9:00 am EDT, April 9, 2018

What Marvel movies should you rewatch before ‘Avengers: Infinity War?’

By Kendra Cleary | Edited by Donya Abramo

We’ve put together a perfect Avengers: Infinity War rewatch plan for you, no matter what kind of fan you are.

With the MCU as we know it about to culminate in Avengers: Infinity War and next year’s Avengers 4, we bet you’ve thought about rewatching the Marvel movies, to prepare yourself. The problem with that endeavor is that the Marvel catalog has become so vast that it seems insurmountable, with only a few weeks left before Infinity War.

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So, if you can only watch a small selection of the previous Marvel movies, which ones should you choose? Do you go for the ones that will be most relevant to the plot? Do you revisit your favorite characters? Do you simply choose the ones that made you laugh the hardest?

We’ve put together rewatch plans for seven different types of Marvel fans to help you decide. Check them out, and let us know which one you’ll be following, in the comments.

The plot driven Marvel fan

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Since Infinity War centers around the Infinity Stones and the Infinity Gauntlet, the plot driven Marvel fan will want to focus on the movies that introduced the stones. We’ve seen five of the stones so far, so this rewatch will include the five movies that focused on them.

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  • The Avengers – Space Stone
  • Thor: The Dark World – Reality Stone
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Power Stone
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron – Mind Stone
  • Doctor Strange – Time Stone

The romantic Marvel fan

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Love is definitely a central theme of the MCU, and with character’s lives in jeopardy, it’s bound to play a role in the Infinity War action. The romantic Marvel fan should rewatch the movies in which the MCU’s current couples originated so they can adequately celebrate and/or mourn their favorite couple’s triumphs and tribulations.

  • Iron Man – Tony Stark/Pepper Potts
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier – Steve Rogers/Sharon Carter
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Peter Quill/Gamora
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron – Natasha Romanoff/Bruce Banner, Clint/Laura Barton
  • Captain America: Civil War – Vision/Wanda Maximoff
  • Black Panther – T’Challa/Nakia

The comedy loving Marvel fan


For the Marvel fan who’s not looking for too much added drama before Avengers: Infinity War, we offer a selection of laugh-out-loud worthy Marvel movies that will still give you a good idea of the history and current state of the MCU.

  • Iron Man
  • The Avengers
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Thor: Ragnarok

The nostalgic Marvel fan

The Marvel fans who love an origin story and want to revisit the simpler days of the MCU will want to watch the movies in which the characters in the next Avengers were introduced. Feel free to skip some if those characters aren’t your favorites.

  • Iron Man – Tony Stark, James Rhodes
  • Iron Man 2 – Natasha Romanoff
  • Captain America: The First Avenger – Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes
  • Thor – Thor, Loki, Clint Barton
  • The Avengers – Bruce Banner
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier – Sam Wilson
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, Groot, Nebula, Thanos
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron – Wanda Maximoff, Vision
  • Ant-Man – Scott Lang
  • Captain America: Civil War – Peter Parker, T’Challa
  • Doctor Strange – Dr. Stephen Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – Mantis
  • Black Panther – Shuri, Nakia, Okoye, Wakandans

The team player Marvel fan

You’re going to see Avengers: Infinity War, so obviously you’re a fan of the movies where the characters team up. Therefore, your rewatch will be filled with Avengers and Guardians movies!

  • The Avengers
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2

The sophisticated Marvel fan

We love all the characters dearly, but let’s face it, as far as movies go, some of the MCU offerings are better than others. The sophisticated Marvel fan need not waste time with the lesser items in the Marvel catalog. For you, we’ve compiled a rewatch of only the movies which scored 90% or better on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • Iron Man
  • The Avengers
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Black Panther

The bored Marvel fan

Since you’ve got so much extra time on your hands, you can rewatch all of the Marvel movies before Infinity War. Lucky you!

Which Marvel rewatch will you be doing before ‘Avengers: Infinity War?’

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