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Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline

The Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline illustrates the recommended viewing order of major MCU movies and TV series.

Jun 16, 2017

10 min read

Last updated on February 6, 2024

Having a tough time figuring out how to watch the Marvel movies in order? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one! The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is an incredibly complex and interwoven set of superhero stories peppered with time travel and retconning. As of such, both diehard fans and those who’ve recently acquired a taste for the genre can sometimes get confused about the sequence of events.

Nevertheless, an overview of the MCU timeline is essential for understanding how each story fits in the bigger picture, as well as the intricate connections between them. To lend a helping hand, we’ve harnessed the neutron star-like powers of Office Timeline and brought into existence an easy-to-read map of the Marvel movies in chronological order – and of the TV series as well. Enjoy!

How to watch the Marvel movies in chronological order

With all the time-travel and flashbacks, watching the Marvel movies in order can become tricky even for diehard fans of the franchise. To lend a helping hand and address the abounding disagreements, we’ve run a proverbial red thread through the narratives and created the MCU timeline of big screen productions.

Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) TV shows timeline

If you’re just looking to watch the movies in chronological order, here’s how you can do it:

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger
  2. Iron Man
  3. The Incredible Hulk
  4. Iron Man 2
  5. Thor
  6. The Avengers
  7. Iron Man 3
  8. Thor: The Dark World
  9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy
  11. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
  12. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  13. Ant-Man
  14. Captain America: Civil War
  15. Doctor Strange
  16. Black Widow
  17. Black Panther
  18. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  19. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  20. Captain Marvel 
  21. Thor: Ragnarok
  22. Avengers: Infinity War
  23. Avengers: Endgame
  24. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  25. Eternals
  26. Spider-Man: Far from Home
  27. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  28. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  29. Thor: Love and Thunder
  30. Werewolf by Night
  31. Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
  32. Guardians of the Galaxy 3
  33. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
  34. The Marvels

Bonus: How to watch the Marvel TV series in order

The TV series are, with some exceptions, relatively coherent with the Marvel timeline, but showrunners are trying to break free from constraints of the movie narrative and grow their stories independently. Our goal is to touch on the major, canon releases without delving outside of the established franchise.

Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies timeline

FAQs about the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Let’s explore some of the most frequently asked questions related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

How we built the MCU timeline

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline was made with the help of Office Timeline, a professional project management solution that allows you to create visually appealing timelines, Gantt charts and roadmaps in a matter of minutes.

You can download the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline as a PowerPoint file and either move the shapes by hand or use the Office Timeline free 14-day trial to update the timeline automatically.

Eddy is Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer for Office Timeline, building a user-friendly but powerful app that makes timelines, Gantt charts and roadmaps directly in PowerPoint.

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