How to Watch All 23 Marvel Movies in the Correct Order

Are you looking forward to the MCU 2021 release of Black Widow, which will finally give the only female member of the Avengers, Natasha Romanoff, her own well-deserved movie?

Well, we are too. The movie is set before the events of Avengers: Endgame, so we can expect some of our favorite characters like Tony Stark to appear once again, as well as the main character played by Scarlett Johansson to get the closure it deserves.

While you are waiting for the new release of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can enjoy rewatching all of the other 23 Marvel movies, but this time, not in order of their release, but in the proper sequence of events.

Marvel Movies in Order

Here is how to watch all 23 Marvel Movies in the correct order (keep in mind that there are some major spoilers in each film’s synopsis).

1. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Captain America The First Avenger

Although the entire Captain America: The First Avenger is based on a flashback, it does set the stage for all of the other Marvel movies.

Most of the movie is set in the 1940s, and it introduces the SSR, which becomes S.H.I.E.L.D., and follows the story of how Steve Rogers helps the allies in World War II, and thanks to a serum that helps him become faster, stronger, and tougher, he becomes Captain America.

The movie from 2011 also introduces the home of the Space Stone – Tesseract, which Nazi officer Johann Schmidt seized in 1942. Along with Dr. Arnim Zola, he wants to use the ancient relic powers to create a devastating weapon.

When Captain America attacks Schmidt’s Hydra base to rescue his team, the Nazi officer rips off his face, which is actually a mask covering a red skull.

During a clash between the two on an airplane, Schmidt touches the Tesseract and disappears. The relic dissolves through the floor of the plane and falls into the ocean.

Steve crashes the plane into the Arctic to save the people of America from the weapons which are ready to detonate on it.

When Howard Stark finds the Tesseract months later, Rogers is presumed dead. But he is depicted waking up in a room and escaping from it only to realize that he is in modern-day New York.

Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the founder of the Avengers, Nick Fury, has an important mission for him, and Captain America now gets to live in the present day.

2. Captain Marvel (2019)

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel is set in the mid-1990s and features an important stage of the life and career of Nick Fury, as well as the first evolution of S.H.I.E.L.D. the movie also introduces Vers, who is actually Carol and carries on the story of the Tesseract, which helps Carol get her superpowers as Captain Marvel after she tries to blow up an engine powered up by it.

Carol, played by Brie Larsen, is a former Air Force pilot who needs to return to Earth to deal with space aliens.

The movie also depicts the establishment of the evil Kree, which we see again in Guardians of the Galaxy.

After Carol finds out she has an implant and the Kree have been holding her back, she, with the help of Goose (who turns out to be alien – flerken), helps the good Skrulls to escape and also defeats Yon-Rogg.

Captain Marvel escorts them to a new homeworld and leaves Fury a pager to contact her at any time.

3. Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man 2008

Released in 2008, Iron Man was the first Marvel movie, but its proper place in the chronology of all movies is right here.

After all, Howard Stark has already been introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger. Iron man follows the story of his son Tony Stark and his personal journey on becoming the superhero Iron Man.

Tony Stark is a rich, genius, and suave womanizer who runs Stark Industries – a weapons manufacturing company, along with Obadiah Stane. His assistants include Pepper Potts, Hogan, Jarvis, and Rhodey.

Stark gets injured in Afghanistan and almost dies but is saved from the deadly shrapnel near his heart by another captive, Yinsen’s genius invention – an arc reactor, which keeps him alive.

While in captivity, the Afghanistan terrorists ask Stark to produce weapons for them, but instead, he creates a super-suit powered by the arc reactor, which he uses to get him and Yinsen out.

Unfortunately, Yinsen doesn’t make it, but Stark returns to the USA and promises to never sell weapons again, which makes his business partner Stane very unhappy.

Stark continues working on improving his Iron Man suit, while Stane goes back to Afghanistan to find and use his old suit to face Stark off.

Stark defeats Stane with the help of Pepper and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson and goes on to announce “I am Iron Man” to the world at a press conference.

Nick Fury appears in the post-credits scene talking about the Avengers Initiative.

4. Iron Man 2 (2010)

Iron Man 2

Since Iron Man II, Thor, and The Incredible Hulk take place almost at the same time, it is up to you to decide which one of the movies to watch at this point.

But now that Iron Man introduced us to the concept of S.H.I.E.L.D., in Iron Man 2, we get to know more about this organization. The movie features Director Nick Fury in a much more significant role, so we get to understand how important a figure he is.

In this movie, the timelines begin overlapping, which can become a tad confusing.

In Iron Man 2, Tony Stark is now openly living as Iron Man, which attracts dangerous enemies, including Whiplash and a rival weaponry dealer Justin Hammer.

Tony makes his assistant Pepper the CEO of Stark Industries and hires Natalie Rushman as a replacement.

He competes at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, where he is attacked by Ivan Vanko, a Russian who has made his own arc reactor. Stark defeats the Russian, who is presumed dead, but now the people in America are aware that others can make Iron Man suits.

Vanko turns out to be alive and is making suits and drones for Hammer Industries.

