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The Complete MCU Timeline

Updated on September 7, 2018
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

Prologue

The MCU has been going strong since 2008 and seems to have no plans of slowing down. It's no secret though that sometimes the chronology can be a bit wonky. This article is a complete timeline of events of the MCU. I didn't go to the extent of searching through all the TV shows for flashbacks but I did specify when the film prologues happen. Also at the bottom of the article, I included a suggested viewing order for newcomers.

Timeline

  • As indicated by The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy, six singularities existed before Creation. After Creation, the singularities formed into the Infinity Stones.
  • Thor: The Dark World prologue detailing Malekith's rise and fall and the Aether being hidden
  • Thor prologue detailing the war with the Frost Giants and Loki's adoption
  • 1942 - Captain America: The First Avenger main story
  • Not long after Cap dropped into the ice, Dr Zola finds and saves Bucky only to resume his experiments
  • 1942-43: Agent Carter one-shot and the two Agent Carter seasons
  • 1945 - Zola recruited by SHIELD; HYDRA begins burying its roots inside SHIELD
  • 1980 - Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 prologue which shows Ego and Meredith Quill madly in love. Ego reveals to her the extension of himself that he planted on Earth.
  • 1988 - Guardians of the Galaxy prologue - Peter's mom dies and Peter is abducted by Yondu
  • 1988 (?) - Thanos "adopts" Gamora as his own daughter.
  • 1989 - Ant-Man prologue - Hank Pym refuses to allow his formula to be weaponized. Peggy Carter and Howard Stark are among those present.
  • 1991 - Captain America: Civil War prologue - December 16 mission in which brainwashed HYDRA agent Bucky Barnes kills Howard and Maria Stark in order to steal the five super soldier serums.
  • 1992 - King T'Chaka confronts his brother in Oakland, California, kills him for helping Klaue steal vibranium from Wakanda. T'Chaka abandons his nephew.
  • Captain Marvel will take place in the 90s - has not yet released
  • 1998 (?) - Ava loses her parents in a blast at Hank Pym's lab, causing her body to develop quantum phasing abilities.
  • 1999 - Iron Man 3 prologue - Aldrich Killian tries to get Tony to join AIM
  • 2008 - Iron Man takes place. In Iron Man 3, Tony states he was captive for 3 months. That means the presentation and his kidnapping had to have happened in May 2008 and his escape/rescue in August 2008. The rest of the film spans over a couple months.
  • 2008 - Iron Man 2 prologue - Anton Vanko dies as Tony reveals himself to be Iron Man. Ivan begins working on the Whiplash armor
  • 2009 - Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk take place during the same time (six months after Iron Man) The end scene in Incredible Hulk takes place later on.
  • 2009 - One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer - fun little short showing Agent Coulson stop a gas station robbery on the way to New Mexico
  • 2009 - Thor - movie includes the Iron Man 2 end credit scene
  • 2009 - One-Shot: The Consultant - an extended cut of the end scene in Incredible Hulk with Coulson sending Tony to talk to Ross
  • 2011 - Captain America: The First Avenger prologue and epilogue depicting Cap being found and reawakened
  • 2012 - The Avengers - Avengers are brought together to stop Loki from taking over the world. Thanos is introduced.
  • 2012 - Spider-Man: Homecoming prologue - takes place directly after the Battle of New York. Adrian Toomes is contracted by the city to clean up the mess but Damage Control takes over, leaving Toomes jobless and desperate.
  • 2012 - One-Shot: Item 47 - fun but unnecessary short about a couple using Chitauri tech to rob banks
  • 2012, late - It's mentioned by fake Mandarin in Iron Man 3 that there was an oil spill at Roxxon. Since that happened days before IM3, this was most likely the prologue of Cloak & Dagger when a Roxxon oil crane fails.
