The Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has existed for more than a decade, is expanding more and more every year. The Marvel films and series included in the franchise represent a whole world of superheroes with their own history. But the number of films is so great that film lovers who decide to join the mysterious universe for the first time do not know where to start. A detailed acquaintance with the cinematic universe will help to understand the storyline of numerous films and TV shows.
Movies and series Marvel are based on comics and combine a huge number of characters.
Films are divided into phases, of which there are currently four. Pictures of the first phase came out from 2008 to 2012. The second phase included tapes released from 2013 to 2015. Most of the films are included in the third phase, the release period of which is 2016-2019. After a two-year break, the 4th phase started in 2021.
In addition to feature films, the chronology of the Marvel universe includes several series that complement the overall picture.
These projects were shown by various streaming services. The main line-up aired on ABC under the title “Marvel Heroes” and included:
- 7 seasons of Agents of SHIELD (2013-2020);
- 2 seasons of “Agent Carter” (2015-2016);
- “Supermen” (2017).
The second group of series, Marvel Knights, was broadcast by Neftlix. This included:
- 3 seasons “Sorvigolovy” (2015-2018);
- 3 seasons of Jessica Jones (2015-2019);
- 2 seasons of “Luke Cage” (2016-2018);
- two seasons of Iron Fist (2017-2018);
- 2 seasons of “The Punisher” (2017-2019);
- “Defenders” (2017).
The list of Marvel series also includes tapes created by the Freeform and Hulu platforms – Runaways – 2017-2019; “Cloak and Dagger” – 2018-2019; Helstrom – 2020.
The 2021 Marvel series WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki are part of Phase 4.
Movies and series Marvel: the chronology and essence of the events of the universe
Viewers trying to get into the universe for the first time are starting to watch Marvel movies and TV shows in the order in which they appeared on the screens. But since the chronology of events and the release of episodes does not always coincide, the overall picture of perception is violated. Therefore, when viewing, it is advisable to be guided by the list of films and series, in which the events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are arranged in order.
The first Avenger
The film takes place during the Second World War. Simple guy Steve Rogers becomes a super-soldier after taking a special serum and goes to the front to save the world.
It’s 1946. Howard Stark is accused of selling inventions to enemies and Steve’s girlfriend Peggy Carter decides to prove his innocence.
In the second season, the heroine is investigating the murder of a Los Angeles resident. The tracks lead to the mysterious organization “Isodin”, investigating “zero matter”.
1989 US Air Force pilot Carol Danvers crashes on her fighter plane, but does not die, but disappears.
After 6 years, the girl who acquired superpower and became Captain Marvel again finds herself on Earth.
2010 Tony Stark, captured by the Afghans, invents “iron armor” that makes him invulnerable.
In season 2, Iron Man will have to take care not only of himself, but also to save the world.
The incredible Hulk
As a result of an experiment with gamma radiation, scientist Bruce Banner begins to mutate, turning into a huge green giant Hulk. He has to hide from the military, but Major Blonsky manages to track down the botanist.
The Hulk manages to get away, crippling Blonsky. By the end of the film, Bruce will learn to control his power and transformation.
2011. A planet ruled by King Odin. One of the sons of King Thor, instigated by his half-brother Loki, violates the peace agreement with the frost giants, for which he is exiled to earth.
Summer 2012. The heroes of the previous films unite in a team of avengers to fight the Chitauri, acting in alliance with Loki.
Interesting! This series has become one of the best in the Marvel universe, having collected more than 1 billion dollars at the box office.
Iron Man 3
Tony Stark enters the fight against the terrorist Mandarin. The criminal does not act alone, behind him is a whole organization led by the scientist Aldrich Killian.
Agents of SHIELD
One of the longest series in the MCU. To understand its meaning, you need to watch the tape in a certain sequence, since part of the plot of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” runs parallel to some films.
The series begins with Phil Coulson assembling a team of agents to investigate unusual incidents.
Thor 2 The Dark World
year 2013. Loki is imprisoned in Asgard. Thor fights the dark elves in an attempt to prevent them from taking the Infinity Stone.
The First Avenger: Another War.
year 2014. Steve Rogers, who has lain frozen in ice for many years, finds himself in a future where most of the people close to him have already died or are very old.
Together with the Black Widow and the Falcon, he will have to fight against the Nazi organization HYDRA. In addition, Captain America is in for a nasty surprise – his longtime friend Bucky Barnes turns out to be the Winter Soldier hitman working against S.H.I.E.L.D.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Peter Quill was abducted by aliens as a child and is now one of the most notorious thieves in the universe under the nickname Star-Lord. One day, he steals a mysterious ball, inside of which is the Stone of Power. Because of this, one of the main villains, Ronan the Accuser, hunts for the Lord. Now the fate of the Galaxy depends on the Lord and his team.
Lawyer Matt Murdoch lost his sight as a child due to radioactive waste getting into his eyes. But, despite his blindness, Mat is able to fight back any bandit.
Having made himself a leather suit and taking on the form of a demon, Daredevil fights crime while avenging his father’s death along the way.
Avengers. Age of Artron
2015 The Avengers have reunited as one team. Now they will have to fight the artificial intelligence Ultron, who is out of control and trying to destroy humanity.
While the Avengers are at war with Ultron, Scott Lang steals Ant-Man’s suit. A former thief becomes a superhero whose mission is to prevent the leakage of high-tech developments.
Former superhero Jessica Jones opens her own detective agency. While investigating a student kidnapping case, she unwittingly confronts her past.
The heroine begins the hunt for her sworn enemy Kilgrave, seeking to end him once and for all.
