You've probably seen most of Infinity Saga, things may very well become even more confusing., but what about the TV shows? can be more than a little confusing. And now, as we approach the culmination of more than a decade of movies and Phase 3 of the
After more than a decade of movies, TV shows, shorts, and post-credits scenes, there's a lot to work through in the MCU.
Editors' note, July 24, 2019: We're past thenow. At , movies and TV shows through 2021. While we don't think they'll change anything below, we do expect this timeline to keep expanding. Check out the Infinity Saga timeline below and then the .
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So to either help you fill in the gaps before Endgame, to just watch all the shows for fun, or even merely try to impress your friends, we've created a timeline of what Marvel President Kevin Feige has now dubbed The Infinity Saga in the perfect viewing order. Or maybe you just care about where fits in (hint: it's not where you think!).
OK, now before you lash out in anger about some of the, ahem, more recent films' placement, please keep two super, mega, major things in mind.
MCU postcredits scenes do not matter
Seriously, the mid- and postcredits scenes are nothing more than fun throwaways, or in-canon nods for fervent fans. Even Marvel itself has quite literally rewritten older scenes with new movies. Assuming Feige and other heads of Marvel Studios thought about the next 10, 20 or even 30 years of MCU films right from the start is a bit presumptuous and completely ignores the fun some directors have said they had with these scenes.
My colleague Sean Keane has graciouslyfor you (but if it would be helpful, maybe we can also develop a timeline of which to watch and when). I can't say it enough times for first-time viewers: Ignore all the postcredits scenes (just watch the fun ones your friends tell you to). Especially when watching in this order, do not watch the or you will be very confused.
Ant-Man and the Wasp credit scenes
Marvel Studios, composite by Chelsea Shi/CNET
Captain Marvel does not belong in chronological order
Captain Marvel is the first true origin story (as in, she wasn't seen in a Marvel movie previously) since 2016's Captain America's first outing., but the film also gives fans a new look at Agents Nick Fury and Phil Coulson, as well as the Tesseract. If you were following a chronological watch order for your first viewing ever of these MCU films, you'd have So Many Questions watching the movie right after
In this order, Captain Marvel is the treat you get before the Infinity War-prequel that is.
Despite what order you end up experiencing these movies in, you should save yourself a few hours and definitely still note that The Incredible Hulk is indeed still skippable and even William Hurt ("Thunderbolt" Ross himself) admitted it. Speaking to IGN in 2015, Hurt said that "[Ross in Civil War] is different because it's a different style... And what they've done is they've taken a character who was the Ross from the older film and made a new version. This is a much newer Ross. A much different Ross." After watching both, we can confirm this is indeed the case.
You'll also notice that shorts and the Marvel One-Shots are missing from the graphic. These brief videos were initially created as standalone stories to provide backstory for characters or things seen in the movies, with two of them later becoming full-fledged shows.
|Marvel One-Shots||Title, release date|
|Takes place...||The Consultant (Sept. 2011)|
|At the end of Iron Man 2||A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer (Oct. 2011)|
|Directly before Thor||Item 47 (Sept. 2012)|
|Immediately following the Battle of New York in Avengers||Agent Carter (Aug. 2013)|
|One year after Captain America: The First Avenger; before Agent Carter||All Hail the King (Feb. 2014)|
Roughly two years after Iron Man 3; before Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
|Marvel Webisodes||Title, release date|
|Takes place..., minisodes 1 to 5 (July 2015)||WHIH Newsfront with Christine Everhart|
|Immediately before Ant-Man||WHIH Newsfront with Christine Everhart, minisodes 6 to 10 (April 2016)|
|Directly before Civil War , all 6 webisodes (Dec. 2016)||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot|
How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order
More continuity in the MCU
Season 1 of Thor: The Dark World, episode 8 of S.H.I.E.L.D. definitely takes place directly after those events.saw the release of two Marvel movies and had to contend with incorporating those plots. Airing after the release of
and also have wibbly-wobbly timelines. Early in the series, the Battle of New York is referenced to as The Incident, and it's said that it occurred about two years prior. But because of the show's lack of interaction with any big-screen Marvel characters, it could take place almost anywhere on the timeline between Thor: A Dark World and Avengers: Age of Ultron. In our timeline, we placed it concurrent with the second season of S.H.I.E.L.D. so as to stay closer to the time it was actually released.
is higher up than you may have expected -- that's because of the number of years the film says have passed, meaning it takes place just a few months after the first film.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Some say that Doctor Strange should come before Winter Soldier, because of a certain rooftop scene. A rabbit hole one IGN editor has already gone done and debunked. So Strange stays where it is. (But with time manipulation up for grabs now, who really knows??)
A frequent question about the timeline is why Captain America: TFA is first. This is all just my opinion, but I think watching Steve Rogers grow up first, followed by seeing Agent Carter's story, is a great way to begin an MCU foray. There's a case to be made that he is the most important Avenger, and whether you agree with that or not, it's worth it to jump in with him first.
As for the second most-asked question: No, Iron Man 2 shouldn't come before Incredible Hulk because of the short, The Consultant. That short was released much later on the Thor DVD in an attempt to simply backfill the storyline. I'm 100 percent going to say that if anything should move, it's the timing of when you watch that short -- maybe put it after Iron Man 2 instead and that will help. Yeah, I'm going to make that change on the one-shot list, that should help.
Years ago,diversity is very important to Marvel: "You look at any of our films and they've been very diverse," he said. "We feel like we're just doing justice to the books by representing that fully."
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told me
Looking ahead past Endgame, the only film we know is for sure coming is this summer's. We do, however, have a whole mess of , according to Deadline, THR and more. In-production and rumored upcoming films for the next Phase/Saga of MCU include:
Doctor Strange sequel
We recently learned Hulu will return for a third season, but the same cannot be said for the Marvel-Netflix properties. Despite critical acclaim for some of the shows, all of the Netflix originals have been .on
Will they ever return? Never say never, but chances seem slim. Instead, hope for a new reincarnation of the characters on the upcoming.
New Marvel shows are now pretty consistently popping up, but only some are within the MCU canon. Cloak and Dagger's second season begins in May on Freeform, while is theoretically still floating around somewhere? In Nov. 2017, THR revealed the show was being shopped to networks, but no word yet on where it'll end up (maybe ?).
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