In what order do you watch Marvel movies? [2020]

First, let’s get to know a little bit about Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios (known as Marvel Films from 1993 to 1996) is a film studio based at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, USA. The studio was a subsidiary of Marvel Comics until Disney reorganized the companies in August 2015, to become one more Disney studio. Dedicated to produce the film adaptations of Marvel Comics, the study has participated in the production of three franchises of Marvel characters that have surpassed the thousand million of collection only in the United States: X-Men, Spider-Man and the multifranchises of the Marvel film universe. Since 2013, Marvel Studios movies are distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, except for Spider-Man movies, which were distributed by Sony Pictures, although between 2008 and 2011 they were distributed by Paramount Pictures, except for The Incredible Hulk which was distributed by Universal Pictures.

Marvel Studios has produced 23 films from Iron Man (2008) to Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), all of which share continuity with the others. Together, these films have grossed more than $22 billion at the box office worldwide, making it the biggest money-making movie franchise in the history of cinema.

Brief guide to understand Marvel’s Universes

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Not all superhero fans are necessarily comic book readers. That’s why this particular type of audience often gets confused when they try to get close to their favorite characters in ink. What are the X-Men doing with the Avengers, why is Spider-Man a zombie, what the hell is the Hulk doing with glasses?

These are usually the first impressions of someone who has only followed Marvel’s stories in the cinema. We can’t blame him, in fact we have to admit that sometimes the Marvel continuity lines are so saturated with cross-overs and spin-offs that it is necessary to reread previous comics to understand what is happening.

For this reason we believe it is convenient to publish this brief guide about the different Marvel universes and its lines of continuity. In this way, the reader who is just entering the world of comics will be able to have a clearer picture and thus avoid the dizziness of arguments that usually lead to the abandonment of this beautiful passion.

The Universes of Marvel

The first thing to understand is that the lines of argument overlap according to the universe they form. Each Marvel universe has its own story and timeline, which does not prevent the characters from sometimes intervening in parallel worlds. Here are the main ones:

Earth 616, the original
Earth 616 is the original universe of Marvel where all the most known stories and characters originate. It is the space of the most classic series such as Uncanny X-Men, The Amazing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four.

Ultimate
It is the universe where everything begins again… in a way. It’s one of Marvel’s newest cosmologies, the idea was to imitate DC’s Hero Reborn plan but without affecting the temporal continuity so it was necessary to start with a completely new universe. Superheroes have different characteristics from the original universe, for example, Ultimate Spider-Man is Miles Morales, an African-American of Latin descent. The idea of this universe is to capture younger readers by “modernizing” the original superheroes.

Marvel 2099
Spaceships, cyborgs, interstellar travel, Marvel 2099 is the universe of the future in cyberpunk style. In this scenario, mega-corporations like Alchemax control a world divided into two poles after a war between humans and mutants. Spider-Man 2099, x-Men 2099 and Fantastic Four 2099, among others, belong to this microcosm. It was created in 1992 by Stan Lee.

Marvel Noir
In my opinion, one of the most boring. In this universe there is a combination of elements of film noir and pulp. Most of the characters have no power except for Spider-Man, the main idea was to experience a kind of graphic novel with elements from comics. Luckily it was discontinued in 2010.

Marvel Zombies
Also known as “zombieverse”, in this scenario superheroes and villains are infected by an alien virus that turns them into zombies. The original idea was that it would be a unique series written by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) but lately it has been thought to introduce more stories with other writers.

Ucronies (Bullet Points)
This is the universe of “what if. In this timeline there are things that never happened or happened differently, for example Bruce Banner is bitten by a radioactive spider that turns him into Spider-Man while Peter Parker is injected with the formula that turns him into… well, a green thing…

House of M
In this universe mutants are the dominant race. House of M is a universe derived from Earth 616. Created by Scarlet Witch, no human being remembers how the world used to be before the intervention of the Scarlet Witch except the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Wolverine.

Age of Apocalypse
This universe is the product of a temporal accident when Legion, Xavier’s son, travels to the past to murder Magneto. In his place he kills his own father, leaving as an immediate effect the rise of Apocalypse as master and lord of the Earth. In this Universe (also known as Earth – 295), humans are a minority oppressed by the forces of Revelation and are revealed along with other non-mutant heroes like Reed Richards and Tony Stark.

Mangaverse
The discussion about whether the Mangaverse is more of an editorial line than a Universe itself is older than the collection of volumes that gave it life. However, Marvel’s Official Manual indicates that it is a separate Universe by giving it the number Earth – 2301.

As its name indicates, this Universe compiles the main characters of Marvel’s catalog but in Manga format.

Larval Universe
One of the funniest and most extravagant Universes of the publishing house. Also known as Earth – 8311, this reality was the one that showed Marvel’s characters in animal version: Spider-Ham, Fantastic Fur and Captain Americat, among others.

So far, a very brief description of Marvel’s Universes. Do you remember any other that we have omitted, do you have a favorite?

In what order do you watch the Marvel movies?

