Marvel Movie Marathon

Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon

Ladies and Gentleman, consider this your one-month warning! Avengers: Infinity War is just around the corner. You have four weeks to train, and by train I mean catch up on, or review, the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe MCU). Lucky for you we have the training manual to help you have your own Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon.

Each movie in the MCU is listed in the order you should watch it. If you want more in-depth information on each movie click the title for additional viewing material, discussion questions and Marvel fun facts.

Captain America – The First Avenger

RELEASE DATE: July 22, 2011
SYNOPSIS: While this isn’t truly the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is chronologically the first because a vast majority of the movie takes place in World War II. This is the origin story for Captain America. In this movie you will learn how nerdy Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) became Captain America.
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: Captain America, Nick Fury
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: Digital; Blu-Ray

Iron Man

RELEASE DATE: May 2, 2008
SYNOPSIS: Another origin story, Iron Man is the first MCU movie if you are listing them by release date. It tells the story of Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) a bratty billionaire with an amazing flair for engineering. Using that knowledge, he creates a suit of armor with an amazing array of bells and whistles to get himself out of a tough situation. Then, realizing the suit could actually be used for good, he sets about battling evil across the globe within the anonymity of Iron Man’s suit.
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: Iron Man, JARVIS/Vision
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: DVD; Blu-Ray; Free on Amazon Prime

The Incredible Hulk

RELEASE DATE: June 3, 2008
SYNOPSIS: Everyone knows the origin story of the Incredible Hulk. However, there is no worry of having to watch Bill Bixby morph into Lou Ferrigno in this movie. Modern era CGI and special effect aid in this retelling of the story of the Hulk’s (Edward Norton) genetic re-engineering. An interesting aspect of this movie is that chronologically it is happening within seven days of the next two MCU movies (Iron Man 2 and Thor).
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: The Hulk, Iron Man
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: DVD; Blu-Ray

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Iron Man 2

RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2010
SYNOPSIS: Taking place six months after Iron Man (and in concert with The Incredible Hulk and Thor), Tony Stark has now unmasked himself and has a decision to make in regards to the technology that powers the Iron Man suit. This technology also has a shelf-life that is slowly coming to an end.
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: Iron Man, Black Widow, Nick Fury, JARVIS/Vision
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: DVD; Blu-Ray Combo

Thor

RELEASE DATE: May 6, 2011
<strong>SYNOPSIS: While not really an origin story, this movie tells the story of Odin’s wayward son Thor (Chris Hemsworth) who is banished from his home in Asgard to Earth. In his absence, Thor’s equally wayward brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), is attempting a takeover. Stuck on Earth, Thor must find his legendary hammer, get back in the good graces of his father and find a way to get back to help save Asgard.
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: Thor, Loki, Nick Fury, Hawkeye
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: DVD, Blu-Ray

Marvel’s The Avengers

RELEASE DATE: May 4, 2012
SYNOPSIS: Loki is up to his hijinks again. This time he is trying to get his hands on the Tesseract, one of the Infinity Stones. It will take all the super heroes we have met to this point, with a few new friends, coming together to restore order.
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Loki, Nick Fury, JARVIS/Vision
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: DVD, Blu-Ray

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Iron Man 3

RELEASE DATE: May 3, 2013
SYNOPSIS: Tony Stark was deeply affected by the events of the Marvel’s The Avengers. Suffering from obvious signs of PTSD, Stark to throw himself into his work just as another evil, the Mandarin, dawns the horizon.
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: Iron Man, JARVIS/Vision, The Hulk
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: DVD/Digital; Blu-Ray

Thor: The Dark World

RELEASE DATE: November 8, 2013
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) unknowingly awakens an evil army of Dark Elves after finding a weapon called the Aether. Thor must join forces with Loki to not only save Jane but defeat the Dark Elves and save the Nine Realms.
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: Thor, Loki, Captain America
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: DVD; Blu-Ray

