There are over 20 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it becomes challenging to keep track of the characters and story-lines. And then there are the Infinity Stones that appear in select films and they suddenly gain their relevance. Some of the movies that came later are set at an earlier time which adds to the complexity. So, at a glance, here are all the Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies in the order of the story, the timeline, and the characters.
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If you’re planning to do a Marvel Movie Marathon and have the burning question of “what order do you watch marvel movies?”, I’d always advice to watch them in the order they were made in. This is because the film that came later assumes that you have watched the earlier ones and might make an interesting reference. So it’s best that your MCU chronological viewing order is by the release dates. Here they are.
All Marvel Movies In Order Of Release Dates
- Iron Man (2008)
- The Incredible Hulk (2008)
- Iron Man 2 (2010)
- Thor (2011)
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
- Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
- Iron Man 3 (2013)
- Thor: The Dark World (2013)
- Captain America: 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: Homecoming (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: Far From Home (2019)
- Black Widow (2021)
- Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (2021)
- Eternals (2021)
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
The Infinity Stones
In case you don’t care for all the Marvel movies, you can check out this smaller article specifically talking about journey of each of the infinity stones.
Power Stone – super strength.
Soul Stone – manipulate the soul and resurrect the dead.
Time Stone – control time.
Mind Stone – control minds.
Reality Stone (Aether) – control realities; it’s in the form of a viscous liquid and changes shape.
Space Stone (Tesseract) – navigate space.
A long time ago, the Tesseract made its way to Earth. The best guess would be that Odin, Thor’s father, King of Asgard, left it on Earth for safekeeping.
Now, for the sake of understanding the plot and the journey of the Infinity Stones, let’s go through all the Marvel Movies in order of their story and timeline.
A typical set of words you will hear in many of the films are:
S.H.I.E.L.D – Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, and Law-Enforcement Division. Basically, the good guys.
Hydra – A terrorist organization who are against the free world, the bad guys.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011): Space Stone
In 1942, Steve Rogers is a small skinny dude, his close buddy is Bucky. Due to his physicality, Rogers is rejected for the World War II military but is persistent. Dr. Abraham Erskine, head of the Super Soldier program, overhears Rogers and deems him a suitable candidate because of his selfless nature. Rogers is ultimately picked for the program and becomes tall, muscular, super strong, agile .. the works and becomes Captain America. A while before this, a Nazi officer, Johann Schmidt (also a Hydra operative), had gone through an imperfect version of the Super Soldier program.
Schmidt get his hands on the Tesseract. He intends to harness its powers to build weapons and destroy all of America. Howard Stark (Tony Stark’s dad), gives Cap a Vibranium shield. Schmidt, whose plans are foiled by Cap, reveals that his face was merely a mask covering his Red Skull.
In one of the missions on a train, Bucky falls to his apparent death (no he doesn’t die, he comes back in Winter Soldier). In the climax of the film, Cap gets on board Red Skull’s plane which is armed with the Tesseract weapon. Red Skull touches the Tesseract which opens a wormhole and sucks him through (he doesn’t die, Red Skull returns in Infinity War). The Tesseract falls into the ocean, and Captain America sacrifices himself by crashing the plane in the Arctic. He doesn’t die, he gets cryogenically frozen. Howard Stark retrieves the Tesseract but is unable to find Cap. Howard eventually becomes one of the founding members of S.H.I.E.L.D. Cap remains frozen for 70 years.
Captain America: Post-Credits Scene
Nick Fury talks to Cap, who has been asleep for 70 years, about the Avenger’s initiative.
Captain Marvel (2019): The Space Stone
Years after Cap’s plane crash, Howard continues to test on the Tesseract to learn more as part of Project Pegasus created by S.H.I.E.L.D. Over time, a Kree by the name of Mar-Vell somehow infiltrates S.H.I.E.L.D under the name of Dr. Wendy Lawson. She becomes the head of Project Pegasus and relocates the Tesseract to her secret lab in space. She continues to work as part of Project Pegasus to create a Light-Speed Engine. She doesn’t approve of her people obliterating the Skrulls (a race of shape-shifters). She wants to hand the Skrulls the Light-Speed Engine so they can escape. She’s also secretly stowed away a bunch of Skrulls in her Space Lab. Before she can complete her work, a Kree squadron, lead by Yon-Rogg, finds her in 1989.
Mar-Vell asks a young pilot, Carol Danvers, to accompany her and the two of them get shot down. This plane has a Jet Engine that Mar-Vell has built, and is powered by the Tesseract. Yon-Rogg kills Mar-Vell. Carol blows up the jet engine. Somehow, she ends up absorbing all the energy from the explosion. Given the closest thing to the Light-Speed Engine has been blown up, Yon-Rogg takes Carol with him as she might be the key to figuring out the Engine. The Kree use Carol’s amnesia to make her believe she is a Kree too. To keep her powers at bay, they put an inhibitor on her. Six years pass.
In one of the missions in 1995, Carol is captured by the Skrulls who are trying to get to the location of the Secret Lab. Long story short, Carol ends up on Earth, runs into a young Nick Fury, finds the lab, remembers her Earth life, realizes the Skrulls are good, gets the Tesseract (which is gobbled by an alien cat), removes her inhibitor, unleashes her full powers, takes down all of the Kree, and set the Skrulls free. The exotic cat scratches Nick Fury’s eye causing him to lose it, and he gets his famous eye patch. Carol gives Nick Fury a pager-on-steroids which he is to use only in case of a vital emergency.
Captain Marvel: Post-Credits Scene
The alien cat spits up the Tesseract. This is how S.H.I.E.L.D repossess the Tesseract after it has been in Mar Vell’s secret lab. It technically never left S.H.I.E.L.D, it was always part of Project Pegasus.
