How To Watch The Avengers Movies In Order (Chronologically & By Release Date)

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Summary

  • The Avengers franchise has been incredibly successful, earning billions in ticket sales and living up to the hype.
  • Watching the crossovers between MCU movies is only part of the story, as some of the best Marvel movies directly build into the Avengers movies.
  • Avengers: Endgame brought the Infinity Saga to a breathtaking conclusion, setting a high bar for all comic book movies and paving the way for the future of the MCU. But there’s more to come…


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No matter how many future Marvel movies are released, the Avengers will always be the main event in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Borne out of Marvel Studios’ brave but Earth-shatteringly successful decision to release movies for supposed B-tier heroes, the Avengers franchise ranks with the true Hollywood box office super powers. On the back of Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, and countless others, the Avengers movies have made more than $7.5bn in ticket sales, and more billions will come. And most importantly, the movies live up to the hype.

Now that more than a decade has passed since the first iteration of the Avengers assembled, a whole new generation of fans are able to go back and enjoy the first eras of the MCU. Some of the best Marvel Cinematic Universe movies build directly into the Avengers movies, so watching the crossovers is only part of the story, but it is possible to only watch the team-ups (as long as you throw in the unofficial Avengers movie Captain America: Civil War, at least). Here’s how to watch the Avengers movies in order, both in release date and chronologically.

Related: How To Watch the Marvel Movies In Order (By Release Date & In Order Of MCU Timeline Events

Every Avengers Movie In Order

  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  • Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (2026)
  • Avengers: Secret Wars (2027)

You can watch every Avengers movie on Disney+.


The Avengers (2012)

The First MCU Avengers Movie

Cast: Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson)

Director: Joss Whedon

Otherwise known as Avengers Assemble in the UK, The Avengers is the first major crossover event in the MCU uniting the fledgling Marvel superhero under Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury. Faced with an alien invasion led by Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, the Asgardian God of Mischief, Fury revives the Avengers Initiative, mobilizing Earth’s mightiest heroes. A landmark comic book movie event, Marvel Studios brought together a then-huge cast, a huge budget, and an action set-piece that leveled New York City. And then, of course, came the stinger, The Avengers‘ post-credits scene setting up Thanos’ arrival.

Movies That Directly Set Up The Avengers

MCU Movie

Release Date

Director

Iron Man

May 2, 2008

Jon Favreau

The Incredible Hulk

June 13, 2008

Louis Leterrier

Iron Man 2

May 7, 2010

Jon Favreau

Thor

May 6, 2011

Kenneth Branagh

Captain America: The First Avenger

July 22, 2011

Joe Johnston

Related: Where Are The Original Avengers In The MCU Now?

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)

The Second MCU Avengers Movie

Cast: Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), James Spader (Ultron), Paul Bettany (Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver)

Director: Joss Whedon

After Joss Whedon kicked off the Avengers Initiative in 2012, he returned to dial things up for Avengers: Age Of Ultron, as Marvel’s premiere superhero team come back together once more. Having vanquished the remnants of HYDRA, the Avengers face the huge new threat of Ultron, the accidental AI villain created by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. Faced with a global extinction event as the robot seeks to rebuild a world better than humans, as well as new metahumans, the Maximoff twins, the Avengers have Earth’s fate in their hands once more in a bigger, bolder, but not quite as successful sequel.

Ultimately, Age Of Ultron is close to being a sequel to Iron Man 3, as Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark continues to wrestle with his PTSD and attempts to deal with his legacy. Marrying humor, heart and a greater commitment to action set-pieces, Age Of Ultron is an under-appreciated pleasure.

Movies That Directly Set Up Avengers: Age Of Ultron

MCU Movie

Release Date

Director

Iron Man 3

May 3, 2013

Shane Black

Thor: The Dark World

November 8, 2013

Alan Taylor

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

April 4, 2014

Anthony & Joe Russo

Related: Avengers: Age of Ultron Ending Explained: A Phase 3 Launchpad

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

The Third MCU Avengers Movie

Thanos watches the sunset at the end of Avengers Infinity War

After The Avengers teased the arrival of Thanos and Josh Brolin’s Mad Titan appeared for the first time in Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War is the first half of Marvel’s first huge culmination event. Blowing the first two Avengers movies out of the water in terms of scale, Infinity War sees the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy (plus some extra heroes) thrown together to stop Thanos attaining the incredibly powerful Infinity Stones.

