Shang Chi with the rest of the Avengers - ScreenRant

MCU Films and How to Watch Them In Order

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s epic multiverse of superheroes and villains has become quite marvelous indeed, the newest of which is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

There are so many interwoven stories, themes, character arcs, timelines, and dimensions! In order to keep track of the MCU films and figure out what to watch when, here’s a list of those that have come out – 29 as of now — as well as what’s coming up in the next few years. Included are related articles and Incluvie score (and a fun 1.5 minute TikTok).

First is the release order of the MCU films. This is the way Marvel intended the audience to take in the characters and story arcs. After the release list is Incluvie’s own note and style on how to watch!

Captain America
Captain America: The First Avenger, with Steve Rogers

MCU Phase One:

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)

Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy

MCU Phase Two:

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)

Black Panther
Black Panther

MCU 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)

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

MCU Phase Four:

24. WandaVision (2021) [Disney Plus series]
25. Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) [Disney Plus series]
26. Loki (2021) [Disney Plus series]
27. Black Widow (2021)
28. What If…? (2021) [Disney Plus series]
29. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)


With the help of Games Radar, here’s what’s next for MCU films!


Phase Four (and beyond):

Eternals – November 5, 2021
Hawkeye – November 24, 2021 (Disney Plus series)
Ms. Marvel – Late 2021 (Disney Plus series)
Spider-Man 3: No Way Home – December 17, 2021
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – March 25, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder – May 6, 2022
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – July 8, 2022
TBA Marvel movie – October 7, 2022
The Marvels (AKA Captain Marvel 2) – November 11, 2022
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – February 17, 2023
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – May 5, 2023
Blade (TBA)
Captain America 4 (TBA)
Fantastic Four (TBA)
Untitled Mutants movie (TBA)

There’s never been anything as intricate and epic as the MCU in film history. Kevin Feige and the MCU team are really bringing Stan Lee’s comics to life.

Stan Lee
Stan Lee, image from The Guardian


Watching it by release date or chronological order can be great.

However, the Incluvie friendly way of watching them is:

    • Watch the ones that seem interesting to you
    • Ignore or stop watching any of them if you deem them distasteful in terms of repetitiveness, stereotypes, tropes, or length.

The MCU is meant to be fun. If you want to keep up while skipping the more boring or distasteful films, you can always read up or watch up (YouTube, TikTok, etc). You’ll probably even learn more interesting facts and trivia, while being able to skip the harmful stereotypes, so you can just sit back and enjoy!

Games Radar and Wikipedia were helpful, plus the Incluvie movies.


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