Iron Man (2008)
Tony Stark eventually inherits his father’s company. Over the years, Stark Industries has been manufacturing and supplying weapons across the world. Obadiah Stane, a senior personnel in the company, has been illegally trafficking weapons. In one of Tony’s demonstrations of the Jerico missile, he’s captured by terrorists. In the process, Tony is wounded in the chest by shrapnel shards from the explosion. In the cave, where Tony is kept, is another captive, Dr. Yinsen, who implants an electromagnet into Tony’s chest to keep the shards out of his heart. The terrorists demand that Tony builds them missiles, but Tony and Yinsen build an armored suit powered by an arc reactor. Yinsen sacrifices himself and Tony blows his way out destroying the terrorist camp.
Tony gets found by his friend Colonel James Rhodes and begins work on a more advanced suit powered by a more powerful arc reactor. He also announces that Stark Industries will stop manufacturing weapons which annoys Stane. Tony finds out about Stane and flies off to Afghanistan to blow up the bad guys who have his guns. We’re introduced to Tony’s secretary, Pepper Potts, who hacks into the company’s database to locate all illegal shipments. She also informs S.H.I.E.L.D’s agent Phil Coulson about Stane’s activities. Stane reverse engineers a new suite for himself and steals Tony’s arc leaving him to die. Tony manages to get to his old arc reactor. We then have a final showdown between Tony (who’s now the Iron Man) and Stane. Tony has Pepper overload the giant arc reactor powering his building which causes a surge that consumes Stane. The next day, Tony announces to the world that he is the Iron Man.
Iron Man: Post-Credits Scene
Nick Fury visits Tony to talk about the Avengers Initiative.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
While not shown in this film, Dr. Bruce Banner is subject to gamma radiations in an experiment gone wrong. As a result, when Bruce is angry, he transforms into the Hulk. In this film, Bruce is lying low in Brazil, working in a bottling plant. But due to a small cut on his hands, his blood happens to get into one of the bottles. This bottle eventually causes a death by gamma poisoning and is traced back to Bruce. General Ross and Emil Blonsky want to weaponize the Hulk and hence try to capture Bruce. But they lose to the Hulk. Blonsky is initially given a small dose of the low-power super-soldier serum, this makes him stronger and gives him healing powers, but he begins losing his mind. After multiple defeats at the hands of the hulk, Blonsky finally gets Banner’s blood injected into him. The combination of the super-soldier serum and the infected gamma blood transforms Blonsky into a mindless beast – Abomination. The Hulk battles the Abomination and kills him. After this, Bruce stays in British Columbia and slowly learns to turn into the Hulk in a controlled manner.
Incredible Hulk: Post-Credits Scene
Tony Stark visits General Ross to talk about the Avengers Initiative.
Iron Man 2 (2010): Space Stone
While the arc reactor, that Tony made, powers his suit, it’s not his invention. Many years back his father, Howard, and a Russian scientist, Anton Vanko, invented it. Anton tried to sell it for profit and is deported back home. Ivan, Anton’s son, happens to see the Iron Man powered by his father arc and wants revenge. Ivan begins building a mini arc reactor based weapon. At a Grand Prix, Ivan attacks Tony who uses his portable suit to become Iron Man and defeats Ivan. Seeing this event, Justin Hammer, a Start Industry rival, stages Ivan’s death and gets him to build armored suits.
Tony’s arc reactor uses a Palladium core, and this is slowly poisoning him and will kill him soon. As a result, Tony makes Pepper the CEO of his company and gets a new assistant, Natasha. This is Agent Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow), undercover, who is assessing Tony. Nick Fury meets Tony and says that he knew Howard Stark back in the day and hands Tony some of Howard’s old material. In the 3-D hologram, Tony discovers a piece of hidden information for a new element – it’s fair to assume that Howard Stark found this by experimenting with the Tesseract that hosts the Space Stone. Tony synthesizes this element with the help of his computer J.A.R.V.I.S. This new element removes the need for Palladium. Meanwhile, Ivan takes remote control of all of Justin’s drones and wreaks havoc. Rhodes and Iron Man fight them off and defeat Ivan, who detonates the drones and himself.
Iron Man 2: Post-Credits Scene
Agent Phil Coulson, from S.H.I.E.L.D, reports that a massive hammer has been discovered at the bottom of a crater in New Mexico. Yes, Thor’s hammer.
Thor is the son of Odin (king of Asgard) and an arrogant God. Loki is this brother. For rupturing the truce between Asgard and Jotunheim, Odin exiles Thor to Earth after stripping him off all the Godly powers. Thor’s hammer, the source of his power, is enchanted such that only the worthy can wield it. Thor gets separated from his hammer. While the hammer is found by S.H.I.E.L.D, Thor is found by Dr. Jane Foster and Dr. Erik Selvig. Thor manages to get to the hammer but is unable to lift it because he’s not worthy. Back in Asgard, Loki finds out that he’s adopted. While Odin enters his deep slumber, Loki takes over the throne. Thor’s friends don’t like this and convince the gatekeeper of the Bifröst (rainbow bridge transportation thingy), Heimdall, to send them to Earth. Loki gets to know of this and sends the Destroyer (an indestructible metallic being thingy) to Earth to kill Thor.
The Destroyer defeats Thor’s friends, but he offers himself as a sacrifice and is struck. Because of his worthy actions, Thor’s hammer returns to him. Thor destroys the Destroyer and heads back to Asgard to confront Loki. The two of them fight, and Thor blows up the Bifröst bridge so that no one can enter Asgard and invade it. Odin awakens and stops Thor and Loki from falling into the emptiness under the bridge. Loki commits suicide by letting himself fall off (no he doesn’t die, he returns in The Avengers). Thor and Odin reconcile, but Thor is stuck on Asgard. Back on Earth, Jane is looking for a way to get to Thor.
