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How Many Avengers Movies Are There? Your Complete List

The ultimate movie marathon gauntlet you can run from the couch

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If there ever was a time to dip your toe in the Marvel cinematic universe the time is now and there’s no better series to gorge yourself on than that of the Avengers movies. The harrowing series delves between the fan-favorite one-offs like Iron Man (2008) and Thor (2011) connecting each through a melding of stories and timelines when the gang gets together for Avengers (2011) and their several other star-studded sequels. 

 

Now that the Avengers have saved the day for the last time and quarantined has saved you from maybe ever going back into an office, bring these two forces together for good and jump right into this comprehensive list of Avengers movies, presented in the correct chronological order for your viewing pleasure.

1. 'Captain America: The First Avenger' (2011)

Start things off at the true genesis of the series, Captain America: The First Avenger, a 2011 release that was the penultimate film of the first phase of the Avengers. In classic Marvel fashion, Captain America is actually introduced right before the first Avengers movie, tying up a bunch of loose ends and easter eggs from the previous four films which included Iron Man, The Hulk, and Thor setting the stage for the epic superhero mashup that dominated summer screens during 2012. Kick off the series with the first true film of the series and enjoy Chris Evans’ journey of self-discovery as the genetically mutated savior of the United States.

 

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 80%

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2. 'Captain Marvel' (2019)

The true second movie of the series released only last year in 2019 when Brie Larson graced the big screen as Captain Marvel, the series’ first female superhero to be featured in their own film. The plot revolves around Larson’s character, who is stuck between a fight for her own homeland and Earth in 1995. The flick gives great insight into the start of the Avengers initiative and her relationship with Nick Fury, one of Marvel’s most mysterious and elusive characters, not to mention the subtle, vintage nostalgia that the film features from the mid-90s.

 

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78%  

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3. 'Iron Man' (2008)

Arguably the best single film of the entire series, Iron Man, was THE Marvel movie that made me fall in love with the franchise. The smart talking-rebel-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist with a John Favreau sidekick was apparently the perfect recipe to bring me into the cinematic universe of Marvel’s superheroes. As the third movie in the correct order, Iron Man was actually the first movie released from the series when Robert Downey Jr. first appeared as the “too reckless to lead the Avengers” superhero that won our hearts in 2008. The star-studded film not only opened the door to two more sequels but signaled the success of the forthcoming generation of Marvel’s Avengers movies.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

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4. 'Iron Man 2' (2010)

Keep the train rolling with everyone’s favorite avenger and jump right into the sequel, Iron Man 2. Despite releasing two years after its predecessor the film picks up right where the original left off. RDJ faces more conflict with himself, falling in line with Fury, and some of his own allies. In general, the sequel is never as good as the first, and Iron Man 2 is no exception, however, Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell play a villainous duo that brings the picture home and leave viewers quoting Rourke’s part about getting his “bourd” shipped to him from Russia. The movie also introduces us to Natasha AKA Black Widow played by Scarlet Johanssen.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%

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5. 'The Incredible Hulk' (2008)

The Incredible Hulk dropped just about a month after the OG Iron Man in June of 2008 and featured Edward Norton as the good vs. evil super-scientist, Dr. Bruce Banner. The ‘08 rendition of the classic Marvel superhero saw all of the Jekyll and Hyde themes of the classic tale and featured Liv Tyler as Norton’s love interest. The film by itself isn’t bad and makes for a nice break in the Avengers universe as Norton’s Hulk is so different from Mark Ruffalo, who went on to replace him for the Avengers in 2012.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%

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6. 'Thor' (2011)

Thor, the might hammer-wielding demi-God from Norse mythology, makes his debut in 2011 played by Chris Hemsworth. The film focuses on his complicated relationship with the Earthlings he meets after crash landing in the American Southwest as a banishing punishment from his homeworld of Asgard. The mighty hero dodges the American government, meddling from the SHIELD agency, on his way to return and defeat his trickster brother, Loki, portrayed expertly by Tom Hiddleston.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 77%

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7. 'The Avengers' (2012)

As seamlessly as possible, The Avengers premiered in 2012, picking up where Thor left off, rejoined by Stark, Banner, and other characters to bring down Loki, who’s in possession of the Tesseract to do the world-ending bidding of Thanos (we will get to him later). The star-studded cast brought the previous films to fruition with single-minded origin stories intertwining to kick off the epic assembly of The Avengers for the first time. As usual, the first Avengers movie takes the cake and is inarguably the best of three movies where the team comes together.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 92% ​​​​​​​

