Marvel Cinematic Universe Viewing Order (by release dates)

I am hoping to find time to watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including some things I’ve never checked out before, so I made basically a big list of what order to watch everything in going by release date as much as possible (I’m not going to watch The First Avenger before Iron Man, that’s just silly).

Anyway I thought since I made the list I might as well share it. If I have made any errors please let me know or remind me to update it as we get new releases.

1.     Iron Man

2.     The Incredible Hulk

3.     Iron Man 2

4.     Thor

5.     Captain America: the First Avenger

6.     The Consultant One Shot

7.     A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer One Shot

8.     Avengers Assemble

9.     Item 47 One Shot

10. Iron Man 3

11. Agent Carter One Shot

12. Agents of SHIELD Season 1 episodes 1-7

13. Thor: the Dark World

14. Agents of SHIELD Season 1 episodes 8-12

15. All Hail the King One Shot

16. Agents of SHIELD Season 1 episodes 13-16

17. Captain America: the Winter Soldier

18. Agents of SHIELD Season 1 episodes 17-22

19. Guardians of the Galaxy

20. Agents of SHIELD Season 2 episodes 1-10

21. Agent Carter Season 1

22. Agents of SHIELD Season 2 episodes 11-16

23. Daredevil Season 1

24. Agents of SHIELD Season 2 episodes 17-19

25. Avengers Age of Ultron

26. Agents of SHIELD Season 2 episodes 20-22

27. WHIH Newsfront Ant-Man campaign

28. Ant-Man

29. Agents of SHIELD Season 3 episodes 1-8

30. Jessica Jones Season 1

31. Agents of SHIELD Season 3 episodes 9-10

32. Agent Carter Season 2

33. Agents of SHIELD Season 3 episodes 11-12

34. Daredevil Season 2

35. Agents of SHIELD Season 3 episodes 13-17

36. WHIH Newsfront Captain America Civil War Campaign Episode 1-2

37. Agents of SHIELD Season 3 episodes 18

38. WHIH Newsfront Captain America Civil War Campaign Episode 3-4

39. Agents of SHIELD Season 3 episodes 19

40. WHIH Newsfront Captain America Civil War Campaign Episode 5

41. Captain America: Civil War

42. Agents of SHIELD Season 3 episodes 20-22

43. Agents of SHIELD Season 4 episodes 1-2

44. Luke Cage Season 1

45. Agents of SHIELD Season 4 episodes 3-6

46. Doctor Strange

47. Agents of SHIELD Season 4 episodes 7-8

48. Agents of SHIELD: Slingshot

49. Agents of SHIELD Season 4 episodes 9-15

50. Iron Fist Season 1

51. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

  • Disney: So, how are we all doing today?
  • Fox: Well, we released Logan a few days ago, and that has gone perfectly.
  • Disney: Did people cry?
  • Fox: They were bawling.
  • Disney: Very good, very good. How about Netflix? I believe you have Iron Fist out in a few days.
  • Netflix: Uh, yeah, but the reviews haven't been great.
  • Disney: OK, I see. Don't worry, it's only one show, and we've got the Punisher on the way, we'll make it through. How about the comics division?
  • Marvel Comics: Um....
  • Disney: What have you done?
  • Marvel Comics: What?
  • Netflix: We know that sound. How bad is it?
  • Fox: Look, as long as it doesn't involve Nick Spencer, we'll be fine.
  • Marvel Comics: ...
  • Netflix: Oh god, what's he done now?
  • Marvel Comics: He..... he made Magneto a Nazi.
  • Fox: *flips the table*
  • Disney: WHY ARE YOU STILL PAYING HIM?!

You know, I’ll readily admit that so far, the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole has had consistently better film output than the current DC Extended Universe.

But on the other hand:

  • DC didn’t make Superman secretly a member of the Klan during a surge of racist and xenophobic rhetoric and politics in the US
  • DC also didn’t make their Jewish characters like Harley Quinn or Batwoman into pseudo-Nazis while the US is under a blatantly anti-Semitic political administration
  • DC also didn’t ask comic shop employees to wear T-shirts with pseudo-Nazi logos or to cover their store logos with pseudo-Nazi symbols
  • DC also, in my knowledge, never blamed slumping sales on being too diverse in their lineup
  • Which isn’t to say they haven’t had their share of tone-deaf and flat-out insulting gaffes, but when New 52 didn’t do as well as they expected I know they didn’t blame it on having a Green Lantern and a Batman who were Muslim
  • Marvel Studios has yet to release a solo superhero film starring a woman (Elektra is a Fox film).  DC’s had two female-led cinematic releases (three if you consider Evey to be the main character of V for Vendetta), those being Supergirl and Catwoman.  And yes, Supergirl and Catwoman were terrible, but at least they exist.  An attempt was made
  • The current DC Extended Universe will also give us Wonder Woman before the MCU gives us Captain Marvel
  • If the current planned lineup for the DC Extended Universe holds, then their first five solo film leads will probably be two white men (Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill and presumably whoever plays Captain Marvel in Shazam!), a Jewish woman (Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot), a Native Hawaiian man (Aquaman, Jason Momoa), and a black man (Cyborg, Ray Fisher).  The first solo film in the MCU with a lead who isn’t a white man will be Black Panther, their thirteenth solo film.
  • While Marvel was making Captain America and Magneto into HYDRA agents, DC made Snagglepuss into a gay Southern Gothic playwright because why not
  • While DC has its own fair share of fuckery, bad decisions, pointless, flow-wrecking crossovers, and other such garbage, at least they haven’t blown so many dog whistles at the alt-right in the past year that it’s very hard to consider it tone-deafness or coincidence at this point

So in conclusion, as we currently stand, DC’s on Marvel’s left.

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What I want to see in Infinity War

So, Civil War left the Avengers divided and with a lot of emotional baggage towards each other. And I get the feeling there will be a big scene where the Avengers vent their baggage against each other. And if that happens, you just know that Team Cap will be more than ready to use Tony’s PTSD, guilt and other personal baggage against him. And if that happens: who’s gonna stop Team Cap and make them see that Tony’s not all that bad?

Rhodes? He’ll try, certainly, but they won’t listen to Tony’s best friend, will they? Vision. He’ll consider himself above the conversation. That or be to passive to get any argument in. No, I want Peter, the new kid of the group, the one Team Cap don’t expect much from to leap in and destroy every argument they could possibly come up with.

I want to see Peter leap to his mentor/father figure’s defense cause you just know that Tony is far too guilt ridden to do it himself. I want to see Peter tell Team Cap that while they went rogue, Tony did everything he could to keep the Avengers intact while keeping the Accords intact as well. I want Peter to tell them that Tony flew to help Cap the second he realized he was wrong, while Steve threw Tony’s compromise out the window cause he put Wanda in house arrest. I want Peter to tell them that he thought the Avengers were better than this.

I want to see Peter show Team Cap that maybe, just maybe, Tony was far more reasonable than they gave him credit for, that Tony was going through a lot of shit, and that they have no right to look down on him for trying to do the right thing.