After Stark gets into a drunken fight with assistant Rhodey, the latter delivers the iron man suit to the US army.

Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury informs Stark that Rushman is actually an undercover agent named Natasha Romanoff from S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as that his father, Howard Stark, was the founding member of S.H.I.E.L.D.

This is the first time we are introduced to Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff).

Romanoff, along with Pepper and Happy Hogan, manages to get control over the War Machine (Rhodey), who had been overtaken by Vanko’s drones.

Fury tells Tony Stark that he is not fit for the Avengers Initiative but that he should remain a consultant for S.H.I.E.L.D.

In the post-credits scene, Agent Coulson announces that a large hammer has been found in New Mexico.

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5. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk is set at the same time as Iron Man 2, but its post-credit scene depicts Tony Stark as a consultant for S.H.I.E.L.D., so it makes sense to watch it after Iron Man 2.

The movie is about scientist Bruce Banner who is hiding in Brazil following an unsuccessful experiment that has turned him into The Hulk.

He turns back into himself and works on a cure, but finds that if his heart rate reaches 200 when he gets angry, he is transformed into a huge, green monster again.

His ex-girlfriend, Betty’s father, is General Thunderbolt Ross, who is trying to find Banner and sends British marine Emil Blonsky to capture him. Hulk manages to escape and gets back together with Betty.

After another attack, Blonsky is presumed dead, and Banner and Betty meet Dr. Samuel Sterns, who is working on a cure for Banner.

The cure works instantly, and after Sterns reveals he has synthesized banner’s blood to use The Hulk for good purposes, the serum gets stolen by Blonsky and Ross, and after Blonsky is injected with it, he turns into a Hulk-like evil monster.

After a fight between them, Stern is injured, and some leftover Hulk blood enters a gash in his hand.

Banner goes in hiding in British Columbia and transforms into the Hulk safely and in a controlled manner. He is approached by Tony Stark, who asks him to join a team that is being put together.

6. Thor (2011)


As mentioned earlier, Thor is set almost at the same time as the previous two movies on the list.

The movie introduces us to Asgard, and while it continues the development of the S.H.I.E.L.D. story, with leading roles for Coulson and Hawkeye, it also sets up the series of stories based on the events in the Realm Eternal.

Thor’s place in the chronology of the Marvel movies is right before The Avengers, as they flow together perfectly, featuring Loki as the main villain. Even the Tesseract appears in the post-credits scene.

The movie depicts Thor, who lives in Asgard like a god but gets banished to Earth. A reignited ancient war starts, and Thor has to find a way to protect his new home.

Thor’s entry into the MCU is best placed right before the first Avengers movie, as the two flow together really well — especially considering Loki is the main villain in both. The Tesseract even pops up again in the post-credits scene, and Loki’s love affair with it begins.

The ancient war is between king Odin of Asgard against king Laufey of the Frost Giants ends with Odin seizing the Casket of Ancient Winters – the weapon of his adversaries.

Thor finds out that a Frost Giant has found a way to travel to the modern world to try to steal back the Casket.

He, along with his brother Loki, and his friends Sif, Fandral, Volstagg, and Hogun, travel to the Frost Giant’s home, where they are defeated and saved by Odin.

Thor is exiled to Earth with an enchanted hammer-Mjolnir. He gets hit by a car in New Mexico driven by Dr. Jane Foster, an astrophysicist, along with Dr. Selvig and intern Darcy.

The hammer Mjolnir is found by S.H.I.E.L.D. but cannot be lifted by Thor.

Loki finds out he has been adopted by Odin and is a Frost Giant. He proceeds to take over Odin’s throne.

He sends a Destroyer after Thorn and his former friends, but Thor manages to defeat it while hurting himself.

After Loki attempts to destroy the Frost Giants’ home, Thor stops him, and he seems to commit suicide after he jumps off the Bifrost.

The after credit scene shows Nick Fury meeting Selvig and showing him a mysterious cube-shaped object which, according to Fury, has untapped power. Selvig seems to agree.

7. The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers

The Avengers is the natural continuation of Thor, as it includes and continues the stories of many of the characters and themes.

Plus, we have already been introduced to Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and Thor. All of them team up for the first time to stop Loki and his army of aliens from destroying NYC.

Loki comes back as a villain, the Tesseract is explored further, and the existence of the dangerous alien Chitauri becomes publicly known.

Loki has been promised power over the Earth if he manages to bring the Tesseract to the Chitauri. After he manages to steal the blue cube, Fury starts the Avengers initiative to get it back. He sends the Black Widow to get Bruce Banner. Thor, Steve Rogers, and Tony Stark also join the team.

After a nail-biting sequence of battles, Thor takes Loki back to Asgard, and the Avengers scatter.

The movie also includes some subtle hints that the members of S.H.I.E.L.D. are not all good guys.

It introduces Thanos as the Mad Titan who behind the attack on New York City, and we also get introduced to the Mind Stone, where the Chitauri scepter is held.

8. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Thor The Dark World

It is at this point when the order of events takes a turn. While the last two movies in the list explore MCU’s cosmic side, it makes sense that this storyline continues.

