The release of Avengers: Endgame is just around the corner! After 11 years and 21 movies, the Infinity Saga is finally coming to an end. But how many of those 21 films, how many do you need to watch before watching Endgame? We’ve put together a list of the five most essential Marvel movies you need to revisit. There are plenty of clues and foreshadowing in them, so you’ll get as up to date as possible. Plus, who would ever turn down a Marvel movie binge?
Iron Man (2008)
This is a no-brainer: Iron Man was the first Marvel film, eventually leading to the current Avengers craze. In Iron Man, Tony Stark needs to figure a way to escape and get back home after a group of terrorists capture him. In fact, it’s not unlike Avengers: Endgame, where he also needs to make his way back home! Revisiting Iron Man will also give you tons of clues regarding the future Marvel Cinematic Universe. For instance, there’s a Civil War storyline hint, right at the beginning, regarding Tony Stark’s parents.
The Avengers (2012)
This is the first Avengers movie, so its an essential installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But beyond being vital, it’s just downright entertaining! As the first time we get to see the Avengers work together, Avengers certainly paid off. It’s an action-packed, dramatic tale of them working together to stop a massive alien invasion on Earth. It’s also the first time we got a sneak peek of the larger story of the Marvel movies.
Plus, paparazzi photos which were released online from the set of Endgame suggests the remaining Avengers will go back in time to the events of the first Avengers movie (spoilers if you haven’t watched Infinity War) – perhaps to try and prevent Thanos from collecting all of the stones.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Anthony and Joe Russo, directors of Endgame, hinted in an interview to Fandango that if you want to start figuring out things in Endgame, you should watch this Captain America installment. “I would say, certainly, Civil War and Infinity War are probably the two biggest lead-ins to this movie in the sense that Civil War created the situation where the Avengers were divided,” said Russo.
So basically, you can figure out the dynamics, the tactics and perhaps how will this saga end – by watching Civil War. How the Avengers paired up/broke apart, the strength and weaknesses of them all, the reasons they became who they are by Infinity War might all be in Civil War.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
As mentioned previously, directors of Endgame advised us to watch Civil War and Infinity War. The latter is the installment before Endgame, and it makes perfect sense to revisit before watching the last Avengers movie. Endgame will literally pick up where Infinity War left off. War left us feeling sad, confused, and anxious, so we’re all thankful Endgame is finally here!
A quick reminder (and spoiler for those of you who are behind): everyone dies at the end of Infinity War. Okay, not everyone, but lots of Avengers, like Loki and Gamora. Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy also disintegrated, alongside a bunch of others (here‘s an entire list of survivors/deaths). The survivors are Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow, Ant-Man, War Machine, and a few others. So, if you’d like to refresh your memory and come ready to watch Endgame, you need to revisit Infinity War.
Captain Marvel (2019)
We’re first introduced to Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, in this Marvel movie. As she goes on adventures with Nick Fury – who first put the Avengers together – we learn her powers and abilities; she might be the most powerful Avenger. Also, we understand how Fury got the idea of creating the Avengers team in the first place, which could give us hints of how Endgame will actually end.
Plus, we know Captain Marvel appears in Endgame after Fury’s call, and so watching Captain Marvel will give us a full picture of Danvers’ character arch and further insights to the Avengers’ world.
We hope everyone has fun watching Avengers: Endgame this weekend! And if you want to find out what’s going to happen next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can find out right here on HashtagChatter!