Thor: Post-Credits Scene
Nick Fury brings Dr. Selvig to see the Tesseract and says he would like him to take over Project Pegasus. By now, Loki has figured out that the Tesseract is with S.H.I.E.L.D and has taken control of Dr. Selvig’s mind. We can see Loki urging Selvig to agree, and he does. Now, though the scene appears at the end, this event happens right in the middle of the film.
The Avengers (2012): The Space Stone, The Mind Stone
Loki, who faked his death, makes a deal with the leader of a race called Chitauri. Loki is offered an army in exchange for the Tesseract (Space Stone) that’s on Earth. It’s important to know that Thanos is the one who’s firing the shots here. Via the Chitauri, Thanos has given Loki a mighty Sceptre to aid him in the mission of getting the Tesseract. This Sceptre contains the Mind Stone, but no one knows about this but Thanos. Loki is able to control minds using the Sceptre.
The film begins with Loki taking over Dr. Selvig and Hawk-Eye’s minds and stealing the Tesseract from Nick Fury. Natasha goes to India looking for Bruce Banner because the Tesseract is giving out gamma radiations which she’s hoping Bruce can trace. Long story short, Loki uses the Tesseract to open a portal and the Chitauri attack. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawk-Eye, and Natasha team together as the Avengers and fight off the aliens. Leaders of Earth decide the best way to end the invasion is to blow up New York and launch a nuke. Iron Man deflects this missile through the worm-hole and blows up the Chitauri mothership. Dr. Selvig and Natasha use the Sceptre to close the portal (one Infinity Stone vs. another, but no one knows about these stones yet). Iron Man falls back through the closing portal just in time, and Hulk grabs him midway. Thor takes Loki and the Tesseract back to Asgard. The Scepter is confiscated by S.H.I.E.L.D.
Avengers: Post-Credits Scene
We’re shown the leader of the Chitauri telling Thanos that they failed to conquer Earth. Thanos smiles meaning to say “challenge accepted”.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Since the episode of the alien invasion in Avengers, Tony has been having panic attacks. Aldrich Killian, once a disabled scientist who was rejected by Tony for an idea around healing crippling injuries, is the villain in this film. Aldrich’s treatment, called Extremis, is unstable. While it temporarily cures the subject, it also causes them to explode eventually. To cover up these explosions, Aldrich creates a terrorist by the name Mandarin and gives it the face of an aspiring British actor. He makes it appear like Mandarin has been blowing up stuff.
Long story short, Aldrich blows up Tony’s home, kidnaps Pepper, injects her with Extremis so that Tony would be forced to fix the flaw, gets into a brawl with everybody, has a showdown with the Iron Man and finally gets blown up by a super-powered Pepper. Tony stabilizes the effects of Extremis inside of Pepper Pots. Now, she will not explode, but it’s not mentioned if she has retained any of her superpowers.
Thor: The Dark World (2013): Reality Stone
When the universe was dark, a race called the Dark Elves ruled. Then came the Light, and they lost their power. Malekith, the ruler of the Dark Elves, wants to use the Aether (Reality Stone) and throw the world back into darkness. Now, there is an event that aligns all the nine realms together once every 5000 years. It’ s called Convergence. Malekith tries to use the Aether to darken the world in a previous convergence, but is stopped by Thor’s granddad. Hence Malekith puts himself and few other Dark Elves in a state of hibernation. In the present day, as the next convergence approaches, portals begin to randomly appear in the 9 realms.
Jane goes to investigate one such portal and gets sucked into the realm where the Aether has been kept hidden from Malekith. Jane activates the Aether by mistake, and it enters her. This awakens Malekith and the other hibernating Dark Elves. The Aether begins to kill Jane because of its power. Long story short – Thor takes Jane to Asgard, Malekith attacks Asgard to get Jane, Thor’s mother dies protecting Jane, Loki joins forces with Thor to avenge his mother, Loki tricks Malekith by bringing Thor and Jane as his prisoners, Malekith extracts the Aether from Jane, Loki dies (no he doesn’t, Loki is faking it again, he’ll be back in the end), Thor and Malekith fight through the various portals, Thor finally kills Malekith. In the end, Loki is posing as Odin and ruling Asgard. The real Odin is on Earth, we’ll get to that in Ragnarok.
The Dark World: Post-Credits Scene
We’re shown the Asgardians giving the Aether to a person called the Collector stating that it’s not a good idea to keep two Infinity Stones so close to each other. The Asgardians are already holding the Tesseract (Space Stone) in their protection.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
This film is about the return of Bucky, Cap’s old friend. After he falls off the train (in the first Captain America film), he’s captured by Hydra and is brain-washed and is given instructions to take down S.H.I.E.L.D. We also learn that S.H.I.E.L.D has been infiltrated by Hydra right from its inception. The present executive in S.H.I.E.L.D who is a Hydra operative is Alexander Pierce. Hydra is using three S.H.I.E.L.D helicarriers to predict potential threats to Hydra and plans to eliminate them. Nick, Natasha, Captain America and Falcon (Sam Wilson) join forces to stop Hydra and the Winter Soldier.
Cap is able to use electronic chips to override all the helicarriers. He fights Bucky but doesn’t want to kill him. The override causes the helicarriers to fire at each other, and they crash. Cap falls into the river below. Bucky pulls Cap out of the river before running into the woods, indicating that the Hydra mind-control is wearing off.
The Winter Soldier: Post-Credits Scene
The Sceptre, which is with S.H.I.E.L.D, has been extracted by Baron Wolfgang von Strucker who is a Hydra agent. This is a result of S.H.I.E.L.D being infiltrated by Hydra. The Sceptre’s powers have been used to create mutants for Hydra’s usage – Peter (with super speed) and Wanda (with telekinesis).