The relationship between Thor and Loki after The Avengers is further explored. Thor: The Dark World is the movie that introduces us to the Reality Stone, which is another Infinity Stone.

In this movie, Thor is forced to team up with his brother Loki to defeat the Dark Elf Malekith.

The Tesseract has been hidden in a vault by Odin for safety.

On Earth, Jane gets sucked up through a portal and transported to another world where she gets infected by the Aether. Thor finds out and travels back to earth to see Jane make it back through the portal, but realizes she has been infected and takes her to Asgard to get help.

Odin quickly recognizes the Aether and tells Thor that Jane will most likely die from it and will bring a terrible prophecy.

The Aether’s release awakes the Dark Elf Malekith, and he attacks Asgard. While protecting Jane, Thor’s mother, Frigga, is killed. Malekith is forced to leave Asgard without the Aether.

Thor and Loki team up to get away from Asgard and go to the Dark Elf’s homeworld. Malekith manages to remove the Aether from Jane and merges with it. Loki is wounded during the battle and seemingly dies in his brother’s arms.

Back in London, Thor battles the Dark Elf Malekith and reclaims the Aether. Thor meets Odin (who is actually Loki impersonating him) and tells him he will stay on Earth with Jane. Loki is now running Asgard.

The Collector receives the Aether and proclaims his desire to get hold of the other five Stones.

9. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy continues the story of the Collector, who was introduced in Thor: The Dark World. The movie introduces yet another Infinity Stone – the Power Stone, which is housed in the Orb.

Thanos is also back.

The movie from 2014 continues the cosmic focus of the previous films in our list and is about a group of intergalactic misfits led by Star-Lord Peter Quill, who get together to keep the powerful Infinity Stone out of the wrong hands, and named after a group led by Ronan, a Kree who has a task of getting the Orb containing the Infinity Stone for Thanos.

After Quill gets sent to prison along with one of Thanos’s adopted daughters, and a couple of bounty hunters who are also after him, they meet prisoner Drax, and together they form an alliance to break out of prison.

They meet the Collector to sell the Orb, but the museum ends up destroyed.

The group faces off against Ronan and the other adopted daughter of Thanos Nebula, and they are defeated and lose the Orb to Ronan. Quill and Gamora get picked up by Ravagers led by Yondu Udonta.

Ronan decides to defy Thanos and keep the Orb for himself. Quill’s group tries to get the Stone back but is defeated, but eventually manages to win it back after some wild adventures.

The stone is given to Xandar, and it is revealed that Quill is not entirely human and was raised by the Ravagers.

10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

The second volume of Guardians of the galaxy is set just a few months after those depicted in the first one, so the two movies flow perfectly one after the other.

Star-Lord, along with Baby Groot and the rest of the gang, return for even more space adventures. The movie tells the story of how Quill finds out who he actually is and where he came from.

The group fights to protect valuable batteries for the Sovereign race and get Nebula, Gamora’s sister, in exchange.

After their ship is attacked by Ayesha, a mysterious figure called Ego saves them. He claims to be Quill’s father. He invites them back to his home planet, and Quill, Drax, and Gamora go, while Groot and Rocket remain to fix the ship and to guard Nebula.

Ego tells Quill that he is a god-like being, who created his homeworld through his consciousness, and that Ego is the planet.

Meanwhile, Nebula escapes and tries to kill Gamora, but the two of them become allies. Later on, Nebula goes on a quest to kill Thanos.

Ego tricks Quill to activate the seedlings he has planted in thousands of worlds. But Quill fights back and goes on to search for his friends.

11. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron Man 3

With Iron man 3, the cosmic diversion ends, and we get to return back to Earth to watch how Tony Stark is dealing with emotional fallout with the Avengers. The reason is that Tony has PTSD following the battle of New York.

In the meantime, a terrorist known as Mandarin has been bombing America, and Tony Stark threatens him on TV. As a result, Mandarin destroys Stark’s home, but Tony survives, finding himself thousands of miles away. He contacts Pepper, who is hiding with Maya, the scientist who helped create the Extremis virus.

When Stark follows Mandarin to Miami, he finds out that he is actually actor Trevor Slattery from Britain. Stark gets captured and finds out that Killian has been using Maya’s Extremis virus to threaten the US.

Killian has captured her and Pepper and kills Maya in the process. He has also captured the War machine, which has been named the Iron patriot.

In an attempt to rescue Pepper, Tony Stark calls all of his other suits to attack Killian, and Pepper finally manages to kill him via her Extremis powers.

Stark moves on to stabilize the effects of Extremis on Pepper and orders J.A.R.V.I.S. to destroy all of his suits.

He also undergoes surgery to get the shrapnel removed from his body.

In the post-credits scene, Tony Stark is portrayed waking up Bruce Banner, who has fallen asleep while listening to his story.

Iron Man 3 also sets the scene for the Age of Ultron and the Civil War movies.

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12. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Captain America The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier continues the focus on events on Earth. It is possibly set in the same time as Iron Man 3, which is why Captain America fails to help Tony Stark against the Mandarin, or the two are still wary of each other.

This film sets the stage for the Falcon arc which runs through the next several Marvel movies.

