Marvel: The Ultimate Chronological MCU Viewing Order

The best way to view the MCU is chronological.
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Want to watch the MCU in the order of production, starting with 2008’s Iron Man? Check out my ultimate guide here!

With over forty movies and shows spread across more than 14 years, it can be tough knowing where to start with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, diving into the MCU doesn’t have to be difficult, not when your Howchums have your back.

Chronological order makes a certain degree of sense, especially if you’ve already watched all the MCU films and are thinking of tackling both the films and the shows for an epic rewatch experience that takes you through everything that Marvel has to offer.

**The TV series add a huge amount of exciting content and help clear up all sorts of interesting plot holes. There are wonderful easter eggs, strange new sights to experience, new characters to root for, and a massive backdrop for the whole Marvel universe available on the small screen.

The benefit to watching things in this order is that you get to immerse within the universe and get a sense of the progression of the universe — you’ll start out with the first Avenger, then work your way up, slowly, through time. It might not be the ideal route for a first-timer to take, but it’s the best way to re-watch the Marvel films if you’ve already seen them all at least once (especially if you haven’t yet watched all the shows).

NOTE: There are some spoilers if you follow this viewing order! I highly recommend that you pick the production viewing order if this is your very first time exploring the MCU. Also note that a lot of timeline madness occurs within the MCU — due to time travel things that occur at various points (I told you there’d be spoilers). Some opinions may differ on where, exactly, everything goes. This is my balance between absolutely sticking to the timeline and ensuring that things are fun to watch.

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Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America: The First Avenger
Director Actors
Joe Johnston Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones

It’s the dawn of WWII and young Steve Rogers is too sickly to sign up to fight against the Nazi scourge. But Steve’s the sort of guy who never backs down, especially from a bully, and he’s willing to try anything - even forging his medical files and risking prison time - to have the chance to stand up for the defenseless. So, when a scientist working on a secret super soldier formula picks him out from the crowd, seeing in Steve the empathy and compassion needed to make the serum work, Steve accepts his fate and the First Avenger is born.

Not only will Captain America forever be my favorite Avenger, this will always be one of my favorite films — as schlocky as it gets at times.

Agent Carter (Seasons 1&2)
Agent Carter (Seasons 1&2)
Created by Actors
Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Chad Michael Murray, and Enver Gjokaj

Agent Carter must balance life as a secret agent with that of a single woman in 1940s America, as the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SHIELD’s precursor) tries to defend the world from new and impossible threats to humanity. But, when Howard Stark is accused of selling deadly weapons, Agent Carter is the only one willing and able to step up and clear his name.

Agent Carter - Marvel One-Shot
Agent Carter - Marvel One-Shot
Director Actors
Louis D'Esposito Hayley Atwell, Bradley Whitford, Dominic Cooper

Frustrated at being marginalized at work, Peggy Carter goes on an unauthorized solo field mission.

Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel
Director Actors
Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Lashana Lynch, Annette Bening

She’s a Kree warrior, part of an elite team sent to destroy the Skrull infiltrators wherever they lurk. But, when Vers finds herself sent to Earth in 1995, she suddenly encounters a truth about her life that will change everything.

One of my favorites. It didn’t get as much attention as it should have when it came out, but I honestly rank this up there with my favorites in the MCU. The biggest issue, perhaps, is that Captain Marvel really is way overpowered, taking us to the same ridiculous places that DC superhero films keep going.

Iron Man
Iron Man
Director Actors
Jon Favreau Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard

Tony Stark is a genius playboy with no morals and a multi-billion-dollar company built of the sale of weapons of semi-mass destruction. Considered a warmonger by most of the world (and a hero to the U.S. military), his whole world view flips upside-down when he’s captured by a terrorist organization and finally sees the effects of his weapons close-up for the first time around.

One of the best MCU films, hands-down.

Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2
Director Actors
Jon Favreau Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell

As Tony Start struggles to reconcile his new public identity as the superhero Iron Man with his company’s newfound direction away from weapons production and into the clean energy sector, he finds himself the target of both an insane Russian criminal genius and a fellow billionaire named Justin Hammer.

Not the best Marvel film ever, and might be skippable, but for how it continues to build Tony’s personality.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer - Marvel One-Shot
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer - Marvel One-Shot
Director Actors
Leythum Clark Gregg, Jessica Manuel, Jeff Prewett

Agent Coulson stops at a convenience store and deals with a coincidental robbery during his visit.

