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Marvel Cinematic Timeline Viewing Guide

If you are new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or have watched some or all of the movies and are just now jumping in to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. here’s the order in which you should watch. There are many tie-in events and themes throughout the movies, one-shots and TV series and this guide will help you watch in the order that will provide the most continuity and enjoyment.

You can buy the first six movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 1 box set and other movies and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes individually (see below).

Viewing Order

Phase 1

  • Captain America: The First Avenger [Buy] (Majority takes place in the 1940s)
  • Agent Carter Marvel One-Shot (Iron Man 3 Blu Ray extras, set in 1946)
  • Season 1 of Agent Carter the series begins January 2015 on ABC. (It starts mid way through the one-shot in 1946) *see note below
  • Iron Man [Buy]
  • Iron Man 2 [Buy]
  • The Incredible Hulk [Buy]
  • The Consultant Marvel One-Shot (Thor DVD extras)
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer Marvel One-shot (Captain America DVD extras)
  • Thor [Buy]
  • The Avengers [Buy]
  • Item 47 Marvel One-Shot (The Avengers Blu Ray extras)

Phase 2 So far

  • Iron Man 3 [Buy]
  • All Hail the King Marvel One Shot (Thor: The Dark World Blu Ray extras)
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:01 – Pilot (Iron Man 3 Tie-in) [Buy Episodes]
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:02 – 0-8-4
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:03 – The Asset
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:04 – Eye-Spy
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:05 – Girl in the Flower Dress
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:06 – F.Z.Z.T.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:07 – The Hub
  • Thor: The Dark World [Buy]
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:08 – The Well (Thor: TDW Tie-in) 
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:09 – Repairs (Thor: TDW Tie-in) 
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:10 – The Bridge
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:11 – The Magical Place
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:12 – Seeds
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:13 – T.R.A.C.K.S.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:14 – T.A.H.I.T.I.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:15 – Yes Men
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:16 – End of the Beginning (Captain America: TWS Tie-in)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier [Buy]
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:17 – Turn, Turn, Turn (Captain America: TWS Tie-in) 
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1:18 – Providence
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 19 – The Only Light in the Darkness
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 20 – Nothing Personal
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 21 – Ragtag
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 22 – Beginning of the End [Buy Series on Blu Ray]
  • Guardians of the Galaxy [Pre-Order (Released Dec 9)]
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Episode 2:01 [Buy Episodes] (Ties in with upcoming Agent Carter series)
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Episode 2:02
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Episode 2:03
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Episode 2:04
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Episode 2:05
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Episode 2:06
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Episode 2:07
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Episode 2:08
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Episode 2:09
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Episode 2:10

Coming up in Phase 2

  • Agent Carter Episodes 1-8  (Begins Jan 2015)
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Episodes 11-22 (Begins Mar? 2015)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 2015)
  • Ant Man – (Jul 2015)

Coming up in Phase 3

  • Captain America : Civil War (May 2016)
  • Doctor Strange (Nov 2016)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (July 2017)
  • Black Panther (Nov 2017)
  • Avengers: Infinity Wars Pt 1 (May 2018)
  • Captain Marvel (Jul 2018)
  • Inhumans (Nov 2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity Wars Pt 2 (May 2019)

* Note on the upcoming Agent Carter series, while chronologically this takes place in 1946, elements of the series may spoil the events that take place in season 1 of  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Captain America: The Winter Soldier and for this reason new viewers may prefer to watch the Agent Carter series as aired during season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and not before.


Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One - Avengers Assembled (Iron Man / The Incredible Hulk / Iron Man 2 / Thor / Captain America: The First Avenger / The Avengers) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)

Director: Joe Johnston, Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, Kenneth Branagh, Louis Leterrier
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Hugo Weaving
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Comments

  1. I think you accidentally labeled the Cap 2 tie-in eps of AoS as Thor 2 tie-ins.

  2. churchfromstate says:

    Shouldn’t ep 16 and 17 be CA:TWS tie-ins?

  3. Aren’t episodes 1:16 and 1:17 The Winter Soldier tie ins opposed to The Dark World Tie ins?

  4. Director E says:

    Wow… if only I knew sooner that the way to get people to comment is to make a typo I’d have tried it sooner :-p

    • Lol. You can go for months without getting any comments, but as soon as you make a typo….people are all over it!! Thanks for this list btw! My little sister is watching the Marvel movies and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D for the first time and I’m trying to make sure she sees everything in the right order.

  5. Incredible Hulk actually happens after Iron Man 2 and concurrently with Thor. See “Fury’s Big Week” comic series.

  6. And how about the minisodes? Where do they fit in here??

  7. Charmedbalthazar says:

    This

    The Incredible Hulk [Buy]
    The Consultant Marvel One-Shot (Thor DVD extras)
    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer Marvel One-shot (Captain America DVD extras)
    Thor [Buy]

    should be switched to this

    A Funny Thing Happend on the Way to Thor’s Hammer
    Thor
    The Incredible Hulk (the Hulk ends after Thor)
    The Consultant (They’re clearly still in New Mexico during this)

    I feel that ALL HAIL THE KING should be inserted in between The Magical Place and Seeds. Sure it came out on dvd after seeds, but it flows much better to put it after the Magical Place since it’s the end of a 2-parter.

