The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is one of the biggest media franchises of our generation. With 23 movies and counting, now is the perfect time to see our favourite superheros in action. (Image source: Marvel Studios)
By Alexandra Bull | @ally_bull19
As we slowly stop self-isolating and start resuming our normal lives, we still cannot have our usual Friday and Saturday nights out.
With the delay of Black Widow until November, now is the perfect time to re-watch all the movies in the Marvel cinematic universe.
Whilst you cannot watch all 23 movies in one sitting (if you have done it, I applaud you), you can watch a movie every night for three-and-a-half weeks straight, which is what I have been doing.
All 23 movies equate to about 50 hours of viewing, so you will need a lot of snacks, approximately 23 cups of tea and maybe a sibling or family member to keep you company.
Here are all the movies in their chronological order, with a short and sweet summary to get you excited for all the movies so far in the Marvel cinematic universe.
You will start your marathon with Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), which is set during WW2.
Steve Rogers (Captain America) is handpicked for a SHIELD experiment to make him a ‘super soldier’ thus making him the first Avenger.
Approximately 50 years later is where you will pick up with Captain Marvel (2019), the story of Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot turned superhero.
We do not see Captain Marvel gain until Avengers: Endgame, but like she says,” there are a lot of other planets in the universe.”
Iron Man (2008) is next in the marathon. Genius billionaire Tony Stark gets himself into a bit of strife, as most billionaires do, and uses his engineering skills to build him the first Iron Man suit.
Iron Man 2 (2010) follows the first Iron Man. Once again, Tony Stark is in some serious trouble and under pressure to share his genius with the world.
We also get to meet Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) in Iron Man 2, which is a bonus, as she is part of the original six Avengers.
Next in this marathon is potentially every Marvel’s fans least favourite Marvel movie: The Incredible Hulk (2008). It follows on from Iron Man 2 and is the back story of Bruce Banner (the Hulk).
Whilst it is one of the lower rated Marvel movies, it is important for later context to understand how the Hulk came to be so green and angry.
Thor (2011) is the next movie in the cinematic universe. Chris Hemsworth takes the stage as a god from the planet Asgard, trying to save Earth with a little help from his friends.
Natalie Portman is also in Thor, but we really do not talk about her character anymore, for you will find out when you watch the Thor movies.
The Avengers (2012) movie is the seventh movie in this marathon and is arguably one of the best films in the franchise.
Set in New York City, it has constant action and everybody’s favourite villain, Loki, makes this movie almost seemingly perfect.
Following from the aftermath in New York Iron Man 3 (2013), is the final film in the Iron Man trilogy.
With numerous plot twists, some heart-warming moments that are very unlike Tony Stark’s character, and an interesting flashback to Tony Stark’s earlier days, Iron Man 3 is a fitting end to the Iron Man trilogy.
You will return to Asgard for the next movie. Thor: The Dark World (2013) is darker than the first movie (as the name suggests). But we get more screen time with Loki, which is always a bonus.
The second movie in the Captain America trilogy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) is a fitting sequel to the first movie.
Following on from the story line of the first Captain America allows the friendship between Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff develop, as well has having an engaging and exciting story.
Whilst I have flashbacks to listening to the trailer at my first job in a movie store, the first Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) is essential to the later movies in the universe.
We are properly introduced to Thanos and the Infinity stones, which are two of the biggest players in the last two Avengers movies.
The first Guardians of the Galaxy movie has an incredible soundtrack, and thankfully Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017) is no exception.
With an array of pop culture references and baby Groot, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is the perfect mix of action, comedy and just a teeny bit of romance.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) is where you will continue from the Guardians of the Galaxy duo.
Whilst Avengers: Age of Ultron, is not everybody’s favourite Avengers movie, we meet an important character and see what can happen if we take technology too far.
The man who simply never ages, Paul Rudd is a criminal trying to turn his life around in Ant-Man (2015).
One of the more light-hearted Marvel movies, it also touches on some scientific concepts that I will never understand. These concepts turn out to be vital in Endgame.
Captain America: Civil War (2016) is one of my favourite films in the universe, probably because we are introduced to Spider-Man and there is that epic fight seen that leaves fans torn.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) is Peter Parker’s first solo movie in the marvel cinematic franchise. Tom Holland is not only Spider-Man but also a teenager trying to navigate through high-school.
Wholesome friendship moments and just the right amount of action makes Spider-Man Homecoming one of the best movies in the marathon.
After we properly get to meet our new Peter Parker, we are introduced to Doctor Strange (2016), who is originally a surgeon.
Whilst this is not Marvel’s best movie, the incredible visual effects accompanied by an incredible performance by Tilda Swinton is what makes the movie so magical
Another movie with of the best Marvel soundtracks we have seen, Black Panther (2018) is set in the fictional country of Wakanda and is centred around the Marvel character T’Challa.
The movie includes a perfect origin story, characters that become fan favourites, and another villain that everybody instantly loves. No wonder this film won three Oscars.
Potentially the best Thor film so far, Thor: Ragnarok (2017), features Thor’s estranged sister, Loki, and the Hulk. This seems like an extremely odd combination, but director Taika Waititi makes it work.
Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) is a warm and delightful sequel to the first film, which takes a more science-based approach rather than a fantasy one, which many fans seemed to appreciate.
It is also worth noting that you NEED to watch the post-credit scene, as it gives some incredible foreshadowing for the next two movies.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) is essentially the beginning of the end, which left me, and many others, heartbroken for a whole year until Endgame came out last year.
Infinity War sets the stage for an epic final movie with the original six Avengers, and it did not disappoint.
It had the job of tying all the characters together, which it did exceptionally well, and whilst there was a lot of jumping around, it did not feel rushed or forced.
Avengers: Endgame (2019) was one the most anticipated movies of 2019 and it definitely lived up to its expectations. It tied everything perfectly together, whilst still leaving room for exploration with different characters.
Though the ending leaves your heart slightly broken, the major battle at the end sends literal chills throughout your body and is probably one of the most epic scenes in the whole MCU.
The final movie in the MCU (for now) is Spiderman: Far From Home (2019), which follows on from Endgame and is the last movie apart of the ‘Infinity Saga.’
Like the first Spider-Man, Far From Home does a brilliant job of being not only a superhero film but also a film about a teenager experiencing all the feelings and emotions of a normal sixteen year old.
I am sure many of us wish we could use the time machine featured in Endgame to fast forward to the end of isolation. At least we have all 23 movies from the MCU to keep us company.
You can find all of the Marvel movies on Disney Plus, aside from the two Spider-Man movies which are on Netflix and The Incredible Hulk which is on YouTube.