Thor (2011)
Thor (2011)
Director Actors
Kenneth Branagh Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins

In the realm of Asgard, a hot-headed young Thor is stripped of his power because of his recklessness and unthinking desire to start a war long cold. Odin, his father, sends him to Earth to learn humility. But, meanwhile, Thor’s brother, Loki, discovers the secret of his birth and sets off to seek power and the destruction of his foster father.

This is probably my favorite of all the Thor films, particularly because I love how J. Michael Straczynski weaves such an elegant plot for the reveal of the god of thunder.

The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Director Actors
Louis Leterrier Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt

Bruce Banner was a scientist studying gamma radiation until an experiment-gone-wrong mutated him and created an alter-ego filled with rage, a hulking personality that causes him to undergo a dramatic transformation when he gets angry.

Now, hiding out from the U.S. government in South America, Bruce finds himself the target of a zealous general and a special forces operative whose only purpose in life is the thrill of the kill.

I like this one quite a bit, and thought Norton’s version of Bruce Banner was superb.

The Consultant - Marvel One-Shot
The Consultant - Marvel One-Shot
Director Actors
Leythum Clark Gregg, Maximiliano Hernández, Deborah Knox, William Hurt

Agents Coulson and Sitwell plan to derail General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross from interfering with S.H.I.E.L.D. affairs with a very special person.

Both Thor and Hulk take place within the same week in the MCU and this one-shot happens right at the end of Hulk.

The Avengers (Avengers Assemble)
The Avengers (Avengers Assemble)
Director Actors
Joss Whedon Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston

Loki’s plans for Earth have come to fruition and, leading a goliath alien army, plans to enslave humanity and destroy Thor while he’s at it. But Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the leader of the secret spy organization S.H.I.E.L.D. has a plan to stop him: by assembling Earth’s mightiest heroes to save the day. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) team up for the first great battle of the new era.

Joss Whedon isn’t doing so well these days, but there’s no doubt that this is one of the finest Marvel films.

Item 47 - Marvel One-Shot
Item 47 - Marvel One-Shot
Director Actors
Louis D'Esposito Lizzy Caplan, Jesse Bradford, Maximiliano Hernández

SHIELD agent Sitwell is assigned to recover an abandoned Chitauri weapon being used by a young couple robbing a bank.

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3
Director Actors
Shane Black Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall

Tony Stark is a changed man after the Battle of New York. Suffering from PTSD, he finds himself slowly losing touch of everything he cares about, unable to face the world unless from behind Iron Man’s metal face. But when a strangely-stereotyped terrorist begins threatening death and destruction on America, Tony finds himself embroiled in a whole new plot, one that needs the man behind the iron mask just as much as it needs the superhero he embodies.

Definitely not the best film in the franchise, but it has a few moments that are good. It’s, frankly, much more worthwhile than Iron Man II.

Daredevil (Season 1)
Daredevil (Season 1)
Created by Actors
Drew Goddard Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent D'Onofrio

As a boy, Matt Murdock lost his sight but gained a supernatural sense that allows him to see the world. As a lawyer, he helps the destitute and the helpless, but as Daredevil, he prowls the streets in search of crime.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 1, Episodes 1-7)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 1, Episodes 1-7)
Created by Actors
Joss Whedon Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge. Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward.

Agent Phil Coulson mysteriously returns to life. In command of his own secret task force and kept out of the limelight for fear that his presence would distract the Avengers, he embarks on a mission to seek out those dangers lurking in the shadows, starting with a mysterious project known as Centipede.

Thor: The Dark World
Thor: The Dark World
Director Actors
Alan Taylor Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston

An ancient enemy of Asgard awakes, the Dark Elves, who seek an ancient power of awesome potential called the Aether which they can use to destroy the Asgardians (and Earth) once and for all. But when the scientist Jane Foster accidentally becomes host to this power, it’s up to Thor to protect her at all costs—even the respect of his godly family.

All Hail the King - Marvel One-Shot
All Hail the King - Marvel One-Shot
Director Actors
Drew Pearce Ben Kingsley, Scoot McNairy, Lester Speight

A documentary filmmaker interviews the now-famous Trevor Slattery from behind bars.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 1, Episodes 8-16)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 1, Episodes 8-16)
Created by Actors
Joss Whedon Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge. Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward.