The movie depicts Captain America working on exposing a plot at S.H.I.E.L.D. Steve finds out that Bucky is alive and that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been infiltrated by HYDRA.

In the mid-credits scene, it becomes clear that HYDRA has the Chitauri Scepter which will appear again in Avengers: Endgame.

Fury gets attacked by the Winter Soldier but manages to escape. Captain America finds an injured and dying Fury in his home. Fury manages to hand the Cap a memory stick from the Black Widow’s mission.

When Fury apparently dies, Rogers is questioned by S.H.I.E.L.D. senior official Alexander Pierce about why Fury was at his home. After Roger refuses to answer, Pierce declared him a fugitive which leads to a battle in which the Cap manages to escape from the headquarters of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Together with Back Widow, he goes to New Jersey to find out that HYDRA has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. The two seek the help of Sam Falcon Wilson and they all go for Jasper Sitwell, a HYDRA mole.

The three are attacked by the Winter Soldier who turns out to be Bucky Barnes – an old friend of the Captain, who has been programmed to become an assassin by HYDRA.

The three proceed to attack the headquarters of S.H.I.E.L.D. and call for its loyal members to fight against HYDRA. Fury turns up alive and well and kills Pierce.

Captain America faces off his old friend Bucky, but Bucky eventually saves Cap’s life from a crashing aircraft. The Winter Soldier (Bucky) then disappears in the woods.

13. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers Age Of Ultron

This movie is the natural continuation of The Winter Soldier. It opens with a scene where the Avengers take down a big HYDRA base.

It also starts interconnecting the Earth-based adventures to the cosmic ones. Another infinity stone is revealed, and Thor has a vision of an impending threat.

In this movie from 2015, the Avengers get back together to stop an AI created by Tony Stark, which wants to destroy all humans.

The Age of Ultron also sets up the events for Infinity War and the future movies.

This is the film which shows the first cracks appear among the Avengers, as well as where we get to see all of the Infinity Stones and the gauntlet in Thor’s vision.

There is a mid-credits scene, where Thanos is depicted picking up the Infinity Gauntlet for the first time.

When the Avengers attack a HYDRA base, Tony Stark manages to steal Loki’s staff and brings it back to Stark Tower, where he and Banner use it to create an AI capable of protecting the Earth – Ultron.

Ultron is finally born and it takes control over several robots which it uses to fight the Avengers. Ultron is defeated and hides on the internet where it starts building its army of robots from a HYDRA facility.

While the Avengers manage to almost shut down Ultron, they are stopped by Scarlet Witch who works for the AI.

She manages to infect The Hulk, and Tony Stark creates the Hulkbuster to stop him. As a result of the damage done by the infected Hulk, the world starts losing their faith in the Avengers.

Nick Fury tells the Avengers that they can only stop Ultron if the stay and fight together.

Dr. Helen Cho builds Ultron a body from Vibranium which replicates human tissue as well as with the Mind Infinity Stone which was encapsulated in Loki’s staff.

When Ultron states that his intentions are to destroy humankind, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver turn against him and switch side.

The Avengers manage to steal the body for Ultron, but Ultron captures Black Widow in the process.

Stark implants J.A.R.V.I.S. in Ultron’s body which results in the creation of The Vision. The Vision joins the Avengers who go after Ultron who is in the city of Sokovia. They are joined by Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The Vision manages to lock Ultron out of the internet and destroys him.

Quicksilver dies while saving Hawkeye.

Banner is seen flying off in a stealth jet.

At the Avengers headquarters, Captain America, and Black Widow are shown training new members of the Avengers: Falcon, Vision, War Machine and Scarlet Witch.

14. Ant-Man (2015)

Ant Man

Ant-Man is set right after Avengers: Age of Ultron and it makes subtle references to the battles in Sokovia.

The story is about petty thief Scott Lang, who has a super ability to shrink and becomes Ant-Man.

Ant-Man marks the beginning of the new generation of the MCU. The movie also introduces Quantum Realm, which is essential for Avengers: Endgame.

Scott Lang is just released from prison and breaks into a house to find the money he needs for his daughter’s child support. He finds a strange suit and takes it.

Lang finds that the suit makes him shrink down to the size of a tiny ant. He gets arrested as he tries to return the suit. Hank Pym who has made the suit and is a former scientist from S.H.I.E.L.D. convinces Lang to use the suit to get out of jail.

Lang agrees to become Ant-Man and goes on to prove to his daughter Hope that he is a good father. Hank tells Lang that Hana’s mother used to be s superhero named The Wasp who disappeared after shrinking down to a size of an atom in a mission to disable a nuclear missile.

While fighting Cross who is in a Yellowjacket suit, Lang as Ant-man manages to kill him but is unable to go back to his original size and gets lost into the Quantum Realm. Finally he manages to revert back to his normal self and starts wondering whether he could get his wife Janet van Dyne back too.

Falcon along with Steve Rogers have captured Bucky Barnes, and Falcon says that he knows someone who can help, because they cannot turn to Tony Stark due to “the accords”.

15. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America Civil War

The Sokovia arc from Avengers: Age of Ultron is what stars tearing the Avengers apart in Captain America: Civil War.

