Marvel Age-by-Age Guide

Find out which Marvel movies, TV shows, apps, and games are appropriate for every age. By Frannie Ucciferri
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Marvel Age-by-Age Guide

With great power comes great responsibility. The famous Spider-Man motto is true for parents deciding the right time to introduce their favorite Marvel superheroes to their kids. Marvel Comics has been entertaining families with popular characters like Spider-Man, Captain America, and Iron Man since 1939. And with Disney taking over the franchise in 2009, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has transformed into one of the biggest blockbuster series of all time. The movies have even inspired kids to pick up the classic comic books (and develop a love of reading along the way).

But even though young kids can't get enough of their favorite Marvel heroes, that doesn't mean every superhero adventure is appropriate for all ages. The cartoony action in the Lego Marvel Super Heroes game is going to be very different from the graphic, gory hijinks in the movie Deadpool.

Luckily, there are many age-appropriate options for kids if you're ready to dive into the Marvel universe. (If you're looking for info about the X-Men universe, check out our X-Men Age-by-Age Guide.) Keep in mind that all kids are different, so assess your child's ability to handle peril and conflict before you see the movies and TV shows or play the apps and games. And don't forget to stay until the end! Most Marvel movies have a secret scene after the credits that you won't want to miss.

Age 5–7: Look for animated action that's not too scary or intense.

Age 8–9: Go for more extreme (but still kid-friendly) cartoons.

Age 10–11: Start introducing popular faves that go lighter on violence.

Age 12–13: Dig into all the action-packed movie blockbusters, plus the tie-ins.

Age 14–15: Try some of the edgier spin-off series and video games.

Age 16+: Consider these racier (and often violent), highly rated stories.

About Frannie Ucciferri

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As associate managing editor, Frannie Ucciferri makes sure each of Common Sense Media's more than 30,000 reviews and 700 curated lists is as complete and comprehensive as possible. Frannie is a graduate of UC Berkeley,... Read more

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Adult written by Sadman

There's one important fact that needs to be noted here: for those concerned about the sex and nudity and violence in the adults-only Netflix and streaming shows (and my only disagreement with this list is I'd put Daredevil in the 16+ category and would consider bumping the age to 17+ for some of them) - is that Disney/Marvel did something very smart with the MCU titles. You do not need to watch any of the Netflix/cable Marvel shows to follow the major story arc of the more family-friendly MCU movies. You can choose to ignore the Netflix shows completely if you wish without worries about missing anything vital. If I had a criticism of this list it's that it's mostly just the main MCU titles here. Deadpool is not MCU, it's part of the X-Men franchise which has its own age-appropriate categories but is otherwise not included beyond Deadpool. The early Spider-Man films likewise weren't MCU. The X-Men films are similarly set up that you can avoid the R-rated Deadpool and Logan films and just stick with the PG-13 X-Men films and other spinoffs without losing track of the story arc. It might also not have hurt to have included the Fantastic Four films too.
Kid, 10 years old

There is a Marvel movie or TV show for every age. While little kids ages 5-7 can only handle shows such as Phineas and Ferb, kids ages 12-13 can watch pretty much anything from Thor to Guardians of The Galaxy to Avengers. Several Marvel movies are pretty high on violence, which makes them more cautionary for kids under 12. Check out this guide to see what Marvel movies are truly appropriate for your younger kids and which ones your teens are ready for.
Teen, 13 years old written by garnol

The violence in the original spiderman is much more graphic than movies like homecoming.
Teen, 13 years old written by Extractinator

I guess so, though mainly LEGO Marvel's Avengers (haven't played much of it, but it's a LEGO game, there can't be anything bad).