Agent Phil Coulson mysteriously returns to life. In command of his own secret task force and kept out of the limelight for fear that his presence would distract the Avengers, he embarks on a mission to seek out those dangers lurking in the shadows, starting with a mysterious project known as Centipede.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Director Actors
Joe Russo, Anthony Russo Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Robert Redford

Steve Rogers was found miraculously alive after half a century, his super-soldier serum keeping him suspended inside the Antarctic ice. Now, he tries to adjust to a strange new world, one darker and more complex than what he remembers. Uneasy with the deadly power wielded by S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as the widespread corruption that seems to exist everywhere, Captain America soon begins to realize that the ideals his uniform stands for don’t sit with the America of the modern age.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 1, Episodes 17-22)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 1, Episodes 17-22)
Created by Actors
Joss Whedon Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge. Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward.

Agent Phil Coulson mysteriously returns to life. In command of his own secret task force and kept out of the limelight for fear that his presence would distract the Avengers, he embarks on a mission to seek out those dangers lurking in the shadows, starting with a mysterious project known as Centipede.

Guardians Of The Galaxy
Guardians Of The Galaxy
Director Actors
James Gunn Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan

Abducted from Earth as a boy, Peter Quill has since become that most un-famous of intergalactic rogues: Starlord. But Peter’s life takes a wild turn when he encounters the green daughter of the Mad Titan on a quest to destroy her father, a talking raccoon, a walking tree, and a man with a tragic past and no sense of subtlety.

I saw this one three times in a row in theaters when it first came out. Loved it.

Jessica Jones (Season 1)
Jessica Jones (Season 1)
Director Actors
Melissa Rosenberg Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, and Carrie-Anne Moss

Jessica Jones isn’t a superhero, not anymore. Haunted by her past and the darkness that lurks there, Jones uses her super strength to aid her work as a private investigator. But some pasts refuse to stay hidden, and Jessica Jones must learn to face what she fears the most.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
Director Actors
James Gunn Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell

The gang’s all good (sort of) now that they saved the galaxy, but the trials of this bunch of “a-holes” is far from over. When Peter’s long-lost dad finally catches up to his son, it quickly becomes apparent that family will always be the most complicated force in the universe.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 2, Episodes 1-19)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 2, Episodes 1-19)
Created by Actors
Joss Whedon Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge. Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward.

Agent Phil Coulson mysteriously returns to life. In command of his own secret task force and kept out of the limelight for fear that his presence would distract the Avengers, he embarks on a mission to seek out those dangers lurking in the shadows, starting with a mysterious project known as Centipede.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Director Actors
Joss Whedon Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, James Spader

Tony Stark’s PTSD has brought him to a new level of intensity: gone is the fun-loving playboy and in with a man who’s willing to protect Earth at any cost, even the price of worldwide freedom. But, when his new defense AI becomes sentient, Tony may have to live with a new horrible fact: he’s become the greatest threat to Earth after all.

Now, the Avengers must assemble once more to take down Ultron before the mad machine can wreak havoc on the planet.

Totally not the best Avengers film, I admit, but still a huge amount of fun. I think this mainly suffers from trying to do way too much, as well as from some mistaken interpretations fans made regarding certain dialog sequences.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 2, Episodes 20-22)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 2, Episodes 20-22)
Created by Actors
Joss Whedon Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge. Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward.

Agent Phil Coulson mysteriously returns to life. In command of his own secret task force and kept out of the limelight for fear that his presence would distract the Avengers, he embarks on a mission to seek out those dangers lurking in the shadows, starting with a mysterious project known as Centipede.

Daredevil (Season 2, Episodes 1-4)
Daredevil (Season 2, Episodes 1-4)
Created by Actors
Drew Goddard Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent D'Onofrio

As a boy, Matt Murdock lost his sight but gained a supernatural sense that allows him to see the world. As a lawyer, he helps the destitute and the helpless, but as Daredevil, he prowls the streets in search of crime.

Luke Cage (Season 1, Episodes 1-4)
Luke Cage (Season 1, Episodes 1-4)
Created by Actors
Cheo Hodari Coker Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Rosario Dawson, and Alfre Woodard

Luke Cage becomes a fugitive after a sabotaged experiment leaves him with invulnerable skin and super-strength. Hiding out in Harlem, Cage must confront corruption around ever corner and learn to become the hero that his people need him to be.

Daredevil (Season 2, Episodes 5-11)
Daredevil (Season 2, Episodes 5-11)
Created by Actors
Drew Goddard Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent D'Onofrio

As a boy, Matt Murdock lost his sight but gained a supernatural sense that allows him to see the world. As a lawyer, he helps the destitute and the helpless, but as Daredevil, he prowls the streets in search of crime.

