May 1

What Order to Watch Marvel Movies and My Review of Endgame

Let me first say this: THERE ARE SPOILERS HERE.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet and you just want to know the order to watch Marvel movies – don’t scroll to the bottom of this blog. I don’t want to spoil Endgame for you – I wouldn’t want to steal that experience from you. It’s too good for me to even think about spilling the beans about how Endgame concludes the Avengers series.

But first, I want to share what order to watch Marvel movies in so you’re properly prepared to watch Endgame!

If your social media is anything like mine, your feed is halfway filled with people posting about Avengers and the other half is about Game of Thrones and the Battle of Winterfell. I’m not a huge Game of Thrones fan and have only seen a couple of episodes (I read most of the books though, so I’m still in the cool kids club) but I am a huge Marvel Studios fan and as such, so are my kids.

What Order to Watch Marvel Movies

I saw a ton of people also saying they’ve only seen a few of the movies and had no idea which order to watch them in. Thanks to this Newsweek article, I’ve got the chronological order of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) films.

  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Captain Marvel
  • Iron Man
  • Iron Man 2
  • The Incredible Hulk (granted, this is with Edward Norton and not Mark Ruffalo)
  • Thor
  • The Avengers
  • Iron Man 3
  • Thor: Dark World
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ant-Man
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Dr. Strange
  • Black Panther
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Avengers: Infinity War

Okay, so now that we’ve gotten that taken care of – let’s talk about Endgame, which I saw last night with the family.

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My Review of Avengers: Endgame

There are devastating deaths; that’s a given. One I expected, one I was absolutely shocked by. THe movie ties together so many loose ends, put together in a beautiful little box while also leaving wiggle room for further Marvel movies.

I was thrilled to see Ant Man come back. Paul Rudd is everything I never knew I always wanted in a super hero.

Favorite Character Transformation: Nebula. It was incredible to see her transformation from the daughter of Thanos into the Nebula who saves the day.

The Worst Moment: I absolutely sobbed when Nat and Barton were on top of the mountain, battling to give up their lives because the Avengers must defeat Thanos at all costs, and the Soul Stone required a sacrifice. Katelyn (my 12 year old) cried, too; Noah, Sierra and Daniel were shocked.

The Second Worst Moment (and Least Favorite Character Transformation): Oh, Thor. Seeing him drunk and drowning in self pity in New Asgaard broke my heart a bit. Randy elbowing me and winking because of Thor’s ultimate dad bod was pretty funny, though.

The Best Moment: Seeing Steve and Peggy, dancing together in the final clip of the movie. After returning the infinity stones to their rightful places in the timeline, Steve went back to Peggy to live a little bit of that life he had heard so much about. Captain America + Agent Carter = 4Ever.

The Second Best Moment: Quite possibly one of my favorite moments of all the Marvel movies happens during the battle when General Okoye stands behind Captain Marvel and says, “she’s got backup.” And then all the remaining female Avengers stand up behind her – tall, strong and proud. I felt a sense of pride that is hard to explain, but yesss Marvel Studios – YES. We NEEDED that moment.

In the End: The Avengers were able to defeat Thanos in the final battle, and send him into the dust. But not without Tony giving up the ultimate sacrifice to snap his fingers with the gauntlet on, and Peter Parker’s reaction was just heart shattering. Tony’s death was one I was prepared for, but it still came with all the feels.

Things I Wish Had Been Different: I wish that some of the lesser characters had had a bigger role. In three hours of cinema, some of the characters that had been part of the 50% killed off in Infinity War hardly said more than three words in Endgame even though they were brought back two-thirds into the movie. Even Nick Cage hardly was in it, and I thought he’d play a bigger part considering his history with the Avengers and he just barely stands there in the back at Tony’s funeral.

Things I Absolutely Loved: Seeing basically all of the Marvel characters in one movie, even if they said next to nothing. Just seeing them together was amazing. Seeing the warriors of Wakanda, seeing all of the sorcerers, seeing small characters (like the little boy from Iron Man 3 at Tony’s funeral) … was amazing. I loved the flashbacks to other times, it was a clever way for them to get the stones.

And seeing Captain Marvel take out Thanos’s ship? Yes girl, YES. Her new haircut was pretty badass, too. I thought she’d play a bigger role though throughout the whole movie, not just here and there.

Overall: I loved it. It was just about everything I needed it to be. The kids had a thorough discussion of the plot, the easter eggs, the questions answered, the questions left unanswered – and it was really cool to listen to them.

Endgame gets a huge thumbs up from this momma … but I do have some questions!

Here are some of my questions after watching Endgame, and maybe you’ll know the answers:

  • Where did Loki go after taking the tesseract in that timeline?
  • Where did Gamora go after the big battle scene?
  • I thought Captain America died in the comic books, and Bucky replaces him. So why was Falcon given the shield?

What are your thoughts on Endgame? Sound off in the comments!

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