Right now, Marvel has 20 already released movie streaming and 6 TV series, not counting the already knocking on the doors of cinemas “Captain Marvel” (this film will be the 21st in a row in the MCU timeline); to reconsider all this, probably, the whole summer vacation will not be enough.
To explode in all the timelines of the large MCU, we present you with a short description of the films that should be watched in a specific order. Thus, you will not get confused and will be able to restore the entire chronology of events. We recommend watching the films in their entirety – including the obligatory post-title scenes, which link them together into one more or less integral story.
The First Avenger (2011)
An interesting story about how skinny and seriously ill Steve Rogers turned into a strong and independent Captain America, burdened by years spent in an icy dream and the loss of his best friend – Bucky. Where will the long road of adventure lead him?
Captain Marvel (2019)
The backstory of Steve Rogers, future Captain America, is chronologically followed by the backstory of Carol Danvers, set in the 90s. The most powerful and independent female character in Marvel, the lady personally responsible for the “second citizen” in the comics, a military pilot, who has acquired superpowers thanks to an alien race. How the writers of “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame” disposed of these very superpowers, we have yet to see – but, most likely, they were well cut, because even the Scarlet Witch, a very powerful superheroine in Marvel comics, hardly uses her abilities in the MCU by a third.
Iron Man (2008)
The backstory of Iron Man – the film tells how “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” Tony Stark added the line “superhero” to his impressive resume, paying for it with shrapnel dangerously close to the heart.
“Iron Man” is a must-watch – not only because it is still probably the best story about the origin of a superhero, but also because in “Iron Man” they remind – whatever Steve Rogers grumbled much later – that Tony Stark still has a heart.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The story, as you might guess from the title, is about the origin of the Hulk, which has almost no effect on the subsequent events of the MCU – except for the appearance of the very Hulk, who after the first film was played by another actor. But in the post-credits scene, Tony Stark appears with a sacramental “I told you so” and a hint of the future team of the Avengers.
The backstory of Thor and Loki, who in Infinity War, as we now know, was destined for the dubious honor of being the first to fall at the hands of Thanos. You can ignore the girls who surround the main characters in this film – neither Jane (Natalie Portman) nor Darcy Lewis ultimately found a place in the MCU.
The Avengers (2012)
Loki, Thor’s brother, returns, and this time he is not alone. The earth is on the brink of enslavement, and only the best of the best can save humanity. Nick Fury, head of the international organization S.I.T., gathers outstanding champions of justice and goodness to repel the attack. Led by Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow go to war with the invader.
Captain America: The Other War (2014)
It is noteworthy for several points at once: firstly, this is the continuation of the history of the strong friendship between Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, secondly – a little background story of Natasha Romanoff, thirdly – the directorial debut in Marvel of the Russo brothers, who filmed “War of Infinity” and the upcoming “Final “, Fourthly – an excellent political thriller, even if we leave out all the spandex. If you don’t look, don’t miss anything critical in the overall history of the Avengers, but it’s worth watching, solely for your pleasure.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Introduces us to the Guardians team – Star-Lord, Raccoon, Groot, Gamora, Drax, and Nebula. In 2017, we recall that the sequel to the film was released – it reveals the heroes (and the backstory of Star-Lord) more vividly, but, in principle, it is not required for viewing.
The backstory of the hero Paul Rudd, who did not appear in “Avengers: Infinity War” at all – but in “Avengers: Endgame” he will play one of the most important, one might even say key roles. In any case, the history of Ant-Man will not be superfluous. Last year, after Infinity War, there was a sequel titled Ant-Man and the Wasp.