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My MCU race to watch every Marvel film before Avengers: Endgame – CNET

See you April 26. 

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Until about a week ago, I'd never seen a Marvel movie. Now I've seen three, and I'm ready for more. This one's for all the Marvels.

On March 17, I gave myself an assignment to binge every single film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before Avengers: Endgame comes out on April 26. Until that day I was a Marvel rookie.

Yes, I'd heard of most of the characters and seen more than my share of Marvel clips as part of my job reviewing TVs for CNET. And I love movies. But I have a serious aversion to starting any story in the middle, I missed the boat on the first few films and since none of them seemed super-interesting until the last few, I shunted them off into the vast uncharted land of "stuff I'll maybe catch up on later."

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Later is now. With Avengers: Endgame coming out in a little over a month, it's time to finally open my eyes to that cultural blind spot. But I can't just start at the Endgame. I want to watch all of the movies in the MCU, in the right chronological-in-world order. Lucky for me, there's a canon for that.

Avengers: Endgame countdown: How to stream every Marvel movie before April 26

There are 21 MCU films to date, for a total runtime of [quick Internet search] 45 hours and 58 minutes. Here's my progress and impressions so far, including my live tweeting as I watched each one.

Captain America: The First Avenger

I really liked it. I was totally unfamiliar with the story. The CGI'd small-to-large hero, the Captain's stage career and the period setting in general were refreshing highlights.

Iron Man

Even better. Tony Stark's playboy character threw me at first but the awesomeness of his gadgets, his personal quest to make real power armor, and the overall humor really won me over.

The Incredible Hulk

Not good. It had its moments, particularly during the setup and with the introduction of wacky Mr. Blue. But overall it's much more of a downer than the first two, and kinda plodded along.

I've kept to my basic movie-every-other-day pace. Next up over the weekend are Iron Man 2 and Thor. Remember, if you want to follow along or have any comments or suggestions, hit me up on Twitter. Just one request: no spoilers. 

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