How to Watch Every Marvel Installment Ever? Easy Watch Order Guide

How to Watch Every Marvel Installment Ever? Easy Watch Order Guide

Understanding the correct order of every addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t a cake walk. As Marvel has grown in quantity, it has also become more tangled than Spider-Man’s web.

Finding the perfect way to explore MCU can be a daunting task for anyone, from steadfast fans to newbies yearning to get their feet wet.

Also, if you are one of those long-time stans, you might be considering rewatching the entire franchise ahead of the theatrical release of Black Widow and Loki‘s release on Disney Plus. And to make sure you don’t end up puzzled, I have compiled an easy watch order guide for you.

Speaking non-canonically, the Marvel cluster also includes former X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool movies, as well as the Marvel television shows. So, I have incorporated them into a different set as well.

There are few customary ways that people usually follow to binge the MCU Saga. They are all listed below. Among them, you will definitely find one that suits you the best!

1. Release Order (Canon-only)

This list includes all the twenty-three movies in the order they were released, starting from the first MCU film Iron Man (2008). All the movies are part of the official MCU franchise. The Phase 4 TV shows are also part of the official MCU.

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The Avengers | Source: Marvel

1.1. Movies

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

1.2. TV Shows

  • WandaVision (2021)
  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (2021)
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WandaVision | Source: Fandom

You’ll be able to watch all the canonical 23 movies in 2 days, 2 hours, and 15 minutes. The combined runtime for WandaVision Season 1 and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Season 1 is 10 hours 50 minutes.

This brings the total watch time for Release Order (canon-only) to be around 2 days 13 hours.

2. Complete Release Order

Though this may not be the best method for viewing, it’s how Marvel veterans originally experienced the MCU saga. Apart from the 23 movies, this exhaustive list includes all the TV shows as well as X-Men and Fantastic Four installments that have ever been produced by Marvel Entertainment.

2.1. MCU Movies & TV Shows

I. Phase 1

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

II. Phase 2

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Source: Fandom
  • 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)

III. 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)

IV. Phase 4

i. TV Shows
  • WandaVision (2021)
  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (2021)
  •  M.O.D.O.K. (2021) (to be released)
  •  Loki (2021) (to be released)
ii. Movies (upcoming)
Black Widow | Official Trailer
  • Black Widow (2021)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
  • Eternals (2021)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
  • The Marvels (2022)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)

2.2. Marvel TV Shows (separate from the MCU)

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013-2020)
  • Agent Carter (2015-2016)
  • Daredevil (2015-2018)
  • Jessica Jones (2015-2019)
  • Luke Cage (2016-2018)
  • Iron Fist (2017-2018)
  • The Defenders (2017)
  • Inhumans (2017)
  • The Punisher (2017-2019)
  • Runaways (2017-2019)
  • Cloak & Dagger (2018-2019)
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Marvel’s Daredevil | Source: Netflix

Excluding all the upcoming movies and TV shows of Phase 4, we have a total watch time of MCU Movies and TV shows to be around 2 days and 13 hours.

If we factor in the 11 Marvel TV shows, the total watch time comes out to be 15 days and 1 hour.

2.3. X-Men Universe (Deadpool and X-Men movies)

  • X-Men (2000)
  • X2 (2003)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  • X-Men: First Class (2011)
  • The Wolverine (2013)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
  • Deadpool (2016)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
  • Logan (2017)
  • Deadpool 2 (2018)
  • Dark Phoenix (2019)
  • The New Mutants (2020)
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Deadpool | Source: Fandom

To watch all movies of the X-Men Universe, you will need about 26 hours.

2.4. Fantastic Four Universe

  • Fantastic Four (2005)
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
  • Fantastic Four (2015)

To watch all three movies, you need to sit for 5 hours straight.

Thus, the total time required to watch the Complete Release Order is calculated to be 16 days and 8 hours.

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4. Chronological Order (Canon-only)

If you want to stick strictly to the official MCU, and want to see the meaningful order of events, this is the order you should be referring to. It contains all 23 movies and the two recent Disney+ shows (WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier) in chronological order of events.

  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • Captain Marvel (2019)
  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Thor (2011)
  • The Avengers (2012)
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Thor | Source: Fandom
  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  • Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
  • WandaVision Season 1 (2021)
  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Season1 (2021)

The total watch time for the chronological order (canon-only) is 2 days 13 hours.

5. Complete Chronological Order

Counting the TV shows as well as the X-Men and the Fantastic Four franchises of Marvel Entertainment again, this order individually sets everything in the real timeline. You will be able to experience the story as it would unfold for the heroes.