This Marvel movie from 2016 is the perfect follow up after the end-credits scene of Ant-Man and sets stage for another batch of Earth-bound stories in the series.

The movie is about the rift which forms between Captain America and Iron Man and features one of the best superhero fights in all of the Marvel movies.

The movie may be a Captain America one, but it features almost all of the Avengers with the exception of only Bruce and Thor.

We also get introduced to Spider-Man and Black Panther for the first time.

The movie depicts the two leaders of the Avengers – Tony Stark and Cap going their separate ways after the incident at Sokovia.

After a mission in Lagos which goes wrong, the governments of the world decide that enhanced humans should not be given the power to run freely without being supervised. While Iron man agrees, Captain America does not.

Helmut Zemo kills one of the people who brainwashed Bucky and steals a notebook containing the words which will trigger the brainwashing process.

Bucky has killed the King of Wakanda, and his son T’Challa vows to kill him.

Steve and Falcon travel to Bucharest to find Bucky and save him. A chase begins and before Steve can save Bucky, they all get arrested by War Machine and the international police.

They are all taken to a government facility. Vision is keeping Wanda at the Avengers HQ. Zemo also gains access to the facility and again gains control over Bucky.

Steve manages to save his friend but finds out that Zemo is the actual bomber and is planning to wake up another 5 Winter soldiers from a HYDRA base.

Without waiting for international approval, he wins over Sam, Wanda, Scott Land and Clint Barton on his side. When they reach the Hydra base, they find out that Tony, along with his team consisting of Natasha Romanoff, James, Black Widow, Peter Parker (Spider-man) and T’Challa are already there.

The two groups fight, and Steve and Bucky escape, War Machine gets shot and paralyzed, and the rest of Steve’s team gets imprisoned.

Bucky and Captain America find Zemo in the HYDRA base. Stark is also there. Zemo tells them that Bucky killed his parents while being brainwashed. As a result, Tony destroys Bucky’s robotic arm. Steve manages to run off with Bucky but leaves his shield behind.

Zemo tries to kill himself but is stopped by T’Challa.

Steve frees his friends from prison and Tony gives War machine a high tech leg for his paralyzed leg. Bucky goes back to Wakanda and is put into cryogenic sleep until a cure for his brainwashing has been found.

16. Black Panther (2018)

Black Panther

Black Panther was first introduced in Captain America: Civil War and this movie is the continuation of his story. Although there are no Infinity Stones in this movie, Bucky is shown in the end-credits scene.

The story is set just a week after the division of the Avengers. It is set in the country of Wakanda, which is isolated until a threat causes its King T’Challa to look for help from outside. Wakanda has a lot of Vibranium, and even though they are technologically advanced, the rest of the world considers them to be a third-world country.

In the 1990s his brother N’Jobu had defied his father’s isolationist policy and had tried to smuggle Vibranium to the US. The King finds out and tries to arrest his son, but accidentally kills him and has to cover up his death.

T’Challa returns to Wakanda after the events from Civil War, along with with his army general Okoye, and his ex-girlfriend and spy Nakia. He becomes kind and gets reunited with his mother Ramonda and his genius sister Shuri.

When criminals Ulysses Klaue and Erik Stevens steal a Vibranium artifact, T’Challa, Okoye, and Nakia travel to a casino in South Korea to get it back and to capture Klaue.

It turns out that it is actually the CIA buying the Vibranium, in the face of Everett K. Ross.

T’Challa manages to capture Klaue but he gets rescued by Erik. Erik is carrying a Vibranium ring around his neck, which resembles the royal ring which T’Challa has. The king later discovers that Erik is the son of his brother N’Jobu, and had become a pro killer named Killmonger.

Killmonger kills Klaue and proceeds to challenge T’Challa for the throne of Wakanda. Killmonger ingests an herb which turns him into Black Panther and proceeds to send Vibranium weapons around the world with plans to ruling it.

T’Challa returns to Wakanda but is attacked by the new king’s army. The army though splits, and Okoye turns on the imposter king Killmonger, and so do Nakia and Shuri.

M’Baku comes in time to rescue T’Challa’s side in the battle, and T’Challa defeats Killmonger in a fight at the Vibranium mines.

Nakia agrees to marry T’Challa and they decide to share the knowledge of Vibranium to the world as well as the fact that Wakanda is highly technologically advanced.

In the meantime, Bucky is depicted recovering from his brainwashing in Wakanda.

17. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider Man Homecoming

Although there are multiple Spiderman movies made, this is the first one which is officially part of MCU.

Spiderman: Homecoming is set a couple of months after Captain America: Civil War and Tony Stark has been given a little time to heal.

Spiderman first appears in Civil War, but this is the movie which he gets to star in the lead role and his story of balancing between high-school and being a superhero is told.

In the movie, Peter Parker is doing his best to return to normal life after being a superhero for a while, but he is not very good at it.

Adrian Toomes and his company have been contracted the city of New York after the Civil War events, but the operation is taken over by Tony Stark and the US Government under the name of Department of Damage Control.

Toomes decides to keep some of the alien technology and to use it to make advanced weapons.