Despite the size of the Avengers: Infinity War cast, the sequel is deft, balancing its many moving parts with immaculate execution. The stakes are unprecedented, the emotion raw and occasionally terrifying, and the ending is like nothing else ever seen on a movie screen.

Movies That Directly Set Up Avengers: Infinity War

MCU Movie

Release Date

Director

Guardians of the Galaxy

August 1, 2014

James Gunn

Ant-Man

July 17, 2015

Peyton Reed

Captain America: Civil War

May 6, 2016

Joe & Anthony Russo

Doctor Strange

November 4, 2016

Scott Derrickson

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

May 5, 2017

James Gunn

Spider-Man: Homecoming

July 7, 2017

Jon Watts

Thor: Ragnarok

November 3, 2017

Taika Waititi

Black Panther

February 16, 2018

Ryan Coogler

Related: Avengers: Infinity War’s Ending Explained

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

The Fourth MCU Avengers Movie

With Thanos’ deadly snap still ringing loudly in the ears of every Marvel fan, Avengers: Endgame brought the MCU’s Infinity Saga to an end. Thanos won, but five years after the harrowing events at the Battle of Wakanda, the surviving Avengers come together for a desperate final plan to bring his victims back. With an unprecedented cast size, particularly for the spectacular Battle of Earth, Endgame is stunning story-telling, both shocking and uplifting, exploring the true cost and responsibility of being a superhero in the MCU.

Avengers: Endgame‘s ending sets the bar very high for all comic book movies, bringing a decade of story-telling to an end, while also paving the way for a new era for the MCU. That said, it’s telling that so many post-Endgame MCU releases still tie so closely to the events and the legacies of Iron Man, Captain America, and Thanos. That’s what happens when you leave such a mark.

Movies That Directly Set Up Avengers: Endgame

MCU Movie

Release Date

Director

Ant-Man & The Wasp

July 6, 2018

Peyton Reed

Captain Marvel

March 8, 2019

Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck

Related: 9 Ways Marvel Retconned Avengers Endgame

Upcoming Avengers Movies

Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (2026)

The Fifth MCU Avengers Movie

Avengers: The Kang Dynasty custom image.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Release Date: 1 May 2026

The next Avengers movie brings back an entirely new superhero in the wake of Avengers: Endgame. Franchise founders Iron Man and Steve Rogers’ Captain America are out, but in come a wider variety of even more powerful defenders of Earth. Their mission this time? To defeat an army of megalomaniacs intent on conquering the entire multiverse. Jonathan Majors’ Council Of Kangs have their many eyes on dominion, no matter what the cost to each timeline, and it’s up to the new Avengers, under a brand-new leader, to work out how to beat thousands of versions of the same villain.

It’s worth note that Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is the first time an Avengers movie has also been set up by shows, due to the recent slew of Disney+ MCU series. As such, several television shows also play a role in setting up Avengers 5 – with Loki fleshing out more about Kang and hs variants, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier setting up Sam Wilson as the MCU’s new Captain America, and Secret Invasion, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, and Hawkeye all providing useful insights into what those involved with the Avengers have been up to.

MCU Movie

Release Date

Director

Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania

February 17, 2023

Peyton Reed

Related: Avengers 5 Line-Up: Phase 5’s Confirmed Team So Far

Avengers: Secret Wars (2027)

The Sixth MCU Avengers Movie

Avengers: Secret Wars fan poster with several MCU heroes.

Release Date: 7 May 2027

Not content with one new Avengers movie, Marvel Studios announced Avengers: Secret Wars alongside The Kang Dynasty, finally bringing one of the biggest, most popular Marvel comics crossover events to the big screen. As the expected finale in the MCU’s Multiverse Saga, the upcoming Avengers 6 will see the final battle for the timeline. Promising huge cameos from all of Marvel movie history and a story that could change everything, Secret Wars has been a long time coming. Will this be the point where the Marvel Cinematic Universe resets? Could Iron Man and Captain America return? Will the X-Men finally debut? Time will tell.

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