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Disney Plus: How to Watch Every Film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Want to watch the entire MCU? Most of the universe is now available through Disney Plus, which you can watch across multiple devices.

Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films are extremely popular with four of the 23 current titles in the all-time box office top 10. If you’re new to the MCU, missed a few installments, or just want to watch the series again, there are various ways to do so. You can watch the films by release date and experience them in the order in which they launched. Perhaps a better solution, however, is to watch them in chronological order. With a Disney Plus subscription, you can enjoy nearly every film in the series in one location.

By Release Date

Phases group all of the MCU films. Three of the phases have now been released. Collectively, Phase One, Phase Two, and Phase Three are called The Infinity Saga. Movies in Phase Four and beyond begin launching in late 2020. Films marked with an “*” are already available on Disney Plus, while those marked with an “#” are coming to the service soon (see below for more information).

Phase One

MCU Phase One

The first phase introduced the world to Iron Man in 2008 and continued to 2012’s The Avengers.

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

Phase Two

MCU phase two

The next phase started with Iron Man 3 (2013) and concluded just two years later with Ant-Man (2015).

  • 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)*

Phase Three

MCU Phase Three

In Phase Three, Marvel released 11 films in the series between 2016 and 2019. Avengers: Endgame (2019) is currently the most successful MCU film of all time.

  • 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)

By Release Date: Future Titles

To date, 12 additional MCU films have been announced. Release dates are subject to change.

Phase 4

The next phase begins with the 2020 release of Black Widow and will continue with Thor: Love and Thunder in 2022.

  • Black Widow (November 6, 2020)
  • The Eternals (February 12, 2021)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (May 7, 2021)
  • Untitled third Spider-Man movie (July 16, 2021)
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (November 5, 2021)
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (February 18, 2022)

Phase 5

  • Black Panther 2 (May 6, 2022)
  • Captain Marvel 2 (July 8, 2022)
  • Ant-Man 3 (October 7, 2022)
  • Blade (TBD)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (TBD)
  • Untitled Fantastic Four film (TBD)

Chronological

MCU in chronological order

In real life, the MCU currently spans 12 years, from 2008’s Iron Man to the upcoming Black Widow (2020). The fictional timeline presented in the films, however, is much longer. It’s because of this you might want to watch the movies in chronological order, starting with Captain America: The First Avenger and continuing with Spider-Man: Far from Home.

The Timeline

  • Captain America: The First Avenger (World War II-themed)
  • Captain Marvel (set in the mid-1990s)
  • Iron Man (set a few years after 2008, when the film was released)
  • Iron Man 2 (events happen right after those in Iron Man)
  • The Incredible Hulk (Set before the Avengers arrive)
  • Thor (Pre-Avengers, post The Incredible Hulk)
  • Marvel’s The Avengers (Released and take place in 2012)
  • Iron Man 3 (Events happen six months after The Avengers)
  • Thor: Dark World (Set between Avengers and Age of Ultron)
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier (Between 2012 and 2014, after previous three titles)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (set in 2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (events happen after Guardians)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (established in 2015)
  • Ant-Man (also found in 2015)
  • Captain America: Civil War (after Ultron, but before Infinity War)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (after the events of the Civil War)
  • Doctor Strange (released and set in 2016)
  • Black Panther (released and established in 2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (between Ultron, but before Infinity War)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (established in 2017, though published in 2018)
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp (Likely between Infinity War and Endgame)
  • Avengers: Endgame (events happen between 2017 and 2020)
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (happens after Endgame)

What About Disney Plus?

Disney Plus MCU movies

Most already released MCU films are already on Disney Plus. Of those that aren’t, two will be very soon. Future movies, with perhaps a few exceptions, will also make their way to Disney Plus once they are officially released.

Currently on Disney Plus

The following films are already available on the streaming service:

  • Ant-Man
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Black Panther
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Captain Marvel
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Iron Man
  • Iron Man 2
  • Iron Man 3
  • Marvel’s The Avengers
  • Thor
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Thor: The Dark World

Coming to Disney Plus

Disney Plus Marvel films coming in 2020

Two films in the series will arrive on Disney Plus soon, including:

  • Avengers: Infinity War (June 25, 2020)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 29, 2020)

Missing from Disney Plus

Past obligations with Sony or Universal mean the following films in the series won’t be arriving on Disney Plus anytime soon:

  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Which Are The Best and Worst Films?

Watching 23 films one after another takes a lot of time. If you want to get exposed to the MCU but only have time to watch five movies in the series, I suggest sticking with (most of) the Avenger movies and sampling Iron Man and the Guardians.

Watch the five films in this order:

  • Iron Man
  • Marvel’s The Avengers
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Avengers: Endgame

On the other end, the movies to avoid, at least according to IMDB, are Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World, Captain Marvel, and The Incredible Hulk.

Get Disney Plus

With many of us stuck at home for long periods, now is the time to experience the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Most of the universe is now available through Disney Plus, which you can watch across multiple devices.

Disney Plus is $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. There’s also a Disney Plus bundle that includes ESPN+ and Hulu (With Ads) for $12.99 per month. You’ll save $5 per month off the price of buying the three services separately.

It’s also worth noting that if you are already a Hulu (No Ads) or Hulu Live subscriber, you can add the Disney+ bundle to your existing account.

Disney Plus is accessible on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android mobile devices and Android TV, web browsers, and Amazon devices like Fire TV and Fire HD. Disney Plus is also on Chromecast, Chromebook, Samsung and LG smart televisions, Roku devices, PlayStation4, Xbox One, and Windows 10. It’s available wherever streaming services reside.

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