Earlier this year, Marvel and Disney brought the Avengers: Infinity War release date forward, so the movie is coming out earlier than previously expected. While that’s exciting for those of us eager to see Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther, and the gang take on Thanos, it also means there’s less time to get caught up on everything that has happened so far.
Watching every MCU movie that has been released thus far sounds like a mammoth task, but since it’s all been building up to this, we reckon it’s one worth undertaking. To make things a little easier, and to give you the best catch-up experience you could have, GameSpot’s very own Dave Jewitt has put together a handy watch order.
You might think that you don’t need a watch order and that you can simply see them using the order they were released and, yes, you can do that, but there’s a better way. Since some events in the MCU take place in parallel or reference each other, there’s actually a more ideal chronology. Dave has also done a little extra work and suggested the best Marvel One-Shots to watch too. These are shorter mini-movies that were available as part of the home releases on DVD, Blu-ray, and digitally. While not essential to the overall MCU, they’re well worth checking out as they provide a little extra colour to the MCU and some deeper insights into important characters.
If you’d prefer to see a list of the movies in Dave’s suggested order instead of hearing the lineup delivered in his dulcet tones, take a look below.
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter
- 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
Avengers: Infinity War will bring together the MCU to take on Thanos. Along with the core Avengers cast that we know and love, the misfits from Guardians of the Galaxy and characters introduced in Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok will join the fray, along with a few others. Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27.