The Best Order to Watch Marvel Movies?

After watching the entire Star Wars saga from movies to cartoons to spin-off’s with my eldest child, my second in command child asked me to do the same with the Marvel series. We started with Iron Man, then watched Dr. Strange, and then Iron Man 2.

Not being familiar with the characters and having watched a bunch of them in random order with the kids, or on airplanes while travelling, I asked him if there was a specific order to watch them in…

We concluded there are 3 options. Chronological order, Release order, or by series. We though right away that by series would be a bad way to watch as other characters pop in and out, so that wouldn’t be the best viewing experience, so it came down to release vs chronological.

Here is the list in chronological order.

  1. Captain America : The First Avenger.
  2. Captain Marvel
  3. Iron Man
  4. Iron Man 2
  5. The Incredible Hulk
  6. Thor
  7. The Avengers
  8. Thor: The Dark World
  9. Iron Man 3
  10. Captain America: The Winter soldier
  11. Guardians of the Galaxy
  12. Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  13. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  14. Ant Man
  15. Captain America: Civil War
  16. Black Widow
  17. Black Panther
  18. Spiderman: Homecoming
  19. Dr. Strange
  20. Thor: Ragnarok
  21. Ant Man and the Wasp
  22. Avengers: Infinity War
  23. Avengers: Endgame
  24. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings
  25. Spiderman: Far From Home
  26. Eternals
  27. Spiderman: No Way Home
  28. Dr. Strange: Multiverse of Madness
  29. Thor: Love and Thunder
  30. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Here is the list of Marvel movies and TV shows in release order:

  1. Iron Man
  2. Incredible Hulk
  3. Iron Man 2
  4. Thor
  5. Captain America: First Avenger
  6. Avengers Assemble
  7. Iron Man 3
  8. Thor: Dark World
  9. Captain America: Winter Soldier
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy
  11. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  12. Antman
  13. Captain America: Civil War
  14. Dr. Strange
  15. Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  16. Spiderman: Homecoming
  17. Thor: Ragnarok
  18. Black Panther
  19. Avengers: Infinity War
  20. Antman and Wasp
  21. Captain Marvel
  22. Avengers: End Game
  23. Spiderman: Far From Home
  24. WandaVision
  25. Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  26. Loki
  27. Black Widow
  28. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings
  29. Eternals
  30. Hawkeye
  31. Spiderman: No Way Home
  32. Moon Knight
  33. Dr. Strange: Multiverse of Madness
  34. Ms. Marvel
  35. Thor: Love and Thunder
  36. She Hulk
  37. Werewolf By Night
  38. Black Panther

After looking through these lists, we decided release order makes the most sense, so that’s the approach I’ll be taking.

Did I miss any? Are there any in there, either movies or TV shows which are unnecessary or out of order? I’m 3 movies in and would love some feedback, suggestions or recommendations!

Thursday Thirteen – Skylanders Tribute Edition – Genie’s (Ninjini)

In light of my recent score in finally finding a Ninjini Skylanders figure yesterday afternoon for my kids, I learned the character is half ninja and half genie.  That made me consider a Thursday thirteen around the ninja / genie theme however we all know that ninja’s are deadly and silent so that meant it had to be about Genies.

So an appropriate Thursday 13 for this week is all about 13 “famous” Genies.

So sight tight, have a read through the list while I scour the Internet to see if the purple Series 2 Ninjini I bought has any value and I should sell it, or let them play with the darn thing.

13 “Famous” Genies

13.  In the 1967 Hanna-Barbera cartoon Shazzan the title character is a genie serving two modern American teenagers in the ancient Middle-East.  He appears whenever the two halves of a magic ring are put together.

12.   In the 1992 Disney film Aladdin, the title hero becomes the master of a genie after rubbing the side of a magical lamp. The Genie offers Aladdin three wishes on anything he wished, the only limitations being that Genie could not kill anyone, make anyone fall in love, bring people back from the dead (Although his words implied that he could bring people back from the dead but the result just wouldn’t be pretty), although he also stated that he would not grant wishes for more wishes.

He is also required to obey the specific wishes of whoever holds the lamp, thus forcing him to work for Aladdin’s enemy Jafar when Jafar stole the lamp, although he was also able to assist Aladdin without Aladdin explicitly making a wish even if he appeared to disapprove of the concept.