After the delays at the expense of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we updated this order to see the Marvel Universe movies (UCM).
On the occasion of the arrival of Disney+ which includes -among many other contents- all the Marvel superheroes’ movies, we update our article dedicated to explain you in what order to watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe (UCM) movies from Phase 1 to Phase 4. It is worth mentioning that the platform is available on PS4 and Xbox One.

The impact of the coronavirus at UCM: release dates and productions

Disney has stopped the production of its films because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). A global pandemic and the cause of a state of alert in Spain, the outbreak is irremediably affecting all industries, including the film and television industries, which are raising multi-million dollar budgets. Thus, Phase 4 of Marvel’s Universe of Cinema (UCM) is being intervened, which will affect the release date of films such as Spider-Man 3 or Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, the latter already paralyzed.

The severity of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has precipitated Marvel Studios’ decision to restructure its schedule for Phase 4; including the Black Widow, initially planned for May.

In what order to watch Marvel’s Universe of Cinema movies?

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Now, what is the correct order to watch the Marvel movies? There are followers who prefer to introduce a few variations to the following list, but we consider the following to be the most correct way to learn about the events that have occurred so far without getting lost along the way. Iron Man, Captain America, Doctor Stranger, Thor, Avengers, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel and many more.

Phase 1

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
It is not the first film produced by Marvel but it is the first film you must see in order to understand the history of Marvel’s film universe, since it is set in World War II.

Iron Man (2008)
The film that kicked off ten years of blockbusters… and the biggest change in commercial cinema. We know Tony Stark, who will be the character the whole MCU will revolve around.

The Incredible Hulk (2008)
This new version of the Hulk, after the failure of Ang Lee’s film, did not convince anyone either. Besides, we have Edward Norton and his complicated character that caused Marvel to replace him with Mark Ruffalo. From this rather mediocre film only William Hurt remains.

Iron Man 2 (2010)
Tony Stark’s second adventure and, although it was beaten by the critics, it was a blockbuster and introduced us to Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, as well as War Machine with the face of Don Cheadle.

Thor (2011)
Introduction of Thor, Loki (the most famous villain of all the films) and even Hawkeye in a minor role. Also, Natalie Portman is around, although a little absent-minded, it has to be said.

The Avengers (2012)
The culmination of Phase 1 is this epic created by Joss Whedon, with one of the best choreographed final fights in recent years. We begin to get to know the dynamics of the characters… and Thanos, in the post-Credit scene.

Phase 2

Iron Man 3 (2013)
This is the most successful film of the ones starring Robert Downey Jr., who helped forge the relationship between his character and Gwyneth Paltrow’s, as well as to understand a little more the beleaguered Tony Stark after the events of ‘The Avengers’.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
The history of this second part of ‘Captain America’ was a total revolution in the MCU. Thanks to this installment, not only did we reunite with Bucky Barnes (vital to the future Marvel), but we also discovered one of the most dramatic script twists of recent years with the real SHIELD identity.

Thor: The Dark World (2013)
This movie would work perfectly as independent of the whole MCU, except for one thing: we know one of the Gems of infinity, which in the movie is called Ether.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
A rather risky bet by Marvel but it worked out perfectly. He introduces us to several superheroes totally unknown to the general public and gets us to love them instantly. It also helps us to know a little more about Thanos, the great enemy in the shadow.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (belongs to Phase 3 but it is recommended to see it after the first one) (2017)
If you want to continue with the chronological order, this is the next movie you should see. Both movies work perfectly independently from the MCU, since they don’t even take place on Earth, and none of the characters interact with the ones we already know.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
This film, which was not well received by critics, also represented a before and after in the future Marvelite: The Avengers dissolve, we know Vision and the Scarlet Witch… and the romance between the Black Widow and the Hulk.

Ant-Man (2015)
Like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, this film works independently, as it is a closed and self-conclusive story that shows us the character of Scott Lang and his conversion into Ant-Man.

Phase 3

Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Another vital delivery to understand what is to come. Reunion of the Avengers (except Hulk and Thor), and beginning of the fight between Captain America and Iron-Man because of the so-called Sokovia Agreements, a treaty signed by the vast majority of countries to regulate and control superheroes. Tony Stark agrees. Steve Rogers does not.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Another film presentation, although not of the character, but of the actor who plays it, since at least we get rid of seeing again the story of how the spider bites Peter Parker. Although we have already seen him in ‘Civil War’, here we know him.

Doctor Strange (2016)
Presentation of the character of Stephen Strange, as well as knowing the functioning of the Gems of Infinity and how different realities work.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
In this third installment of Thor’s adventures, not only did we meet Loki again, but we discovered where the Hulk was hiding, we witnessed Thor’s change of look… and its end is directly linked to the beginning of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’.

Black Panther (2018)
Film presentation of the character, which also works as an independent story. As a curiosity: first time the hero changes his mind thanks to the villain.

The Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
First of the two deliveries that will culminate Marvel’s Phase 3, in addition to the first 10 years of MCU’s history. Finally we know Thanos’ motivations and we see all the heroes on screen (there is not one missing… well, yes… one is). His end still hurts in the hearts of thousands of fans.