Meanwhile, Parker is focused on becoming a full-fledged member of the Avengers and is located in Queens waiting for Tony Stark to call. He has neglected his friends and studies. After he stops another robbery, he comes home, and his best friend Ned finds out his secret – that he is actually Spider-Man.

Spider-man attempts to stop Toomes’ people from selling alien weapons, but Toomes arrives in a Vulture-like costume and attacks him. As a result, he needs to be saved by Iron Man.

Peter finds part of the weapons and studies it along with his friend Ned. Toomes sends his people to trace the part down. Peter places a tracking device on one of them which leads him to Maryland.

Along with Ned, Peter finds some secret advanced features in his suit, including an AI companion whom he names Karen.

After Iron Man needs to come to the rescue of Spider-man once again during another interception, Stark takes Peter’s suit away from him.

He goes back to his normal life and comes to find out that Toomes is actually his father. Once Toomes realizes his son is Spider-Man, he warns him to stay away.

Peter realizes that Toomes is planning to hijack a plane carrying valuable alien objects from the Avenger Towers to their new headquarters, and gets into the role of Spider-man once again.

He manages to save the day. Toomes gets arrested, and Peter’s high school crush Liz moves away.

Tony Stark approaches Peter and asks him to join the Avengers full-time, and when Peter refuses he gives him his old Spider-man suit back.

While Peter tries it on, his Aunt May walks in and sees him.

18. Doctor Strange (2016)

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange plays an important role in tying up the Earth-bound and the cosmic MCU movies.

This movie from 2016 introduces the Time Stone in the Eye of Agamotto, as well as the concept of magic.

The Quantum Realm too plays a role in Doctor Strange.

In the end-credit scenes, the movie leads into the next one – Thor: Ragnarok.

The movie follows the story showing the transformation of arrogant but brilliant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange into a mystical Sorcerer Supreme.

The story is set over a long time, and starts at the time of the Civil War, but ends months after the events in Spider-man: Homecoming.

After looking for a cure for a crippling injury of his hand, Dr. Strange gets to meet the Ancient One and Mordo who are powerful sorcerers from Kamar-Taj.

The sorcerers agree to teach the Doctor the secrets of their powers.

Strange proceeds to study from ancient books in a library guarded by Master Wong. There he learns that the planet is guarded against threats from other dimensions from sanctums located in New York, London and Hong-Kong.

A former student of the Ancient One, Sorcerer Kaecilius is on a quest to unleash the dark dimension on the world – Dormammu. But to do that, he must destroy the three sanctums.

Strange battles Kaecilius but the villain manages to escape.

Doctor Strange reveals to his two tutors that he knows that the Ancient One is drawing power from the Dark Dimension. Mordo is upset.

Meanwhile, Kaecilius attempts another attack on the sanctum in New York, where the Ancient One is wounded mortally.

When Strange and Mordo go to the Hong Kong sanctum, they find it destroyed too. Strange uses the Eye of Agamotto to turn time back to before the attack, but he traps himself and Dormammu in an annoying 5-second never-ending loop in the Dark Dimension.

Finally, Dormammu gets fed up and leaves the Earth with Kaecilius. Strange manages to break the loop.

Strange proceeds to return the Eye of Agamotto to Kamar-Taj, where he is told that it contains the Time Infinity Stone.

He goes on to become the protector of the Sanctum in New York where he gets to help Thor find Odin so that he and Loki can leave Earth.

19. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Thor Ragnarok

This movie is the next logical step after Dr. Strange and even features a cameo of him.

In the end-credits, there is a direct pointer at Avengers: Infinity War, showing the Asgardian refugees being intercepted by Thanos.

In this movie, we get to see Thor as well as Hulk for the first time after Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The movie picks from two years later.

Thor loses his hammer Mjolnir and Asgard during a fight with Hela. He departs on a spaceship and runs into the ship of Thanos.

Thor travels throughout the universe to search for the Infinity Stones. He gets captured by Surtur, who tells him Odin is no longer in Asgard.

Surtur who is a flaming monster tells Thor that when he uses the Eternal Flame, the destruction of worlds – Ragnarok will occur.

Thor manages to defeat him and takes the crown back to Asgard, where he finds Loki posing as Odin. He forces Loki to reveal his true identity. Together they travel to earth to find Odin.

With some help from Dr. Strange, the brothers are able to track down their father in Norway. He though is dying and warns them that their sister, the goddess of death Hela will try to take over Asgard after he dies.

Shortly, Odin dies, and Hela appears.

The brothers refuse to kneel to her, and she destroys Thor’s hammer. The two manage to escape, but Hela pushes them into space before they can arrive at Asgard.

Hela proceeds to destroy the army and resurrects some ancient dead who had fought with her via the Eternal Flame. Among them is her giant wolf Fenris.

Thor accidentally lands on the Sakaar planet, where a slave trader sells him to the ruler of the planet. The ruler wants to use Thor to fight as a gladiator. Thor finds out that Loki is on the same planet, but refuses to help Thor get away.