11.  The sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, which began in 1965 and ran for five seasons, featured Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old blonde Persian genie completely infatuated with the American astronaut who had found her bottle and set her free in modern America.

10.  On ABC‘s hit television show Once Upon a Time there is a genie featured in the episode Fruit of the Poisonous Tree.  He is known as the Genie of Agrabah, a reference to the Disney film Aladdin. He falls in love with Queen Regina and eventually becomes the Magic Mirror.  The Genie’s magic lamp is seen in Mr Gold‘s shop in multiple episodes.

9.   Christina Aguilera‘s song “Genie in a Bottle” is the first hit single and the signature song from her debut album, Christina Aguilera.

8.  In the video game Sonic and the Secret Rings, there are two genies: a Genie of the Ring, who assists Sonic through the game, and Erazor Djinn, the game’s main villain, who is a Genie of the Lamp.

7.   The Pokémon Jirachi is said to grant any wish that is written on a tag and attached to the three star points on its head.

6.  In the Dungeons & Dragons series of roleplaying games, genies are powerful elemental spirits from the Inner Planes, each of the four classical elements having its own subspecies of genie: Djinn for air, Dao for earth, Efreet for fire, Marids for water, and a fifth type known as the Jann, who draw their existence from all four elements. A six type, the Qorrash, linked to the pseudo-element of cold, has been introduced.

5. In C.S. Lewis’ 1949 novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Mr. Beaver tells the Pevensie children that the White Witch is half jinn and half giant.

4.  If you have ever taken a psychology class or read about feral children (or Googled “Genie”), then you’ve probably heard mention of the child known as Genie.  For most of her first 13 years, she lived a life of utter deprivation. Much of her childhood was spent tied to a potty chair in an empty room. She was rarely spoken to, and her father often beat her when she would make noise.

By the time she was discovered at age 13, she was malnourished and unable to use language. Her story made headlines and also captured the attention of psychologists and linguists who wanted to find out if a child who had missed the critical period for language development would ever learn to speak and communicate normally.

A rehabilitation and research team set out to answer that question, but professional rivalries and debates over the girl’s treatment posed major problems. Her tragic case serves not only as an example of the effects of social deprivation, but inspires debate about whether the research on Genie interfered with her treatment.  You can learn more about her story and what happened to the young girl known as Genie here.

3.  The Simpsons. Homer Simpson attempts to avert this “Treehouse of Horror II”; after the family’s first wishes on a Monkey’s Paw have unforeseen consequences (thus playing the trope straight), Homer decides to “make a wish that can’t backfire. I wish for a turkey sandwich, on rye bread, with lettuce and mustard, and, and I don’t want any zombie turkeys, I don’t want to turn into a turkey myself, and I don’t want any other weird surprises.” Surprisingly, this mostly works, except that the turkey’s a little dry.

Homer: Hmm. Not bad. Nice, hot mustard. Good bread. Turkey’s a little dry. The turkey’s a little dry! Oh foul and cursed thing!!! What demon from the depths of Hell created thee?!
2.  Subverted in a Saturday Night Live sketch in which a fisherman catches a fish that grants wishes. Unsatisfied with the first several wishes that backfire, he hires a lawyer to make sure he gets exactly what he wants by drawing up a wish contract for the fish.
1.   An old animated ad for Burger King featured a BK wizard (replete with pointy hat and magic wand) who granted the kids’ requests:

Kid 1: Make me a hamburger! Kid 2: And me a shake! Wizard: Okay, (waves wand at Kid 1) You’re a hamburger, and (waves wand at Kid 2) You’re a shake! The Burger King: No no no, they meant give them, not make them!
So which is your favourite Genie?
And here is our new (non-wish granting) Genie.
ninjini series 2

My Oldest Son Doesn’t Like His Name!

Linus awaits the Great Pumpkin.
Linus awaits the Great Pumpkin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hmmmm.  I seemed to have had quite the dilemma here in the urban daddy household last month when my oldest child, 7-year-old “Linus”, told me he doesn’t like his blog name.

He said it’s “yucky”.

“Do you know why I call you Linus on my blog?” I asked him… “Do you even know who Linus is?” I continued.

“Nope”.  He replied.

