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How to watch the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe in chronological order

Artwork for the Marvel film "Avengers: Endgame" appears on stage during the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures presentation at CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners on April 3, 2019, in Las Vegas.

Artwork for the Marvel film "Avengers: Endgame" appears on stage during the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures presentation at CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners on April 3, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Chris Pizzello, Invision via Associated Press)


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THE INCREDIBLY LARGE MARVEL UNIVERSE — The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been dominating the box office and entertaining audiences for 14 years. Yes, some of you will argue that Marvel movies were being made long before 2008, and you're correct. Where you're incorrect, however, is as to when the Marvel Cinematic Universe started.

The MCU, as it's called, includes all the films, TV shows and shorts that are all tied together; it was born in 2008 with the release of "Iron Man." Since then, a total of 27 MCU films have been released with three more planned in 2022, starting with "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" scheduled to hit theaters on May 6.

That means by the end of 2022 there will be 30 MCU films. But that's just scratching the surface. In addition to all these films are multiple television series and shorts called "Marvel One-Shot."

To make things even more confusing, the movies, TV shows and shorts were not released in chronological order. For example, "Iron Man" was the first MCU movie, but it's the third film in chronological order and the sixth title in chronological order.

I let you know how to watch all the MCU films in chronological order in 2018, but a lot has changed since then and I'm here to help you out again. This time around, however, I will be including all of the Marvel TV shows and One-Shots. That includes the Netflix series as well.

I wouldn't have included them a few months back, as they weren't necessarily canon, but "Spider-Man: No Way Home" changed all that. "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is also included, even though they seemed to stop ignoring the MCU timeline around Season five or six.

Below, you'll find the title of the movie/show/short along with the year it takes place within the MCU timeline and the runtime of the title. Here is how you can watch the entire MCU in chronological order:

The entire MCU

If you're hoping to do the whole thing, then you need to wait for "Doctor Strange into the Multiverse of Madness" to release. Also, you're in for quite some time in front of a screen.

All that content adds up to 402 hours and 37 minutes. That's about 17 days — if you're watching 24 hours a day. So, it's going to take you a long time to make all of that happen.

Films, One-Shots and new TV

If you're hoping to watch only the MCU films, One-Shots and the newer shows that have aired on Disney+ and stick to the overall timeline, your slate and order would look like this:

That will put you at 87 hours and 17 minutes, which is just shy of four days to watch all of this (again, that's watching 24 hours a day).

Just Films

One more option would be just watching the films in chronological order, which would look like this:

Just watching the movies makes for 61 hours and 5 minutes. This is more manageable at about two and a half days, 24 hours a day. Split that up in a week or so and you can make it happen.

There you have it: Multiple ways — and lots of hours in front of a screen — to prove you're the ultimate Marvel fan.

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John has grown up around movies and annoys friends and family with his movie facts and knowledge. He also has a passion for sports and pretty much anything awesome, and it just so happens, that these are the three things he writes about.

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