How to Watch Marvel Movies: Release, Chronological, or Spaghetti Order

By Gabriela Vatu / August 30, 2020

The Marvel universe is easily one of the most interesting to watch, and birthing hit after hit. If you want to dive back into this marvelous series, we can help you figure out which way to go, since there are multiple ways to watch this long list of films.

Out of the 50 highest-grossing films, Marvel has its stamp on nine of them with Avengers: Endgame scoring highest after it managed to dethrone Avatar.

Starting with 2008, Marvel movies have been popping up at an impressive rage, bringing superhero movies to the quality level they deserve. They've been split into four phases, with the fourth one set to begin in November, this year, if things don't get delayed due to the pandemic.

As mentioned, there are multiple ways you can watch Marvel movies - Chronological, by Release Date, or the Spaghetti Order.

Chronological Vs. Release Vs. Spaghetti Order

There are a few ways you can watch Marvel films - chronological, by release date or spaghetti order. Each of these will put the films in a new light and bring new details into your mind that you may have otherwise missed. Let's go over these so you can learn more about them:

Release Order - This part is pretty obvious, as you get to watch the films in the order they were released, experiencing the storyline as the world did.

Chronological Order - Watching the Marvel movies in Chronological order means you watch them in the order the action takes place in the movies. For instance, the first Captain America movie takes place back in the '40s.

Spaghetti Order - While the name may sound weird, it takes you from one movie to the other by following the hints you get in the after-credit scene.

What's the Best Order to Watch the Marvel Movies?

With so many great movies, is there really a better or worse way to watch them? Personally, we'd love to follow each path and watch them all, but that's going to take a while. In the end, we're going to help you make the best decision for you.

How to Watch the Marvel Movies in Order - Release Date?

The Marvel universe was released in Phases, as we already discussed, so watching them as everyone did - one at a time as they were released in theaters - may be the way to go.

Marvel Phase One

Marvel Phase Two

Marvel Phase Three

And this is where we left off - this is where we are right now, with several storylines complete.

How to Watch the Marvel Movies in Order - Chronological Order?

So, the Release Date order is pretty clear - we're watching them as they came out in theaters, but the storyline is not always linear. Some movies take us back decades, while others take us forward. Watching them in Chronological order should help you avoid various spoilers while keeping the story more clear. Here's the order you can watch them in, featuring the film's name and the year the action takes place in:

How to Watch the Marvel Movies in Order - Spaghetti Order?

The Marvel movies can also be watched in a different order. The whole thing was put together by writer Jonathan Sim who went by a different logic - follow the post-credit scene. Those scenes kept everyone in their seats for an extra ten minutes after the long movies were already over. And yet, this method allows users to watch the movies by following the cut-scenes. Here's how that would go:

There are six movies that are currently part of Phase 4:

Whether or not these movies will retain their release dates remains to be seen, since the whole process is in the air due to the pandemic and Hollywood is trying to figure things out.

What Are the Best Marvel Movies to Watch?

When it comes to which movies are "best" it depends on who you're asking. If we're talking about which movies did best in the Box Office, we have one list:

If you're going to ask Rotten Tomatoes, the list looks a bit different:

Judging by the IMDb ranking, the list also differs a bit:

Which Marvel Movies Are on Disney+?

Since Marvel is now owned by Disney, the service has been pulling movies from competitors (namely Netflix) and pushing them to Disney+. Right now, you can stream quite the marathon as many of them are available on the service. Here they are, in alphabetical order. A few are still missing, but we're sure they'll end up on Disney+ soon enough.

Disney+ is also preparing a long list of really cool shows you'll be able to watch. Hopefully, we'll get them sooner rather than later.

The first five were supposed to be released by next summer, but with the pandemic ranging on, we're not sure that's going to happen. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier originally had an August 2020 release date, but with August nearly over, that's clearly not happening.

Clearly, keeping up with the MCU is a total experience, and we're eager to watch them all time and time again.

Which Marvel Movies Are Missing on Disney+ and Where to Watch Them?

There are three movies that are currently missing from Disney+ - The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is available to stream on Hulu right now. Since the movie's rights are in Sony's pocket, you won't find it on Disney+ for now.

The other movies are not available to stream on any major platform right now, but you can definitely rent them from the likes of Amazon Prime Video.

How to Download Marvel Movies on Disney+?

One of the great things about Disney+ is that you can download the movies and shows it offers so you can watch them later, without even needing a WiFi connection. Assuming you have a Disney+ subscription, here's what you have to do:

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