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Marvel Cinematic Universe: everything you need to know


The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to enter its phase four stage, so what better time to recap all things MCU? From the highest-ranked Marvel movies to the soundtracks and beyond, here's everything you need to know.

What are the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in order?

From Iron Man to Spider-Man: Far From Home – this is your chronological recap of the world-changing MCU franchise.

Discover the Marvel movies in order.

Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther on Black Panther poster

What are the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Four movies and release dates?

Comic-Con 2019 was the moment where phase four of the MCU finally took shape, and phase five details were unveiled, too.

Discover which movies are being released in phase four of the MCU.

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow on Avengers: Endgame poster

What are the highest-ranked Marvel movies on Rotten Tomatoes?

Which MCU movie generated the warmest response from critics, and how does this affect its percentage on review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes?

Discover the highest-ranked Marvel movie on Rotten Tomatoes.

Chris Evans as Captain America on Avengers: Endgame poster

What are the post credits scenes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

The MCU revolutionised the way we watch movies, compelling us to stay through the credits and beyond to see how the next step of the franchise is set up.

Revisit all the MCU post credits scenes.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor on Avengers: Endgame poster

What are Stan Lee's cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Tragically, the late, great Stan Lee didn't get to see his Avengers creations assemble in this year's Avengers: Endgame. Nevertheless, he leaves behind a formidable comic book legacy, and an array of hilarious cameos.

Recap all the classic Stan Lee appearances in the MCU.

Stan Lee cameo in MCU movie Ant-Man

What are the greatest Marvel Cinematic Universe soundtracks?

What's a superhero movie without a thunderous score? Music grafts a rich sense of identity onto our favourite Marvel heroes, and the MCU has a distinguished heritage of thrilling scores from some of the finest Hollywood composers.

Find out more about the Marvel Cinematic Universe soundtracks.

Chris Pratt as Star-Lord on Avengers: Endgame poster

Is Avengers: Endgame now the highest-grossing movie of all time?

That it is – the box office-shattering Avengers: Endgame has finally toppled prior record-holder Avatar, directed by James Cameron, to become the all-time champion.

Discover how much money Avengers: Endgame has taken at the box office.

Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner on Avengers: Endgame poster

What are the 10 greatest Iron Man moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

In 2019, we finally bid farewell to Tony Stark/Iron Man, the inception point of the MCU and the character whose legacy cast the longest shadow. We decided to champion Robert Downey Jr.'s career-reviving performance.

Remember Iron Man with his 10 greatest MCU moments.

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man on Avengers: Endgame poster

What do we know about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings?

Simu Liu is poised to become the first actor of Asian extraction to lead an MCU movie in kung-fu adventure Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Find out more about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings confirmed in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

4 movies that prove Natalie Portman is worthy of lifting Mjolnir

It was announced at Comic-Con 2019 that Natalie Portman is returning to the MCU in 2021's Thor: Love and Thunder. And she's set to play the new Asgardian ruler, to boot.

Find out why Natalie Portman is perfect to depict the new Thor.

Natalie Portman confirmed to star in Thor: Love and Thunder as Mighty Thor

Why Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens up a multitude of Marvel possibilities

Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the Sorcerer Supreme in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It's being pitched as the MCU's first scary film, and is poised to expand the franchise in exciting ways.

Discover why Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will change the MCU forever.

Spider-Man is no longer part of the MCU

Sad news, Spidey fans – Tom Holland's Spidey is departing from the MCU after Sony and Disney failed to reach an agreement.

Find out more about Spider-Man leaving the MCU.

Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man may be returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

It seems that Avengers: Endgame wasn't quite the last hurrah for Iron Man we initially thought...

Find out more about Iron Man's return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Spider-Man will return to the MCU

To quote Alan Partridge, glory be! Sony and Disney have seemingly achieved the impossible, agreeing a deal that will allow Tom Holland's Spidey back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Find out more about Spider-Man's return to the MCU.

Peyton Reed confirmed to direct Ant-Man 3

Ant-Man helmer Peyton Reed will be back to size up Scott Lang's third Marvel adventure.

Find out more about Peyton Reed and Ant-Man 3.

Marvel Studios add 5 new release dates

As we approach Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's been revealed we're getting five new slots throughout 2022 and 2023.

Find out more about the new Marvel release dates.

Have you grown up with the MCU? Then tweet us @Cineworld with your favourite moments from the franchise, plus your thoughts as to where it's headed next.