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8. 'Iron Man 3' (2013)

We follow Tony Stark through his journey as the leader of The Avengers and pick things back up with the MCU at his doorstep in Iron Man 3. Reeling from the past events, the threat of future violence, and a new “man behind the curtain” villain who threatens Stark as well as his girlfriend, Pepper Potts. The future of Stark industries hangs in the balance in this one, a proper start to phase 2 of the infinity saga.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

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9. 'Thor: Dark World' (2013)

Similar to how we check back in on Tony Stark in Iron Man 3, so do we with Thor on Dark World, a 2013 release that takes another look at Thor’s complicated relationship with his allies on Earth, his untrustworthy brother Loki, and his universal duty to protect the world from destruction. The second iteration of everyone’s favorite demigod gets us to learn more about Thor and brings us closer to the wide expanse of the MCU as a whole. 

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 66%

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10. ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ (2014)

The secondary leader of the Avengers squad, Captain America, is the nicer Tony Stark as some might say. The proper leader relies on his strict militaristic upbringing and classic 1940s manner to bring some old fashioned levity to the group, but things aren’t as calm as they seem. Still, waters run deep for Cap and his relationship with the Winter Soldier, his old ally Bucky, comes to life in the 2014 release that takes place after the disaster in NY and before the Avengers take up arms against their sentient robot nemesis, Ultron. This one explores some more characters like Black Widow and Falcon as the agents of SHIELD who assist Captain America in this film which continues to expand the MCU past the original characters.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

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11. 'Guardians of the Galaxy' (2014)

Taking a break from our traditional heroes in the second phase of the infinity saga, the MCU took a left turn in the galaxy and introduced us to the incredibly funny and charismatic Guardian of the Galaxy. The hilarious mashup of different characters was led by Chris Pratt, an intergalactic bounty hunter named Starlord and Bradley Cooper, his genetically engineered talking Racoon sidekick. The duo was joined by the true hero of the entire MCU, Groot, who only needs one word to communicate how he feels about the movie. Pratt leads us on a winning odyssey through the universe underscored by a sensational soundtrack filled with 80s hits (the good ones).

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 91% ​​​​​​​

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12. 'Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2' (2017)

At this point in the watching schedule, viewers are satisfied with the backstories and tribulations of the main characters, leaving ample room to double down with the Guardians of the Galaxy and get right into Vol. 2 - an excellent sequel that made up for its lack of action with its intricate storyline of Starlord’s lineage, his white whale. Vol. 2 is a sleeper hit of the series and the only thing more entertaining than the sci-fi action and tear-jerking realizations is the nostalgia-filled soundtrack of the film.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

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13. ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (2015)

With the Guardians introduced and the stage finally set, the team rejoins their ranks to battle Ultron, the gang’s sentient science project gone wrong. He’s voiced by the incomparable James Spader and makes for one hell of a villain. The second Avengers movie features everyone’s favorites including a depleted Tony Stark, Bruce Banner almost completely uncontrollable, and two new characters, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, a pair of twins with a serious vendetta.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%

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14. ‘Ant-Man’ (2015)

When Ant-Man was first released, I honestly didn’t even know he was a real superhero. Turns out the low key hero would come to be one of the more relatable heroes. Instead of the playboy millionaire of demi-god we met, Scott Lang is an out of work cat burglar with a degree in electrical engineering. What transpires is fairly funny - Lang meets Dr. Pym as Michael Douglas, a genius who created the suit to shrink down and battle the bad guys. The film works well as it finishes off the second phase of the Avengers with a solo story, priming us for the third and final chapter of the Avengers.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 83% ​​​​​​​

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15. ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016)

We check back in with old Captain America and things are not going well! In Civil War, we see Cap face off in a literal Civil War against supposed pal, Iron Man. The conflict? Cap’s old buddy Bucky of course. Has he become too much of a threat (you’re team Stark if you think so) or is there still time for a second chance? (Team Cap obviously for this one). Find out in Captain America: Civil War, the third Captain America-focused flick, and the premier of phase three of the Infinity saga. The movie helps to set the stage for what another huge battle might look like (foreshadowing) and features the first appearance of Black Panther and NYC’s favorite web-slinger as well.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

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16. 'Spider-Man Homecoming' (2017)