  • 2012, Christmas - Iron Man 3 - film is known to be set in late 2012 because Killian states he tried to get Tony to join AIM 13 years ago. Killian approached Tony New Years Eve 1999. 13 years later would make it late 2012.
  • 2013 - All Hail the King one-shot - Trevor Slattery is broken out of prison and taken to the real Mandarin.
  • 2013 - Agents of SHIELD season 1, episodes 1-7
  • 2013 - Thor: The Dark World
  • 2013/2014 - Agents of SHIELD season 1, episodes 8-16
  • 2014 - Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • 2014 - Agents of SHIELD season 1, episodes 17-22
  • 2014 - Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2
  • 2014/15 - Agents of SHIELD season 2 episodes 1-10
  • 2015 - Daredevil season 1
  • 2015 - Agents of SHIELD season 2 episodes 11-19
  • 2015 - Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • 2015 - Agents of SHIELD season 2, episodes 20-22
  • 2015 - WHiH Newsfront eps 1-5 - these first few short episodes lead up to the film Ant-Man
  • 2015 - Ant-Man and also the first end credits scene. The second one takes place during Civil War, thus comes later
  • 2015 - Jessica Jones season 1
  • 2015/16 - Agents of SHIELD season 3, episodes 1-14
  • 2016 - Daredevil season 2
  • 2016 - WHiH Newsfront episode 6 - this episode begins the discussion that will lead up to the Sokovia Accords
  • 2016 - Agents of SHIELD season 3, episodes 15 & 16
  • 2016 - WHiH Newsfront episode 7 - discussions of both pro and anti Avengers continue
  • 2016 - Agents of SHIELD season 3, episodes 17 &18
  • 2016 - Doctor Strange beginning - From the start of the film up to the car crash and waking in the hospital
  • 2016 - Luke Cage season 1
  • 2016 - Agents of SHIELD season 3, episode 19
  • 2016 - WHiH Newsfront episodes 8-10 - episode 10 takes place during Civil War, directly after the attack in Lagos
  • 2016 - Captain America: Civil War - The film includes the 2nd end credit scene from Ant-Man. The first end credit scene in Civil War leads directly into Black Panther. The second end credit scene leads directly into Spider-Man: Homecoming.
  • 2016 - Agents of SHIELD season 3, episodes 20-22
  • 2016 - Black Panther - Takes place a week after Civil War. Both end credit scenes take place directly after the film
  • 2016 - Doctor Strange has been going through recovery, trying to find a solution for fixing his hands, is told about Kamar-Taj. He then uses the last of his money to get there. He begins studying the mystic arts.
  • 2016 - Spider-Man: Homecoming - takes place 3 months after Civil War. Although Homecoming states the film takes place 8 years after Avengers, this is inaccurate. After a timeline reference in Infinity War, it's confirmation that Homecoming has to take place 4 years after Avengers.
  • 2016 - Iron Fist season 1
  • 2016 - Agents of SHIELD season 4, episodes 1-8
  • 2016 - Agents of SHIELD: Slingshot
  • 2017 - Doctor Strange - remainder of film and 2nd After-Credits scene. 1st comes later during Thor Ragnarok
  • 2017 - The Defenders season 1
  • 2017 - Agents of SHIELD season 4 episodes 9-15
  • 2017 - The Punisher season 1
  • 2017 - Agents of SHIELD season 4, episodes 16-22
  • 2017 - Inhumans season 1
  • 2017 - Runaways season 1
  • 2017 - Cloak & Dagger season 1 - timeline placement uncertain as of right now but it almost certainly takes place before Infinity War considering people aren't mentioning or freaking out over mass disappearances
  • 2018 - Jessica Jones season 2
  • 2018 - Luke Cage season 2
  • 2018 - Iron Fist season 2
  • 2018 - Agents of SHIELD season 5 episodes 1-18
  • 2018 - Thor: Ragnarok - includes extended Doctor Strange scene. Infinity War picks up immediately after the first end-credit scene.
  • 2018 - Agents of SHIELD season 5 episode 19
  • 2018 - Ant-Man and the Wasp (movie only, first end credit scene takes place AFTER Infinity War, second scene is okay to watch with the film)
  • 2018 - Agents of SHIELD season 5 episodes 20-22 - takes place during Avengers: Infinity War
  • 2018 - Avengers: Infinity War
  • 2018 - Ant-Man and the Wasp first end-credit scene

