Best order to watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Blackbeard

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So my fiance and I were chatting last night, and she said something to me...."I want to understand all the Marvel movies..., and what order should I watch them?"

So it's up to me to guide her, as she remembers watching the first Iron Man, but is really hazy on the rest of the movies. She has picked them up here and there.

I'm putting together and list and would like any insight you might suggest before we start down the path of 22 movies. I have a few different plans, let me know what you think.

Plan A
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Iron Man
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man 2
  • Thor
  • The Avengers
  • Iron Man 3
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ant-Man
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Black Panther
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Doctor Strange
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Captain Marvel
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Avengers: Endgame

Plan B
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Captain Marvel
  • Iron Man
  • Iron Man 2
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Thor
  • The Avengers
  • Iron Man 3
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ant-Man
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Doctor Strange
  • Black Panther
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Avengers: Endgame

I'm leaning towards Plan B more and more due to actual time lines. I know I'd have to skip the ending of Ant-Man and The Wasp credits in either case.
 

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Plan B with optional material.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter
Peggy Carter Smithsonian Interview

Stark Expo 1974
Captain Marvel (Film + 2nd Post Credit Scene)
Iron Man
Stark Expo 2010: CordCo
Stark Expo 2010: Fujikawa
Stark Expo 2010: Better Living Through Technology
Stark Expo 2010: AccuTech

Iron Man 2
Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer...
Thor
The Incredible Hulk

Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant
The Avengers
Marvel One Shot: Item 47
Rappin’ with Cap: Captain America PSAs
Iron Man 3
Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King
Thor: The Dark World
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Avengers: Age of Ultron

WHiH Newsfront Promo: July 2, 2015
WHiH Newsfront Top Stories
WHiH Exclusive: 2012 VistaCorp break-in security footage Involving cyber-criminal Scott Lang
WIRED Insider Interviews Darren Cross, CEO of Pym Technologies
WHiH EXCLUSIVE: Scott Lang Interview

Ant-Man
Avengers Impact: A WHiH Newsfront Special Report
WHiH Newsfront: The Cost of Saving the World
WHiH Newsfront: The Avengers and the White House
WHiH Newsfront Exclusive: President Ellis Discusses the Avengers
WHiH Breaking News: Attack in Lagos

Captain America: Civil War
Black Panther

Spider-Man: Homecoming - NBA Finals Spot: Watch the Game - Extended Cut
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Spider-Man: Homecoming - Audi: Driver’s Test

Doctor Strange
Thor: Ragnarok
Ant-Man and the Wasp
(Film)
Avengers: Infinity War
Ant-Man and the Wasp
(1st Post Credit Scene + 2nd Post Credit Scene)
Captain Marvel (1st Post Credit Scene)
Avengers: Endgame
Loki S1 (unreleased)
Spider-Man: Far From Home (unreleased)
Falcon & Winter Soldier S1 (unreleased)
WandaVision S1 (unreleased)
Hawkeye S1 (unreleased)

Plan B simple.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter
Captain Marvel (Film + 2nd Post Credit Scene)
Iron Man
Iron Man 2

Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer...
Thor
The Incredible Hulk

Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant
The Avengers
Marvel One Shot: Item 47
Iron Man 3
Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King
Thor: The Dark World
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ant-Man
Captain America: Civil War
Black Panther

Spider-Man: Homecoming
Doctor Strange
Thor: Ragnarok
Ant-Man and the Wasp
(Film)
Avengers: Infinity War
Ant-Man and the Wasp
(1st Post Credit Scene + 2nd Post Credit Scene)
Captain Marvel (1st Post Credit Scene)
Avengers: Endgame
Loki S1 (unreleased)
Spider-Man: Far From Home (unreleased)
Falcon & Winter Soldier S1 (unreleased)
WandaVision S1 (unreleased)
Hawkeye S1 (unreleased)

Marvel One Shot: The Consultant (Thor blu-ray)
Marvel One Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer... (Captain America: The First Avenger blu-ray)
Marvel One Shot: Item 47 (The Avengers blu-ray)
Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter (Iron Man 3 blu-ray)
Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King (Thor: The Dark World blu-ray)

Peggy Carter Smithsonian Interview

Stark Expo 1974

Stark Expo 2010: CordCo

Stark Expo 2010: Fujikawa

Stark Expo 2010: Better Living Through Technology

Stark Expo 2010: AccuTech https://youtu.be/ZLlHWdKlGjQ


Rappin’ with Cap: Captain America PSAs https://youtu.be/ndFOYQ0bCtY

WHiH Newsfront Promo: July 2, 2015 https://youtu.be/M0Mpieyc15w

WHiH Newsfront Top Stories https://youtu.be/ipOkUVajbBE

WHiH Exclusive: 2012 VistaCorp break-in security footage Involving cyber-criminal Scott Lang https://youtu.be/0IjM4lZC3hM

