If you’ve managed to never get sucked into the Marvel cinematic universe, you’re almost in the clear: the final film in this series, Avengers: Endgame, is being released April 25. Then it’s all over! But why deny yourself? Here’s where you can stream all the previous films in the franchise to get yourself hyped up, or at least see what all the fuss is about.
The Avengers aren’t just the four main Avenger films (Marvel’s The Avengers, Age of Ultron, Infinity War, Endgame); they also include numerous films featuring the Avengers, with considerable crossover. A Captain America movie may feature Iron Man, Spider-Man pops up all over the place, and you never know when Black Widow is gonna make a cameo and strangle some guy with her thighs.
If you really want the full, brain-melting experience of this epic story, you should try to view all the films in order, and that order is as follows:
Iron Man (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Black Panther (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
And that’s not all: In addition to Avengers: Endgame, 2019 will also see the release of Captain Marvel, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Now, you may be wondering if you have to watch every one of these. People will tell you which ones you can skip (coughAnt-Mancough), but if you want to commit, here’s how you can see them all. Cnet rounded up which of these movies is currently available on a streaming subscription service. They are as follows:
Iron Man 2 Streaming: Stan
Guardians of the Galaxy Streaming: Stan
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Rent: Google Play Store/iTunes/Youtube
Captain America: Civil War Rent: Playstation store/Quickfix
Spider-Man: Homecoming Rent: Google Play Store/iTunes/Youtube
Thor: Ragnarok Streaming: Stan
Black Panther Streaming: Stan
Avengers: Infinity War Streaming: Stan
Keep in mind this isn’t something that you have to do alone. Some theatres offer marathons to celebrate new Marvel film releases, like this one in LA at the El Capitan.
You can also watch them with friends and host a Marvel viewing party; this is something people have been doing a lot over the last decade. You can see some examples of ideas for costumes, themed snacks, and Avenger cocktails in this post by Geek and Sundry written for the release of Age of Ultron.
If the idea of sitting through that much media in someone’s living room is unmanageable, try watching the movies in real time with a friend, each in your separate bedrooms, with a service that synchs your media. Netflix Party is a Chrome extension that allows users to synchronise video playback on multiple computers, according to Make Tech Easier.
It’s never too late to join the crowd and enjoy hours of quality entertainment. And Chris Evans’s abs.