With Avengers: Endgame hitting cinemas in a matter of weeks, we are all wondering how Marvel is going to wrap up this generation of films. The studio has promised that this is the last in the current generation, and to launch a new iteration of the universe with new characters and storylines.
While we can only speculate what the next chapter will hold, we can revisit the amazing universe that the studio began more than 10 years ago in 2008 with Iron Man.
There are 20 movies in the current Marvel generation, 10 of which are currently available on Netflix. What are you waiting for? Get watching. [We’ve also noted what’s missing in case you want to track them down…]
Marvel Movies on Netflix
Iron Man (2008)
IMDB Score 7.9/10
The first of the films in this generation of Marvel adventures, it sets the tone of dealing with serious issues while maintaining a light heart and delivering some serious action. This is where we meet Tony Stark, the character that enabled Robert Downey Jnr to rebuild his career and the two are now inseparable. Stark evolves from a rich man with little concern for the consequences of his actions, into a genuine hero.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
IMDB Score 7/10
Picking up pretty much where the first Iron Man film left off, Tony Stark is now the most famous man in the world having done away with his secret identity and announced himself to the world as Iron Man. This puts him in a fight with governments around the world about privatising world peace, and makes both him and the people he cares about – namely Pepper Potts played by Gwenyth Paltrow – targets for the people who benefit from war and chaos.
IMDB Score 7/10
In the first of the movies dedicated to the God of Thunder we meet Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki for the first time. While Thor goes on to join the Avengers, arguable Loki has a bigger impact on the Marvel universe in his changeable role as friend or foe. In this film we see Thor, about to be crowned as the successor of his father Odin, stripped of his powers after showing his recklessness. He is sent to Earth to learn the true meaning of leadership.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
IMDB Score 6.9/10
While Iron Man may have had the first Avengers film, it is Captain America who was the first Avenger. Played to perfection by Chris Evans, this is his origin story. We see a runt of a man with a big heart overcome all the odds in his battle to fight for his country. He shows that he has the heart of a hero, so he is turned into a hero by a scientist. Set in World War II, of course he then fights Nazis. At the end of the film he finds himself frozen in ice, awaiting the future.
Avengers Assemble (2012)
IMDB Score 8.1/10
This is the first of the Avengers romps, where we get to see all the heroes that we have met individually on screen together. It turns out that S.H.I.E.L.D., the organisation that works with the Avengers to protect the Earth, have been in possession of a powerful object called the Tesseract, and now a powerful alien wants it. While Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk (James Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansen) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) struggle to get on at first, they manage to form a team and save the planet.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
IMBD Score 7.2/10
Realising after the events of the Avengers that there are much greater threats to mankind than he thought, Stark struggles to understand who he is without the suit, and how he can use technology to protect the world. Dealing with an enemy closer to Earth helps him get his head in order, and he promise to retire from being Iron Man. A promise he spectacularly fails to keep in all the subsequent movies.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
IMBD Score 7/10
Probably the weakest of the Marvel movies in terms of storylines, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman, Thor’s love interest from the first film, finds something which turns out to be an infinity stone. Turns out the enemies of Thor want it too, so Thor and Loki band together to stop them, which spoiler, they do. The infinity stone is given to a mysterious character called The Collector (Benicio Del Toro), adding a small piece to the puzzle that will lead us to Avengers: Endgame.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
IMDB Score 7.8/10
In the Avengers movie, Captain America quickly adapts to the modern world in order to save it. In his second film, the past comes back to haunt him. It turns out that his best friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), wasn’t killed by Nazis, but was also given superpowers. However, he was also brainwashed to do evil. Once Captain America discovers that his foe is his old friend, he must find a way to both stop him, and save him.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
IMDB Score 8.1/10
A nice break from the action on Earth, this film takes us to a galaxy far away, but with a very far out earthly soundtrack. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who likes to be called Star Lord, Gamora (Zoe Salanda), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) are a group of individuals out for themselves who get thrown together and find themselves as the only thing standing between the Kree lords Thanos (Josh Brolin) and Ronan (Lee Pace) and the destruction of a planet. Turns out they are all heroes at heart, and we encounter another infinity stone.
Ant Man (2015)
IMDB Score 7.3/10
A rare stand along movie in the Marvel Universe, Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) gives his incredible shrinking suit to a man who drives to burgle his house, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), much to the horror of his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lily). They use their suit to sabotage an evil plot, and, unsurprisingly, Scott and Hope form a connection.
The rest of the list
If you want to watch the full 20, also get your hands on:
- The Incredible Hulk (2008) – IMDB Score 6.7/10
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – IMDB Score 7.4/10
- Captain America: Civil War (2016) – IMDB Score 7.8/10
- Doctor Strange (2016) – IMDB Score 7.5/10
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – IMDB Score 7.7/10
- Spiderman: Homecoming (2017) – IMDB Score 7.5/10
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – IMBD Score 7.9/10
- Black Panther (2018) – IMBD Score 7.3/10
- Ant Man and the Wasp (2018) – IMDB Score 7.1/10
- Captain Marvel (2019) – IMDB Score 7.2/10