MCU Rewatch: Chronological Order

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought enjoyment to all fans and movie-goers since 2008’s Iron Man. Like most of you, I have seen most-to-all of MCU content. Seeing the opportunity to witness my childhood heroes come to life was something I could not pass up, and now I have become fully immersed in it. The MCU timeline is a bit confusing at first. The movies and television shows did not come out in chronological order, so an an American, it is my duty to put these movies in order for us all. The list below gives the order to watch all Marvel movies and One-Shots, and TV Shows in chronological order, based on the MCU timeline.

11/19/18 Update: Marvel is releasing their collector’s edition hardcover, celebrating Marvel Studio’s first 10 years. In the book, Marvel head Kevin Feige cleaned up the MCU timeline for us all. I have updated this article according to Feige’s timeline.


MCU Phase One

MCU Timeline: 1943-2012

Phase One begins in 1943, with the events of Captain America: The First Avenger. Phase One continues through until 2012, with the events of The Avengers. Movies are in bold.

1. Captain America: The First Avenger (MCU: 1943-1945)
2a. Agent Carter: Seasons 1 & 2 (MCU: 1945-1946)
2b. Agent Carter: One Shot (MCU: 1946)
3. Captain Marvel (MCU: 1995)^
4. Iron Man (MCU: 2010)
5. Iron Man 2 (MCU: 2011)*
6. The Incredible Hulk (MCU: 2011)*
7. One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To Thor’s Hammer (MCU: 2011)*
8. Thor (MCU: 2011)*
9. One-Shot: The Consultant (MCU: 2011-2012)
10. The Avengers (MCU: 2012)
11. One-Shot: Item 47 (MCU: 2012)

^Captain Marvel released in 2019 in Phase 3 of the MCU
*Events happen simultaneously. 

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Marvel Phase Two

MCU Timeline: 2012-2016

Phase Two begins in 2012, a few months after The Avengers. Phase Two concludes in mid-2016, just before the events of Civil War. Movies are in bold.

12. Iron Man 3 (MCU: 2012)
13. One-Shot: All Hail the King (MCU: 2012)
14. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 1, Episodes 1-7 (MCU: 2012)
15. Thor: The Dark World (MCU: 2013)
16. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 1, Episodes 8-16 (MCU: 2013-2014)
17. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (MCU: 2014)
18. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 1, Episodes 17-22 (MCU: 2014)
19. Guardians of the Galaxy (MCU: 2014)
20. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (MCU: 2014)*
21. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 2, Episodes 1-19 (MCU: 2014)
22. Daredevil, Season 1 (MCU: 2014-2015)
23. Avengers: Age of Ultron (MCU: 2015)
24. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 2, Episodes 20-22 (MCU: 2015)
25. WHIH Newsfront (MCU: July, 2015)
26. Ant-Man (MCU: 2015)
27. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 3, Episodes 1-10 (MCU: 2015-2016)
28. Jessica Jones, Season 1 (MCU: 2015-2016)
29. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 3, Episodes 11-19 (MCU: 2015-2016)
30. Daredevil, Season 2 (MCU: 2015-2016)
31. WHIH Newsfront (MCU: May 2016)

*GOGT2 was released in Phase Three, but takes place in 2014, just after the events of GOGT1.

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MCU Phase Three

MCU Timeline: 2015-2023

Phase Three takes place in 2016, starting with the events of Captain America: Civil War. Phase Three concluded with Spider-Man: Far From Home. Movies are in bold.

32. Captain America: Civil War (MCU: 2016)
33. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 3, Episodes 20-22 (MCU: 2016)
34. Spider-Man: Homecoming (MCU: 2016)
35. Doctor Strange (MCU: 2016-2017)
36. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Slingshot (MCU: 2016)
37. Luke Cage, Season 1 (MCU: 2016-2017)
38. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 4, Episodes 1-15 (MCU: 2016-2017)
39. Iron Fist, Season 1 (MCU: 2016-2017)
40. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 4, Episodes 16-22 (MCU: 2016-2017)
41. Inhumans (2016-2017)
42. The Defenders, Season 1 (MCU: 2016-2017)
43. Runaways, Season 1 (MCU: 2016-2017)
44. The Punisher, Season 1 (MCU: 2017)
45. Jessica Jones, Season 2 (MCU: 2016-17)
46. Black Panther (MCU: 2017)
47. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 5 (2017)
48. Thor: Ragnarok (MCU: 2017)
49. Avengers: Infinity War (MCU: 2018)
50. Ant-Man & The Wasp (MCU: 2018)
51. Avengers: Endgame (MCU: 2018-2023)
52. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 6 (2018)
53. Spider-Man: Far From Home (MCU: 2023)

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MCU Phase Four

MCU Timeline: 2023 – ???

We assume Phase 4 will begin around 2023, even though the first film in Phase 4 is a prequel about Black Widow. Phase 4 will also include the new television shows on Disney +.

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 7 – Spring 2020 (ABC)
  • Black Widow Movie – May 1, 2020
  • The Falcon and Winter Soldier – Fall 2020 (Disney +)
  • The Eternals – Nov 6, 2020
  • Shang-Chi: And the Legend of the Ten Rings – Feb 12, 2021
  • Loki TV Show – Spring 2021 (Disney +)
  • WandaVision – Spring 2021 (Disney +)
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – May 7, 2021
  • What If…? – Spring 2021 (Disney +)
  • Thor: Love and Thunder – Nov 6, 2021
  • Hawkeye series – Fall 2021 (Disney +)

Future MCU Releases

Now that we are up to date, let’s take a peak at the upcoming MCU movies that have been announced. Marvel head Kevin Feige has mentioned an X-Men movie (probably won’t be called X-Men) and another Avengers movie, possibly Dark Avengers or Secret Invasion … especially after the events of Spider-Man: FFH.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 3
  • Black Panther Sequel
  • Captain Marvel Sequel
  • Spider-Man: Third Movie
  • Blade Reboot

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