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Power Stone
This film introduces us to a set of new characters. Peter Quill – a half human, half alien who is raised by Yondu. Gamora and Nebula, the adopted daughters of Thanos (they don’t like each other). Rocket Raccoon, a talking raccoon who’s a sharp technician and engineer. Groot, a powerful tree creature who’s vocabulary consists of “I am Groot”. Groot and Rocket are bounty hunters. Drax, a powerful being whose family was killed by Ronan and Thanos.
Quill gets his hands on a powerful orb, the Power Stone. Gamora and Nebula are sent to retrieve it while Rocket and Groot go after him for the bounty. Rocket, Groot, Quill, and Gamora are arrested, and in the Nova Corp prison, they run into Drax. The five of them form a team and fight off Ronan who’s commissioned to get the Power Stone. The team is able to use the Power Stone to overthrow Ronan and hand over the stone to the Nova Corp. Quill initially promises the Power Stone to Yondu but tricks him in the end because he feels it will be safer in the hands of the Nova Corp.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
This film is about Quill’s Daddy Issues. We learn that a Celestial being called Ego plans on terraforming countless planets to extend his own consciousness. He’s been going around impregnating women from various worlds to give birth to an offspring who would hopefully be able to wield the celestial powers. He’s also planted seedlings on each of the planets, but the terraformation can be initiated only by two celestials. Ego had hired Yondu to fetch the various offsprings to check if they could access the celestial powers. Given that none of them could do so, he’s been killing them off. One such planet is Earth, and one such offspring is Quill. Yondu realizes Ego’s plan and saves Quill by not delivering him.
Long story short, Quill displays the ability to access the celestial power, bonds with his dad, realizes his dad is evil and resulted in his mother’s death, fights his dad with the help of the other Guardians of the Galaxy, and kills Ego. Yondu sacrifices himself to protect Quill who realizes that his real dad was indeed Yondu. Gamora and Nebula fight as usual but make peace in the end. Nebula vows to kill Thanos and sets off on her own path. Ego’s empath, Mantis, joins the Guardians as they set out in search of new adventures.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): Mind Stone
The Avengers retrieve the Sceptre (Mind Stone) from Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. Tony and Bruce use the Mind Stone to develop an A.I driven program called Ultron which is a planned means for global defense. Ultron goes rogue and tries to destroy J.A.R.V.I.S and infiltrates Tony’s robots. Ultron believes that humans need to be eradicated for the protection of the planet. He escapes with the Sceptre and heads to Strucker’s headquarters and builds himself a new body. Ultron meets Peter and Wanda (the mutants that Strucker created using the Scepter) and takes them on to his side by feeding them stories about how Tony Stark’s weapons killed their parents.
The Avengers attack Ultron but have their asses handed to them by Wanda’s hallucinations and are forced to retreat. Ultron meets with Ulysses Klaue, an arms dealer who has access to Vibranium from a place called Wakanda. Ultron forges a new body which is part-synthetic, part-Vibraniam and is powered by the Mind Stone. Just as Ultron uploads himself into this new body, Wanda reads his intentions and realizes that Ultron plans for human extinction. She helps the Avengers procure the synthetic body. Tony finds J.A.R.V.I.S who was in hiding within the Internet and secretly uploads him into the body. Thus is born Vision. Ultron uses all the Vibranium to lift up an entire city and plans to drop it causing a global effect like a meteorite would and eradicate everything but metal (robots). Long story short, the Avengers with the help of Peter, Wanda and Vision, stop Ultron. Hulk, not wanting to endanger people of Earth, uses Ultron’s jet and takes off someplace unknown (he’ll be back in Ragnarok).
Age Of Ultron: Post-Credits Scene
Thanos wears the Infinity Gauntlet and decides that he’s going to personally collect each of the Infinity Stones and take matters into his own hands. Thanos will return in Infinity War.
Hank Pym is a scientist who’s the inventor of the Pym Particle – the thing that can alter the size of objects. He resigns from S.H.I.E.L.D because he doesn’t want it falling into the wrong hands. Hank builds the Ant-Man suit which allows him to shrink down to the size of an ant but gain strength in inverse proportion. Basically the smaller you get, the more powerful you become. He also devises a way to mentally communicate with ants. Hank’s wife, Janet, used to operate using the Wasp suit. In one of their missions, Hank and Janet are trying to disarm a nuclear missile which they can’t get inside. Janet decides to enter the rocket by shrinking down to subatomic size and gets lost in subatomic space.
In the present day, an evil man by the name of Darren Cross is building a replica of the Ant-Man suit, called the Yellow Jacket, and wants to sell it to Hydra. Long story short, Hank and his daughter, Hope, recruit a dude named Scott who dawns the suit to become Ant-Man and stops Cross. Ant-Man goes into the subatomic state to sabotage Cross’ suit and kills him. However, unlike Janet, he’s able to use the enlarger to get himself back to his actual size.
Ant Man: Post-Credits Scene
Hank gifts Hope with an advanced version of the Wasp suit (formerly her mother’s ). During the film, Ant-Man & Falcon, have a small run in and based on that, Falcon tells Captain America that they have a possible member for their team. This bit pertains to Civil War.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
When Bucky was under the Hydra Mind Control, he was given the assignment to kill Howard Stark and his wife. Bucky kills Tony’s parents. At some point in time after the Winter Soldier movie, Cap gets to know but keeps it a secret from Tony. In the current day, the UN feels that the Avengers have become way too powerful and they need to be “governed”. That the events that involve the Avengers cause way too many casualties. Tony is ridden with guilt and agrees to sign up with this. Natasha, Vision, and Rhodes are with Tony whereas Captain America, Falcon, Hawk-Eye, and Wanda are against it.
