I bet you want to read about the amazing Marvel movies. A lot of people are fans of these movies, but there can be a lot of confusion about the timeline. The only critique I have about the MCU is the timeline. If you came to this article, you are sucked into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will love this post, because I will tell you how to watch the Marvel movies in order. You don’t have to be confused about the timeline anymore.
I thought it would be very informative and fun to do a mega post about the Marvel franchise. After doing some research, I have found out that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the highest grossing franchise, surpassing 15 billion dollars, spanning 10 years, and 19 movies. I hope that you will learn what you need to about the Marvel Cinematic Universe from this article. Will you join me in watching all 19 movies leading up to The Avenger: Infinity War?
Below, you will get a brief synopsis about the movie without spoilers. What would be the fun in giving you spoilers?
Every movie below is based on certain events of my life over the years. LOL. JK
Here is the list of movies I will write about chronologically.
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Iron Man
- The Incredible Hulk
- Iron Man 2
- The Avengers
- Iron Man 3
- Thor: The Dark World
- Captain America: The Winter Solider
- The Guardians of the Galaxy
- The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Captain America: Civil War
- Black Panther
- Doctor Strange
- Spiderman: Homecoming
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Avengers: Infinity War
I will update this page as more Marvel movies come out.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Johann Schmidt, The Red Skull, uncovers a secret artifact known as the Tesseract. Schmidt along with Dr. Arnim Zola attempts to use the Tesseract for Dr Zola’s inventions. Who will stop Schmidt and Zola?
In New York City, Steve Rogers tries to enlist in the war, but fails due to health reasons. After talking to his friend, James Barnes, Dr. Abraham Erskine overhears the conversation and allows Steve to enlist.
Steve willingly submits to the ‘super-solidier program’, where he is injected with a serum and is now more muscular and taller. He then becomes Captain America.
Watch this movie to find out how Captain America stops The Red Skull.
This trailer will draw you into this movie.
Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a 79%. I have to agree with this rating. Even though this has plenty of action and a great introduction to Captain America, this movie was relatively hard to follow compared to other Marvel movies.
Iron Man (2008)
Tony Stark is an eccentric billionaire and heads up Stark Enterprise that specializes in selling weapons of mass destruction. After becoming involved in a bombing, which involved one of his weapons, he gets captured and taken to prison where he has a change of heart. It is in prison where Tony Stark assembles the famous Iron Man suit.
How will he stop his weapons being used for evil? I urge you to check out this movie to see what happens next. How does Iron Man save the day?
Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a 94%, and yet again they are spot on. I think that the Iron Man series is by far one of the better standalone film series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
If you are a giant fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you will love the Iron Man series. If you have time, go ahead and watch these films.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
General Thunderbolt Ross seeks to recreate the “super solider” program that was mentioned in Captain America: The First Avenger, however this failed experiment transforms Dr. Bruce Banner into the Hulk every time his heart rate goes above 200 beats per minute. After killing everyone in the lab, the Hulk become a fugitive and the military want to weaponize the Hulk process.
The military is able to track down the Hulk in Brazil. Will they succeed in bringing him and weaponizing the Hulk? Meanwhile, Emil Blonsky, The Abomination, agrees to take a small dose of the serum that transformed Banner into Hulk.
After Blonsky transforms, Banner has to deal with another version of the Hulk. Will he be able to defeat Blonsky and get rid of his blood samples so the military will not be able to weaponize Hulk by creating more ‘super soldiers’? Watch this to find out more.
Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a 67%. I felt like if Mark Ruffalo played in this instead of Edward Norton it would have gotten a better rating.
I have to agree with this rating. After the success of Iron Man, there was higher expectations for this film.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
It’s time for another Tony Stark adventure. Although I don’t think this movie is as good as the last movie, it is still worth checking out.
It takes place six months after the previous Iron Man movie. Tony Stark is refusing to hand over the Iron Man suit to the United States government after he claimed that he successfully privatized world peace. But, is this a cocky move?
However, Russians are developing a similar Iron Man suit as a vendetta against the Stark family. Yet again, Tony Stark must try to save the day by defeating this rouge Russian and placing him back in jail. Will he do it? Check out this movie to find out.
Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a 73%. I have to agree with this rating, because I feel like the first film in this series was a lot better, even though this film was also action packed.
How do you feel? Is this rating justified? What movie do you feel is better?
Odin’s son, Thor, is about to take the throne, but the ceremony is interrupted by the Frost Giants. After going against his father advice, Thor, along with, Loki, Sif and the Warriors Three travel to Jotunheim. But, upon arriving, a battle breaks out, destroying the peace between Jotunheim and Asgard. After saving Thor in the battle, Odin strips Thor of his armor, hammer, and banishes him to earth. Will Thor gain control of his hammer?
