MCU Films and How to Watch Them In Order

At this time, there are 29 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's epic multiverse of superheroes and villains. The MCU has become quite marvelous indeed, with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings as the newest one. There are so many interwoven stories, themes, character arcs, timelines, and dimensions! In order to keep track of the MCU saga and figure out what to watch when, here’s a list of those that have come out -- as well as what's coming up! With links to the Incluvie movie - plus related articles and Incluvie scores.

Cathy Yee
Cathy Yee
September 11, 2021

The Marvel Cinematic Universe's epic multiverse of superheroes and villains has become quite marvelous indeed, the newest of which is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

There are so many interwoven stories, themes, character arcs, timelines, and dimensions! In order to keep track of the MCU films and figure out what to watch when, here’s a list of those that have come out – 29 as of now — as well as what's coming up in the next few years. Included are related articles and Incluvie score (and a fun 1.5 minute TikTok).

First is the release order of the MCU films. This is the way Marvel intended the audience to take in the characters and story arcs. After the release list is Incluvie’s own note and style on how to watch!

Captain America

Captain America: The First Avenger, with Steve Rogers

MCU Phase One:

1. Iron Man (2008)

2. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

3. Iron Man 2 (2010)

4. Thor (2011)

5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

6. The Avengers (2012)

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

MCU Phase Two:

7. Iron Man 3 (2013)

8. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

11. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

12. Ant-Man (2015)

Black Panther

Black Panther

MCU Phase Three:

13. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

14. Doctor Strange (2016)

15. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017)

16. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

17. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

18. Black Panther (2017)

19. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

20. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

21. Captain Marvel (2019)

22. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

MCU Phase Four:

24. WandaVision (2021) [Disney Plus series]

25. Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) [Disney Plus series]

26. Loki (2021) [Disney Plus series]

27. Black Widow (2021)

28. What If...? (2021) [Disney Plus series]

29. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

 

With the help of Games Radar, here’s what’s next for MCU films!

Eternals

Eternals

Phase Four (and beyond):

Eternals – November 5, 2021

Hawkeye – November 24, 2021 (Disney Plus series)

Ms. Marvel – Late 2021 (Disney Plus series)

Spider-Man 3: No Way Home – December 17, 2021

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – March 25, 2022

Thor: Love and Thunder – May 6, 2022

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – July 8, 2022

TBA Marvel movie – October 7, 2022

The Marvels (AKA Captain Marvel 2) – November 11, 2022

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – February 17, 2023

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – May 5, 2023

Blade (TBA)

Captain America 4 (TBA)

Fantastic Four (TBA)

Untitled Mutants movie (TBA)

There's never been anything as intricate and epic as the MCU in film history. Kevin Feige and the MCU team are really bringing Stan Lee's comics to life.

Stan Lee

Stan Lee, image from The Guardian

 

Watching it by release date or chronological order can be great.

However, the Incluvie friendly way of watching them is:

    • Watch the ones that seem interesting to you
    • Ignore or stop watching any of them if you deem them distasteful in terms of repetitiveness, stereotypes, tropes, or length.

The MCU is meant to be fun. If you want to keep up while skipping the more boring or distasteful films, you can always read up or watch up (YouTube, TikTok, etc). You'll probably even learn more interesting facts and trivia, while being able to skip the harmful stereotypes, so you can just sit back and enjoy!

Games Radar and Wikipedia were helpful, plus the Incluvie movies.