I am a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I recently introduced the series to my three children. Instead of watching the films according to release date, we viewed the twenty-three current films in chronological order starting with Captain America: The First Avenger and ending with Spider-Man: Far from Home. If you have not yet watched all the movies or want to take in the franchise again, chronological is the only way to go. Warning: The following movie descriptions contain spoilers.
Captain America: The First Avenger takes place during World War II and introduces Captain America (Steve Rogers), James Buchanan (Bucky) Barnes, Agent Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, Red Skull (Johann Schmidt), Arnim Zola, and the Tesseract.
Agent Carter (television series) begins in 1946 and follows Agent Peggy Carter in her work as an SSR agent after World War II. The show introduces Edwin Jarvis, Howard Stark’s butler.
Captain Marvel introduces Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), Nick Fury, Phil Coulson, and the Kree-Skrull War.
Spider-Man introduces Peter Parker, a teenager who develops superhero abilities after being bitten by a genetically-engineered super spider. After his Uncle Ben is murdered, Peter decides to use his new powers to protect New York City from the Green Goblin. The first iteration of the Spider-Man universe introduces Mary-Jane Watson, Aunt May, and industrialist Norman Osborn and his son Harry Osborn.
Spider-Man 2 is the second film in the first iteration of the Spider-Man universe. Spider-Man battles scientist Otto Octavius who becomes Dr. Octopus after four mechanical tentacles fuse to his spine during a disastrous fusion-based experiment.
Spider-Man 3 is the third film in the first iteration of the Spider-Man universe. The film features Norman Osborn as the second Green Goblin, Sandman, Eddie Brock, and Venom.
The Amazing Spider-Man is the first film in the second iteration of the Spider-Man universe. Peter Parker again gains powers when he is bitten by a genetically-engineered spider at Oscorp. Spider-Man fights to save New York City from Dr. Curt Connors who becomes the Lizard after an experiment-gone-wrong. Gwen Stacy is Peter’s love interest.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the first film in the second iteration of the Spider-Man universe. Spider-Man must save New York City and Gwen Stacy from Max Dillon who becomes Electro after falling in a tank of genetically-engineered electric eels and Harry Osborn who becomes the Green Goblin. The film explores Peter’s parents’ history and briefly introduces the villain Rhino.
Iron Man introduces Tony Stark, the late Howard Stark’s son, as Iron Man as well as Happy Hogan, Pepper Potts, and James (Rhodey) Rhodes. Iron Man battles Iron Monger.
Iron Man 2 continues the story of Iron Man and introduces Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff) and James Rhodes as War Machine. Iron Man battles Whiplash.
The Incredible Hulk introduces Bruce Banner who becomes The Hulk after a military scheme to reinvigorate the Super-Soldier program that created Captain America through gamma radiation and General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. The Hulk battles The Abomination.
Thor introduces Thor, Loki, Odin, Jane Foster, Erik Selvig, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), and Mjolnir when Odin banishes Thor to Earth. Thor must prove himself worthy before his brother Loki takes the throne as king in Asgard.
The Avengers follows Nick Fury, Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, and Black Widow who work together to save the world when Loki steals the Tesseract and mind controls Hawkeye and Erik Selvig. Thanos makes his first appearance.
Iron Man 3 follows Tony Stark after the events unleashed by Loki in New York City. Iron Man must save his loved ones from the Mandarin, the sinister head of the terrorist organization known as The Ten Rings, and Aldrich Killian of Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM).
Watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 E1 “Pilot” through S1 E7 “The Hub” here.
Thor: The Dark World follows Thor as he saves Jane Foster from the Aether and fights against the Dark Elf Malekith, a member of an ancient race who has returned to plunge the universe back into darkness. Thor partners with his brother Loki to save Earth and Asgard.
Watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 E8 “The Well” through S1 E16 “End of the Beginning” here.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier introduces Falcon and Black Widow. Captain America and Black Widow strive to unravel a conspiracy that threatens the safety of the entire world.
Watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 E17 “Turn Turn Turn” through S2 E19 “The Dirty Half Dozen” here.
Guardians of the Galaxy introduces Peter Quill (Star-Lord), Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot along with Nebula and Ronan the Accuser. The ragtag band of misfits battle to protect a mysterious orb from Nebula, Ronan, and ultimately Thanos.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 follows Peter Quill as he uncovers his true parentage. Old foes become new friends.
