Marvel studio has produced a slew of movies these years, which is much more than the counterparts DC comics. People who are not familiar with the Marvel cinematic universe often get confused with the timeline, characters, and plot. Even each Marvel movie seems to be an independent story but actually, they are inextricably interwoven within one universe. If you want to start binge-watching Marvel movies but don’t know where to start, or you simply want to clear up the whole Marvel universe, just read on to learn more.
Part 1: About MCU
MCU, Marvel cinematic universe, is the universe which Marvel studios produced for the comic books, a shared time and space continuum where a series of superhero movies took place. Marvel cinematic universe is a grand narrative that is established by crossing over common plots, settings, and characters. Yet each movie is independent so you don’t have to have the context to understand the story. Apart from the movies, Marvel television also expanded the universe to an even larger scale, such as the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC in 2013, Daredevil on Netflix in 2015, Runaways on Hulu in 2017, and Cloak & Dagger on Freeform in 2018. The most recent WandaVision in 2021 premiered on Disney+ seems to start a new phase of the Marvel cinematic universe. Marvel movies are not released in chronological order. For instance, Iron man(2008) is the first released Marvel movie, but not where everything starts. Captain America: The First Avenger(2011) is what you should pick up if you want to watch Marvel movies in chronological order.
Part 2: Marvel Movie Timeline
If you want to understand the Marvel cinematic universe, it’s important to figure out the timeline before everything else. Either you want to start a Marvel movie marathon in chronological order or want to freshen up the memories, here’s a go-to watch guide for you to clear things up. The Marvel movie timeline can be roughly divided into three phases. The guide also lists out the TV series alongside to help you better understand the MCU timeline.
As the name suggested, the first phase is the genesis of the Marvel cinematic universe, superheroes, and the saga of infinity. Captain America, is the first Avengers, played by Chris Evans who emerged in WW2 has his first battle with Hydra and its leader Red Skull. The film also introduced the first Infinity Stone, which is one of the powerful gems that can control reality, also one of the six stones created by the meta Genesis – The big bang of the universe. The Avengers (2012) culminates to the end of the first phase of the Marvel cinematic universe where all the main superheroes have taken the stage.
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) - Takes place in WW2
- Marvel's Agent Carter Season 1 (2015)
- Marvel's Agent Carter Season 2 (2016)
- Captain Marvel (2019) - Takes place in 1995
- Iron Man (2008) - Takes place in 2010
- Iron Man 2 (2010) - Takes place after Iron Man
- The Incredible Hulk (2008) - Time uncertain, pre-Avengers
- Thor (2011) - takes place six months before Avengers
- The Avengers (2012) - Takes place in 2012
Transformation & Transition
The second phase witnessed the transformation of superheroes. Iron Man 3 took place after the giant war in New York City. Tony Stark continues to enhance the Iron Man suit; winter soldier, an old friend of Captain America came back to life and became an adversary. In the Alien world, Guardians of the Galaxy, the rogue scavengers, prevent Ronan the Accuser from wielding the power of stone. As coming to the end of the second phase, the Avengers reunite to confront the AI, known as Ultron, a mighty enemy that can rival the Avengers, alongside new avengers Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Vision are introduced.
- Iron Man 3 (2013) - Takes place six months after The Avengers
- Thor: The Dark World (2013) - Post-Avengers, pre-Ultron
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) - Post-Avengers, pre-Ultron
- Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 1 (2013)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) - Takes place in 2014
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) - After 2014
- Daredevil Season 1 (2015)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) - Takes place in 2015
- Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 2 (2014)
- Ant-Man(2015) - Takes place in 2015
The third phase is about the up and down of superheroes, where the plots are more catching and moving forward to an inevitable triumph as well as tragedy. Beginning with Captain America’s task to protect the UN from bombing, two important hitters are added to the Avengers lineup: Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. On the other hand, the Infinity stones have been finally revealed after years of orchestrating. Thanos continues to seek the power of stone, just to destroy the whole world. The Avengers who spread across the universe must stand up and unite to fight against him.
