Marvel's cinematic and chronological universe Phases (MCU)

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Marvel's cinematic and chronological universe Phases (MCU)

The phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Marvel Studio MCU Phases

Welcome to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phases page.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline being a never ending debate and if you want to watch the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), then following the chronological order suggested to watch the MCU is not a good idea if you are not familiar with it.

Some scenes to post-generic movies will be incomprehensible and some characters are introduced in movies released in theaters before but taking place after others...

In short, it is better to follow the order of release of the movies/series as they were created for a first viewing of the MCU.

I advise you to see this on this page:

Marvel Cinematic Universe.

However, the lists below gives you a good idea of how the MCU timeline should or could be viewed with the series!
Every year the Marvel universe gets richer, so it's important to have some time markers.

The MCU story is now divided up into 4 phases right now and these movies/series are all connected and have been divided into "phases" to mark an important time period/epoch in the Universe.

How to watch the Marvel movies in order? It's a fair question, especially now the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) has been blown to excessive proportions thanks to the multiverse. Spider-Man: No Way Home introduced characters from throughout Spider-Man's many years on the big screen – and we're not just talking about Tom Holland's films.

For anyone wanting to tackle the MCU for the first time – or perhaps this is your fifteenth rewatch – we're here to help. This is your ultimate viewing guide to the Marvel movies/series.

There are a few different watch orders below. We've also included a separate section on the Spider-Man movies as these are not necessarily in the main MCU timeline, but are part of the Marvel multiverse and help with understanding No Way Home.

First up, here's how to watch the Marvel movies in release order. Marvel films, we should note, are split into Phases, with the end of a Phase typically indicating a natural end to a story arc. The beginning of a Phase, therefore, signals the introduction of new, important characters. Below, we go through Phases 1 to 4 in release order. Yes, that includes WandaVision/Falcon and The Winter Soldier/Loki. No, they're not technically movies, but the MCU is changing so rapidly that the Disney Plus shows are now just as important.

Feel free to comment at the very bottom of the page to give your opinion, suggestions, debate and also tell me if I made any mistakes in order to correct them and/or improve the page!
Thank you and enjoy your visit

Marvel Studio MCU Phase I

1. Iron Man (2008)
2. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
3. Iron Man 2 (2010)
4. Thor (2011)
5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
6. The Avengers (2012)

Marvel Studio MCU Phase II

7. Iron Man 3 (2013)
8. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
11. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
12. Ant-Man (2015)

Marvel Studio MCU Phase III

13. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
14. Doctor Strange (2016)
15. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017)
16. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
17. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
18. Black Panther (2017)
19. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
20. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
21. Captain Marvel (2019)
22. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
23. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Marvel Studio MCU Phase IV

24. WandaVision (Disney Plus series)
25. Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney Plus series)
26. Loki season 1 (Disney Plus series)
27. Black Widow (2021)
28. What If...? (Disney Plus series)
29. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
30. Eternals (2021)
31. Hawkeye (Disney Plus series)
32. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
33. Moon Knight (2022)
34. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

We also know a fair amount of what's coming up in the future, with Marvel having laid out plans for Phase 4 and beyond. Series or films that are already in production or being broadcast are removed from this list. Here's a taste of the Marvel movies coming our over the next few years.

Marvel Studio MCU Phase IV...V...

She-Hulk (Disney+ serie – 2022)
Ms. Marvel (Disney+ serie – 2022)
Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (Disney+ – 2022)
The Marvels (2023)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
Captain America 4 (TBA)
Untitled Mutants movie (TBA)
Fantastic Four
Secret Invasion (Disney+ serie)
Ironheart (Disney+ serie+)
Armor Wars (Disney+ serie)
Kingdom of Wakanda (Disney+ serie)
Echo (Disney+ serie)
Agatha: House of Harkness (Disney+ serie)
Loki (Disney+ serie), season 2
I Am Groot (Disney+ animated series)
Spider-Man: Freshman Year (Disney+ animated series)
What if…? (Disney+ animated series), season 2

Marvel Studio Netflix Series

MCU veterans looking for a new way to watch.

