I’m not going to pick this up for a good while, because I’m working on my Clone Wars Refocused project, but for a while I’ve been teasing myself with a reordering to the MCU, so I figured I’d dump my thoughts here in case the hivemind wants to help me mull this over.
The main motivation is to make it so that, on a binge watch, you’re just kinda getting a more balanced bite of everything, without any two movies being too similar in tone, and spreading the characters out a little more. We mix cosmic with Earth a bit more consistently, lighter with heavier, etc.
I want to release it in chronological order, too. But not official chronological, just a watch order that doesn’t break anything.
I think the main thing that’ll need to be done is essentially to make a decision on the order, then some thought put into moving around the various end credits scenes.
Here’s my current working order:
- Captain America 1: The First Avenger (REMOVE Cap waking up and Cap gets a mission until before Avengers 1)
- Captain Marvel (REMOVE Carol’s return until before Endgame)
- Iron Man 1
- Incredible Hulk 1 (REMOVE general Ross scene entirely, it’s not relevant)
- Thor 1 (ADD Cap waking up, REMOVE Loki hypnotising Selvig until just before Avengers 1)
- Iron Man 2 (ADD Loki hypnotising Selvig)
- AVENGERS 1 (imply Loki is (willingly?) hypnotised depending on whether the Loki TV show confirms the out-of-universe retcon, possibly make staff yellow since it got retcon’d into the Mind Stone by Avengers 2)
- Thor 2: The Dark World (imply Loki was hypnotised as above?, if you can remove the purple girl from the handover scene you might be able to imply this comes after GotG and flip them in order to get the Guardians in play sooner?)
- Iron Man 3 (ADD All Hail the King?)
- Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier
- Guardians of the Galaxy 1
- AVENGERS 2: AGE OF ULTRON
- Doctor Strange 1 (REMOVE Thor and Loki visiting entirely)
- Ant-Man 1 (REMOVE Bucky talking to Cap and Falcon until ???)
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2
- Captain America 3: Civil War (REMOVE Cap saving team from raft until end of Black Panther, to allow more drama?)
- Ant-Man 2: Ant-Man and the Wasp (REMOVE snap bit until after Infinity War)
??. Black Widow goes here??
- Spider-Man 1: Homecoming
- Black Panther 1 (ADD Cap saving team from raft?)
- Thor 3: Ragnarok
- #AVENGERS 3: INFINITY WAR (Add Ant-man snap bit and Carol’s return)
- #AVENGERS 4: ENDGAME
- Spider-Man 2: Far from Home
I may not have explained this very clearly but I thought I’d dump my thoughts and see where this takes us.