- Jessica Jones Season 1 (2015)
- Daredevil Season 2 (2016)
- Captain America: Civil War (2016) - Post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War
- Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 3 (2015)
- Luke Cage Season 1 (2016)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) - Post-Civil War, pre-Infinity War
- Doctor Strange (2016) - Takes place in 2016
- Black Panther (2018) - Takes place in 2017
- Iron Fist Season 1 (2017)
- Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 4 (2016)
- The Defenders Season 1 (2017)
- The Inhumans Season 1 (2017)
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) - Post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War
- The Punisher Season 1 (2017)
- Jessica Jones Season 2 (2018)
- Luke Cage Season 2 (2018)
- Cloak and Dagger Season 1 (2018)
- The Runaways Season 1 (2017)
- Daredevil Season 3 (2018)
- The Punisher Season 2 (2019)
- Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 5 (2017)
- Iron Fist Season 2 (2018)
- Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) - between Infinity and Endgame
- Black Widow (2021 - not in theatres yet)
- Avengers Infinity War (2018)
- Avengers: Endgame (2019) - Starts in 2017, finishes in 2022
- WandaVision (2021)
- Spiderman: Far From Home (2019)
Part 3: How to Download Marvel Movies on PC in Marvel Movie Timeline?
Now you have figured out the whole Marvel cinematic universe. Do you want to watch them in chronological order? There are tons of resources online on different streaming platforms, and you can download them for future playback using Leawo Video Downloader. The downloader supports 1000+ video websites such as YouTube, Hulu, Vimeo, Facebook, and many more. You can download the YouTube Daily Show with it. For Twitch users, you can save your favorite Twitch live streaming videos on your computer for offline access.
- Download Video & Music from 1000+ Sites
- Download Live Stream Videos from YouTube Live and Others
- 720P and Even 1080P HD Video Downloading
- 6X Faster Online Video Downloading
- Smarter Downloading Settings
- 1-Click to Play Downloaded Videos
- Provid Precise Video Info
Now let’s see how to download Marvel movies with Leawo Video Downloader. First of all, you will need to download Leawo Video Downloader from the links above. Leawo Video Downloader is a module of Leawo Prof. Media, which is the software you just downloaded.
Step 1. Set the Output Directory. Click the "Setting” icon at the top bar of the software to enter the setting panel where you can set the output directory.
Step 2. Locate Leawo Video Downloader. Click the "Video downloader” on the main screen to enter the downloader module.
Step 3. Locate Source of Video. Enter the source video URL. The video you are watching will be detected directly with the built-in browser.
Step 4. Download YouTube Videos. There are several resolutions and formats available, just pick one that suits you. Click the "Download” button to start downloading videos.
Step 5. Check Download Status. Click the "Downloaded” on the most right of the address box to look for the videos you have downloaded.
After you have successfully downloaded your favorite Marvel movies, you can freely transfer them to any device such as your phone or tablet if you want to bring them to the road trip or holidays.
Part 4: How to Play High-Quality Marvel Movies on PC in Marvel Movie Timeline?
After you successfully downloaded Marvel movies, you can watch them using Leawo Blu-ray Player – the most professional media playback solution in the world. It can not only play Blu-ray disc, DVD, HD video, audio, etc. but also BDAV movie folder and Blu-ray ISO image files. It’s extremely easy to use. Simply launch Leawo Blu-ray Player, click the green "Open File" button to browse and add a video, then you are good to go.
Region-free Blu-ray player software to play Blu-ray disc and DVD disc for free, regardless of disc protection and region restriction.
Play 4K FLV videos, 4K MKV videos, 4K MP4 videos, etc. without quality loss.
Play 1080P videos, 720P videos with lossless quality.
For subtitles, video, and audio settings, you can check out the steps below.
- Subtitles settings: Move the mouse to the title area to look for subtitles. Click the "Subtitles" icon to do subtitle settings such as Enable (Disable) subtitles, Subtitle offset, Subtitle selecting, Browse for subtitle.
- Video settings: Click the "Videos” icon on the top left corner and choose the "Videos" option, then you’ll enter the Video Settings panel, where you could do multiple video settings.
- Audio settings: Click the "Audio" icon on the upper-left corner, and choose the "Audios" option to do audio settings such as audio volume, amplification, offset, stream, output, output device, etc.
Today I introduced you the Marvel movies timeline. MCU is such an amazing movie franchise, if you are a fan of it, you definitely have to download and taste this franchise in a correct order, maybe you will discover something you have never noticed. When you watch the movies, remember to use Leawo Blu-ray Player to ensure yourself the best watching experience.