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Essential Marvel movies you absolutely need to watch before Endgame

Here’s a list of Marvel movies, arranged chronologically to watch to make Endgame a much more spectacular viewing experience.

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We’re finally here. The long journey that Marvel Studios has brought us along is finally going to end. Since the release of Ironman in 2008, it served as the catalyst to realizing Marvel’s vision of finally adapting a comic book into the silver screen properly, which successfully translates into something that would be accepted by people around the world. From campy styled superhero shows of the past, Marvel has successfully evolved the genre into a summer blockbuster franchise. With its humble beginnings of perfecting the single hero franchise to the bold move of realizing a superhero team, Marvel has taken a big gamble with Avengers which eventually paid off as its success created a billion-dollar industry.

And here we are. At the end of the journey. Avengers: Endgame. The ultimatum. The closure. A 10-year journey with ups and downs. But most of all, the memories and experiences we’ve collected individually and social groups will be a talking point for generations to come.

Okay, enough with the deep thoughts. Let’s get right through it. You’re going to need a marathon session to catch up with selected movies from the Marvel Universe, leading up to the Endgame. So, here’s a list of Marvel movies, arranged chronologically to watch to make Endgame a much more spectacular viewing experience.

Marvel’s the Avengers (2012)

The catalyst of the entire franchise begins with this movie. Depicting the first time all the superheroes from the Marvel universe interact with each other, Avengers sets the stage for the superheroes to finally work as a team, putting their differences aside and defending the species from space invaders. The movie sets the stage for the Avengers to make their debut in the galaxy’s eye, and in introducing the mad titan Thanos who’s orchestrating everything backstage, using Loki as a puppet to get what he really wants, the Infinity Stones.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

With each movie franchise in the Marvel universe, we get a closer look into Thanos, who’s slowly revealed to be the main antagonist of the entire Marvel universe. Exposed to the existence of Infinity Stones, leaving hardcore fans squealing, knowing on what’s coming next, Guardians of the Galaxy gave us the perspective of aliens (and half human) sprinting across the galaxy who’re facing the same dangers due to the mad titan’s quest for the stones.

We are also introduced to various galactic organizations that solidify the existence of numerous other civilizations and species. Let’s not also forget that the movies introduce to the Kree species, which will be a heavy influence in the Captain Marvel movie. We also get Gamora, stepdaughter of Thanos who joins the Guardians in a quest to stop Thanos from having the stones.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Ranked as the lowest Avengers movie in terms of plot, although credit must be given to James Spader’s excellent performance as Ultron, Age of Ultron still serves as a vital piece of the Avengers universe. It introduces to yet another Infinity Stone, the Mind Stone which gave Ultron his high intellect, which eventually created a whole bunch of problems for the gang. And the stone also gave us Vision, who is a mysterious being that is the physical embodiment of the stone as well as the mind of Ultron, without the genocidal tendencies. Although having the stone embedded on his forehead kind of makes him a moving target. *HINT *HINT

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

This is where the breaking point was for the gang. A string of incidents that was designed to create chaos has the team breaking up as Ironman and Cap disagrees on how they feel about giving up control to a coalition of governments of the world. Basically, they’ll be taking orders from the government on future operations. The movie has many plot points that lead up to the team breaking up so without being longwinded here’s a couple of important plot points:

  • Reintroduction of the less homicidal Winter Soldier
  • The existence of Wakanda and Black Panther
  • Recruiting Ant Man and Spiderman into the Avengers’ line up.
  • Captain America and Winter Soldier taking refuge in Wakanda.
  • Hail Hydra!

All in all, the movie introduces new characters, redefine the Avenger’s team, making Hydra relevant again (sort of) and setting the plot of the first skirmish between the Avengers and Thanos, that we all know will take place in Wakanda.

Doctor Strange (2016)

We’re introduced to a totally different realm, which was hinted a couple of times across the standalone Marvel superhero movies. The realm of magic. I mean, like finally.

The movie firmly establishes the physical realm and the spirit realm. And both these realms are interconnected, which also comes with its own set of problems and crazy baddies. And here we have another Infinity stone, the Time Stone. The movie dazzles us with its special effects of the spirit realm, as well as the fancy spells we’ll get to see throughout the movie.

Black Panther (2018)

Another recent addition to the Avenger’s universe, Black Panther is a long-awaited puzzle piece that needs to be present in order to complete the landscape of the Marvel Universe. From the introduction of the highly sophisticated yet hidden nation, Wakanda, the source of all vibranium in the world, to the introduction of its protector, the Black Panther. We’ve got an introduction to Black Panther and Wakanda in Civil War, but nothing as deeply moving.

Avengers: Infinity Wars (2018)

This is an absolute essential title to be watched before Endgame. The first skirmish between Earth’s mightiest heroes, coupled with the help from the Guardians. The entire battle takes place primarily in two areas. One in Titan, Thanos home planet as team Ironman tries to forcible remove the gauntlet from the Mad Titans hand. The second takes place where the Black Order together with their invading force hits Wakanda, in order to retrieve the Soul Stone. The battle was great but ultimately Thanos emerges as the victor, completing the dreaded finger

Antman & Wasp (2018)

This last entry serves as the cherry on top of the Sundae of possibilities on how Endgame will take place. This movie explores heavily on the quantum realm where Scott Lang ended up briefly in the first Antman movie. And we’ll also get a juicy after end credits scene, linking this movie to the Infinity War timeline, making it primed to be an important plot device for Endgame. This is as much as I can write about this movie without spoiling, so I suggest you check it out!

The excitement for Endgame can be felt across the world as we get closer to the release dates. Different generations of people are all have waited for this moment, all have participated in this journey. And what better way to prepare yourself with a Marvel movie marathon with your friends and family. And with all the Marvel movies available on iTunes, reload your iTunes and start your movie marathon today.

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Chris has been blogging since the early days of the internet. He primarily focuses on topics related to tech, business, marketing, and pretty much anything else that revolves around tech. When he's not writing, you can find him noodling around on a guitar or cooking up a mean storm for friends and family.

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