The release of Avengers: Endgame is rapidly approaching, and fans hoping to do an MCU rewatch before the movie hits theaters have missed the chance to do it on a weekly basis. Marvel Studios has redefined the way Hollywood and movie fans look at franchises thanks to their interconnected universe. While many Marvel series still can exist on their own, there are multiple examples of MCU films setting up or tying together other entries that increase excitement over what is coming next.
This is exactly what Marvel is going for with Avengers: Endgame. The fourth Avengers film is also the fourth MCU movie to be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. They've been given the task of not only closing Phase 3, which they kicked it off with Captain America: Civil War, but also must deliver a satisfying conclusion to the first saga of the MCU. Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War have been described as being a culmination of the entire MCU to this point, and this could mean that fans will finally have to say goodbye to some of the most beloved characters.
But telling the final chapter of the original members of the Avengers is just part of how Avengers: Endgame will look to wrap up a story eleven years in the making. Although it is not yet confirmed, it is heavily believed that Avengers 4 will feature time travel that allows Marvel Studios to go back and revisit several of their past hit films. This could give them the opportunity to correct some continuity errors, but it will also allow Endgame to partially be a greatest hits of the MCU franchise. If so, then fans may want to rewatch all twenty-one films that will be released before Avegners: Endgame for a quick refresher, just as many did before Infinity War. However, thanks to the large quantity of movies the MCU has, it is already too late to start a weekly MCU rewatch.
We are currently fifteen weeks away from Avengers: Endgame being in theaters, which makes it impossible to squeeze in every MCU movie before the release if you just watch one a week. Those who may have been interested in doing such a rewatch will now have to figure out a completely different viewing schedule. The simplest solution may just be to double up for a few weeks to knock out Phase 1 and move quicker into Phase 2. If someone wants to commit to watching two films every week, then they can wait until mid-February to start their rewatch.
One important factor to be aware of for any rewatch, though, is Captain Marvel, which releases in March. This will mean that any rewatch based on the theatrical releases order of the entire MCU before Avengers: Endgame will have to hope the Brie Larson solo movie will still be in most theaters nearly two months after its initial release. This happened last year with Black Panther, but it's unclear whether Carol Danvers' film will have similar legs.
However, there are plenty of different ways to do an MCU rewatch prior to Avengers: Endgame that could get the job done. We previously recommended doing one not based on the release schedule but instead on where the films are set in the MCU timeline. This puts Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain Marvel as the first two movies in the rewatch, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 jumps up into the Phase 2 grouping of films.
There is also not a mandate to watch all of the MCU films prior to Avengers: Endgame though, and fans could likely get away with just rewatching some of the more essential films in the franchise. Whatever viewing order one chooses to do for their MCU rewatch, the point is that we're already in the final stretch for Avengers: Endgame and it may be best to start doing rewatches as soon as possible.