How to Stream Every Marvel Movie (In Order)

How to Stream Every Marvel Movie (In Order)

Transporting to a different universe where superheroes are real has never been more enticing than in 2021. Luckily, travel rates to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) are cheaper than ever: costing just about one Disney+ subscription and some change. (Looking at you, Sony-owned Spider-Man movies and Universal Pictures-owned Incredible Hulk)

With a cinematic universe spanning decades and worlds, all intermingling with crossovers and easter eggs, it can be difficult to know where to start. For some, the only way to experience the MCU is by following its internal chronology, beginning in WWII with Captain America: The First Avenger. However, due to Marvel’s affinity for narratological lacing there’s all kinds of cliff-hangers, callbacks, and clues in its original release order. There’s also that whole post-credits scene, which will really through you for a loop if you’re trying to watch them in real time order. Watching in chronological order can sort of throw a wrench into this intended viewing experience, so we recommend watching in order of release date.

Beginning with Iron Man from 2008, and ending with the 2021 Black Widow, we’ve got the full list of every Marvel release to date. Now is a great time to get yourself immersed, as the MCU is expected to expand this year with releases of The Eternals and Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings.

Just remember to take some breaks from your marathon to dip back into the IRLU (In Real Life Universe) every once in a while.

(*Since Marvel is Disney-owned, almost all of these can be found on Disney+, aside from The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Spider-Man: Far From Home, which can all be streamed on Prime Video.)

Iron Man (2008)

The one that started it all, where a rich guy builds a superhero suit and spawns likely decades of blockbuster franchise filmmaking.


The Incredible Hulk (2008)*

In the MCU’s second outing, the Hulk gets another telling of his origin story. Sure, The Incredible Hulk is a bit of a strange watch in the 2020s, with Mark Ruffalo having long replaced Ed Norton. But we’ll see the Abomination again soon, so that’s worth a throwback to Norton Hulk.

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Iron Man 2 (2010)

Iron Man 2 got a little too superhero for its own good, but the second go-round with Tony Stark is still a fun one, Elon Musk cameo be damned.


Thor (2011)

Thor refused to let us know how funny Chris Hemsworth could actually be under that golden-blonde wig, but it did give us a brilliantly Shakespeare-feeling intro to the God of Thunder.


Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Captain America: The First Avenger gave America’s ass a proper intro to the world—and a compelling look at WWI in the process.


The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers did the unthinkable, bringing heroes from separate movies, wow! all together for one adventure. We were so young.


Iron Man 3 (2013)

The underrated Iron Man 3 bravely shows the effects of PTSD on Tony Stark, ending the Iron Man trilogy on a sweet note—all during the holidays, no less.


Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Thor: The Dark World, where Thor battles the Dark Elves, is the subpar MCU entry we don’t really talk about.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

In what is one of the best MCU outings, Captain America: The Winter Soldier links Cap and Black Widow up for the espionage drama of our dreams.


Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy somehow made a group of ragtag antiheroes into fan favorites. Guess that’s the power of ’80s music.


Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers: Age of Ultron made good on its title, pitting the Avengers against Mr. Robot for two and a half hours. That’s how long the age of the titular Ultron lasted. And we’re OK with that.


Ant-Man (2015)

In Ant-Man, Paul Rudd plays a good-bad dude who gets his hands on a shrinking suit. Frankly, the relatively small stakes (ha!) in this romp are refreshing.


Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America: Civil War, gasp, turned our heroes against each other. Well, at least until they forgive each other so they can fight the bad guy.


Doctor Strange (2016)

Doctor Strange shows the journey of surgeon Stephen Strange into one of the MCU’s wisest heroes. We’ll see how he fares when the multiverse explodes in the sequel.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 wasn’t quiet the romp its predecessor was, but more time with Rocket Raccoon and (teenage) Groot is never a bad thing.


Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)*

At long last: Spider-Man: Homecoming gave us the baby-faced Peter Parker from the comics, giving a faithful and sweet tale of the Queens native’s coming of age.


Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Thor: Ragnarok enlisted the wild, weird, and wonderful Taika Waititi as its director. The result? A rock n’ rollin, planet-hopping Thor adventure.


Black Panther (2018)

Black Panther, which tells the story of a young king learning how to truly become a leader, was a landmark film for diversity in Hollywood.


Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers: Infinity War marked the beginning of the most epic superhero team-up in the genre’s history. Even if we knew Endgame would leave our heroes on top, you have to give Avengers: Infinity War credit for the gut-punch of letting Thanos win.


Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Ant-Man and the Wasp gave us another round of antics from the size-changing supeheroes. We’ll never get tired of the visual gags in the Ant-Man and the Wasp series, even if the action doesn’t always have an impact on the larger MCU.


Captain Marvel (2019)

In Captain Marvel, Brie Larson goes full Maverick in a Top Gun-esque, fighter-pilot, ’90s-as-hell superhero epic.


Avengers: Endgame (2019)

The culmination of what Iron Man started, Avengers: Endgame lived up to all of the hype—and then some. RIP Tony. (And our bladders.)


Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)*

Spider-Man: Far From Home follows our boy Peter as he goes on a Eurotrip with his classmates. Someday, we’ll talk about Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio as one of the GOAT Marvel villains. The world just isn’t ready for unhinged superhero villain JG. Yet.


Black Widow (2021)

At long last, Black Widow serves up Scarlett Johansson’s solo outing as the Russian warrior-spy-badass.

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