Iron Man 3
  • Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season one)
    • Pilot
    • 0-8-4
    • The Asset
    • Eye-Spy
    • Girl in the Flower Dress
    • FZZT
    • The Hub
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season one)
    • The Well
    • Repairs
    • The Bridge
    • The Magical Place
    • Seeds
    • T.R.A.C.K.S.
    • T.A.H.I.T.I.
    • Yes Men
    • End of the Beginning
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season one)
    • Turn, Turn, Turn
    • One Door Closes (flashbacks)
    • Providence
    • The Only Light in the Darkness
    • Nothing Personal
    • Ragtag
    • Beginning of the End
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season two)
    • Shadows
    • Heavy is the Head
    • Making Friends and Influencing People
    • Face My Enemy
    • A Hen in the Wolf House
    • A Fractured House
    • The Writing on the Wall
    • The Things We Bury
    • Ye Who Enter Here
    • What They Become
    • Aftershocks
    • Who You Really Are
    • One of Us
    • Love in the Time of HYDRA
    • One Door Closes
    • Afterlife
    • Melinda
    • The Frenemy of My Enemy
    • The Dirty Half Dozen
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season two)
    • Scars
    • S.O.S. Part One
    • S.O.S. Part Two


Note:- Marvel One-Shots are a series of direct-to-video short films produced by Marvel Studios. They are included as special features in the MCU films' Blu-ray and digital distribution releases.

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    Ah, it seems I wasn't completely correct, of course Captain America is set way earlier. But Ok, if one interprets the WWII part as a flashback and the ending as the present, the release order fits again. And interesting to see how the TV-show fits in.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Jul 7 '14 at 19:13
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    What a legendary answer. All we're missing now is if you REALLY wanted to view the footage in completely correct chronological order, to specify which scenes from each movie fit where. For example, backflashes in Thor and such. Nov 20 '14 at 13:31
  • @NICHOLASMARKAMOS that will be very tricky to maintain.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Nov 20 '14 at 14:32
  • @AnkitSharma I wouldn't find it that hard. It would be the most absolute resource. Besides, some people in another comment have linked to pretty much this exact thing marvel-movies.wikia.com/wiki/Earth-199999#Timeline --- While it doesn't exactly tell you which scenes of each movie to watch, it does list the events in order. It wouldn't be too hard to then go and add which scene of the specified movie to watch at that point. Nov 22 '14 at 2:36
  • @NICHOLASMARKAMOS have you seen the 2020 plan...it will surely going to change too much in that.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Nov 22 '14 at 12:44

This is difficult because many of the movies/episodes overlap. Most notable is "Fury’s Big Week" which is the name for the week in which "The Incredible Hulk", "Iron Man 2", and "Thor" all occurred simultaneously.

There are scenes in "Thor: The Dark World" dating back to 2987 B.C. even though the majority occurred in 2012.

Similarly, "Captain America: The First Avenger" shows scenes from 1933 upto 2011 despite taking place mostly in 1943-1945

Here is the complete list of events with more detail than anyone needs


My guess is that the producers/movie studio (correctly) set things up so that if you watched the movies as they were released, you'd be watching them in the 'correct' order.

Hence, the Wikipedia list by order of US release date is probably what you want to use.

In cases where the release dates were close to each other, it probably doesn't matter too much which you watch first. E.g. from what I recall, Iron Man (released in May 2008) and Incredible Hulk (June 2008) did not seem to have any references to each other, so it is probably 'no big deal' to watch either one before the other.

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    He is searching for chronological order not releasing order.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Sep 3 '14 at 13:13

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