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 – TV Time!

Thirteen TV shows that my wife will absolutely not watch;

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1. The Weather Network – “If you want to see the weather, go outside”.

2. Reality TV – “It’s stupid because it’s not real, it’s scripted”.

3. Soap Opera’s – “They’re stupid too”.  

4. Sports

5. News – “Why watch it when you can live it”.

6. Scary TV – like those shows where there are dead people eating other dead people and it looks like a poorly dressed zombie eating a very rare piece of meat.

7. Music videos – no Much Music, no MTV, no music TV stations.

8. Food network – “I’d rather cook than watch someone else cook”.

9. Parades – She wouldn’t get caught dead watching those…

10. Wrestling – “No comment, but wrestling is stupid”.

11. Award Shows – No Grammies, no Oscars, no Golden Globes… No red carpets, nothing.   

12. Anything we have to pay for (aside from actual cable) like PPV – “We pay enough for TV without having to pay more for shows”.

13. The SyFy channel – Not surprising since this girl has only seen one Star Wars movie – GASP.  I know!

So if I want to watch any of these I’m watching them alone.

What stations are you addicted to and which would you remove from your TV if you could?

Non-cartoon TV shows for a 4-year-old and 6-year-old

What kind of non-cartoon TV shows would you say are age appropriate for a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old boy (or girl)?

I don’t like them watching anything violent and they have no interest in watching sports on TV, save for the occasional time I see that Linus has turned on fishing.  They don’t get much TV, they don’t need or have time for much TV, and my wife and I have always thought about what shows are age appropriate for the boys, so that 6-year-old Linus is not always watching shows for little kids, and 4-year-old Stewie can watch something he will enjoy.  Other than Treehouse, TVO kids or sometimes Teletoon. what is out there?

At this point in time, we pretty much agree that Full House is a wholesome, comedy that Linus could watch.   It’s not a cartoon, and since my 4-year-old can actually remove himself from the trance TV puts on his brother, I cannot see Stewie being ready for this show … yet, but if he watched it could do no harm.

My wife actually went ahead and set the PVR to capture a “few” episodes of Full House to show to Linus. I went to see if one of my shows had taped and it was at that point when I realized that Full House is on TV like, 15 times a day… Every day – so she filled the PVR in 2 weeks.  CRAP!

By total accident. however, I did find a couple of TV shows that 6-year-old Linus LOVES.

He was totally engaged in, and even cheered for the people on TV for the following two shows;

Wipeout and Man vs Food.

In Wipeout, for those of you who have not seen the show, is a race through a crazy obstacle course, in water, in which the participants get spun, flipped, punched, pushed and knocked off. The actual wipe-outs are awesome. The show makes me laugh and Linus thought it was the best. He sits on the edge of his seat, laughing and rooting for the participants. He actually thought the show was live, and queried why at 8pm it was light – and warm – on the TV but cold and snowy here.

He asks every night if we can watch Wipeout. He even knows it is on channel 54 on Rogers cable.

The other show him and I watched that he loved was Man Vs. Food. The premise of the show is that host Adam Richman travels across America sampling some of the best cuisine he can find. He also finds some of the biggest orders of food and tries to eat the entire dish.

In this one specific show that we watched the host went into the kitchen to see some of the fabulous meals cooked in a Hawaii restaurant which specializes in traditional cuisine.  One of the items they are famous for is blueberry pancakes – super-duper sized.  3 giant pancakes, each one the size of a large pizza, covered with a quart of blueberries on each level and 3 pats of butter and syrup.  Only 3 people have ever finished this meal.

Linus and I watched with intrigue at his attempt to eat the whole meal, including with shock and awe, when he ordered and ate an order of bacon to cut the repetitive taste. 

I thought he was going to eat the whole thing.

No way, said Linus.  He won’t even eat 3/4ers of it. 

He barely at 3/4ers of it.

Watching it with Linus was fun.  He rooted for the host, talked about eating pancakes himself, and was in awe that only 3 people had managed to eat that entire order.

What shows will you let your kids watch, and which shows do they have interest in?

It was a fun show.