Marvel: All For One

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Baylee Vogler, Staff Writer

If you’ve ever gone to see a Marvel Superhero movie, there’s a good chance you’d be leaving the theater with more questions than you had answered.

It’s nearly impossible to watch just one of the Marvel Movies and feel closure at the end when the names scroll down the screen. These movies were not intended to tell the whole story of a superhero in an hour and thirty minutes. This aspect of the Marvel Universe is what makes it so unique because you need to watch all of the movies to see the connections between different characters and different events.

When watching the Marvel Movies, it’s better to watch them in the order they take place, not the order they were released in theaters. According to Cnet, If you want the full experience of the Marvel Universe, you need to start with Captain America: The First Avenger. Even though this movie wasn’t the first to be released, it takes place during WWII which makes it come first in chronological order. Next, you should watch Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and finally, Avengers: Infinity War (which is set to come out April 27, 2018 after Robert Downey Jr. was able to convince Marvel Studios to release it a week earlier than expected over a series of Tweets). The crazy thing is this list only spotlights the movies, not any of the TV shows such as Agents of Shield or Luke Cage.

This list might seem overwhelming, but the fact that Marvel Studios was able to connect all of these superheroes and their backstories is incredible. It’s so exciting when you are able to pick up on references to other Marvel movies. An example is when in Iron Man 2, Agent Coulson is talking to Tony Stark and says, “Director Fury wants me in New Mexico.” This reference may seem unimportant until you realize that Thor takes place in New Mexico and occurs after Iron Man 2.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Feige (The Marvel Studios President) said that they recently planned out the Marvel movies that would come out all the way up until 2028. This, of course, means the Marvel Cinematic Universe is only beginning. However, right now the major hype is for Avengers Infinity War. All of the movies in the past decade have been leading up to this film, and it’s sure to be a hit. The best part about Avengers Infinity War will be that all of the characters are already fully developed, so most of the screen time should be dedicated to the actual plot, not getting to know each character.

If you’ve shied away from watching Marvel films because of having missed previous movies, give it a chance. You might end up really enjoying how they all connect together. Watching these movies is like putting together a puzzle, and it’s so exciting to see when the pieces start to come together.