Avengers Infinity War – Unless you’ve been living under the rock, you’d know what these 3 words mean in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is undoubtedly one of the most awaited movies of the year. Interestingly, all the movies are connected in the Marvel universe. There are 18 to be precise! With so much going on, it is only fitting for you to be prepared before the epic battle. We are listing out all the Marvel movies to watch in chronological order. Buckle up, it’s going to be a long but worthy ride!
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Although this was the fifth movie in the MCU, it should ideally be the first movie to be watched because it takes place years and years before Iron Man and The Avengers. Known as the First Avenger, Captain America wasn’t always the powerful superhero we know him as. Born in Brooklyn, Steve Rogers was a skinny, small and visibly weak guy who wanted to serve the nation as a soldier. Seeing his poor physique, he was rejected multiple times. Things changed for good when he met Dr. Abraham Erskine. The birth and rise of the fan-favourite Captain America (Chris Evans) is totally worth watching! Oh and also, the first infinity stone, The Tesseract (Space Stone) features in this movie.
Iron Man (2008)
Arguably one of the wealthiest Marvel superhero, the world was introduced to Iron Man a.k.a. Tony Stark. Presented by the superstar Robert Downey Jr., Tony Stark / Iron Man is all things cool! A mechanic at his core, Tony lives a luxurious life with the business empire he inherited from his father, Howard Stark. Before you assume him just to be a billionaire playboy (which he totally is), he also is super intelligent. He works and develops gadgets and devices in his spare time, accompanied by his ever reliable Artificial Intelligence, Jarvis. Owing to his brilliant mind led to the discovery of the classic Iron Man suit. That’s what makes this superhero all what he is! But why did he have to create a suit when he already has it all? Watch the movie to find out more.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The events of this movie take place simultaneously with those of Iron Man 2 and Thor. The insanely powerful Hulk is the only superhero who has been portrayed by three time Academy Award nominated actors – Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo. It was Norton who brought this green beast alive on screen with this movie. The movie speaks about his origin and transformation into the incredible Hulk. Originally known as Dr. Bruce Banner, he subjects himself to high levels of gamma radiation which transforms him into Hulk. Consequently, each time he experiences negative emotions such as anger, he turns into the huge green creature. Needless to say, his strength is limitless and is easily one of the strongest among all the Avengers.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Following in the footsteps of the chain of events set by its predecessor, this movie further introduced the world to Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.), the spy/agent Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow and War Machine/James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes, Tony’s best friend. After the creation and world recognition of Iron Man, Tony Stark deals with immense pressure from the world and the government to share his knowledge and resources. Watching him tackle all of that and make his own way is worthwhile. Oh and also, this is wherein Nick Fury (leading agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.) brings in the Avengers initiative in the picture.
With nearly the entire Avengers crew assembled, the only major character missing is the crown prince of Asgard. He is God! Yes, you read that right. Thor, First-born of Odin, is a God of Thunder. He is proud and full of himself. Sounds like a good enough reason for the king and his father, Odin to exile him. Well, he did! Thor is sent to live among the mortals on Earth. When he lands here, his trusted weapon Mjölnir, the hammer is held in custody by the S.H.I.E.L.D. Banished from the homeland on an alien planet with no help whatsoever, it is interesting to watch how this God transforms into one of the prominent superheroes of all time.
The Avengers (2012)
Now that you have the entire superhero squad, it’s time to witness their magnanimity together in the said movie. The movie marks the conclusion of Phase 1 of the MCU, which introduces the Avengers team and brings them together for the first time to fight off the enemy (Loki, in this case who also happens to be Thor’s half-brother). Interestingly, the first infinity stone Tesseract appears yet again or rather is the reason that Loki causes havoc. The cult trio of Iron Man, Captain America and Hulk is joined by the mighty Thor. We see some other prominent figures such as Black Widow, Hawkeye, Nick Fury and agent Hill. Owing to the brilliant storyline and jaw-dropping action sequences, The Avengers went on to become one of the first Marvel production to rake big numbers at the box office. The Phase 2 begins after the Avengers survive the ultimate battle of New York.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
The third Iron Man installment is set 6 months after the events of The Avengers. In this movie, Tony Stark has a face off with a formidable enemy named the Mandarin (played by the legend Ben Kingsley). While Stark is still dealing with PTSD-like symptoms following The Avengers battle, his enemy seems to take the better off him. Pro-tip: The climax of this movie is unbelievably brilliant and top-notch!
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Picking up a year later from The Avengers, this movie is the second installment in the world of Thor. A few minutes into the movie, we are introduced to the second infinity stone – Aether (Reality Stone). Malekith, heading the dark elves, returns to existence to take the infinity stone in order to conquer the nine realms with darkness. In another case of events, Jane Foster (a human and Thor’s girlfriend) walks into an unknown trap. Now it’s up to the God of Thunder to save the day!
