Marvel Universe, pt. 1

A lot of folks are going to be talking about the Star Wars premiere today, but not me.  Today, I’m all about the Marvel brand. If you haven’t seen the trailer for the latest in the Avenger franchise, here it is:

Yep, that’s happening!  I thoroughly enjoy these summer, “popcorn movies”, and I’m all over this one…but to be honest, I feel like they may have peaked with The Avengers–it was just an all-around perfect film. All of the films leading up to that were fun origin stories, but the second time around for each character got a little tedious. I did sense some new life in the franchise with Ant-Man, though. I was pleasantly surprised at how delightful that was–Paul Rudd and Michael Pena seem like they’ll fit right in with Robert Downey Jr’s humor.

If you can barely wait for Captain America: Civil War, I’ve done all of the IMDB work for you and created a cheat sheet for binge-watching all of the movies in order! In case you’ve been living under a rock and you’re completely new to the Marvel universe, each film has a scene or two during the credits that leads to the next one. It’s not the end of the world if you miss them, but it’s a fun little extra to get you excited for the following film. If you start now, you might even be all caught up by May!

Iron Man (2008)

The Incredible Hulk (2008) Even though Ed Norton was replaced by Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers, this film is still meant to fit in with future installments. Ang Lee’s Hulk (2003) is a stand alone film…I’ll give you extra credit if you watch that, too. 🙂

Iron Man 2 (2010)

Thor (2011)

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

The Avengers (2012)

Iron Man 3 (2013)

**Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC begins in fall of 2013 and some of the episodes overlap with plot points in the movies. If you really feel like taking a deep dive into the world, you can throw this TV show into the mix–seasons 1 & 2 should be streaming right now and season 3 is on hiatus/winter break until March.

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) This is a stand-alone film so far, but knowing how this franchise works, I’m sure the characters will overlap in the future, so I’m keeping it in chronological order with the others. It’s an awesome film, with a killer soundtrack.

**Agent Carter debuts on ABC in January of 2015. If you’re craving a prequel of sorts and loved Peggy & Cap in the first Captain America film, you’ll enjoy these eight episodes with new and familiar faces. I really enjoyed the first season–season two returns January 19th!

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Ant-Man (2015)

Up next…you know, in case you want to plan out the next three years.

Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016

Doctor Strange (November 2016)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 2017)

Thor: Ragnarok (November 2017)

Black Panther (February 2018)

Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 (May 2018)

There’s talk that Spider-Man will make an appearance in Civil War, and if so, it’ll be the newest actor to play him: Tom Holland. I’m not sure that a reboot was needed six years after the first trilogy with Tobey Maguire, and I’m definitely sure that another reboot is not needed now. Andrew Garfield did a great job with the last two, but now Tom Holland is taking over the role and the series is getting another reboot just three years later! So far, these films haven’t been involved with the Avengers, but if you’re bored…

Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Coming in 2017: Untitled Spider-Man Reboot

Still need a Marvel fix?  These two Netflix series go nicely together, but so far haven’t linked up with the rest of the Avenger world. There are subtle references here and there (or “Easter Eggs”, as they’re called), but no direct cross-over action yet.

Daredevil (2015)

Jessica Jones (2015)


Exhausted yet? Part two featuring X-Men, etc. tomorrow!

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