Meanwhile, this is Loki’s plan, who becomes jealous of Thor and assumes throne after his father falls into a deep sleep. Loki’s plan is to destroy Jotunheim. How will Loki be stopped?
Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a 77%. I have to agree with this rating, because this movie is not as strong as other movies in the Marvel Universe.
What rating would you give this movie?
The Avengers (2012)
The Avengers is definitely a movie you want to check out for superhero movie lovers.
All the introduced Marvel characters at this time are in this movie.
The first task of the Avengers is to come together to protect the world from an alien force. How will they do it? I urge you to check this amazing movie out.
In a movie where all standalone Marvel characters come together, this is a must see. Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a 92%, and I have to say they are spot on. It lived up to its promising hype, due to the intense action.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Tony Stark is dealing with Post Traumatic Stress after dealing with the events of The Avengers, and he has to work his way through dealing with it. In this film, Tony investigates a series of terrorist attacks led be the Mandarin.
Stark befriends a ten-year-old boy, Harlee (Ty Simpkins), who helps him as Tony investigates one of Mandarin’s latest terrorist attacks.
Who Is Mandarin? What will happen in this latest Tony Stark adventure?
Rotten Tomatoes gives this film an 80%. I have to say that this film is better than the second, but I think this film deserves a better ranking and deserves to have around the same percentage as the first Iron Man.
What do you think about this film? is the percentage justified?
There was a rumor about Iron Man 4 scheduled for 2019, but I don’t think it would be great without Robert Downey Jr. It was rumored that the co-star of Iron Man 2, Ty Simpkins, who played Harlee, would take over for Robert Downey Jr. I think the series is dead after Iron Man 3.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
This time, Thor is trying to save the human race from being destroyed by the Aether. The Dark Elf, Malekith, is hoping to use the Aether to destroy the nine realms when the realms align, this is known as the Convergence.
Thor, along with Sif and the warriors three, just got done in the final war in Vanaheim to bring peace to the nine realms. But, it seems like Thor has another obstacle and needs to find a way to defeat Malekith and the Aether. How will he do it? Watch this movie to find out?
Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a 66%. I have to give this film a much higher percentage at 75%. It may not have the amazing story lines of past films, but it still has a good story line and some humor.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Is there an uprising in SHIELD? Ever since SHIELD was founded, HYDRA has been working undercover in SHEILD. Nick Furry becomes suspicious of Alexander Pierce, Senior Official SHIELD agent, and Project Insight, which is three helicarriors that are set to eliminate threats.
The Winter Solider is working with Pierce and his team to further HYDRA’s agenda. Who will stop The Winter Solider?
Captain America is here again to save the day and take down HYDRA’s plans and to eliminate The Winter Solider, with the help of his newest recruit, Falcon.
Watch this movie to experience this amazing action.
Rotten Tomatoes gives this film an 89%. I feel like this rating is spot on. This movie is full of great action scenes and great visual effects. How did you feel about this movie?
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
In 1988, Peter Quil is abducted from Earth and goes by the name Starlord. 26 years later in present day, Starlord steals an orb on the planet of Morag. Later on, in Xander, capital of the Nova Empire, Quil tries to sell it for a steep price, but is ambushed by a pair of bounty hunters, Rocket and Groot. They are captured and sent to prison along with Gamora.
In an effort to escape prison and collect the bounty, the four encounter Drax. After escaping prison and meeting The Collector in Knowhere, they learn that the orb houses an infinity stone that has the power to destroy the most powerful of creatures.
A madman, Ronan, seeks to capture the stone to destroy the galaxy. However, the Guardians cannot let the stone fall into Ronan’s hands. How will they accomplish this seemingly impossible mission?
Behind the scenes, it seems that Thanos is at work. Is Ronan just a puppet that is being used by Thanos?
Guardians of the Galaxy receives a 91% from Rotten Tomatoes. It is a great introduction to the Infinity Stones, and Thanos. This is one of the better movies that Marvel made.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
In the year 2014, Starlord, Drax, Rocket, and baby Groot are known as the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Guardians are given a task, by the Sovereign race, to protect batteries from a monster, in exchange for Gamora’s sister Nebula. Upon leaving, Rocket steals some batteries for himself.
After discovering that the batteries are stolen, the Sovereign leader deploys ships to track down the Guardians and retrieve the batteries. The Sovereigns’ ships are right on the Guardians tail, until a mysterious ship comes by and destroys the Sovereign ships.
Who is the captain of the other ship? It is later revealed to be Starlord’s father, Ego, who extends an invitation to have the Guardians come to his planet.
This is where the real action of the movie starts. We also see a reappearance of Yondu in this movie, who claims to be Starlord’s father, because he raised him. I wonder what Yondu’s role will be?
Who really is Ego and what are his intentions?
