Getting into Marvel Movies and TV, where to start?
You know the carnival game “Plinko”? It’s the one where you drop a ball from the top and it hits pins on it’s way down, the goal is to have the ball land in a certain spot to win a prize. We have all played a variation of it before, and getting into the world of comics is exactly like it. You may start at one spot at the top but by the end you are at the complete other side of the board, and it wherever you start, you end up in a different spot.
It’s important to understand this when starting out as there is no “right way” to begin in Marvel. Timelines change, characters get retconned, storylines finish only to start up again 10 years later and that’s even before we get into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Marvel Animated Series.
Because of the vastness of the task,today we are just going to be focusing on Marvel TV and Movies. Another list of where to start in Comics and Animation will come at a later date, but for now this chart will help you decide where you want to begin your story.
There is a blurb about each show at the bottom. We have including anything that contains marvel characters, so even though X-Men is produced by Fox Studios, they can still be included.
I should also note this is all subjective so if you feel something would be a better point to start from, leave a comment below.
You will notice that there are a couple of blue crosses on the chart. that is because at this time Marvel does not have a property that would meet that criteria, however it won’t be long till those spots are filled
Movies & TV shows from Left to Right (Blurbs taken from IMDB)
Daredevil (Season 1)- Matt Murdock, with his other senses superhumanly enhanced, fights crime as a blind lawyer by day, and vigilante by night.
Deadpool- A fast-talking mercenary with a morbid sense of humor is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge.
Dr Strange- A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.
Luke Cage- Given superstrength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier- As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.
Antman- Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Jessica Jones- A former superhero decides to reboot her life by becoming a private investigator.
The Avengers- Earth’s mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.
Captain America: Civil War-Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron- When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it’s up to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
Daredevil (Season 2)- Having established himself as the protector of Hell’s Kitchen, Matt Murdock finds himself in conflict with another vigilante who calls himself ‘The Punisher’ who kills his victims. While this is happen, an old flame from the past comes to turn his world upside down.
Iron Man-After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.
Captain America- Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a “Super-Soldier serum” during the Second World War. But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.
Thor- The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.
Agent Carter- In 1946, Peggy Carter is relegated to secretarial duties in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). When Howard Stark is accused of treason, he secretly recruits Peggy to clear his name with the help of his butler, Edwin Jarvis.
Iron Man 3- When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.
Thor: The Dark World- When Dr. Jane Foster gets cursed with a powerful entity known as the Aether, Thor is heralded of the cosmic event known as the Convergence and the genocidal Dark Elves.
Agents of Shield (Season 1)-The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division run my Phil Coulson.
X-Men: First Class- In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III.
Guardians of the Galaxy- A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.
X-Men- Two mutants come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers.
X-Men: Days of Future’s Past- The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
Agents of Shield (Season 4)- With Shield coming out of the shadows and rebuilt for the new age, an unease is beginning between Inhumans and the general public while a vigilante known as Ghost Rider is taking out criminals, but does not appear to be Inhuman nor human, but something new.
Is there a better Marvel movie or TV show we should have included? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below