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
The sequel to the first Captain America movie, The Winter Soldier, takes place 2 years after The Avengers. By now you know that Steve Rogers is working with S.H.I.E.L.D. He is taken by surprise when the humanity is in danger owing to his best friend, Bucky (Agent Barnes). Cap teams up with Black Widow and Falcon (new entrant in the MCU) to put a stop to this whole madness. The said movie is one of the best works of Marvel in terms of cinematography and action sequences.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Going by the comics, Guardians of the Galaxy begins in 1988 when Peter Quill (also known as Star Lord) is kidnapped by aliens from Earth after his mother’s demise. The first movie in the franchise occurs 26 years after the abduction, which draws the conclusion that the movie is set in 2014. Peter escapes from the planet Morag with a valuable orb (also happens to be the third infinity stone – Orb, Power Stone) that Ronan the Accuser wants. We also see a small glimpse of the super-villain Thanos since Ronan is working for him. Peter eventually makes a group with unwilling heroes to put an end to Ronan’s terror in the galaxy. Since the Guardians are going to meet the Avengers in later stages, it is crucial to know their world too.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017)
Vol 2 is set merely 3 months after the first movie. Peter and his squad are hired by a powerful alien clan, The Sovereign, in order to protect their batteries from the invaders. On the flipside, Rocket steals the items they were initially sent to protect. In midst of escaping the wrath of Sovereign, the unknown mystery of Peter’s parentage is revealed. It is arguably one of the funniest Marvel movies with characters like Baby Groot and Yondu garnering laughs and enjoyable screen time in the movie.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The sequel to The Avengers, the said movie is the penultimate stage in Phase 2 of the MCU. Interestingly, the Artificial Intelligence the Avengers fight off with, Ultron, is a creation of their own wrong-doings. The power-packed action introduces three pivotal figures – the Vision (his birth and existence could be credited to the fourth infinity stone – Mind Stone) , the twins Pietro (Quicksilver) and Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch).
Set a few months after the events of Age of Ultron, this is the final movie in Phase 2 of the MCU. It revolves around the protagonist Scott Lang, a con artist & thief, who helps Dr. Hank Pym protect his technology. The technology is a futuristic suit which has the ability to shrink like an ant. Interestingly, he is seen infiltrating the Avengers facility but is interrupted by Falcon. The appearance of the tiniest avenger at the facility sets up an entry ticket in the Avengers squad in the movies to follow.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
What is the best thing to do before reaching a predictable multi-superhero climax? Set them apart! That’s exactly what Civil War is all about. The friction and conflicting thoughts between the superheroes leads to unavoidable battle between two groups lead by Captain America and Iron Man. Set a year after Age of Ultron, this is the first movie in Phase 3 of the MCU. The introductions of new superheroes like Black Panther and Spider-Man, set a precedent for their standalone movies to follow.
Doctor Strange (2016)
Played by the talented and loved actor Bendict Cumberbatch, Dr. Strange is one of the most powerful and important superheroes of the MCU. In the first standalone movie, Stephen Strange, a renowned neurosurgeon, suffers a career-ending injury after an accident. He loses the ability to use his hands. In the hope to revive his basic ability back, he goes to the Ancient One. In the process and under her guidance, he becomes the greatest sorcerer the world has ever seen. Also, the movie introduces you to the fifth infinity stone – The Eye of Agamotto (Time Stone).
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
With Tom Holland playing the titular role, the said movie is set several months after Civil War. Overjoyed by his experience with the Avengers, Peter Parker comes back home. Mentored by Tony Stark, he embraces his newfound identity as Spider-Man. But he must control and put his powers to test when an enemy poses threat to anything and everything he holds dear.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
The third installment in the Thor series is taking place at the same time as Spider-Man: Homecoming. Following the events of Age of Ultron, Thor is imprisoned at an foreign planet of Sakaar without his mighty hammer. Simultaneously, his sister and one of the most powerful villains of the MCU, Hela (played marvelously by the veteran Cate Blanchett) is creating havoc at his homeworld, Asgard. He is pitted to fight against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Most of the Marvel fans believe that the creators redeemed themselves with this brilliant movie. The movie was and is still applauded for its crisp narrative, witty dialogues, fine acting, superhit soundtracks and of course, the power-packed action!
Black Panther (2018)
Carrying on from the events of Civil War, King T’Challa returns to his homeland, Wakanda. After his father’s death, it’s on him to protect his country and also the next world war. But his authority both as a king and Black Panther gets tested when his arch rival Erik Killmonger arrives at Wakanda. The movie has been breaking records since the time of its release. Owing to its breathtaking cinematography, action-packed sequences and tight narrative, Black Panther will be worth your every minute.
Andd.. You are ready for the finale!
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (2018)
The sequel to Age of Ultron, Infinity War is set 4 years ahead of the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Infinity War will see the Avengers teaming up with the Guardians to battle it out with Thanos, who is trying to acquire the powerful Infinity Stones.