Guardians of the Galaxy receives an 83% from Rotten Tomatoes. Volume 2 continues off the humor of its predecessor and is full of action, however, this film has less action than the first and starts out slower. That is why, I give this film an 85%. Even though, this sequel is rated less than the original, I guarantee you will love the humor and action.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The next mission for the Avengers is to infiltrate a HYDRA base and retrieve Loki’s scepter, but unfortunately, Hawkeye gets injured in the process, however The Avengers are successful in acquiring the scepter.
After discovering artificial intelligence research from the gem inside Loki’s scepter, Tony Stark plans to create Ultron as a suit of armor around the world to create peace. But, when Ultron comes to life, he turns rogue and kills JARVIS, after JARVIS threatens to shut down Ultron.
When the team is having a party drinking cocktails, Ulton enters into the party and wages war on the Avengers. It seems like Tony’s experiment backfires. Now they need to clean up Tony’s mess and protect the world from Ultron and HYDRA’s newest recruit, The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.
How will the Avengers save the world from Ulton’s mission of global destruction?
Avengers: Age of Ultron receives a 75% from Rotten Tomatoes. I feel like this is a great continuation from the original Avengers, even though the original receives higher ratings, this is still chalked full of action and has a great story line. That is why I give this an 85%.
Hank Pym develops technology, the Ant-Man suit, that is able to shrink its subjects to an ant size and give then incredible strength. After SHEILD tries to replicate it, Pym retires from SHEILD, claiming the technology to be dangerous in the wrong hands.
Darren Cross, Pym’s former protégé and who also forced him out of his own company, Pym Technologies, closes in on perfecting his own shrinking suit, the yellow jacket. Cross plans on selling this tech to HYDRA.
In an effort to stop Cross, Hank Pym recruits Scott Lang to become Ant Man in this action packed movie. Scott is a cat burglar who struggles to get a job because he has a bad record.
Pym trains Lang in a series of lessons with his daughter to get the necessary skills to become Ant-Man. One of Lang’s final missions is to get a piece of tech that will aid them in stopping Cross, but Pym failed to realize that the tech that they need to retrieve is at the Avengers facility. Lang comes face to face with Falcon to retrieve the tech.
Will Ant-Man be successful in his mission to stop Cross?
Rotten Tomatoes gives this film an 82% and so do I. This is a great introduction to Ant-Man, and Marvel fans will love this comic book adaptation. This movie even has some comedy in it.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
After the event of Avengers: Age of Ultron in Sokovia and the death of Wakandans in Lagos, the United Nations vote to keep the Avengers accountable to the United Nations, known as the Sokovia Accord. Tony Stark learns that a young man dies in Sokovia after the attacks, and so he votes that the Avengers should be held accountable to the United Nations. This causes division with Captain America, forcing the Avengers to split up.
During the Sokovia Accords ratification meeting, a bomb is set off by what is believed to be The Winter Solider and this leads to the death of the Wakandan King, who happens to be, T’Challa, The Black Panther’s father. This means war and is where the action of the plot starts.
The authorities are after, Bucky Barnes, and so is the Black Panther. But, was Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier, involved in the bombing, or is he a pawn used by HYDRA?
With the Avengers divided over whether to sign the treaty, who is right? Watch this movie to find out the amazing finale.
Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a 91%. This movie is probably one of the best Marvel movies and has a major impact on the main story line of the MCU. I have to give this movie a 100%.
This movie seems to be flawless and has all the action you would want in a Marvel movie.
Black Panther (2018)
Years ago, African tribes fought over vibranium, which turned one of the warriors into the first ever Black Panther. Thus, the nation of Wakanda was formed. Wakanda poses as a third world country, but uses the vibranium to develop advance technology.
T’Challa’s, the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman ), throne is being threatened by Kilmonger, a Wakandan, who plans to reveal and prepare shipments of Wakandan weapons to be distributed to operatives around the world. T’Challa is challenged to protect his throne and fights to protect it, but will he prevail?
Here is the trailer.
I bet after watching this trailer, you want to go out and watch this movie. Do not wait. Go out on a date night with your spouse or take a group of friends to see this movie. You will thank me by recommending this movie.
Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a 97%. I have to say though that it seemed like this movie started off slow. Don’t you agree? But, it is about time that Marvel revealed this character’s story. This is by far one of the best movies Marvel has made. Let me known if you agree.
Doctor Strange (2016)
Stephen Strange is a doctor in New York, after a car crash he loses a lot of nerve endings in his hands that causes his hands to tremble, leading him to give up his dream of continuing to be a neurosurgeon.
Strange learns of a place called Kamar-Taj, from a patient who was miraculously healed from paralysis. After going to Kamar-Taj, the Ancient One tells Strange that he can heal himself through spiritual enlightenment.
