With the release of Avengers: Endgame on the horizon, fans of the MCU and the 22 films and growing franchise are desperate to know – and speculate – what the outcome of the film may be. We’re not just talking about whether or not Thanos the mad titan will meet his demise. But about whether some of our beloved Avengers members might bite the dust, for reals this time.
So, in preparation of this cinematic epic, it’s good to do your research and have a bit of a refresher about what has gone on over the past ten years that the MCU has been pumping out movies. So today, we’re counting down the MCU movies to watch before EndGame. And it’s worth noting – these films are not in chronological order of what you should
Avengers Age of Ultron
You might be wondering, why is Age of Ultron on this list before the original Avengers film? We’ll touch on it later, that’s for sure. While chronologically you should definitely watch the Avengers before Age of Ultron. Age of Ultron isn’t as important to Endgame as it’s predecessor is.
Anywho, as far as the Age of Ultron is concerned, it is important to Endgame when it comes to particular character’s foundations. Especially when it comes to understanding Bruce Banner and Clint Barton. Ultron is a really in-depth look at Hawkeye and his family situation, which, based on trailers for Endgame, is seriously lacking.
It appears something tragic has happened to Clint and his wife and kids. Are they dusted? Who knows. But now he has a badass Mohawk, so, somethings gotta give.
It’s without a doubt that the MCU’s latest superhero to join the fray is one that will have a major impact in Endgame. Hell, Brie Larson, who plays Carol Danvers, has been making the rounds on the press tour with all of the original Avengers characters (and the characters who haven’t been dusted).
Before Captain Marvel’s release, there was a whole lot of press concerning how important the narrative in her feature film would be in understanding what she can do to help take down Thanos.
She’s the strongest superhero to have appeared in the MCU to date. So surely, she’s going to be one of the Avenger’s largest assets in fighting the Mad Titan. Plus, arguably, she might be the future of the Avengers team. But that’s a whole other fan theory for another day, another time, another video.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Volume 1 of Guardians of the Galaxy introduced us to a side of the MCU we hadn’t seen before – outer space! The cosmic realm! All of the Guardians characters played a pretty essential role in the events of Infinity War. And based on the trailers for Endgame and rumored leaks, it seems that one of the Guardians, Rocket Raccoon, will likely be crucial in getting Tony Stark home.
Remember that whole Audi Rocket’s Rescue VR mission? Yeah. As the theory stands, Rocket is the one who figures out where the Guardians ship is, which just so happens to have Tony and Nebula on it, stranded in space. Getting reacquainted with all of these characters and their histories is essential for watching, friends.
This is the film that started it all! Iron Man was the first ship to sail into the MCU oceans, and introduced us to Tony Stark; a constant in the cinematic universe who arguably will be one of the first in line to get revenge and take down Thanos.
With the exception of perhaps Captain America, Iron Man’s story is perhaps the most in-depth character development that has appeared in the MCU, a ten-year-long journey. And it feels right that before watching Endgame, which, if fan theories are correct, might be the end of his journey, one should definitely rewatch Iron Man in order to really get in the right mood for feeling all of those Tony Stark feels.
This was the crossover movie that started them all! Directed by Joss Whedon, this first Avengers film saw the formation of the group, teaming up to go against Loki who later proves to be in cahoots with Thanos; a very critical moment that based on leaked photographs from the set of Endgame will be playing a huge role in the upcoming film.
These photos, which return to the Battle of New York, have been speculated to be part of a time travel plot that will have the remaining Avengers traveling back in time with Ant-Man to alter events and perhaps stop Thanos from getting his big purple mitts on the stones altogether. Regardless, The Avengers is an important film for understanding the foundation of how the team came together, and what their initial dynamics were.
While Ragnarok isn’t the most important film when it comes to the narrative or emotional lead up into Endgame, chronologically, it played a really big role in the lead up to Infinity War. Spoiler alert here for Infinity War, although, if you haven’t seen it already, go watch it.
At the end of Ragnarok, all of the survivors of Asgard are on a refugee ship, that at the beginning of Infinity War, Thanos attacks, basically killing all of them, save Thor and the Hulk. Also, it’s really darn fun.
When Ragnarok came out, many felt that it was a great example of the direction that some of the more absurd and mythological properties in the MCU should be going, and surely, that’s something we’ll see play out stylistically in the films to come after Endgame. movie-marathon-order
Captain America Civil War
The Russo brothers, who have been on press tour pandemonium recently with the cast of Endgame, admitted in an interview that there are two very important MCU films you need to watch before Endgame. The first? Captain America Civil War.
Convenient that they directed that one-two? jokes aside, the dynamics that occur in Civil War aren’t just important for the MCU as a whole, but for what will go down between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers in Endgame; a reunion that fans of the MCU have been anticipating for years now. Or at least since the Civil War was released.
There’s a big old theory that either Tony or Cap will be dying in Endgame and that the conflict between them that arose in the Civil War will finally be put to rest. And that other film the Russo brothers think is essential viewing material before Endgame? That’s our next number, and perhaps the most obvious to appear on this list-
Captain America Winter Soldier
While the sequel to Captain America Winter Solider holds more weight when it comes to the lead up to Endgame, this film, the Russo Brothers first foray into the MCU, really lays down a foundation in terms of Steve Rogers’ character development.
The Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes, has always been a soft spot for Cap – his best friend brainwashed and turned evil, who just so happened to kill Tony Stark’s parents, and then continues to be an ongoing source of conflict for the two heroes.
Winter solider is crucial for understanding Cap, and there’s no doubt that a lot of the actions he makes in Endgame will have to do with his guilt over losing to Thanos and losing Bucky.
Avengers Infinity War
This should go without any explanation. But, if you’re new to the MCU and jumping on the bandwagon now that Endgame is about to be released, here are the coles notes of what you missed. Infinity War was the film that all of the other MCU movies were leading up to.
There were a bunch of hints and plot points dropped over the course of almost ten years that led up to Thanos, the mad titan, collecting all of the infinity stones – known as infinity gems initially in the comics – all so he could become omnipotent and solve what he deemed to be an inevitable problem – that the universe was depleting its resources faster than it could replenish them, therefore half of all life must be removed from existence.
In order to do that, he needed to collect all of the stones, which he popped into the Infinity Gauntlet which held their power, and then, well, go watch the film and see what happens.
Think of Endgame as a part two to that storyline; Infinity War ended on a cliffhanger that not many people anticipated, and it was one hell of a ride. It’s essential viewing to know where everyone stands (or doesn’t stand) moving into Endgame.
Ready to marathon all of these MCU movies? How are you all preparing for Endgame?