MCU timeline: The best order to watch every Marvel movie and TV show

Captain America is the fifth Marvel film - with Iron Man, The Hulk, and Thor all having films before. But watch it first, because it's set first... in WW2. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
The second film, chronologically, hit theatres in 2019. But Captain Marvel is set in 1995. We see the hero, Carol Danvers, fall to Earth and hunt for Skrull. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
According to the official Marvel timeline, Iron Man takes place in 2010, so watch it next. It's about inventor/playboy Tony Stark and his first Iron Man suit. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
The second Iron Man picks up where the first left off: Tony Stark grappling with his Iron Man identity being revealed. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
The Incredible Hulk follows Bruce Banner on the run from General Thunderbolt Ross and the military. It stars Edward Norton. (Mark Ruffalo replaced him in 2012.) (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
Here we meet Thor, the God of Lightning, who has been banished to Earth from Asgard by his father Odin, all thanks to the trickery of his brother Loki. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
The Avengers is the culmination of "Phase One" of the MCU. Now, with all the main heroes introduced, this film gives them a daunting enemy to fight together. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
The final Iron Man film takes place six months after the Avengers' giant fight in NYC. Tony is dealing with the memories of the battle that nearly killed him. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
The second Thor film sees its hero return to Asgard after the Loki-led invasion of NYC. He doesn’t have time to rest, however, as the ancient Dark Elves return. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
Captain America now works for Shield, but he questions their motives when his closest friend returns from the dead and becomes an adversary, The Winter Soldier. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
This film focuses on Peter Quill, a rogue scavenger who forms a ragtag group of outcasts to stop Ronan the Accuser from wielding an Infinity Stone. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
This sequel picks up right after the original. Peter is forced to confront his past when he comes face to face with a godlike entity known as Ego. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
The Avengers reunite to tackle a mistake created by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner: The AI known as Ultron. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
Ant-Man started as a cat burglar. Here, he is recruited by Hank Pym to dawn the Ant-Man suit and to stop his technology from becoming weaponized. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
Although it's a Cap film, Civil War features many Avengers, including newbies Black Panther and Spider-Man. Unfortunately, they're all split into factions. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
The web-slinger makes his solo debut to face off with Vulture, a construction foreman who’s recovered tech from the NYC battle in the first Avengers film. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
Strange is a world-class surgeon, but a tragic accident takes away his hands. He travels the world searching for a cure and comes across ancient magic. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
After the UN bombing in Civil War, T’Challa must return home to Wakanda and be named king. Once there, he faces a mistake from his father’s past. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
The third Thor film finds the hero jettisoned across space - after the death of his father and the destruction of his hammer - where he gladiator-fights Hulk. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
Ant-Man is under house arrest following his role in the Civil War. But he agrees to help Hank and his daughter Hope by going into the Quantum Realm. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
In Black Widow, we see Natasha Romanov during a period of exile in her life. It takes place after the events of Civil War, but before Infinity War and the Snap. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
After years of orchestrating things from behind the scenes in order to find all the Infinity Stones, Thanos retrieves them himself. Can the Avengers stop him? (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
After Thanos snapped away half of all life, the Avengers must try to make things right. Five years pass and a slim chance emerges for them to undo it all. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
Wanda Maximoff has quietly been one of the most tragic characters in the MCU. Wandavision sees the character take over a small town to create a happier life. (image credit: Disney / Marvel Studios)
This show sees Sam Wilson (aka The Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (aka The Winter Soldier) team up to take on a new threat: An organization known as the Flagsmashers. (image credit: Marvel)
The last film in "Phase Three" serves as our first look post-Infinity War. The freshly unsnapped Peter Parker goes to Europe on a field trip and meets Mysterio. (image credit: Marvel Entertainment)
Sang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings takes place around November 2024 (MCU present time). It focuses on the titular character going against The Mandarin. (image credit: Disney / Marvel Studios)
Trying to figure out where Loki stands in the MCU is a brain-breaking activity. We're placing it at the end because the show is about the entire MCU timeline. (image credit: Marvel)