Depending on who you speak with, you may be told a few different ways to watch the saga. The easiest ways to watch are in release or episode order. That gets thrown out of wack a bit if you want to add \"Solo\" and \"Rogue One.\"
If you're revisiting the franchise after several watches, you may prefer the popular \"machete\" order. And, if you're a completist, you'll want to add the animated \"Star Wars\" series and movie into the mix.
\"Rogue One\" takes place right before and leading up to the events of \"A New Hope\" seamlessly. So those are best watched back-to-back. \"Solo,\" meanwhile, takes place after \"Revenge of the Sith,\" but more than a decade before \"A New Hope.\"
The chronological order, while easy, isn't the way a lot of fans enjoy watching the franchise. The machete order begins with the original trilogy of film releases to preserve the surprise reveal about Vader. When Luke finds out Vader is his father in \"Empire Strikes Back,\" you pause and go back to the prequel trilogy to watch Anakin Skywalker's rise and fall to the dark side as a flashback.
Fans like to cut out \"The Phantom Menace\" because of the introduction of Jar Jar Binks. If you're curious at all about Anakin's early beginnings or why Luke is such a good pilot, it's worth a watch. Plus, it has the great \"Duel of the Fates\" fight scene with Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, and Darth Maul.
If you wish to preserve the Vader reveal, but still want to watch the series in some sort of chronological order, you can start by watching the two spin-off movies first and then watching the films in the regular \"machete\" order.
The shows fit pretty neatly within the \"Star Wars\" universe. The majority of \"Clone Wars\" takes place between \"Attack of the Clones\" and \"Revenge of the Sith.\" The final four-episode arc, which you should watch even if you aren't caught up with the animated series, takes place adjacent to \"Episode III.\"
Honestly, this isn't the most ideal way to watch because it takes you two movies and an entire show to be introduced to the main franchise characters like Luke Skywalker. Though you're introduced to fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano, you may be confused about who she is since she's introduced during \"Clone Wars\" as Anakin Skywalker's padawan.
You got it. This is how some people prefer to watch the saga anyway. The \"Star Wars: Clone Wars\" release is broken up across a span of more than a decade. \"Star Wars: Rebels\" is unexpectedly the most complicated series to note here since it was being released during the same time as films in the new trilogy.
There's no right or wrong way to really watch the saga. The animated series are massive undertakings, but will greatly add to your appreciation and understanding of the franchise if you decide to watch.
Introducing the Pegasus Order, an MCU watch order that breaks the releases into 5 digestible blocks while maximizing the impact of each film. Inspired by the Machete Order for the Star Wars films, this is an ideal way to view the franchise for first timers or consummate revisitors.
With that foundational knowledge, our Pegasus Order reorganizes the films to scaffold the importance of the Tesseract while trickling in the surrounding Infinity Stones and characters in memorable, sequential ways. Those curated details make this the best order to watch Marvel movies. And, the name sounds cool.
They never interacted on screen, but both Black Panther and Spider-Man had their MCU debuts in Civil War. Following that storytelling logic, this is the correct order to watch Marvel movies starring them.
With the reorganization of the Guardians movies, this will be the first reappearance of those characters in a hot second (unless you staggered Guardians 2). That delay seems like a disservice to them at first, but not in the context of their introduction here.
The depth and complexity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe cannot be understated. There is so much content to read, watch, analyze, theorize and we've collected it all here. If you want to know about all the upcoming Marvel releases or see the MCU in order of release date or in story order, look no further. Or perhaps you're curious about our idea for the best order to watch the MCU: The Pegasus Order.
Machete learns that Mendez has wired the missile's launch device to his own heart so that if he dies, the missile fires. Mendez kills the device's designer and activates its 24-hour timer. Killing Zaror along the way, Machete intends to escort Mendez to the US and find a way to disarm the missile. Mendez shares that he is a self-proclaimed secret agent who tried to expose his corrupt superiors, only to be betrayed and forced to watch his wife and family being tortured and killed, causing him to develop the split personality.
You can now watch the entirety of the Star Wars franchise with a Disney+(Opens in a new window) subscription. This includes the original trilogy, the prequel movies, and the sequel series released over the last few years. You can also watch standalone films like Rogue One and Solo, as well as Disney's growing collection of Star Wars TV shows, like The Mandalorian and Andor.
