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How To Watch The MCU Marvel Movies In Order

If like most people right now, you’re currently stuck at home and have already worked your way through everything in your DVD collection, now might be a great time to dive into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), if you haven’t already.

From the very first Iron Man in 2008, all the way through to Spider-Man: Far From Home in 2019, the MCU just keeps getting bigger and better.

And there is no better time to re-watch all the films from Phase One through to Phase Three, and catch up just in time for the beginning of Phase Four which starts later this year.

Watching the MCU movies in order is reasonably simple, and although some suggest watching in chronological order, it might be better for newcomers to watch them in order of release.

The studio is a true behemoth of cinema, and they have masterfully adapted beloved Marvel comics into blockbuster films that have broken box office records around the globe.

The head honcho of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, has built up the movies one by one, gradually introducing new characters, concepts, and locations.

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The MCU is known for sprinkling Easter eggs, flashbacks and flash-forwards throughout, and who can forget those iconic post-credits scenes, so watching them in order of release is a great way to experience the films as they were originally intended.

So, get yourself some popcorn and settle down on the sofa for an epic MCU movie marathon made up of all 23 films from the three phases.

Phase One:

Phase Two:

Phase Three:

  1. Iron Man (2008)
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    Iron Man (2008)

    Tony Stark is a ‘genius, billionaire, playboy,  philanthropist’ who always gets what he wants. But his life is turned upside down when he is kidnapped and held captive in an Afghan cave. To escape, he creates a unique weaponised suit of armour using scraps of metal. He becomes Iron Man, and must fight to protect everything he loves and uncover the truth behind his kidnapping.

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  2. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
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    The Incredible Hulk (2008)

    Dr Bruce Banner seeks a cure to his unique condition, which causes him to turn into a giant green monster whenever he loses his temper. Whilst on the run, Banner comes close to a cure. But he must step up and fight when a new creature emerges: The Abomination.

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  3. Iron Man 2 (2010)
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    Iron Man 2 (2010)

    After revealing his true identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark must figure out a way to solve his health problems and fight a mad man seeking revenge.

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  4. Thor (2011)
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    Thor (2011)

    The powerful but arrogant god of thunder, Thor, is cast out of Asgard by his father Odin to live amongst humans without his powers on Earth. When Loki, Thor’s brother,  poses a threat to Earth, Thor steps up and becomes one of their finest defenders.

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  5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
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    Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

    Steve Rogers is a rejected military soldier from New York. He is accepted for the Super-Soldier programme, and is transformed into Captain America after taking a dose of Dr Erskine’s ‘super-soldier serum’. Captain America then must take down a terrorist organisation led by the evil Red Skull.

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  6. The Avengers (2012)
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    The Avengers (2012)

    Earth’s mightiest heroes assemble and attempt to stop Thor’s mischievous brother Loki and his alien Chitauri army from enslaving humanity and destroying the world.

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  7. Iron Man 3 (2013)
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    Iron Man 3 (2013)

    When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he must go back to his roots and use his genius to save the world. 

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  8. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
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    Thor: The Dark World (2013)

    When the Dark Elves try to use the mysterious Aether to plunge the universe into darkness, Thor must embark on a perilous journey to save Jane Foster and the world from a dark fate.

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  9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

    Steve Rogers, finding it difficult to acclimate to modern life, takes up a position as a soldier of SHIELD. He discovers that the organisation has been compromised and that a Soviet assassin known as The Winter Soldier is trying to kill him. He must work with Black Widow to uncover the truth behind what has been going on.

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  10. Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
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    Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

    After stealing the mysterious orb from the planet Morag, Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, is now the target of a manhunt led by the intergalactic warlord named Ronan The Accuser. Quill assembles a team of space heroes known as the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to fight Ronan and save the galaxy.

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  11. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
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    Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

    After creating Ultron to protect the world, Tony Stark’s peacekeeping program becomes hostile. The Avengers jump into action to try to fight this virtually undefeatable enemy together. 

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  12. Ant-Man (2015)
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    Ant-Man (2015)

    Armed with a super-suit with the ability to shrink in size, ex-convict and cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr Hank Pym, pull off a heist that will save the world.

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  13. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
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    Captain America: Civil War (2016)

    When the governments of the world decide that the Avengers need to be held accountable for the collateral damage that is left behind after their battles, the team do not agree on whether to sign the Sokovia Accords. The team is split into two camps, one led by Steve Rogers, and the other following Tony Stark.

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  14. Doctor Strange (2016)
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    Doctor Strange (2016)

    Talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange has his life turned upside down after being involved in a tragic car accident. On his road to recovery, he is drawn into the world of the mystic arts, where he must learn to put his ego aside and help save the world.

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  15. Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017)
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    Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017)

    The Guardians struggle to stick together as a team when Peter Quill’s long lost father makes an appearance. It is uncovered that his father is the ambitious celestial being named Ego, but everything is not as it may seem.

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  16. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
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    Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

    Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student with his alter-ego Spider-Man. He finds himself tangled in the web of a new menace who is prowling the skies of New York City.

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  17. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
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    Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

    Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe as a gladiator in the Grand Master’s Contest Of Champions. He must race against the clock to get back to Asgard and prevent the prophesied Ragnarök, the destruction of Asgard at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, his sister the ruthless Goddess Of Death – Hela.

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  18. Black Panther (2017)
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    Black Panther (2017)

    T’Challa, heir to the hidden kingdom of Wakanda, must step up and protect his people, but he also must confront a new challenger that is linked to his father’s past mistakes.

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  19. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
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    Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

    The Avengers must assemble and be willing to sacrifice everything they hold dear in order to defeat the powerful, intergalactic warlord Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe as we know it.

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  20. Ant-Man And The Wasp (2018)
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    Ant-Man And The Wasp (2018)

    As Scott Lang balances being both a superhero and a father to his young daughter Cassie, Hope van Dyne and Dr Hank Pym present an urgent new mission to Scott. Ant-Man must work alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past and try to save Hope’s mother from the Quantum Realm.

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  21. Captain Marvel (2019)
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    Captain Marvel (2019)

    Carol Danvers, an pilot from Earth, becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught between two alien races at war. To win she must uncover secrets from her past and find the true enemy.

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  22. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
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    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

    In the aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins and the Avengers are scattered. With the help of their remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more to try to reverse Thanos’ actions and save the universe.

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  23. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
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    Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

    Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Peter Parker must step up as Spider-Man and take on new enemies in a world that has changed forever. He must use his powers to uncover the truth of the strange goings-on. 

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Tara Cox

Tara Cox

Contributing Writer

Tara is a Modern Languages Graduate with a love for all things Harry Potter, Disney, and Marvel. Tara loves to travel and enjoys watching foreign-language films, especially ones by Jean Luc Godard.