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Introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

Movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) are a collection of superhero movies shown based on characters from Marvel comics. Since the first movie released the Iron Man movie project (2008), the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has continued to release 29 more films. Many Marvel movies have been listed as the highest-grossing films of all time.

Do you know…?

Michael Jackson once tried to buy Marvel Comics.

During the early 90s, King of Pop Michael Jackson attempted to buy Marvel Comics. The reason? He wanted to star as Spider-Man in his version of the movie.

Stan Lee once commented in an interview with Moviefone that while he believed Jackson might have been a good actor for the role, Tobey Maguire was a better fit.

The Marvel universe has a maintenance unit.

This special unit is suitably called Damage Control. In the Marvel Comics universe, this group is a construction company that specializes in repairing property damage caused by conflicts made by heroes and villains.

This group first appeared in Marvel Age Annual issue number four.

How to watch Marvel movies in order

Want to experience the MCU in a more complicated fashion? Then you'll perhaps want to know how to watch the Marvel movies in chronological order.

This one's a little less straightforward than the above list. Luckily, Marvel has revealed most of the official years in which each movie takes place. That goes right up to Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which fits snugly in-between Endgame and Far From Home and the likes of Hawkeye, which takes place around No Way Home. We've now reached 2025, with She-Hulk and Thor: Love and Thunder seemingly all taking place in that not-so-far-flung future year.

But be warned: Marvel occasionally takes creative liberties with the timeline order of some of these entries. Our list uses Marvel's own official order on Disney Plus as a guide, but some things might feel a little out of sorts if you think about it too hard. Looking at you, Werewolf by Night. And also for the completionists among you – the I Am Groot short 'First Steps' takes place before Guardians 2, while the rest of the shorts happen after that sequel.

READ MORE: Marvel "Shang-Chi": Release Date, Plot, Cast and Trailer

Phase One:

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1. Iron Man (2008)

2. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

3. Iron Man 2 (2010)

4. Thor (2011)

5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

6. The Avengers (2012)

Phase Two:

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7. Iron Man 3 (2013)

8. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

11. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

12. Ant-Man (2015)

Phase Three:

13. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

14. Doctor Strange (2016)

15. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017)

16. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

17. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

18. Black Panther (2017)

19. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

20. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

21. Captain Marvel (2019)

22. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

23. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Phase Four:

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24. WandaVision (Disney Plus series, 2021)

25. Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney Plus series, 2021)

26. Loki season 1 (Disney Plus series)

27. Black Widow (2021)

28. What If...? (Disney Plus series, 2021)

29. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

30. Eternals (2021)

31. Hawkeye (Disney Plus series, 2021)

32. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

33. Moon Knight (Disney Plus series, 2022)

34. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

35. Ms. Marvel (Disney Plus series, 2022)

36. Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

37. I Am Groot (Disney Plus series, 2022)

38. She-Hulk (Disney Plus series, 2022)

39. Werewolf By Night (Disney Plus special, 2022)

40. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

41. Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special (Disney Plus special, 2022)

Do you know…?

Captain America was not a founding member of the Avengers.

Deadpool is a member of the Avengers.

Colossus gained the powers of Juggernaut during the Fear Itself story arc.

Marvel once held the license for Transformers, Zoids, and Doctor Who.

The Scarlet Witch created an alternative reality where she and Vision had children.

New Marvel movies to be released

Looking for new Marvel movies? You are in phase 5 and phase 6 with 10 movies to be released in 2023-1025. Check out the list below!

Phase 5: 6 movies

1. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)

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Expected release date: February 17, 2023

Following the course of events in the MCU, the third movie in the Ant-Man series is also set in the battle with Thanos. After cosmic peace has just been restored, Scott Lang is in a relaxed mood, enjoying the taste of celebrity when he is a member of the Avengers to save the world.

