With “Black Widow” releasing in November this year, as well as this never-ending lockdown, an Avengers movie marathon seems apt. We, at The Hollywood Tribune, have carefully curated the right order for you!
First time watching the Avengers Saga?
If you have not seen much of the Marvel movies, our best suggestion for you would be to watch them in the order that it was released. It showcases the massive glow-up of the cinematic masterpieces produced by the Marvel Studios, right from production to casting. The studio released 23 movies, separating them into three phases. These phases are supposed to narrate different parts of the entire Infinity Saga.
Here’s the list of movies in the order in which they were released:
- Iron Man (2008)
- The Incredible Hulk (2008)
- Iron Man 2 (2010)
- Thor (2011)
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
- The Avengers (2012)
- Thor 2 (2013)
- Iron Man 3 (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. II (2017)
- Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
- Black Panther (2018)
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
- Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
- Captain Marvel (2019)
- Avengers: Endgame (2019)
- Spiderman: Far From Home (2019)
But if you’re someone who has to be informed about the backstory of movies, which are continuative, then this might not be the right order for you! You might go crazy not having all the puzzle pieces figured out. Does that mean you don’t watch the movies? Uh, No. We have just the right order for you! Without any major spoilers!
The Avengers Saga: Chronological Order
While the first movie in this series is Iron Man (2008), when we look at it from an internal timeline perspective, events in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) takes place first, during World War II.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
This movie was the fifth Marvel Studio movie to be released. But as mentioned earlier, it is set in the early 1940s. The movie revolves around a patriotic Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans) who volunteers himself to be transformed into a super-soldier. He then fights Hydra and its leader, the Red Skull (played by Hugo Weaving). This movie also features the introduction of the first Infinity stone, the space stone in the form of the Tesseract.
Captain Marvel (2019)
Although the movie was released pretty late, we see in Captain Marvel, and Carol Danvers fights aliens during the 90s. Carol (played by Brie Larson) is a Kree warrior who teams up with Nick Fury (played by Samuel L Jackson) of S.H.I.E.L.D to protect the earth from falling apart.
Iron Man (2008)
The first movie released in the franchise ranks third when it comes to chronology. It revolves around business tycoon-turned-superhero Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.). Tony Stark, of the famous Stark industry, gets captured by terrorists threatening him to design his latest weapons for them. Tony designs a suit, the first Iron Man suit to escape them.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
The first Iron Man movie ends right where this movie begins. Tony is pressurized to share his invention with the government, which he denies to do so. New threats also pop up to destroy peace. This movie also introduces Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) and War Machine (played by Don Cheadle).
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
This movie comes right after Iron Man 2 because the post-credit scene in Iron Man 2 shows events that indicate the significance of time. General Thunderbolt Ross (played by William Hurt) is on the hunt for Bruce Banner (initially played by Edward Norton and later replaced by Mark Ruffalo in 2012). Realizing the near-zero probability of that happening, he decides to create his own “Hulk”, resulting in a mishap.
Showing us a new realm, Asgard, Thor revolves around, well, Thor- The God of Lightning (played by Chris Hemsworth). Thor’s dad, Odin (played by Anthony Hopkins) banishes him to earth because of his unacceptable behaviour. He has to prove himself worthy to his dad before Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston) establishes control, and ultimately leads Asgard to ruins.
The Avengers (2012)
The first movie of the series which features all the superhero powers uniting to fight Loki, who now wields the Tesseract and is also backed by the Chitauri.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
The last standalone movie of Tony Stark shows the events that take place about 6 months after the battle in New York City (as seen in The Avengers). This movie shows the effects that the battle has had on Tony, majorly damaging his mental health, and how he copes.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
After proving himself worthy, Asgard sees the return of Thor. Asgard also sees the return of the ancient Dark Elves, who were assumed to be extinct. This movie is also the first time we see the Reality stone (one of the Infinity stones) in the form of Aether, created by Malekith, the leader of the Dark Elves (played by Christopher Eccleston).
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Steve has now joined hands with S.H.I.E.L.D. Together with Black Widow; he has to tackle a new assassin in town. This movie introduces The Falcon (played by Anthonie Mackie).
Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt) accidentally discovers a powerful orb that Ronan (played by Lee Pace), the Accuser is after. Becoming allies with a complicated set of characters, Peter has to stop Ronan from unleashing Hell. This movie is the first time we see the Power Stone.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
Taking place right after the events of the first GOTG movie, we continue to see Peter’s character development. Now forced to face his apparent dad, Ego (played by Kurt Russell), the team has to save the world, again!
The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
A mistake by Tony Stark and Bruce Banners now costs the world. Forced to reunite, the Avengers have to fight Ultron (voiced by James Spader). The movie introduces the Scarlet Witch (played by Elizabeth Olson), Quicksilver (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Vision (played by Paul Bettany).
Ant Man (2015)
Wearing a futuristic suit, Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd) is recruited by Hank Pym (played by Michael Douglas) in order to prevent the suit being weaponized.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
The Avengers are now split into groups because Steve is in favour of saving his long lost best friend, Bucky Barnes (played by Sebastian Stan). The movie introduces Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland).
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
This movie lines up right after Civil War as it opens with Peter discussing with Tony about the incidents in Civil War. Peter has to deal with the regulars of being a freshman in high-school along with battling the Vulture (played by Michael Keaton) who makes illegal weapons using tech collected from the battle against aliens in NYC ( events from the first Avengers movie).
Doctor Strange (2018)
Stephen Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) is a world-class neurosurgeon who loses his ability to use his hands in a car accident. He searches the world for a cure, when he finally stumbles across one. This movie is the first time we get a glimpse at the Time Stone.
Black Panther (2019)
Tchalla (played by Chadwick Boseman) returns to Wakanda after the loss of his father due to a bombing. When he is going to be crowned as king, Eric KIllmonger (played by Michael B Jordan) poses a threat.
Ant Man and The Wasp (2018)
Scott Lang returns, but in house arrest due to his siding with Captain America in Civil War. He is again called upon by Pym, who has hopes of saving his wife lost in the quantum realm.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
After being brutally defeated by Hella ( (played by Cate Blanchett), the God of Lightening finds himself fighting, gladiator style, against Bruce, who has been MIA since fighting Ultron.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Thanos (played by Josh Brolin) comes out of hiding finally, with his ultimate goal of destroying exactly half of the universe. The Avengers must stop him before it gets too late.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Five years after the tragic ending of Infinity War, the troop discovers a slim chance of undoing the damage done. The Avengers reunite, one final time.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
This is the first movie that gives us an idea of the world after Endgame. Peter goes on a field trip to Europe where he is approached by Nick Fury and Mysterio (played by Jake Gyllenhal) to stop the elementals.
There you have it, the CORRECT order of watching the Avengers Saga. Hope you enjoy your marathon along with getting prepared to watch the much-awaited Black Widow movie in theatres. P.S: Never skip the post-credit scenes.
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