Enter Zemo, a guy who has lost his family in the Ultron incident. He wants revenge and understands that there is no point in fighting the Avengers. Instead, he gets his hands on the information that Bucky assassinated Tony’s parents and plans to use this to turn Iron Man against Cap. Zemo tracks down the document that contains the trigger words to activate Bucky’s brainwashing. We are then introduced to T’Challa who appears with his father, T’Chaka, king of Wakanda, at the UN signing. Zemo instructs Bucky to bomb this meeting, and T’Chaka is killed. T’Challa (secretly the Black Panther) seeks revenge and joins Team Iron Man. Tony also gets Spider-Man to join him. Cap retrieves Bucky who’s temporarily free of the Mind Control. Team Captain America gets Ant-Man to join them. The two sides have a massive showdown at an airport leaving Rhodes with a crushed leg. Team Captain America are arrested except for Cap and Bucky.
Zemo makes the Avengers believe that he’s going to activate all the other Winter Soldiers (who are in cryosleep) in a secret facility. Cap and Bucky get to the facility. Iron-Man realizes that Bucky was framed and also heads to the location. But Zemo has killed off all the Winter Soldiers and plays Tony a video that shows Bucky killing his parents. Enraged, Iron Man attacks and dismembers Bucky’s arm. Cap deactivated the Iron Man suit and saves Bucky. Zemo is successful in breaking up the Avengers and plans to commit suicide but Black Panther, stops him and hands him over to the authorities.
Civil War: Post-Credits Scenes
Cap hands Bucky to Black Panther who plans to keep him in cryosleep in Wakanda till they can find a solution to the brainwashing.
Black Widow (2021)
Dreykov is a guy who runs a program called the Red Room, which is where he trains and brainwashes young girls to become assassins called Widows. Natasha and her sister, Yelena, are Widows who managed to escape.
In the past, Natasha has attacked Dreykov and assumes he is dead. But he manages to survive and take his operations to the sky. His daughter is badly injured, and he transforms her into a killer by the name Taskmaster.
The main story takes place right after Civil War. Natasha meets Yelena, who hands her a gas that can neutralize the Widow mind-control drug and informs her that Dreykov is still alive. The sisters break out their fake childhood father, Alexie, a super-soldier called Red Guardian. The three of them meet the fake childhood mother, Melina, who is a Widow too.
All four of them infiltrate Dreykov sky-setup and destroy everything, kill Dreykov, free the Widows, save Taskmaster and call it a day. Natasha hands Yelena the location of remaining Widows in the world and the last vile of antidote, bids goodbye, and heads to release the arrested Avengers.
Black Widow: Post-Credits Scene
This takes place after Avengers: Endgame. Yelena is lied to saying Clint is responsible for Natasha’s demise, and she marks him as her next target.
Black Panther (2018)
In this film, we are shown that a meteorite hit a place in Africa thousands of years ago. This meteorite contained the metal Vibranium (the one Cap’s shield is made from). One warrior eats a heart-shaped herb affected by the metal and gains super-human strength. Thus is formed the kingdom of Wakanda under the leadership of this warrior. Over generations, they use the Vibranium to become highly advanced but remain hidden.
When T’Challa is a young boy, his uncle begins dealing with Ulysses Klaue and supplying him Vibranium; now we know how Klaue provided Ultron with the metal. The uncle wants to empower all the people from Africa across the world with weapons to rise against their oppressors. T’Challa’s father kills his brother and abandons his brother’s child, Erik, to grow up as an orphan. Erik (Killmonger) learns about the real Wakanda from his father’s journals and eventually joins the black-ops.
After the events of Civil War, T’Challa returns to Wakanda to become king. He faces M’Baku in ritualistic combat to the death and defeats him but doesn’t kill him. Erik initially appears to be working with Klaue. A CIA agent, Everett, gets involved and is severely wounded while trying to arrest Klaue. T’Challa decides to take Everett back to Wakanda to save his life. Erik kills Klaue, shows up in Wakanda, and announces who he is. He challenges T’Challa and defeats him, throws him over a waterfall, and becomes king. He also consumes the herb to turn super-powered. Erik picks up where his father left off and commissions jets to fly out Vibranium to dealers in America. T’Challa is saved by M’Baku as a repayment. T’Challa’s family revive him by giving him the last of the heart-shaped-herb. In a final showdown with the Black Panther, Erik is killed. Everett remote pilots a jet and takes down the planes carrying the Vibranium. After this, T’Challa announces at the UN the truth about Wakanda.
Black Panther: Post-Credits Scene
T’Challa’s sister, Shuri, is working on getting Bucky free of his brainwashing.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
After the Chitauri’s invasion in Avengers, a man named Toomes is hired to clear the city. But Tony’s company takes over the operation, and Toomes is left without a job. He uses the Chitauri tech to build new weapons and a suit for himself; Toomes is the Vulture. After the fight at the airport in Civil War, Peter resumes school but focuses on crime-fighting with his new Spider-Suit from Tony.
Peter is reckless and takes on the Vulture endangering himself and civilians. Tony takes away the Spider-Suit. Eventually, Spider-Man and Vulture learn of each other’s true identities. Peter dawns his plain-old Spider-Man costume and goes after Vulture who plans on stealing from a plane transporting weapons from the Avenger Tower. Spider-Man defeats Vulture and saves Toomes from the unstable Vulture-Suit. Toomes is arrested, and Peter declines the offer to become a full-time Avenger.
Homecoming: Post-Credits Scene
An inmate approaches Toomes believing he knows the identity of Spider-Man. But Toomes denies this to protect Peter who saved his life.
Doctor Strange (2016): Time Stone
Doctor Stephan Strange is an arrogant neurosurgeon whose hands get damaged in a car accident. Unable to perform any operations Dr. Strange begins searching various options to get better. He stumbles upon a paraplegic who mysteriously regained the use of his legs. This leads him to Nepal where he meets the Ancient One (an aged sorcerer) and Mordo (a fellow sorcerer). Dr. Strange learns that sorcerer Kaecilius and his men stole some ancient mystical text to open a portal to the Dark Dimension.
Dr. Strange trains under the Ancient One and learns quickly. He also learns how to use the Eye Of Agamotto (Time Stone) to bend time. In a fight against Kaecilius, the Ancient One gets fatally wounded and dies. Dr. Strange, Mordo and Wong (the keeper of the books) are left to stop Kaecilius by themselves. Dr. Strange enters the Dark Dimension to face Dormammu (the ruler) and creates a time loop around himself. Dormammu repeatedly kills Dr. Strange only to realize he’s stuck in an endless loop. He agrees to leave Earth and take Kaecilius and his men with him. The Earth is safe.
Doctor Strange: Post-Credits Scene
Dr. Strange has a chat with Thor who states that he and Loki are on Earth looking for their father, Odin. Dr. Strange agrees to help. Mordo walks up to the paraplegic man and steals his power claiming that the world has too many sorcerers.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Because of Scott using the Ant-Man suit to team up with Captain America in the Civil War movie, Scott is placed under house arrest. Remember Ant-Man goes into subatomic space in the first movie? Because of that he gets into a quantum entanglement with Janet and can see her memories. Scott reaches out to Hank and Hope telling them about his visions. They confirm that Janet is alive and plan to go into the subatomic space to retrieve her.
We’re introduced to Ava Starr, who is the daughter of Hank’s old partner. During an experiment that goes wrong, Ava’s parents are killed, and she’s left in an unstable ghost state. Bill Foster, yet another old partner of Hank, has been helping Ava and plans to draw on Janet’s energy to stabilize her. Hank believes this might kill Janet and this leads to a feud. In the end, Hank is able to retrieve Janet from the subatomic space. She uses her energy to stabilize Ava. Scott sneaks back into his home just in time and is released from his house arrest.
Ant-Man and Wasp: Post-Credits Scene
In the flow of the films, this scene pertains to the event from Infinity War. We’ll get back to this later.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
The film begins with Surtur, the fire demon, who has captured Thor. Thor learns about Odin not being on Asgard and the prophecy of Ragnarok that will allow Surtur to destroy Asgard. Thor steals Surtur’s crown, the source of his power, and returns to Asgard. He exposes Loki who has been posing as Odin and takes him to Earth to look for the real Odin. With the help of Dr. Strange, they find Odin in Norway. Odin explains to them that he’s dying and his death will free their sister, Hela, the Goddess of death, who he has kept imprisoned. As promised, Odin dies, Hela emerges and destroys Thor’s hammer. Loki and Thor try to get back to Asgard using the Bifröst, but they are interrupted by Hela who throws them into outer space and the two of them land on the planet Sakaar.
While Loki somehow happens to make friends with the Grandmaster (ruler of Sakaar), Thor is taken prisoner by a slave trader and is sold as a Gladiator. Now, remember Hulk takes the jet and leaves Earth after beating up Ultron? He happened to wander into Sakaar and has not turned back into Bruce ever since. Thor meets Hulk on the battlefield but is subdued because of an inhibitor chip on his neck. The slave trader, 142, happens to be an ex-member of the Valkyrior, who once battled Hela. Thor teams up with 142, and Hulk and heads to Asgard to take on Hela. He realizes that she’s way too powerful and asks Loki to fetch Surtur’s crown. Loki gets the crown but also steals the Tesseract (Space-Stone) from the vault. Surtur is reborn and fulfills the prophecy of Ragnarok and destroys Asgard while killing Hela.
Ragnarok: Post-Credits Scene
The remaining survivors of Asgard onboard a spaceship and head to Earth but are intercepted by Thanos.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018): All the Infinity Stones
Thanos, a mighty Titan, has a simple solution to over-population – randomly kill half the universe so the survivors will have a better chance of .. well, surviving. For this, he needs to collect all six infinity stones, put it on his infinity gauntlet, and snap his fingers.
Before the film begins, Thanos has already gotten the Power Stone from the Nova Corps in Xandar. He beats up Thor, Hulk and kills Loki and takes the Space Stone from the Tesseract. Heimdal, the keeper of the Bifröst, teleports Hulk to Earth before getting killed. Hulk transforms back to Bruce and is unable to go back to being Hulk. Bruce warns Dr. Strange who contacts Tony.
Thanos’ henchmen land up on Earth to get the Time Stone. The battle leads Dr. Strange, Iron-Man and Spider-Man to get on the henchmen’s Space Ship. Bruce contacts Cap. Wanda and Vision are attacked by another set of henchmen. Cap, Natasha, and Falcon come to their aid. They head to Wakanda to figure a way to separate the Mind Stone from Vision’s head.
The Guardians rescue Thor who tells them that Thanos will head to Knowhere to get the Reality Stone from the Collector. Groot, Rocket and Thor head to Nidavellir to get a new Axe forged from a giant dwarf.
Quill, Drax, Gamora and Mantis head to Knowhere only to realize that Thanos has already taken the Reality Stone. He also kidnaps Gamora and has already captured Nebula. To save Nebula from torture, Gamora reveals the location of the Soul Stone. Thanos and Gamora head to Vormir, where the Soul Stone is, and meet with Red Skull (remember the guy who got sucked in through a wormhole in Captain America?). The Soul Stone needs a sacrifice, and Thanos kills Gamora to procure it.
Nebula escapes and teams with the remaining Guardians and heads to Titan. Here, Nebula, Mantis, Drax, Spider-Man, Iron-Man, and Dr.Strange try to get Thano’s gauntlet off. But Quill interferes after learning that Gamora is dead. As a result, Thanos defeats everyone and Dr. Strange hands over the Time Stone in exchange for Iron-Man’s life.