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
A sequel to ‘Ant-Man’ that works again as an independent film except for two things:

We know more about the Quantum Kingdom, which seems vital for the development of ‘Avengers: Endgame’.

Post-credits: This little scene happens at the same time as the end of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. For a few minutes, but it helps us to know what happens to Scott Lang during the click of Thanos.

Captain Marvel (2019)
The film starring Brie Larson is his origin story, and it is not only set in the 90’s, but it will lay the foundation for everything that comes to us in Phase 4. Chronologically, you must see it in this order.

Post-Credit: It bridges the gap between the end of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and the beginning of ‘Avengers: Endgame’, with Carol Danvers appearing on Earth in response to Nick Fury’s paging call.

Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Culmination of all the previous, and whose end opens a new path towards what will come to us from now on, laying the foundations of what is known as Phase 4.

Spider-man: Far from home (2019)
The sequel of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ serves to introduce us to Mysterio, and explain a little bit about what happened in the MCU after the return of all the characters that disappeared because of Thanos’ click.

Phase 4

Black Widow: October 30, 2020
Although it has not been released yet, we already know that what happens in the film will be right after the events in ‘Avengers: Civil War’, with a Black Widow in hiding.

Eternals: February 12, 2021
The new Marvel movie will bring the Gods to our door. Thanks to the official synopsis, we know that the events we see in the film will take place right after what happened in ‘Avengers: Endgame’, so it will almost be the same as what we saw in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’.

Sang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings: May 7, 2021
The film ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ is Marvel’s first film with an Asian superhero. For now Marvel Studios has not revealed any previews of the film, because the character will be presented in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the film, it is expected that it will be a story of the character’s origin.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: November 5, 2021
After the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame’, Stephen Strange continues to search for the Stone of Time. An old friend turned enemy puts an end to his plans and makes Strange unleash an indescribable evil

Thor: Love and Thunder: February 18, 2022
Although the official synopsis of the film is not yet known, we do know something: it will be based on the comic book series ‘The Mighty Thor’ created by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman. Thus, Jane Foster becomes the Goddess of Thunder and replaces Thor as he is no longer considered worthy of carrying the hammer.

Black Panther 2: May 8, 2022
What is the future of Black Panther 2 after the death of Chadwick Boseman? These could be two of the options for Disney and Marvel.

-Shuri, the second favorite: The character of Shuri in the movies became one of the most loved by the fans of the Marvel movie universe. He would not be alien to the very story of the title Black Panther, since in the comics Shuri already had the opportunity to be at the head of Wakanda.

-To find a new actor to give life to the mythical king of Wakanda: the least requested, but we are waiting for the decision of the film studio.

Captain Marvel 2: July 8, 2022
For now, we do not know what the possible plot of ‘Captain Marvel’ might be, but we do know that it will happen today. Remember that the first installment took place in the 90’s and the next time we saw the character, was in ‘Avengers: Endgame’, which takes place in 2019. But as he is half Skrull-middle Kree and also has powers from the Tesseract, his aging is different from the rest of the humans.

One of the most recurrent rumors is that the villain of the film will be Veranke, the queen of the Skrull empire in the Marvel Universe. If confirmed, it would lay the foundation for the saga of ‘Secret Invasion’, when it is discovered that the Skrulls, being shape-shifters, have been invading without anyone knowing it on planet Earth.

Marvel’s Infinity Saga Reveals Price; What Will the Box Set Include?

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With 23 films, unreleased material and a serial number that makes it a collection, Marvel will put the Infinity Saga on sale.

Marvel will soon release the collection edition of the Saga del Infinito, which consists of 23 films with the most beloved superheroes of the cinema such as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Spiderman and company. The Box Set will be available from November 15 with a price of 550 US dollars, that is, about 11 thousand Mexican pesos, and a filtered image gives many details of what this package of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will include.

The MCU’s Infinity Saga would include all 23 films in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format and standard Blu-Ray, a special disc -already available as a digital download- that will include deleted and extended scenes never seen before, a letter written by Kevin Feige (president of Marvel Studios), a lithograph drawn by artist Matt Ferguson and a numbered certificate of this limited edition.

Marvel built the most box office franchise in the history of cinema, since all its films have left joint earnings worldwide exceeding 22 billion dollars, with 4 films among the 10 highest grossing of all time, with Avengers: Endgame as the number one after displacing Avatar.

WHICH ARE THE FILMS OF MARVEL’S INFINITY SAGA?

Below is the list of the 23 films that make up the Marvel Universe Infinity Saga (in order of release).
Iron Man (2008)
The Hulk: The Incredible Man (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Thor (2011)
Captain America: the first avenger (2011)
The Avengers: The Avengers (2012)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Thor: A Dark World (2013)
Captain America and The Winter Soldier (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Ant- Man (2015)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Spider- Man: Back home (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Black Panther (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Captain Marvel (2019)
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Spider-Man: Away from Home (2019)