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The Best Way to Watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War has been released and it completely surpassed fans expectations. The trailer set a new record as the most watched movie trailer in 24 hours with over 230 million views. Now that fans have gotten a sneak peek at the culmination of what 10 year’s worth of Marvel films have led up to, it’s time to properly prepare for Avengers: Infinity War, which will be released on May 4th, 2018. With that said, here is the order you should watch all 18 MCU movies in.


Iron Man

The Incredible Hulk

Iron Man 2


Captain America: The First Avenger

The Avengers

Iron Man 3

Thor: The Dark World

Guardians of the Galaxy

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Avengers: Age of Ultron


Captain America: Civil War

Doctor Strange

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Thor: Ragnarok

Black Panther

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)


Now, there is some controversy about what the best order is to watch the movies. We believe this is the best order to watch the movie for several reasons. First, we have to remember that Tony Stark was the start to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he introduced us to this world, that is why you should watch Iron Man first. Many sources claim that Captain America: The First Avenger is the first movie to watch movie because it takes place 50 years earlier than Iron Man, but that’s incorrect, why? Because of the end credit scenes.

Every Marvel film has at least one to two end credit scenes. These scenes range from teasers for sequels, trailers for the next movie to be released or even a scene for the next movie. With that being said, people forget that in Captain America: The First Avenger end credit scene, it is the first trailer for Avengers, which is why it cannot be watched first. If someone who started off with Captain America watched the entire film including end credits, they would be confused as to who everyone is (Iron Man, Thor, Hulk etc.) because they did not watch the four films that should be seen before it.

The way the films have been released is the optimal order to watch them, because each film has a teaser for what’s coming next, and because the way each film is released follows Marvel’s planned out timeline. For example, Spiderman: Homecoming makes references to the two Avengers films to show how what it’s like living in a modern world with superheroes. They show the Avengers tower damaged and Adrian Toomes’ (the Vulture) cleaning crew taking care of all the galactic equipment left behind after the first Avengers film. They also make a reference to the “Sokovia Accords” which were put in place during Captain America: Civil War after the events in Sokovia from Avengers: Age of Ultron.


With that being said, Thor: Ragnorok is still in theaters so, go see it if you haven’t. The next film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Black Panther, which will be released in February 2018, then finally Avengers: Infinity War on May 4th, 2018. Until then, happy binge-watching!


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