Across more than a decade and an incredible number of films, TV shows, web series, and one-shots, the MCU has sprawled in size, and even for the most ardent Marvel fans it’s a serious challenge to both watch everything and keep your head around the timeline.

We’ve put together a chronological timeline of the Marvel movies, shows, and more, so you know which order to watch the Marvel movies in. Alternatively, if you'd prefer to watch them in the order that they actually came out, we've also put together a release date order for all the shows and films. 

Marvel has also issued its own official timeline for the movies in the book Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years, which does its best to give specific years for when the various films are set (up to, but not including, Captain Marvel & Avengers: Endgame):

  • 1943-1945: Captain America: The First Avenger
  • 1995: Captain Marvel
  • 2010: Iron Man
  • 2011: Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor
  • 2012: The Avengers, Iron Man 3
  • 2013: Thor: The Dark World
  • 2014: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • 2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man
  • 2016: Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • 2016/2017: Doctor Strange
  • 2017: Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man & the Wasp

We also have a similar article for watching all of the Spider-Man films in order

How to watch the Marvel movies and TV shows in chronological order

There are a couple of disclaimers to our list below. First up, the timeline gets more complex as it goes on, so it gets harder to order the films perfectly. For example, Doctor Strange begins just before Captain America: Civil War, but takes a time jump and ends way after it, while Black Panther kicks off shortly after Civil War, but the whole story likely plays out before the bulk of Doctor Strange.

It doesn’t help that Marvel broke its own timeline. There are a few little inconsistencies dotted around the place, but the most egregious is Spider-Man: Homecoming, which claims to take place eight years after the New York attack in the first Avengers. That would set the film in 2020 - two or three years after Avengers: Infinity War, which Marvel itself claims is set in 2017 despite ample evidence that the Snap took place in the spring of 2018.

It’s a pretty minor gaffe in the scheme of things, but it’s a reminder not to take the MCU’s chronological timeline too seriously - even Marvel itself can’t keep it all straight, so as long as you watch things in about the right order you’ll be fine.

If you want the visual cliff notes, Marvel has now released every single post-credit scene up to Endgame (including Captain Marvel's) in order in one giant Twitter thread, so you can revisit every little tease as they built the MCU up.

We've split everything into Marvel's 'phases', but there are some grey areas: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was made within Phase Three, but is set almost immediately after its predecessor; Captain Marvel was one of the final Phase Three films, but is set before most of Phase One, and some of the TV shows sit awkwardly between the different movie phases.

In addition, though Marvel claims that Spider-Man: Far From Home is the last film in Phase Three, it takes place after the first two Disney+ shows - so we've adjusted the order to accommodate for this. 

Without further ado, here’s our chronological ordering of the Marvel film universe as it stands right now. The films are in bold, TV shows are not. You can watch the majority of the films and shows by signing up for Disney Plus, with the exception of the Spider-Man films, the Netflix Marvel shows and a few other titles - these are marked with an asterisk. You can also find the full list in our complete guide to Marvel on Disney Plus.

You can also buy the box sets of all the phases from HMV and Amazon in the UK, and Walmart and Amazon in the US. 

Phase One

Iron Man

Phase Two

  • Item 47 (one-shot — Avengers DVD/Blu-ray)*
  • Iron Man 3
  • All Hail the King (one-shot – Thor: The Dark World DVD/Blu-ray)*
  • Agents of Shield (season one: episodes 1 — 7)
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Agents of Shield (season one: episodes 8 — 16)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Agents of Shield (season one: episodes 17 — 22)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Daredevil (season one)*
  • Agents of Shield (season two: episodes 1 — 19)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Agents of Shield (season two: episodes 20 — 22)
  • Ant-Man
  • Jessica Jones (season one)*
  • Daredevil (season two)*
  • Agents of Shield (season three: episodes 1 — 19)

