As the release of Marvel’s upcoming movies nears, fans are getting excited to catch up on all the previous movies. With so many films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it can be daunting to know where to start. To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best Marvel movies to watch before the 2020 releases.
1. Iron Man (2008)
The film that started it all, Iron Man, introduced audiences to Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, a charismatic billionaire who builds an advanced suit to escape captivity. A great blend of humor and action, Iron Man is a must-watch for all Marvel fans.
2. The Avengers (2012)
Bringing together the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, The Hulk, and Hawkeye, The Avengers is an epic superhero adventure that showcases some of the best action and witty banter in the MCU.
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
A standout film in the MCU, Captain America: The Winter Soldier delivers thrilling action and compelling character development. Chris Evans’ Captain America goes up against the titular villain, Bucky Barnes, in a film that has been critically acclaimed for its storytelling and its commentary on government surveillance.
4. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
While not as universally loved as its predecessor, Avengers: Age of Ultron still packs a punch with its action scenes and explores the consequences of the heroes’ actions.
5. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
A film that pits the Avengers against each other, Captain America: Civil War is a gritty, emotionally charged movie that introduces Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU. The film also sets up the events of Avengers: Infinity War.
6. Doctor Strange (2016)
A trippy, visually stunning film, Doctor Strange introduces audiences to a whole new side of the MCU with its focus on magic and alternate dimensions. Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange is a highlight, and the film’s climactic battle is a must-see.
7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 & 2 (2014, 2017)
The Guardians of the Galaxy movies are hilarious, heartfelt, and completely original. Following a ragtag team of misfits, including a talking tree and a sassy raccoon, the films are equal parts action-packed and heartwarming.
By watching these films, fans will be caught up just in time for the upcoming 2020 releases. Black Widow, Eternals, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings are all scheduled to release in 2020, and fans are eagerly anticipating the return of the MCU. So grab some popcorn and settle in for a cinematic journey through the Marvel Universe.