5.1. Movies and TV Shows

  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • Agent Carter (2015)
  • Captain Marvel (2019)
  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Thor (2011)
  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Daredevil Season 1 (2015)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • Jessica Jones Season 1 (2015)
  • Daredevil Season 2 (2016)
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Doctor Strange | Source: Fandom
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Luke Cage Season 1 (2016)
  • Iron Fist Season 1 (2017)
  • The Defenders Season 1 (2017)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • The Punisher Season 1 (2017)
  • Runaways Season 1 (2017)
  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Cloak & Dagger Season 1 (2018)
  • Jessica Jones Season 2 (2018)
  • Inhumans Season 1 (2017)
  • Luke Cage Season 2 (2018)
  • Iron Fist Season 2 (2018)
  • Daredevil Season 3 (2018)
  • Runaways Season 2 (2018)
  • The Punisher Season 2 (2017)
  • Cloak & Dagger Season 2 (2019)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  • Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
  • WandaVision Season 1 (2021)
  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Season1 (2021)

5.2. X-Men Universe (Deadpool and X-Men movies)

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X-Men | Source: Fandom
  • X-Men: First Class (2011)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  • X-Men (2000)
  • X2 (2003)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
  • The Wolverine (2013)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
  • Dark Phoenix (2019)
  • Deadpool (2016)
  • Deadpool 2 (2018)
  • The New Mutants (2020)
  • Logan (2017)

5.3. Fantastic Four Universe

  • Fantastic Four (2005)
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
  • Fantastic Four (2015)
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Fantastic 4 | Source: Fandom

To watch this whole chronological order collection, you will need 16 days and 8 hours.

6. Ultimate Marvel Watch Order

The ideal way to watch Marvel movies and shows, according to me, would be the ultimate chronological order given below. This is the only way that you’ll apprehend the collection of fibers that embroider the MCU fabric.

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Agent Carter | Source: Fandom
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • Agent Carter (2015)
  • Fantastic Four (2005)
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
  • X-Men: First Class (2011)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  • X- Men: Apocalypse (2016)
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)
  • Captain Marvel (2019)
  • X-Men (2000)
  • X2 (2003)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Thor (2011)
  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • The Wolverine (2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Fantastic Four (2015)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Daredevil Season 1 (2015)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • Jessica Jones Season 1 (2015)
  • Daredevil Season 2 (2016)
  • Deadpool (2016)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Luke Cage Season 1 (2016)
  • Iron Fist Season 1 (2017)
  • The Defenders Season 1 (2017)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • The Punisher Season 1 (2017)
  • Runaways Season 1 (2017)
  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Cloak and Dagger Season 1 (2018)
  • Jessica Jones Season 2 (2018)
  • Inhumans Season 1 (2017)
  • Luke Cage Season 2 (2018)
  • Iron Fist Season 2 (2018)
  • Daredevil Season 3 (2018)
  • Runaways Season 2 (2018)
  • The Punisher Season 2 (2017)
  • Cloak & Dagger Season 2 (2019)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Deadpool 2 (2018)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  • Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
  • WandaVision Season 1 (2021)
  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Season1 (2021)
  • Logan (2017)
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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier | Source: IMDb

Yes, I know, it’s a bit of a stretch. But it will quench your Marvel thirst for sure.

The total watch time is 16 days and 8 hours. If at any point you have about a fortnight to spare, you will be able to catch a full glimpse of all the overarching stories that stitch the whole Marvel Entertainment world together.

7. Extra

Now, I know you’re going to complain about the absence of Marvel One-Shots and webisodes. I did it because they were meant to be standalone stories, intended to provide meaningful backstory to important characters in the movies. These include:

7.1. Marvel One-Shots

Title, Release DatePlace in the MCU Timeline
The Consultant (Sept. 2011)At the end of Iron Man 2
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer (Oct. 2011)Immediately before Thor
Item 47 (Sept. 2012)Instantly following the Battle of New York in The Avengers
Agent Carter (Aug. 2013)A year after Captain America: The First Avenger, but before the show Agent Carter
All Hail the King (Feb. 2014)Nearly 2 years after Iron Man 3, and before Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

7.2. Marvel Webisodes

Title, Release DatePlace in the MCU Timeline
WHIH Newsfront with Christine Everhart, minisodes 1 to 5 (July 2015)Just before Ant-Man
WHIH Newsfront with Christine Everhart, minisodes 6 to 10 (April 2016)Immediately before Civil War
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot, all 6 webisodes (Dec. 2016)Sometime before events of Season four of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

8. About Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is an American media franchise and shared universe centered on a series of superhero films, independently produced by Marvel Studios and based on characters that appear in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

The franchise includes comic books, short films, television series, and digital series. The shared universe, much like the original Marvel Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters.