Films and TV spin-offs based on Marvel comic book titles have amassed so much popularity lately that production companies are having a hard time keeping up with the demand, releasing one installment after the next.
Even the most die hard of fans would be hard pressed to keep track of which movie was released first.
For hardcore Avengers fans, there is no greater homage to the heroes and villains we grew up with, than to watch their movies and TV spin-offs (27 so far with 12 more rumored to be in various stages of production!) in proper sequence, and hopefully in one sitting.
The four Avengers movies bring together some of the most iconic comic book characters ever created in a neat movie franchise.
Here’s the list of the Avengers movies in proper order if you are up for a movie binge.
The Avengers (2012) - IMDB: 8/10
Robert Downey Jr headlines the star-studded cast in the first franchise of The Avengers, taking on the role of eccentric billionaire and inventor Tony Stark (aka Iron Man). He leads the charge against Loki, Thor’s adopted brother (talk about sibling issues!) who wants to become the supreme ruler of the earth by accessing the Tesseract's power.
Its Box Office sales of USD $ 1.5 billion set the bar for the subsequent films in the Avengers series.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) - IMDB: 7.3/10
Only three years since the initial installment, the Age of Ultron saw a reunion of most of the cast from the first movie and are joined by James Spader as Ultron.
In this movie, Tony Stark tries to broker a fragile peace which ultimately fails as the Avengers are forced to reunite to fight Ultron and his plans for world domination.
This franchise installment hit the Box Office at USD $ 1.4 Billion.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) - IMDB: 8.4/10
The team cast and team return yet again to save the world and face their strongest enemy yet.
Josh Brolin stars as their nemesis, Thanos, who is on a mission to eliminate half the life in the universe once he has collected all six infinity stones.
The third installment was a rebound in terms of box office success with USD $ 2.04 Billion.
Avengers: Endgame (2019) - IMDB: 8.4/10
Barely defeating Thanos in the previous installment, the Avengers are tired and weary and have lost the battle but not the war.
The surviving members embark on a quest to reverse the destruction caused by Thanos in Infinity War.
By far the most successful in the four-part series, it raised USD $ 2.78 Billion in ticket sales.
If that’s not enough, there are many 'origins' movies to choose from such as:
Captain America’s story is laid out in three installments, beginning with an origin story of how he came to be. Chris Evans stars in all of the Captain America movies, beginning with Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011, followed by the Winter Soldier in 2014, and the final installment, Civil War, in 2016.
Another successful Marvel movie franchise is the story of Thor.
Chris Hemsworth successfully portrayed the role of a superhero with relatable traits (remember his beer belly in Avengers Endgame?). He starred in all three Thor movies: Thor (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Thor: Ragnarok ( 2017).
Both movie and comic book fans are looking forward to the 2022 installment, Thor: Love and Thunder.
Spide-Man is perhaps the most complicated of Marvel franchises because of its numerous leading men. It's probably best to narrow down your choices to the ones featuring Tom Holland in the lead role of Peter Parker (Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017, Spider-Man: Far From Home in 2019, Spider-Man: No Way Home in 2021) should you feel like binge-watching.
Other origin-story movies include Black Panther in 2018 starring Chadwick Boseman, Black Widow in 2021 starring Scarlett Johansson, Doctor Strange in 2016 starring Benedict Cumberbach, The Incredible Hulk in 2008 starring Edward Norton, Captain Marvel in 2019 with Brie Larson and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in 2021 with Simu Liu taking the lead.
Other movies in the franchise that are multiple characters include: Eternals (2021), and two installments of Guardians of the Galaxy- 2014 and 2017.