2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)

Expected release date: May 5, 2023

After Avengers: Endgame, there have been a lot of changes in the "guardians" lineup, especially the "resurrection" of Gamora. The director for this film has also said that this will be the last time the audience will see the full galactic squad members on screen. It seems that, after the End Game, the movie will revolve around the search for Gamora after the final fight with Thanos.

3. The Marvels (2023)

Expected release date: July 28, 2023

In the new film, actress Brie Larson will continue to play the superhero Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) along with two other characters, Kamala Khan and Monica Rambeau. Monica Rambeau's background was also revealed in episode 7 Series Wanda Vision. Due to her exposure to cosmic microwave radiation, she has acquired the ability to simulate and control all forms of energy including flight, stealth, and super speed. This suggests we won't be seeing just one superhero in this latest Marvel movie.

4. Blade (2023)

Expected release date: November 03, 2023

The return of Blade - the vampire slayer played by Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali is greatly enjoyed by MCU fans. Blade was the brand that revived the MCU empire in the 90s, but because of financial constraints, Marvel sold the rights to New Line Cinema. Later, when redeeming his beloved child, Marvel did not hesitate to bring Blade into the MCU with the ambition to expand his superhero world.

5. Captain America: New World Order (2024)

Expected release date: May 03, 2024

In part 4 of the Captain America series, MCU fans are also preparing to welcome a new captain to replace Steve Rogers, that is Sam Wilson. The details of the new movie are still a mystery, but it is likely that we will still see Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier) appear in this movie.

6. Thunderbolts (2024)

Expected release date: July 26, 2024

Unlike the Avengers, the Thunderbolts are a group of villains posing as heroes. After gaining the public's trust, they used their power to arrange world events in their favor. It is not clear what Marvel's intention when launching this group of villains, but hopefully there will be a fiery battle with the Avengers in the future.

READ MORE: Black Widow: Release Date, How to Watch, Disney+ Streaming

Phae 6: 4 movies

1. Deadpool 3 (2024)

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Expected release date: September 6, 2024

According to an informed source, Hugh Jackman will return in the third installment of Deadpool as Wolverine, a time before the event of Werewolf's eternal departure in 2029.

2. Fantastic Four (2024)

Expected release date: November 8, 2024

This scenario was predicted by MCU fans as soon as Marvel acquired 20th Century Fox. What we do know about the Fantastic Four so far is the appearance of a longtime villain who has appeared in the MCU. Marvel has yet to reveal any new developments compared to previous movies.

3. Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (2025)

Expected release date: May 2, 2025

Ending the Infinity Saga with the villain Thanos, the "final boss" of the Multiverse Saga will be Kang - the Conqueror. Kang is actually a talented scientist in the very distant future who first discovered the existence of the Multiverse. Kang contacted his other variants and learned knowledge and technology in many dimensions. However, with too much ambition, he wants to rule the Multiverse. Although he does not possess the same strength as Thanos, with his brilliant mind, he has also caused the Avengers to have many difficulties.

4. Avengers: Secret Wars (2025)

Expected release date: November 7, 2025

The opening films for phase 6 of the MCU are said to be "carpeting" projects for Avengers: Secret Wars. In particular, it is likely that the villain Kang in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty will have a direct connection to this episode, similar to Infinity War and Endgame. As a villain with an ambition to dominate the Multiverse, it is possible that Kang has caused the dimensions to be disturbed or worse, to collapse, and the Avengers will have to clean up the ruins created by Kang.

Non-MCU Marvel movies and shows in the MCU

Now we're getting to the confusing bit: the multiverse. Thanks to Spider-Man: No Way Home, we have had various Spider-Man villains from through the multiverse in the MCU, and to fully understand everyone's motives and intentions in No Way Home, you need to have watched a fair few older Spider-Man movies.

These take place on three alternative timelines: one where Tobey Maguire is Spider-Man, another where Andrew Garfield is Spidey, and a third where Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock becomes the villain Venom. For a full deep dive into watching these movies, then check out our guide to how to watch the Spider-Man movies in order.

Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Venom (2018)

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)

Morbius (2022)

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