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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, 2014 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, 2014 at 19:07
  • @NapoleonWilson no. Shield related only
    – Saariko
    Jul 7, 2014 at 19:09
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    Also answered on Science Fiction & Fantasy: Is there an official Marvel Cinematic Universe viewing order?
    – Stevoisiak
    Jun 6, 2017 at 22:31
  • This is currently out-of-date. Find the current list here. PLEASE NOTE: this gets updated as new films / shows are released, so will always be up-to-date. Mar 17 at 18:48

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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

(Source:marvelcinematicuniverse.wikia.com)

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, 2014 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, 2014 at 13:31
  • @NICHOLASMARKAMOS that will be very tricky to maintain.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Nov 20, 2014 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, 2014 at 2:36
  • @NICHOLASMARKAMOS have you seen the 2020 plan...it will surely going to change too much in that.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Nov 22, 2014 at 12:44
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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

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This website gets updated whenever a new show / film is released, meaning it will always be up-to-date.


As of June 2022:
  • Captain America: The First Avenger – takes place during WWII
  • Captain Marvel – occurs in 1995
  • Iron Man – takes place in 2008
  • Iron Man 2 – takes place after Iron Man
  • The Incredible Hulk – time unspecified, pre-Avengers
  • Thor – events occur six months before Avengers
  • The Avengers – takes place in 2012
  • Iron Man 3 – takes place six months after The Avengers
  • Thor: Dark World – post-Avengers, pre-Ultron
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier – post-Avengers, pre-Ultron
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 – sometime in 2014
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – set after Guardians
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron – occurs in 2015
  • Ant-Man – takes place in 2015
  • Captain America: Civil War – post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War
  • Black Widow – takes place right after Civil War
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming – post-Civil War, pre-Infinity War
  • Doctor Strange – takes place in 2016
  • Black Panther – takes place in 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok – post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War
  • Avengers: Infinity War – occurs in 2017
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp – ambiguous, but fits nicely between Infinity War and - - Endgame (so around 2017)
  • Avengers: Endgame – starts in 2017, finishes in 2022
  • WandaVision – three weeks after Endgame
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – around six months after Avengers: Endgame
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home – set eight months after Endgame
  • Loki – post-The Avengers in 2012, but best watched after Endgame
  • What If...? season 1 – technically, this spans the entire multiverse, but it's best watched after Endgame
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – set in the 'present' day of the MCU, i.e. 2022
  • Eternals – set in the 'present day' of the MCU, although it travels through 7,000 years of human history
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home – mostly set in the MCU's 'present' day, but its first 10 minutes take place right after Far From Home
  • Hawkeye – one year after Endgame
  • Moon Knight – set in the 'present day' of the MCU. By this point, that's likely to be around 2024
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – believed to be set three months after No Way Home, so sometime in 2024
  • Ms Marvel – said to take place one to two years after Endgame, so around 2025-ish
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  • The list doesn't make much sense to me. That site is flooded with ads, and I don't really like it, personally, so it's no wonder. If you can sort it out yourself, using official references, and come with actual table, that would be great. (But time consuming.) Jun 14 at 12:25
  • @ShadowWizardSaysNoMoreWar if you scroll down, or use the subtitles, you can find the list above. Jun 14 at 16:34
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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, 2014 at 13:13

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