Avengers: Age of Ultron introduces Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff), Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff), and Vision and follows Tony Stark as he attempts to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes must stop Ultron from enacting his terrible plan. Ulysses Klaue makes his first appearance.
Watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S2 E20 “Scars” through S2 E22 “S.O.S. Part 2” here.
Ant-Man introduces Scott Lang (Ant-Man), Hank Pym, and Hope van Dyne as Ant-Man battles Darren Cross (Yellowjacket) to protect the Ant-Man technology from villains.
Watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S3 E1 “Laws of Nature” through S3 E19 “Failed Experiments” here.
Captain America: Civil War follows Captain America as he leads a new team of Avengers. After a deadly incident leads to calls for government oversight and another pits the Winter Solider against the world, the Avengers split into two teams, one led by Captain America and the other led by Iron Man. Black Panther and Everett Ross make their first appearances. The film also introduces the third iteration of the Spider-Man universe with a teenaged Peter Parker.
Watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S3 E20 “Emancipation” through S5 E21 “The Force of Gravity” here.
Black Widow follows Natasha Romanoff while she is on the run from General Ross. She confronts the darker parts of her past and The Red Room while reuniting with her Russian family. Yelena Belova, Melina Vostokoff, and the Red Guardian make their first appearances.
Spider-Man: Homecoming follows Peter Parker (Spider-Man) after he returns home after teaming with Iron Man. He attempts to prove himself as more than a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to Iron Man while battling the villain Vulture.
Doctor Strange introduces Doctor Stephen Strange, Ancient One, Wong, and Masters of the Mystic Arts. After a car accident damages his hands, Doctor Strange begins studying under the Ancient One and eventually becomes the Sorcerer Supreme.
Black Panther follows T’Challa (Black Panther) after his father’s death as T’Challa fights for the throne of Wakanda and the fate of his country against his cousin Erik Stevens (Killmonger).
Thor: Ragnarok introduces Valkyrie, Hela, and the Grandmaster as Thor races against time to save his world from Ragnarok, the prophesied destruction of Asgard. The Hulk reappears after disappearing after helping destroy Ultron.
Ant-Man and the Wasp follows Scott Lang in his final days of house arrest after he ended up in prison for helping Captain America and Bucky in Civil War. Scott as Ant Man must resume helping Hank Pym and Hope van Dyne on a new mission to uncover secrets from the past. Doctor Bill Foster makes his first appearance.
Avengers: Infinity War begins the ultimate showdown between Thanos the Mad Titan and the Avengers as Thanos continues his quest to collect all six Infinity Stones so he can destroy half of all life in the universe.
Watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S5 E20 “The One Who Will Save Us All” through S7 E13 “What We’re Fighting For” here.
Avengers: Endgame follows Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, and Bruce Banner after Thanos wipes out half of all existence. The remaining Avengers search for a way to reverse the Snap with the help of some new allies. Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of the 22-film story.
WandaVision is a nine-episode miniseries that takes place three weeks after the final events of Avengers: Endgame. Wanda Maximoff and Vision find themselves living in the idyllic suburban town of Westview, New Jersey. The show introduces Agatha Harkness, an adult Monica Rambeau, and S.W.O.R.D. Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp and Darcy Lewis from Thor reappear.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a six-episode miniseries that takes place six months after Avengers: Endgame. Sam Wilson as Falcon and Bucky Barnes as the Winter Soldier team up to deal with the global events unfolding from missing half of the population returning to Earth. The show introduces John Walker as the new Captain America and then U.S. Agent. Helmut Zemo and Sharon Carter also return.
Spider-Man: Far from Home occurs after the events of Endgame, following Peter Parker (Spider-Man) on a school trip to Europe. Peter just wants to lead a normal life for the summer, but Nick Fury recruits him Mysterio and the Elementals begin showing up around the globe.
Loki is a six-episode show that follows the God of Mischief after he steals the Tesseract during the events of the Avengers’ time heist in Avengers: Endgame. Loki ends up in the custody of the Time Variance Authority (TVA). Season one introduces Sylvie, Mobius M. Mobius, Ravonna Renslayer, He Who Remains, and the Multiverse.
Stay tuned for more additions to the MCU.
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