Marvel Films And TV Shows To Watch Before Infinity War: Hardcore & Timesaver Plans

Besides mentally preparing yourself for the massive changes to the MCU that Avengers: Infinity War promises to bring, you should be catching up on the events leading up to the film. Infinity War‘s release has already moved up a week to an opening date of April 27th.

We’ve also been warned that there will be multiple deaths in the film, thus changing the overall landscape of the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward. There’s no doubt it has the biggest all-star cast of any Marvel film (and perhaps any film in history), so it’s safe to say that if you don’t head to theaters for Infinity War, you’re likely the only one.

The key to preparing for this legendary film is rewatching (or watching for the first time) all of the Marvel films that lead up to Infinity War. The only decision left to make is this: do you watch them in order of their release or historical sequence?

Either way, it’s going to take some dedication as the MCU celebrates 10 years. During this time, we’ve seen the release of 18 films. We’ve also seen storyline support from shows like Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, and more. And if you really want to honor the timeline, there are also the Blu-ray extras and upcoming projects. So, let’s assume that you’re the ultimate fan and list everything you need, from soup to nuts.

MCU Historical order (The hardcore plan):

Phase One:

Marvel Movies to Watch In Order Before Avengers Infinity War

Phase Two:


  • Daredevil (season 1)
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 2, episodes 1-10)
  • Jessica Jones (season 1)
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 2, episodes 11-19)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 2, episodes 20-22)
  • Daredevil (season 2, episodes 1-4)
  • Luke Cage (season 1, epsisodes 1-4)
  • Daredevil (season 2, episodes 5-11)
  • Luke Cage (season 1, episodes 5-8)
  • Daredevil (season 2,episodes 12-13)
  • Luke Cage (season 1,episodes 9-13)
  • Ant-Man
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 3, episodes 1-10)

Phase Three:

  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 3, episodes 11-19)
  • Iron Fist (season 1)
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 3, episodes 20-22)
  • The Defenders (season 1)
  • The Punisher (season 1)
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 4, episodes 1-6)
  • Doctor Strange

MCU movies in order before Infinity War

  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 4, episodes 7 & 8)
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot (season 1, episodes 1-6)
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 4, episodes 9-22)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 5, episodes 1-10)
  • Black Panther

MCU Historical Order (Timesaver Plan):

Phase One:

Phase Two:

Phase Three:

Other MCU Projects

  • Runaways, currently on Hulu
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – season 5 premieres January 2018 on ABC
  • Avengers: Infinity War – April 27, 2018
  • Cloak and Dagger, 2018 on Freeform
  • Ant Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018

  • Jessica Jones – season 2 currently streaming on Netflix
  • Daredevil – season 3 premieres 2018 on Netflix
  • Luke Cage – season 2 premieres June 22, 2018 on Netflix
  • Iron Fist – season 2 premiers 2018 on Netflix
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse – December 14, 2018 (not sure if this is part of the MCU)
  • Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019
  • Untitled Avengers film – May 3, 2019 (Originally Infinity War Part II)
  • Untitled Spider-Man sequel – July 5, 2019
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – TBA

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