So I went scrolling back through my older posts and I showed him this post from February 20th, 2008;

In that post I explain to my readership that I will be referring to my oldest son as “Linus” instead of the “Happy Boy”.  Not because he’s not happy anymore, but because the similarities between him and the character Linus are striking.

Let’s take note:
Though young, Linus is unusually smart.
Everyone likes to think their child is smart, but we have had Linus tested and we know that he is unusually smart especially in mathematics and music.  He does have very strong language skills (often using words like actually, & similar at the age of 2-years-old.  He makes interesting connections, and has a fabulous memory.  He hasn’t quoted philosophers or found the Great Pumpkin yet, but at the time of this comparison, he was just 3!  Now that he’s 7, he’s doing just that (without the Great Pumpkin).
In addition, Linus is almost never without his blue blanket(s), which in our case, is striped.  And we don’t let it out of the house, although, if we did, believe me, it would be with him everywhere.  And like Linus’ blanket, Blankie has magical powers.  If Linus falls and hurts himself, blankie makes the pain feel better.  If he’s scared, Blankie makes him feel less so.
I let him read that post and he thought it was pretty cool, but he was not convinced.  He also asked about “Stewie”.
So here is what I told him about his “little” brother, our second child, the one we used to call the weed because he was exceptionally long when he was born and continues to grow tall and long.  We started calling him “Stewie”.  Yes, him.  While Stewie is one inch shorter than Linus right now, and wearing the same size clothing for a boy 22 months younger that Linus, we felt Stewie better fit his character.

Our Stewie is a character and a half.  He’s stubborn, he’s tough and I swear he’s trying to kill us.  He’s very on the ball, he’s very bright and has been known to mutter obscenities in a British accent.  No.  That last bit I made up.  Our Stewie is always thinking..  Always plotting and like the character on the show, Family Guy, has a fondness for chatting to animals. 

I mentioned numerous times in the past that I felt Stewie was trying to kill me – he was the cause of my herniated disk in my back and he arrives at my bed at night and just stands there… Staring at me.  It’s kind of creepy, to be honest, but he’s determined to get what he wants even if he has to stand by my bed when I fall back to sleep after I’ve told him to go back to his room.  

Stewie Griffin
Stewie Griffin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As for our youngest and only daughter, we called her “Berry” from birth, for reasons I think only family and friends understand, but changed her name to “Boo” after she was featured in the show at Disney this past summer. 

The post about that change is right here; 

So after all the explaining all this to him, I took to YouTube and showed Linus video about the Linus character on Peanuts and I watched as his serious face turned to a smile when he realized the similarities. 

He turned to me and said; “When I start my own blog, I’m going to refer to myself as Linus too.”


Dodged a bullet.

Have any of you had issues with your kids and the names you chose for them on your blog or have you decided to use their real names?

The perfect dinner for a 5-year-old, chosen by a 5-year-old

Freckles Ambush
Freckles Ambush (Photo credit: MeganElizabethMorris)

I have to put this post into context first:

After 11 years of marriage sometimes you learn or see something new.  This year, for example, my wife has been wearing more tank tops, due to the intense heat and her success at Pilates, and after a couple of days spent outside walking and running together, I noticed she had freckles on her arms.

After declining to let me connect the dots, our 2-year-old daughter Berry chimed in too;

“I want freckles!”

“No you don’t”, we responded.

“I do.  I do want freckles.  When I am big, like you… I will have freckles too”.

“Okay, Berry”, we said… But she continued…

“When I am a big boy, like you daddy… I will have freckles.  When I am big like you and have no hair like you, I will have freckles”.

“Berry… You won’t be a boy, like me, hopefully you will have hair, unlike me, but you will have freckles one day, okay?”

“Can I eat freckles?” she then asked.  “Can I eat them right now, yum!”

“errrr, no Berry, you cannot eat freckles…”

She replied; “I cannot eat freckles, but I will be big like you one day and I will eat them for dinner!”  and away she walked content that she just satisfied her curiosity and confirmed that I am an idiot.


In other Berry news…

We were educating her about her upcoming vacation to Disney.   When she asked when we were going.  At that time, I said “3 months”.  She asked how many sleeps?  “A lot” I answered her.

Not 5 minutes later she was downstairs with her brothers and nanny when she blurted out; “I’m going to Disney in 5 sleeps!  AND… I’m eating Disney for dinner too”.

Mmmmm… Disney for dinner.