Want to experience the MCU in a more complicated, yet still viable way? Then you'll perhaps want to know how to watch the Marvel movies/series in chronological order. This one's a little more complicated than the above list. Luckily, Marvel has revealed the official year in which each movie takes place. That goes right up to Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which fits snugly in-between Endgame and Far From Home. Loki's place on the timeline remains to be seen. As for Moon Knight, it seems to be in the same period as Spider-Man: No Way Home and Hawkeye but a doubt remains and it could be either in 2023 or 2024.

1. Captain America: The First Avenger (1942-1943) 2. Captain Marvel (1995)
3. Iron Man (2010)
4. Iron Man 2 (2011)
5. The Incredible Hulk (2011)
6. Thor (2011)
7. The Avengers (2012)
8. Iron Man 3 (2012)
9. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
11. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
12. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2014)
13. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
14. Ant-Man (2015)
15. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
16. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2016)
17. Doctor Strange (2016-2017)
18. Black Widow (2017)
19. Black Panther (2017)
20. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
21. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2017)
22. Avengers: Infinity War (2017)
23. Avengers: Endgame (2018-2023)
24. Loki (outside of our conception of time, but around here!)
25. What If...? (also outside of our conception of time!)
26. WandaVision (2023)
27. Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings (2023-2024)
28. Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2023-2024)
29. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2024)
30. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2024)
31. Eternals (2024)
32. Hawkeye (Christmas 2024)
33. Moon Knight (2024)
34. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2025)

Marvel Studio Multiverse

The Multiverse was originally categorized and protected by Merlyn, who established the Captain Britain Corps. Most realities have a Captain Britain designated to protect its version of the British Isles and in extension the reality, thanks to an omniversal dimensional nexus situated in a tower on the shores of the United Kingdom. Individual members of the Corps draw their power from this nexus thanks to Merlyn's magic and science.

The Multiverse is the collection of alternate universes that share a universal hierarchy. A large variety of these universes were originated from another due to a major decision on the part of a character. Some can seem to be taking place in the past or future due to differences in how time passes in each universe. Often, new universes are born due to time traveling; another name for these new universes is an "alternate timeline". Earth-616 is the established main universe where the majority of Marvel books take place.

In Marvel comics, this concept has been introduced and continuously explored; in fact, there are 161 universes in Marvel, each with their own Earth. Most hero teams, from the Avengers and X-Men to the Fantastic Four and more, have experienced interdimensional crises.

Thanks to Spider-Man: No Way Home, we have had various Spider-Man villains from through the multiverse in the MCU, and to fully understand everyone's motives and intentions in No Way Home, you need to have watched a fair few older Spider-Man movies.

These take place on three alternative timelines: one where Tobey Maguire is Spider-Man, another where Andrew Garfield is Spidey, and a third where Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock becomes the villain Venom. For a full deep dive into watching these movies, then check out our guide to how to watch the Spider-Man movies in order.

Morbius although apart in the MCU because of its post-generic ending fits in the MCU just in the period Spider-Man: No Way Home & Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Spider-Man (2002)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Venom (2018)
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)
Morbius (2022)

Marvel Studio Netflix Series


These series do take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe even if there is no reference of them in the movies. One important thing to know is that the Defenders Universe takes place after the Battle of New York in the first Avengers movie.

Before going further, you should know that the Marvel/Netflix series (Daredevil..) have been removed for clarity from the MCU. The Runaways and Cloak & Dagger series are not included because of their lack of interest in the MCU. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series is also removed until the chronological problems are explained or a member of Marvel Studios confirms its canonicality to the MCU. The same goes for some preludes that simply rehash the previous film (example: the Avengers: Endgame prelude rehashes the Avengers: Infinity War story).

Marvel Studio MCU Trainers City

The order of viewing that I propose you below is an order including all the "veterans" MCU but also including: Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the Netflix series (Dardevil etc...), hulu series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, the one-shots, Sony movies etc...

