Who knew back in 2008 that Iron Man would begin an entire MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe)? True, we didn’t officially get the full established universe until later in the releases, and we can even say it really started with the Wesley Snipes Blade movies, but what a thing Kevin Feige has built, huh?
In 2018, we get arguably the most-anticipated Marvel superhero film, the ultimate crossover flick Avengers: Infinity War. The film is directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo — the pair previously helmed MCU titles Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, widely accepted as two of the best films in the franchise. The arrival of this giant team-up means many fans are wanting to revisit the rest of the movies in the MCU, and here’s a handy tip for the best order to do that in.
Maybe you’ve seen this graphic running around on Facebook or Twitter, stating if you start watching one film a week starting in January 2018, you’ll end perfectly at the Avengers: Infinity War opening weekend.
In this image, the films are listed in theatrical release order rather than the stories’ chronological timeline, so really you can pick any order you want.
Personally, I think Captain America: The First Avenger should be first, story-wise and timeline-wise, but that’s me. You could also watch everything in Phase order, as Marvel did organize everything into official ‘phases’ for release and story purposes:
Phase 1 included Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Avengers.
Phase 2 was Iron Man 3, Thor 2: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man.
Phase 3 has Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther (due out in February 2018), Avengers: Infinity War (hitting May 2018), Ant-Man and The Wasp (July 2018), Captain Marvel (March 2019), and a yet-untitled fourth Avengers film (May 2019).
There are also two post-Phase 3 films already on the MCU slate, a proposed Guardians 3 film (yes, James Gunn said he’s on board for it), and a Spider-Man sequel starring Tom Holland.
So make that popcorn, gather around the family, and start the MCU marathon.
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