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With over 40 films and television series under its belt and counting, the Marvel Cinematic Universe can often times feel like an unwieldy beast that’s impossible to conquer. The record-breaking Hollywood franchise kicked off in 2008 with the release of “Iron Man,” starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role, but that’s not where an MCU newcomer should start if they’re trying to experience the universe in chronological order. Both “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain Marvel” precede “Iron Man” on the never-ending journey that is the MCU story timeline.

The MCU continues this fall with the releases of “Loki” Season 2, streaming exclusively on Disney+, and “The Marvels,” opening in movie theaters exclusively on Nov. 10. The latter title picks up directly after the events of “Secret Invasion,” the Disney+ limited series that concluded in July, making it the most current film on the MCU timeline. “Loki” Season 2 is more untamable, as it picks up directly after the events of Season 1 and finds the title character hopping through different timelines. Part of the allure of the “Loki” franchise is that it’s not firmly set on the timeline.

All of this is to say that it’s increasingly challenging to define the true chronological order of the MCU. Many films and TV series appear to take place concurrently and thus the order in which you watch them matters less (see post-“Endgame” titles such as “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” “Eternals,” “Hawkeye” and more), while other films have a clearer spot in the story timeline (“WandaVision” leading into “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” for instance).

Whether you’re just starting your Marvel journey or interested in a massive re-watch, below is a general outline to experience the MCU in chronological order.

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 As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues with “Loki” Season 2 and “The Marvels,” here’s how to catch up on the story of the MCU in order.  Read More