There is no denying that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has influenced the present landscape of entertainment. As such, every upcoming Marvel movie is highly anticipated and noteworthy. Over the course of many years, Marvel Studios has created an enthralling world that has kept movie-goers glued to the screens and it’s not hard to see why, having mastered the art of turning beloved comic books to blockbuster movies.
Here’s everything worth knowing about upcoming Marvel movies and the best order to watch the previous releases in the MCU.
Upcoming Marvel Movies
With the success of the first three phases of the MCU, fans eagerly awaited the reveal of which movies and superheroes will make the cut for the fourth phase. Needless to say, fans were not disappointed when Marvel’s Phase Four Movies were finally announced.
The MCU’s phase four will begin with the long-awaited Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, which will premiere on the 1st of May 2020. This will be followed by The Eternals which has a 6th of November 2020 release date.
On the 12th of February 2021, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings starring Simu Liu will be released in the United States. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be released on 7th May 2021. Finally, Thor: Love And Thunder is expected to round off phase four when it is released on the 5th of November, 2021.
Other upcoming Marvel movies which have been confirmed by the Marvel studio head but do not have release dates at the moment include Blade, a Black Panther sequel, a Captain Marvel sequel, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3., and an untitled Fantastic Four Film, among others.
With these, it is already made obvious that the MCU will have many more upcoming, and highly anticipated movies to excite fans.
What Order To Watch Previous Releases
1. Captain America: The First Avenger
Chronologically, this is the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It takes place during the second world war and focuses on Steve Rogers as he joins an experimental program that turns him into a supersoldier called Captain America.
This is the fifth release of Marvel Cinematic Universe but chronologically, it predates all the films in the MCU.
2. Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel takes place in the ’90s, making it the second in the MCU’s chronological timeline. It follows Carol Danvers, a Kree soldier, as she finds herself in the middle of an intergalactic war. She is forced to choose between her people and the Skrulls while trying to figure out her identity and decipher memories of her time on Earth.
3. Iron Man
While Iron Man is the first MCU film released, it is the third in the shared Universe’s chronological timeline. The 2008 film follows Tony Stark, who is kidnapped and forced to build a weapon for terrorists. Instead, he builds an Iron Man armor and escapes captivity.
Finally coming face to face with the destruction his weapons cause, he chooses to stop manufacturing weapons. He then modifies his iron man suit for fighting crime and terrorism.
4. Iron Man 2
Premiering in 2010, Iron Man 2 focuses on Tony Stark as he faces pressure from the government to share his Iron Man technology with the military. Understandably hesitant, Tony must rely on his friends – Pepper and Rhodey, forge new alliances, and confront a new enemy.
5. The Incredible Hulk
This Marvel movie focuses on Bruce Banner as he tries to find a cure for the gamma radiation that contaminated his cells and allows him to turn into the hulk. Not only is Bruce kept away from his love, Betty Ross, but he must also face a new foe in the form of The Abomination.
Back when Thor was still an upcoming Marvel movie, many were not certain the introduction of mythological elements into the MCU would work; however, the success of this film proved the naysayers wrong.
Thor follows its titular hero after he is banished to Earth by Odin – his father and King of The Norse gods. He must find a way to return to Asgard, prove himself worthy and face his greatest threat – his brother, Loki, who vies for the throne.
7. The Avengers
The Avengers marked the end of the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While still in production, this was easily one of the most hyped upcoming movies Marvel had to offer.
The Avengers brought heroes from the MCU’s previous franchises to create a team to defeat Thor’s brother, Loki, after he gains unlimited power and seeks to conquer Earth. The Avengers has been lauded over the years for changing the landscape of the movie industry.
8. Iron Man 3
Following a steady progression, this last part of the trilogy is the least light-hearted of the bunch. It explores the relationship between man and suit in a way never seen before. This 2013 movie really examined the psyche of the unmasked vigilante as he attempts to restore some normalcy to his life.
The lines between Tony Stark and Iron Man are blurred here while he battles with PTSD. For once, the villain does not just attack the world as a whole, but wages war against Tony’s personal world. All of this takes place after The Avengers.
9. Thor: The Dark World
This 2013 production takes place a mere six months after Iron Man 3 and focuses attention on more divine realms. The past always has a way of catching up with people, apparently, gods are subject to it too.
After a war against Dark Elves ends quite victoriously, their ‘weapon of mass destruction’ the Aether was buried away in a secret location. A twist of events has Jane Foster becoming its host hundreds of years later. In order to save all the realms, including Earth, Thor has to snatch and transport her to Asgard before Malekith, the Dark Elf gets her.
