Marvel Movies & Tv Shows- Best to Worst Watching Sequence

If you’re planning to watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in 2021, the first thing you need to know is how to watch Marvel movies in order. On this page, we will explain how to watch all 23 Marvel movies and their Tv Shows.

After the interruption caused by the 2020 pandemic, the Marvel movie is scheduled to be released in 2021. The highly anticipated “Black Widow” will be released in theaters and Disney Plus via Premier Access on July 9, 2021, with an extra charge. There are three more on the waiting list. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Marvel’s The Eternals, and Spider-Man: No Way Home will hit the theater before the end of the year.

Important things to know when watching Marvel movies in the order you actually want them to. There are two main methods: timeline and release order. To be honest, these two orders have their own advantages.

Whatever way you want to watch the 2021 Marvel movies, get ready for a good time. These box office earnings have changed the face of modern cinema and turned superhero movies into huge ongoing tales. And now, the TV show continues the meta-narrative on the small screen to the same production value.

Watch Order: Timeline

Let’s start with the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This is a breakdown of how to watch 23 Marvel movies in time series. The series begins with Steve Rogers’ transformation into Captain America in the 1940s and ends with Peter Parker’s international tour of Spider-Man: Far From Home.

This is the order of choice in Marvel movies if you want to see what is played when an MCU event occurs. How TV shows fit into the sequence is also discussed below.

Next is the chronological display order of Marvel movies.

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger (takes place during WWII)
    IMDB Rating: 6.9
  2. Captain Marvel (takes place in 1995)
    IMDB Rating: 6.8
  3. Iron Man (takes place in 2010)
    IMDB Rating: 7.9
  4. Iron Man 2 (takes place after Iron Man)
    IMDB Rating: 7.0
  5. The Incredible Hulk (time unspecified, pre-Avengers)
    IMDB Rating: 6.7
  6. Thor (takes place six months before Avengers)
    IMDB Rating: 7.0
  7. The Avengers (takes place in 2012)
    IMDB Rating: 8.0
  8. Iron Man 3 (takes place six months after The Avengers)
    IMDB Rating: 7.1
  9. Thor: Dark World (post-Avengers, pre-Ultron)
    IMDB Rating: 6.9
  10. Captain America: Winter Soldier (post-Avengers, pre-Ultron)
    IMDB Rating: 7.7
  11. Guardians of the Galaxy (sometime in 2014)
    IMDB Rating: 8.0
  12. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (after Guardians)
    IMDB Rating: 7.6
  13. Avengers: Age of Ultron (takes place in 2015)
    IMDB Rating: 7.3
  14. Ant-Man (takes place in 2015)
    IMDB Rating: 7.3
  15. Captain America: Civil War (post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War)
    IMDB Rating: 7.8
  16. Spider-Man: Homecoming (post-Civil War, pre-Infinity War)
    IMDB Rating: 7.4
  17. Doctor Strange (takes place in 2016)
    IMDB Rating: 7.5
  18. Black Panther (takes place in 2017)
    IMDB Rating: 7.3
  19. Thor: Ragnarok (post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War)
    IMDB Rating: 7.9
  20. Avengers: Infinity War (takes place in 2017)
    IMDB Rating: 8.4
  21. Ant-Man and The Wasp (ambiguous, but fits nicely between IW and Endgame)
    IMDB Rating: 7.0
  22. Avengers: Endgame (starts in 2017, finishes in 2022)
    IMDB Rating: 8.4
  23. Spider-Man: Far From Home (eight months post-Endgame)
    IMDB Rating: 7.5

Now Marvel Tv shows order. WandaVision actually takes place in the weeks that follow Endgame. Falcon and Winter Soldier are set up 6 months after the Endgame, so all of both shows will open in front of SpiderMan: Far From Home.

Loki, on the other hand, is technically set after The Avengers event and is recommended to be watched after Avengers: Endgame.

  1. WandaVision (three weeks after Endgame)
    IMDB Rating: 8.1
  2. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (around six months after Endgame)
    IMDB Rating: 7.4
  3. Loki (technically post-The Avengers in 2012, but best watched after Endgame)
    IMDB Rating so far: 9.1

Marvel movies in order: Release Date

Want to watch MCU movies in order of release instead? Take a look at this list. Watching Marvel movies in order is how Marvel Studios intended you to watch the story unfold, and you can enjoy how the movie grew and got better over the years. Also, the release of the Marvel movie after Phase 4 is outlined below.

Phase One 

  1. Iron Man (2008)
  2. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  3. Iron Man 2 (2010)
  4. Thor (2011)
  5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  6. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)

Phase Two

  1. Iron Man 3 (2013)
  2. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  5. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  6. Ant-Man (2015)

Phase Three

  1. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  2. Doctor Strange (2016)
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  4. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  5. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  6. Black Panther (2018)
  7. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  8. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  9. Captain Marvel (2019)
  10. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  11. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Phase Four

  1. WandaVision (TV show)
  2. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (TV show)
  3. Loki (TV show – now releasing)
  4. Black Widow (July 9, 2021)
  5. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (September 3, 2021)
  6. The Eternals (November 5, 2021)
  7. Ms. Marvel (TV show – late 2021)
  8. Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17, 2021)
  9. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 25, 2022) 
  10. Thor: Love and Thunder (May 6, 2022)
  11. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (July 8, 2022)
  12. The Marvels (November 11, 2022)
  13. Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania (February 17, 2023)
  14. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023)
The future of the Marvel Movies and TV shows
  • Blade (TBD)
  • Fantastic Four (TBD)
  • Hawkeye (TV show – TBA)
  • She-Hulk (TV show – TBA)
  • Moon Knight (TV show – TBA)
  • Secret Invasion (TV show – TBA)
  • Ironheart (TV show – TBA)
  • Armor Wars (TV show – TBA)
  • Wakanda series (TV show – TBA)
Best to Worst MCU Movies According to IMDB Rating
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – Rating: 8.4
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019) – Rating: 8.4
  • The Avengers (2012) – Rating: 8.0
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Rating: 8.0
  • Iron Man (2008) – Rating: 7.9
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Rating: 7.9
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016) – Rating: 7.8
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – Rating: 7.7
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – Rating: 7.6
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – Rating: 7.5
  • Doctor Strange (2016) – Rating: 7.5
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – Rating: 7.4
  • Black Panther (2018) – Rating: 7.3
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – Rating: 7.3
  • Ant-Man (2015) – Rating: 7.3 
  • Iron Man 3 (2013) – Rating: 7.2 
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) – Rating: 7.1 
  • Thor (2011) – Rating: 7.0 
  • Iron Man 2 (2010) – Rating: 7.0 
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – Rating: 6.9
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013) – Rating: 6.9
  • Captain Marvel (2019) – Rating: 6.9 
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008) – Rating: 6.7
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