Here’s the order in which you should watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Movies only – there are a few T.V. shows that you could throw in the mix, but for the most part the movies are all you need to be completely caught up before Avengers: Endgame.
1) Captain Marvel – Origin story for Captain Marvel portrayed by Brie Larson who **SPOILERS** is paged at the end of Avengers: Infinity War by Nick Fury and becomes relevant in Avengers: Endgame as seen in a post credit scene at the end of Captain Marvel. Also gives us the origin of the Avengers initiative and the reason why Nick Fury lost an eye – but I won’t spoil that for you. 🙂
2) Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – Origin story for Captain America and the first movie Chris Evans stars in.
3) Iron Man (2008) – Origin story of Iron Man and the first movie in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) starring Robert Downey Jr.
4) The Incredible Hulk (2008) – The second entry into the MCU setting up the origin story of the Hulk played by it’s first actor Edward Norton.
5) Iron Man 2 (2010) – The sequel to Iron Man, this movie progresses the character arc of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and introduces us to War Machine.
6) Thor (2011) – Origin story of Thor portrayed by Chris Hemsworth – not the best film in the MCU but necessary to understand who Loki is and his motivations which become relevant in the first Avengers movie.
7) Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) – The first Avengers movie that pretty much sets up the entire meta-plot of the rest of the MCU with our first sneak peek at Thanos in a post credit scene and the first real usage of an infinity stone by Loki.
8) Iron Man 3 (2013) – The big takeaway from this movie is Tony getting the shrapnel out of his heart finally (YAY!) and setting up the plot for the second Avengers movie with the introduction of J.A.R.V.I.S. who later inherits the Mind Stone.
9) Thor: The Dark World (2013) – Introduction to our second Infinity Stone in the form of the Tessaract and a bit of family drama between Thor, Loki and Odin – necessary to build Thor’s character arc.
10) Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014) – Introduces Cap’s pal and friend Buck and sets up the plot to Civil War – crucial to the MCU story.
11) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Origin story for Starlord (Peter Quill) portrayed by Chris Pratt and his squad – overall a fun and engaging film well worth your watch.
12) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – Continues Peter Quill’s story, giving us the origin of who he really is and “transcending” him in terms of super-hero strength/ability.
13) Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – Completes J.A.R.V.I.N.S. character arc transformation into Vision with the help of the Mind Stone and introduces us to Wanda, further develops Thor’s story line as well.
14) Ant-Man (2015) – Origin film for Scott Lang (Ant Man) portrayed by Paul Rudd who will be a major player in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame as one of only a few super-heroes left unsnapped.
15) Captain America: Civil War (2016) – OH BOY WHERE DO WE START – Spider Man is introduced to us, Iron Man and Captain America all out duel each other, sides must be chose – one of the best films in the MCU hands down, a must watch.
16) Black Panther (2018) – Origin story for the Black Panther portrayed by Chadwick Boseman featuring Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger – the visuals and story of this movie are absolutely moving and make this a must watch.
17) Doctor Strange (2016) – Origin story for Dr. Strange portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch giving us his back story and progression to super-hero and important information in regards to the Time Stone.
18) Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – Origin story for our boy Peter Parker (Spiderman) portrayed by Tom Holland giving us a fresh new reboot of our favorite web slinger (R.I.P. Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst you’ll always be our spidey boy and Mary Jane with that epic upside down kiss).
19) Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Potentially the best non-Avengers MCU movie to date, this fun action packed Thor movie really lets Chris Hemsworth express himself and become Thor. Absolutely recommend watching this movie.
20) Ant-Man & the Wasp (2018) – Introduces to Ant-Man’s kickass new partner and opens up the MCU for some timey-wimey craziness involving the quantum realm that should be relevant in Avengers: Endgame.
21) Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – **SPOILERS** Where we are currently in the MCU with Thanos having acquired all six Infinity Stones and snapping half of all life in the universe out of existence. Sets us up for Avengers: Endgame and the remaining Avengers saving those lost.
And this is the best way to watch the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe in order.