The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has provided us with over a decade of superhero storytelling, and one of the most iconic characters in this expansive universe is Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. If you’re a fan of Tony Stark and want to relive his journey in the MCU, or if you’re new to the Marvel universe and want to follow his story, this guide will help you watch every MCU project featuring the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist in chronological order.
1. Iron Man (2008)
PG-13 | 126 MIN | RT: 94% / 91% | IMDB: 7.9
The journey begins with the film that kickstarted the MCU, Iron Man (2008). In this origin story, we see Tony Stark transform from a self-absorbed industrialist to a hero in his high-tech suit. Witness the birth of Iron Man and the character’s evolution.
2. Iron Man 2 (2010)
PG-13 | 124 MIN | RT: 72% / 71% | IMDB: 6.9
Continue Tony Stark’s journey with Iron Man 2 (2010). This film explores the consequences of Stark’s reveal as Iron Man and introduces new characters like Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) and Justin Hammer.
3. The Incredible Hulk (2008) – Optional
PG-13 | 112 MIN | RT: 67% / 69% | IMDB: 6.6
While not a Tony Stark-centric movie, The Incredible Hulk (2008) takes place in the early days of the MCU and includes a brief cameo by Tony Stark at the end, linking it to the wider universe. You can choose to watch this film to see that cameo, but it’s not essential to the Iron Man storyline. You can also optionally watch the MCU One-Shot The Consultant and get the same effect. But neither are truly necessary.
4. The Avengers (2012)
PG-13 | 143 MIN | RT: 91% / 91% | IMDB: 8.0
In The Avengers (2012), Earth’s mightiest heroes come together to face the threat of Loki and the Chitauri. Tony Stark plays a pivotal role as one of the core Avengers. Witness the first big team-up in the MCU.
5. Iron Man 3 (2013)
PG-13 | 130 | RT: 79% / 78% | IMDB: 7.1
After the events of The Avengers, Iron Man 3 (2013) delves into Tony Stark’s personal struggles and his battle against the enigmatic Mandarin. This film provides a more introspective look at the character.
6. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
PG-13 | 141 MIN | RT: 76% / 82% | IMDB: 7.3
The Avengers reunite in Age of Ultron (2015), where Tony Stark’s creation of Ultron leads to unintended consequences. This film is essential for understanding Stark’s character development and his efforts to protect the world.
7. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
PG-13 | 147 MIN | RT: 91% / 89% | IMDB: 7.8
In Captain America: Civil War (2016), Tony Stark finds himself at odds with Steve Rogers, leading to a rift within the Avengers. This film is significant for Stark’s character arc and the introduction of Spider-Man.
8. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
PG-13 | 133 MIN | RT: 92% / 87% | IMDB: 7.4
While primarily a Spider-Man film, Homecoming (2017) showcases Tony Stark’s mentorship of Peter Parker. It’s an important piece of the puzzle in understanding Stark’s relationships with other heroes.
9. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
PG-13 | 149 MIN | RT: 85% / 92% | IMDB: 8.4
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) sees Tony Stark facing the cosmic threat of Thanos. His character development and interactions with other heroes reach new heights in this film.
10. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
PG-13 | 181 MIN | RT: 94% / 90% | IMDB: 8.4
The epic conclusion to Tony Stark’s story occurs in Avengers: Endgame (2019). This film is a must-watch as it brings closure to his character arc and the overarching narrative of the Infinity Saga.
11. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
PG-13 | 129 MIN | RT: 90% / 95% | IMDB: 7.4
Finally, after the events of Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) explores the void left by Tony Stark’s absence and its impact on Peter Parker. It provides a poignant conclusion to the Iron Man storyline.
Watching every MCU project featuring Tony Stark in chronological order allows you to fully appreciate his character’s journey from a self-absorbed genius to a selfless hero. Tony Stark’s impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe is immeasurable, and his legacy continues to influence new generations of heroes. Enjoy the ride as you follow the life and adventures of this iconic character.
Last Updated: October 28, 2023
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