The God of Thunder has been a mainstay in the MCU since his debut in 2011’s “Thor.” Played by Chris Hemsworth, the character has since appeared in numerous films and crossovers, including his own series of movies and team-up movies like ‘The Avengers.’ But with so many appearances, keeping track of the order can be tough. In this article, we’ll break down all Thor movies and appearances chronologically so you can follow the mighty Asgardian’s journey from start to finish.
Thor has four solo movies and five other appearances in other MCU movies so the number of MCU projects that feature Thor goes up to 9. As you can see, Thor, over the years, appeared in many great projects. Now, let’s see how to watch them correctly.
Movies featuring Thor in order by release date
As we’ve mentioned, Thor’s MCU journey began with the release of ‘Thor’ in 2011. His character was so popular he managed to secure four other solo movies and appeared in other crossovers. The last solo movie in the Thor series was released in 2022, titled ‘Love & Thunder.’ The following is the release date order of all Thor movies as well as his other MCU appearances.
- ‘Thor’ (2011)
- ‘The Avengers’ (2012)
- ‘Thor: The Dark World’ (2013)
- ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (2015)
- ‘Doctor Strange’ (2016)
- ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (2017)
- ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018)
- ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019)
- ‘Thor: Love & Thunder’ (2022)
Are Thor’s movies and appearances connected? What’s the best way to watch them?
All MCU movies featuring Thor are connected, and it’s best to watch them in release date order. All Thor movies are set in a shared continuity like the other MCU projects. In addition to the solo movies, Thor has also appeared in several team-up movies with the rest of the Avengers. Those narratives will only make sense if you watch all movies and appearances in a specific order.
Thor’s movies & appearances in chronological order
When it comes to movies featuring Thor, the release date order is exactly the same as chronological order. The first ‘Thor’ movie establishes the character and his world, while ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ show him as part of a larger team. ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ further explore the character’s relationships and their role in the larger story.
1. ‘Thor’ (2011)
Thor, the crown prince of Asgard, is banished to Earth after recklessly starting a war with the Frost Giants of Jotunheim. He meets and befriends scientist Jane Foster but struggles to adjust to life on Earth without his powers. Meanwhile, his brother Loki schemes to take the throne of Asgard, leading to a final showdown between the brothers that ultimately results in Thor learning humility and earning his power back.
2. ‘The Avengers’ (2012)
‘The Avengers’ sees together Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye to save the world from an alien invasion led by Loki, who has stolen the Tesseract.
The team initially struggles to work together due to their vastly different personalities and the ways in which they do things, but ultimately, they defeat the invaders and save the Earth. The film sets up the groundwork for the future of the MCU by introducing the Avengers.
3. ‘Thor: The Dark World’ (2013)
Thousands of years ago, the Dark Elf Malekith attempted to use the power of the Aether, a powerful force that can destroy the universe, to plunge the world into darkness. Asgardian warriors, led by Bor, Odin’s father, defeat Malekith and hide the Aether. In the present day, Malekith awakens and seeks revenge, leading to a battle between Thor and Malekith. Along the way, Thor must confront the loss of his mother, the betrayal of Loki, and the revelations related to the Aether.
4. ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (2015)
The Avengers raid a Hydra base to retrieve Loki’s scepter. Tony Stark and Bruce Banner use the scepter to create an artificial intelligence called Ultron to protect the world, but it becomes sentient and seeks to destroy humanity.
With the help of new allies, Vision and Quicksilver, the Avengers must work together to stop Ultron and prevent his plan to cause global extinction.
5. ‘Doctor Strange’ (2016)
Doctor Strange follows the story of Stephen Strange, a successful but arrogant neurosurgeon, who loses the use of his hands in a car accident. Desperate to regain his abilities, Strange travels to Nepal to seek out a mystical order led by the Ancient One, who teaches him the ways of magic and sorcery. Strange quickly becomes embroiled in a battle against Kaecilius, a former student of the Ancient One who seeks to merge the Earth with the Dark Dimension.
Thor has only a mid-credits appearance here, but it still counts as an appearance. Doctor Strange questions Thor about the presence of his brother Loki on Earth. Upon learning that they are searching for their missing father, Odin, Strange offers his assistance but says that Thor and Loki must return to Asgard once their task is fulfilled.
6. ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (2017)
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ sees Thor imprisoned on the planet Sakaar and forced to compete in gladiatorial contests against the Hulk. He teams up with Loki, the Asgardian Valkyrie, and the rock monster Korg to escape and prevent the goddess of death and his sister, Hela, from destroying Asgard. Along the way, Thor loses his hammer, gains a new ally in the form of Valkyrie, and learns to embrace his role as a leader.
7. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018)
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ sees the Avengers and their allies fighting against the powerful and ruthless Thanos, who is on a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones in order to carry out his goal of wiping out half of all life in the universe. The movie ends with the snap of Thanos’ fingers, causing the death of several Avengers and supporting characters and leaving the remaining heroes, including Thor, in shock and despair.
Thor’s story is especially tragic in ‘Infinity War’ considering that he sees Thanos brutally killing Loki right in front of him.
8. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019)
‘Avengers: Endgame’ picks up where Infinity War left off, with the Avengers and their allies reeling from the loss of half of all life in the universe. They hatch a plan to use time travel to retrieve the Infinity Stones from different points in history and use them to undo Thanos’ snap.
The plan involves revisiting key moments from the previous films, leading to emotional reunions and battles. In the final showdown, the Avengers face off against Thanos and his forces, resulting in a bittersweet victory that sets the stage for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
9. ‘Thor: Love & Thunder’ (2022)
Thor: Love & Thunder sees Thor facing off against a new threat in the form of Gorr, the God Butcher. Meanwhile, Jane Foster, who had previously been absent from the MCU, takes up the mantle of Thor herself, becoming the Mighty Thor. The film also features the return of several popular characters, including Valkyrie, Korg, and the Grandmaster.
Where to watch above mentioned movies?
If you’re looking to catch up on all of the Thor movies and appearances in the MCU, Disney+ is the perfect place to do so. All four Thor standalone movies can be found on Disney+ as well as all Avengers movies.
Will Thor appear in the future MCU movies?
There are some rumors that Thor 5 is currently in development, however nothing has been confirmed so far. The post-credit scenes of ‘Love & Thunder’ already teased us that we can expect more Thor content in the MCU in the future, and allegedly, the director Taika Waiti teased plans for a new villain in a potential fifth film in ‘Marvel’s Thor 4: Love and Thunder Movie Special Book,’ which is set to start publishing in September this year.