In 2008, Marvel Studios released Iron Man, starring Robert Downey, Jr. The movie was a critical and commercial hit, but more than for its individual achievements, the movie is today lauded for being the first installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the biggest unified cinematic narrative in history. Marvel defined a new brand of lighter superhero movies that “opposed” Warner Brothers’ Batman movies (both Burton’s and Nolan’s), and the whole idea soon became a global phenomenon. Since the MCU is getting quite lengthy with more and more movies being released, in this article, we are going to talk about how long it would take to watch all of the MCU movies.
Editor’s Note: This article is regularly updated due to the ever-expanding nature of the MCU. The date of the last update is November 2023, and the latest released movie in the MCU is ‘The Marvels.
It takes 3 days to watch all MCU movies so far
If you were thinking of binge-watching the whole MCU, don’t think it is going to be an easy task. A fun one? Certainly, but the series consists of – at the moment of writing this article a total of 33 movies, each of which lasts about two hours on average.
Now, let us see all of the movies and their running times:
(hours and minutes)
|Iron Man||2008||2 hours and 6 minutes||126|
|The Incredible Hulk||2008||1 hour and 52 minutes||112|
|Iron Man 2||2010||2 hours and 4 minutes||124|
|Thor||2011||1 hour and 55 minutes||115|
|Captain America: The First Avenger||2011||2 hours and 4 minutes||124|
|The Avengers||2012||2 hours and 23 minutes||143|
|Iron Man 3||2013||2 hours and 10 minutes||130|
|Thor: The Dark World||2013||1 hour and 52 minutes||112|
|Captain America: The Winter Soldier||2014||2 hours and 16 minutes||136|
|Guardians of the Galaxy||2014||2 hours and 1 minute||121|
|Avengers: Age of Ultron||2015||2 hours and 21 minutes||141|
|Ant-Man||2015||1 hour and 57 minutes||117|
|Captain America: Civil War||2016||2 hours and 27 minutes||147|
|Doctor Strange||2016||1 hour and 55 minutes||115|
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||2017||2 hours and 16 minutes||136|
|Spider-Man: Homecoming||2017||2 hours and 10 minutes||130|
|Thor: Ragnarok||2017||2 hours and 13 minutes||133|
|Black Panther||2018||2 hours and 14 minutes||134|
|Avengers: Infinity War||2018||2 hours and 40 minutes||160|
|Ant-Man and the Wasp||2018||2 hours and 5 minutes||125|
|Captain Marvel||2019||2 hours and 3 minutes||123|
|Avengers: Endgame||2019||3 hours and 2 minutes||182|
|Spider-Man: Far from Home||2019||2 hours and 9 minutes||129|
|Black Widow||2021||2 hours and 14 minutes||134|
|Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings||2021||2 hours and 12 minutes||132|
|Eternals||2021||2 hours and 36 minutes||156|
|Spider-Man: No Way Home||2021||2 hours and 28 minutes||148|
|Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness||2022||2 hours and 6 minutes||126|
|Thor: Love and Thunder||2022||1 hours and 58 minutes||118|
|Black Panther: Wakanda Forever||2022||2 hours and 41 minutes||161|
|Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania||2023||2 hours and 4 minutes||124|
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3||2023||2 hours and 30 minutes||150|
|‘The Marvels’||2023||1 hours and 45 minutes||105|
So, based on this data, it would take you a total of 72.65 hours to watch all of the 33 MCU movies; their total running time is, thus, 4,359 minutes, which is a pretty long time if you look at it from any perspective.
If you want to binge-watch the whole MCU, you would need almost three days, and that’s just the running time of the movies. Bathroom breaks, food restocking, and taking in at least some sun are not included in this time, so if you want to do a proper marathon, it will take you much longer than that.
The right order to watch all the Marvel movies
The above list presented the movies in the order they were released. Due to different production reasons, the internal chronology is not identical to the release of each of the movies. This is why we have decided to bring you the correct watching order of the Marvel movies so that you have an alternative way of approaching the whole series:
|Captain America: The First Avenger||2011||1942-1945|
|Iron Man 2||2010||2011|
|The Incredible Hulk||2008||2011|
|Iron Man 3||2013||2012|
|Thor: The Dark World||2013||2013|
|Captain America: The Winter Soldier||2014||2014|
|Guardians of the Galaxy||2014||2014|
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||2017||2014|
|Avengers: Age of Ultron||2015||2015|
|Captain America: Civil War||2016||2016|
|Ant-Man and the Wasp||2018||2018|
|Avengers: Infinity War||2018||2018|
|Spider-Man: Far from Home||2019||2023|
|Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings||2021||2023|
|Spider-Man: No Way Home||2021||2024|
|Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness||2022||2024|
|Black Panther: Wakanda Forever||2022||2025|
|Thor: Love and Thunder||2022||2025|
|Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania||2023||2025-2026|
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3||2023||2026|
NOTE: The movies were ordered by year in which the majority of the plot takes place. The complete plot was rarely set within the same year due to flashbacks and post-credits scenes being set earlier or later in the chronology.
So, if you want to follow the story as it developed in the movies themselves, this table provides you with the proper chronological order of the MCU movies. There might be some in-movie continuity issues, but the dates in this table are correct, as they have been confirmed by the producers; some movies, especially the latter ones, are merely speculations.
As far as we are concerned, you can pick any watching order you like since even the one based on the release dates fits into the general narrative, and you won’t be confused while watching.
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