How to watch superhero films in order

MARVEL is arguably the most popular and successful superhero franchise of all time.

Here’s a look at the famous Marvel timeline which will help you watch all the movies in order. May contain slight spoilers!

Ant-Man grossed just over $500 million at the box officeCredit: Kobal Collection – Shutterstock

Captain America: The First Avenger

Released: July 2011

The film takes place during WWII and stars Chris Evans as Captain America.

The story reveals the journey and making of a young, reserved soldier by the name of Steve Rogers.

Steve Rogers undergoes a controversial experiment which turns Steve from a regular soldier into Captain America as we know him.

Captain Marvel

Released: February 2019

Set in 1995, the film reveals the story of Carol Danvers played by Brie Larson.

When Carol becomes entangled in a astronomic conflict, she is granted with powers including enhanced stamina, strength, flight and immunity to poisons and toxins.

The film was praised after its release for being Marvel’s first female-led film.

Iron Man

Released: May 2008

Iron Man is undeniably one of the most loved characters in the Marvel universe.

Played by Robert Downey Jr, the character Tony Stark is the son of one of the world’s largest weapons distributors.

The film follows Tony as he finds himself forced to construct the very first Iron Man suit in less than ideal circumstances.

From this point, Iron Man is born.

Iron Man 2

Released: April 2010

Following the success of Iron Man 2, Marvel released a second film again starring the much loved Robert Downey Jr.

After the world learns of the extent of Stark Industries weapon technology, Tony finds himself under pressure to share the tech with the military.

The film also stars Gywneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Don Cheadle who plays the character of Rhodes.

The Incredible Hulk

Released: June 2008

After being exposed to high levels of gamma radiation, Dr Bruce Banner finds himself morphing into a huge, mean, green creature each time he loses his temper.

The 2008 film starred Edward Norton as the Hulk before he was eventually replaced with Mark Ruffalo in 2012.

The story is set in a time prior to the Avengers formation.

Thor

Released: April 2011

Chris Hemsworth stars in the 2011 film as a proud and powerful Asgardian from outer space called Thor.

The story follows the life of Thor and reveals his life on Earth after being banished from Asgard.

Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Natalie Portman are among some of the recognisable stars to have appeared in the film.

The Avengers

Released: April 2012

When Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston) poses a threat to Earth, Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) decides to launch the Avengers Initiative.

The superheroes agree to join their incredible forces to defeat Loki and stop him from destroying planet Earth.

Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye are the original avengers and the heroes Nick Fury calls on for the very first Avengers battle.

Iron Man 3

Released: April 2013

Tony Stark returns again for a third film and more action in Iron Man 3.

In another gripping addition to the Iron Man story, we see Tony take on an enemy referred to as the Mandarin.

After his world is torn apart by the feriocious foe, Iron Man decides to fight back and reclaim his power.

Thor: Dark World

Released: November 2013

Thor: Dark World unveils the war between the gods of Asgard and the Dark Elves.

When Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman finds a precious weapon used within the war, Thor decides to bring Jane to his home, Asgard to spare her from harm.

With the Earth facing possible destruction, the pair must act fast to save humanity and the Nine Realms.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Released: March 2014

Chris Evans returns for another film alongside Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Sebastian Stan as Captain America’s old-time pal Bucky Barnes.

The film provides a closer look into S.H.I.E.L.D – an operation led by Nick Fury.

Captain America is drafted by the agency to uncover a conspiracy within the agency.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Released: July 2014

The film begins with Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt, stealing an orb on a deserted planet called Morag.

Gamora and Quill cross paths when Peter tries to sell the orb for profit.

Soon after this the hilarious raccoon Rocket and adorable Groot become acquainted with the pair and form an iconic group.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Released: May 2017

The galactical gang return for another dynamic film with more action than ever.

As the Guardians travel through the cosmos in an attempt to discover the truth about Peter’s parents.

The film was the eighth-highest-grossing film on 2017.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Released: April 2015

Tony Stark and Dr Bruce Banner decide to put their skills together to create an artificial intelligence system called Ultron.

After a series of unexpected events, the Avengers assemble and hatch a plan to take Ultron down.

The 2015 film stars Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and James Spader as Ultron.