Watching order

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger
  2. Agent Carter seasons 1 & 2
  3. Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter
  4. Captain Marvel (Unreleased, will take place in the 1990s)
  5. Iron Man
  6. Iron Man 2
  7. The Incredible Hulk
  8. Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer
  9. Thor
  10. Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant
  11. The Avengers
  12. Marvel One-Shot: Item 47
  13. Iron Man 3
  14. Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King
  15. Agents of SHIELD season 1 episodes 1-7
  16. Thor: The Dark World
  17. Agents of SHIELD season 1 episodes 8-16
  18. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  19. Agents of SHIELD season 1 episodes 17-22
  20. Guardians of the Galaxy
  21. Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2
  22. Agents of SHIELD season 2 episodes 1-10
  23. Daredevil season 1
  24. Agents of SHIELD season 2 episodes 11-19
  25. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  26. Agents of SHIELD season 2 episodes 20-22
  27. WHiH Newsfront episodes 1-5
  28. Ant-Man
  29. Jessica Jones season 1
  30. Agents of SHIELD season 3 episodes 1-14
  31. Daredevil season 2
  32. WHiH Newsfront episodes 6-7
  33. Agents of SHIELD season 3 episodes 15-18
  34. Luke Cage season 1
  35. WHiH Newsfront episodes 8-9
  36. Agents of SHIELD season 3 episode 19
  37. WHiH Newsfront episode 10
  38. Captain America: Civil War
  39. Agents of SHIELD season 3 episodes 20-22
  40. Black Panther
  41. Spider-Man Homecoming
  42. Iron Fist season 1
  43. Agents of SHIELD season 4 episodes 1-8
  44. Agents of SHIELD: Slingshot
  45. Doctor Strange
  46. The Defenders season 1
  47. Agents of SHIELD season 4 episodes 9-15
  48. The Punisher season 1
  49. Agents of SHIELD season 4 episodes 16-22
  50. Inhumans season 1
  51. Runaways season 1
  52. Cloak & Dagger season 1
  53. Jessica Jones season 2
  54. Luke Cage season 2
  55. Iron Fist season 2
  56. Agents of SHIELD season 5 episodes 1-19
  57. Thor: Ragnarok
  58. Agents of SHIELD season 5 episodes 20-22
  59. Ant-Man and the Wasp main film
  60. Avengers: Infinity War
  61. Ant-Man and the Wasp credit scene


There are more upcoming projects, including:

  • Avengers 4
  • Guardians of the Galaxy vol 3
  • Spider-Man 2

© 2018 Alec Zander

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    • Alec Zander profile imageAUTHOR

      Alec Zander 

      7 months ago from Sylva, NC

      James- Thank you very much! I will definitely be reading your article as I have been interested to know more about Black Panther.

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      James Octavo 

      7 months ago

      Excellent. It cleared up a lot of confusion. That was a lot of work you did. Wow! I'm a Marvel Comics fan since back in the 1960s. I wrote an hubpage article on Black Panther's comic book origins in 1966.

      https://hubpages.com/entertainment/The-Black-Panth...

    • Alec Zander profile imageAUTHOR

      Alec Zander 

      7 months ago from Sylva, NC

      Tim- Thank you! That means a lot to me. Thank you for being a reader and feel free to check out my complete ranking of the MCU from best to worst.

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      7 months ago from U.S.A.

      Thank you. That's interesting. I grew up with all of these guys. It's where morality is clear cut.

      Your article filled in a lot of the confusing gaps for me.

      I appreciate your work in a well written article.

      Sincerely,

      Tim

    • Alec Zander profile imageAUTHOR

      Alec Zander 

      7 months ago from Sylva, NC

      Tim - As of now, they are not included. Fox has owned them since the first came out in 2005. But now that Disney has bought Fox, it's possible they will be introduced into the MCU in the future.

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      7 months ago from U.S.A.

      Interesting. My question: Does the Fantastic Four fall in this time line? I remember watching their movies and I wondered why they are excluded? Silver Surfer, Dr. Doom, Ben Grim, not in this for the foreseeable future?

      Thanks.

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