With 20 movies now out, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is sprawling and can be kind of overwhelming, especially for more casual fans or newcomers.
You can, of course, watch them in release order for a satisfying viewing experience.
But if you're anything like me, you enjoy watching events unfold chronologically.
The MCU can be challenging in this regard, because typically the release order has little to do with the actual timeline of events. Plus the plots of some movies overlap, while others move back and forth through time, making it hard to nail down one definitive viewing order.
As someone who has attempted chronological MCU marathons a couple of times, I've figured out an order I'm pretty satisfied with – so here it is! Fair warning, there are some spoilers below, so if you haven't seen the movies yet and want to avoid them, you can skip to the end of this post and see a handy spoiler-free guide to the chronological viewing order.