Thor goes into the fight with the champion of the Grandmaster, and he turns out to be the Hulk. However, Thor is unable to reach Bruce Banner in the Hulk’s brain, and he gets defeated.

Eventually, Thor finds out that Scrapper 142 who sold him is an Asgardian, and member of the Valkyrie female fighting force which had faced Hela before.

Thor manages to escape and Hulk gets transformed back to Bruce Banner.

The Grandmaster of Sakaar thinks that Thor has abducted the Champion, and orders that he is found.

The Valkyrie joins Thor, and after being captured by her, Loki joins them in their escape plan. In the meantime, Loki once again attempts to betray them and Thor leaves him behind escaping with Valkyrie and Bruce Banner.

They get back in time to stop Hela from trying to steal the Bifrost sword. During the battle, Thor loses an eye, his brother Loki appears, and Thor asks him to put the Surtur’s crown on the Eternal Flame in order to defeat Hela.

Loki steals the Tesseract. Surtur is reborn and kills Hela, and destroys Asgard. Thor becomes the King and takes his people, who are now refugees, on a spacecraft to Earth, but they are intercepted on the way by a larger one.

20. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Ant Man And The Wasp

Most of the story of Ant-Man and the Wasp is set before the storyline of Avengers: Infinity War.

In this sequel of Ant-Man, we follow his adventures in the Quantum Realm. It is one of the funniest and most enjoyable of all the movies in the series.

Ant-Man has been placed under house arrest, and his daughter Hope and Hank Pym are angry that Scott Lang used his suit to join the Avengers.

Lang manages to meet Janet, his wife in the Quantum Realm, and when he starts receiving messages from her, contacts Hope and Hank.

The two manage to sneak Lang out of his home and start working on ways to get to Janet in the Quantum Realm.

Hope takes the mantle of The Wasp, and along with Ant-Man and Hank, they get into a fight with double-crossing criminal Sonny Burch.

Meanwhile, Ghost appears and then disappears when Hank’s lab get shrunk down.

They go to an old partner of Hank’s Ben Foster, who helps them find the lab. But as it turns out, Ben and Ghost are working together and they capture Lang, Hope, and Hank.

Ghost is actually an unstable woman named Ava Starr, who believes that she can be fixed using Quantum energy.

The three main characters manage to escape along with the lab and get to meet Janet in a Quantum tunnel.

But Sonny finds them and calls the FBI.

The gang flees, while Hank meets Janet in the Quantum Realm. They all return and Janet manages to stabilize Ava with her energy.

Ava goes into hiding, Woo releases Lang from house arrest, and Janet, Hope, and Hank go into hiding using the Ant-man suit.

Lang gets suspended to another realm, but a Thanos snap occurs and the other three become dusted.

21. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers Infinity War 2018

Avengers: Infinity War comes directly before Avengers: Endgame.

The story begins where Thor: Ragnarok ends, with Thanos getting his hands on the Space Stone, and attacking the Asgardians.

Thanos is still hunting for all of the Infinity Stones. He already has the Power Stone, and also retrieves the Tesseract after crashing onto Thor’s ship.

Hulk gets beamed back to Earth, Thanos kills Loki, and Thor manages to escape but remains floating in space.

Hulk crashes in the Sanctum Sanctorum protected by Doctor Strange. He tells the Sorcerer Supreme that Thanos is on his way. Strange calls Tony Stark.

In the meantime, two members of Thanos’s Black Order – Cull Obsidian and Ebony Maw attack New York.

This captures the attention of Peter Parker, and he joins Dr. Strange, Wong and Iron Man in the quest to fight off Thanos.

Ebony Maw manages to capture Strange and takes him to his spaceship along with the Time Stone.

But Iron Man and Spider-Man manage to sneak onboard the spaceship.

Back home, Bruce calls Captain America.

Scarlet Witch and Vision are hiding out in Scotland. Vision gets attacked by two other members of Black Order – Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive. They try to steal the Mind Stone from his head. Thanks to Captain America, War Machine and Black Widow who intervene just in time, they fail.

All of them head to Wakanda to keep Vision safe from Thanos’s people.

Responding to a distress signal, Guardian of the Galaxy finds Thor. He informs them that Thanos is on his way. Thor, along with Rocket and Groot head to Nidavellir, where a new weapon called Stormbreaker will be made to take down Thanos. The rest of the team goes to Knowhere to protect the Reality Stone from Thanos.

They meet Thanos, but he already has the Reality Stone. The villain manages to kidnap Gamora and heads off to Vormir to claim the Soul Stone.

The keeper of this Infinity Stone is the Red Skull. He tells Thanos that he needs to make a sacrifice in order to get the stone. Thanos then kills his adopted daughter Gamora. After that, he heads for Titan, where Doctor Strange, Peter Parker, and Iron Man, along with Drax, Star-Lord and Manti are waiting for him.

Dr. Strange sees the future and tells the gang that there is a minimal chance of stopping Thanos. The team decides to ambush him instead, and get close to removing the Infinity Gauntlet. But when Thanos tells them that he has killed Gamora, Star-Lord gets so angry that he messes up the whole plan.

