The Marvel Movies in Chronological Order, By Ranking & Release Date [Movies]

The Marvel are entertaining popcorn movies for me, but the day after I watched it I can’t remember much about them, so fun for the moment. So that doesn’t make me their biggest fan but I do enjoy them for what it is.

There is more than one way to get up the mountain of Marvel movies: You can watch the movies in their correct chronological order beginning with Captain America: The First Avenger or watch the movies in the order they were released to theaters with Iron Man, the film from 2008 first out. Regardless, it’s pretty fun to keep track of the different arrangements to watch the movies in.

The Marvel movies in chronological order

This is most likely the list you were looking for when you clicked on this article. Below are all the Marvel movies in chronological order, from the first The First Avenger to Endgame. The benefits of watching the movies this way are that you get to see all the events in the order they took place in the universe. You can keep track of Tesseract, follow Thor’s journey from hero to zero and back to hero again and follow the rest of the gang towards their goal of crushing Thanos.

Here is the correct chronological order to look in:

  • Captain America: The First Avenger (set during World War II)
  • Captain Marvel (set in 1995)
  • Iron Man (set in 2010)
  • Iron Man 2 (takes place after Iron Man)
  • The Incredible Hulk (no exact time specified, but before Avengers)
  • Thor (no exact time specified, but before Avengers)
  • The Avengers (set in 2012)
  • Iron Man 3 (set six months after The Avengers)
  • Thor: Dark World (after Avengers, before Ultron)
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier (after Avengers, before Ultron)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (sometime in 2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (after Guardians)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (set in 2015)
  • Ant-Man (takes place in 2015)
  • Captain America: Civil War (after Ultron, before Infinity War)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (after Civil War, before Infinity War)
  • Doctor Strange (set in 2016)
  • Black Panther (takes place in 2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (after Ultron, before Infinity War)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (set in 2017)
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp (unclear, but fits in between IW and Endgame)
  • Avengers: Endgame (starting 2017, ending 2022)
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (after Endgame)

The Marvel movies in the order they were released


However, if you want to see the movies in the order they were released to theaters, you should follow the list that begins with the first Iron Man from 2008 and continues all the way to Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. If you choose to watch the movies this way, they will start off quite a bit and improve over time, as the studio brought in more money and thus bigger budgets to move with. It’s a nice flashback, which lets you see where the hype surrounding the Marvel universe began..

Phase 1:

  • Iron Man (2008)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)

Phase 2:

  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Ant-Man (2015)

Phase 3:

  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  • Captain Marvel (2019)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Phase 4: (dates and years may still change)

  • Black Widow (2020)
  • The Eternals (2020)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
  • Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021)
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2021)

The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

  • Black Panther II (Not yet decided)
  • Blade (Not yet decided)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (Not yet decided)
  • New Captain Marvel movie (Not yet decided)
  • New Fantastic Four movie (Not yet decided)
  • New Marvel movie (probably Ant-Man 3, October 7, 2022)

… and here are all the original Marvel Disney Plus TV series … that are on the way, which will also fit into the MCU saga, with the exception of the animated series What If …?. However, these dates are only preliminary and it’s expected that the global pandemic will result in them being postponed somewhat.

  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (previously scheduled for August 2020, now unclear)
  • WandaVision (December 2020 – hopefully)
  • Loki (spring 2021)
  • What If …? (summer 2021)
  • Hawkeye (Fall 2021)
  • Ms Marvel (Not yet announced)
  • Moon Knight (Not Announced Yet)
  • She-Hulk (Not yet announced)

The Marvel movies ranked from best to worst

Finally, if you do not have time to check out the very worst Marvel movies, here is a list of the movies ranked from the best to the worst based on their IMDB ranking.

  1. Avengers: Endgame (2019) – Ranking: 9.0
  2. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – Ranking: 8.5
  3. The Avengers (2012) – Ranking: 8.1
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Ranking: 8.1
  5. Iron Man (2008) – Ranking: 7.9
  6. Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Ranking: 7.9
  7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – Ranking: 7.8
  8. Captain America: Civil War (2016) – Ranking: 7.8
  9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – Ranking: 7.7
  10. Doctor Strange (2016) – Ranking: 7.5
  11. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – Ranking: 7.5
  12. Black Panther (2018) – Ranking: 7.3
  13. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – Ranking: 7.3
  14. Ant-Man (2015) – Ranking: 7.3
  15. Iron Man 3 (2013) – Ranking: 7.2
  16. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) – Ranking: 7.1
  17. Captain Marvel (2019) – Ranking: 7.1
  18. Thor (2011) – Ranking: 7.0
  19. Iron Man 2 (2010) – Ranking: 7.0
  20. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – Ranking: 6.9
  21. Thor: The Dark World (2013) – Ranking: 6.9
  22. The Incredible Hulk (2008) – Ranking: 6.7