But Strange does not believe and the Ancient One proves that it can be done through taking Strange through the Astral plane and other dimensions.
Through a lot of training under the Ancient One and Mordo, Strange learns that he is training not only to recover the use of his hands, but to also fight a metaphysical war.
Strange has to defend the Sanctums from the Dark Dimension that shields the world from Dormammu .
How will Strange defeat the Dark Dimension and Dormammu? Watch this thrilling movie to find out.
Rotten Tomatoes gives this movie an 89%. I have to agree with this rating because this movie has a great story line. This movie receives an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.
Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)
Adrian Toomes, The Vulture, and his team of construction workers come across technology left by the Chitauri from The Avengers and the attack on New York. They keep the technology to create and sell advanced weapons.
Peter Parker is impatiently awaiting his next assignment from Tony Stark. While he’s waiting for his next assignment, Parker is passing his time as a vigilante stopping petty theft.
After going to a party, he goes outside to change into the Spiderman suit. Suddenly, there is a flash in the distance. After investigating the flash, Spiderman encounters The Vulture. Spiderman then falls into a lake after being carried away by The Vulture. Fortunately for Spiderman, Iron Man comes to his rescue by retrieving him from the lake, only it is his droid.
It looks like Spiderman has a new enemy to defeat, The Vulture. Parker tracks Toomes and his team to Maryland, but is Parker in over his head? Will anyone of the Avengers come to aid Parker in trying to defeat The Vulture and his cronies?
Rotten Tomatoes gives this movie a 92%. This is an amazing second reboot for the series and you better be glad that the Spiderman is finally in the MCU. I give this movie a 95% because of the incredible action and great visual effects, however there is a lot of buzz about how this movie presents inconsistencies in the MCU timeline.
This proves to be a promising trilogy that might be as good as The Captain America trilogy.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Thor’s hammer is broken by an unlikely foe. Can you guess who it is? The answer may shock you. I would tell you, but I do not want to give you that spoiler. This new villain, Hela, plans to expand to rule over realms and later reveals the true history of Asgard. But, there is a rising resistance against Hela. Who will stop her menacing ways?
Unfortunately, Thor, crash landed on Sakaar where he gets captured by Scrapper 142 and is brought to the grand master, who runs the Contest of Champions. Thor has to win this Contest to go back to Asgard.
Thor’s competitor in the Contest of Champions is none other than…hold on, I don’t want to give away that spoiler…hehe.
After the Contest of Champions, Thor has to find a way to get off Sakaar and go back to Asgard to prevent Ragnarok, which is the extinction of Asgard.
Back in Asgard, Heimdall tries to lead the citizens of Asgard to the Bifröst to tansport then to safety. Will Heimdall be successful. Will Thor come to save the day?
This movie gets a 92% from Rotten Tomatoes. This film is full of action and will put you on the edge of you seat. It sure is a great way to end the Thor trilogy.
It is exciting that this franchise is not over. Thor 4: Love and Thunder comes out in 2021.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Thanos travels to the planet Xander to acquire the Power stone by overpowering Loki, Thor, and the Hulk. Hulk crash lands in New York and tells Dr. Strange of Thanos’s plan of destroying half the population of Earth. Now they need to protect the Time Stone from Thanos. Can they successfully protect the stone?
Meanwhile, in Scotland, Scarlet Witch and Vision are going about their life, and then Captain America, Black Widow, and the Falcon rescue then to take them to the Avengers compound where they run into War Machine.
They seek protection in Wakanda where the Black Panther helps them try to get the Mind Stone safe from Thanos and plan to retrieve it from Vision’s forehead to destroy the stone. Will they be successful?
The Guardians of the Galaxy are traveling to Knowhere to retrieve the Reality Stone from The Collector.
Will the Avengers be successful in their newest mission. Watch this movie to find out? The ending is a cliffhanger you don’t want to miss.
This has a perfect cliffhanger ending that leads up to the fourth Avengers movie in 2019. This movie gets an 84% from Rotten Tomatoes. I have to give this film a 90%.
There is intense action in it and all the Avengers that we love are in it. The cliffhanger was addicting and leads to high anticipation for the sequel in 2019.
Well, that was one of my biggest articles and know you know how to watch the Marvel movies in order. Watching these movies and writing this article was really exciting. I hope that you find this article helpful. A great resource that I have used to research watching the Marvel movies in order is CNet. This is a great resource to read and goes into more details about how to watch the movies in order.
You can also learn more about the MCU by going to their Wikipedia page.
I hope this page helped you more with understanding the Marvel movies timeline. Every movie here is in the first 3 phases of the Marvel movies and is dubbed ‘The Infinity Saga.
Marvel movie fans will absolutely love watching these movies in order, even though this franchise does have low points (The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor: The Dark World) and high points (Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War).
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