It's never been easier to marathon the whole series, but before you press play on the first movie, it's important to decide your preferred viewing order. Do you start with the original trilogy or the prequel movies What about the standalone films and the television shows Here is how to watch Star Wars in order, whichever order you choose.
The most obvious answer is theatrical release order, since this is how the movies were shown and what George Lucas intended. It starts with the original trilogy, then takes us back to the prequel movies, before finishing with Disney's sequel films.
Following this order, you get the story of Luke overcoming Darth Vader, followed by Vader's origin story, then see Rey pick up the legacy Luke left behind. This can get a little awkward if you intend to add the standalone Star Wars films to your watch party. Going by release date, Rogue One and Solo would interrupt the sequel trilogy.
If you're doing a re-watch and are interested in preserving the storyline of the core movies, just skip these two films. They have no impact on the overarching narrative, anyway. First-timers who want the full experience can certainly watch them in release order, or place the standalone films before or after the sequel trilogy.
George Lucas had always intended for the original Star Wars film to be a small part of a much larger story. So just because it was the first film to be released doesn't mean it's the start of the story. Instead of going with release order, you can also try chronological order based on when the movies are supposed to take place.
This would mean starting with Episode I, II, and III of the prequel trilogy, before moving to IV, V, VI of the original movies, then finishing with VII, VIII, IX from the sequels. If you're adding the standalone films, you can fit Rogue One and Solo in between Episodes III and IV, and it should work fine.
However, since this order completely ruins the Darth Vader reveal in the original films, it is not advisable that anyone should watch these movies for the first time in this order. Watching Star Wars in chronological order is more of a fun experiment for longtime fans to see the series from a new perspective.
If you have already seen everything in release and chronological order, there's another option to try: Machete Order(Opens in a new window). This order splits the difference and has you watch Episodes II and III in between Episodes V and VI.
The Machete Order cuts out Phantom Menace entirely, since almost everything in the movie is self-contained and has no effect on the other prequels. Qui-Gon Jinn plays no importance to the greater story. Midi-chlorians are barely mentioned again. You also basically avoid Jar Jar Binks entirely. It isn't perfect, though, so watch at your own risk.
If you're not happy about removing Episode I and are also wondering where the sequel movies fit in here, the original creator of the Machete Order has a suggestion. In an update to his original post, Rod Hilton says(Opens in a new window) to watch Episodes VII, VIII, and IX after the other movies. You can then treat Episode I as an anthology, like Rogue One and Solo.
But what about the television shows Star Wars has become more than just movies, with The Clone Wars, Rebels, Resistance, and The Mandalorian arriving in more recent years. While there's no specific watch order for all these different pieces of the Star Wars universe, Disney has released an official timeline(Opens in a new window).
If you want to feel the fully fleshed-out arc of the Star Wars characters and how they got in the intergalactic pickles they found themselves in, it makes sense to watch the movies in chronological order. This means tossing aside their year of release and lining them up based on which actions and plot lines happened first in the Star Wars saga.
It has never been made official that the Star Wars films have to be watched in chronological order, from Episode I straight through to VI. George Lucas has said that the sixth part is ultimately the final piece of the puzzle, but what is the best way to reach this concluding chapter It is sometimes assumed that watching in numerical order is the best way, but as we demonstrated last year, watching the prequels before the originals works well, too.
This particular arrangement of Star Wars episodes has been christened the Machete Order. To summarize, it chops out Episode I completely and encourages the viewer to watch the films in the following order: IV, V, II, III and finally VI.
I decided to give it a go to see if the Machete Order could resuscitate this once great franchise for me. For five consecutive mornings, I shut the blinds, sat down on the sofa with my pet tortoise, Monty, and let the iconic titles roll. I must say, to a large extent, the Machete Order has allowed me to overcome my differences with the saga, and appreciate the web of storytelling that George Lucas had spun throughout it. In fact, by the end of Return of the Jedi, (the fifth and final film I watched), I was a firm believer that this was the story that George Lucas had been trying to tell. 153554b96e