With Infinity War coming up fast there may be a lot for some folks to catch up on to enjoy the spectacle. With 18 total films leading up to the first part of the grand finale for the current MCU, what films MUST you see in order to be up to date for what you are about to see. Not everyone has the time to complete the entire set, so what films should you invest the time into?
For me, this question does not get answered by knowing what the infinity stones are. It does state it in the films, to lesser and greater degrees, what stone does what but not extremely well. Some folks, as followers of the books, are able to connect what is what but I cannot imagine Infinity War does not goes full exposition for a scene and spell out what does which.
For me, caring about the players matters more than knowing that the Tesseract is. Knowing that more than likely it's with Loki does not matter ½ as much as knowing WHO Loki is and the relationship with his brother Thor. Same towards the relationships between Widow and Hawkeye, Bucky and Cap, and Cap and Stark.
So with that in mind, here are my Mandatory Marvel films in order of release.