Luke Cage (Season 1, Episodes 3-8)
Luke Cage (Season 1, Episodes 3-8)
Created by Actors
Cheo Hodari Coker Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Rosario Dawson, and Alfre Woodard

Luke Cage becomes a fugitive after a sabotaged experiment leaves him with invulnerable skin and super-strength. Hiding out in Harlem, Cage must confront corruption around ever corner and learn to become the hero that his people need him to be.

Daredevil (Season 2, Episodes 12-13)
Daredevil (Season 2, Episodes 12-13)
Created by Actors
Drew Goddard Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent D'Onofrio

As a boy, Matt Murdock lost his sight but gained a supernatural sense that allows him to see the world. As a lawyer, he helps the destitute and the helpless, but, as Daredevil, he prowls the streets in search of crime.

Luke Cage (Season 1, Episodes 9-13)
Luke Cage (Season 1, Episodes 9-13)
Created by Actors
Cheo Hodari Coker Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Rosario Dawson, and Alfre Woodard

Luke Cage becomes a fugitive after a sabotaged experiment leaves him with invulnerable skin and super-strength. Hiding out in Harlem, Cage must confront corruption around ever corner and learn to become the hero that his people need him to be.

Ant-Man
Ant-Man
Director Actors
Peyton Reed Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll

Scott Lang is a wise-cracking ex-con willing to do anything to spend more time with his daughter. But Scott’s life is upended when Hank Pym, an aging inventor who needs Lang’s help to stop his money-grubbing protégé from selling a deadly technology to the highest bidder. Luckily, Scott gets some help of his own, in the form of a suit that shrinks and a hoard of helpful ants.

Ah, what a film this could have been! Edgar Wright was originally signed on to direct it, which certainly would have been incredible. Reed’s direction did little good here, and the script was pretty lackadaisical and lame — not to mention wildly racist in places. There are some good moments, some funny one-liners, but it’s not the best of the films.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 3, Episodes 1-19)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 3, Episodes 1-19)
Created by Actors
Joss Whedon Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge. Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward.

Agent Phil Coulson mysteriously returns to life. In command of his own secret task force and kept out of the limelight for fear that his presence would distract the Avengers, he embarks on a mission to seek out those dangers lurking in the shadows, starting with a mysterious project known as Centipede.

Iron Fist (Season 1)
Iron Fist (Season 1)
Created by Actors
Scott Buck Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Tom Pelphrey, Jessica Stroup, and Sacha Dhawan

Danny Rand, heir to a powerful corporate legacy, returns after being presumed dead for fifteen years. Now, struggling to balance his duty to the monks who rescued him with his desire to reconnect with his family roots, Danny finds himself caught between the mantle of the Iron Fist and who he wants to be.

Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: Civil War
Director Actors
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Daniel Brühl

We already knew there were tensions between the way that Steve Rogers and Tony Stark see the world, but in Civil War things finally come to a boil. Ashamed of his part in the Ultron crisis, and terrified of super-powered destruction laying waste to Earth, Tony sides with a governmental attempt to take control of the Avengers. Steve, however, knows that the governments of the world could never be trusted to use such power properly and refuses to submit. Add to this a mysterious villain who is hell-bent on getting the Avengers to tear themselves apart, and you have one heck of a great story.

Black Widow
Black Widow
Director Actors
Cate Shortland Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz

NOTE: Don’t watch the credits scene yet! Watch it only after you finish Avengers: Endgame

Set between the events of Civil War and Infinity War, Natasha Romanoff returns to her roots in a search for the organization that turned her into a killer, and the adoptive family that she fell in love with as a child, particularly her sister Yelena.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 3, Episodes 20-22)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 3, Episodes 20-22)
Created by Actors
Joss Whedon Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge. Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward.

Agent Phil Coulson mysteriously returns to life. In command of his own secret task force and kept out of the limelight for fear that his presence would distract the Avengers, he embarks on a mission to seek out those dangers lurking in the shadows, starting with a mysterious project known as Centipede.

The Defenders (Season 1)
The Defenders (Season 1)
Created by Actors
Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Sigourney Weaver

A shared enemy known only as The Hand unites the vigilante heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, but will even their combined strength be enough to stop the insidious machinations of an organization with its fingers around New York’s throat.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 4, Episodes 1-6)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 4, Episodes 1-6)
Created by Actors
Joss Whedon Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge. Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward.