At Wakanda, Black Panther and friends, Bucky, Captain America, Rhodes, Natasha, Bruce, Falcon, and Wanda fight off Thanos’ henchmen. Shuri tries to separate the Mind Stone from Vision but is unable to. Groot, Rocket, and Thor (with his new Axe) arrive at Wakanda to help. Thanos finally arrives and beats everyone up. Wanda destroys the Mind Stone and kills Vision. But Thanos uses the Time Stone to reverse time and rips the Mind Stone out of Vision. Thor comes landing his Axe into Thanos’ chest, but Thanos snaps his gauntleted fingers. As promised, half the population of the universe is instantly killed.
On Titan, Iron-Man and Nebula are left alive while Quill, Drax, Mantis, Spider-Man and Dr. Strange die. And in Wakanda, Bruce, Rhodes, Rocket, Cap, Natasha, Thor, and a few Wakandans remain alive while Blank Panther, Bucky, Groot, Wanda, and Falcon die.
Infinity War: Post-Credits Scene
We are shown Nick Fury, and Maria Hill die, but Nick uses his pager-on-steroids just in time to warn Captain Marvel. Coming back to the Ant-Man and the Wasp’s post-credit scene, we’re shown that Hank, Janet, and Hope die while Scott is left alive. And coming back to Captain Marvel’s post-credit scene, she lands up on Earth asking for Nick Fury.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
After Infinity War, the remaining Avengers find Thanos but he has already destroyed the stones. Thor kills him. 5 years later, Scott, who is stuck in the quantum realm, gets tossed out because of a rat snooping around the truck. While it was just a few seconds for him, 5 years pass for the rest. Scott suggests the idea of time-travel.
The remaining Avengers get together and plot an elaborate time-heist using the Pym particles Scott has access to. They go to multiple dates in the past to spawn new timelines. They temporarily borrow Infinity Stones from these timelines and successfully un-snap and bring all the dusted people back.
Unfortunately, another Thanos from one of the timelines learns about this future and makes his way with an army to wipe all living beings by getting his hands on the stones. An epic battle ensues, and Tony gives his life by snapping and dusting Thanos and his entire army.
After this, Steve goes on a journey to return the Infinity Stones to their rightful timelines and finally makes a journey to the past to create one final timeline. Here, he lives his whole life happily with Peggy and returns as an old man to give his shield to The Falcon.
The time-travel in the film caused a lot of confusion. Here’s a detailed article with a timeline video that explains everything – Avengers Endgame Time Travel Explained.
Avengers Endgame: Post-Credits Scene
There was none. People’s hearts sank.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
A short while after the events of Avengers: Endgame, a person named Beck, who was once a STARK employee and holographic-illusions specialist, is looking to take control of Tony’s orbital weapon supply powered by a pair of glasses. Using drones and carefully projected holograms, Beck takes on the role of Mysterio, a super-human from a parallel universe, fighting enemies called the Elementals.
First, Beck stages a fight in Mexico with the Earth Elemental. Nick Fury and Maria Hill take notice and reach out to Beck. Next, he stages a battle with the Water Elemental in Italy. Peter, who happens to be part of a school trip, witnesses this fight and helps protect his classmates.
Fury hands Peter Tony’s glasses powered by the AI, EDITH, which gives him access to Stark’s orbital weapon supply. When Peter and Beck meet, Beck feeds him lies about a multiverse (getting the audience excited about how this movie could connect with Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse).
Avoiding his superhero duties, Peter hands Tony’s glasses to Beck and transfers control. Beck uses the orbital weapon to wreak havoc with the more elaborate holograms. MJ discloses that she knows Peter is Spider-Man, and the two stumble upon a drone of Beck’s that makes them realize that Beck was bluffing. In a final fight, Peter takes down Beck. Peter’s spider-sense saves him from a missile which instead hits Beck and kills him.
Far From Home: Mid-Credits Scene
Beck pre-records a message disclosing to the world Peter Parker is Spider-Man and sends it over to J. Jonah Jameson. This is aired, and Peter watches on in horror.
Far From Home: Post-Credits Scene
Nick Future and Maria Hill are actually Talos and Soren in disguise following orders from the real Nick Fury who is in outer space, flying the Skrull ship.
Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (2021)
A thousand years back, Xu Wenwu came to possess the all-powerful ten rings and formed his shadowy organization called the Ten Rings, which helped topple kingdoms and governments. Wenwu is on the hunt for Ta Lo but is stopped by a guardian called Ying Li, and the two fall in love and have two kids – Shang-Chi and Xialing.
Wenwu locks away his ten rings, and for a while, it was good. Eventually, his enemies come seeking revenge and kill Ying Li, which is witnessed by a young Shang-Chi. Wenwu reinstates the Ten Rings and instructs Shang-Chi to kill his mother’s murderer. Shang-Chi kills but doesn’t want to be caught up in this life of murder and abandons his little sister and makes a run for it.
The main events take place after Endgame. Shang-Chi now lives in San Fransisco, working with his friend Katy as a parking valet. He gets attacked, and the assailants take the pendant his mother once gave him. Shang-Chi and Katy go to Macau to meet Xialing and are rounded up by Wenwu, who explains that Ying Li has been talking to him and that she’s being held prisoner in Ta Lo. But in reality, the voices are coming from an imprisoned beast called Dweller-in-Darkness.
Everyone lands up in Ta Lo for the climax, and we are introduced to Ying Li’s sister Ying Nan. Wenwu is tricked into freeing the beast, which claims his soul. The Ten Rings and the Ta Lo warriors unite and take down the beast with the help of Katy and Shang-Chi, who now controls the rings. Katy and Shang-Chi head back to San Fransisco, and the film ends with Wong taking them to Kamar-Taj.