Captain America: Winter Soldier

RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2014
SYNOPSIS: Captain America (Chris Evans) is forced to battle a new foe whose identity turns out to be quite a shock.
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: Captain America, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, Falcon
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: DVD; Blu-Ray

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1

RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2014
SYNOPSIS: Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and his misfit tribe of less-than-wholesome extraterrestrials are on the run from Ronan the Accuser after stealing a powerful orb.
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: Peter Quill/StarLord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, Rocket
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: DVD; Blu-Ray

Avengers: Age of Ultron

RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2015
strong>SYNOPSIS: Super-scientist Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and super-engineer Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) create a peace-keeping program called Ultron to protect the world. However, the program goes rouge and the Avengers must come together to save the world from an extinction level event.
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, War Machine, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, JARVIS/Vision, Falcon
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: DVD; Blu-Ray

Ant Man (2005)

RELEASE DATE: July 17, 2015
SYNOPSIS: This movie is the origin story of the Ant-Man (Paul Rudd). Scientist Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) has created a shrinkable suit making a grown make shrink to the size of an ant. The problem is someone else has the same technology and plans to use it for nefarious purposes.
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: Ant-Man, Falcon, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: DVD; Blu-Ray

Captain America: Civil War

RELEASE DATE: May 6, 2016
SYNOPSIS: As the name indicates, the Avengers are all forced to pick sides as a result of the events which took place in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Powers-That-Be are trying the create some accountability for them and it produces a great deal of dissention.
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, Falcon, War Machine, Hawkeye, Black Panther, JARVIS/Vision, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, Spider-Man
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: DVD; Blu-Ray

Doctor Strange

RELEASE DATE: November 4, 2016
SYNOPSIS: Another Marvel origin story, Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumerbatch) must overcome a tragic accident with the help of a guru to not only heal his devastating injuries but also his heart.
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: Doctor Strange, Thor
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: DVD; Blu-Ray

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

RELEASE DATE: May 5, 2017
SYNOPSIS: The Guardians are on the run yet again. This time they must run from the Sovereign after Rocket (Bradley Cooper) steals some precious batteries.
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, Rocket
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: DVD; Blu-Ray

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

RELEASE DATE: July 7, 2017
SYNOPSIS: After first getting some screen time in Captain America: Civil War, teenage Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) must figure out how to live life as a super hero while maintaining his anonymity in his “real life”.
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: Spider-Man, Iron Man, Steve Rogers/Captain America
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: DVD; Blu-Ray

Thor: Ragnarok

RELEASE DATE: November 3, 2017
SYNOPSIS: Another member of Thor’s family goes rouge. This time it’s his sister Hela (Cate Blanchett).
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: Thor, Loki, The Hulk, Valkyrie, Doctor Strange
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: DVD; Blu-Ray

Black Panther

RELEASE DATE: February 16, 2018
SYNOPSIS: The Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) must assume the throne of Wakanda facing problems his father, recently murdered, never could have imagined.
ON-SCREEN SUPER HEROES: Black Panther, Winter Soldier
WHERE TO FIND THE MOVIE: In Theatres Now!!

Haven’t had enough Marvel? Here are the upcoming movies from the Marvel Universe:

Ant-Man & The Wasp                                     July 6, 2018
Captain Marvel                                                 March 8, 2019
Untitled Avengers                                           May 3, 2019
Spider-Man Homecoming 2                         July 5, 2019
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3                   May 1, 2020
Untitled Marvel 2                                             August 7, 2020
Untitled Marvel 3                                             November 6, 2020

Sue Nowicki is an alumna of the 2014/15 Disney Parks Moms Panel. She is a recovering team mom after serving as secretary, navigator, head cheerleader, treasurer, athletic trainer and team psychologist for her daughter’s teams for the last 10 years. Don’t feel bad, she now has more time to plan her next Walt Disney World vacation. You can follow her on Twitter @MQPodcast.

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