Obviously this order is very personal but I think it's a shame to deprive ourselves of these productions which are still part of the MARVEL universe. Please check also this page Marvel Cinematic Universe with the series

1. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
2. Agent Carter Season 1 (2015) (Episodes 01-08)
3. Agent Carter Season 2 (2016) (Episodes 01-10)
4. Agent Carter (One-Shot) (2013) (Episodes 01)
5. Captain Marvel (2019)
6. Iron Man (2008)
7. Iron Man 2 (2010)
8. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer (One-Shot) Season 1 (2011) (Episodes 01)
9. Thor (2011)
10. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
11. The Consultant (One-Shot) Season 1 (2011) (Episodes 01)
12. The Avengers (2012)
13. Item 47 (One-Shot) Season 1 (2012) (Episodes 01)
14. Iron Man 3 (2013)
15. All Hail The King (One-Shot) Season 1 (2014) (Episodes 01)
16. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 1 (2013) (Episodes 01-07)
17. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
18. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 1 (2013) (Episodes 08-16)
19. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
20. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 1 (2013) (Episodes 17-22)
21. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
22. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017)
23. Daredevil Season 1 2015 (Episodes 01-13)
24. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 2 (2014) (Episodes 01-10)
25. Jessica Jones Season 1 2015 (Episodes 01-13)
26. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 2 (2014) (Episodes 11-19)
27. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
28. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 2 (2015) (Episodes 20-22)
29. WHIH Newsfront with Chritine Everhart Season 1 2015 (Episodes 01-05)
30. Ant-Man (2015)
31. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 3 (2015) (Episodes 01-10)
32. Daredevil Season 2 (2016) (Episodes 01-13)
33. Luke Cage Season 1 (2016) (Episodes 01-13)
34. Iron Fist Season 1 (2017) (Episodes 01-13)
35. The Defenders Season 1 (2017) (Episodes 01-08)
36. The Punisher Season 1 (2017) (Episodes 01-13)
37. Jessica Jones Season 2 (2018) (Episodes 01-13)
38. Luke Cage Season 2 (2018) (Episodes 01-13)
39. Iron Fist Season 2 (2017) (Episodes 01-10)
40. Daredevil Season 3 (2019) (Episodes 01-13)
41. The Punisher Season 2 (2019) (Episodes 01-13)
42. Cloak & Dagger Season 1 (2018) (Episodes 01-10)
43. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 3 (2016) (Episodes 11-19)
44. WHIH Newsfront with Chritine Everhart Season 2 2016 (Episodes 01-05)
45. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
46. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 3 (2016) (Episodes 20-22)
47. Jessica Jones Season 3 (2019) (Episodes 01-13)
48. Black Widow (2021)
49. Black Panther (2017)
50. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
51. Doctor Strange (2016)
52. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Ghost Rider Season 4 (2016) (Episodes 01-08)
53. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Slingshot Season 1 (2016) (Episodes 01-06)
54. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: LMD Season 4 (2017) (Episodes 09-15)
55. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Agents of HYDRA Season 4 (2017) (Episodes 16-22)
56. Inhumans Season 1 (2017) (Episodes 01-07)
57. Runaways Season 1 (2017) (Episodes 01-10)
58. Runaways Season 2 (2018) (Episodes 01-13)
59. Runaways Season 2 (2018) (Episodes 01-10)
60. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
61. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 5 (2017) (Episodes 01-18)
62. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
63. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
64. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 5 (2017) (Episodes 19-22)
65. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 6 (2017) (Episodes 01-13)
66. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 7 (2019) (Episodes 01-13)
67. Helstrom Season 1 (2020) (Episodes 01-18)
68. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
69. Loki Season 1 (2021) (Episodes 01-06)
70. What if...? Season 1 (2021) (Episodes 01-06)
71. WandaVision Season 1 (2021) (Episodes 01-09)
72. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) (Episodes 01-09)
73. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
74. Venom (2018)
75. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
76. Venom : Let There Be Carnage (2021)
77. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
78. Eternals (2021)
79. Hawkeye (2021) (Episodes 01-06)
80. Moon Knight(2022) (Episodes 01-06)
81. Morbius (2022)
82. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

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