MCU Movie Timeline Explained

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By FilMonger

Marvel Studios released Spiderman: Far From Home in 2019, and since then, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which includes the debut of WandaVision on Disney+.

The new show, which is finally available, follows Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff coming to grips with the traumatic events she experienced in Avengers: Infinity War. Before WandaVision premiered, there was a 20-month gap between major Marvel Studios releases – the longest gap in the MCU’s entire 12-year run of films. A lack of MCU content shouldn’t be a problem for long, though.

Marvel has four feature films and five Disney+ shows slated to premiere in 2021 alone. So, if you want to freshen up your memory before the next phase of movies and Disney+ shows kicks into gear, here is your go-to watch guide. We’ve arranged everything chronologically below, but there are additional viewing orders appended to this guide for those who want to spice things up.

If you want to follow the events of the MCU, you can’t watch the Marvel films in the order they released. They’re not chronological. That’s why we’re showing you a different order – arranged by when the events in each film happen. The MCU officially started in 2008 with Iron Man, but it’s not the first Marvel film you should watch. Start with Captain America: The First Avenger.

It released in 2011 and is the fifth film from Marvel Studios. But it begins in 1942 – decades before Iron Man.

By the way… there will be a few spoilers below. If you want to avoid that, go to the bottom of this guide for an at-a-glance, bulleted list of all the movies in order. Along with that list, we’ve compiled others, including one with the TV shows.