These Are the Only Marvel Movies You Need to See Before ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Whether you’re an avid Marvel fan or a Marvel novice who is trying to catch up before Avengers: Infinity War is spoiled for you, we could all use a Marvel refresher. After all, the Avengers are about to ban together and take on Thanos, who is desperate for the Infinity Stones. However, we all have busy lives, and nobody has time to sit through 18 Marvel films.

So which movies do you absolutely need to see before catching Avengers: Infinity War?

Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger | Marvel

Captain America: The First Avenger pretty much kicks off everything that happens in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Set during World War I, we meet Steve Rogers, a small but determined soldier who becomes the delectable Captain America. Not only will you get Cap and his best friend Bucky Barnes’ origin story, but the film also introduces the Infinity Stones, which are central to Avengers: Infinity War.

If you recall, in The First Avenger, Red Skull is trying to use the power of the Tesseract, which contains the blue Space Stone.

Next: The orgin of Tony Stark

Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man

Iron Man | Marvel Studios

Since Captain America: The First Avenger is set in the 20th century, if you want to be up to speed in the 21st century, you’ll want to return to Iron Man, the first film in the MCU. In the film, we meet Robert Downey Jr.’s billionaire industrialist and genius inventor, Tony Stark, who essentially sets the foundation for the Avengers as we know them today.

It’s also great to see how Tony Stark has grown as a character since this first film.

Next: When the gang first got together.

The Avengers

The Avengers, Marvel

The Avengers | Marvel Studios

If we’re completely honest, you can just skip over The Incredible Hulk (it’s not Mark Ruffalo anyway) and the first two Thor films and head straight for 2012’s The Avengers. In the film, Black Widow, Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk, Cap’, and Hawkeye team up to fight Thanos.

In the film, Thor’s brother, Loki, is working for Thanos, and he’s trying to take control of the Tesseract and take over Earth. Compared to the films that come after it, The Avengers was only a speck in the foundation for the MCU as we know it today, but it’s important.

Next: A bit of space travel

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy | Marvel

Not only is Guardians of the Galaxy one of the best films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it pretty much changed the game for what superhero flicks could do. The soundtrack is legendary, the jokes are spot-on, and we meet some very interesting characters, including Gamora and Nebula, who happen to be Thanos’ daughters. The film also gives some fantastic background info on the biggest villain Marvel has seen thus far.

This might be an unpopular opinion, but feel free to skip Avengers: Ages of Ultron and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Next: You can skip this one if you’re running out of time.

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange wearing the Eye of Agamotto

Doctor Strange | Marvel

So we won’t lie, as much as we adore Benedict Cumberbatch, Doctor Strange isn’t exactly our fave. However, the film is gorgeously shot, and it gives a ton of context to the Infinity Stones and Dr. Steven Strange’s extremely intriguing abilities.

Doctor Strange’s backstory is important because he has a massive role in Infinity War because he has the Time Stone. Thanos is going to come after that stone hard since he needs it to wipe out half the universe.

Next: The film that sets the scene for ‘Infinity War.’

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War - Marvel Studios

Captain America: Civil War | Marvel

The events of Captain America: Civil War occur just before Avengers: Infinity War. Basically, Cap and those who are behind him are on the run from the authorities and from Tony Stark and the rest of the Avengers. The film essentially shows all the nuances of each character, introduces Tom Holland’s exceptional Spider-Man, and forces the team (literally everyone) to put aside their differences for the greater good.

Civil War proves the Avengers can and must work together to achieve anything.

Next: The very best Thor flick

Thor: Ragnarok

Loki and Thor aim laser guns in Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok | Marvel

Thor: Ragnarok‘s timeline overlaps with Captain America: Civil War, but it shows what the Hulk and Thor were up to while everyone else was choosing between Iron Man and Cap. Thor’s storyline finally gets interesting in Ragnorok, the third film in his timeline.

The fun and beautifully shot superhero comedy directly sets up Infinity War and focuses on Thor’s relationship with Loki. If you recall, Loki has worked for Thanos in the past, so his loyalties could certainly waver in Avengers: Infinity War. Only time will tell.

Next: Wakanda forever

Black Panther

Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger stares down Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa in Black Panther

Black Panther | Marvel

Black Panther is hands down the best film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though T’Challa isn’t directly involved with the Avengers just yet, you’ll see what he’s been up to since the events of Civil War. Also, the film reveals a bit about Bucky’s fate and gives a perfect understanding of Wakanda. The country is set to be the stage of a huge battle scene in Infinity War.

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