Agent Phil Coulson mysteriously returns to life. In command of his own secret task force and kept out of the limelight for fear that his presence would distract the Avengers, he embarks on a mission to seek out those dangers lurking in the shadows, starting with a mysterious project known as Centipede.

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange
Director Actors
Scott Derrickson Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Benedict Wong

Stephen Strange is not a particularly nice man. Arrogant to the point of absurdity, he’s the world’s foremost surgeon and the world’s foremost ego. But when a car crash destroys his life, he finds himself searching beyond the realms of logic and possibility for a cure, a search that leads him to the door of the Sorceress Supreme herself.

One of my favorite films in the MCU.

Black Panther
Black Panther
Director Actors
Ryan Coogler Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Danai Gurira

When his father was killed (during the events of Civil War), young T’Challa becomes next-in-line for the throne of the technologically-advanced hidden African society Wakanda. But T’Challa soon finds himself facing down Eric Killmonger, a man obsessed with a violent approach to life and revenge for a wrong committed by T’Challa’s father.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 4, Episodes 7-8)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 4, Episodes 7-8)
Created by Actors
Joss Whedon Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge. Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward.

Agent Phil Coulson mysteriously returns to life. In command of his own secret task force and kept out of the limelight for fear that his presence would distract the Avengers, he embarks on a mission to seek out those dangers lurking in the shadows, starting with a mysterious project known as Centipede.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot (Season 1)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot (Season 1)
Created by Actors
Joss Whedon Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge. Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward.

The series follows Rodriguez on a mission before the events of the fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez is forced to sign the Sokovia Accords by S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division) because she is an Inhuman. This creates a conflict with a personal mission she is looking to complete.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 4, Episodes 9-22)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 4, Episodes 9-22)
Created by Actors
Joss Whedon Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge. Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward.

Agent Phil Coulson mysteriously returns to life. In command of his own secret task force and kept out of the limelight for fear that his presence would distract the Avengers, he embarks on a mission to seek out those dangers lurking in the shadows, starting with a mysterious project known as Centipede.

Spider-Man: Homecoming
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Director Actors
Jon Watts Tom Holland, Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau

Teenage Peter Parker was brought into the fight in Civil War by Tony Stark, and now the young Spider-Man is desperate to join the Avengers in full. But the world is changing in the wake of all the alien invasions and superhero craziness, and soon Parker finds himself embroiled in fighting a dangerous smuggling racket for alien weapons.

Thor: Ragnarok
Thor: Ragnarok
Director Actors
Taika Waititi Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum

Thor finds himself returning to Asgard to discover unsettling changes in his absence, and soon finds himself pitted against Hela, a long-lost sister and the “goddess of death” who is determined to destroy the peace that Odin built and bring about a new colonial age of war with Asgard striking out to claim the galaxy.

Taika is a superb director, and the anti-colonialist plot in this one made a lot of people happy. There are some legitimately funny moments, too, and the cast generally does a great job. However, this is one of my least favorite MCU films because (much like Star Wars: The Last Jedi), the director in charge wanted to make fun of the fans and take a stab at the collective myth built up through the story. Frankly, I wish Taika had put in all his good stuff without breaking what worked, and I also wish that Hela had been less of a ridiculous baddie — Cate Blanchett deserved better.

Inhumans (Season 1)
Inhumans (Season 1)
Created by Actors
Scott Buck Anson Mount, Serinda Swan, Ken Leung, Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, Ellen Woglom, and Iwan Rheon

The Inhumans have long used the powerful Terrigen Mists to imbue their people with incredible superpowers, and have protected their solitary way of live for thousands of years. But now, threats from outside their cloistered walls loom closer, and the Inhuman “Royal Family” is destined for its greatest fight in the long history of their kind.

The Punisher (Season 1)
The Punisher (Season 1)
Created by Actors
Steve Lightfoot Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Jason R. Moore, and Deborah Ann Woll

Former Force Recon Marine Frank Castle has punished those responsible for his family’s murder, but his vigilante days are far from over. Lurking in the shadows as “the Punisher”, Frank haunts the dark alleys of New York, where he encounters a conspiracy connected to his tragic past that goes deeper and farther than he imagined.