Everyone’s favorite neighborhood superhero stole the show, and Cap’s shield in Civil War so it only makes sense to keep the momentum going with Spider-Man Homecoming, a reboot of the character featuring Tom Holland as the masked web-slinger. The movie helps to introduce a new character to the MCU but also introduces the most heartfelt relationship of the series, that of Parker and Tony Stark who’s original mentorship of young Parker grows throughout the movie as well as the other films where Spidey and Iron Man team-up. The film hits all the high notes, Holland as the perfectly clueless and naive hero facing off against Vulture, portrayed by grizzled superhero veteran Michael Keaton.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 92% ​​​​​​​

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17. 'Doctor Strange' (2016)

In phase three of the infinity series, we see the lineup of heroes expand greatly. No doubt padding the roster for their next go at saving the world, the Avengers introduces Doctor (never Dr.) Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to the team with a mythical origin story set in NYC. Cumberbatch plays the cocky, yet expert doctor who is left crippled after a devastating car wreck. Hardly able to stand, Strange, reclaims his body, and his soul with new magical powers and a new cape that restores his status as the country’s best surgeon and much much more. Strange reminds us of why we love Tony Stark -- best at what he does and knows it.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

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18. 'Black Panther' (2018)

Wakanda forever! 2018 was a big year for Marvel movies, three films released but none of which were as popular or impactful as Black Panther. The origin story of our clawed hero, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), begins with his homeland, Wakanda, under pressure to find a new leader. The secret society is cut off from the world, their superior technological advancements keep them from ever having to interact, yet their peaceful society debates whether to act and use their power to even the score for people of color across the world. T’Challa’s throne is challenged by his “thought you were dead” cousin, Killonger (Michael B. Jordan) who takes over in a classic Shakespearean family-oriented power struggle. The result is an epic struggle that sees T’Challa and “uses this power for good” strategy atop the throne.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

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19. 'Thor: Ragnarok' (2017)

Thor: Ragnarok picks things back up with Thor, in his rightful place as the leader of Asgard...except that’s not the case and in fact, Thor’s sister, Hela, is back to try and take things over (even Loki is scared of her). Not only does Thor lose his hammer, but he’s forced to team up with Loki again to protect their homeworld from sure destruction. Ragnarok is a real self-discovery one-off and even features an epic 1-on-1 battle with the Hulk that you’re not going to want to miss.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

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20. 'Avengers: Infinity War' (2018)

With side stories wrapped up and feuding friends reconciled, it’s time to wave the rally flag and assemble the Avengers. With the stage set, Marvel revealed their epic villain Thanos to the world for the first time in Avengers: Infinity World. Thanos is dead set on his goal of finding all of the infinity stones and there isn’t much that’s going to get in his way, despite peak cooperation amongst our heroes. The battles are epic, the character development, a must watch, all around Infinity War was not only the movie of the summer but has a proper standing as that year’s most important film release.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

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21. 'Ant-Man and The Wasp' (2018)

Despite beginning to pull the curtain on the third phase of the Avengers series, producers and creators have made it clear that the MCU is far from over. With fans frothing at the mouth for Endgame, they had to wait just a little longer, but to get them geared up for the true future of the franchise, Ant-Man and the Wasp premiered in 2018 and picked back up with our hero on house arrest. Obviously it doesn't leave him chained for that long as he joins forces with his female counterpart, the Wasp (Hayley Lovitt), to bring the film to its conclusion.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

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22. 'Avengers: End Game' (2019)

With Avengers fans still stuck to their theater chairs from the original screening of Infinity War (“I don’t feel so good Mr. Stark” still kills me) Endgame made a swift appearance on the big screen, arriving just one year after Infinity War. The flick featured everyone’s band of heroes for one final showdown. The gang struggles against Thanos, his army, and his incredible ability to collect infinity stones but prevail in the end, one big sacrifice later.

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

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23. 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' (2019)

With end game settled and a new future laid out for our heroes, the third phase of the infinity saga comes to a close with Spider-Man: Far From Home, as Peter Parker must now fly on his own without the tutelage of Tony Stark. Parker decides to take a break and enjoy a class trip to Europe but obviously fate and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) has other plans. Parker does his best but Mysterio is one step ahead of his own defeat, ensuring mutually assured destruction by revealing Spider-Man’s true identity to the world. 

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

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The Avengers series might be over, but there’s still plenty left for our favorite heroes. MCU has a Black Widow origin story slated for this year and even more hero action set for 2021 with Black Panther II, another Thor sequel, and even another look at Doctor Strange currently scheduled to release in 2022.

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