Former sheriff Carl Lucas is jailed on false charges. The prison doctor’s experiments on a prisoner result in Carl becoming super-strong.
Thanks to this, he escapes from prison, settles in Harlem and takes the name Luke Cage. The resulting superpower Luke uses to fight crime.
Captain America: Civil War
The government requires the Avengers to legalize. But there is no unanimity in the team of superheroes. Some of them, led by Tony Stark, are ready to submit. The other half, led by Captain America, goes underground.
At the beginning of the film, the past of Natasha Romanoff, who has transferred to serve in S.H.I.E.L.D., is shown.
Then they show Natasha already in 2016, who fled to Norway. Here, the Black Widow will have to clash with Taskmaster, under the mask of which Dreykov’s daughter Antonia is hiding. Many years ago, Natasha blew it up with her father.
By the end of the film, Natasha manages to free Antonia and the other widows from the mind control.
Interesting! Scarlett Johansson, who plays Natasha Romanoff, dreamed of the role so much that she dyed her hair red long before filming began.
Stephen Strange, who has crippled his hands in a car accident, is trying to find a way to recover. Having gone to Tibet, he comprehends the basics of magic.
Having become a powerful wizard, Strange defeats the dark magician Dormammu with the help of the fifth Infinity Stone – the eye of Agamotto.
Danny Rend, whose parents died during the journey, by the will of fate ended up in the lost city of Kun-Lun. Having lived here for many years, Danny became not only a skilled fighter, but also acquired unusual abilities, consisting in the concentration of spiritual power in his fist.
Back in New York, Danny fights crime using his fighting skills and the power of the Iron Fist.
Peter Parker dreams of joining the Avengers, but Tony Stark thinks Peter needs to continue his studies. Then Parker drops out of school, fighting crime in a Spider-Man costume.
Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Jessica Jones join forces to fight the powerful criminal organization The Hand.
In this series, alien beings act as superheroes. The royal family of Attilan is forced to flee to Earth because of a military coup organized in their state.
The Inhumans who find themselves in Hawaii will have to not only save their lives, but also prevent the death of the whole world.
2017 Thor learns that his father is on Earth. With the help of Doctor Strange, he finds his father in Norway.
But Odin still dies and power in Askard is seized by Thor’s sister Hela. Only Ragnarok can stop her.
The family of Frank Castle became a victim of mafia showdowns. The hero takes revenge for the death of his relatives, punishing the criminals.
Six teenagers with superpowers learn about their parents’ involvement in the activities of the Pride secret society. The guys run away from home to fight with adults.
Cloak and Dagger
The heroes of this film are teenagers Tandy and Tyrone, who have lost loved ones. Both have superpowers.
Tyrone can control the darkness, and Tandy is subject to the radiation of light daggers. Together they are able to do a lot, as their forces are interconnected.
The mysterious African state of Wakanda has lost its ruler. His son Prince T’Challa, the Black Panther, ascends the throne. But he is overthrown by his cousin Eric Killmonger.
Despite the usurper throwing the prince off a cliff, Black Panther survives and regains the throne.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne manage to find a tunnel leading to the quantum dimension. Thanks to this, Hank Pym hopes to find his wife Jeanette (Wasp), but without the help of Scott Lang (Ant-Man) he cannot do.
However, Scott is under house arrest and has to constantly return home in order not to violate the conditions.
Jeanette is found, but for unknown reasons, Hank, Hope, and the Wasp disintegrate into dust.
Avengers: Infinity War
2018 year. The Avengers are coming together to take on Thanos, who is collecting the Infinity Stones. But Thanos manages to get ahead of the superheroes, having received almost all the stones with the help of his minions.
By the end of the film, most of the Avengers are scattered to ashes.
Avengers. The final
The surviving Avengers, traveling through time, are trying to return their brothers, wiped off the face of the earth by Thanos.
Spiderman: Far From Home
2024 Peter Parker, saddened by the death of Tony Stark and wanting a distraction, sets out on a journey. As he packs his suitcase, Aunt May gives him the Spiderman suit.
On the trip, Peter and his friends will be attacked by a certain creature called the Elemental. The hero will have to use his suit to defeat the villain.
The sorceress Wanda and the android Vision, having married, settle in the small town of Westview. They strive to live the life of ordinary people, hiding their abilities.
But in fact, Vision died a long time ago and everything that happens around is just an illusion created by Wanda.
Falcon and Winter Soldier
Steve Rogers presents the shield to Falcon (Sam Wilson) and names him the new Captain America. But Sam is not ready to take on such a serious responsibility.
Soldier John Walker becomes the new Captain America. And the Falcon at this time, along with the Winter Soldier, is fighting the terrorist organization Flag Crushers.
Loki is the last movie in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It takes place after the Avengers finale.
Loki enters the service of Temporal Change Management. But office work is not for him and the hero tries to escape.
However, realizing the power of the Office, Loki returns to fight his own alternate version.
Marvel films and series are updated with new series every year. Marvel Studios has developed a plan to release new tapes for 5-6 years ahead. By the end of 2021, What If…?, Hawkeye, and Ms. Marvel will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe series.
In 2022, fans of the franchise will be able to see Moon Knight, She-Hulk and Secret Invasion. And in December 2022, there will be a special holiday edition of Guardians of the Galaxy.
The release dates for pre-production Marvel series such as Ironheart, Armored Wars, and The Untitled Wakanda Series remain unknown. In addition, development has already begun on the second seasons of Loki and What If…?, as well as season 1 of The Untitled Echo Series.
Despite the fact that the cinematic universe already has more than 30 films, Marvel films and series still gather many viewers in front of the screen. After all, you never know what to expect from the next project, if it concerns the mysterious universe.