10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Once all the finery and superpowers are stripped off, this is simply one of the best spy movies to date. MCU released this in 2014 and reintroduced Captain America among an array of other heroes like The Winter Soldier and Falcon. With espionage as the central theme here, the whole plot and most of the characters will leave you calculating.
11. Guardians Of The Galaxy
Who does not love a story about a rag-tag team of lovable villains coming together for the greater good? 26 years after being snatched from Earth, Peter Quill snags something that places a target on his back. This item is an orb highly coveted by Ronan, a top-level villain. In order to keep it from falling into the hands of evil (also to stay alive), he has to team up with a very unlikely group.
12. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
Sometimes the journey to the past takes people on the most unlikely of routes. That is made evident here as a simple guarding mission gone wrong reveals the truth about Peter Quill’s parents.
James Gunn, the film’s director explains that Guardians of the Galaxies Vol. 2 happened just three months after the first one and that is why Groot is depicted as a baby.
13. Avengers: Age of Ultron
It is always a delight to see the Avengers reconvene on-screen but in the Marvel Universe that could only mean trouble. A simple peace-keeping program goes wrong and once again the gang must unite to fight the forces of evil, in this case, Ultron.
As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron, a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.
Fresh out of the slammer, Scott Lang finds himself on the straight and narrow for the first time in a while. But responsibilities push him to a failed robbery which turns out to be a blessing in disguise. Now armed with a suit that allows him to shrink, wield superhuman strength and control an army of ants, he must become a force of good.
15. Doctor Strange
A freak accident takes away his ability to carry out what he thought was his life’s purpose. This leads Dr. Stephen Strange on a quest to try some alternative treatments when western medicine failed him. At first, it was all about regaining control of his hands so he could go back to his life as a surgeon. Soon enough, he is forced to choose between mundane life and one where he stands at the frontline of some of the most epic battles between good and bad.
16. Captain America: Civil War
With great power comes great responsibility; perhaps that was the premise for this production. Equally interesting is the obvious switch of roles between the usually upright and patriotic Captain America and the unruly, strong-willed Iron Man.
When the government moves to put sanctions in place in the case that the Avengers leave any damage in their wake, a rift is caused. The aftermath of their work in The Avengers still looming over him, Iron Man is on board. Meanwhile, Captain America strongly opposes… hence, the civil war.
17. Black Panther
The Black Panther was introduced when he lost his father in Captain America: Civil War; with that occurrence, T’Challa returned to Wakanda to take his place on the throne. An enemy who should have been a friend rather than a foe resurfaces and challenges his claim to the throne. At that point, not only is T’Challa vulnerable but so is the entire nation of Wakanda.
This movie tests willpower, loyalty and the power of unity. The young king must unlock the true power of the Black Panther in order to protect his country and right a great wrong.
18. Spider-Man: Homecoming
After a brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, A.K.A Spiderman, must go back to life as usual; except, everything is different now. Though he still lives with his Aunt May, he is now a protégé to the one and only Iron Man. His double identity seems to be working for him until the evil Vulture emerges as a serious threat to all he holds dear.
19. Thor: Ragnarok
Despite sporting a light tone, this production is not all fun and games. It starts with Thor in captivity, but a sordid prophecy spurs him to break free in order to prevent Ragnarok, the annihilation of his homeland. This leads to him discovering another harsh truth about his family as Thor comes in contact with Hela, a banished sister turned foe.
Now, in an unexpected twist, Loki and Thor must work together to bring on Ragnarok in order to save the people of Asgard.
20. Ant-Man And The Wasp
The aftermath of Captain America: Civil War was completely different for each hero. In his case, Scott Lang landed himself into trouble with the authorities. Though it changed the dynamics in practically all his relationships, he finds himself once again working with Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym. Blasts from the past are encountered as they battle a whole new villain.
21. Avengers: Infinity War
This production marks the beginning of the end… or does it? All the superheroes must disregard their differences and join forces to form a synergy that is strong enough to stop the powerful Thanos. Though he is a madman with a noble motive, the price is too high to pay. He sets out on a quest for the infinity stones with the Avengers on the other side of the battle line. The story ends at a low note, somehow, it seems like all hope is lost.
22. Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of every Marvel movie so far. After the cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers must come together one last time to stop Thanos, save the fate of the universe, avenge the fallen heroes and try to undo the tragic ending of Avengers: Endgame. Generally, considered one of the biggest MCU productions, this movie sees the end and beginning of some beloved heroes.
23. Spider-Man: Far From Home
Spider-Man: Far From Home is the last film in the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It follows Peter Parker (Spider-Man) who is on school vacation in Europe but encounters a deadly threat and must stop it with the help of Nick Fury and Maria Hill.