Shang-Chi: Mid-Credits Scene
Bruce Banner and Captain Marvel meet Shang-Chi and Kate, to discuss the origin of the rings. They figure that the rings are signalling out to something unidentified.
Shang-Chi: Post-Credits Scene
Xialing is now the leader of the Ten Rings and has both men and women training together, something that was forbidden earlier.
This story dates back to before the creation of the Infinity Stones. Cosmic beings called Celestials create stars and bring light to the universe. From the darkness, there came Deviants that kill intelligent life on planets. The Celestial Arishem sends a group of superpowered beings called Eternals to Earth in 5000BC to protect humans from Deviants. The Eternals succeed in eradicating all the Deviants by the 1500s, or so they think. A bunch of Deviants get preserved in ice.
The Eternals live their lives on Earth, waiting for a message from Arishem stating their mission is complete. Hundreds of years pass, and in the present day, the Eternals come to know that Earth is one of many host planets for the seed of a Celestial. Once the intelligent life reaches a particular threshold, the Celestial will emerge from the core, and the planet will be destroyed.
Arishem later reveals that he created the Deviants to eliminate apex predators from planets so that intelligent life could develop. But Deviants evolved and began destroying all life. To stop them, Arishem created the Eternals to kill Deviants. After each emergence, the memories of Eternals are wiped clean, and they are assigned another planet.
Deviants get free from the ice and attack the Eternals and absorb their powers. Ikaris turns against the Eternals, who plan to kill the Celestial, but is unable to stop Sersi as he loves her. In the end, the surviving Eternals form a Uni-Mind and freeze and kill the emerging Celestial.
Ajak – killed by Ikaris for being disloyal to Arishem.
Sersi – taken away by Arishem for judgement.
Ikaris – flies into the sun.
Kingo – taken away by Arishem for judgement.
Sprite – becomes human.
Phastos – taken away by Arishem for judgement.
Makkari – out in space on the Eternal’s ship, Domo.
Druig – out in space on the Eternal’s ship, Domo.
Gilgamesh – killed in battle.
Thena – out in space on the Eternal’s ship, Domo.
Eternals: Mid Credits Scene
Eros (Thanos’ brother), a.k.a Starfox, enters the Domo with Pip The Troll, and they offer to help find Sersi, Kingo and Phastos.
Eternals: Post Credits Scene
Sersi’s boyfriend, Dane, is about to pick up a cursed ancestral sword called the Ebony Blade. Once he does, he will become the Black Knight, but Dane is stopped by a voice that asks, “Sure you’re ready for that, Mr Whitman?”. This person is Blade, once portrayed by Wesley Snipes back in the 90s.
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
For the detailed analysis, see this – Spider-Man: No Way Home Explained
After Mysterio reveals Peter’s identity, life becomes miserable for him, Ned and MJ. Peter seeks the help of Dr Strange to make everyone forget his identity. But Peter’s intrusions mess the spell up, causing entities from other parallel universes who know their Spider-Man’s identity to attack the wrong Peter Parker.
While Peter works with Strange to return these people to their home universes, Aunt May says that it is their responsibility to help these villains as they are merely broken individuals. Peter agrees and stops Strange from returning The Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Sandman, The Lizard and Electro and tries to fix them with the help of Stark tech. Only Doc Ock’s chip is successfully replaced and it all backfires when Goblin provokes the rest and flees after killing Aunt May.
The most iconic moments in comic films history happens when the other two Spider-Men come to the aid of Peter, and the three team up to take down and fix the bad guys. Strange says the spell is uncontainable, and far too many intruders from other universes start encroaching. Peter asks Strange to make everyone forget him, which stops the convergence of the multiverse. The Spider-Men bid goodbye and Peter Parker begins a new life where no one knows him, and he swings away into the night.
No Way Home: Mid-Credits Scene
We see Venom (Tom Hardy) drinking and learning about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and how Thanos dusted half the population. After that, he goes back to his own universe.
No Way Home: Post-Credits Scene
This is a full-blown intro to Dr Strange And The Multiverse Of Madness with Wanda and Kang in the mix. In the end, we also see an evil Strange who appears to be one of the main upcoming antagonists.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
Wanda becomes obsessed with the kids she conjures up in the series WandaVision. Unable to deal with her grief of losing Vision, she turns to the book of the damned, Darkhold. She wants the powers of America Chavez, a girl who can travel across multiverses. Wanda’s plan is to replace herself in another universe where her kids, Billy and Tommy, are real. The film does not explain who the father could be as we all know it’s not Vision.
Chavez initially takes the help of another Strange, who gets killed, and she makes her way into the Prime MCU. Strange learns that Wanda is now the Scarlet Witch and tries to protect Chavez with Wong’s help. Chavez and Strange land in another universe and are captured by the Illuminati, headed by Mordo, Black Bolt, Mr Fantastic, Captain Carter (Peggy), and Captain Marvel (Maria). Wanda dreamwalks into this universe via her alter ego and kills the Illuminati. The alternate Christine helps Strange find the Book of Vishanti, which is useless.
Strange kills and steals a Darkhold from another Strange, in another universe, possesses the dead Strange and tries to stop Wanda. It all fails, and finally, Chavez opens a portal to show how Billy and Tommy fear Wanda, the Witch. Wanda destroys the Darkhold in all universes and kills herself. The film ends with Strange gaining the third eye.
Multiverse Of Madness: Mid-Credits Scene
Clea, also a sorceress and possible love interest, takes Strange with her to help save another universe.
Multiverse Of Madness: End-Credits Scene
Bruce Campbell’s pizza-ball cameo appearance returns to say, “it’s over”.
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