Based on some of the most admired comic books, the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have left millions of fans worldwide on the edge of their seat. And this is not surprising at all.
Exhilarating action scenes, deep relationships between characters, and intense storylines are the norm in the MCU set of films and series. So, are you craving intergalactic adventures, pulse-pounding political thrillers, or perhaps earthbound heroics? A Marvel marathon might be the answer to this desire. Now, you should know that there are 14 years of MCU existence, which means dozens of movies. There are so many titles that a newbie to this saga may find it hard to watch them in the right order, which is why Marvel’s set of movies is that kind of thing that requires a bit of research before indulging in it. From Captain America and Thor to Black Panther and Black Widow, Marvel Studios has brought some names to the screens that fans find impossible to forget.
However, here is a useful roundup of titles that newcomers and long-time Marvel lovers alike will certainly find helpful. It comprises some must-see movies in the order everyone should watch them, so read on!
Iron Man (2008)
The Iron Man trilogy is one of the fans’ favourites, and for a good reason. After all, this is where it all began. Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., will go down in history as one of the most famous heroes portrayed in this sort of genre. Iron Man, especially the first Iron Man film, has changed the way audiences perceive adaptations based on comic books despite the lowest budget and graphics. Tony Stark’s charisma is one of the leading reasons the movie continues to be praised and watched, so if you do not know where to start, our advice (obviously) is to start with Marvel’s first film ever.
Thor is where MCU’s one of the most iconic heroes is introduced. Thor, played by the one and only Chris Hemsworth, is the titular God of Thunder and is about to become the ruler of Asgard. However, things get spicier when the Frost Giants intervene. Thor fights the leader of these monsters, a supervillain named Laufey, along with his brother Loki. However, Loki is believed to be the real villain in the series, and some folks even consider him one of the best villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, this film is not just about Thor fighting monsters in order to save Asgard. If you watch the movie, you will see that Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) appears, too, as well as clues about the legendary Infinity Stone.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Captain America is another beloved series pertaining to Marvel Studios, and it should not go unnoticed. First of all, this is where the leader of the Avengers appears for the first time, so watching the other films from the Avengers set would be confusing. In the role of the Cap, Chris Evans acts with talent and charisma, making thousands of people worldwide fall in love with his character. A lot of what happens in The First Avenger gets you ready for the rest of the show, so if you have nothing scheduled this Sunday evening, consider immersing yourself in The Avengers saga.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
The Guardians of the Galaxy movies are considered some of the best in the MCU’s collection and some of the best space films out there. But this should come as no surprise since each movie comes with its own intriguing story, so if you want to watch Guardians of the Galaxy without continuing with another film that comes before or after, you are welcome to do so. The 2014 movie, in particular, has managed to lure space enthusiasts, featuring everything from interstellar criminals to romantic relationships. It starts with the story of Peter Quill, who is kidnapped by aliens and eventually becomes a thief. Peter’s numerous conflicts and escape attempts will lead him to meet fellow guardians, Groot, Rocket, and Gamora. The film also gives viewers more details about the Infinity Store, which became a symbol in Marvel movies. All the main characters from this saga are beloved, so do not be surprised if any of your friends want to boast about their impressive collection of figures. If you have such a Marvel enthusiast in your life and do not know what to give them on their birthdays, the Marvel Funko Pop collection is all the rage now.
Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther is another iconic Marvel movie, which, just like Guardians of the Galaxy, exists in its own bubble. Its story revolves around the Prince of Wakanda, T’Challa, who is to take the throne. However, there is so much responsibility when it comes to the Wakanda nation – and so many secrets – that the prince finds it hard to deal with. He has to fight his cousin Erik, who wants to steal the throne and does not hesitate to use all means in this sense. What will happen with Wakanda and its source of indestructible material (which criminals are in search of) only remains to be seen. We won’t give you any spoilers!
Black Widow (2020)
Between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Scarlett Johansson, in the role of Natasha Romanoff, has to face the ‘red in her ledger’. Fans get to see her reuniting with her Russian family, including her father Alexei (David Harbour), mother Melina (Rachel Weisz), and sister Yelena (Florence Pugh). It has been a delight for Marvel lovers to watch Natasha Romanoff in her own film, and even if its release was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was received with applause. Natasha appeared in several MCU movies, but none focused on her – until now. If you have watched the other films on this list, ensure you give Black Widow a chance too – the storyline and Scarlett’s acting talent make it worthwhile.
Doctor Strange, Spider-man, and Ant-Man are also worth watching. However, the MCU’s collection of movies is so vast that it’s impossible to discuss it all in one article.