Runaways (Season 1)
Runaways (Season 1)
Created by Actors
Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, and Allegra Acosta

A super villain organization called the Pride operates in the shadows with impunity until an unexpected force gathers to oppose it: the teenage kids of the Pride’s leadership. Imbued with superpowers of their own, it’s up to these six teens to save the day.

Unlike some of the other MCU shows, this one got a proper wrap-up on the 3rd season!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5, Episodes 1-10)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5, Episodes 1-10)
Created by Actors
Joss Whedon Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge. Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward.

Agent Phil Coulson mysteriously returns to life. In command of his own secret task force and kept out of the limelight for fear that his presence would distract the Avengers, he embarks on a mission to seek out those dangers lurking in the shadows, starting with a mysterious project known as Centipede.

Jessica Jones (Season 2)
Jessica Jones (Season 2)
Director Actors
Melissa Rosenberg Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, and Carrie-Anne Moss

Jessica Jones isn’t a superhero, not anymore. Haunted by her past and the darkness that lurks there, Jones uses her super strength to aid her work as a private investigator. But some pasts refuse to stay hidden, and Jessica Jones must learn to face what she fears the most.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5, Episodes 11-18)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5, Episodes 11-18)
Created by Actors
Joss Whedon Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge. Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward.

Agent Phil Coulson mysteriously returns to life. In command of his own secret task force and kept out of the limelight for fear that his presence would distract the Avengers, he embarks on a mission to seek out those dangers lurking in the shadows, starting with a mysterious project known as Centipede.

Cloak & Dagger (Seasons 1 & 2)
Cloak & Dagger (Seasons 1 & 2)
Created by Actors
Joe Pokaski Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph

Teenagers Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson couldn’t be more different, coming from social, class, and racial backgrounds diametrically opposite. But both have powers they can’t explain, powers that seem to be linked to a disaster from their childhood… powers that might give them a chance to quell some of the darkness in the world.

Luke Cage (Season 2)
Luke Cage (Season 2)
Created by Actors
Cheo Hodari Coker Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Rosario Dawson, and Alfre Woodard

Luke Cage becomes a fugitive after a sabotaged experiment leaves him with invulnerable skin and super-strength. Hiding out in Harlem, Cage must confront corruption around ever corner and learn to become the hero that his people need him to be.

Iron Fist (Season 2)
Iron Fist (Season 2)
Created by Actors
Scott Buck Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Tom Pelphrey, Jessica Stroup, and Sacha Dhawan

Danny Rand, heir to a powerful corporate legacy, returns after being presumed dead for fifteen years. Now, struggling to balance his duty to the monks who rescued him with his desire to reconnect with his family roots, Danny finds himself caught between the mantle of the Iron Fist and who he wants to be.

Daredevil (Season 3)
Daredevil (Season 3)
Created by Actors
Drew Goddard Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent D'Onofrio

As a boy, Matt Murdock lost his sight but gained a supernatural sense that allows him to see the world. As a lawyer, he helps the destitute and the helpless, but as Daredevil, he prowls the streets in search of crime.

Runaways (Season 2)
Runaways (Season 2)
Created by Actors
Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, and Allegra Acosta

A super villain organization called the Pride operates in the shadows with impunity until an unexpected force gathers to oppose it: the teenage kids of the Pride’s leadership. Imbued with superpowers of their own, it’s up to these six teens to save the day.

Unlike some of the other MCU shows, this one got a proper wrap-up on the 3rd season!

The Punisher (Season 2)
The Punisher (Season 2)
Created by Actors
Steve Lightfoot Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Jason R. Moore, and Deborah Ann Woll

Former Force Recon Marine Frank Castle has punished those responsible for his family’s murder, but his vigilante days are far from over. Lurking in the shadows as “the Punisher”, Frank haunts the dark alleys of New York, where he encounters a conspiracy connected to his tragic past that goes deeper and farther than he imagined.

Jessica Jones (Season 3)
Jessica Jones (Season 3)
Director Actors
Melissa Rosenberg Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, and Carrie-Anne Moss

Jessica Jones isn’t a superhero, not anymore. Haunted by her past and the darkness that lurks there, Jones uses her super strength to aid her work as a private investigator. But some pasts refuse to stay hidden, and Jessica Jones must learn to face what she fears the most.

Ant-Man And The Wasp
Ant-Man And The Wasp
Director Actors
Peyton Reed Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen

NOTE: Do not watch the credits until AFTER you finish Infinity War

Hank Pym’s daughter, Hope, enlists Scott Lang’s help to track down her long-lost mother. Now, poor Scott has to balance the risk of breaking his house arrest and being locked back up for real, with helping the woman he’s in love with.

Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War
Director Actors
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Josh Brolin, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman

Thanos, an intergalactic warlord known as “The Mad Titan” searches for the Infinity Stones with which he will have the power to, with a snap of his fingers, change the universe forever. Only the Avengers stand in his way, and even their collective power might not be enough to stop him.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5, Episodes 19-22)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5, Episodes 19-22)
Created by Actors
Joss Whedon Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge. Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward.

Agent Phil Coulson mysteriously returns to life. In command of his own secret task force and kept out of the limelight for fear that his presence would distract the Avengers, he embarks on a mission to seek out those dangers lurking in the shadows, starting with a mysterious project known as Centipede.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Seasons 6 and 7)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Seasons 6 and 7)
Created by Actors
Joss Whedon Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge. Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward.

Note: Seasons 6-7 take place in a murky area with regards to their official timeline. Which timeline they're actually in is somewhat in doubt, and there's further timey-wimey madness in these seasons that complicates matters.

Agent Phil Coulson mysteriously returns to life. In command of his own secret task force and kept out of the limelight for fear that his presence would distract the Avengers, he embarks on a mission to seek out those dangers lurking in the shadows, starting with a mysterious project known as Centipede.

Runaways (Season 3)
Runaways (Season 3)
Created by Actors
Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, and Allegra Acosta

A super villain organization called the Pride operates in the shadows with impunity until an unexpected force gathers to oppose it: the teenage kids of the Pride’s leadership. Imbued with superpowers of their own, it’s up to these six teens to save the day.

Unlike some of the other MCU shows, this one got a proper wrap-up on the 3rd season!

Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Endgame
Director Actors
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Brie Larson

After their defeat at Thanos’ hands (or hand, singular), the surviving Avengers are given new hope when Scott Lang reappears from the Quantum Realm with a plan: time travel is possible and might yet save the day.

My sister and I saw this in the cinema together and, during the final quarter of the film, we were just sobbing like insane people. Best memory ever.

Loki
Loki
Director Actors
Kate Herron Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jonathan Majors

In 2012, a version of Loki made off with the tesseract, and caused a big branch in the timeline while he was at it. Now, the Time Variance Authority has caught up with him. A mysterious and seemingly all-powerful organization, they have been unable to track down a mysterious killer hunting their agents, and they believe that Loki might be able to help.

I fell in love with this, not only because Loki gets to officially come back (the timey-wimey stuff makes it likely that his “death” at the beginning of Infinity War is, in a certain sense, undone), but because the whole story is magic. It lets Loki be Loki, but also turns him into the lovable scamp that fans adore him for being.

What If…?
What If…?
Director Actors
Bryan Andrews Jeffrey Wright, Hayley Atwell, Chadwick Boseman, Samuel L. Jackson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Ruffalo, Michael B. Jordan, Chris Hemsworth

An omniscient creature known only as “The Watcher” peers into alternate realities where small changes created huge alterations in the timelines of our favorite heroes. It’s an animated series, but features the voices of a number of the original cast, making it a real tie-in in my opinion.

WandaVision
WandaVision
Director Actors
Matt Shakman Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn, Teyonah Parris

Vision was killed by Thanos at the end of Infinity War… or was he? Strangeness compounds weirdness as Wanda Maximoff and Vision live out a cloistered hallmark life inside an uncanny version of a television serial. But mysteries upon mysteries are waiting in the wings.

One of the finest things produced in the entire MCU, this is an absolute piece of gold-standard television storytelling.

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier
Director Actors
Kari Skogland Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Brühl, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell

When Steve Rogers hand-picks his friend Sam Wilson to take up the mantle of Captain America, Sam struggles with the idea of wearing such a fraught mantle. As Sam explores how the United States’ inherent racism contends with the Captain American ideal, he and Bucky Barnes (the Winter Soldier) find themselves at the forefront of a hunt to stop a group of terrorists… a group that might be fighting for something that Captain America would actually champion, if only via different means.

Wasn’t sure if I would like this one, but I ended up being a two-thumbs-up fan.

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings
Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings
Director Actors
Destin Daniel Cretton Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Michelle Yeoh

Shaun just wants to live a normal life, working in San Francisco as a valet and hanging out with his friend Katy. But his past comes to haunt him when his father, the immortal crime lord Wenwu, reenters his life and forces him to accept his destiny as Shang-Chi, wielder of the rings of power.

