Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Watch Order

MCU Watch Orders

What order should you watch the MCU films in? There are a few options.  Check out the slections below.
This list will be continually updated for accuracy and to add new lists for different types of views.
Please reach out if you spot an inaccuracy or have a special watch order you’d like to see included.

Release Date Watch Order | Timeline Watch Order
Complete Timeline Watch Order (Includes ABC, Hulu, Netflix)

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Marvel Cinematic Universe
Release Date Watch Order

This Watch Order Contains: All MCU films and Disney+ content, but excludes ABC, Hulu, and Netflix shows.

Who Should Watch This: This order is good for first time viewers as it includes only what is currently considered canon (based on the DIsney+ categorization) and will introduce them to it in the same order long time fans were introduced to the series. 

Approximate Run Time: 61 Hours (50 Hours of Film Through Spider-Man: Far From Home + 11 Hours of Disney+ Shows through FATWS)

MCU Phase One

Iron Man (2008)
The Incredible Hulk*
(2008)
Iron Man 2
(2010)
Thor
(2011) 
Captain America: The First Avenger
(2011)
The Avengers (2012)

*The Incredible Hulk is not available on Disney+ at this time. Viewing is not necessary to understand the larger MCU.

MCU Phase Two

Iron Man 3 (2013)  
Thor: The Dark World
(2013)  
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
(2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy
(2014)
Avengers: Age of Ultron
(2015)
Ant-Man
(2015)

MCU Phase Three

Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Doctor Strange (2016) 
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
(2017)
Spider-Man: Homecoming** (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok
(2017)
Black Panther (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Ant-Man and the Wasp
(2018)
Captain Marvel(2019)
Avengers: Endgame(2019)
Spider-Man: Far From Home**
(2019)

**The Spider-man films are not yet on Disney+, but they should be in 2022

MCU Phase Four

WandaVision (2021)
Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)

UPCOMING
Black Widow
(2021)
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
Eternals (2021)
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
The Marvels (2022)
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)
Fantastic Four (20??)

 

Marvel Cinematic Universe
Timeline Watch Order

This Watch Order Contains: This watch order includes all MCU films and Disney+ content, but excludes ABC, Hulu, and Netflix shows.

Who Should Watch This: This order is good for second time viewers as it includes only what is currently considered canon (based on the DIsney+ categorization), or first time viewers who are watching with someone who can help them avoid mid-credit scene spoilers.

Approximate Run Time: 61 Hours (50 Hours of Film Through Spider-Man: Far From Home + 11 Hours of Disney+ Shows through FATWS)

1943-1945

Captain America: The First Avenger

1995

Captain Marvel*

2010

Iron Man

2011

Iron Man 2
The Incredible Hulk**

Thor

2012

The Avengers
Iron Man 3  

2013

Thor: The Dark World  

2014

Captain America: Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ant-Man

2016

Captain America: Civil War
Spider-Man: Homecoming***
Black Panther

2016-2017

Doctor Strange  

2017

Thor: Ragnarok
Ant-Man and the Wasp*

Avengers: Infinity War
Add: Ant-Man and the Wasp and then Captain Marvel mid-credit scenes.

2018/2023

Avengers: Endgame****

2023

WandaVision
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Spider-Man: Far From Home***


*The mid-credit scene should be watched after Infinity War. The post-credit scene is safe to watch.

**The Incredible Hulk is not available on Disney+ at this time. Viewing is not necessary to understand the larger MCU.  It’s also unclear exactly which year it takes place, with estimates ranging from 2005-2011.  I’ve placed it here because post-credit scene takes place after Iron Man 2.

***The Spider-man films are not yet on Disney+, but they should be in 2022.

****We aren’t including the time travel periods in this timeline.

Marvel Cinematic Universe
Complete Timeline Watch Order

This Watch Order Contains: All films, Netflix, Hulu, ABC, and Disney+ canonical MCU content.  Please take note of the annotations at the end for context for this order and places where it can be adjusted.

Who Should Watch: This watch order is not recommended for first time viewers due to the complexities involving the ABC, Hulu, and Netflix properties.

Approximate Run Time:  ~345 Hours (50 Hours of Film Through Spider-Man: Far From Home + 11 Hours of Disney+ Shows through FATWS +144 Hours of Netflix MCU Content + ~40 Hours of Hulu MCU content +99 Hours of ABC MCU Content)

1943-1945

Captain America: The First Avenger

1946

Agent Carter (ABC) – Seasons 1&2

1995

Captain Marvel*

2010

Iron Man 

2011

Iron Man 2
The Incredible Hulk** 
Thor

2012

The Avengers
Iron Man 3  

2013

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC) – Season 1 Episodes 1×1: Pilot to 1×7: The Hub
Thor: The Dark World  
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC) – Season 1 Episodes 1×8: The Well to 1×16: End of the Beginning 


2014

Captain America: Winter Soldier
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC) – Season 1 Episodes 1×17: Turn, Turn, Turn to 1×22: Beginning of the End  
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

2015

Daredevil (Netflix) – Season 1
Jessica Jones (Netflix) – Season 1  
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC) – Season 2 Episodes 2×1 Shadows to 2×19 Dirty Half Dozen
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC) – Season 2 Episodes 2×20 Scars to 2×22 SOS Part 2
Ant-Man
Daredevil (Netflix) – Season 2
Luke Cage (Netflix) – Season 1  

2016

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC) – Season 3 Episodes 3×1 Laws of Nature to 3×19 Failed Experiments 
Captain America: Civil War
Spider-Man: Homecoming***
 
Black Panther

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC) – Season 3 Episodes 3×20 Emancipation to 3×22 Failed Ascension 

2016-2017

Doctor Strange  

2017

Hulu^
Cloak and Dagger – Season 1 & 2
The Runaways – Season 1, 2, & 3

Netflix^
Iron Fist – Season 1
The Defenders
The Punisher Season 1
Jessica Jones – Season 2
Luke Cage – Season 2
Iron Fist – Season 2
Daredevil Season 3
The Punisher – Season 2
Jessica Jones – Season 3

Films/ABC
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – Season 4 & 5
The Inhumans^
Thor: Ragnarok
Ant-Man and the Wasp*
Avengers: Infinity War
Add: Ant-Man and the Wasp and then Captain Marvel mid-credit scenes
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – Season 6 & 7^^

2018/2023

Avengers: Endgame****

2023

WandaVision
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Spider-Man: Far From Home***


*The mid-credit scene should be watched after Infinity War. The post-credit scene is safe to watch.

**The Incredible Hulk is not available on Disney+ at this time. Viewing is not necessary to understand the larger MCU.  It’s also unclear exactly which year it takes place, with estimates ranging from 2005-2011.  I’ve placed it here because he post-credit scene takes place after Iron Man 2.

***The Spider-man films are not yet on Disney+, but they should be in 2022.

****We aren’t including the time travel periods in this timeline.

^The Hulu, Netflix, and Inhumans properties have minimal impact on the films and ABC properties. They should be watched prior to Infinity War, and in order within their respective franchises (Hulu, Netflix), but otherwise you may adjust the order based on your own interest.

^^Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D does not address The Snap in any significant way despite taking place post-Snap.  It is eventually revealed to be a splinter universe. You may watch it between Infinity War and Endgame, or after Endgame, with very little impact on the main universe story.