WIRED Insider Interviews Darren Cross, CEO of Pym Technologies https://youtu.be/rsLJWMKIs4I

WHiH EXCLUSIVE: Scott Lang Interview https://youtu.be/6hLslM-yoV4


Avengers Impact: A WHiH Newsfront Special Report https://youtu.be/EjskgbOwxTw

WHiH Newsfront: The Cost of Saving the World https://youtu.be/FlgHyD2Re_A

WHiH Newsfront: The Avengers and the White House https://youtu.be/HbGrqkhzTzo

WHiH Newsfront Exclusive: President Ellis Discusses the Avengers https://youtu.be/cerSehJYuOU

WHiH Breaking News: Attack in Lagos https://youtu.be/Lzv2V6josrc


Spider-Man: Homecoming - NBA Finals Spot: Watch the Game - Extended Cut https://youtu.be/ge4gbxoVxnk

Spider-Man: Homecoming - Audi: Driver’s Test https://youtu.be/bGuHgRQSEuk
 
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Pro Bot

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Title is a little misleading. It's Marvel Cinematic Universe because it mainly involves movies and shows ;).
 

Blackbeard

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I’ve updated the title. It should be noted I never intended to watch the TV shows...so much content.
 

joshjodalton

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I honestly think the best way to watch them for the first time is in release order. The post-credits scenes for Captain Marvel and Ant-Man and the Wasp spoil Infinity War, and the post-credit scene of The First Avenger is a great lead in right to The Avengers. There's a little wiggle room between Civil War and Infinity War, since most of those movies can pretty much be watched in any order without affecting the other movies. I put together a little graphic not long ago that gives a few options. Watch them in order from top to bottom, and the ones within the same horizontal box can be watched in any order.
 

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Blackbeard

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I honestly think the best way to watch them for the first time is in release order. The post-credits scenes for Captain Marvel and Ant-Man and the Wasp spoil Infinity War, and the post-credit scene of The First Avenger is a great lead in right to The Avengers. There's a little wiggle room between Civil War and Infinity War, since most of those movies can pretty much be watched in any order without affecting the other movies. I put together a little graphic not long ago that gives a few options. Watch them in order from top to bottom, and the ones within the same horizontal box can be watched in any order.
Thank you for sharing that graphic. I'll start tonight with captain america
 

Pro Bot

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I honestly think the best way to watch them for the first time is in release order. The post-credits scenes for Captain Marvel and Ant-Man and the Wasp spoil Infinity War, and the post-credit scene of The First Avenger is a great lead in right to The Avengers. There's a little wiggle room between Civil War and Infinity War, since most of those movies can pretty much be watched in any order without affecting the other movies. I put together a little graphic not long ago that gives a few options. Watch them in order from top to bottom, and the ones within the same horizontal box can be watched in any order.
I agree, to be honest. This is the closest I'd go to release order:
Iron Man
Leads into Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2
Leads into Thor

Thor
Leads into The Avengers

The Incredible Hulk
Tony is a consultant after Iron Man 2

Captain America: The First Avenger
Leads into The Avengers

The Avengers
Leads into Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Iron Man 3
Leads into Avengers: Age of Ultron

Thor: The Dark World
Leads into Guardians of the Galaxy

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Leads into Avengers: Age of Ultron

Guardians of the Galaxy
Leads into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
2 months after Guardians of the Galaxy

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Aftermath of Capitain America: The Winter Soldier. Leads into Captain America: Civil War

Ant-Man
Aftermath of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Leads into Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War
Leads into Spider-Man Homecoming and Black Panther

Black Panther
Week after Captain America: Civil War

Spider-Man: Homecoming
A couple months after Captain America: Civil War

Doctor Strange
Leads into Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok
Leads into Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War
Leads into Avengers: Endgame

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Leads into Avengers: Endgame

Captain Marvel
Leads into Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame
Leads into Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home










So, without the complicated text:
Iron Man
Iron Man 2

Thor
The Incredible Hulk
Captain America: The First Avenger
The Avengers
Iron Man 3
Thor: The Dark World
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ant-Man
Captain America: Civil War
Black Panther
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Doctor Strange
Thor: Ragnarok
Avengers: Infinity War
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Captain Marvel
Avengers: Endgame
Spider-Man: Far From Home


This way, it's chronological but without spoilery credit scenes.
 
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