Honestly, one of the worst Marvel films, this one is better-left forgotten. Probably skippable if you read the Wikipedia article for its plot points (it will inevitably tie into other Phase Four territory).

Eternals
Eternals
Director Actors
Chloé Zhao Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Barry Keoghan, Bryan Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, Don Lee

For 7,000 years a group of powerful immortal warriors has been protecting humanity, guiding us, and keeping us save from “Deviants”, apex predators that destroy all life. But following Thanos’ temporary eradication of half of all life on Earth, something changes, and the secret behind the Eternals is ready to be revealed.

I liked this more than I expected. It didn’t get a lot of love in the critic’s sphere, but I found it generally enjoyable, with some solid acting and a reasonably interesting plot. Did I use the 10-second skip button to get through some of the long action sequences and bad plot moments? Sure. But I didn’t want to smack my face into a wall like I did with Shang-Chi.

Helstrom
Helstrom
Created by Actors
Paul Zbyszewski Tom Austen and Sydney Lemmon

On the supernatural edge of society, Daimon and Ana Helstrom are the children of a mysterious serial killer who use their demonic powers to hunt down and destroy the worst elements of humanity.

This one is technically a standalone and while it exists within the MCU, it’s not tied into any of the MCU events. How weird is that, right? But, from much fan-banter and discussion, this likely comes “post-snap” in around the year 2020 or 2021 MCU.

Spider-Man: Far From Home
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Director Actors
Jon Watts Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Jake Gyllenhaal

As Peter Parker, newly returned after the events of Endgame, contends with the leftover pieces of his teenage life, the arrival of strange elemental monsters upsets his plans for a quiet European field trip. Now, Peter needs to balance his secret identity with saving the world.

Spider-Man: No Way Home
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Director Actors
Jon Watts Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx

Peter Parker is Spiderman, and the whole world knows it. With his life upside-down and his superhero identity ruining his friends’ college prospects (as well as his own), Peter asks Dr. Strange for help. Strange (who’s still just as egotistical as ever) agrees, but when the spell goes wrong it opens doorways between this universe and all the others in which Spiderman exists, connecting them together and threatening to bring destruction to the world.

I was not blown away by the first two Spider-Man films from the MCU, but this one absolutely captivated me. Definitely one of the better films in the line-up.

Hawkeye
Hawkeye
Director Actors
Rhys Thomas, Bert & Bertie Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, Vera Farmiga, Alacqua Cox, Florence Pugh, Fra Fee

Clint Barton just wants to finally have a peaceful, normal Christmas with his family. But, when a young Hawkeye fangirl named Kate Bishop gets herself in hot water and connects herself to Barton’s darker alter-ego Ronin, Clint has to jump in to save the day. But what he and Kate find turns out to be larger and more complex than either could have imagined.

So much fun. Seriously. So good.

The incredible Marvel experience: the MCU
The incredible Marvel experience: the MCU

With everything that exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU) now available of Disney+, and with a whole host of exciting new movies and shows coming out, like Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk. New movies are getting lined up for Phase Four as well, including Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, and Blade.

For 14 years, Marvel has been changing the landscape of cinema, offering not just the best cinematic exploration of superheros ever, but also fundamental changes to the ways that we watch and think about films. Superhero films are frequently still blockbuster epics designed to sate the masses. But, there are so many MCU stories that do delve deep into the human psyche, or take stabs at real-world political and social problems (who can forget the perfect timing of Luke Cage?).

Before the MCU, the idea of films connecting across a large franchise was relegated to the history books and reminded viewers (if it reminded them of anything at all) of the trashy serial films of the 1930s. People wondered if anyone would sit through Lord of the Rings as a trilogy, and the final Harry Potter film being split in twain made critics go wild (of course, the Potter films had other glaring problems).

But Marvel broke the mold, conceiving of a modern day serialized cinematic extravaganza built around high-budget, high-realism, and high-adventure concepts. These would be superhero films that did away with the cheap costumes and silly green screen effects of the days of yore. The MCU would ground these characters in reality, in a world that we, the viewers could understand and relate to — and the characters in this universe would change the universe around them, and be changed by it, as the series progressed.

Now, the Marvel films are a cultural staple, and with Phase IV finally emerging, it seems likely that the future of the MCU is still bright. We’ve also got all manner of tie-ins, from epic video games that put you right into the center of the action, to board games that invite you and your friends to take your superhero obsession to a whole new level.

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