We help you to chronologically order all the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (UCM), not by their release dates, but by their narrative order within fiction.
Thinking of bingeing on Marvel? Of course, you will not lack material: the Marvel Cinematic Universe (UCM) is made up of more than twenty films and two series (and going up), so we can soak up superheroes until we are satisfied. Now, surely the way in which we have seen these stories starring characters such as Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Panther ( Chadwick Boseman) and the company has been following the order in which they were released in theaters. But what if we saw them following the chronological order of history? What if internal logic told us that it is better to see a 2017 movie first and leave 2010 one for later? Actually, that’s the ideal way to experience history. And we are going to help you put them in order.
From ‘Captain America: The First Avenger to the recent ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, we put a bit of order in this sprawling MCU, going through films like ‘The Avengers’,’ Guardians of the Galaxy ‘and’ Black Panther ‘, and incorporating the series that are premiering on Disney +,’ Scarlet Witch and Vision ‘and’ Falcon and the Winter Soldier ‘, as well as the upcoming’ Black Widow ‘, Natasha Romanoff’s solo film. And watch out for what is to come: ‘The Eternals’ by Chloe Zhao, which could open a new path in the franchise, and new series in ‘streaming’ such as ‘Loki’ (with Tom Hiddleston), ‘Hawkeye’as Kate Bishop), ‘Ms. Marvel ‘(which will connect directly with the next’ Captain Marvel 2 ‘) and finally’ What if …? ‘, An animated series that imagines parallel realities, such as that Peggy Carter is Captain America. We can’t get bored!
What is clear is that it has been more than a decade in which we have seen so many characters and so many plots go by that it does not hurt, from time to time, to review everything. Here we go!
The film that kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the biggest change in Hollywood cinema. We meet Tony Stark, who will be the character that the entire franchise revolves around until ‘Avengers: Endgame’.
Synopsis: Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is dedicated to selling weapons and has it all: money, power, women… During a demonstration in Afghanistan, a powerful dealer captures him. Seriously wounded (a fragment of shrapnel is next to his heart), Stark builds an armor that keeps him alive and thanks to which he escapes. Already in the USA, he vows to use his new suit to save people.
This new version of the Hulk, after the failure of the Ang Lee film, did not convince anyone either. In addition, Edward Norton and his complicated character caused Marvel to replace him with Mark Ruffalo. Even so, it is the canon of the MCU!
Synopsis: On this occasion, Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) begins the film in Brazil, where he seeks a cure for his overexposure to gamma rays that transforms him into the Hulk. Banner flees from the army, led by General Ross (William Hurt), and the military Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), also transformed into a gigantic and powerful being, The Abomination, who after taking over the secret that turns him into a green monster. Only Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) will be by her side
Tony Stark’s second adventure and, although it was beaten by critics, it was a box office success and introduced us to Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, as well as War Machine with the face of Don Cheadle.
Synopsis: Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is reluctant to reveal the secrets of the Iron Man armor because he fears that such information it may fall into undesirable hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) by his side, Tony forges new alliances and faces powerful new forces.
Introducing Thor, Loki (the most famous villain in all the movies) and even Hawkeye in a minor role. In addition, Natalie Portman is around, who after years of being missing in the UCM will return in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’.
Synopsis: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless acts reignite an ancient war. As a consequence, Thor is punished to be sent to Earth, where he is forced to live among humans. When the most dangerous villain in his world dispatches the darkest forces of Asgard, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero.
It is not the first film produced by Marvel but it is the first film that you must see in order to understand the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since it is set in World War II.
Synopsis: Focuses on the early days of the Marvel Universe, when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to take part in an experimental program that turns him into the super-soldier known as Captain America. Rogers teams up with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evildoers of the HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).
The culmination of Phase 1 is this epic with one of the best-choreographed final fights in recent years. We get to know the dynamics of the characters… and Thanos, in the post-credits scene.
Synopsis: Represents the most spectacular gathering of superheroes ever seen. An unexpected enemy threatens to endanger global security, so Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, urgently needs to find a team to save the world. from the greatest disaster.
The film helped forge the relationship between Iron Man and Pepper Potts, as well as to understand a little more the troubled Tony Stark after the events of ‘The Avengers’.
Synopsis: Shut down by the government, Aldrich Killian’s (Guy Pearce) biological experiments to perfect humans find a patron in the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). But his dark intentions will find an enemy: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)
This movie would work perfectly as an independent of the entire MCU, except for one thing: we know one of the Infinity Stones, which in the movie is called Ether.
Synopsis: Marvel’s ‘Thor: The Dark World’ is the big-screen continuation of the adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger as he fights to save Earth and the Nine Realms from a dark enemy that predates the universe itself.
It was a total revolution in the MCU. Thanks to this installment, we not only meet Bucky Barnes (vital in the future Marvel), but we also discover one of the most dramatic scripts twists in recent years with the real identity of SHIELD
Synopsis: Two years after the battle of New York in which The Avengers saved the world, Captain America (Chris Evans) faces the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), an enemy closely connected to his past. A challenge that will lead him to uncover, together with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), a murky plot in the very heart of SHIELD
Quite a risky bet from Marvel but it worked out perfectly. He introduces us to several superheroes totally unknown to the general public and gets us to instantly love them. In addition, it helps us to know a little more about Thanos, the great enemy in the shadow.
Synopsis: Fearless adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is the target of a relentless bounty hunter after stealing a mysterious sphere. In order to escape the tireless Ronan, Quill is forced to make a complicated truce with a quarter of crazy misfits: Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a raccoon armed with a rifle, Groot (Vin Diesel), a tree-shaped humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and the vengeful Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista).