    • My husband and I were saying the same thing, about The Hulk and Thor being switched, today when we got to that point in watching through the movie series.

      Coulson leaves in the middle of Iron Man 2 to go to the desert to what sounds like Thor’s Hammer even though the details aren’t given. If he’s dealing with that in the middle of Iron Man 2, it seems doubtful that he’d has time to deal with the Avengers Initiative at the same time. And isn’t Stark Tower in NY? If Hulk was also occurring during Iron Man 2 don’t you think someone would mention Brooklyn? Just saying that the order of those movies listed in this comment make more sense to me.

      • The tough part about Hulk is it takes place over such a large span of time. Everything in Brazil happens before IM2,Culver University happens about the same time as Thor, after IM2, and then NYC happens after Thor. “The Consultant” should definitely be listed after Thor though.

    • Agent Sullivan says:

      I agree with Charmedbalthazar, “AFTHOTWTTH > Thor > Incredible Hulk (skipping the final scene) > The Consultant” is our preferred viewing order. Like Ben said, IH happens over such a long time that it causes complications. But this is the order that works best for me.

  8. You forgot “All hail the king”

  9. And I thought I was a nerd and anal.

    Just enjoy the movies and the series and relax, gee….

    • Director E says:

      It actually makes a lot of sense to watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Amongst the right movies. The timeline of the earlier movies doesn’t matter so much but you will get so much more out of both the show and the movies if you watch them in the correct order. Trust me on this!

  10. So…a full year between “The Well” and “End of the Beginning” for all the characters, yes?

  11. DEADPOOL says:

    We hope our movie gets in this universe :( 20th century fox completely screwed us >:[

  12. I have the Captain America DVD. There are no extras on my disc. The special features don’t have any one shots. So how do I view those???

    • Director E says:

      The One-shots may only be available on bluray discs. Are you referring to the original Captain America or The Winter Soldier?

  13. Ana Quiroz says:

    By deduction, I made the chronology of the films and series, and I confirm this, thanks for the info … I love Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and actors

  14. I have the original Captain America DVD. Your bullet point didn’t specify the winter soldier DVD. I guess I just have to update my stuff. Thanks for the list anyway, I will find it.

  15. Thank you for updating this. I made a nonstop movie clip with all of the extras added in to watch for marathons from this.

  16. I think you should watch captain america last before the Avengers. Whilst the majority takes place in the 1940s, it is bookended by present events and clearly leads directly into the avengers. It also spoils nothing about the rest of the series.

  17. Everyone failed to mentioned that there was no mention of SHIELD during iron man 3, tony didn’t mention anyone from the past films, because of this and what Robert Redford requesting iron man to appear at his kids birthday party makes sense that the events of iron man 3 happens during or after captain America: winter soldier.
    Correct order to watch after the avengers is this:
    Thor 2
    Guardians of the galaxy since it ties more to avengers (Thanos) and the events of thor 2 post credits
    Captain America: winter soldier since it tues more to avengers: age of ultron due to post credits
    Iron man 3 because of the absent mentions of anybody and no one around to save the president

    • The huge mega hole in your theory is that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode one ties in to Iron Man 3 (extremis) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes 16-23 tie in directly with events going on in CA:TWS so unless all the events in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. happen backward your theory can’t be correct.

  18. Shouldn’t 1:15 be a T:ADW tie-in? This is considering what Sif says about Odin at the end, which obviously sin’t true if you’ve seen T:ADW

    • It is a tie-in, but more that it tells us what’s going on in Asgard. Loki is obviously keeping the glamor up and assuming the role of Odin. So whatever he plans, we now know he’s keeping things business-as-usual until he decides it’s the right time to reveal himself. Keep in mind that we, as the audience, know more than those in the MCU, in the case of Loki/Odin.

  19. Gotta admit to being confused a little in the timings.. Based on the movies and shorts I would think the progression is:


    Iron Man
    The Incredible Hulk
    Iron Man 2
    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer
    Thor
    The Consultant
    The Avengers

    The reasoning is the way Thor ties in to Iron Man 2. Thor begins around what, 2/3rds of the way in to Iron Man 2 (Agent Coulson left for something big, and at the end of the credits you see the scene of him pulling up and seeing the Hammer while all the Rednecks are trying to grab it themselves..)

    With Thor happening, I find it hard to believe Hulk is going nuts then too. I mean Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man all having their own battles in separate areas of the US all at basically the same time? That’s a little much.

