Marvel Cinematic Universe – Viewing Order

I was always coming back to a specific post on Stack Overflow detailing the viewing order for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since I found it tedious to always go back there, so I copied it here as the basis of this post, but changed it to reflect changed dates, and include new movies and new TV series into in the list.

I feel the best viewing order for the MCU is the order in which the movies are released, that’s how they were written. The TV series sometimes tie into the movies (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), or are rather independent (Agent Carter) – but even in the latter case I would not watch them at a very different time, they might reveal something that is considered canon and spoil it anyway.

Updated: 2015-11-29, to include the second Ant-Man and the changed release schedule that results from its announcement, and the four new unnamed movies at the end of phase three (or phase four?). While updating this, I also added links to IMDB for all movies and seasons.

Updated again on 2020-06-03, to fix some errors in phase three. The TV series are not correctly sorted there at the moment, this will come over the next days.

Phase One: “Avengers Assembled”

  • Iron Man (2008-05-01)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008-07-10)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010-05-06)
    • One-Shot: “The Consultant” (2011) (4 mins) (short movie on Thor Bluray — set directly after The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2)
  • Thor (2011-04-28)
    • One-Shot: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer” (2011) (4 mins) (short movie on Captain America Bluray — set directly before Thor (although it adds very little and makes more sense to watch afterwards))
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011-08-18)
    • One-Shot: “Agent Carter” (2013) (12 mins) (short movie on Iron Man 3 Bluray — set directly after Captain America)
  • The Avengers (aka “Avengers Assemble”) (2012-04-25)
    • One-Shot: “Item 47” (2012) (12 mins) (short movie on The Avengers Bluray — set directly after The Avengers)

Phase Two

Phase Three

Phase Four

  • Black Widow (November 6, 2020)
  • The Eternals (February 12, 2021)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (May 7, 2021)
  • Untitled third Spider-Man movie (November 5, 2021)
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (February 11, 2022)
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 25, 2022)

Future Movies

  • Black Panther 2 (May 6, 2022)
  • Captain Marvel 2 (July 8, 2022)
  • Untitled Marvel movie (likely Ant-Man 3, October 7, 2022)
  • Blade (TBD)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (TBD)
  • Untitled Fantastic Four film (TBD)

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