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What films make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and what order should they be watched in?

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    Watch them in the order they were released. – Daft Aug 5 '15 at 8:08
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The full chronological (not release order! I assume you're asking for chronological, as release order is easy enough to find on Wikipedia) order, bolded the ones that interest (and/or should) you:

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger (Film)

    Agent Carter (One-Shot on the Iron Man 3 Blu-Ray)

    Agent Carter (TV series)

  2. Iron Man (Film)

    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer (One-Shot on the Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-Ray)

  3. Thor (Film)

  4. The Incredible Hulk (2008 Film)

  5. Iron Man 2 (Film) (Hulk's campus rampage can be seen in the background)

    The Consultant (One-Shot on Thor Blu-Ray)

  6. The Avengers (Film)

    Item 47 (One-Shot on The Avengers Blu-Ray)

  7. Iron Man 3 (Film)

    Agents of SHIELD (TV Series: Season 1, Episodes 1-7)

    All Hail The King (One-Shot on the Thor 2: The Dark World Blu-Ray and digital release)

  8. Thor 2: The Dark World (Film)

    Agents of SHIELD (TV Series: Season 1, Episodes 8-16)

  9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Film)

    Agents of SHIELD (TV Series: Season 1, Episodes 17-22)

  10. Guardians of the Galaxy (Film)

    Daredevil (Netflix Series)

    Agents of SHIELD (TV Series: Season 2, Episodes 1-19)

  11. Avengers: Age of Ultron (Film)

  12. Ant-Man (Film)

    Agents of SHIELD (TV Series: Season 2, Episodes 20-22)

List taken from this source. The list was compiled based on clues and/or direct references made between movies and/or info released by creators. I've changed it a little, as the original list was a little inaccurate.

Note that some films are likely happening simultaneously - like Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.

Tony Stark's organisation sold anti-Hulk weapons to the army (that had to happen before Tony returned from captivity), and yet at the end he approaches the General with the Avengers initiative as a solution to Hulk (after finishing his first bossfight as IronMan).

  • Hmmmm... what's the justification behind watching Ant-Man before the rest of SHIELD season 2? – scott.korin Aug 5 '15 at 16:52
  • @scott.korin that part I don't know. Copies from the source website. I haven't watched either yet, so I didn't read into it to avoid spoilers – Petersaber Aug 5 '15 at 19:08
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You probably shouldn't discuss piracy on Stack Exchange – at least, the use of download implied this, sorry if I'm wrong.

Anyway, related to the Avengers, you appear to be missing Thor, Thor 2: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As you'd expect, you should watch them in release order:

  • Iron Man (May 2008)
  • The Incredible Hulk (June 2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (May 2010)
  • Thor (May 2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (July 2011)
  • Marvel's The Avengers (May 2012)
  • Iron Man 3 (May 2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (November 2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 2014)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (July 2015)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe will probably have a lot of development towards non-Avengers by Infinity War. Only Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man fit that category so far, but I recommend you watch them after Captain America: The Winter Soldier to fully understand a few tidbits of plot (which I won't spoil).

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