Ant-Man

Released: July 2015

A thief by the name of Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd gains superhero status after an encounter with Dr Hank Pym.

After the discovery of Dr Hank’s futuristic suit, Scott gains the ability to shrink and enlarge himself.

Paul Rudd stars alongside Evangeline Lilly who plays Dr Hank’s daughter Hope Pym.

Captain America: Civil War

Released: April 2016

When the government decides to push for a Hero Registration Act, the Avengers fear their actions will be limited.

The story follows the Avengers as they become divided over the new law.

To make matters more complicated, a new villain poses a threat to the Earth.

Black Widow

Released: July 2021

The film reveals the intriguing back story of Natasha Romanoff also known as the fearless Black Widow.

Natasha and her sister Yelena are seen as the children of super soldier parents who flee Ohio for Cuba.

Black Widow discovers her ex-handler is still alive and is still up to no good.

With the help of Yelena, they attempt to take him down.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Released: July 2017

Spider-Man fans were pleased when it was revealed Marvel Studios and Sony had come to an agreement to share the film rights.

Tom Holland was cast as Peter Parker and starred alongside Zendaya who plays MJ.

His on-screen relationship with Robert Downey Jr was highly praised after the film was aired.

Doctor Strange

Released: October 2016

After a life-changing accident causes neurosurgeon Stephen Strange to lose the ability to operate he is left feeling helpless and useless.

When he finds a mysterious community claiming to have the ability to heal him, his life was changed for the better.

Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is a unique superhero with the power to perform magic, time travel and astral projection.

Black Panther

Released: February 2018

The late Chadwick Boseman’s first appearance as Black Panther was in Captain America: Civil War.

The 2018 film follows the life of an African superhero who lives in a country which runs on a precious metal called vibranium.

Black Panther was celebrated for being the first Marvel movie with a black director and majority black cast.

Thor: Ragnarok

Released: November 2017

When Thor no longer has access to his famous hammer, he finds himself having to battle the goddess of death, Hela, in order to save Asgard.

The film features Tom, Hiddleson, Idris Elba and Tessa Thompson.

Directed by Taika Waititi, the film grossed £854 million at the box office.

Avengers: Infinity War

Released: April 2018

Avengers: Infinity War was one of the most anticipated movies of the Marvel universe.

With the introduction to super villain Thanos, the movie left fans in shock aftr the surprise ending.

The film is the only Marvel movie that does not include the iconic teaser at the end to hint at the next movie.

Ant-Man and The Wasp

Released: July 2018

Ant-Man returns for a second movie with Evangeline Lilly playing The Wasp.

The sequel begins with Scott Lang under house for his involvement with the Avengers.

Trouble occurs when Scott decides to enter the quantum realm to save Janet – The Wasp’s mother.

Avengers: End Game

Released: April 2019

With the dramatics from Avengers: Infinity War, fans were delighted when the End Game was released in cinemas.

As Earth suffers the consequences of Thanos’ actions, the remaining Avengers hatch a plan to reverse it.

The film was a painful exit for two Avengers that may change the future of the Avengers as fans know it.

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Released: July 2019

Tom Holland returns for another film as a staple Marvel superhero.

The plot follows Peter Parker who travels with his class on a school trip.

When Mysterio, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, appears, all hell breaks loose.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Released: September 2021

The story follows Shang-Chi, played by Tony Leung Chiu-wai, a charcater who was trained by his father to be an assassin at the age of seven.

Xu Wenwu, Shang-Chi’s father, mistakenly falls for a trick that lures him to open the Dark Gate which contains the evil Dweller-in-Darkness.

The film was the first Marvel movie to film with an Asian director and predominately Asian cast.

Eternals

Released: November 2021

Set in present day, the plot travels back 7,000 years to reveal the story of the Eternals.

A race of immortal beings living on Earth rekindle in order to battle against the evil Deviants.

The film stars Harry Styles, Angelina Jolie and Gemma Chan.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Released: December 2021

The much loved Tom Holland returns for another film to fight against evil.

Doctor Strange features in the film to assist the now unmasked Peter Parker.

The film has grossed an amazing $1.740 billion at the box office with a budget of $200 million.

Here’s how to watch Spider-Man: No Way Home through online streaming.

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