Over here in the UK – a month after making its debut in the US – Ant-Man and the Wasp finally arrives in cinemas. Hurrah! And with one more film ticked off the list, this means we’re inching ever nearer to the arrival of the as-yet-untitled fourth Avengers movie. Double hurrah!

But before all that, we’ve still got one additional film to go, the Brie Larson-starring, Captain Marvel. And as that movie opens in cinemas very, very close to the arrival of Avengers 4, NOW is the perfect time to begin the Avengers 4 countdown!

So, should you want to catch up on all of the different stories from the MCU (including the TV shows), now might be the perfect time to start – after you’ve watched Ant-Man and the Wasp, of course.

Start with Iron Man and work your way through all of the films, the shorts, the shows and even the comics and as we slip into 2019 things should line up nicely. The DVD/Blu-ray/digital release of Ant-Man and the Wasp should arrive by the end of the year, Captain Marvel will then hit cinemas in March and Avengers 4 will arrive in April.

Obviously I’m suggesting to start the countdown now because there are a lot of TV shows to get through. If you want to do the full catch-up of all the past MCU content, then you’ll need to watch/re-watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Agent Carter, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, The Defenders, Runaways, Cloak and Dagger and The Inhumans.

There’s a heck of a lot to get through – especially as most of these shows have multiple seasons.

For me personally, I don’t think I am going to go back over every single piece of the MCU as I simply don’t have the time to cram it all in. Instead, once I’ve watched Ant-Man and the Wasp (scheduled in for Sunday), I plan on working my way back through all of the MCU movies (see below).

A list of all the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

  • Iron Man (2008)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  • Captain Marvel (2019) – ETA March 2019
  • Avengers 4 (2019) – ETA April 2019

My plan is to watch three films a month, leading up to the opening of Captain Marvel and finally the arrival of Avengers 4.

As for Avengers 4 itself, it’s got to be a midnight screening, right?

I didn’t attend a midnight screening for Infinity War simply because I knew how busy it would be, however, I feel a midnight screening of Avengers 4 is a must. Not only so I can watch the movie as soon as possible, but also to experience the atmosphere of what is sure to be a milestone event in cinema.

That sounds like a bold claim and a lot of expectation for a movie, doesn’t it? Yeah, it does – but when I say a “milestone event in cinema” I’m not just referring to the content of Avengers 4.

Earlier this year, when Infinity War opened, I published a post about just how popular the film was, noting all of the around-the-clock screenings that were taking place at my local cinema. In the days and weeks following the movie’s release Infinity War was all anyone could talk about (‘Have you seen it?’ ‘When are you seeing it again?’ ‘What are your theories?’) and it was clear this was more than just a movie – this was a landmark event.

Without doubt, Avengers 4 will be even more popular as everyone rushes to their local picture house to see how the events of Infinity War are resolved. It seems only fitting then that I prepare accordingly and get myself a midnight screening… and a large tub of popcorn.

I can’t wait!

How about you? Are you making preparations for Avengers 4 already? And if so, what are they? Sound off in the comments below.