Last year, fans of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe watched as the Mad Titan Thanos obliterated half of all life in the known universe with a simple snap of his fingers. Among the casualties were numerous heroes and in just a few days time the mission to bring down Thanos and undo some of his devastating actions will begin. Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas worldwide on April 25 and will be the culmination of numerous storylines interwoven throughout multiple MCU movies.
Naturally, that means that for those who want to relive the journey–or even experience it for the first time–time is running out to get caught up, and doing so is a mammoth task. So, to make things a little bit easier we’ve put together a watch order that lays out the ideal path through the many MCU flicks, which will give you the best viewing experience you can have.
You may think that you can just go back and watch the MCU movies in the order they were released, but since they aren’t chronological events can happen parallel to each other or reference each other. Because of that, there’s a great deal of merit in watching them in the order suggested in the video above.
Additionally, we’ve factored in the Marvel One-Shots you should watch too. If you’re not familiar with these, they are mini-movies usually included in the home release of a film on DVD, Blu-ray, or through digital platforms. Many of them aren’t essential, but they do have some extra information and can provide little nuggets of context that color in the bigger picture some more. We’ve also put a list of the watch order below.
Pre-Avengers: Endgame MCU Watch Order
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter
- Captain Marvel
- Iron Man
- The Incredible Hulk
- Iron Man 2
- Marvel One Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Thor’s Hammer
- Marvel One Shot: The Consultant
- The Avengers
- Marvel One Shot: Item 47
- Iron Man 3
- Marvel One Shot: All Hail The King
- Thor Dark World
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Captain America: Civil War
- Black Panther
- Doctor Strange
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Ant-Man and the Wasp (don’t watch post-credits)
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Ant-Man and the Wasp Post-Credits Scene
Disney and Marvel has released another short teaser for Avengers: Endgame, and in this one we get a little more insight into how the team of heroes will be tackling the Thanos problem.