Someone On The Internet Has Ranked All The Marvel Movies Chronologically
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the great film phenomena of our time, with 20 films to date, starting with 2008's Iron Man and running up to Ant Man and The Wasp, released just ten days ago in the United States.
The argument about which is the best, however, is only settled by watching the job lot of them. Bloody hell, LADs, some of us are still just about catching up with Game of Thrones - where are you supposed to find time in the day for all this?
Luckily, for those of you still baffled by the best way to plough through them all while standing a chance of fully understanding events in Avengers: Infinity War, someone has worked out the perfect chronological sequence for you to get your superhero kicks.
Not in terms of the date at which they were released, of course - we could just look that up on Wiki, couldn't we? - but the time in which they are set.
Yes, Buzzfeed has done the maths so you don't have to - establishing which movies overlap and how they move through time, and finally arriving on a chronological sequence that should make sense to even the most casual fan.
It all starts with Captain America: The First Avenger, which takes place during World War Two, all the way through to the series' more recent entries, set in the present day.
So how does that look? Well...
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1. Captain America: The First Avenger
2. Iron Man
3. Iron Man 2
4. The Incredible Hulk
6. Avengers Assemble
7. Iron Man 3
8. Thor: The Dark World
9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1
11. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
12. Avengers: Age of Ultron
14. Captain America: Civil War
15. Black Panther
16. Spider-Man: Homecoming
17. Doctor Strange
18. Thor: Ragnarok
19. Avengers: Infinity War
20. Ant-Man and The Wasp
It'll take a fair while, mind, but who cares about losing uncountable hours when there's an increasingly complex intergalactic adventure story to follow?
Something that's definately countable, if you're willing to put the work in, is the amount of dosh the MCU has raked in over the last decade. Estimates suggest that those 20 movies have cumulatively cost around $4 billion (£3bn) to produce and raked in more than $17bn (£12.9bn) in revenue, which is an astronomical number.
For a little bit of context, it's roughly equivalent to the GDP of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As for acclaim, review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes has Black Panther scoring 97 percent positive reviews, with Iron Man's 94 percent moving it into second place. Meanwhile, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers Assemble and Spider-Man Homecoming all score 92 percent.
Pretty popular then. Excelsior!
Featured Image Credit: Marvel Studios
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