Avengers: Infinity War is right around the corner. It’s also breaking presale records left and right. Now, if you’re a person who doesn’t watch Marvel movies or someone who simply needs a refresher course you might say: “Michael, I don’t have time to watch 18 movies!” Well, don’t fret my friend. Today I will be giving you a list of the five Marvel movies to watch before Infinity War. This list will help paint a narrative that will show you most of what’s going on. We’re going to miss some of Marvel’s best films (sorry Winter Soldier and Iron Man 3), but we’re in crunch time, and sacrifices must be made. Let’s get into it!
The first film you should watch is The Avengers. We see all the heroes team-up for the first time. While films like Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger are great and deserve to be watched, they are not essential in a pinch. The Avengers set up, well, the Avengers, as well as Thanos (the big bad of Infinity War), and two Infinity Stones.
Guardians of the Galaxy is one that barely made the cut. It’s not on earth, and it is completely separated from the rest of the MCU. The reason it is a must watch is because Thanos is the father of two of the main characters. We see another Infinity Stone, as well as get an explanation of what they are. The Guardians are going to play a major part, and it would be foolish not to have them on this list.
The second Avengers film contains yet another Infinity Stone. It also progresses the story of The Avengers. We meet new heroes like Wanda and Vision, as well as more backstory on the best Avenger, Hawkeye. It kind of needs The Winter Soldier and Iron Man 3 just so you know what happened in the time between Avengers one and two, but again this is a condensed list. Watch those before Avengers 4.
This is the last time we see the Avengers. Captain America: Civil War is probably the most important film in the MCU. We have the team go their separate ways, and we don’t see most of them until Avengers: Infinity War. The film introduces Black Panther (Wakanda forever!), Spider-Man, and addresses all the damage the Avengers has caused. It’s arguably Marvel’s best film. It’s the last chapter in the Avengers saga.
Thor’s great space adventure might seem skippable at first glance, but it definitely needs to be seen. This film shows us where Thor and Hulk are after Age of Ultron, we see Doctor Strange (whose film didn’t make the list), we see the same Infinity Stone from The Avengers disappear, we Thor suffer the most loss of any character in the MCU and Thanos’ ship. This comedy has ton implications and it’s the film right before Infinity War timeline wise.
Well, there you have it. The Marvel Cinematic Universe cut down to the meat of the franchise. Once again, you should watch all of them, but this is a crash course. For more Avengers: Infinity War coverage, stay tuned!