As a result, Thanos defeats the team. Strange is forced to hand over the Time Stone to prevent Tony’s death, and Thanos leaves for Wakanda to get the Mind Stone from Vision.

With all Stones in the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos just snaps his fingers and destroys half of the population of the universe. This includes the Guardians of galaxy on Titan, Spider-Man, as well as Black Panther, Groot, Bucky, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch.

Nick Fury and Maria Hill are also dusted while looking for Tony Stark.

At the last moment, Fury reaches to his pager and pages Captain Marvel.

22. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Avengers Endgame

The Avengers: Endgame is the fourth Avengers movie, and is the culmination of their story.

It manages to tie up several plot threads, as well as open up new opportunities and storylines for MCU to explore.

Endgame shows what happens after that fatal “snap” by Thanos.

Iron Man and Nebula finally get rescued by Captain Marvel after being stranded on Titan. The other Avengers are still dealing with the loss of their friends and half of the universe. Eventually, they are able to locate Thanos.

He is confronted by the Avengers on the farm planet, where Thanos reveals that he has destroyed all Infinity Stones and thus the snap is irreversible. In a fit of rage, Thor kills him.

In a five year jump, we are introduced once again to the whereabouts of the Avengers. Iron Man has stepped away to raise his daughter Morgana. Ant-man has found his way out of the Quantum Realm and joins the Avengers to plan how to use the Quantum Realm to travel back in time so that they can retrieve the Infinity Stones.

They reveal the plan to Tony, who finally agrees to join them.

The team recruits their former members back including an overweight Thor, a Professor Hulk, and Hawkeye now known as Ronin.

According to the plan, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, and Ant-Man go back to the New York battle in 2012, in order to get a hold of the Time, Space and Mind Stones.

While the team manages to retrieve the Mind Stone and the Time Stone, Loki manages to take the Space Stone and escape with it.

This causes Iron Man and Cap to use Pym Particles to go back further in time to the 1970s and to take the Space Stone.

Thor and Rocket return to the events from Thor: The Dark World to get the Reality Stone from Asgard, as well as to get Mjolnir back.

War Machine and Nebula go back to 2014 to Morag to get the Power Stone.

Hawkeye and Black Widow go back for the Soul Stone, but one of them needs to die in order to get it. Black Widow makes the sacrifice and dies, while Hawkeye returns with the Soul Stone.

When all of the stones are collected, the team put them back together on a Nano Gauntlet. Then Hulk proceeds to snap his fingers and brings back half of the universe.

Nebula uses the Quantum Realm port to bring the army of Thanos to the Avengers headquarters.

There is a bitter fight for the Gauntlet, but thanks to the snap by Hulk, all dusted heroes return to help the team and manage to fight off the army.

At one point Thanos gets his hands on the Gauntlet and proceeds to snap his fingers once again, but Iron Man manages to switch it and snaps his fingers instead, killing Thanos in the process.

Iron Man succumbs to the injuries caused by using the Gauntlet. The rest of the Avengers celebrate his life at his funeral.

The film ends depicting Thor taking off with the Guardians and crowning Valkyrie the queen of New Asgard, Captain America goes back to put the infinity Stones back into their places in the timeline and comes back an elderly man who has lived a fulfilling life with his love Peggy Carter. He gives his shield to Carter.

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

Spider Man Far From Home

The second Spider-Man movie by Marvel is also the last one released to date. Released in June 2019, Spider-Man: Far from Home has grossed more than 1.1 billion dollars worldwide, becoming Sony’s highest-grossing film, and the third highest-grossing movie for 2019.

It follows Avengers: Endgame and explores the grief of Peter over the death of Tony Stark.

This is a much smaller story than the chaotic and complicated Endgame and depicts Peter Parker on a school trip to Europe.

While in Venice, Italy, he and his friends get confronted by a Water Elemental. Mysterio who is like a second wave of Avengers put forward by Fury comes to their rescue.

Later that day, Fury gets into Peter’s room and takes him to the improvised headquarters set up by him in Venice.

There Peter gets to meet Mysterio, who is actually Quentin Beck coming from another version of Earth due to a rip created by Thanos’ snap.

Fury presents Peter with the E.D.I.T.H. defense system which Tony created. He sends Peter and his friends to Prague, so Spider-Man along with Mysterio can fight the Fire Elemental.

Impressed by his skills, Parker presents Beck with the E.D.I.T.H. Pretty soon it becomes clear that Beck is not from the multiverse but is just a former angry employee of Tony Stark.

His B.A.R.F. invention was overtaken by Stark, so Mysterio now uses it to create projections of the Elementals and to trick the world that he is actually a superhero.

MJ finds out that Peter is actually Spider-Man

Peter hunts beck down but is defeated by the B.A.R.F. technology.

Then with the help of Happy, he travels to London to stop Mysterio’s latest act – the projection of the Wind Elemental. While Peter is able to take him down and kill him, Mysterio manages to reveal the true identity of Spider-Man, and also to throw the blame on him for the recent events in London.

In the post-credit scenes, it is revealed out that the Fury in the movie is actually Talos, and that the real Fury is actually on a secret mission somewhere far away. Also, that Soren had been masquerading as Hill during the movie.

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