    The only thing up in the air really is, Hulk could have happened BEFORE Iron Man.. Since the scene at the end with Tony is part of The Consultant, it’s safe to assume that it takes place a while after the events.. That and the General’s drinking hole makes it seem like he’s been washed out for a while :p

    Regardless, imho my timeline makes a little more sense, and evens out the pacing a little rather than having all kinds of hell going down at once..

    • Check out “Fury’s Big Week” comic series. It is MCU canon and explains what Nick Fury had to deal with the week that Iron Man 2, Incredible Hulk and Thor all took place in.

  20. Agent K80 says:

    Sentinel said

    Gotta admit to being confused a little in the timings.. Based on the movies and shorts I would think the progression is:


    Iron Man
    The Incredible Hulk
    Iron Man 2
    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer
    Thor
    The Consultant
    The Avengers

    The reasoning is the way Thor ties in to Iron Man 2. Thor begins around what, 2/3rds of the way in to Iron Man 2 (Agent Coulson left for something big, and at the end of the credits you see the scene of him pulling up and seeing the Hammer while all the Rednecks are trying to grab it themselves..)

    With Thor happening, I find it hard to believe Hulk is going nuts then too. I mean Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man all having their own battles in separate areas of the US all at basically the same time? That’s a little much.

    The only thing up in the air really is, Hulk could have happened BEFORE Iron Man.. Since the scene at the end with Tony is part of The Consultant, it’s safe to assume that it takes place a while after the events.. That and the General’s drinking hole makes it seem like he’s been washed out for a while :p

    Regardless, imho my timeline makes a little more sense, and evens out the pacing a little rather than having all kinds of hell going down at once..

    There is a scene in Ironman 2 (at the end) showing the reporter covering the Hulk battle at the university.. so Hulk finishes after Iron man 2.. and yes, they all were battling at around the same time at different places in the world…
    wait till they introduce more characters, there will be battles occurring in every nook and corner of the universe every day by then.

  21. Martin Taylor says:

    Actually, although Captain America TFA is set in the 1940s the start and end are just before AA, the post credits scene is actually straight from AA. So, it should be Thor, Cap the the Avengers.

  22. Isn’t it best (for actually picking up the storyline) to just watch all the stuff in the order it was released?

    Of course, if someone wants to watch them chronologically from the POV of the Universe, then it takes some juggling around. But I don’t think such an order would be friendly to new viewers.

  23. Agent K80 says:

    Faldang said

    Isn’t it best (for actually picking up the storyline) to just watch all the stuff in the order it was released?

    Of course, if someone wants to watch them chronologically from the POV of the Universe, then it takes some juggling around. But I don’t think such an order would be friendly to new viewers.

    it is meant for the direhard fans.. i know some one made such a version into a single movie and uploaded it on a server

  24. Agent Sullivan says:

    Faldang said
    Isn’t it best (for actually picking up the storyline) to just watch all the stuff in the order it was released?

    Of course, if someone wants to watch them chronologically from the POV of the Universe, then it takes some juggling around. But I don’t think such an order would be friendly to new viewers.

    With the MCU spanning so many media types now, and some of the films spanning large time-frames, it’s probably impossible to create one perfect viewing order for everything.

    I would probably agree with you that for a new viewer the easiest initial viewing order for Phase 1 is probably release order (or perhaps swapping IM2 and IH)–and possibly skipping the One-Shots the first time through.
    And the order Director E posted is what I would suggest for Season 1 & Phase 2 (so far).

    My preferred viewing Phase 1 order (for personal use) is:

      Iron Man
      Iron Man 2 (skipping the post-credits scene)
      A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer
      Thor
      Incredible Hulk
      (skipping the post-credits scene)
      The Consultant
      Captain America: The First Avenger (skipping the post-credits)
      Avengers
      Item 47

    It’s not perfectly chronological but it’s pretty close, and I like the way it flows. It works for me, but your mileage my vary http://shieldtv.net/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif

    [With there being so much now in the MCU I occasionally do thematic viewings. For example, Iron Man viewing would be IM, IM2, The Consultant, Avengers, IM3; Captain America would be CA:FA, (Agent Carter OS), Avengers, CA:WS, [A:AoU, CA:CW, etc]. A Peggy Carter marathon could be CA:FA, opening scene of episode 2.01, Agent Carter season 1, Agent Carter OS, CA:WS, and so on–with rumored appearances in other phase 2 works to be inserted where necessary.]

    But like I said, there’s no one perfect viewing order. There is nothing wrong with the one Director E posted above, release order also works, or whatever order you prefer. :D

  25. Agent Sullivan said
    [With there being so much now in the MCU I occasionally do thematic viewings. For example, Iron Man viewing would be IM, IM2, The Consultant, Avengers, IM3; Captain America would be CA:FA, (Agent Carter OS), Avengers, CA:WS, [A:AoU, CA:CW, etc]. A Peggy Carter marathon could be CA:FA, opening scene of episode 2.01, Agent Carter season 1, Agent Carter OS, CA:WS, and so on–with rumored appearances in other phase 2 works to be inserted where necessary.]

    Agree with this method!

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