Which Marvel movies should you watch before Avengers: Endgame?

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It’s one of the most anticipated films of 2019 and with Avengers: Endgame now out in cinemas, it’s time for a bit of a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) refresher.

This film, currently expected to be the last in the ‘Avengers’ series, is already looking to set new box office records, after setting a new record for first-day ticket sales on 2 April. Whether you’re a Marvel fanatic or more of an intermittent viewer, and you’re looking for a bit of a refresher, the good news is that you can now stream most of the MCU films on Disney+.

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  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel & National Geographic
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices
  • Prepay for a yearly subscription and save on the monthly cost

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What is the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, floating through space, or perhaps you’ve been stuck on the planet Sakaar, the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we currently know it started with the first ‘Phase 1’ film, Iron Man (starring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man/Tony Stark), which premiered back in 2008.

While characters from various Marvel comics have been depicted in both movies and TV shows for decades — including a string of Spider Man movies, X-Men films and various film and TV iterations of The Hulk — the MCU was a more cohesive approach, similar to how many of the comic books work. The idea was that the various characters would have their own stand-alone films, but with cross-over storylines and with each ‘phase’ culminating with a film in the Avengers franchise, where many of these characters would come together to fight a big villain.

Currently, the MCU can be split up into three ‘Phases’, with Avengers: Endgame set to be the second-last in ‘Phase 3’ after it was recently confirmed that Spider-Man: Far From Home to be the last in Phase 3. If this sounds a bit confusing, think of the different phases as chapters of an overarching story.

  • MCU Phase 1: The introduction and origin stories of characters Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and Captain America, with the first Avengers film bringing these characters together.
  • MCU Phase 2: Further expansion of the MCU with the introduction of Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, setting more plot into motion for Phase 3.
  • MCU Phase 3: More character introduction and MCU expansion, including new characters Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Black Panther and Captain Marvel, with story lines crossing over to establish the overall plot for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

How to watch the Marvel movies before Avengers: Endgame

If you’re looking to binge watch every Marvel movie as a refresher (because let’s face it, there are a lot of them), there is good news! Aussie Marvel fans can catch up on 20 of the Marvel films on Disney+. As streaming platform owns Marvel assets, you’ll be able to catch most of the MCU on Disney+.

Avengers: Endgame Poster
Source: marvel.com

Which order should I watch the Marvel movies in?

If you’re ready to strap yourself in for Marvel movie binge session, watching the films in the right order is really important, especially once you hit the Phase 2 and Phase 3 films where the story and important plot points start to cross over in the movies.

Marvel Movies (MCU) Phase 1 order:

  • Iron Man
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man 2
  • Thor
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Marvel’s The Avengers

Marvel Movies (MCU) Phase 2 order:

  • Iron Man 3
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ant-Man

Marvel Movies (MCU) Phase 3 order:

  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Black Panther
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Captain Marvel
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home

It’s worth noting that this is the order that the films were released, which isn’t always the chronological timeline of when the movies take place. If you’re more interested in a chronological viewing of the Marvel films in order of story, the order will change around a bit:

  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Captain Marvel
  • Iron Man
  • Iron Man 2
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Thor
  • Marvel’s The Avengers
  • Iron Man 3
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ant-Man
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Doctor Strange
  • Black Panther
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home

If you are new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or have missed a lot of these movies, you might be safest sticking with the order in which they were released, as outlined in the three Phases. These movies have been released to create an overall cohesive story, so sticking with the release order is more in line with the order that the creators wanted audiences to view the films.

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