This film also represented a before and after in the future marvelita: the Avengers dissolve, we meet Vision and the Scarlet Witch… and the romance between Black Widow and Hulk.
Synopsis: After the fall of SHIELD, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) creates Ultron (James Spader), an artificial security system to protect Earth. When he becomes aware and rebels against his creator, The Avengers must destroy him before he annihilates Humanity.
Like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, this film works independently, since it is a closed and self-concluding story that shows us the character of Scott Lang and his conversion into Ant-Man.
Synopsis: Armed with a super-suit that allows him to reduce his size, increase his strength and communicate with insects, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) becomes the unexpected pupil of Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Along with his daughter, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), Lang must plan a robbery in the laboratory of scientist Darren Cross (Corey Stoll).
Another vital delivery to understand what is to come. Reunion of the Avengers (except Hulk and Thor), and start of the fight between Captain America and Iron Man because of the so-called Sokovia Accords, who wants to control the superheroes. Tony Stark agrees. Steve Rogers no.
Synopsis: After another international incident involving the Avengers causes collateral damage, political pressure forces to put in place a system to purge responsibilities and a governing body that determines when to call on the services of the team. The new status quo divides the Avengers as they try to protect the world from a new villain.
Presentation of the character of Stephen Strange, in addition to knowing the operation of the Infinity Stones and how the different realities work.
Synopsis: Follow the story of neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who, after a terrible traffic accident, his hands are shattered and he will begin a physical and spiritual journey to recover. Thus, discover the hidden world of magical dimensions.
If you want to stay in chronological order, this is the next movie you must see. The two installments work perfectly independently of the UCM, since they do not take place on Earth, and none of their characters interact with those we already know.
Synopsis: Still savoring the success of their latest adventure, the Guardians of the Galaxy come to the rescue of Sovereign, a planet populated by genetically perfect beings threatened by the fearsome monster Obelisk. Their adventures will also take them to Berhert, where Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), after years of searching for him, will find his father, Ego (Kurt Russell).
Another presentation film, although not of the character, but of the actor who plays him, since at least we get rid of seeing again the story of how the spider bites Peter Parker. Although we have already seen him in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, here we really know him.
Synopsis: A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) begins to experience his newfound identity as the superhero Spider-Man. After his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his aunt (Marisa Tomei). Under the watchful eye of his supervisor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) Peter tries to maintain a normal life but the new villain Vulture (Michael Keaton) breaks into his daily routine and with him, the most important of Peter’s life will be threatened.
In this third installment of Thor’s adventures, not only do we meet Loki again, but we also discover where the Hulk was hiding, we witness Thor’s change of look… and its ending connects directly with the beginning of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’.
Synopsis: Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer. His goal is to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarok because it would mean the destruction of his home planet and the end of the Asgardian civilization at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the relentless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first, he will have to survive a deadly gladiatorial competition that pits him against his ally and partner in the Avengers, the Hulk.
Introductory film of the character, which we first met in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, and which also works as a standalone story. As a curiosity: it is the first time that the hero changes his mind thanks to the villain.
Synopsis: T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is the leader of the kingdom of Wakanda, an ultra-advanced African nation. This country has the only deposit of Vibranium, a metal capable of absorbing sonic vibrations and with which weapons can be made. T’Challa must defend his country from the attack of the enemies who want to seize the powerful metal.
First of the two installments that will culminate Phase 3 of Marvel, in addition to the first 10 years of history of the MCU. We finally know the motivations of Thanos and we see all the heroes on the screen (it is that not one is missing… well, yes… one yes). His ending still hurts the hearts of thousands of fans.
Synopsis: The Avengers and their superhero allies must be willing to sacrifice everything in an attempt to defeat the mighty Thanos (Josh Brolin) before his barrage of devastation and ruin ends the entire universe thanks to the power of the Infinity Stones. that you are collecting throughout the universe.
Sequel to ‘Ant-Man’, which returns to work as an independent film except for two things: we know more about the Quantum Kingdom, which will be vital for the development of ‘Avengers: Endgame’, and because of the post-credits scene, it is better not to see it for now. Then we explain why.
Synopsis: After “Captain America: Civil War”, Scott Lang deals with the consequences of his choices as a superhero and father. As he struggles to balance his home life and his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he is confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must put the suit back on and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.
The movie is the origin story of Captain Marvel, and not only is it set in the 90s, but it will lay the groundwork for everything that happens in Phase 4. Chronologically, you should view it in this order.
Synopsis: Set in the 90s, the plot follows the adventures of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), a powerful warrior who tries to mediate a conflict between two alien races that has ended up arriving on Earth.
Culmination of all the above, and whose end opens a new path towards what will come to us from now on, laying the foundations of what is known as Phase 4. It’s the most ambitious superhero reunion ever seen, and (although battling ‘Avatar’) it became the highest grossing movie of all time.
Synopsis: After what happened in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, the surviving marvel group will do everything possible to solve the terrible blow of Thanos, which has eliminated half of humanity.
The sequel to ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ serves to introduce us to Mysterio, and explain a little what happened in the UCM after the return of all the characters that disappeared because of Thanos’ click in ‘Avengers: Endgame’, from the that separate her eight months.
Synopsis: After the events seen in ‘Avengers: Endgame’, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) does what he can to adapt to the new world. To do this, he is about to take a vacation traveling through Europe together with his high school classmates but, after several attacks by creatures called Elementals, he will be forced to help Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and company to save the planet. .. again.