How to Plan Your Marvel Movie Marathon

Surviving a Marvel movie marathon isn’t like managing other marathons. Sure, you’ve done Lord of the Rings, and the extended versions at that. You’ve done Star Wars, both the originals and the prequels. But Marvel movies are their own beast: you’re talking about close to 40 hours of movies here, as of early 2019. It’s only going to get harder as more movies come out.

We’re here to tell you that you can do it. You can watch all the MCU movies in order and have a great time doing it. Here’s what you need to know about planning that marathon so you (and your friends) survive it.

Have enough food, and don’t forget hydration

Fun as it may be, this is not something you should go into lightly. You’ll need to plan for more than one meal, and let’s be reasonable: only one of those meals can be a glut of pizza. If you want to go the distance, you’ll also need some healthy food and drinks.

What else will you need? Painkillers, Red Bull (or your favorite energy drinks), snacks of all sorts — including some healthier ones, like fruit — and plenty of charging cables for everyone to charge up their devices.

If people are drinking, help them keep safe. Provide plenty of hydrating drinks and have some scheduled drinking breaks. If you lay in a supply of seltzer and flavored water, you encourage people to drink more water.

Get your order right

There are currently 20 films in the franchise, so make sure your movie order is correct. Get yourself a steady internet connection and research the latest news online. You’re watching in order of release, so here’s what you need to line up:

  • Iron Man
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man 2
  • Thor
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • The Avengers
  • Iron Man 3
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ant-Man
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Black Panther
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp


Provide places to sleep

Some people are going to need to sack out. It’s just a fact of life, and we’re only human. If you throw down a couple air mattresses or designate some couch space for sleeping marathoners, you’ll be doing everyone a huge favor.

Taking naps during your least favorite films in the series, whether that’s Thor: The Dark World or Captain America: Civil War, is also a good way to keep yourself from burning out.

Make it for a cause

You can do this just because you love Marvel. That’s fine! But why not see if you can raise some money in the process? It’s not difficult to start a Gofundme page for your favorite charity, and ask people to donate to each participant based on how long they can take part!

You’re probably already on Twitter, but whether you use Twitter or not, you should set up a social media account for your marathon so you can keep people posted throughout. Not only will this help with your fund-raising: it will also help with your sanity.

End well

You’re near the end. You’re through Black Panther, which is really the high point of the final movies, and Ant-Man and the Wasp is still before you. In some ways, this is a lighter note to end than on Infinity War, so there’s that. But it’s also going to be the hardest to get through now that you’re all dying to sleep.

You can do it. This movie is playful and fun, if not as emotionally demanding as other films. And when you’re done, you’ll be able to proudly wear that “I Survived the MCU Marathon” t-shirt.

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