Captain America Winter Soldier

Phase Three

  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Black Widow
  • Agents of Shield (season three: episodes 20 — 22)
  • Luke Cage (season one)*
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming*
  • Agents of Shield (season four: episodes 1 — 8)
  • Doctor Strange
  • Agents of Shield: Slingshot (web series)*
  • Agents of Shield (season four: episodes 9 — 22)
  • Black Panther
  • Iron Fist (season one)*
  • The Defenders (season one)*
  • Inhumans
  • The Punisher (season one)*
  • Runaways (season one and two)
  • Jessica Jones (season two)*
  • Cloak and Dagger (season one)*
  • Luke Cage (season two)*
  • Iron Fist (season two)*
  • Daredevil (season three)*
  • The Punisher (season two)*
  • Jessica Jones (season three)*
  • Cloak and Dagger (season two)*
  • Runaways (season three)*
  • Agents of Shield (season five, episodes 1 — 19)
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Agents of Shield (season five, episodes 20 - 22)
  • Agents of Shield (season six)
  • Agents of Shield (season seven)
  • Avengers: Endgame

Phase Four 

  • WandaVision
  • The Falcon And The Winter Soldier
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home*
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Eternals
  • Loki (Read below)
  • What If...? (Read below)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home*
  • Hawkeye

* - not available on Disney Plus

Spider-Man

It's worth noting that Loki takes place in its own separate branch of time. Technically, the first episode picks up during 2012 in the Battle of New York. However, seeing as the scene that Loki time-travels from is in Avengers: Endgame, the show makes a lot more sense in the context of all the other films as it deals with topics such as the Infinity Stones. 

What If...? also features stories that are scattered throughout the MCU timeline. Again, the show needs the context of previous films in order to make sense. 

Finally, Spider-Man: No Way Home does draw on other Spider-Man universe films, but we have not included these in the official MCU timeline. 

How to watch the Marvel films and TV series in release date order

If you'd prefer to watch the films and series in the order which they released, then this is a lot less complicated. We've listed below everything that has come out so far in the MCU. For the TV series, we've listed the date from when the first episode took place, and for how long the show was on the air. 

We haven't included the DVD shorts on here - you'll be able to find them with each of the movies, or on Disney+. As with the above list, the movies are marked in bold. 

  • Iron Man (2008)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Agents of Shield (2013-2020)
  • Thor 2 (2013)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Agent Carter (2015-2016)
  • Daredevil (2015-2018) 
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • Jessica Jones (2015-2019)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Luke Cage (2016-2018)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Iron Fist (2017-2018)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. II (2017)
  • Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)
  • The Defenders (2017)
  • Inhumans (2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • The Punisher (2017-2019)
  • Runaways (2017-2019)
  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Cloak and Dagger (2018-2019)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  • Captain Marvel (2019)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  • Spiderman: Far From Home (2019)
  • WandaVision (2021)
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)
  • Loki (2021)
  • Black Widow (2021)
  • What If...? (2021)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
  • Eternals (2021)
  • Hawkeye (2021)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Shang-Chi

All the upcoming Marvel movies and TV shows 

There's still a lot more to come in Phase Four, with several films and series due to release in 2022. You can find further descriptions of everything in our guide to Marvel's Phase Four

Some of the shows and movies confirmed may also slot into Phase Five - we don't know for certain yet. Here's what's on the way, and the confirmed release dates we have:

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (cinema release 6 May 2022)
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (cinema release 8 July 2022 )
  • Ms. Marvel (Summer 2022)
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (cinema release 11 November 2022)
  • The Marvels (cinema release 17 February 2023)
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (Holiday 2022)
  • She-Hulk (2022)
  • Moon Knight (2022)
  • Secret Invasion (2022)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (cinema release 5 May 2023)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (cinema release 28 July 2023)
  • Loki season 2
  • Ironheart
  • Armor Wars
  • I Am Groot
  • Blade
  • Fantastic Four
  • X-Men '97
  • Echo
  • Spider-Man: Freshman Year
  • Agatha: House of Harkness
  • Marvel Zombies

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